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The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico with 600 feet of private beach, 179 spacious, newly updated guest rooms with small refrigerators, coffee makers, in-room safes and a morning newspaper.

FREE Wi-Fi throughout the property. This charming island resort has two restaurants, a lounge, pool bar, room service and the service you’ve come to expect from Helmsley Hotels. Offering sailing, water vehicles, volleyball, a fully staffed recreation department, two heated pools and a gift shop. Convenient location and free parking, just one mile to St. Armands Circle’s upscale shopping and dining. Golf and tennis nearby. For reservations, call (800) 225-2181 or contact your travel agent. (941) 388-2181 | (800) 225-2181 | 1540 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota, 34236 | www.HelmsleySandcastle.com

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Sink your toes into our amazing sands

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Be inspired by our exciting art and culture

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Sarasota’s sandy delights

20 THINGS TO DO 4 UNIQUELY SARASOTA EXPERIENCES SARASOTA COUNTY OFFICIAL VISITORS CENTER AND HISTORY CENTER MUSEUM

Located in the Historic Chidsey Library Building, 701 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 941-706-1253, 800-800-3906 info@visitsarasota.org www.visitsarasota.org

Your can’t-miss vacation list

Main streets and artists’ communities

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SARASOTA’S GERMAN REPRESENTATION

Where food is both art and fun

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Explore our natural world VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

25 GOLF COURSES

16 THE SPORTING LIFE Get active, get outdoors!

30 SHOPPING 33 DINING 37 WEDDINGS 38 LODGING 44 VACATION RENTALS 44 CAMPGROUNDS & RV PARKS

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18 EVENTS Highlights of happenings

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Siesta Key, No. 1 beach by Barbara Banks

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The Official Sarasota County Visitors Guide® 2013 is published for Visit Sarasota County by Miles, 6751 Professional Parkway W., Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34240. Andrea Evans, Group Publisher; Melissa Bartalos, Editor; Marianne Sibille, Art Director; Adriana Moreira, Graphic Designer; Kalin Miller, Listings and Ad Manager. Erin Duggan, CDME, Visit Sarasota County Editor; Bernie Gottschalk, Advertising Sales. VSC would like to thank Barbara Banks; Dick Dickinson; Glenn Hastings; Michael Heape; Herb Booth; Stephanie Dubsky Photography; Marc Ellis/H2O Pictures; Al Gordon; Mote Aquarium; Eric Nalpas; Alex Stafford; Amy Steinmetz; Cat Pennenga; Peter Acker; Todd Olszewski; Cliff Roles; Bill Somach Photography; Norm Schimmel and all of the partners of VSC for contributing images for this guide. All rights reserved; reproduction in whole or in part prohibited without written permission of Visit Sarasota County. Copyright 2012. Partial funding provided by the Tourist Development Council, Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners.


BEACHES QUICK GUIDE

Sarasota Bay QUICK POINT NATURE PRESERVE On the extreme southern end of Longboat Key, Quick Point offers a scenic bay beach and excellent bird watching in two lagoon environments. A short nature trail takes you through mangroves.

TURTLE BEACH PARK This multi-faceted, small beach also offers a canoe/ kayak launch (with great bird watching and fishing nearby), a playground and campground.

Longboat Key Lido Key LIDO BEACH Just a quick stroll in bedazzled flip flops from chic St. Armands Circle, Lido is known for its white sands, jewel green waters and – surprisingly – a swimming pool.

Siesta Key SIESTA BEACH Ahhh, the perfect, powdersoft sand (just one reason Dr. Beach made this his #1 pick nationwide in 2011). A great place to walk, run, people-watch or play beach volleyball.

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Beaches This is a quick guide to some of our beautiful beaches. For a more complete map of the area, turn to page 27. For more info, go to www.visitsarasota.org/beaches.

NORTH JETTY PARK Watch the boats zoom through the Venice Inlet, see fishermen cast a line from the jetty, picnic under shade trees or swim in the glorious Gulf.

NOKOMIS BEACH Scenic boardwalks cross over the dunes at this pretty Gulffront county park. Across the street, you may fish or launch a boat in the Intracoastal.

CASPERSEN BEACH Dune formations, small sand “cliffs” that offer morning shade, and rock formations with good snorkeling highlight this pristine setting. Hunt for shells and prehistoric sharks teeth here.

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VENICE BEACH A 1950s-era concession stand harks back to the golden age of postcard perfect Florida travel. The beach here is still just as beautiful.

BLIND PASS BEACH With nature trails, excellent fishing, a canoe launch, playground, and access to both the Gulf and Lemon Bay, it’s surprising that this beach is such a well-kept secret.

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EXPERIENCES

Can’t-miss uniquely Sarasota County experiences Ask a local why he or she first fell in love with Sarasota, and you may find that person waxing poetic. The discussion might lean toward the quiet beauty of the Myakka River at sunrise… the incredible softness of Siesta’s sands... the sweet and heady fragrance of orange blossoms… the unbelievable variety of wildlife and nature experiences here… or the vibrant arts, culture and culinary scene that makes up both our largest city and our charming small towns. This is truly a special place, where both the simplest of pleasures – and the most sophisticated – can be treasured with family and friends. The pages of this visitor’s guide – along with our official website, www.visitsarasota.org – will help you explore some of the places and ways it’s so easy to fall in love with Sarasota. A few ideas to get you started: SIESTA BEACH Quite possibly one of the world’s most satisfying sandy experiences. This amazing strand (named the #1 beach in the nation by Dr. Beach in 2011) is the place to people-watch, play volleyball, relax in calm Gulf waters, or walk for miles. The sand is as white and soft as talcum powder.

WATERFRONT DINING From flip-flop-casual to special-occasionwonderful, a meal by the water has never tasted or looked so good. Try the Old Salty Dog or Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant and Oyster Bar for fish-shack fare, go resort-casual at the Crow’s Nest or Turtles, or plan a special dinner out at Ophelia’s on the Bay.

MOTE AQUARIUM Pet a stingray, get acquainted with an anemone, meet a manatee: This aquarium carves out its own niche among marine attractions by mixing hightouch creature encounters with hi-tech attractions, such as the Immersion Cinema. There’s something here for kids of all sizes and ages, including an awesome shark tank.

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE Sure, it’s a little bit fancy, but it’s all in fun. After a lazy day at the beach, come dine al fresco and watch the world stroll by, window shop at classy boutiques, eat ice cream under the shade of a palm tree or dance the salsa at night.

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MYAKKA CANOPY WALKWAY When you want to see the world in a whole new way, there’s no reason it can’t be from the top. Nature lovers should head straight to Myakka River State Park’s canopy walkway, one of only about a dozen in the world open to the public – the view from the 74-foot observation tower is spectacular.

WATER FUN However you do it, make a plan to see Sarasota waterside. Hop on a Jet Ski or Waverunner to zip through the waves, rent a pontoon boat for a floating good time, glide through the bay on a sunset sailing cruise, or go islandtropical aboard the LeBarge cruise.

SARASOTA’S BAYFRONT Peruse charter and sightseeing boat options; dine waterfront at landmark Marina Jack or tiki-casual O’Leary’s; ramble around Island Park with your partner or your pooch; admire public art; play in the kiddie fountain… it’s all open-air sunshiny goodness. WARM MINERAL SPRINGS Soak away your cares at the world’s largest warm mineral springs in North Port. Boasting 87-degree water, this natural spring pumps out nine million gallons of mineralrich water each day, meaning that it’s completely refreshed for swimmers every two hours. A spa and health-focused café on-site add to the mix.

PINECRAFT AMISH COMMUNITY Sarasota has its own sunny version of Lancaster, Pa. Hankering for some shoofly (or strawberry or rhubarb) pie? Head to Pinecraft, where you’ll find Amish restaurants, small, tidy homes and members of the Amish and Mennonite community in traditional clothing riding large-wheeled tricycles. The Monday–Saturday farmers market offers produce and crafts.

TOPS FOR KIDS GLORIOUS GARDENS The kids will love hand-feeding flamingos, posing with tropical birds, and the entertaining bird and animal shows at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Imaginative kids love the whimsical Sarasota Children’s Garden with its secret garden, maze and tree fort. And Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers a butterfly garden, banyan grove and koi pond, plus plenty of room for little ones to stretch their legs. A CIRCUS UP-CLOSE Sarasota’s iconic museum, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, has plenty to fascinate kids. Its Circus Museum showcases the world’s largest miniature circus and tons of memorabilia, from colorful costumes to parade wagons.

WEDDINGS BY THE SEA A gentle breeze, the murmur of the surf… and a backdrop almost as beautiful as the bride. Say “I do” as the sun sets in the Gulf or host your ceremony at one of our lovely museums or gardens for a day that’s as memorable as anything you’ve dreamed of.

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS (OH MY!) Rescued exotic animals – including rare white tigers – are the attraction at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Kids and parents can tour the facility (which is typically open on weekends) and watch brief demonstrations with the animals. *Please see the listing sections of this guide for more information on attractions and businesses mentioned in this story.

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NEIGHBORHOODS

Shop, dine and linger in our colorful neighborhoods DOWNTOWN SARASOTA The essence of walkable, vibrant downtown Sarasota has scores of independently owned shops, sidewalk cafés, art galleries, world-class arts and botanical gardens.

TOWLES COURT An artists’ colony set in a collection of Old Florida bungalows, Towles Court invites visitors to browse formal galleries, gift shops and artists’ studios. Monthly art walk. Map grid C3

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SOUTHSIDE VILLAGE South of downtown Sarasota you’ll find an enclave of hip restaurants, trendy shops and Morton’s Gourmet Market. Shop on palm-lined South Osprey, and stick around for live jazz.

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE Choose from a wide variety of lunch and dinner spots, then window-shop at the high-end boutiques, ice cream cone in hand. Perfect for people watching and multilingual eavesdropping. Map grid B3

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DEARBORN STREET Come to Englewood for cafés, art galleries, Saturday Night Live (shops open late and live entertainment), seasonal arts festivals and lively community theater at the Lemon Bay Playhouse.

GULF GATE VILLAGE Meander through this community’s many pocket-sized shops and eateries. Follow your nose to a French bakery, down a cold one at a pub specializing in microbrews and shop for global gifts and foods.

DOWNTOWN LAKEWOOD RANCH Cosmopolitan restaurants and stylish boutiques line Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, a master-planned community. Music on Main (monthly) and weekly farmers market.

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VENICE MAIN STREET Combining the best of smalltown charm and cosmopolitan tastes, with sidewalk cafés, boutiques and ice cream shops. Stroll down to Venice Beach and look for sharks’ teeth. Map grid D7


NATURE

Sarasotas Splendor Tiny, violet-hued coquinas ride in on a wave to bury themselves in Siesta’s silky sands … a doe and her fawn rest in the shade of a pine-and-palmetto hammock at Myakka River State Park … bottlenose dolphins fish in the surf near the Venice Inlet … a flock of ibis soars in a cloudless sky … the Sarasota area is full of Mother Nature’s miracles. Come experience them for yourself.

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s we walked the curve of the riverbank at Jelks Preserve in Venice, a friend said something I’ve not forgotten. “Stop,” he said. “Be still. If you look and listen, there’s a whole world around us.” In a few moments, the natural world that had been on the edge of my consciousness came alive: A tree frog’s musical call. The iridescent glimmer of a dragonfly’s wings in dappled sunlight. The deeply earthy scent of the riverbank. A flutter of scrub jay wings in palmetto fronds. Black ants marching past, an army on a quest to a destination I knew not of.

I’ve paddled, hiked and explored nature all over the Sarasota area, in every season. I know how peaceful, even soul-soothing, a day in her outdoors can be. Yet even I had forgotten something important: Stop. Be still. Look and listen. In today’s busy world, we sometimes forget to slow down and celebrate the wonder of nature that once came to us so easily as children. With her beautiful landscapes and amazing outdoor experiences, the Sarasota area is the perfect place to remember.

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2 1 ‘GATOR WATCH “Watch where you put your paddle!” my canoeing companion said. On that day, the Myakka Lake tributary seemed like a Tarzan movie cometo-life, complete with croc look-alikes. Any day of the year, from a canoe or kayak, or from the park’s observation areas, you will see ‘gators in Myakka River State Park. Also try: Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey; the Myakka River to the east of downtown Venice.

PADDLER’S PARADISE Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from a local outfitter, but don’t miss the chance to explore Lido Key’s mangrove tunnels. Even in daylight, this canopy of “walking trees” (accessed from the launch at South Lido Nature Park) feels mysterious, but friends tell me that a full moon paddle here can be “awesomely spooky.” As you paddle, you may see tiny mangrove crabs, yellow-crowned night herons, dolphins and even manatees. Other good spots: Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park (boat concessions available in both locations).

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3 GREAT HIKES Head to the Crowley Museum and Nature Center where nature trails traverse pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, swamp and marsh – and a newly renovated, half-mile boardwalk leads to an observation tower. Or try Myakka River State Park’s Mossy Hammock Trail which offers shade on much of its 2.2-mile path; the park’s Nature Trail, near the famed Canopy Walkway, is quiet and scenic. For a walk near water, try the Jelks Preserve along the Myakka River in Venice or Oscar Scherer State Park’s South Creek trail.

4 FLIPPER AND FRIENDS Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! One memorable Fourth of July, I saw a dolphin and her calf play in Sarasota Bay while fireworks colored the sky. At an Osprey marina, I witnessed the birth of a manatee calf. You may spot dolphins and manatees right from our beaches (and sea turtle nests in summer, too) – or head to the Venice and Nokomis jetties, where dolphins are seen every day.


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For more information on nature experiences, turn to the Things To Do section, which begins on page 20. Another great resource is www.discovernaturalsarasota.org

5 FAVE FISHIN’ HOLES If pescephile were a word, my father would be it. No one loves to catch (or eat) finned creatures more than he, and the Sarasota area is deservedly one of his favorite places to wet a line. Dad’s mostloved saltwater fishin’ holes: the Intracoastal Waterway across from Nokomis Beach (at 4 a.m., of course); underneath the Blackburn Point Bridge in Osprey; beneath the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota; and South Lido Park for wade fishing. In freshwater, the branches of the Myakka River, leading out to Charlotte Harbor, fit the bill. Dad’s big splash each year? An offshore charter from Marina Jack.

6 NATURE TOURS If you’ve ever wondered what lies beneath the water’s surface, Sarasota Bay Explorers at Mote Aquarium can help with answers. Biologist-narrated Sea Life Encounter and Nature Safari cruises explore our marine environments, giving kids of all ages an up-close look at puffer fish, stone crabs, sea horses, sand dollars and more. Oscar Scherer State Park, Myakka River State Park and Crowley Museum and Nature Center also offer interpretive programs year ‘round (check out Crowley’s new Children’s Discovery Path with five interactive stations, including a zipline).

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BIRD’S-EYE Every traveling avian enthusiast should have a birding buddy; consider Owen Comora yours. This long-time birder offers up his favorite local spots: the Celery Fields for roseate spoonbills and black-bellied whistling ducks; Pinecraft Park year ‘round for wrens and anhingas (seasonally for warblers and other migrating birds); Oscar Scherer State Park for endangered scrub jays; North Lido Beach and Siesta Beach for shorebirds. Or take a birding boat tour and get close-up photos at local rookery islands. Check out www.sarasotaaudubon. org for more.

COOL CAMPSITES Why not set up camp just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach? Turtle Beach Campground’s sites (part of Sarasota County’s Turtle Beach Park) can accommodate RVs up to about 32 feet or tents. Canoes and kayaks are OK, but no motorboats or pets, please. Campers cross over a small dune system to the Gulf, and fishing, a canoe launch, picnic shelters, grills, a playground, volleyball, and horseshoe pits are nearby. Other options: Myakka River State Park’s cabins; Oscar Scherer State Park’s creekside sites; Sun-n-Fun full-service camping resort. www.visitsarasota.org

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DINING

Food is both art and fun in the Sarasota area George Bernard Shaw once said that there is no love more sincere than the love of food. There’s much to adore in the Sarasota area, where restaurants ranging from ultra-sophisticated to toes–in–the–sand–casual grace the culinary scene.

