Upcoming Venice Events

Come visit Venice in September and October….summer special – all one bedrooms at Menendez St are $92 per night right though October!  Lots of events happening!

*4th Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival on Miami Avenue from 10AM – 5PM 9/1 and 9/2.

*YMCA Triathlon is Saturday 9/1

*September Sidewalk sale 9/7 and 9/8

*Collector Car Show in Centennial Park 10AM – 5PM 10/7

*Sun Fiesta 10AM – 5PM 10/19 – 10/21

And of course, the Farmer’s Market is every Saturday on Tampa Ave. from 8AM – Noon!

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Planning a Beach Vacation Hunting for Sharks Teeth in Venice Florida

Hunting for your own sharks teeth in Venice, Florida is one of the most rewarding, fun and unusual ways you could spend a vacation in Florida. The teeth you find can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, placed on display in your home or used however you see fit. Whenever a friend asks you where you got it, you can proudly tell them that you dug it up yourself in Florida.
Does it Hurt the Environment?
Not at all. People often associate digging for fossils with careful excavation of something that’s delicate and fragile. The sharks teeth you can find in Venice, Florida on the other hand are completely different.
These teeth come from a creature known as the “Megalodon,” a shark that shed over 20,000 teeth throughout its lifetime. These creatures became extinct a long time ago, but their teeth still remain.
The area that we today know as Venice, Florida used to be the hotbed of where Megalodons swam. They would frequently shed their teeth where the beach is now. Sometimes they would even pass away near the beach, causing their carcasses to decompose and fossilize nearby.
In short, there are still millions of sharks teeth to be found in Venice, Florida. Looking for your own sharks teeth doesn’t hurt the environment in the slightest.
What Should You Bring?
There are a few key items you should bring when planning a vacation for sharks teeth hunting.
First, you’ll want to bring your standard beach ware. That means bathing suits, towels and most importantly sunscreen. You want a high SPF sunscreen if you plan on sifting through sand to find teeth. You could be in the sun for hours, so don’t skimp on your sunscreen.
You’ll also want to bring any jewelry making gear you might want, if you plan on turning your sharks teeth into accessories. Even just a simple string and a few beads can go a long way towards making your own personalized necklaces.
Choosing a Place to Stay
Choosing a good place to stay makes a big difference.
First, you want to stay somewhere that has free sifters. The last thing you want is to have to buy your own sifters or to have to pay to rent them. Sifters are your most important tool for finding sharks teeth, so you want to have access to high quality sifters – for free.
Next, you want to have knowledgeable staff. The staff needs to be able to point you towards the best places for finding sharks teeth, as well as educate you on the right techniques to use. That means the staff needs to have people who regularly go sharks teeth hunting themselves, rather than just desk staff who take orders. The staff should be genuinely excited to help you have this unique adventure.
The hotel you stay at should also have free beach bikes. Beach bikes are bikes that are designed to be able to gain traction in the sand. Since you’ll often be moving from spot to spot in search of sharks teeth, you definitely want to have a beach bike on hand. These can cost quite a bit to rent, so try to get them free.
One of the best places to stay that matches all these criteria is Venice Beach Villas. They have plenty of free sharks teeth sifters, free bikes and great advice. They also have a full kitchen, so you can cool your own meals if you so choose.
Plan Your Other Adventures
In addition to hunting for sharks teeth, you’ll often want to combine your vacation with other kinds of adventures. The Venice Florida area has many other activities for you to choose from, including:
• Scuba diving
• Fishing
• Jet skiing
• Boating
• Golf
• Kayaking
• Para sailing
And a lot more. Talk to everyone in your group to get a sense for what everyone wants to do while on vacation.
Planning a sharks teeth vacation in Venice Florida is an adventure you’ll never forget. Not only do you have all kinds of different adventures you can experience, but you’ll all come home with souvenirs that you dug up yourself. It’s an adventure that few people get to go on.

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Venice is not just a place for Snow Birds anymore!  We have lots of fun stuff going on the remainder of June!!  Take advantage of Venice Beach Villas Summer Special or our great mid-week rates and come down and check it out!!!

