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.)

Travel

Maggie Valley is a Nature Lover's Paradise

Maggie Valley's proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains provides excellent hiking, beautiful waterfalls and a chance to admire wildlife.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

Travel

Bustling Highlands is an Easy Escape from Sarasota

The charming hamlet is filled with boutiques, fine restaurants and antique shops.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

Travel

For a Serene Mountain Getaway, Head to Cashiers

Cashiers, Highlands' quieter, equally exclusive cousin, offers a private, picturesque retreat.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

Travel

North Carolina is a Buyer's Market

The price is right on a piece of mountain paradise.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

Travel

Get a Taste of the (Relatively) Big City in Asheville

Asheville was named No. 10 on Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Cities" list.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

Off the Clock

MagnifyGOOD's Sam Stern on How a Bicycle Saved His Life

Sam Stern bikes for a good cause.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

The Weekend Starts Now

Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 14-20

Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota party, Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash, free admission to the Ringling Circus Museum and more.

04/14/2016 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

More Developments Rise in a Booming Market

New condos announced for downtown Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.

04/08/2016 By Ilene Denton

Home View Events

Celebrate Spring at These Classes and Events.

This week's events highlight spring flowers and architecture.

04/08/2016 By Ilene Denton

The Big House

Secrets of the Ca d'Zan

Curator Ron McCarty on what may surprise you about John and Mable Ringling's Italianate mansion.

04/08/2016 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Harbor Acres Notches Another Mega-Sale

A Paul Rudolph-designed midcentury modern home sells for $5.25 million.

04/07/2016 By Ilene Denton

The Weekend Starts Now

Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 7-13

Selby Gardens Music Series, Jazz in the Ballpark, graffiti art battle and more.

04/07/2016 By Ilene Denton

Happy Trails

5 Hiking Adventures for Every Level

Here in Southwest Florida, there's a trail for every kind of hiker.

04/05/2016 By Ilene Denton

My New Hometown

Kennedy Center's Darrell Ayers Moves to Sarasota

Kennedy Center VP Darrell Ayers is jazzed about Sarasota’s arts scene.

04/01/2016 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Longboat Key Home Sells for $7 Million

A Longboat Key was the region's top sale in February.

03/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Home View Events

Sparkman to Speak on Architecture as Visual Storytelling

Your guide to upcoming home-related events .

03/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Town Hall

Retired Four-Star Gen. David Petraeus Speaks in Sarasota

The former commander in Iraq and Afghanistan talks geopolitics.

03/16/2016 By Ilene Denton

You Do What?

Gene Payson Customizes Drones With His Troy Built Models

The Sarasota-based company customizes drones for commercial applications.

03/14/2016 By Ilene Denton

Big Deals

Two Mega-Deals Buoy the Luxury Home Sales Market

Two mega-deals buoy the luxury home sales market.

03/07/2016 By Ilene Denton

Big Moves

Susie Bowie Tapped to Lead Manatee Community Foundation

New role for longtime exec at Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

03/01/2016 By Ilene Denton