AWARD-WINNERS. When everything has to be just right, Michael’s on East in Sarasota’s Midtown Plaza and Vernona at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, fit the bill. Michael’s received its 20th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award in 2010, one of only two restaurants in Florida to receive that honor. Find locally grown cuisine at the Mobil Four Star Vernona, which was recently named “Best Overall Restaurant in Florida” by Florida International magazine. The Bijou Café, a Europeaninfluenced café in downtown Sarasota, has earned accolades from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines. And Longboat Key’s Euphemia Haye was named one of “America’s Top 200 Most Romantic Restaurants.” It doesn’t get any fresher than our award-winning farmers markets. In a 2011 poll of America’s favorite markets, the North Port Farmers Market came in first in the Boutique category, and the Venice Farmers Market was second among Small Markets. The Sarasota Farmers Market, held every Saturday in downtown Sarasota, is one of Florida’s longest running farmers markets.

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT. The newest offering from local restaurateur and tastemaker Sean Murphy, Eat Here in downtown Sarasota was voted “best new restaurant” by several local publications. Branded as an upscale diner, it offers a spin on the traditional with a focus on fresh seafood – plus a rooftop bar.


Dine here MY OH MY, SAVE ROOM FOR PIE. Der Dutchman and Yoder’s, Sarasota. One would be hard-pressed to say which of these Sarasota-area Amish institutions offers a better sticks-to-your-ribs meal. One thing is sure: The pies are heaven-sent. FARM FRESH. Fresh produce and friendly faces are found at farmers markets in downtown Sarasota (one of Florida’s oldest) and North Port (both Saturday); at The Dome Flea Market in Venice (Friday through Sunday); and at Siesta Key Village (Sunday). Jessica’s Organic Farm is another great option for veggie lovers. OVER-THE-TOP ENDINGS. The Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye, Longboat Key. Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee, Crêpes Suzette … could an evening end more deliciously than this? Sweets-lovers flock here for the decadent pies, cakes and pastries, too. HEALTH NUT. Café Evergreen at Warm Mineral Springs focuses on good-for-youfoods such as salads, wraps and whole-grain dishes – and even offers an organic microbrew. In Sarasota, also worthy of note is the cheerful Simon’s Coffee House, with fresh ingredients and delicious breads, and newcomer Veg with both vegetarian and seafood dishes. GOING GLUTEN-FREE. If gluten is a concern, try Vertoris Pizza House in Bradenton. The Island Gluten Free Bakery, near Sarasota’s Stickney Point Bridge, is a great option too.

LATE NIGHT. Munchies 4:20 Café. This culinary ode to excess was featured on Man v. Food (host Adam Richman called the wings a “fiery inferno”). If you dare, try the “Fat Sandy” sandwich (two cheeseburgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken fingers, onion rings and other stuff sure to require medical intervention). Polish it off with a fried Twinkie. Open 4:20 p.m. to 4:20 a.m.

BUNGALOW BEAUTIES. Charming settings add to delightful dining: In Sarasota, try The Breakfast House for fantastic food in a Key West setting or Owen’s Fish Camp for rustic dining in historic Burns Court.

’50s DRIVE-IN. The Hob Nob, Sarasota. This icon on the north side of town has been serving up the classics – burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, shakes and floats – since 1957. Outdoor seating at breakfast and lunch. BEACH BAR. The Daiquiri Deck and S.K.O.B., Siesta Village. Suit required (bathing suit, that is). Technicalities aside (they aren’t actually on the sand), these two little open-air joints are quintessential beach bar: totally laid-back, lots of seafood, plenty of peoplewatching. S.K.O.B. has live tunes; Daiquiri Deck has outrageous frozen drink choices.

For more information on dining, please refer to the listings on page 33, or visit www.visitsarasota.org. www.visitsarasota.org

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ART AND CULTURE Voted America’s No. 1 small city for art, Sarasota is an explosion of artistic energies. You’ll find a world-class art museum, opera, ballet, an orchestra and numerous art galleries and theaters – all in Sarasota County. Come enjoy Florida’s oldest theater company, the Gulf Coast’s first professional ballet company and much more. Dozens of theater companies, film and chamber music festivals and monthly art walks round out the vibrant arts scene. Photos from left: Circus Sarasota; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; Florida Studio Theatre.

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THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART It’s an understatement to say that this is the crown jewel of the Sarasota cultural scene. This world-class complex boasts an art museum housing the Ringlings’ collection of Baroque masterpieces; the Ca d’Zan, a 1920s Venetian Gothic mansion; the Circus Museums with historic costumes, photographs and artifacts; and the glorious grounds, including Mable Ringling’s rose garden. In midOctober, the Ringling International Arts Festival celebrates the arts.

CIRCUS SARASOTA & ITS SAILOR CIRCUS When John Ringling brought the Greatest Show on Earth to Sarasota in 1927, he created a legacy that continues to this day, from the Circus Museums at the Ringling Museum complex to St. Armands Circle’s Circus Ring of Fame to performances of Circus Sarasota and the Circus Sarasota Sailor Circus. For more history, slideshows and an interactive map of circus landmarks, check out www.sarasotacircus history.com. For a free circus guide, stop in at the Visitors Center at 701 N. Tamiami Trl. or order online at www.visitsarasota.org/ visitors-guide/ order-form.

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THEATER & PERFORMING ARTS This is a town that loves its theater! Don’t miss: Broadway musicals at the seashell-inspired Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; the Asolo Repertory Theatre, where it’s possible to watch up to four plays in a single weekend; contemporary works at the Florida Studio Theatre; the Venice Theatre in charming downtown Venice; quality community performances at The Players Theatre; and The Banyan Theater Company during the quieter summer season.

See the Events listings on pages 18-19 for special happenings at these locations.

ARCHITECTURE Structurally speaking, our area is best known for the minimalistic, modern buildings known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, designed from 1940 to 1970. Now, fans of building design can explore this and two other architectural eras on a self-guided tour. Visitors can also stroll charming 1920s-era Venezia Park in Venice where most homes are in the Mediterranean Revival style. For information and brochures, stop in at the Visitors Center at 701 N. Tamiami Trl. in Sarasota.


La Musica brings outstanding international chamber musicians to Sarasota each April.

SARASOTA OPERA Critics say the acoustics are superb at the opera’s 1926 art deco theater in downtown Sarasota, which recently completed a $20 million renovation. Besides the comfort of its ornate surroundings, Sarasota Opera prides itself on offering both familiar and lesser-known works to welcome both novices and opera aficionados.

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ART WALKS Head to downtown Sarasota for two chances to mingle, browse, dine and shop: Palm Avenue’s First Friday celebration offers all this plus live performances from 6 – 9 p.m.; Towles Court opens up its galleries and working artists’ studios from 6 – 10 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. Nearby, in Bradenton, check out Village of the Arts’ ArtWalk, held the first Friday of each month. See our Things To Do section, which begins on page 20, for art & culture listings related to this story.

FESTIVALS From celebrations of culture such as Sarasota’s Greek Glendi and Venice’s Italian Feast & Carnival (both in February) to celebrity-watching at the Sarasota Film Festival (April), to jazz festivals (February/March) to chamber music concerts (April) to a sandsculpting competition (November), this area knows how to host a good party. Don’t miss the ephemeral sidewalk art of the Chalk Festival (November), this year with a circus theme.

MUSIC Music lovers find much that delights, including performances from classical to pops by the Venice Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. The 130-voice Key Chorale offers concerts October through April. Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota hosts international musicians from October through May. And for three weeks each June, the world’s best young musicians converge here for the Sarasota Music Festival, with its classes, lectures and concerts (many open to the public).

SARASOTA BALLET Everything is beautiful at the Gulf Coast’s professional ballet company. The company is thriving under director Iain Webb, performing classics and debuting modern works. The 2012-2013 season highlights: Sarasota's own "Nutcracker" and "The Uncommitted," with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

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SPORTS

THE SPORTING LIFE has never been so much fun

Whether you want to cheer during a chukker, ride a wave, show up for dawn patrol at a local golf course or just enjoy America’s favorite pastime, the Sarasota area is sporting good fun.

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VIEWS FROM ON HIGH Get a bird’s-eye view of the area’s sugar-white sands and sparkling seas (perhaps even a pod of dolphins) while soaring on a parasailing adventure. Stay dry while launching from and landing on the stern of the boat, or opt for a refreshing dip in the Gulf of Mexico.

HEY, BATTER BATTER! Baltimore Orioles fans have some rejoicing to do: Now they can watch their favorite team’s spring training games in one of the most beautiful cities in the South (and in a brandnew stadium)! It’s a great and inexpensive way to entertain the family.

CALM SURF Well, no, it’s not Hawaii 5-0. In fact, our calm Gulf waters mean that this is a super place to skim board (local beach shops offer boards if you didn’t bring your own). Watch the surf line, take a few running steps with your board, throw it down, and ride!

GREAT GOLF No matter whether you spend most of your game in a bunker, or are ready to play with the pros, Sarasota offers some exceptional courses at terrific values. Try Bobby Jones (a 1927 Donald Ross design), a standout municipal course among scores of great golfing options.

ROW YOUR BOAT or watch someone else row hers. Even if you’ve never sat in a rowing shell, it’s fun to watch a regatta at Nathan Benderson Park off University Parkway, which is slated to become a world-class rowing facility. A boathouse, canoe rentals and biking/ hiking paths are planned.

BEST PLACES TO CYCLE, WALK OR RUN Ride, rollerblade or stroll the Legacy Trail, a rails-to-trails project connecting Venice and Sarasota. Cruise the trails of Venice and see why it’s known as “the bike city.” Nearby, exclusive Casey and Manasota keys are popular for water vistas and tony mansions. At Myakka River State Park, the whole family can rent bikes and explore.

POLO! The sport typically has a certain “entertainment for the elite” aura, but not here in Sarasota. Tickets are just $10 for the Sunday matches (late December through mid-April) in Lakewood Ranch. Tailgating is encouraged and kids and dogs (the latter on leash) are welcome.

TENNIS, ANYONE? All-inclusive tennis resorts, public courts in city parks and everything in between – tennis is a year-round sport here. Get intensive instruction from a pro, or just hit a few easy balls before a dip in the pool. Every April, watch the pros compete in the Sarasota Open, held at the Longboat Key Club & Resort.

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LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Events where fun, art & cuisine meet

Sarasota Rowing Invitational

For a complete list of local events, go to to www.visitsarasota.org/events

FEBRUARY 2013 www.sarasotainvitational.com

Follow VisitSarasota:

WINTER Sailor Circus December & April www.sailorcircus.org

Lipizzan Stallions of Austria December – April www.hlipizzans.com

Perlman Sarasota Winter Residency December - April www.perlman musicprogram suncoast.org

Sarasota Polo

Forks & Corks

January 2013 www.freshoriginals.com/ forksandcorks

December – April www.sarasotapolo.com

St. Armands Circus Circle of Fame January

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Forks & Corks January www.freshoriginals. com/forksandcorks

Thunder By the Bay

Sarasota Opera Festival February - March www.sarasota opera.org

January www.thunderby thebay.org

SPRING

Circus Sarasota

Sarasota Opera Lovers Weekends

February www.circussarasota.org

Italian Feast & Carnival February

Sarasota Exotic Car Fest February www.sarasota exoticcarfest.com

Sarasota Rowing Invitational February www.sarasota invitational.com

March www.sarasota opera.org

Orioles Spring Training March www.orioles.com

EcoFest March www.warmmineral springs.com

Jazz Festival March www.jazzclub sarasota.com


Sarasota Chalk Festival

NOVEMBER 2013 www.chalkfestival.com

Florida Wine Fest & Auction

Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival

April www.floridawine fest.com

April www.sharkstooth fest.com

FSRA Rowing State Championships

Season of Sculpture

April www.florida rowing.org

LaMusica April

Sarasota Film Festival April www.sarasota filmfestival.com

Simply Sarasota Kitchen & Garden Festival April www.jlsarasota.org

Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament April sarasotaopen.org

Siesta Fiesta April

May

SUMMER Mote’s Ocean Day June www.mote.org/ worldoceanday

Sarasota Music Festival

FALL

June www.sarasota orchestra.org

Sarasota Blues Fest

Savor Sarasota

September www.sarasota bluesfest.com

June www.savorsarasota.com

Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival

Siesta Crystal Sand Sculpting Contest November www.crystalsand.org

Englewood Pioneer Days

Sarasota Chalk Festival

September www.englewood pioneerdays.com

November www.chalkfestival.com

June – July www.suncoast offshore.org

Ringling International Art Festival

Sarasota Improv Festival

October www.ringlingarts festival.org

July www.floridastudio theatre.org

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THINGS TO DO Sarasota St. Armands Circle/Lido Key Longboat Key Siesta Key Surrounding Areas Casey Key, Englewood, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Venice Manatee County

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A R T S & C U LT U R E C-2 ART SARASOTA ABOARD SEAFAIR 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 239-495-2024, www.expoships.com SeaFair is the world's first mobile megayacht venue. SeaFair remains dockside, pairing international fine art, jewelry and collectibles with harbor view dining and special events. Check our website for March 2013 dates SeaFair is in Sarasota. B-3 ARTIST SERIES CONCERTS

OF SARASOTA

1226 N. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 300, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-306-1200, www.artistseriesconcerts.org Presenting a series of concerts annually, featuring world-class classical and popular musicians at Historic Asolo Theatre and other one-of-a-kind venues. Check website for dates and times. Ad Page 28 B-1 ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE

5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 800-361-8388, www.asolo.org From Nov.-July, presenting a unique rotating repertory of classics and new works in the elegant Mertz and intimate Cook theaters. Call or see website for hours. Ad Page 28 B-1 BANYAN THEATER COMPANY 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-358-5330, www.banyantheatercompany.com Sarasota's award-winning professional summer theater company offers a thought-provoking three-play season from June - August. Check website. C-2 FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-9000, www.floridastudiotheatre.org FST produces world premieres and contemporary works that have been produced on and off-Broadway within the last five years. Box Office: Tues. - Sat. 9 am - 9 pm; Sun. 10 am - 9 pm; Mon. 9 am - 6 pm. Ad Page 29 C-2 GOLDEN APPLE DINNER THEATRE 25 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-5454, www.thegoldenapple.com A complete evening out. The tiered arrangement of swivel seats in the theater offers optimum viewing and dining. Cocktails, wine and beverages. 6 - 10 pm daily. C-2 JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Ste. 111, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-1552, www.jazzclubsarasota.org Concerts most Fridays at 2 pm, Oct. 2012 - May 2013; 33rd Annual Festival: Jazz in Park, Mar. 3, Players Theatre Concerts, Mar. 5, 7, 8, 9, Trolley Night, Mar. 6. Office: Wed. - Fri. 9 am - 5 pm.

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KEY CHORALE

Sarasota, FL 941-921-4845, www.keychorale.org Key Chorale is dedicated to bringing great choral music to life in concerts of varying exciting formats and styles. Check website for performance dates and times.

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LA MUSICA DI ASOLO

Sarasota, FL 941-346-2601, www.lamusicafestival.org Annual international chamber music festival with concerts at the Sarasota Opera House, open rehearsals at New College and free community events. The 2013 festival concerts are scheduled for April 8, 11, 14, 17, 19. Please check the website for times and additional information.

A-1 LONGBOAT KEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS 6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-2345, lbkca.ringling.edu Division of Ringling College of Art & Design. Focusing on arts, culture, creativity and community. Classes, workshops, events and exhibitions. In season, Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 4 pm, or check the website.

C-3 LEBARGE TROPICAL CRUISES 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-6116, www.lebargetropicalcruises.com Enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise combining Sarasota's abundant wildlife, a bit of history, spectacular shoreline homes, or enjoy a dolphin encounter cruise. Sunset cruises. Open daily.

