“Peaceful and fun getaway.”

 

The sleepy sandpiper is an amzing place to stay with friends and family. The house was very clean and had all the needed amenenties. The location is nice and quiet and perfect for a peaceful and fun getaway. I definately reccomend this house and would surely go back. Alexandra is a great host, and her family was very attentive of anything we needed. Looking forward to another stay at the sleepy samdpiper.

  • Daniel

Can You Spot the Sea Turtle Nests?

The first loggerhead sea turtle nests of the season were spotted on Anna Maria Island, just north of Casey Key and the Sleepy Sandpiper beach house.

Sea Turtle nests are quite common on Nokomis Public Beach. According to Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Laboratory, here are some do’s and don’ts. . .

Here are some “do and don’t” tips to keep our beaches turtle-friendly:

  • DO stay away from sea turtle nests marked with yellow stakes and tape, and seabird nesting zones that are bounded by ropes.
  • DO remain quiet and observe from a distance if you encounter a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings.
  • DO shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October.
  • DO close drapes after dark and stack beach furniture at the dune line or, ideally, remove it from the beach
  • DO fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water.
  • DON’T approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles.
  • DON’T use flashlights, head lamps or fishing lamps on the beach.
  • DON’T encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water.
  • DON’T use fireworks on the beach.
  • DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota County beach other than Brohard Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must be leashed or under voice control, according to county ordinances.

 

Anna Maria Island Sea Turtles 2017

Learn and Love Where You Are

Learning Phonics
Practicing phonics and letter formation on the beach.

Worldschooling is on the rise.  Families packing up and traveling, kids learning as they go.  Not all of us desire to uproot our lives completely, and yet we can adapt worldschool ideas to our own families, right where we are.

When you visit the Sleepy Sandpiper, there is so much to explore.  Natural history and science can be experienced through the rhythms of the tides, collecting sharks’ teeth, scouting out turtle nests, visiting Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, exploring the Legacy Trail, and observing the birds in the backyard.

Local history can be experienced during the summer camps at Historic Spanish Point and celebrating the Venice 90th Anniversary.

Look at your hometown, right where you are, through the eyes of a worldschool family.  What can you do to embrace learning and exploring right where you are?

 

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.

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.