Visit The Hermann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions and the Winter Training Site in Myakka City

If you are looking for a nice trip with great scenery and Olde Florida charm, let me suggest Hermann’s Lipizzan Stallions in Myakka City, east of Sarasota. Myakka City is their winter training site and the Lipizzan Stallions are in residence from Late December to Mid April. It is an easy trip up 1-75 to Fruitville Road exit with a ride through the rural countryside to the farm where the Lipizzan Stallions spend the winter

Professional Baseball in Englewood

I was driving along State Road 776 in Port Charlotte when I saw a baseball stadium. It was the afternoon and I realized that there was a Spring Training baseball game being played.  I love baseball so I turned into the parking lot, parked and walked up to the box office. Luckily there were still tickets available.  I purchased 2 tickets and we walked into the stadium. They were 1 inning into the start and

You Must Visit Englewood Farmers Market

A "must do" while staying on Manasota Key is a visit to the Englewood Farmers Market, held downtown Englewood every Thursday from 9am-2pm, Oct-May. It's a huge market and is loaded with fresh produce, meats, seafood, and bakery items. You're guaranteed to find everything you'll need to whip up a delicious dinner back at your place. You'll also find plenty of unique handcrafted items, artwork, soaps and plants. Organic foods and gluten free options are

Beach Yoga

Yoga on the beach... listening to the ocean's ebb and flow, feeling the sun warming your body, absorbing the earth's energy and breathing in the clean ocean air.  Each morning, Lata and Robert  from Loving Light Yoga guides participants through gentle stretches and yoga poses with clear instruction on how to adapt each exercise to each participant's level of ability.  It's a wonderful way to start every morning and a little piece of Englewood's cool vibe. The class is at

My picks for the top 11 places to eat in Englewood, Florida

Manasota Key Coffee House Waking up early to watch the Sunrise and we realize we are hungry. Where to go. The only breakfast on Manasota Key is at the Manasota Key Coffee House. Just recently bought by new owner Niki G and beautifully renovated, The Manasota Key Coffee House has plenty of specials which they serve from 8am to 2pm. My favorite was the Manasota Key Love Bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato and

Finding Nature in Englewood area

Manasota Key and Englewood are great area to get away and find truly natural area of nature. A survey of visitors to Florida showed that over 50% of people who come to Florida came for the beaches and nature parks. Manasota Key has Stump Pass State Park at the end of the key. For a small parking fee, you can walk the approximately ¾ mile of natural island landscaping and at the end of the

Golfing in the Englewood area

In researching the golf scene in Southwest Florida, I found Englewood and Manasota Key with lots of very affordable courses. There are 10 golf courses within a 15-25 minute drive of Englewood Beach and Yacht Club and Sea Oats Beach Club. The Rotonda area has 7 courses with all sorts of difficulty and number of holes. There are 3 executive courses from 36 to 62 holes and shorter layouts while the others are par 70-72

Playing Tennis in Englewood

I brought my tennis rackets on vacation but did not have a great feeling about being able to play. What I found was plenty of public and one private tennis club in the Englewood area. The Englewood Tennis Center is a semi private club with 7 Har-Tru Clay Tennis courts located 10-15 minutes from Manasota Key. These soft courts are very easy on the joints and they have a mix of men’s and women’s organized

Englewood Beach Drum Circle

Walking Englewood Beach on a late Sunday afternoon we came upon a large group of people in a circle. Some were sitting and others standing but all were watching a “happening”.  As we got closer we could hear the percussive sounds of a drum circle. I had heard of them but never experienced them before today. In the top of the circle was a group of very talented drummers who brought quite a lot of