B/C-2 PLAYERS THEATRE 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2494, www.theplayers.org Year-round programming that includes a Broadway Theatre Series, SNAP! (something new at Players) series, concerts, and a Summer Sizzler Series. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm and 1 hour before performances.

F-4 MYAKKA WILDLIFE TOURS 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 941-365-0100, www.myakkawildlife.com One-hour narrated airboat tour to see alligators in the wild. One-hour land tram tour through Myakka State Park. Learn about flora and fauna. Seasonal hours; call for info.

B-1 SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-0099, www.sarasotaballet.org 22nd season includes Paul Taylor Dance Company, There Where She Loves, Company B, Sarasota's Own Nutcracker, La fille mal gardée and many more. Oct. - May performances, 2 and 8 pm. Ad Page 28 C-2 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL 332 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 866-575-FILM, www.sarasotafilmfestival.com The 15th Annual Sarasota Film Festival, April 5-14, 2013, emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events. C-2 SARASOTA OPERA 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 888-OPERA12, www.sarasotaopera.org Sarasota Opera presents Rigoletto and Little Nemo in Slumberland this fall, followed by a world-class 4-opera Winter Festival running Feb. 9 - March 24, 2013. Box Office: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 4 pm. Ad Page 28 B/C-2 SARASOTA ORCHESTRA 709 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 866-508-0611, www.sarasotaorchestra.org Performs Classical and Pops concerts from Sept. - May. The orchestra schedule spans traditional masterworks to innovative multi-media formats. Box office opens 1 hour prior to concerts at event venue. Office: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 4 pm. Ad Page 29 B/C-2 VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-826-9303, www.vanwezel.org The best of Broadway, internationally renowned concert artists, dancers, musical stars, comedians and orchestras. Box office: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 4 pm; Sat. 10 am - 3 pm; later hours and Sunday hours on show dates. D-7 VENICE THEATRE 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285 941-488-1115, www.venicestage.com Nationally acclaimed community theater year 'round. Broadway musicals, classic/contemporary dramas, comedies, cabarets, concerts and family theater. Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 5 pm, Sat. 10 am - 1 pm and 1 hour before performance. Ad Page 29

CRUISES/TOURS

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AROUND THE BEND NATURE TOURS

Serving Sarasota Area 941-794-8773, www.aroundbend.com Nature guides help you discover the rich natural and cultural history of Sarasota. Take a walk in the grass flats, visit an Indian temple. Daylight and sunset.

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ODYSSEY TRAILS

Serving Sarasota and surrounding areas. 855-2XPLORE (855-297-5673), www.odysseytrails.com Guided backroad day tours explore scenic local wilderness areas, historical and cultural sites in the comfort of luxury expedition vehicles. A variety of day and overnight tours are available. Ad Page 23 B-2/3 SARASOTA BAY EXPLORERS 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Mote Aquarium, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-4200, www.sarasotabayexplorers.com Our Sea Life Encounter Tour is a wonderful extension to a visit at Mote Aquarium. Hands-on, fun and informative for all ages. Open daily 9 am - 5 pm.

E N T E R TA I N M E N T C-3 CIRCUS SARASOTA 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-355-9335, www.circussarasota.org Affordable family entertainment Under the Big Top in February each year! Sailor Circus continues the circus legacy with performances in December and March/April. Check website for dates and times. B-2 McCURDY'S COMEDY THEATRE 3333 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-925-3869, www.mccurdyscomedy.com Nationally touring professional comics as seen on Showtime, HBO, Comedy Central and Tonight Show. Family night one Monday per month; check website. Wed. - Sun. 7:30 pm showtime; Fri. - Sat. additional 9:45 pm showtime. C-4 OH MAMMA MIA DINNER SHOW 2324 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-706-2821, www.ohmammamiarestaurant.com Original Italian food prepared to order in an open kitchen atmosphere. It’s dinner and a show! Cooking demonstrations, private parties, and children’s cooking classes available. Tues. - Thurs. 4:30 - 8:30 pm; Fri. 11:30 am - 9:30 pm; Sat. 4:30 - 9:30 pm. C-2 WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE 1646 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-1505, www.wbttsrq.org Since 1999 WBTT produces high energy, high quality shows that bring diversity to the area’s cultural landscape. Hottest shows in town. Box office: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 3 pm; Sat. 10 am - 2 pm.

FISHING / MARINAS

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CANNONS MARINA

C-3 ENTERPRISE SAILING CHARTERS 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 888-232-7768, www.sarasotasailing.com Sail turquoise waterways and barrier islands on a three-sail vessel. The sailing charter voted the best experience of their vacation by passengers. Daily 8 am - 8 pm.

6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-1311, www.cannons.com Full- and half-day boat rentals, Grady-White, Scout and Southwind deck boats available. Full ship's store, bait, tackle, ice. Multi-day discounts available. Open daily 8 am - 5:30 pm.

C-3 KEY SAILING 2 Marina Plz. Slip E-18, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-346-7245, www.siestakeysailing.com Voted Siesta Key Business Person of the Year. Newest, largest vessel. Affordable and personalized. See dolphins and sunsets. 2010 film site. Official ED Vessel. Call 24/7.

C-4 C.B.'S SALTWATER OUTFITTERS 1249 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-4400, www.cbsoutfitters.com Boat rentals for sightseeing or fishing, half- or full-day. Fishing charters for light tackle and fly. Bait, tackle, sportswear and T-shirts. Open daily 7 am - 6 pm. Ad Page 21

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Siesta Key Beach Siesta Key Oyster Bar SKOB, as the locals call it, is world famous for its laidback, beachy atmosphere. Our award-winning chef will lavish your palate with seafood flavors, prime burgers, and our premium oysters and crawfish. Live music is offered every night by top local artists. 5238 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242   swww.skob.com

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Play B OAT R ENTALS CB’s Saltwater Outfitters CB’s is the largest on-the-water Bait & Tackle Shop offering Siesta Key boat rentals, fishing charters and fishing tackle. CB’s Outfitter shop & “Beach Boutique” carries leading name brands in outdoor sportswear, plus T-shirts for the whole family. (Small Business Award Winner!) Open daily 7am – 6pm.

Siesta Sports Rentals Siesta Key’s #1 place for all things fun! Siesta Sports Rentals offers bike rentals for the whole family, kayak rentals and tours, paddleboards, scooters, scooter cars, beach wheelchairs, strollers, beach chairs and more. (Small Business Award Winner!) 6551 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242

1249 Stickney Point Rd., Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 34242

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Stay Best Western Plus – Gateway Siesta Key Hotel This newly renovated hotel, just one mile from the #1 beach, offers many amenities including complimentary hot breakfast, hi-speed internet, 42” flat screens with HDTV in every guest room and a new fitness center. From the comfortable décor to the crystal-blue pool and hot tub, this property sets a new standard for lodging near Siesta Key. 6600 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231      swww.gatewaysiestakeyhotel.com

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THINGS TO DO B-2 HART'S LANDING 920 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-0011 Bait and tackle for 75+years, serving our friends and tourists, showing customers how to fish in Sarasota Bay. Best fishing guides available for Bay and Gulf. Daily 6:30 am - 8 pm.

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MAGIC FISHING ADVENTURES

Sarasota, FL 941-345-7788, www.magic-fishing.com Fish our bays, flats and coastal beaches for snook, trout, redfish and more! Native Sarasota guide with 30 yrs. experience. Open daily.

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OUTRIGGERS SPORT FISHING CHARTERS

Marina Jack Slip E-25, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-809-2211, www.sarasotacharterfishing.com Offshore fishing on 35’ sportfish boat “Nice One.” Full and half-day charters include licenses and tackle. Customized for novice to expert. Open daily. C-2 REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS 930 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-228-7802, www.charterfishingsarasota.com Inshore fishing, sightseeing and photography charters at affordable prices. Customized trips. Children welcome. 2, 4, 6 and 8-hour trips. Open 24 hours, daily. D-3 RODBENDER FISHING CHARTER 920 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-320-8171, www.sarasotafishingcharter.com Fishing charter inshore and offshore, best rates, sightseeing charters. Kids welcome! Call today. Available every day.

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Sarasota and surrounding waters. 941-952-8312, www.fishingsarasotabay.com Captain Tony is your guide for "a great day on the Bay." Fun family fishing charters. All ages welcome. Up to four passengers. Weekend specials. Daily 4- and 6-hour trips. C-4 SIESTA KEY MARINA 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-1970, www.siestakeymarina.com Full-service marina including monthly and weekly dry storage, boat rentals, mechanical service, parts sales, fuel, bait, bottom painting and parasailing. Daily 8 am - 5 pm. A-1 WOLFMOUTH CHARTERS

Serving all the Islands 941-720-4418, www.wolfmouthcharters.com Offering custom light tackle sportfishing for families and individuals on the calm and beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Daily trips to fit your schedule.

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SANCTUARY

G/H-3 CROWLEY MUSEUM AND NATURE

CENTER

16405 Myakka Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 941-322-1000, www.crowleyfl.org This 'Living Homestead Museum' offers natural and cultural history as well as sustainable agriculture demonstrations on 190 acres of old Florida. Open Thurs. - Sun. 10 am sundown. Check website for information about seasonal programs, nature trails, the pioneer museum, admissions and more.

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DAKIN DAIRY FARMS

30771 Betts Rd. Myakka City, FL 34251 941-322-2802, www.dakindairyfarms.com Producing and bottling milk right on the farm. Tours, feed baby calves, hayrides, pig races, corn maze, roast a hot dog. Visit this sustainable farm for a memorable day. See website for visitor hours.

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EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES

2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-334-7419, www.edisonfordwinterestates.org Historical, audio and behind-the-scenes tours of Edison Ford historic homes, tropical gardens, botanic lab and museum. 9 am - 5:30 pm daily. D-5 HISTORIC SPANISH POINT 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 941-966-5214, www.historicspanishpoint.org Sarasota's premier outdoor archaeological site and history museum featuring a pioneer homestead, nature trails and the gardens of Mrs. Palmer. Call for hours. C-2 HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF

SARASOTA COUNTY

1260 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-9076, www.hsosc.com A gateway to explore Sarasota's history, traditions and culture. Docent tours in Sarasota's oldest building. Historical church available for weddings. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 2 pm and available for rentals. B-1 JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING

MUSEUM OF ART

5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-5700, www.ringling.org The Ringling Estate includes the Cà d'Zan mansion, beautiful grounds and gardens, Circus Museum, Historic Asolo Theater and the Museum of Art. Daily 10 am - 5 pm; open Thurs. until 8 pm. Ad Page 12 C-3 MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-5731, www.selby.org Explore the world’s most spectacular display of epiphytes and their canopy habitats. Visitors see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from educational programs. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm. B/C-2 MARIETTA MUSEUM OF ART

& WHIMSY

2121 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-364-3399, www.whimsymuseum.org Visit our free new museum and gardens. Enjoy the American creative spirit. Thurs. - Sat. 1 - 4 pm. Please check our website for additional hours and/or events.

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MIXON FRUIT FARMS

7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240 941-371-6377, www.bigcathabitat.org Educational, fun-filled entertainment featuring live lions, tigers, chimpanzees, bears and more, plus petting zoo. Check website or call for hours to visit the animals.

2525 27th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 800-608-2525, www.mixon.com Tram tours of the grove and wildlife education center, fresh fruit and juice, gift shop, deli, ice cream and fudge. Open Oct. - May: 10 am - 5 pm; June - Sept: 10 am - 3 pm; closed Sunday.

C-2 CHILDREN'S GARDEN &

B-2/3 MOTE MARINE LABORATORY

1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-330-1711, www.sarasotachildrensgarden.com Enchanted place designed for kids. Pirate ship, gardens, maze, tree fort/slide, three little pigs' house and dress-up room. Where magic begins. Nature and garden classes weekly. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm.

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-691-MOTE, www.mote.org Sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, sea horses, touch pools and interactive theaters showcasing Mote Marine Laboratory's renowned research. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ad Page 23

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B-1 SARASOTA CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM 5500 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-6228, www.sarasotacarmuseum.org The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is the second oldest antique car museum in the nation. Don't miss this unique collection of vintage autos! Open daily 9 am - 6 pm. B-2 SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 877-681-6547, www.sarasotajunglegardens.com Acres of tropical plants and animal exhibits. Feed flamingos and hold a baby alligator. Exciting daily shows. Cafe, playground and gift shop. Open daily 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. B-1 SARASOTA KENNEL CLUB 5400 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-355-7744, www.sarasotakennelclub.com Live Greyhound Racing Dec.-May. One Eyed Jacks Card Room open year-round. Simulcast dog and horse racing, restaurant, lounge, café, conference and banquet room. Mon. - Thurs. 11 am - 1 am; Fri. - Sat. 11 am - 3 am. Ad Page 24 B-2 SMUGGLERS COVE ADVENTURE GOLF 3815 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-351-6620, www.smugglersgolf.com Play adventure miniature golf in caves, by a shipwreck and near rushing waterfalls. Feed live alligators, too. Second location in Bradenton. Open daily 9 am - 11 pm.

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SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM AND BISHOP PLANETARIUM

201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-4131, www.southfloridamuseum.org Explore Florida's story from the prehistoric to the present day, take a virtual journey in the Bishop Planetarium and meet Snooty™ the manatee. Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm; Sun. noon 5 pm. Open Mondays seasonally. Ad Page 24 H-8 WARM MINERAL SPRINGS

RESORT & DAY SPA

12200 San Servando Ave., North Port, FL 34287 941-426-1692, www.warmmineralsprings.com Swim in Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth–America's most beneficial mineral waters! Full-service spa, souvenir/gift shop and award-winning Café Evergreen. Open daily 9 am - 5 pm.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES B/C-2 ADVENTURE-ISLAND STYLE 2433 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-954-1009, www.islandstylesports.com Rentals, licensed instructors and guides for SUP, windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking in beautiful Sarasota waters. PASA certified. Daily 9 am - 5 pm.

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ALMOST HEAVEN KAYAK ADVENTURES

Serving Sarasota, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island 941-504-6296, www.kayakfl.com Provides a wide variety of guided kayak eco-tours that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an adventure of a lifetime. Open 7 days a week, including holidays. C-2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237 941-893-6300, www.orioles.com Major League Baseball Spring Training home of the Baltimore Orioles. An exciting, family-friendly experience with Spring Training practices free and open to the public starting in midFebruary. Spring Training games are in March. Details and tickets: www.orioles.com.

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BAY AND GULF ADVENTURES

Serving the Sarasota Area 941-893-7221, www.bayandgulfadventures.com Guided kayak nature/eco tours and kayak rentals. Dolphin, manatee, eagles, pelicans and marine life sightings. 20+ years experience. Free delivery. Open daily. D-7 COOL BREEZE BOAT &

JET SKI RENTALS

100 Circuit Rd., Nokomis, FL 34275 941-485-3333, www.coolbreezeboatrentals.com Boat, Jet Ski and kayak rentals, closest to the Gulf. 19' deck boats (fits 10), 24' pontoon boat (fits 14) and center console (fits 6). Open daily 8 am - 5 pm.


SARASOTA

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE/LIDO KEY

Odyssey Trails

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE

Adventure awaits! Odyssey Trails takes you off the beaten path and offers a unique selection of expertly guided day and multi-day tours. Get an up-close look at the diverse cultures, little-known historic sites and varied ecosystems as Odyssey Trails reveals the hidden treasures of Florida’s captivating Suncoast.

A unique island shopping experience with over 140 upscale shops, boutiques, art galleries and award-winning restaurants set amidst lush tropical landscaping, antique statuary, courtyards and patios. Art Festivals, classic car shows, a family-friendly Halloween event and a spectacular holiday display add to the excitement!

