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July 4th in Paradise
Posted by Jana Troyer | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

July 4th in Paradise
 
There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than on Florida’s west coast. Here are some of our recommendations that take place all weekend long:
 
 
July 2, 2016 | Sarasota
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kicks off the festivities in the area.
 
 
July 2nd & 3rd, 2016 | Bradenton
Marauder’s Baseball Game and Fireworks:  It doesn’t get more ‘American’ than baseball and fireworks. The Marauder’s take the field at 6:30 with the post-game fireworks show immediately following. Tickets rage from $6 – $10.
 
 
July 3, 2016 | Anna Maria Island, dusk
Fireworks will be on display at The Beach House: 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Longboat Key
Annual Freedom Fest Parade at 9 AM: Commissioners, police and fire rescue personnel are in the parade along with children who wish to dress up and walk their pets. Parade line up begins at 8:30 a.m. on Bay Isles Road. Activities, food and drinks and children’s game will take place in Bicentennial Park, next to the Town Hall.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Anna Maria Island
Privateers Annual 4th of July Parade, 10 AM to Noon: The parade route will take place from Coquinia Beach (south entrance) to City Pier at Anna Maria.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Venice
3rd Annual Myakka Kayaka 4th of July Jam Blast, 11 AM to 4 PM: Featuring live music and craft beers. Free admission. Kayak launch starts at 8 AM.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Siesta Key
26th annual 4th of July Fireworks Display, 9 PM: Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, making viewing good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf or from the Intracoastal waterway.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Sarasota
All American Barbeque and Independence Day Celebration on the ground of Selby Gardens, 6 – 10 PM: Four premier barbecue pit master vendors, live music from the Lauren Mitchell Band and family activities are all part of the celebration, plus enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay. $30 for members, $35 non-members, 11 and under are free.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay, 9 PM
Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere downtown, including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club by RVA Names Ken Howard to Resort & Club Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Longboat Key, FL (February 18, 2016) – Ken Howard is named Resort & Club Manager at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club, a RVA property. In his role at Cedars, Howard will be the key liaison between guests and members; he will be responsible for ensuring all standards within the Cedars community, manage and oversee of all the daily clubhouse services and activities. Howard’s engaging personality and wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry make him the ideal candidate for the position.

“Ken is the ideal individual to help drive strong company goals; aimed at member and guest satisfaction,” said Jesse Cook, Chief Operating Officer of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Ken will bring to our growing company and the Cedars community.”

A native of Maryland, Howard brings over 40 years experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities; namely with the Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland and with Woodmont Country Club in the Washington, DC area. In his spare time, Howard enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club is a luxury tennis community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. Cedars units vary in their availability from permanent tenants to weekly vacation rentals. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.com.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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Cedars Tennis Resort Receives Updates
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Monday, October 5, 2015

Longboat Key, FL (October, 2015) – Cedars Tennis Resort & Club reopens various aspects of the Club after undergoing renovations. The fitness center received new flooring, new cardio equipment and upgraded security systems completed in May of 2015. The onsite restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, reopened on October 1st with a strong support of our member base to view the new tile floors, upgraded décor, new computer systems and revised menu selections. The community is also finalizing the extensive upgrades made to the junior Olympic-sized pool which included new tile, upgraded lighting, resurfacing of the entire pool, and repainting the pool deck.

“Our goal has always been to provide the best possible tennis and fitness Club on the island of Longboat Key,” said Larry Starr, CEO of RVA – the management company for Cedars. “Many of these upgrades were a natural part of maintaining that high level of standard our members have come to appreciate.”

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxurious tennis community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. We offer a variety of membership options to fit all sporting or community needs. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 877-670-1778 or visit the website at www.CedarsTennisResort.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


Cedars Tennis Resort Receives USTA Membership
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Longboat Key, FL (July 2, 2015) – Cedars Tennis Resort & Club attains membership to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The membership will allow the resort-style property on Longboat Key to apply to host USTA tennis events; introducing our club to tennis players and their families from around the United States. Hosting USTA events allows Cedars Tennis Resort & Club members an opportunity to be involved in mentoring young and up-and-coming players. The benefits don’t stop there, being involved with the USTA offers our tennis professionals access to USTA programming, as well as access to grants and scholarships.

"The USTA membership at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club will draw awareness to the beautiful island of Longboat Key,” said Larry Starr, CEO of RVA. “We look forward to hosting events at our resort, as well as mentoring the future stars of tennis.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 877-670-1778 or visit the website at www.CedarsTennisResort.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


You Booked a Vacation Rental, Now What?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, December 26, 2014

You just booked your entire family for a beach vacation on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and at some point during your quest to pack up, you’ll probably ask yourself, “what should I bring with me? Is our vacation home fully stocked?” The answer is ‘YES’! Your RVA vacation rental will come fully-equipped. In most cases, the unit will have a fully stocked kitchen and if not a full kitchen, a kitchenette. All units are fully-furnished and come with linens and towels for your entire party.

