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  1. 1. Longboat Key . Lido Key . Siesta Key . Casey Key Venice . Manasota Key . Englewood . North Port BEACHES ECO-ADVENTURES CULTURE DINING SPORTS ATTRACTIONS ACCOMMODATIONS FLORIDA
  2. 2. ST. ARMANDS/LIDO KEY (941) 388-2181 (800) 225-2181 1540 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota 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 free Wi-Fi throughout the property, small refrigerators, coffee makers, in-room safes and a morning newspaper. This charming island resort has two restaurants, a lounge, pool bar, room service and the service you’ve come to expect that made the Helmsley Hotels famous. 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. The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel
  3. 3. SARASOTA COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER AND HISTORY CENTER MUSEUM Located at the the Historic Chidsey Library Building, 701 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34236 941-957-1877, 800-522-9799 SARASOTA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES 766 Hudson Ave., Suite A Sarasota, FL 34236 Ph: 941-955-0991 Fax: 941-955-1929 Virginia J. Haley, CDME President SARASOTA’S GERMAN REPRESENTATION 49 (0) 30 3150 4044 SARASOTA’S UK REPRESENTATION 44 (0) 870 033 1501 cover photography Sandy days at Blind Pass Beach, by Dick Dickinson The Official Sarasota & Her Islands Visitors Guide® 2011 is published for the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau by Miles Media Group, Inc., 6751 Professional Parkway W., Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34240. Steve Berlin, Group Publisher; Janet Fusco, Executive Editor; Evelyn Esperança, Art Director. Erin Duggan, Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau Editor; Bernie Gottschalk, Advertising Sales. The CVB would like to thank Barbara Banks; Dick Dickinson; Glenn Hastings; Nicole Pincus; Herb Booth; Stephanie Dubsky Photography; Marc Ellis/H2O Pictures; Al Gordon; Mote Aquarium; Eric Nalpas; Alex Stafford; Amy Steinmetz; and Bill Somach Photography and all of the partners of the SCVB for contributing images for this guide. All rights reserved; reproduction in whole or in part prohibited without written permission of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau. Copyright 2010. Partial funding provided by the Tourist Development Council, Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners. EXPERIENCES 20 ATTRACTIONS 25 AREA MAP 27 GOLF COURSES 28 WEDDINGS 29 RESTAURANTS 32 SHOPPING 35 ACCOMMODATIONS 42 VACATION HOMES 42 CAMPING 47 VISITOR SERVICES HELPFUL INFORMATION2 OUR BEACHES Sarasota’s sandy delights 4 UNIQUELY SARASOTA EXPERIENCES Your can’t-miss vacation list 6 SARASOTA’S SPLENDOR Explore our natural world 10 ART & CULTURE World-class cultural experiences 14 DINING Where food is both art and fun 16 THE SPORTING LIFE Get active, get outdoors! 18 EVENTS Highlights of happenings Contents Sink your toes into our amazing sands Be inspired by our world-class art and culture Discover the unique flavors of Sarasota 4 10 14
  4. 4. Sarasota Bay Longboat Key Lido Key Siesta Key Casey Key Gulf of Mexico T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E BEACHES QUICK GUIDE QUICK POINT NATURE PRESERVE On the extreme southern end of Longboat Key, Quick Point of- fers a scenic bay beach and excel- lent 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. 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 BEACH Ahhh, the perfect, powder- soft sand (just one reason Dr. Beach made this his #2 pick nationwide in 2010). A great place to walk, run, people-watch or play beach volleyball. = lifeguards year ‘round = concession/snack bar Key to symbols: = beach wheelchairs
  5. 5. Nokomis Venice Manasota Key BeachesOur 3 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 Gulf- front county park. Across the street, you may fish or launch a boat in the Intracoastal. VENICE BEACH A 1950s-era concession stand harkens back to the golden age of postcard per- fect Florida travel. The beach here is still just as beautiful. CASPERSEN BEACH Dune formations, small sand “cliffs” that offer morning shade, and rock formations with good snorkeling highlight this pris- tine setting. Hunt for shells and prehistoric sharks teeth here. BLIND PASS BEACH With nature trails, excellent fishing, a canoe launch, play- ground, and access to both the Gulf and Lemon Bay, it’s surprising that this beach is such a well-kept secret. This is a quick guide to some of our beautiful beaches. For more complete information, go to
  6. 6. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E can’t-miss uniquely Sarasota & Her Islands experiences 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 blos- soms… 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 trea- sured with family and friends. The pages of this visitor’s guide – along with our official website, www. – 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 #2 beach in the nation by Dr. Beach in 2010) is the place to people-watch, play vol- leyball, relax in calm Gulf waters, or walk for miles. The sand is as white and soft as talcum powder. ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE Sure, it’s a little bit chi chi, but it’s all in fun. Even if you don’t have a trust fund, come to dine al fresco and watch the world stroll by, window shop at high-end boutiques, eat ice cream under the shade of a palm, or dance the salsa at night. WATERFRONT DINING From flip-flop-casual to special-occasion- wonderful, lunch or dinner by the water has never tasted or looked so good. Try the Old Salty Dog or Phillippi Creek Village 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 acquaint- ed with an anemone, meet a manatee: This aquarium carves out its own niche among marine attractions by mixing hi-touch 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.