(855) 2XPLORE, (941) 309-5152 1990 Main St., Suite 750 Sarasota, 34236 www.odysseytrails.com

(941) 388-1554 300 Madison Dr., Sarasota, 34236 www.starmandscircleassoc.com

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE/LIDO KEY

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory is set on City Island, perfectly located close to the beaches, St. Armands Circle, Longboat Key and downtown Sarasota. Explore the hidden depths of the ocean with sharks, manatees, turtles and more than 100 other species of marine life. Mote gives you the opportunity to ‘Take A Closer Look’ at your favorite creatures through touch pools, viewable working labs and interactive exhibits. PHOTO 3.5 x 4.375 inches

(941) 388-4441 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, 34236 www.mote.org

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THINGS TO DO C-4 DOLPHIN PADDLESPORTS 6018 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-9671, www.floridakayak.com Stand up paddleboard, fishing, kayaking, swim gear and accessories for sale and rent. Kayak rentals and lessons. Open Mon. - Sat. 8 am - 7 pm; Sun. 9 am - 5 pm. F-4 FRIENDS OF MYAKKA RIVER Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 941-361-6511, www.myakkariver.org/friends Friends of Myakka River is a not-for-profit community organization formed to protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park and the Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River. Park main entrance is on State Road 72, nine miles east of I-75. The Park is open every day from 8 am - sunset.

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Sarasota and surrounding areas 855-AG-TOURS, www.gulfcoastagventures.com Gulf Coast AgVentures is a group of 11 family-owned farms and animal attractions. Come and enjoy farms, animals and the history behind them. Hours vary by location. Check our website.

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Serving Sarasota County 941-302-2677, www.ikayaksarasota.com Save on self-guided tours. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Free lessons for stand-up paddleboarding. Best day ever! Check our website. Call for free delivery. Sarasota Pools and Beaches 800-723-7946, www.miracleswimming.com Swimming classes for adults and children. Pool classes and Gulf classes. One hour, or 24 hrs over 5 days. Specialized classes for people who are afraid. Learn To Swim Show at www.conquerfear.com. Or call Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 5 pm.

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ROBIN HOOD RENTALS

6029 33rd St. E., Bradenton, FL 34203 941-756-0886, www.pplatplay.com Come play in the dirt! Run construction excavators and dozers. Your 'hard hat' experience awaits at People at Play: The Heavy Equipment ExperienceSM. Open by appointment only. Reservations and pre-payment required. 5129 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-554-4242, www.robinhoodrentals.net Segway rentals, kayak tours, scooter, bike and beach rentals. Conveniently located in Siesta Key Village. Open daily 9 am - 5 pm. C-2 SARASOTA FAMILY YMCA WATER PARK

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8301 Potter Park Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238 941-922-9622, www.thesarasotay.org Sarasota Family YMCA's water park and Alpine Tower with waterslides, cannons, concessions and pools, 50' tower with more than 60 paths to the top. Check website for hours.

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SARASOTA PADDLEBOARD COMPANY

Sarasota and surrounding areas. 941-650-2241, www.sarasotapaddleboardcompany.com Fun for the whole family! Professional standup paddleboard outfitters. Sales, rentals and lessons. Rentals include free delivery and instruction. Open daily sun-up to sun-down serving Lido, Longboat and Siesta Keys. Reservation phones open until 9 pm.

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SARASOTA WIND & WATER ADVENTURES

1518 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-379-4222, www.sarasotawindandwater.com Paddleboard rentals, lessons and sales, kayak rentals, kiteboard lessons and equipment sales, dolphin tours, water skiing, fishing charters, licensed and insured. Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. by appointment.

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South Florida Museum Experience Florida’s history through ice age fossils, prehistoric artifacts, the wonders of the night sky and manatees. Planetarium shows and live manatee presentations daily. Bring this ad to receive $1 off your admission! Discount expires 12/31/2013.

(941) 746-4131 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, 34205 www.southfloridamuseum.org T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S O TA C O U N T Y V I S I T O R S G U I D E

E-6 SARASOTA TRAP, SKEET & CLAYS 3445 Rustic Rd., Nokomis, FL 34275 941-488-3223, www.sarasotagunclub.com Two sporting clay courses with a total of 23 stations. Five stands with 10 traps, one wobble trap. Three skeet fields and three trap fields. Pro shop and rental guns available. Sat. Sun. 9 am - 4 pm; Wed. 9 am - 9 pm; Fri. 9 am - 1 pm. C-4 SIESTA KEY PARASAIL & JETSKI 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-586-1972, www.siestakeyparasailing.com Enjoy breathtaking views of Siesta Key. Experienced, professional and courteous crew. Fun, safe and easy for all ages! No experience is required! Open daily. C-4 SIESTA KEY WATERSPORTS 1536 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-3030, www.siestakeywatersports.com Parasailing, Jet Ski rentals and now custom cruises, dolphinwatching and sunset tours. USCG-certified with over 20 years in business and spotless safety record. Open 9 am - sunset. C-4 SIESTA SPORTS RENTALS 6551 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-1797, www.siestasportsrentals.com Renting bikes, kayaks, scooters, beach wheelchairs and beach stuff. Our kayak tours around the Jim Neville Preserve are only $45/person. Daily 9 am - 5 pm. Ad Page 21

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Sarasota Bay & Beaches 941-549-0466, www.suncoastpaddleboard.com Experienced in standup paddleboarding rentals and lessons. Best experience and adventure. Free delivery. Call for reservations today. Mon. - Sat. 8 am - 7 pm; Sun. 9 am - 5 pm. One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705 888-FANRAYS, www.raysbaseball.com Major League Baseball April-Oct. in St. Pete and Spring Training during March in Charlotte Sports Park. Check website for game times.

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Sarasota Kennel Club & One-Eyed Jack’s Poker Room Live championship simulcast horse and dog racing. Live Championship Greyhound Racing starts November 23, 2012 - May 2013. Matinees: Monday through Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. Evening Races Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. One Eyed Jacks Poker Room - Open Monday through Saturday at 11am. (941) 355-7744 5400 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota, 34234 www.sarasotakennelclub.com www.skcpoker.com


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You may visit here for the white sands, but you‘re sure to be enchanted by our fabulous greens. With gorgeous weather and more than 50 public and private courses, Sarasota County is a golfer‘s dream getaway. Many of our challenging courses weave through beautiful woods and lakes, and when you‘re through sinking putts, gourmet restaurants, shopping, art and more await beyond the beaches. For more information about golf courses, visit www.visitsarasota.org.

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SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB

Need a lift? We provide door-to-door airport rides to and from your home, office or hotel 24/7. Serving Tampa (TPA), Sarasota (SRQ), and St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) airports. Whether an individual or group, we help coordinate your ground transportation needs. Book online and use discount code CMZ5M to receive a special fare discount.

Founded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is a private, member-owned golf club located just north of downtown Sarasota. Designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, it is recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in Florida, and where the integrity of the game has been preserved. Sara Bay…”Golf is our passion… Is it yours?”

(800) Blue-Van, (727) 572-1111 11901 30th Ct. N. St. Petersburg, 33716 www.supershuttle.com

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Argus Vacation Rentals on Siesta Key and Longboat Key Argus has just the right spot for you! Over 350 one-, two- and three-bedroom vacation condominiums – offering beach front, gulf and bay views.

GULF AND BAY CLUB BAYSIDE 941.346.3499 www.gulfandbayclubbayside.com

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CEDARS WEST OF LONGBOAT KEY 941.383.4666 www.cedarswest.com

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Sarasota’s Official Visitors Center Your first stop for the perfect vacation

Go Mobile www.VisitSarasota.org

701 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236 Monday - Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM 941-706-1253, 800-800-3906 info@visitsarasota.org

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one of america’s leading professional regional theatres

2012-2013 Seventeenth Season Exceptional musicians from around the world, performing for you in America’s only 18th Century European Opera House, and other one-of-a-kind venues.

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PIANO VOCAL INSTRUMENTAL POPS

Unique, live musical events that entertain, engage and inspire.

Click on the “Eat/Stay” For our schedule, tab on our website details and tickets visit for special offers and www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941.306.1200 EHQH¿WVHVSHFLDOO\IRU visitors and vacationers.

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SHOPPING Sarasota St. Armands Circle/Lido Key Longboat Key Siesta Key Casey Key, Englewood, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Venice Surrounding Areas Lakewood Ranch Manatee County

* Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates.

C-2 ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE 1093 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 32436 941-362-0803, www.sarasotasalvage.com Find artifacts, objects d'art, furniture and great oddities that have withstood the test of time, traveled the globe and represent a flavorful mix of cultures. Shipping available. Florida Retailer of the Year. Mon. - Sat. 9 am - 5 pm.

ART CENTER SARASOTA

C-2 707 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2032, www.artsarasota.org A diverse and vibrant community arts center with changing work by local and national artists exhibited in four galleries. Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm.

ART UPTOWN

C-2 1367 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-5409, www.artuptown.com Sarasota's oldest and only cooperative fine arts gallery representing the work of some 30 area artists. Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 5 pm, Sat. 10 am - 4 pm; Fri. evenings 7 - 9 pm.

ARTISANS' WORLD MARKETPLACE

C-2 128 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-5994, www.artisansworldmarketplace.com Providing a concrete way to respond to the global problems of poverty, hunger and our environment through a fair trade retail outlet. Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 5 pm, Sat. 9 am - 2 pm, 1st Friday Gallery Walk 6 - 9 pm.

DEVELOPMENT COMPANY D-1 BENDERSON 8441 Cooper Creek Dr., Bradenton, FL 34201 941-359-8303, www.benderson.com With 14 shopping venues throughout Sarasota County, including the newest University Park area shopping centers. Check your favorite stores for hours. BOOKSTORE1SARASOTA

C-2 1359 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7900, www.bookstore1sarasota.com A full-service, New York Times reporting, bookstore in the heart of Sarasota's cultural and restaurant district with a staff experienced in book selling and event management. Mon. Sat 10 am - 9 pm; Sun. 10 am - 6 pm. D-7 CAPTAIN'S LANDING - FINE MEN'S APPAREL 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 866-463-1643, www.captainslanding.com At Captain's Landing, a tone of relaxed elegance permeates through our entire collection of only the finest men's apparel available. Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sun. noon - 4 pm. C-4 CASA ITALIA 2080 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-1179, www.casaitaliafl.com Italian market and deli. Gourmet foods and wine, quality cold cuts, imported cheeses, cooked food, pasta, sauces, oil, vinegar, olives, fresh bread. Fresh sandwiches made to order. Mon. - Sat. 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Closed Tues. in summer.

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DESIGNING WOMEN BOUTIQUE

1226 N. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 101, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-5293, www.designingwomenboutique.org "Sarasota's must-shop non-profit boutique." Consigned and new designer clothing and jewelry, home furnishings, accent pieces, accessories and antiques. Full estate liquidation services. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 5 pm; Sat. 10 am - 4 pm.

DOME FLEA MARKET

E-8 5115 S.R. 776, Venice, FL 34293 941-493-6773, www.thedomefleamarket.com 300 a/c and covered farm and flea market booths. Oldest farm market in Sarasota County. Historic Woodmere town exhibit. Lowest cost vendor market. ATM. Open Fri. - Sun. 9 am - 4 pm.

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA ALLIANCE

C-2 1416 State St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-7040, www.dsasarasota.com Live from Downtown Sarasota every Friday night. Shopping, dining, live entertainment. Main Street, Towles Court, Burns Court or Rosemary. 6 - 9 pm. Office: Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 2 pm.

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ELLENTON PREMIUM OUTLETS

5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, FL 34222 888-260-7608, www.premiumoutlets.com/ellenton 130 designer and name brand outlet stores including Coach, Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren at savings of 25% to 65% every day. Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 9 pm; Sun. 10 am - 7 pm. Ad Page 31 C-3 ELYSIAN FIELDS - BOOKS & GIFTS

FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING

1273 Tamiami Trl. S., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-361-3006, www.elysianfieldsonline.com Award-winning store in Midtown Plaza where something wonderful is always happening! Books, gifts, jewelry, clothing, intuitive readings and more. Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. noon - 5 pm. C-2 ENCORE & MORE CONSIGNMENT SHOP 1439 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-4222, www.thewomensresourcecenter.org/encore Fashionable collection of designer clothing, jewelry, home décor, antiques, artwork, crystal and china at this non-profit boutique. Consignment donations accepted. Mon. - Fri. 10 am 5 pm; Sat. 9:30 am - 3 pm; Sun. noon - 4 pm beginning Sept.

EYES ON YOU

D-7 101 W. Venice Ave., #8, Venice, FL 34285 941-244-9054, www.eyesonyoueyewear.com The latest in designer eyewear, frames, accessories and sunglasses, plus local art, lingerie and gifts. Personalized professional service. Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 5 pm; Sat. 11 am - 2 pm. Evening appts. available.

HOME RESOURCE

C-2 741 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-6690, www.homeresource.com A "must-see" contemporary and modern furniture showroom. Representing some of the world's most revered brands, Home Resource brilliantly displays sophisticated, stylish and timeless designs. Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 6 pm; Sat. 10 am - 4 pm.

JUNO & JOVE

C-2 1425 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-0000, www.junoandjove.com Sarasota's premier destination featuring designer eco-fashions for men, women and home. High quality styles for socially conscious lifestyles. Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. noon - 4 pm. B-3

KILWIN'S CHOCOLATES - ICE CREAM

312 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-3200, www.kilwins.com A confectionery shop offering homemade ice cream, fudge, brittles, corns, gourmet chocolates and treats, novelties, gift baskets, wedding and event favors. Sun. - Thurs. 8 am - 11 pm; Fri. - Sat. 8 am - 11:30 pm. E-1

LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN STREET

8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-9243, www.lwrmainstreet.com Offering stylish boutiques, specialty shops, international restaurants, cinemas and our own miniature golf course - the ideal downtown with a unique plaza for strolling and shopping. Open daily.

MADEBY GALLERY - RINGLING

237 Warfield Ave., Venice, FL 34285 888-999-9113, www.clydebutcher.com Clyde Butcher Venice Gallery and Studio and Big Cypress Gallery at 52388 Tamiami Trl., Ochopee, FL 34141. www. evergladesswampwalks.com Tues. - Fri. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

C-2 COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN 734 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-822-0442, www.madebygallery.com An eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind and limited edition works for sale by Ringling College of Art and Design students and alumni. Tues. - Thurs. 10 am - 5 pm; Fri. 1 - 5 pm; Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, or by appointment.

C-4 CRESCENT BEACH GROCERY 1211 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-312-0472, www.crescentbeachgrocery.com Food and beverages from basic to gourmet. Full-service grocery, wine/microbeer, delicatessen, cigars, lottery and ATM. Delivery to Siesta Key. Open daily 8 am - 9 pm.

D-7 203 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 941-488-8666, www.niftynicnacs.com Pop culture memorabilia; cutting-edge humor gifts, books and greeting cards; and retro Floridiana home décor. Mon. - Sat. until 6:30 pm, Sun. noon - 4 pm.

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REALIZE BRADENTON

* 1001 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 941-681-0708, www.realizebradenton.com A walkable riverfront community with art, history, science, shopping and more. See our website for what’s happening now in Bradenton.

RED BARN FLEA MARKET

* 1707 1st St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 800-274 FLEA (3532), www.redbarnfleamarket.com One of Florida's most popular markets. Now air-conditioned. More than 600 unique stores and booths. Enjoy family fun and more. Flea market: Open 8 am - 4 pm Fri. - Sun. year-round; Wed. seasonally from Nov. - April. Ad Page 31

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE ASSOCIATION

B-3 300 Madison Dr. Suite 201, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-1554, www.starmandscircleassoc.com "Get out of the box. Get into the Circle." More than 140 upscale shops and restaurants. Lush courtyards, antique statuary and Circus Ring of Fame. Open daily. Ad Page 23

SANDY'S DESIGNER CLOTHING

D-7 128 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 941-484-9911, www.sandysdesignerclothing.com Comfortable clothing and accessories for women XS to XXXL. Sandy strives to carry US-made clothing whenever possible. Special sale room of samples and close-outs at near wholesale prices.Open Mon. - Sat. 10:30 am - 5:30 pm; Sun. noon - 4 pm.

SIESTA KEY VILLAGE ASSOCIATION

B-4 5111 Ocean Blvd. #C, Sarasota, FL 34242 www.siestakeyvillage.org A non-profit organization whose members strive to be a responsible voice of the Siesta Key Village neighborhood.