Do you enjoy cooking on vacation? We recommend getting two large pill boxes (usually available for purchase at your local Dollar Store) and filling each box with your favorite spice and spice blends. Label the back of the containers using a Sharpie with the name of each spice. Now, all you have to do is plan your menu, and shop at our local supermarkets for fresh veggies, fruits and meats.

All of our rentals either have a washer and dryer in the unit or are easily accessible. So feel free to pack lighter on your clothing, since you’ll be able to do laundry during your vacation.

Here are some things we suggest you pack:

·         Sunscreen

·         Bathing suits (and flip flops!)

·         Reading material

·         Binoculars – you’ll want to use these to watch the dolphins frolic in the surf

·         Camera – you won’t want to miss our beautiful sunsets (trust us)

Should you need any assistance before your visit, or during your stay, contact our Vacation Planners at 800-237-9505. Or you can download the FREE RVA mobile APP for vacation information, local coupons and more!


Dave Sherwood Named Tennis Professional at Cedars
Posted by Jana Troyer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedars Tennis Resort, an RVA Property, Welcomes Tennis Professional Dave Sherwood

Sherwood brings 25 years experience to the resort

 

Longboat Key, FL (September 17, 2014) – Cedars Tennis Resort is pleased to welcome Tennis Pro Dave Sherwood. With 25 years experience, Dave brings knowledge in directing programs, teaching and coaching.

A certified tennis professional for the past 25 years, Dave holds a degree in Recreational Leadership with a major in Tennis Management from Tyler, Texas. Dave has trained and coached several National and Sectional ranked adult USTA teams, as well as designed and implemented several Junior Tennis Academies. His accomplishments include: managing and training over 20 Tennis Professionals, attending over 100 tennis lectures and seminars, being a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff and graduating from Welch’s Har-Tru Court Maintenance School. Previous positions in various capacities in the tennis industry include: Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida, Fincastle Country Club in the state of Virginia and Columbia at Antioquia Tennis Club in the city of Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.

We are proud to have someone with Dave’s experience, aptitude and passion for the game of tennis on our team,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “He will be a valuable addition to Cedars Tennis Resort and we are excited to have him on board.”

Dave will offer a range of instructional services including, private and semi-private lessons and skill clinics. As an integral part of the Operations Team at Cedars Tennis Resort, he will work closely with the Tennis Committee to coordinate and participate in a variety of round robin and social events throughout the upcoming season at the club.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

 

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Cedars Tennis Resort Welcomes Members for an Evening of Entertainment, Food and Mingling
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, December 5, 2012




Longboat Key, FL(December 5, 2012) On Wednesday, November 28, 2012,    The Cedars Tennis Resort welcomed members for an evening of entertainment, refreshments and mingling with their RVA, Resort Vacations team.  Members relished in new menu items that will debut at Cedars Caf & Tiki Bar after the re-launch in mid-December. The culinary treats were prepared by Longboat Keys very own Hal Christensen, of Harrys Continental Kitchens, who is the new managing partner of the Cedars Caf and Tiki-Bar. The festivities were capped off by the relaxed island sounds of Mike Sales, a local musician, who performed live and provided an atmosphere of fun, island flair.

Cedars Resort & Tennis Club features tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom units.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.    Cedars Resort offers a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki bar, restaurant, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and Pro shop, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.com.   

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  Each Vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.rvafl.com or call 800-237-9505.



About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

Cedars Tennis Resort Employees Participate in CPR & AED Training
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Longboat Key, FL (September 25, 2012) - On Monday, September 24, 2012, eight employees at Cedars Tennis Resort were educated and certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  Volunteer President with the Longboat Key Fire Rescue, Jeorge Alvarez, taught the class of eight. To help educate our members and guests, signs are positioned around Cedars Tennis Resort to alert them where the AED is located for future reference and ease of use.

We think this training is invaluable to our employees, members and guests, said Trevor Hind, Chief Operating Officer of RVA.  Should any member or guest ever need medical assistance in the future, I am confident our staff at Cedars Tennis Resort will be able to assist until emergency medical help arrives.

We are committed to providing service levels that not only meets expectations in terms of quality, but assure our members and guests that their safety and well-being is equally important, said Larry Starr, Chief Executive Officer of RVA.  This is one more step in our ongoing efforts to provide a high quality Club experience.

Cedars Tennis Resort features 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a Pro shop and tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom options.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.  Other Cedars Tennis Resort amenities include Cedars Caf & Tiki-Bar managed by Hal Christensen of Harrys Continental Kitchens, a junior Olympic swimming pool, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle and kayak availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.cedarstennisresort.com.  

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  Each Vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.rvafl.com or call 800-237-9505.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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