A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Dec. 5-11

The big downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade, Holiday Splendor at The Ringling and more.

12/05/2019 By Ilene Denton

Insider's Guide

The Ultimate Guide to What to Eat, See, Do and Enjoy in Sarasota and Beyond

There’s always something new for you to experience. Let us be your guide to the fun.

12/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Casey Key Estate Sells for $8.75 Million

It’s the highest-priced sale on Casey Key in 10 years.

12/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Fishermen at The Bay Island Hotel

The three-story, 65-room hotel on the north end of Siesta Key welcomed visitors from 1912 all the way up to the early 1950s.

12/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What $2.7 Million Will Buy You on Holmes Beach

A home with a kitchen Martha Stewart loved; plus, other homes in Indian Beach Sapphire Shores and Palmer Ranch.

12/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Botanical Gems

Unusual Trees and Plants are The Ringling’s Other Works of Art

Workshops and guided garden tours throughout the season give museum-goers a greater understanding of the botanical gems in the collection.

12/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Beach Style

How to Get the Coastal Cottage Look

Tips from the designer who literally wrote the book.

12/02/2019 Photography by Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Tony Bennett at the Van Wezel, A Motown Christmas, Ai Weiwei’s “Lego Zodiac” and more.

11/28/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

'Tis the Season for Holiday Home Tours

Coming up: The Entre Nous Holiday Tour of Homes and Deck the Halls at the Ca d’Zan.

11/26/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 21-27

Sarasota Ballet’s Symphonic Tales, the Englewood Beach Waterfest and more.

11/21/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Nov. 14-20

Dwight Yoakam and John Leguizamo at the Van Wezel, Giving Hunger the Blues and lots more.

11/14/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Sneak Peek: The 2020 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse

It’s a historic red brick home in Sarasota’s Bungalow Hill.

11/14/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

An Oyster Bay Landings Home Sells for $4 Million

The modernist home was designed by award-winning architect Guy Peterson.

11/12/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 7-13

FST presents Bright Star, Classical Romance from the Sarasota Orchestra, the Medieval Fair returns and more.

11/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Conductor JoAnn Falletta Returns to Lead the Sarasota Orchestra Next Month

Falletta makes a return visit to lead the Sarasota Orchestra in concert Dec. 6-8.

11/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Fright Night on St. Armands, the Cine-World Film Festival, a downtown Sarasota country music festival and more.

10/31/2019 By Ilene Denton

Mod Moment

SarasotaMOD Weekend Celebrates 'Sarasota in the Sixties'

“The story of Sarasota architecture in the ’60s is that it went from the high architecture of Paul Rudolph, Tim Seibert and Victor Lundy and filtered down to the everyday person."

10/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Atomic Mod

Home Tour: A ’60s Southgate Ranch Meets the 21st Century

Southgate's concrete-block ranch-style residences were carved from more than 1,200 acres of orange groves in the late 1950s and ’60s.

10/30/2019 Photography by Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Sailor Circus, 1952

Sailor Circus began as a Sarasota High School gym class in 1949.

10/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sales

One Day, Two Mega Sales on Anna Maria Island

The highest priced sales ever for Gulf-front and bayfront homes took place Oct. 18.

10/30/2019 By Ilene Denton