SOUTHSIDE VILLAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

C-3 Osprey Ave. and Hillview St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-0771 Behind Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Osprey Ave. and Hillview St. A popular gourmet market, trendy boutiques, jewelry stores and sidewalk tables at restaurants and taverns. Open daily.

TERVIS TUMBLER COMPANY

D-5 928 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 866-886-2537, www.tervis.com Insulated drinkware with a Lifetime Guarantee. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Hundreds of designs to fit any lifestyle. Mon. - Sat. 9 am - 7 pm; Sun. 11 am - 5 pm.

TOWLES COURT ART ASSOCIATION

C-2 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-374-1988, www.towlescourt.com You'll discover artists' studios, galleries, restaurants and much more when you Stroll Towles beneath the old oak trees. Art Walk Third Friday of every month, 6 - 10 pm. Tues. - Sat. noon to 4 pm. D-7

VENICE MAINSTREET

101 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 941-484-6722, www.venicemainstreet.com Welcome to beautiful, historic Downtown Venice. Enjoy exploring our shops, restaurants, arts and culture. Just onehalf mile from the Gulf of Mexico. Open daily.

VENICE OLIVE OIL CO.

C-2 53 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-331-1400, www.veniceoliveoil.com Offering the finest 100% extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Taste the difference. Locations in Sarasota and Venice. Shipping available. Open Tue. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm. Ad Page 31

VILLAGE OF THE ARTS

* 1303 13th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 941-747-8056, www.villageofthearts.com Located just a few blocks south of downtown Bradenton. Use the Art Walk Guide for self-guided tours. Art Walks: first Fri. and first Sat. of the month. Open year-round with a unique collection of galleries, shops and restaurants.

WESTFIELD SOUTHGATE

C-3 3501 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-0900, www.westfield.com/southgate Sarasota's premiere upscale shopping destination with stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, White House Black Market, Banana Republic and more. Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 8 pm, Sun. noon - 5:30 pm.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

C-2 1451 First St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-8500, www.wholefoodsmarket.com Founded in 1980, Whole Foods Market is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. Mon. - Sat. 8 am - 9 pm; Sun. 9 am - 9 pm. C-2

WHOLE FOODS MARKET CENTRE

1401-1451 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-8500, www.shopwholefoodsmarketcentre.net A unique destination in downtown Sarasota, featuring an organic grocer, a salon, sophisticated boutiques and restaurants. Free parking. Open daily.


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Red Barn Flea Market One of Florida’s most popular and progressive flea markets. Come and enjoy 140,000 square feet of good old-fashioned flea market shopping and “fresh from the farm” produce. Stay cool while you enjoy the savings! Chill out in 80,000 square feet of newly air conditioned, bargain hunting comfort. (941) 747-3794 (800) 274-FLEA 1707 First St. E., Bradenton 34208 www.redbarnfleamarket.com

Venice Olive Oil Company Located in historic downtown Sarasota, VOOC carries only Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oils from all over the world. Our balsamic vinegars from Italy feature our 18 yr. old Traditional Balsamic from Modena. If you want quality and variety, stop by to sample the finest products available anywhere. You won’t be disappointed!

(941) 331-1400 53 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 34236 www.veniceoliveoil.com

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Ellenton Premium Outlets® INSET PHOTO 1.875 x 1.5 inches

PHOTO 3.5 x 4.375 inches

Shop Ellenton Premium Outlets® and find savings of 25% to 65% every day at 130 designer and name-brand stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Dooney & Bourke, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. The center is located off I-75, Exit 224. Center hours are Mon - Sat:10 am - 9 pm and Sun: 10 am - 7 pm. For complete information, including upcoming sales, a list of stores and to join the free VIP Shopper Club, visit www.premiumoutlets.com.

(941) 355-9000 5461 Factory Shops Blvd. Sarasota, 34222 www.premiumoutlets.com

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DINING Sarasota St. Armands Circle/Lido Key Longboat Key Siesta Key Casey Key, Englewood, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Venice Surrounding Areas Lakewood Ranch Manatee County

* Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates.

m = Entertainment, u= Outdoor Dining,  = Valet Parking, w = Waterfront Dining, B, Br, L, D = Meals Served

AMERICAN B-4 BLU QUE ISLAND GRILL 149 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-0738, www.bluqueislandgrill.com Located in the village on Siesta Key, Blu Que Island Grill offers everything you need for a great time - live music, fine dining, daily specials and a fantastic selection of cocktails. m u  L, D D-4 BROKEN EGG ON CLARK 4031 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 941-922-2764, www.thebrokenegg.com Open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Wi-Fi, bakery, gift shop, beer/wine and catering. Also on Siesta Key and in Lakewood Ranch. u B, Br, L B-4 BROKEN EGG RESTAURANT AND

GALLERY OF SIESTA KEY

140 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-2750, www.thebrokenegg.com In the heart of Siesta Key, we offer fresh fare in a tropical setting. For over 25 years we have been a favorite spot for locals and celebrities alike. u B, Br, L B-4 DAIQUIRI DECK RAW BAR 5250 Ocean Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-8697, www.daiquirideck.com Catch some sun, then catch a cool daiquiri at the coolest hot spot in Sarasota. Oysters, fresh seafood and more. Sarasota's favorite place to meet. m u L, D C-2 DEREK'S CULINARY CASUAL 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-6565, www.dereks-sarasota.com Upscale casual dining serving contemporary progressive cuisine "to introduce you to new flavors, textures and techniques." L, D C-2 EAT HERE 1888 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-8700, www.eatheresarasota.com eat here is a chef-driven, Gulf Coast cookery offering a trendy take on classic cuisine. The ambience is casual yet sophisticated. m u  D C-2 H2O BISTRO 1223 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-487-3800, www.srqhotel.com An intimate, casual dining experience serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Where guests can enjoy their favorite beer and wine in casual elegance and comfortable luxury. m B, Br, L, D C-2 HOB NOB DRIVE IN 1701 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-955-5001, www.hobnobdrivein.org Original '50s drive-in. Outside seating, hot dogs, hamburgers and daily specials. Celebrating 52 years. Now serving handmade milkshakes. u B, L, D *IBC: Inside Back Cover

B-3 LIBBY'S CAFÉ & BAR 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-487-7300, www.libbyscafebar.com Recipient of more than 80 local, regional and national honors since opening in 2008. Varied modern American cuisine menu features small and large plate options. m u  Br, L, D C-3 MARINA JACK 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-4232, www.marinajacks.com Enjoy Sarasota’s Downtown Bayfront at the Patio Bar, Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar and Dining Room offering steaks, seafood and award-winning wines. m u  w L, D Ad on IBC* C-2 MATTISON'S CITY GRILLE One N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-330-0440, www.mattisons.com In the heart of downtown, a local favorite known for its friendly atmosphere, award-winning menu, great live music and full bar. Open Mon. - Thurs. 11 am - 11 pm; Fri. 11 am midnight; Sat. 9 am - midnight; Sun. 11 am - 10 pm. m u  B, Br, L, D D-6 MORGAN'S STEAK & SEAFOOD

RESTAURANT

1660 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 941-966-2125, www.bentleysresort.com Exquisite dining and remarkable cuisine, deliciously created by our chef. Tiki Bar offers casual dining under the stars. m u B, L, D C-2 NANCY'S BAR-B-Q 301 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-2271, www.nancysbarbq.com Carolina Bar-B-Q's home away from home. A fun, casual, hip eatery dishing out oak-smoked pulled pork, chicken, ribs, brisket and all the fixings. u L, D B/C-3 O'LEARY'S TIKI BAR & GRILL 5 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-7505, www.olearystikibar.com Relax with great food overlooking sparkling views of Sarasota Bay. Full beverage menu featuring frozen drinks, beer and wine selections. m u w B, L, D C-2 PATRICK'S 1481 1481 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-1481, www.patricks1481.com Same award-winning restaurant at a nearby new location. Upscale sports bar and dining with great food and friendly service. Outdoor breakfast Sat. at 8:30 am. u  Br, L, D C-3 SAM SNEAD'S OAK GRILL

& TAVERN

1830 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-906-7771, www.samsneadssarasota.com Serving the finest and freshest steaks, seafood, poultry and local produce. Locally owned. A favorite gathering spot in the popular Hillview area. u  L, D Ad Page 36

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P.O. Box 32115, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-3663, www.freshoriginals.com More than 50 independently owned restaurants with a desire to preserve culinary heritage of the Suncoast. Don't miss Forks + Corks Jan. 25-28, 2013. m u  w B, Br, L, D B-1 SPORTING NEWS GRILL 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-9000, www.hisrq.com Fantastic cuisine and all the MLB/NFL premium sports action on nine 50" HDTVs. u B, L, D B-3 TOMMY BAHAMA RESTAURANT

AND BAR

300 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-2888, www.tommybahama.com Eclectic with a tropical twist, Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar offers a relaxed, elegant island ambience along with truly inspired cuisine. m u L, D

C-2 VERNONA RESTAURANT 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-309-2266, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ properties/sarasota/dining/vernona Seasonal menus featuring flavorful and healthy dishes and an inventive approach to contemporary American cuisine. Reservations encouraged. u  w B, Br, L, D B-4 VILLAGE CAFÉ 5133 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-2822, www.villagecafeonsiesta.com Serving breakfast and lunch in the heart of Siesta Key Village. Private parties and catering available. u B, L

AMISH D-3 DER DUTCHMAN SARASOTA 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-8007, www.derdutchman.com An old tradition in a new setting since 1969. Traditional Amish family and buffet-style meals, bakery pastries and more than 20 types of pies. Gift shop. Catering available. Closed Sunday. u B, L, D Ad Page 34 C-3 YODER'S RESTAURANT 3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-7771, www.yodersrestaurant.com Sarasota’s original Amish restaurant and village. Home cooking made from scratch, pies, local produce, Amish meats and cheese, and Amish gifts. Mon. - Sat. 6 am – 8 pm. B, L, D

ASIAN/SUSHI C-2 DRUNKEN POET CAFE,

THAI BISTRO & SUSHI BAR

1572 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-8404, www.drunkenpoetcafe.com Sophisticated dining has never been so much fun. Join us for sexy sushi and artistic Thai food with warm ambiance and Thai smile service. u L, D C-2 SARASOTA SAKE HOUSE 1987 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-312-6256 The best value in town. Sushi and Japanese cuisine. Serving lunch and dinner in downtown Sarasota. L, D

CAFÉ/DELI/ICE CREAM B-4 BIG OLAF CREAMERY 5208 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-365-7483, www.bigolafs.com #1-rated ice cream in Sarasota County. Find us at Siesta Key, St. Armands Circle, Lakewood Ranch, Osprey, Venice and many other locations. Open noon to 9 pm. u D-1 JERSEY MIKE'S SUBS 8210 Tourist Center Dr., Bradenton, FL 34201 941-359-1500, www.jerseymikessarasota.com Authentic Jersey-style subs, wraps and salads made of the highest quality ingredients. Also, visit us at 3820 S. Tuttle Ave. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 9 pm; Sun. 10 am - 8 pm. u L,D C-3 LOCAL COFFEE + TEA Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 800 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-726-1660, www.localcoffeetea.com Come see us at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and every Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market (Sat. 7 am - noon). u L

C O N T I N E N TA L C-2 BIJOU CAFÉ 1287 First St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-8111, www.bijoucafe.net Fine continental dining since 1986. Zagat survey gives the Bijou its highest score for food in Sarasota. Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence." u  L, D

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C-2 BRASSERIE BELGE 1990 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-706-1944, www.brasseriebelge.com Authentic Belgian restaurant offering a contemporary presentation of classic Belgian cuisine. Open for late dining. u D B-3 CAFÉ L'EUROPE 431 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-4415, www.cafeleurope.net The "Grande Dame" of area restaurants, Café L'Europe strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. u  L, D D-7 CAFÉ VENICE RESTAURANT &

WINE BAR

A-2 HARRY'S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS 525 St. Jude's Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-0777, www.harryskitchen.com Globally inspired coastal cuisine with an emphasis on local seasonal flavors. Dine in a beautiful garden setting. Restaurant, deli, catering, C-store. u B, Br, L, D

C-4 OPHELIA'S ON THE BAY 9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-2212, www.opheliasonthebay.net Ophelia’s on the Bay offers exceptional waterfront fine dining on south Siesta Key. Voted Best of the Best in Sarasota for over 20 years. m u  w Br, D

C-2 LAVANDA 1938 Adams Ln., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-0070, www.lavandasarasota.com Fine dining in unique Florida setting. Dine on the back porch of Lavanda Restaurant, located among art galleries, art studios and shops. Open Tues. - Sat., Oct. - Aug. u L, D

A-1 PATTIGEORGE'S 4120 Gulf Of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-5111, www.pattigeorges.com Overlooking Sarasota Bay, Pattigeorge's offers an international menu of American favorites laced with Latin, Caribbean and Asian influences. u w D

116 W. Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285 941-484-1855, www.cafeveniceontheisland.com Small bistro-style restaurant featuring exquisite menu with Continental to Polynesian flair and fine wine selection. Located in Historic District. m u L, D

B-3 LIDO BEACH GRILLE 700 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-5608, www.lidobeachresort.com Comfortable West Indies atmosphere with exceptional views of Sarasota Bay. Impeccable service and American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. m w Br, D

C-2 CURRENTS RESTAURANT 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-363-2615, www.hyattregencysarasota.com Take in the gorgeous marina view with our menu of choice breakfast, lunch and dinner items in this relaxed downtown restaurant.  w B, L, D

C-4 MATTISON'S FORTY ONE 7275 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-3400, www.mattisons.com Elegant dining with Mediterranean flavors in a friendly, fun and comfortable atmosphere. Private catering facilities available. m u  Br, L, D

C-2 DUVAL'S NEW WORLD CAFÉ 1435 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-312-4001, www.duvalsnewworldcafe.com An eclectic new concept in dining featuring dishes from across the world prepared to your desire. Taste the world. u Br, L, D

C-2 MICHAEL'S ON EAST 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-0007, www.bestfood.com Inspired cuisine, world-class wines, creative libations and exceptional service in a glamorous supper club atmosphere. Live music, Tues. - Sat. m  L, D

A-1 EUPHEMIA HAYE RESTAURANT

AND HAYE LOFT

5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-3633, www.euphemiahaye.com Exquisite a la carte menu with daily seafood specials, roast duckling, pepper steak, vegetarian favorites, award-winning desserts. Live music nightly in Haye Loft. m D

C-2 MOZAIC RESTAURANT 1377 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-6272, www.mozaicsarasota.com Enjoy Western Mediterranean cuisine by chef/owner Dylan Elhajoui, an award-winning wine list, genuine hospitality, colorful décor and world music. Sat. - Sun. brunch. u Br, D

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D-1 POLO GRILL & BAR 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-782-0899, www.pologrillandbar.com Imaginative food and wine, caring hospitality, casual surroundings, exceptional value - experience a new breed of American eatery at the Polo Grill. m u L, D D-5 ROESSLER'S RESTAURANT 2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, FL 34238 941-966-5688, www.roesslersrestaurant.com Established in 1978, we are committed to using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Award-winning wine collection, impeccable service and picturesque ambiance. u w D C-4 THE TABLE CREEKSIDE 5365 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-9465, www.tablesrq.com Global cuisine. Diverse menu filled with culinary artistry and pleasing flavors. Upscale waterside dining. u w L, D Ad Page 35 B-2 TREVISO RESTAURANT 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-360-7390, www.trevisorestaurant.com Treviso redefines the idea of "museum" dining with a unique and fresh approach at the Ringling Museum of Art. u w L, D

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Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant Venice’s waterfront landmark since 1976, The Crow’s Nest features casual fine dining overlooking the Venice Inlet and Intracoastal waterway. Dine on fresh seafood, steaks and chops. Enjoy wines from the Award-Winning Cellar Wine List. Open everyday for lunch and dinner.