On Monday, June 20th, Cafe Venice is hosting a Wine Tasting with Tom Devine.  The menu includes five wines from Sur de los Andes (and five course of paired food). The cost is just $35 per person plus gratuity.  Call 941.484.1855 for reservations.  Don’t forget that the Lunch Bunch continues through the end of October (and stay tuned for a new “terrace menu” full of lighter summer fare).  Cafe Venice is located at 116 West Venice Avenue.

On Thursday, June 23rd, the Crow’s Nest is hosting a Wine Tasting with Rob The Wine Guy.  World wine values will be featured during this casual, dockside, marina event.  Taste wines and snack on hors d’oeuvres from 6:30pm until 8:30pm for just $15 per person (complementary take-home wine glass included).  Wines featured will also be available for retail purchase.  No reservations needed, just show up!  Call the Crow’s Nest (located at 1968 Tarpon Center Drive) for details:  941.484.9551.

The Legacy Trail Overpass, which will provide safe passage over the Tamiami Trail for users of the Legacy Trail bicycle route, and complete the Legacy Trail from Sarasota to Venice, will open later this year.  In anticipation of the completion of this important project new bike racks are being installed throughout the Historic District.  Twelve racks will be conveniently located on Miami, Nokomis, Tampa, and Venice Avenues within easy walking distance of recreation, shopping, and dining opportunities downtown.  They will have a total capacity of 67 bicycles.  The new racks should be installed by June 17, 2011.  This project is collaboration between the City of Venice, Venice Area Beautification Inc., and Venice MainStreet Inc.  ”This project wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of all three groups.  We appreciate everyone understanding bike racks to be a necessity for our community and look forward to residents and visitors alike enjoying the additional safety and convenience that the racks represent”, says Mindy Pieper, director of Venice MainStreet.

Join us in the Gazebo Friday, June 24th for a local favorite of the Friday Night lineup ~ The Gator Creek Band! Known for playing at the Venice Yacht Club, this contemporary country band will surprise you with a few classics, too!  The music starts at 7pm in Centennial Park.  Bring your blanket or your lawn chair & we’ll see you there! In the meantime, check out their website atwww.gatorcreekband.com.

The Friends of the Lord-Higel House has entered the 2011 National Trust Challenge grant contest.  Go online to the National Trust website to VOTE for the Lord-Higel House Restoration Project, and the Friends can receive one of three grants to put towards the restoration.  To VOTE, visit  www.lord-higelhouse.com & click on “2011 National Trust Challenge” and follow the directions from there.  You must vote by June 30th, 2011!

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Venice Beach Villas June Blog

Summer is finally here and it is time to plan your summer vacation at Venice Beach Villas!  We have our Summer Special rates in affect again from June 1st all the way through October 31st this year!  All one bedroom units at our Menendez St location are $88 per night, 2 night minimum.  We have great accommodations for your family vacation as all of our units, with the exception of the efficiencies, have complete kitchens.  Call us at 1-800-542-3404 and book your unit today or book online from our website www.venicebeachvillas.com !

Did you hear that Siesta Key Beach has been rated the #1 beach in the USA!  We are just a short 20 minute drive to the pristine sands of Siesta Key beach.  So, when you have collected all the Shark’s Teeth you can off our beautiful Venice beaches you can drive 20 minutes north of Venice and spend a day enjoying Siesta Key!

We are a AAA approved accommodation!

This month’s featured things to do in Venice and surrounding areas

Link to Venetian Waterway Bike Trail Map

http://www.vabi.org/map.htm

Link to The Legacy Trail Map

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.scgov.net/LegacyTrail/documents/LegacyTrailSystem032309.pdf

Sharks Tooth Hunting Dive Charter that we recommend:

http://aristakatcharters.yolasite.com/

Here is a list of upcoming events in the Venice and Sarasota areas:

Downtown Venice Farmer’s Market, Venice, Florida, Every Saturday 8AM – Noon

Venice Art Chalk Festival, Venice, Florida, June 4, 2011

Cruzin on Dearborn, Englewood, Florida, June 4, 2011 to December 2, 2011

10th Annual ST Armands Circle Craft Festival, Sarasota, Florida, June 11-12, 2011