  7. 7. 5 Tops for kids 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 water- side. 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 island-trop- ical aboard the LeBarge cruise. 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 gar- dens for a day that’s as memorable as anything you’ve dreamed of. SARASOTA’S BAYFRONT Peruse charter and sightseeing boat options; dine water- front 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 foun- tain… 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. Boast- ing 87-degree water, this natural spring pumps out nine million gallons of mineral-rich water each day, mean- ing that it’s completely refreshed for swimmers every two hours. A spa and health-focused café on-site add to the mix. CITY CENTERS Come to downtown Sarasota for a mix of sophistication and SoHo bohemian, with great independent restaurants, quality art gal- leries, theaters, and an opera house. Find charming boutiques and cafés along the manicured, Mediterranean Venice Mainstreet. And kick back and enjoy casual, Old-Florida style in Englewood’s downtown area. GLORIOUS GARDENS The kids will love hand-feeding flamingos, pos- ing with tropical birds, and the ever-entertaining bird and animal shows at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Imaginative kids love the whimsical Sarasota Chil- dren’s Garden with its secret garden, maze and tree fort. And beautiful Selby Garden offers a butterfly garden, banyan grove and koi pond, plus plenty of room for little ones to stretch their legs. G.WIZ Play “Mindball” with a friend and see who can control mind over matter; get a close-up look at Madagascar hissing cockroach- es and native snakes; make a bolt of lightning appear in the Plasma Ball. Learning and entertainment all rolled into one experience… it’s a parent’s dream. 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.
  8. 8. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E 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 State Park… bottlenose dolphins fish in the surf near the Venice Inlet… a flock of ibis soar in a cloudless sky… the Sarasota area is full of Mother Nature’s miracles. Come to experience them for yourself.
  9. 9. 7 As 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 irridescent glimmer of a dragon- fly’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. - Janet Fusco
  10. 10. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 ‘GATOR WATCH “Watch where you put your paddle!” my canoeing com- panion said. On that day, the Myakka Lake tributary seemed like a Tarzan movie come- to-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 near Snook Haven in 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; Oscar Scherer State Park; and Snook Haven (boat conces- sions are available in all locations). GREAT HIKES Head to the Crowley Museum and Nature Center where nature trails traverse pine flatwoods, oak ham- mocks, 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 Riv- er in Venice or Oscar Scherer State Park’s South Creek trail. FLIPPER AND FRIENDS Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife- watching ops! 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’ve witnessed the birth of a mana- tee calf. You may spot dolphins and manatees right from our beach- es (and sea turtle nests in summer, too) – or head to the Venice and Nokomis jetties where dolphins are seen every day.
  11. 11. 9 5 6 7 8 7 8 6 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 most- loved saltwater fishin’ holes: the Intracoastal Waterway across from Nokomis Beach (at 4 a.m., of course); underneath the Black- burn 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 Har- bor, fit the bill. Dad’s big splash each year? An offshore charter from Marina Jack. NATURE TOURS If you’ve ever won- dered what lies beneath the water’s surface, Sarasota Bay Explorers at Mote Aquarium can help with answers. Biolo- gist-narrated Sea Life Encounter and Nature Safari cruises explore our marine environ- ments, giving kids of all ages an up-close look at puffer fish, stone crabs, sea hors- es, 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 Dis- covery Path with five interactive stations including a zipline). BIRD’S-EYE Every traveling avian enthusiast should have a birding buddy: consider Owen Comora yours. This long-time local birder offers up his favor- ite spots: the Celery Fields for roseate spoonbills, black-bel- lied whistling ducks, egrets and herons; Pinecraft Park year ‘round for wrens, herons and anhingas (seasonally for war- blers and migrating birds); Oscar Scherer State Park for en- dangered scrub jays; North Lido Beach and Siesta Beach for shorebirds. 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 Camp- ground’s sites (part of Sarasota County’s Turtle Beach Park) can accommodate RVs up to about 32 feet or tents. Canoes and kayaks are okay, but no motorboats or pets, please. Camp- ers cross over a small dune system to the Gulf, and fishing, a canoe launch, pic- nic shelters, grills, a playground, volley- ball, 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. For more information on nature experiences, turn to the Attractions section which begins on page 20. Another great resource is
  13. 13. 11 From an art and culture perspective, this is a destination that dreams and delivers big. From our world-class art museum to galleries, opera, ballet, symphony and theater, it’s an explosion of artistic energies. ART AND CULTURE Photos from left: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; Sarasota Orchestra; Venice Theatre; Circus Sarasota; Towles Court; Florida Studio Theatre.