(941) 484-9551 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, 34285 www.crowsnest-venice.com

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Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery Located in Sarasota’s Pinecraft community, Der Dutchman serves exactly the kind of simple food associated with Amish Kitchen Cooking - hearty, satisfying, made-from-scratch meals that make everyone happy to pull up to the table. It’s time-honored tradition you can taste.

(941) 955-8007 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, 34232 www.derdutchman.com


FRENCH C-3 62 BISTROT 1962 Hillview St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-1011, www.bistrotfl.com Like being in Paris in a cozy and comfortable bistrot. Serving homemade traditional French cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bon appétit! B, Br, L, D

C-2 SALUTE! RESTAURANT 23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-1020, www.salutesarasota.com Authentic Italian cuisine, imported cheeses and meats, homemade pasta, fresh whole fish. An exclusive wine cellar. Outside patio in the heart of Sarasota. Check website for summer hours. m u  L, D

I TA L I A N C-2 THE BROADWAY 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-4343, www.broadwaybar.com Serving pizza and Sicilian family recipes since 1925. Full bar. Italian-American specials. Before and after theater dining. m u L, D C-3 CAFÉ BACI 4001 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-4848, www.cafebaci.net Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Tuscan and Roman specialties. Fresh seafood daily, veal, homemade pastas, breads and desserts. Award-winning wine list. Banquet room available. L, D C-2 CARAGIULOS ITALIAN-AMERICAN FOOD 69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-0866, www.caragiulos.com For 23 years, the Caragiulo brothers have been entertaining Sarasota locals with their unique formula: simple, yet wonderful, Italian-American soul food. m u  L, D C-3 COSIMO'S BRICK OVEN 3501 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-363-0211, www.cosimos.net “Seriously Good Italian.” Upscale trattoria with homemade pastas, salads and wood-fired gourmet pizzas. Gluten-free menu, catering and online ordering. L, D C-2 MAXIMO 1296 First St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-7744, www.maximodowntown.com Cuisine with charisma. Traditional Italian fare with a South African twist. m u  L, D

D-1 BUFFALO WILD WINGS

UNIVERSITY PARK

5235 University Pkwy., Bradenton, FL 34201 941-351-8584, www.buffalowildwings.com More than a Buffalo, NY-style wing joint, they offer a complete menu and 24 beers on draft. The best place in town for hot sports action! L, D C-3 GECKO'S GRILL & PUB

"AT THE LANDINGS"

4870 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-8896, www.geckosgrill.com A favorite for tourists and locals alike. Lunch, dinner and late night. Neighborhood grill and sports connection with full bar. Five locations. m u L, D B-3 LYNCHES PUB & GRUB 19-B N. Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-5550, www.lynchespub.com Sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch bring the spirit of Ireland to St. Armands. Serving Cork cottage pie, fish and chips, burgers and Irish smoked salmon. Stop in for a bite, a beer and a chat. Full liquor and package sales. u B, L, D

This Sarasota tradition is “The Place to Go” for casual, waterfront dining, both indoors and out. Come experience its tropical setting, family atmosphere and the freshest in Northern seafood and local, daily catch specials.

(941) 925-4444 5353 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 34231 www.creekseafood.com

AND RESTAURANT

D-4 BUFFALO WILD WINGS 4067 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 941-922-5554, www.buffalowildwings.com More than a Buffalo, NY-style wing joint, they offer a complete menu and 20 beers on draft. The best place in town for hot sports action! u L, D

Phillippi Creek Village Oyster Bar

C-2 BARNACLE BILL'S SEAFOOD 1526 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-6800, www.barnaclebillsseafood.com One of Sarasota's finest fresh seafood restaurants. Resort-style food at neighborhood prices. Retail fish market at both Main St. and North Trail locations. u  L, D B-1 CAPTAIN BRIAN'S SEAFOOD MARKET

PUB/GRILL

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SEAFOOD

8421 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-351-4492, www.captainnbriansseafood.com Daily selections of Florida's freshest seafood have earned this local favorite Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Award, an excellent rating by Zagat. L, D C-4 CAPTAIN CURT'S CRAB & OYSTER BAR 1200 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3885, www.captaincurts.com Siesta Key's most affordable, kid-friendly seafood restaurant featuring "The World's Best Clam Chowder" winner of the Great Chowder Cook-Off. m L, D B-2 CHART HOUSE 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-5593, www.chart-house.com A favorite among residents and vacationers. Spectacular views of New Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Seafood, succulent steaks and decadent desserts. u w D D-7 CROW'S NEST MARINA RESTAURANT 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, FL 34285 941-484-9551, www.crowsnest-venice.com Venice's waterfront landmark since 1976. Voted "Venice's Best Restaurant." Wine Spectator's Best of "Award of Excellence" since 1994. m u w L, D Ad Page 34 B-2 DRY DOCK WATERFRONT GRILL 412 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-0102, www.drydockwaterfrontgrill.com A local favorite. Fresh seafood. Casual indoor and outdoor dining on Sarasota Bay. South end of Longboat Key. u w L, D

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The Table Creekside Restaurant and Lounge Sarasota’s newest upscale waterfront restaurant combines a relaxed ambiance with sophisticated cuisine. The Table Restaurant near Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar offers diners a fresh perspective on waterfront dining. The Table brings great flavors and culinary artistry thanks to the Daily Chef Selections.

(941) 921-9465 5365 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, 34231 www.tablesrq.com

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B-3 NEW PASS GRILL & BAIT SHOP 1505 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-3050, www.newpass.com Our Grill offers award-winning New Pass Burger, fish and chips, hot and cold sandwiches, and more. Bait Shop has bait, tackle and free instruction. Open daily 7 am - 5 pm. m u w B, L B-3 OLD SALTY DOG 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-4311, www.theoldsaltydog.com Florida Keys with a British twist. Enjoy our City Island waterfront or our Siesta Key location at 5023 Ocean Blvd. Try our ‘Salty Dog Loaded’ as seen on Man v. Food on the Travel Channel. u w L, D C-2 OWEN'S FISH CAMP 516 Burns Ln., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-6936, www.owensfishcamp.com Southern country flavors and style in a cool urban setting. From the Sarasota grass flats to the clear blue Gulf, our fresh seafood is making waves. Open daily 4 - 10 pm. uD C-4 PHILLIPPI CREEK VILLAGE

OYSTER BAR

5353 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-925-4444, www.creekseafood.com Located in a tropical waterfront setting, this family restaurant features multiple seafood choices daily. A Sarasota landmark. u w L, D Ad Page 35 B-4 SIESTA KEY OYSTER BAR 5238 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-5443, www.skob.com #1 on Siesta Key. Taste the "Flavors from the Sea" menu. Oyster Happy Hour daily and 2-4-1 drinks nightly. Enjoy outdoor dining and live music. Beach location. m u Br, L, D Ad Page 21

S PA N I S H / PA N - L AT I N C-4 BURRITOS MEXICAN GRILL 2700 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-3888, www.burritosmexicangrill.com Taste the difference! Authentic, freshly prepared Mexican food in a casual cantina setting. Bisteka, burritos, seafood, vegetarian and more, all under $10. L, D C-2 CEVICHE TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT 1216 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-952-1036, www.ceviche.com 100+ hot/cold tapas; extensive Spanish wine list; live music, roof-top bar with sunset happy hour. m u  D B-3 COLUMBIA RESTAURANT 411 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-3987, www.columbiarestaurant.com Family-owned for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm, Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. u L, D C-1 MI PUEBLO 8405 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-9303, www.mipueblomexican.com Traditional Mexican food and Organic Vegan Living Food menu available. Voted Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita. Live Mariachi music Mondays. m L, D Ad Page 36

STEAKHOUSE C-3 FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE &

WINE BAR

2001 Siesta Dr., Ste. 101, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-358-9463, www.flemingssteakhouse.com Enjoy a celebration of exceptional food and wine in the company of friends and family. Mon. - Thurs. 4 - 10 pm; Fri. - Sat. 4 - 11 pm; Sun. 4 - 9 pm. Happy Hour specials daily. Private dining rooms available all day for meetings and celebrations.  D C-2 HYDE PARK PRIME STEAKHOUSE 35 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-7788, www.hydeparkrestaurants.com Nationally acclaimed, Zagat-rated. Specializing in thick-cut charbroiled steaks, chops, fresh grilled fish and seafood in a hip, urban-chic environment. u  D C-4 RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 6700 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-9442, www.ruthschris.com Sarasota Magazine's 'Best of the Best,' Herald Tribune's 'Best Steak House,' Florida Magazine's 'Top 500 Restaurants' and Wine Spectator award. Group/private dining available.  D

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C-2 SANGRIA TAPAS BAR 1532 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-8172, www.sangriatapasbar.com Spanish tapas are a delicious feast of individual 'little plates.' Fabulous Spanish menu and sparkling homemade sangria. L, D

C-4 MATTISON'S CATERING 7275 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-3400, www.mattisons.com In-house catering options feature a waterfront ballroom and garden, Italian-style private dining and event rooms. Awardwinning. u  w B, Br, L, D

C-2 SELVA GRILL 1345 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-362-4427, www.selvagrill.com The cuisine is subtle, intense and exquisitely presented. The atmosphere is upbeat South Beach, with great staff, a full bar. Open late. m u  D

C-3 MORTON'S GOURMET MARKET 1924 Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-9856, www.mortonsmarket.com Sarasota's finest gourmet market specializing in freshly prepared foods, meat/seafood, deli and bakery. Open Mon. Sat. 8 am - 8 pm, Sun. 10 am - 7 pm. u B, Br, L, D

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Sam Snead’s American Grill Nestled in the heart of Southside Village, this upscale casual restaurant features an oak grill using only locally-cured oak, a pronounced wine list and Natural Aged Angus Beef. The beautiful wood furnishings and memorabilia collected by legendary golfer Sam Snead himself bring charm to this locally-owned restaurant.

(941) 906-7771 1830 S. Osprey Ave., #100 Sarasota, 34239 www.samsneadssarasota.com T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S O TA C O U N T Y V I S I T O R S G U I D E

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Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano Discover something different! Choose from two full menus featuring traditional Mexican and organic vegan living food at Sarasota’s best Mexican restaurant. Fine tequilas, perfectly prepared margaritas, and organic fruits and veggies from the Juice Bar are all mouth-watering treats to start the dining experience! A local favorite since 1999.

(941) 359-9303 8405 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 34243 www.mipueblomexican.com


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Sarasota Siesta Key St. Armands Circle/Lido Key Longboat Key Casey Key, Englewood, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Venice Surrounding Areas

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Sarasota and Surrounding Areas 941-479-6039, www.gulfbeachweddings.com Florida destination beach wedding packages: bamboo arches, chairs, tiki torches, bridal aisle, live wedding music, photographers, video and other wedding requests. P.O. Box 25421, Sarasota, FL 34277 941-952-1440, www.barefootweddings.com Beautifully customized wedding ceremonies and wedding vow renewals performed by an experienced civil officiant at a location of your choice in Sarasota or Manatee County. D-4 ELEGANT SARASOTA WEDDINGS 6981 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-308-3125, www.elegantsarasotaweddings.com A network of Sarasota area's most qualified and respected professionals serving the bridal industry and performing special events. C-3 FLEMING'S PRIVATE DINING 2001 Siesta Dr., Ste. 101, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-358-9463, www.flemingssteakhouse.com Turn your special occasion into memorable times. Personal touches make an event special. We take care of every detail so you can enjoy your guests. C-3 WEDDINGS OF SARASOTA Sarasota and Surrounding Areas 941-923-4333, www.weddingsofsarasota.com Weddings of Sarasota, the original event association of Sarasota, includes all of the professional resources you'll need to plan an event to remember. Ad Page 37

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The Cypress A Bed and Breakfast Inn Nestled beneath the palms, mangos and moss-covered oaks, this charming 1940s home offers five uniquely styled guest rooms. Begin to relax and unwind as you enter the lush tropical garden at this historic gem overlooking Sarasota Bay. Just a stroll away from all the delights of downtown!

(941) 955-4683 621 S. Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota 34236 www.cypressbb.com

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Weddings of Sarasota, Inc.

The Wicker Inn

Visit our website and member’s gallery and register to win a prize! Save the date for our next bridal show. Let the experts at Weddings of Sarasota, the original wedding and event planning association on the West Coast of Florida, help you create an event to remember.

Secluded beach cottage and 10 suites with fully-equipped kitchens located on one of the most beautiful private beaches in the world. The Wicker Inn is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and features Key West style décor, vine-covered arbors, a gazebo and a heated pool. Close to world class shopping and dining.

2426 Bee Ridge Rd., Suite B, Sarasota, 34239 www.weddingsofsarasota.com

(800) 285-3481, (941) 387-8344 5581 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 34228 www.wickerinn.com

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c Americas Best Value Inn s 941-365-0350 M 49 811 S. Tamiami Trl., 34236 www.americasbestvalueinn.com Location: Downtown Sarasota. Value with lower rates. Clean and comfortable. MAP GRID C-3 c AmericInn Hotel & Suites s 800-634-3444 M 111 5931 Fruitville Rd., 34232 www.americinnsarasotahotel.com A variety of rooms with micro, fridge, LCD TV and hot breakfast bar. MAP GRID D-2

Beau Lido Suites 888-LIDOKEY M 14 S 149 Tyler Dr., 34236 www.beaulido.com Steps away from Lido Beach. Clean, comfortable suites. MAP GRID B-3 c Coquina on the Beach s 800-833-2141 M 34 B 1008 Ben Franklin Dr., 34236 www.coquinaonthebeach.com Spacious studio and suite accommodations in a tropical beachside setting. MAP GRID B-3

c Best Western Midtown s 800-722-8227 M 100 1425 S. Tamiami Trl., 34239 www.bwmidtown.com Newly renovated pool and located minutes from the Gulf beaches. MAP GRID C-3 Charter One Hotels & Resorts s  941-364-9224 M B,A,S c 39 2032 Hillview St., 34239 www.charteronehotels.com Managing and featuring some of the finest hotels on Florida's west coast. MAP GRID C-3 c Comfort Inn - Sarasota I-75 s 941-921-7750 M 62 5778 Clark Rd., 34233 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/FL814 Free breakfast; fridge/microwave /coffeemaker; hot tub/pool; conf. room. MAP GRID D-4

c Gulf Beach Resort 800-232-2489 M 49 B,S 930 Ben Franklin Dr., 34236 www.gulfbeachsarasota.com 49 units directly on Lido Beach. Kitchens, free wi-fi, heated pool. MAP GRID B-3 Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel s 800-225-2181 R 179 B c c IFC* 1540 Ben Franklin Dr., 34236 www.HelmsleySandcastle.com Full-service hotel directly on 600 feet of private beach. Near St. Armands. MAP GRID B-3

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c Comfort Inn Airport s 941-351-7734 M 97 5000 N. Tamiami Trl., 34234 www.comfortinn.com/hotel/fl758 Five blocks to the Ringling Museum and New College. Quarter-mile to airport. MAP GRID B-1/2 c c Courtyard by Marriott s 800-656-7890 M 81 850 University Pkwy., 34234 www.marriott.com/srqcy Enjoy this newly renovated hotel directly across from the airport. MAP GRID B-1

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Cypress - A Bed & Breakfast Inn 941-955-4683 BB 5 A 37 621 S. Gulfstream Ave., 34236 www.cypressbb.com Downtown bayfront location, includes gourmet breakfast, sunset social hour. MAP GRID C-2/3 c Days Inn - Sarasota I-75 s 941-921-7812 M 63 5774 Clark Rd., 34233 www.daysinn.com/hotel/07695 Great value. Free breakfast, micro/fridge, pool/hot tub. MAP GRID D-4

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c Hampton Inn I-75 s 800-720-9005 M 121 5995 Cattleridge Blvd., 34232 www.hamptoninnsarasota.com Free internet, local calls and free hot breakfast. Minutes to Siesta Key. MAP GRID D-3 c 46 Hampton Inn & Suites - Sarasota Bradenton Airport 800-HAMPTON M 108 975 University Pkwy., 34234 www.hamptoninnsrq.com Newest hotel in Sarasota. Located at SRQ Airport, enjoy free local shuttle. MAP GRID B-1

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Holiday Inn Lido Beach s 866-306-5452 M 135 B,S c c 233 Ben Franklin Dr., 34236 www.lidobeachholidayinn.com Opposite the powdery sands of Lido Beach and two blocks from St. Armands Circle. MAP GRID B-3 Lido Beach Resort s 800-441-2113 R 222 B c c 700 Ben Franklin Dr., 34236 www.lidobeachresort.com Sarasota's jewel on the beach. MAP GRID B-3

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c Lido Dorset Condo Association 800-734-3370 C 35 S 475 Ben Franklin Dr., 34236 www.lidodorset.com Fully equipped condominiums across from Lido Beach. Walk to St. Armands. MAP GRID B-3 Lido Islander Inn & Suites s 941-388-1004 C 13 S 528 S. Polk Dr., 34236 www.lidoislander.com Lido Islander–your place in paradise–exclusive location with affordable rates. MAP GRID B-3

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Beach on Longboat Key s 866-768-2291 3465 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.thebeachonlbk.com A modern, luxurious resort on the beach. Nightly and weekly options.