19th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Fair, Venice, Florida, June 18-19, 2011

Grand Prix Festival Golf Classic- Heritage Oaks, Sarasota, Florida, June 25, 2011

Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party, Sarasota, Florida, June 25, 2011

Grand Prix Festival Car Show- Main Street Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Florida, June 26, 2011

Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats, Sarasota , Florida, June 30, 2011

Grand Prix Festival Kilo World Speed Record Run, Sarasota, Florida, July 1, 2011

Event Title: Fourth of July Pet Parade, Venice, Florida, July 2, 2011

27th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race, Sarasota, Florida, July 3, 2011

A Star Spangled Tropical July 4th Celebration Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Venice, Florida, July 4, 2011

Businesses that are nearby:

PGT Industries

Tervis Tumbler

Fox Lea Farms

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April is still hoppin’ in the town Venice.  Our weather is great and here at Venice Beach Villas our rates go to low season so come enjoy some fun, sun and relaxation.

The Sharks Tooth Festival is at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds Friday April 8 through Sunday April 10.  The festival starts at 5PM Friday and ends at 9PM.  On Sat. the hours are 10AM – 9PM and Sun the hours are 10Am – 5PM. There are lots of fun things for kids and adults alike.

The 21st Annual Collector Car Show is Sunday, April3rd at Centennial park. Walking distance from both of our locations!

If you like to sit outside and enjoy live music you will want to make note of the following:

  • The first 3 Tuesdays in April the Happy Time Band will be playing a free concert at Centennial Park starting at 3PM.
  • On Thursday April 7th, Slim and Friends will be playing a free concert at Centennial Park at 3PM.
  • On Friday April 8th and Friday April 22nd there will be free concert at Centennial Park staring at 7PM

The Suncoast BBQ Bash is at the Venice Airport festival grounds on Saturday, April 16th from 11:30AM – 7PM.  Net proceeds from the event benefit the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children.  There will be live music, cooking demonstrations, folk dancing and BBQ cook-off and Chili cook-off contest,

Island Nights is Thursday April 21 from 5:30PM – 8PM.  The shoppes will be open and there is music and fun on the sidewalks of downtown!

The Eggstravaganza is April 23rd at Centennial Park from 9:30AM – 11AM.  Kids, bring your Easter basket to fill up with goodies!

We still have some rooms available for many of these events so give us a call at

1-800-542-3404!

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Welcome to the Venice Beach Villas blog!

We are glad you found us. The purpose of this blog is to keep you updated on special events and other information going on in and around Venice as well as at our properties.

Since we are the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World, there is always good shark’s tooth hunting on our beaches. Currently, according to many of our recent guests, the best hunting is done at low tide on Casperson Beach which is south of the Venice Fishing Pier and Sharkey’s Restaurant. We have shark’s tooth sifters for our guests’ use at both of our locations! If you are a scuba diver, the best shark’s tooth hunting right off the beach is at Service Park Beach . Swim straight out from the large pine tree out past the end of the pier and circle back to the south towards shore. Or, you can go out diving with Aristakat Charters….see their link on our website.

The Triangle Inn Association has begun their 2011 Historic Trolley Tours. Tours are available at 9:30am and 11am on the following Saturdays: 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12 & 3/26. Tickets are $15 each, payable via cash or check. Call the Triangle Inn for more details at (941) 486.2487.

Take a JustDucky sightseeing tour on an amphibious vehicle. Drive right down the boat ramp and into the intracoastal for a waterway tour and then drive right back up the boat ramp and down Venice Ave ! $23.50 for adults and $21.50 for seniors and children. Call Capt. Stewart at 941-485-6366

January 20th – Island Nights – 5:30 to 8PM with music and shopping on the Avenues of downtown Venice .

January 22 and 23rd – Miami Avenue Craft Festival 10am – 5pm

Special rates now through February 5th. Check out our new “Book Now” button on our website and make your reservation! Or as usual, you can always call 1-800-542-3404 as well.

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