Stephen King Book Signing

Casey Key is home to those who bought modest beach cottages decades ago and those who have built gulf-to-bay mansions.

Stephen King is one of Casey Key’s most famous (infamous?) residents.  His home is at the very northern end of the island.

While Stephen King is involved in supporting the broader Sarasota community, his publicity appearances are uncommon.  If you are in the Sarasota area in March, you’ll have a chance to meet him at Bookstore1 on March 15, 2017.

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Stephen King @ Bookstore1

 

“Stephen King, one of the best-selling authors of all time, will sign copies of his newest book “End of Watch” at 2 p.m. March 15. King divides his time between homes in Maine and on Casey Key.

“The store said that King will sign only copies of “End of Watch” and those copies must be purchased at Bookstore1. Books went on sale Feb. 20. At the time of purchase, each customer will receive a place-in-line ticket to be presented at the door the day of the event.

The Sleepy Sandpiper is just over the bridge from Nokomis Beach on historic Casey Key, which is said to be the inspiration for the setting of the book “Duma Key.” I love to take the drive up the winding Casey Key Road to Blackburn Point Road.

Grab dinner at the Casey Key Fish House, another place King is known to frequent.   If you don’t see him, no loss — it’s a great place to eat!

 

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Visit Casey Key Fish House — Great Food and Atmosphere!

“Exactly what we neded — would love to come back!”

We loved the Sleepy Sandpiper! Alexandra was the perfect host, thinking of all the little things for a great stay, including beach towels, chairs and kid’s beach toys! Not to mention that her communication was excellent! The home was exactly what we needed – enough space for me and my husband, 2 kids and my parents with room to spare. It’s close to everything and even just a short walk to the beach! Lovely trip and we would so love to come back!

Sarasota Highland Games

Experience a bit of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage at the Sarasota Highland Games, February 3rd – 4th, 2017!

The event kicks off [Friday] with a ceilidh, a traditional Celtic party. The next day, kilted Scotsmen compete in feats of strength like the caber toss and stone throw, while the rest of us can gather with our clan—be it Wallace, Maxwell, Ross or otherwise—and nosh on meat pies and sausage rolls to the seductive sounds of the bagpipes.

Sarasota Magazine

Get more information and a full schedule of the games from the Sarasota Highland Games website.

Happiest Seaside Town

Coastal Living magazine named Sarasota the third happiest seaside town in the U.S..

The Sleepy Sandpiper is in the hidden gem of Nokomis, in south Sarasota county. All the amenities of our big sister city, but more peaceful. We think you’ll agree.

“Harboring world-class beaches and a top-shelf arts and culture scene (resident opera and ballet companies, plus its own symphony orchestra), Sarasota has beauty and brains in equal measure. Further, a collection of old-school neighborhoods with small-scale homes (not to mention a heralded collection of midcentury modern architecture) makes day-to-day life sweet, easy and an aesthetic joy. And then there’s that Gulf-provider of breezes, local catch, and a laid-back cultural overlay that keeps life here in an ideal balance.”

Collecting Sea Shells

I love walking up and down the sea shore,  inhaling the fresh sea salt breeze. I hear the gentle rhythm of the waves and watch the sunset.

Sometimes I keep my eyes on the sand, letting them follow the tide line, looking for shells.  This article from Travel for Wildlife will equip you to determine whether the sea treasures you find are alive (give them back to the Gulf!) or dead (bring home as a reminder of peaceful beach days.)

(Some of the photos in the article are from Sanibal Island, just an hour and a half south of the Sleepy Sandpiper!)

 

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Seeking Shells, Nokomis Beach October 2016

 

 

Venice 90th Anniversary Celebration

Just south of the Sleepy Sandpiper at Nokomis beach is the quaint city of Venice, Florida. Incorporated on May 9th, 1927, the city is planning a year-long celebration of its 90th anniversary.

What is so interesting about this Gulf Coast Florida city?  Visit the newly opening Venice Museum & Archives to discover how the Kentucky Military Institute, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Venice Army Air Field and even Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus play into its history!

Read more in the Herald Tribune.

 

 

 

Falling in Love… With the Sea

I live just a few blocks from the beach, but too many nights I come home tired and close the door behind me. And it’s easy to fill every weekend day with errands, chores and family and social events. “We need to go to the beach,” my boyfriend and I tell each other—for days, weeks, sometimes even months.

And then, finally, one night after work, we do. Walking over the dune, we feel the air change. It’s softer, fresher, tinged with salt. We take off our shoes and the sand squeaks between our toes. We sit close to the water, holding hands and watching tiny sandpipers scurry along the edges of each splashing wave with uncanny precision. By the time that glowing sun has slipped into the Gulf, we’re lost in wonder, in love all over again with this magical sliver where land meets sea, the enchanted zone that’s the heart and soul of Sarasota.

 

Come to the Sleepy Sandpiper. . . take your morning walk to the beach. . . watch the sunset in the evening at the “magical sliver where land meets sea.”

 

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Nokomis Beach Sunset 2016