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c Homewood Suites Sarasota by Hilton 800-CALL-HOME M 100 3470 Fruitville Rd., 34237 www.sarasota.homewoodsuites.com Apartment suites; complimentary Suite Start Breakfast daily; dinner Mon. - Thurs. MAP GRID D-2 c c 47 Hotel Indigo Sarasota s 866-2INDIGO M 95 1223 Blvd. of the Arts, 34236 www.srqhotel.com Award-winning upscale full-service boutique hotel in downtown Sarasota. MAP GRID C-2

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Hotel Ranola 866-951-0111 M 9 118 Indian Pl. , 34236 www.hotelranola.com Located in the heart of downtown, within walking of shops and restaurants. MAP GRID C-3 c c 46 Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton s 888-492-8847 M 114 950 University Pkwy., 34234 www.hyattplacesarasotabradenton.com Free hot breakfast, local shuttle. Near airport, downtown and Ringling Museum. MAP GRID C-1  Hyatt Regency Sarasota s 800-233-1234 R 294 A c c 47 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, 34236 www.hyattregencysarasota.com Near airport, downtown, beaches, Ringling Museum, St. Armands, Van Wezel. MAP GRID C-2

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c Residence Inn Sarasota Bradenton s 800-331-3131 M 78 1040 University Pkwy., 34234 www.marriott.com/srqri All-suite hotel renovated 2011 with full kitchens and free hot breakfast. MAP GRID B-1 Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota s 800-241-3333 R 266 B,A c c 52 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., 34236 www.ritzcarlton.com/sarasota A luxury landmark on Florida's Gulf coast famous for personalized service. MAP GRID B-2/3

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c SpringHill Suites s 888-287-9400 M 84 1020 University Pkwy., 34234 www.marriott.com/srqsh Studio suites with extensive amenities in every room. Free breakfast. MAP GRID B-1 c Timberwoods Vacation Villas s 800-215-5711 V 30 8378 S. Tamiami Trl., 34238 www.timberwoods.com 2 bed/2 bath fully-equipped villas, pool/tennis/BBQ, 2 miles to Siesta Key. MAP GRID D-4

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Cedars Tennis Resort s 866-768-2291 645 Cedars Ct., 34228 www.cedarstennisresort.com A luxury vacation resort on Longboat Key with world-class facilities.

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Four Winds Beach Resort s 800-982-8720 2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.fourwindslbk.com Fully-furnished timeshare condos on the Gulf. Hot tub, pool with tiki bar.

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Diplomat Resort 800-344-5418 3155 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.diplomatresort.net Gulf-front condo resort with private beach, pool, sun deck and laundry.

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Beachcomber Condominiums 941-383-1083 2721 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.longboatkeybeachcomber.com Beautiful Gulf-front one- and two-bedroom rental condominiums.

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LONGBOAT KEY Beach Castle Resort s 866-768-2291 5310 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.beachcastle.com A quaint beach-to-bay resort with a variety of bedding options.

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c Gulf Tides of Longboat Key 800-333-7335 C 21 B,S 3008 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.floridarent.com Luxury, fully-furnished studios, 1 and 2 bedroom condos. 200 feet of beach. MAP GRID A-2

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Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort s 800-445-8667 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.longboatkey.hilton.com A beachfront resort on the exclusive island of Longboat Key.

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c La Playa Condominiums 888-383-6224 C 18 B 4425 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.laplayacondo.com 15 beach units, 6 patio units, free Wi-Fi, heated pool and white sandy beach. MAP GRID A-1  Longboat Key Club & Resort s 800-237-8821 R 218 B c c 51 220 Sands Pointe Rd., 34228 www.longboatkeyclub.com Enjoy golf, tennis, fitness and spa at this four-diamond beachfront resort. MAP GRID B-2

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Rolling Waves Beach Cottages 941-383-1323 6351 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.rollingwaves.com "Old Florida" cottages overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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c Sandpiper Inn 941-383-2552 M 11 B 5451 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.sandpiperinn.com Acre of tropical garden overlooking private beach. Each unit with patio. MAP GRID A-1

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Sea Horse Beach Resort 866-383-2417 3453 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.seahorsebeachresort.com Expansive, breathtaking water view. A serene home away from home.

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c SeaSide Garden Retreat s 941-312-1747 V 6 S 2930 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.seaside-garden-retreat.com A luxury resort steps from the beach, with pool and lush tropical gardens. MAP GRID A-2 c Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort s 866-768-2291 C 37 B 5841 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort is located beachfront on Longboat Key. MAP GRID A-1

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c Veranda Beach Club s 800-411-5511 C 40 B 2509 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.verandabeachclub.com Five-star Longboat Key resort offering weekly rentals. MAP GRID A-2 White Sands of Longboat Key  800-230-2428 C 30 B,A,S c 5114 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.whitesandsoflongboat.com Beachfront and bayside weekly rentals. Use sailboats, paddleboats & bikes. MAP GRID A-1 c 37 Wicker Inn 800-285-3481 E 11 B 5581 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.wickerinn.com Charming cottage and suites on the beach. Lush gardens. MAP GRID A-1

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House of the Sun 800-618-6948 6518 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.siestakeyhos.com Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condos with private beach-view balconies.

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c Bay Oaks 800-671-6257 C 46 S 6157 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.bayoaksonsiestakey.com Across from Siesta Beach; bay views available. Remodeled tennis/pool area. MAP GRID C-4 c Beach Club at Siesta Key s 866-768-2291 C 29 A,S 6732 Sarasea Cir., 34242 www.beachclubatsiestakey.com Siesta’s newest luxury resort without the price tag for nightly-weekly stays. MAP GRID C-4

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Beach Palms of Siesta Key Village s 888-241-7009 153 Beach Rd., 34242 www.beachpalms.com Beach-view suites and tropical island cottages on beautiful Siesta Key beach.

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c Capri at Siesta 941-684-3244 M 10 B 6782 Sarasea Cir., 34242 www.capriinternational.com Condo-style resort located directly on Siesta Key. Daily rentals available. MAP GRID C-4 c 41 Captiva Resort s 800-349-4131 M 20 B 6772 Sarasea Cir., 34242 www.captivabeachresort.com Ideal central location on beautiful Siesta Key. Vacation in tropical paradise. MAP GRID C-4

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c Conclare Beach Resort 800-584-1138 M 18 S 6738 Sarasea Cir., 34242 www.conclare.com Located 30 yards from the beautiful white sand on Crescent Beach. MAP GRID C-4 c 49 Crescent Royale 800-870-9199 C 75 B,S 777 Beach Rd., 34242 www.crescentroyale.com Distinguished accommodations, all with beach and Gulf views. MAP GRID B-4

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Crescent Towers Beachfront 888-233-9877 1035 Seaside Dr., 34242 www.crescenttowers.com Large efficiencies on the Gulf. Kitchens, pool and barbecue. No pets.

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c Inn on Siesta Key s 941-346-7196 M 6 S 515 Beach Rd., 34242 www.theinnonsiestakey.com Come experience vintage Florida with coastal charm! MAP GRID B-4 c Island House Beach Resort 877-349-6101 C 75 B 6150 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.islandhousebeachresort.com Beachfront apartments and villas. $835 - $2002 weekly. MAP GRID C-4

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Jamaica Royale 888-981-1800 5830 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.jamaicaroyale.com Gulf-side Siesta Key studios, 1 and 2 bedrms, 3 pools, 2 BBQs, shuffleboard.

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La Siesta Condominium 941-349-6454 909 Beach Rd., 34242 www.lasiestacondos.com One- and two-bedroom, fully furnished condos facing Siesta Beach.

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Our House at the Beach 941-349-1431 1001 Beach Rd., 34242 www.ourhouseatthebeach.com Beautifully appointed 2-bedroom condos in our Towers or Lakehouses. Palm Bay Club s  800-725-6229 5960 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.palmbayclub.com Private beach, two heated pools, tennis, fitness, full kitchens and more.

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Parrot Beach Cottages 941-548-7946 60 Avenida Veneccia, 34242 www.parrotbeachcottages.com Steps to #1 rated beach, Siesta Key Village and #1 sunset spot.

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Sea Club V Beach Resort s 800-475-1176 6744 Sarasea Cir., 34242 www.seaclubv.com Newly renovated units. Directly on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ringling Beach House on Siesta Key s 941-349-1236 523 Beach Rd., 34242 www.ringlingbeachhouse.com Just updated condo-style suites. Steps from the beach. Walk to everything!

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Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club 800-237-5671 5900 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.sarasotasurf.com Two-bedroom, two-bath, fully furnished condos directly on the beach.

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The Residences on Siesta Key Beach 800-233-1234 915 Seaside Dr., 34242 www.siestakeybeach.hyatt.com Hyatt Residences where effortless elegance meets laid-back luxury.

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Midnight Cove Vacation Condominiums  800-469-3004 6302 Midnight Cove Rd., 34242 www.midnightcove.com Life is great! Private #1 Gulf of Mexico beach. Azure water, sugary sand.

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Banana Bay Club 888-622-6229 8254 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.bananabayclub.com Water/beachside villas on Siesta Key. 1 to 4 bedrooms. Daily rentals.

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Sea Club I 941-383-2431 4141 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 34228 www.seaclub1.com Quaint, clean and relaxing resort directly on the Gulf of Mexico.

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c Sea Crest on Siesta Key 800-830-5678 C 36 B 1129 Seaside Dr., 34242 www.seacrestonsiestakey.com Friendly beachfront condos, year-round heated pool, stylish and affordable. MAP GRID C-4 c 48 Sea Shell Condominium 800-624-9276 C 48 B,S 6500 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.seashellcondos.com Two-bedroom, two-bath furnished condominiums on the beach. MAP GRID C-4

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c Siesta Breakers s 800-853-0999 C 41 B 6480 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.siestabreakers.com Beachfront. Washer/dryer in each unit, heated pool, tennis and shopping. MAP GRID C-4

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c Excelsior Beach to Bay Condominium 941-349-2001 C 166 B,S 6263 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.excelsiorcondos.com Two- and three-bedroom Gulf and bayside deluxe condos. Two-week minimum. MAP GRID C-4 c Gulf & Bay Club Condominium 941-349-3000 C 105 B 5730 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.gulfandbayclub.com Gated Siesta Key beachfront property. Pools, tennis, fitness, views. MAP GRID C-4

c Siesta Key Bungalows s 888-5SIESTA BH 10 B 8212 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.siestakeybungalows.com Directly on Florida's Gulf Coast! Lagoon-side. Beautiful island-style bungalows. MAP GRID C-4 Siesta Key Sunset  703-204-2763 C 4 B,A,S c 8900 Blind Pass Rd., 34242 www.siestakeysunset.com Favorite beachfront rental condos for the family on beaches of Siesta Key! MAP GRID C-5

c 41 Hibiscus Suites s 800-822-5247 M 41 1735 Stickney Point Rd., 34231 www.hibiscussuitesfl.com Gateway to Siesta. Continental breakfast. Suites and apartment-style rooms. MAP GRID C-4 c Horizons West 800-559-5543 C,V 59 S 6140 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.horizonswestsiestakey.com Apartments and villas in the heart of Siesta Key with beautiful Gulf views. MAP GRID C-4

Siesta Sun Beach Villas 888-556-3577 6424 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.siestasunbeachvillas.com Individually owned efficiency, 1- and 2-bedroom units with full kitchens.

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Ramada Hotel Venice The All New Ramada features 146 tastefully-appointed guest rooms and suites with 10,000 sq. ft. of banquet and meeting space, making it the perfect location for a small business meeting or a grand, elegant wedding. Enjoy American-Continental cuisine with international air at our full-service restaurant, The Wave, or relax in the courtyard, and enjoy a trendy cocktail by the Splash Pool Bar.

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Captiva Beach Resort

(941) 308-7700 425 US 41 Bypass N., Venice, 34285 www.ramadavenice.com

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Hibiscus Suites Inn

Nestled in the tropical lush atmosphere on Siesta Key Beach, recently voted the #1 beach in the United States. Barefoot elegance on the pure white sandy beach awaits you at this go-at-your-own pace tropical paradise. This intimate retreat features 20 sophisticated guest rooms and suites with all the amenities of home.

The gateway to Siesta Key, less than one mile to the white, powdery sand beaches! This newly remodeled all-suite property offers one- and two-bedroom suites with fullyequipped kitchens and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

(941) 349-4131 6772 Sara Sea Cir., Sarasota, 34242 www.captivabeachresort.com

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c Tropical Breeze Resort s 800-300-2492 M 64 B,S 140 Columbus Blvd., 34242 www.tropicalbreezeinn.com Genuine island living with the comfort and ease of your modern lifestyle. MAP GRID B-4 c Tropical Beach Resorts s 800-235-3493 M 70 B,S 6717 Sarasea Cir., 34242 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com A three-diamond AAA resort located directly on Siesta Key. MAP GRID C-4

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c c Courtyard Marriott Bradenton Sarasota Riverfront s 888-731-9096 M 153 100 Riverfront Dr. W., 34205 www.courtyard.com/srqbd Lovely hotel located on Manatee River near downtown Bradenton and airport. MAP GRID *

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c Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota University Park s 877-424-6423 M 136 8305 Tourist Center Dr., 34201 www.comfortsarasota.com Award-winning, all suite hotel with free full breakfast, Wi-Fi, pool and fitness. MAP GRID D-1

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c Hampton Inn Sarasota/University Park 800-HAMPTON M 102 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd., 34201 www.hamptonsarasota.com New and near Lakewood Ranch. Free breakfast, fitness and business centers. MAP GRID D-1 c c Hilton Garden Inn s 877-STAYHGI M 115 8270 N. Tamiami Trl., 34243 www.hiltongardensarasota.com Close to Ringling Museum, Crosley Mansion, USF, great shopping and beaches. MAP GRID B-1

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A Beach Retreat on Casey Key s  866-232-2480 105 Casey Key Rd., 34275 www.abeachretreat.com On secluded Casey Key, offering the best value in beachfront vacation rentals. Beachcomber Casey Key  941-488-0715 129 Casey Key Rd., 34275 www.beachcombercaseykey.com An intimate, friendly place to relax in the simple pleasures of island life.

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 White Sands Village Condominium 800-944-5629 5629 Midnight Pass Rd., 34242 www.whitesandsvillage.com Lovely tropical setting with beach access to beautiful Siesta Key Beach.

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c Wingate by Wyndham s 888-755-0056 M 78 5464 Lena Rd., 34211 www.wingatebradenton.com Conveniently located in Lakewood Ranch area of Bradenton at I-75 and S.R. 70. MAP GRID *

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Palm Island Resort s  800-824-5412 7092 Placida Rd., 33946 www.palmisland.com Full service resort with car ferry access to two miles of private beach.

