siesta key beach

On our very last day in Sarasota, one of the patrons of the theatre invited us to use their private beach on Siesta Key.  Siesta had been one of the…

On our very last day in Sarasota, one of the patrons of the theatre invited us to use their private beach on Siesta Key.  Siesta had been one of the Cowgirls‘ very favorite spots (and is currently rated the #1 beach in America!), so we could hardly turn down an invite to hang out on the beach, private-style.  We lounged, we floated, we even hung out with a manatee who swam by for a bit.  As it turns out, life isn’t too shabby when you have a stretch of white-sand beach all to yourself.  Here’s what we spied.  xoxo

sarasota farmers market

Is there anything better than a morning at a farmers market?  Sarasota has a pretty great one, and last weekend Mr. Lovely and I went and made good use of…

Is there anything better than a morning at a farmers market?  Sarasota has a pretty great one, and last weekend Mr. Lovely and I went and made good use of it.  We spied gorgeous fruit, live music, puppet shows, and lots and lots of adorable dogs.  As for our spoils, we picked up a mini pan of monkey bread from a bakery stand, and some of the most amazing salsa I’ve ever had.  We couldn’t decide between salsa flavors, so we came home with two — salsa verde (with green apple and jalapeno), and black bean & corn.  We may or may not have had chips and salsa for dinner than night.  Suffice it to say, we’ll be going back to the farmers market this Saturday.  xoxo












travel // sarasota, fl

Here’s the deal:  Sarasota is amazing.  I mean, you think “I’m spending a summer working in Florida,” and you know that it’ll be cool, but you don’t really know exactly…

Here’s the deal:  Sarasota is amazing.  I mean, you think “I’m spending a summer working in Florida,” and you know that it’ll be cool, but you don’t really know exactly what kind of cool.  Here’s the kind of cool I’m talking about:

We’re staying in bungalow housing a few short blocks from downtown.  We can walk the couple of blocks and be smack in the middle of a bunch of great boutiques and restaurants upon restaurants.  Aside from all of that, we’re working at Florida Studio Theatre, which is right downtown as well — along with an opera house and another local theatre.  Suffice it to say there’s plenty of culture and plenty to do.

We’re a few minutes’ drive from multiple beaches; so far my fave is Siesta Key beach, with its soft white sand (that doesn’t get hot!).  About three blocks from our housing is the Sarasota Ritz Carlton, where we can wander in for a drink or to use the pool and feel glamorous for the afternoon.

And to top it all off, the locals here are kind of adorable.  Yes, they’re mostly retirees, but they’re retirees who love to party.  They’re always out and about — having dinner, having drinks, going to the theatre, going dancing.  They know how to have a good time and they’re not bashful about doing it.  So far, Sarasota is my kind of town.  xoxo








monday munchies: the old salty dog

On our last day off, some of the Cowgirls took a short drive down to the beach at Siesta Key.  We were all in heaven, and spent some quality time…

On our last day off, some of the Cowgirls took a short drive down to the beach at Siesta Key.  We were all in heaven, and spent some quality time in the waves and on the sand.
Afterwards, we stopped in Siesta Village for a little bite, and ended up at The Old Salty Dog.  It’s the perfect post-beach joint; juicy burgers, crispy fish sandwiches, and seafood galore (not to mention margaritas and huckleberry lemonade, served in mason jars).  The perfect end to a summer day.  xoxo