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Bentley's Boutique Hotel s 888-966-1660 M 136 B c c 1660 S. Tamiami Trl., 34229 www.bentleyssarasota.com Five amazing venues, contemporary design, exceptional amenities and value. MAP GRID B/C-2

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Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club, located on Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach, is a family vacation favorite. One- and twobedroom, fully furnished condominiums on more than 300 feet of white-sand beach with heated swimming pools, fitness center and tennis facilities. Email: vacation@sarasotasurf.com (941) 349-2200 (800) 237-5671 5900 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, 34242 www.sarasotasurf.com


LONGBOAT KEY

THE LONGBOAT BAY CLUB Longboat Bay Club provides vacation accommodations that include recreation and pampered relaxation. Take advantage of the peace and privacy of a smaller property with the amenities of a larger resort. Spacious two-bedroom, twobath 1600 sq. ft. condominiums complete with full kitchens, washer/dryer, WIFI, beach access and private boat docks. Enjoy a swim in our heated pool, unwind in the whirlpool, play tennis on our private court or check out a bicycle to tour the island. View Crane’s Bay in our backyard and you may just see a Manatee cruising by. Fish from our dock and enjoy the BBQ grills as the evening rolls in. Don’t forget to bring your boat!

(800) 333-7335, (941) 383-3117 3200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 34228 www.floridarent.com

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Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family retreat or a trip with friends, Palm Island Resort awaits! Escape the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world and experience Florida the way it once was; the way it is meant to be: peaceful, quiet and secluded. For those looking for adventure, sign up for our many recreational activities such as world-class fishing, tennis, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and nearby golfing. Our villas are available in one, two and three-bedroom styles with the most spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Waterway and Yacht Harbor.

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(800) 824-5412, (941) 697-4800 7092 Placida Rd., Cape Haze, 33946 www.palmisland.com

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Midnight Cove Vacation Condominiums Midnight Cove is located on the white sugary sands of Siesta Key Beach and the brilliant blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Over 11 acres of beautiful tropical trees, flowers and private beach beckon the visitor to relax and enjoy Gulf-front or Bayside condos. Boat dock rental available.

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Ramblers Rest RV Resort 800-576-8565 R,T 85 $$- F • • $$$ D 1300 N. River Rd., Venice www.ramblersrestrv.com Spacious RV and tent sites, many amenities, on Myakka River.

Sarasota Sunny South 941-921-4409 R,C 68 $$- F • • 1300 N. River Rd., Venice www.sarasotasunnysouth.com $$$ Plus-55 full service resort in a quiet neighborhood - simply close to everything.

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Sun-N-Fun Resort 800-843-2421 R,C 700 $$- F • • • • • • • $$$ D 7125 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota www.sunnfunfl.com T Large RV sites, 85 vacation homes, seasonal activities, beaches nearby. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S O TA C O U N T Y V I S I T O R S G U I D E

Florida Vacation Connection We offer hundreds of vacation rentals on Longboat Key and Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida. Browsing through our website you will find accommodations that include private vacation homes, beachfront resorts, and Gulf or Bay front condominiums. Let us connect you to the ideal vacation rental. (941) 387-9709 (877) 702-9980 3720 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 34228 www.flvacationconnection.com


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Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton

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Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Bradenton

Welcome to Hyatt Place. Enjoy our Bakery Café, offering Starbucks® specialty coffees, 24/7 made-to-order food and a complimentary hot breakfast. Guestrooms feature a 42” HDTV, living area with sofa-sleeper and Hyatt Grand Bed™. Parking, shuttle and Wi-Fi are complimentary. To receive a 20% discount, request the Visit Sarasota County rate.

Introducing the new Hampton Inn & Suites at the SRQ Airport. First Silver LEED® certified Hampton Inn in the world. Close to museums and theatres and minutes from beaches, downtown, shopping, dining and St. Armands Circle. Enjoy Hampton’s On the House® hot breakfast, shuttle service, evening social including beer, wine and Hors d’oeuvres (M-TH), and Wi-Fi.

(888) 553-0788, (941) 554-5800 950 University Pkwy., Sarasota, 34234 www.hyattplacesarasotabradenton.com

(800) HAMPTON, (941) 355-8140 975 University Pkwy., Sarasota, 34243 www.hamptoninnsrq.com

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Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport Discover the new Holiday Inn Sarasota – Airport, the stunning six-story atrium boutique hotel with glass elevators, waterfall, delightful guestrooms, fantastic Sporting News Grill and tremendous recreational facilities including state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, spa, sauna and steam room. Free high-speed Wi-Fi internet and free courtesy shuttle. Located adjacent to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and just minutes away from the best beaches, exceptional cultural attractions, challenging golf courses, sports tournament venues, shopping and dining on St. Armands Circle, downtown Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch.

(941) 355-9000 8009 15th St. E. Sarasota, 34243 www.hisrq.com

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Gulf Surf on Casey Key

Hotel Indigo Sarasota

The Gulf Surf is a uniquely serene and picturesque Gulffront hideaway just steps from the water’s edge. Enjoy the relaxed, informal setting situated on prestigious Casey Key. Spectacular sunsets, mounds of seashells, peaceful walks and water fun are waiting for you at your private beach.

Located in the heart of the Arts District, downtown and nearby Sarasota Bay, this invigorating upscale, full service, boutique hotel is a refreshing escape when traveling on business and leisure. Courtesy airport shuttle, gourmet bistro, and complimentary Wi-Fi and on site parking. Pet friendly.

(941) 966-2669 3905 Casey Key Rd., Nokomis, 34275 www.gulfsurf.com

(941) 487-3800 (866) 2-INDIGO 1223 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, 34236 www.hotelindigo.com/sarasotafl

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Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Sarasota Bay The AAA Four Diamond, Hyatt Regency Sarasota provides the ideal “Florida chic” experience with its downtown waterfront location and Lily Pulitzer-inspired design. Offering charter fishing as well as boat rentals from the 32-slip marina, Hyatt Regency Sarasota is situated at the center of all water and beach activities. Experience fresh and locally sourced dishes from Chef Leo in Currents Restaurant, or soak in the sun poolside at Hurricane Hut. Explore nearby attractions such as Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Aquarium or the fashionable shopping in downtown Sarasota and St. Armand’s Circle.

(941) 953-1234 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, 34236 www.hyattregencysarasota.com

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Jamaica Royale A Condominium Community

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Sea Shell Condominiums

Paradise awaits you on our white sandy beach (voted #1 in the U.S. for 2011). Studio, one- and two-bedroom villas, Penthouse and Gulf View condo rentals with free Wi-Fi. Relax in one of our three heated pools, play shuffleboard, and barbeque beachside or on the newly redesigned community patio.

Luxury two-bedroom, two-bath condos located directly on the beach. Walk to restaurants, shopping, boat, bike and sports rentals. Fully equipped kitchens, HBO, Internet, heated pool, sauna, laundry, covered parking, beach barbecue area and lounge chairs. Weekly, monthly and three-day rentals.

(888) 981-1800, (941) 349-1800 5830 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota, 34242 www.jamaicaroyale.com

(800) 624-9276, (941) 349-1191 6500 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, 34242 www.seashellcondos.com info@seashellcondos.com

SIESTA KEY

The Palm Bay Club Directly on Siesta Key Beach! Escape to Paradise…From magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico to the serene views of Sarasota Bay, The Palm Bay Club offers a unique variety or one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums. Swim in one of our two pools, bike to our white sandy beach, have an outdoor BBQ, or just take a swim. We also boast lighted tennis courts, boat docks and a fishing pier. And don’t forget to relax in our outdoor spa. All suites include a fully equipped kitchen, free wireless Internet and all linens and beach towels.

(800) 725-6229 5960 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, 34242 www.palmbayclub.com

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SIESTA KEY

Crescent Royale Condominiums We offer sweeping views of the white, powder-sand of Siesta Key Beach, voted #1 by Dr. Beach in 2011. Enjoy one of our 75 fully furnished condos which all have a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico. We are just steps to the beach and a short walk to Siesta Key Village.

(800) 870-9199, (941) 349-7766 777 Beach Rd., Siesta Key, 34242 www.crescentroyale.com

SIESTA KEY

Our House at the Beach Come and enjoy our beautifully appointed condos. Across from the nation’s #1 Siesta Key Beach. Select a spacious fully furnished two bedroom, two bath suite in either our Towers or Lakehouses. All condos are fully furnished with all the necessities to ensure a carefree and memorable vacation.

(941) 349-1431 1001 Beach Rd., Sarasota, 34242 www.ourhouseatthebeach.com

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The Residences on Siesta Key Beach, Hyatt Residences Welcome to the other side of Siesta Key. Where barefoot elegance meets uncompromising luxury on the white sands of Siesta Key Beach. Just a short drive to the vibrant Sarasota hotspots and charming Siesta Key Village, our 2 to 4 bedroom interiors range from 1,800 to nearly 3,000 sf. and feature private terraces, lavish baths with massage soaking tubs, fully-equipped gourmet kitchens with Wolf, Miele and Sub Zero appliances, and living rooms with custom-designed media centers. Exclusive amenities include conciergearranged activities, Wi-Fi and personalized grocery provision. Escape in style to our stunning beachfront resort. Mention offer code SKSC13 when booking.

(941) 346-5900, Reservations (800) 233-1234 915 Seaside Dr., Siesta Key, 34242 www.siestakeybeach.hyatt.com

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VISITOR SERVICES Sarasota St. Armands Circle/Lido Key Longboat Key Siesta Key Casey Key, Englewood, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Venice Surrounding Areas Lakewood Ranch Manatee County

* Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates.

E D U C AT I O N / M E D I C A L C-3 ADULT & COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT @ SCTI 4748 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 941-361-6590, www.ace-sarasota.com C-2 AMERICAN MEDICAL SEMINARS P.O. Box 49947, Sarasota, FL 34230 866-267-4263, www.ams4cme.com C-2 FLORIDA MEDICAL RETREAT 1303 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-643-0529, www.floridamedretreat.com

D-1 FLORIDA EVENT & SPORTS MARKETING 9040 Town Center Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-552-1270, www.fesm.us

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HELMSBRISCOE FLORIDA GULF COAST

P.O. Box 5513, Sarasota, FL 34277 941-927-3737, www.gcdmc.com Sarasota, FL 941-896-6551, www.helmsbriscoe.com

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HOSPITALITY PLUS

7622 Coronet Dr., Sarasota, FL 34240 941-518-4416, www.hospitalityplus.info B-3 MOTE AQUARIUM 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-2252, www.mote.org/venuerental C-2 MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM 801 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2200, ext. 4252, www.cityofsarasotamunicipalauditorium.com E-3 PRO MOTION NOTIONS 3739 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-952-1119, www.notionsunlimited.com B-1 SARASOTA BRADENTON

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER

8005 15th St. E., Sarasota, FL 34243 800-355-9161, www.sbicc.net

B-1 NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-487-4153, www.ncf.edu

1693 Main St., Suite B, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-7888, www.signsnowsarasota.com

B-2 RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 800-255-7695, www.ringling.edu

C-3 SIR SPEEDY PRINTING 3939 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-1563, www.sirspeedysarasota.com

C-2 ROAD SCHOLAR 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-556-3269, www.roadscholar.org C-3 SARASOTA MEMORIAL

HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

1700 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-9000, www.smh.com D-1 STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA,

MANATEE-SARASOTA

7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota, FL 34240 941-363-7000, www.scf.edu D-2 SUNCOAST CHARITIES FOR CHILDREN 5317 Fruitville Rd., Ste. 43, Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-8820, www.suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org B-1 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SARASOTA-MANATEE 8350 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-4200, www.sarasota.usf.edu

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B-4 IMAGICA COMMUNICATIONS 5084 Windward Ave., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-350-9615, www.imagica.us C-2 JAENSCH IMMIGRATION

LAW FIRM

2198 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-9841, www.visaamerica.com D-3 JEWISH FEDERATION OF

SARASOTA-MANATEE

580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-4546, www.jfedsrq.org C-2 ST. MARTHA CATHOLIC CHURCH 200 N. Orange Ave. (at Fruitville), Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-4210, www.stmartha.org C-2 SUNTRUST BANK 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-3307, www.suntrust.com

S PA S / S A L O N S B-3 GREEN GINGER HAIR DESIGN 10 S. Adams Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-5500, www.greengingerhair.com C-4 MANDALA MED-SPA

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1715 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-927-2278, www.mandalamedspa.com C-2 MELODY'S CENTRE FOR

AUTHENTIC BEAUTY

555 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-952-1010, www.melodys.us

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N D-3 AAA AUTO CLUB SOUTH, SARASOTA 3844 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 866-201-0385, www.aaa.com/sarasota

Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties. Sarasota, FL 888-503-AtoZ, www.rentfromatoz.com

B-1 DOLLAR RENT A CAR 1150 Rental Car Rd., Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l. Airport, Sarasota, FL 34243 800-800-4000, www.dollar.com

C-3 ABC BABY RENTALS 4519 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 866-342-2446, www.abcbabyrental.com

C-1 ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR 1306 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-736-8222, www.enterprise.com

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C-3 RENTAL DEPOT WEDDING, TENT & EVENT CO. 3914 Swift Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-929-9382, www.arentaldepot.com

SERVICES C-2 ATLARGE, INC.

238 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-9200, www.atlargeinc.com C-2 BANKUNITED

1058 N. Tamiami Trl., Suite 111, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-2904, www.bankunited.com

A-2 LONGBOAT LIMOUSINE/

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JEEP & SCOOTER RENTALS

3416 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 800-338-0084, www.practicalcar.com B-1 SARASOTA BRADENTON

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

6000 Airport Cir., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-5200, www.srq-airport.com B-4 SIESTA TROLLEY 5254 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-915-3232, www.siestatrolley.com

E-7 AMERICAN APPAREL DESIGNS 121 Corporation Way, Ste. C, Venice, FL 34285 941-488-3770, www.americanappareldesigns.com

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite A-133, Tampa, FL 33605 813-281-0088, www.chappellroberts.com

C-1 ARCADE PRINTING 2108 Whitfield Park Loop, Sarasota, FL 34243 941-755-2655, www.arcadelitho.com

C-4 CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH 1900 Meadowood St., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-2777

4773 Sweetmeadow Cir., Sarasota, FL 34238 941-925-7733, www.srqservices.com

B-3 B.J. PALMER HISTORIC HOME

C-2 CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO SARASOTA 1779 Independence Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-552-4800, www.clearchannel.com

* TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Serving Sarasota and surrounding areas.

FOUNDATION

342 N. Washington Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 770-438-9577, www.bjph.org C-2 COASTAL PRINTING, INC. 1730 Independence Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 800-354-5155, www.coastalprint.com

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CHAPPELLROBERTS

D-3 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CORPORATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY

2601 Cattlemen Rd., Ste. 102, Sarasota, FL 34232 941-309-1200, www.edcsarasotacounty.com

T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S O TA C O U N T Y V I S I T O R S G U I D E

D-4 SRQ SERVICES LIMOUSINE

TRANSPORTATION DMC

SUPERSHUTTLE / EXECUCAR

800-BLUEVAN, www.supershuttle.com

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TRAVELOCITY

Serving Sarasota and surrounding areas. 888-872-8356, www.travelocity.com


LONGBOAT KEY

Longboat Key Club & Resort All Here. All Yours. Maybe you’re drawn by the clear Gulf waters on our private white-sand beach. Or driven by our 45 holes of challenging golf. Maybe it’s the rejuvenating effects of our 9,000 square foot Island House Spa, or the culinary delights found in our six varied restaurants. Maybe it’s our full-service 291-slip deep water marina with private pool and Ship’s Store. Or the private balconies in our beautifully appointed rooms and suites with 42” flat screen TVs, high-speed internet, Bose radios and breathtaking views. Or our USTA award-winning Tennis Gardens with 20 Har-Tru courts, and fully equipped Fitness Center and Mind & Motion work-out studio. Whatever it is, when you’re a guest at our AAA Four-Diamond, beachfront resort, it’s all here. And it’s all yours.

(941) 383-8821 (800) 237-8821 220 Sands Point Rd., Longboat Key, 34228 www.longboatkeyclub.com

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