  14. 14. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E HISTORIC SPANISH POINT This little gem, hidden behind immense oaks along Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, gives insight into early Gulf coast history, from prehistory peo- ples to the pioneer Webb fam- ily to socialite Bertha Potter Palmer. Don’t miss the Native American shell midden behind glass (the only exhibit of its kind in the world). Call ahead for tour times to make the most of your visit. THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART It’s an understate- ment to say that this is the crown jewel of the Sara- sota cultural scene. This world-class complex boasts an art museum hous- ing the Ringling’s personal collection of Baroque master- pieces; the Ca d’Zan mansion, a 1920s Venetian Gothic treasure on Sara- sota’s bayfront; the Circus Museums with historic costumes, photographs, circus posters and artifacts; and the glorious grounds, including Mable Ringling’s rose garden. All capture the romance of an earlier era. ART & CULTURE THE CIRCUS When John Ringling brought the Great- est Show on Earth to Sarasota in 1927, he created a legacy that continues to this day, from The Circus Museums at the Ringling Mu- seum complex to St. Armands Circle’s Circus Ring of Fame to performances of Circus Sarasota and the PAL Sailor Circus. For more his- tory, slideshows and an interactive map of circus landmarks, check out www. sarasotacircus For a free circus guide, stop in at the Visitors Center at 701 N. Tamiami Tr. or order online at visitors-guide/ order-form. THEATER This is a town that loves its theater! Don’t miss: Broad- way musicals at the seashell-inspired Van Wezel Performing Arts Center; dinner and a show at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, now in its 40th year; the Asolo Repertory Theatre, where it’s possible to watch up to four plays in a single weekend; contem- porary works at the intimate Florida Stu- dio Theatre; Venice Theatre in charming downtown Venice; The Players quality community theater; and The Banyan Theater Company during the quieter summer season. ARCHITECTURE Structurally speak- ing, 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-guid- ed tour. Visitors can also stroll charming 1920s-era Vene- zia Park in Venice where most homes are in the Mediter- ranean Revival style. For information and brochures, stop in at the Visitors Center at 701 N. Tamiami Tr. in Sarasota. Visit the Ca d’Zan, John and Mable Ringling’s Venetian Gothic mansion which was completed in 1925 at a cost of $1.5 million. Visitors can tour a pioneer homestead and learn about the lives of Sarasota’s first settlers at Spanish Point. Sarasota attracts world-class acts on tour at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.
  15. 15. 13 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. SARASOTA BALLET Everything is beautiful at the Gulf Coast’s only professional ballet. The company has thrived under artistic director Iain Webb, performing both classics and debuting modern works. 2010-2011 season highlights include “Out of Denmark” and “Mr. B! A Tribute to George Balanchine.” FESTIVALS From celebrations of culture such as Sarasota’s Greek Glendi and Venice’s Italian Festival & Carnival (both in February) to celebri- ty-watching at the Sarasota Film Festi- val (April), to music festivals ranging from jazz (February/ March) to chamber music (April) to the blues (November), this area finds a way to host a good party. Join us! MUSIC Music lovers find much that delights, including perfor- mances from classical to pops by the Venice Symphony and the Sarasota Orches- tra. The 130-voice Key Chorale offers concerts October through April. The Artist Series of Sara- sota hosts interna- tional 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). ART WALKS Head downtown for two chances to mingle, browse, dine and shop: Palm Avenue’s First Friday celebration offers all this plus live per- formances 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. Sarasota has a resident opera company in addition to ballet and other performing arts groups. La Musica brings outstanding international chamber musicians to Sarasota each April. Please see our Attractions section which begins on page 20 for art & culture listings related to this story.
  16. 16. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E DINING 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 SAND-BETWEEN-YOUR-TOES CASUAL GRACE THE CULINARY SCENE. Food is both art and fun in the Sarasota area. 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. Known for an innovative menu and sophisticated environs, Michael’s was inducted in the Fine Dining Hall of Fame in 2009 by Nation’s Restaurant News, an honor given to only 10 restaurants in the U.S. each year. Food and wine events are held regularly here. Locally-grown, organic cuisine is the hall- mark of the Mobil Four-Star Vernona at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, which was recently named “Best Overall Restaurant in Florida” by Florida International magazine. The Bijou Café, a quaint, European-influenced cafe in downtown Sarasota, has earned accolades from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines, among others. And Longboat Key’s Euphemia Haye was named one of “America’s Top 200 Most Romantic Restaurants,” among other awards. OLD TIME FLORIDA. Snook Haven, Venice. Folks come to this rustic little oak-hammock hide- away on the scenic Myakka River for fried catfish, ‘gator bites and other unpretentious fare, along with live music daily. After your meal, rent a canoe or kayak or take a boat tour to see the river.
  17. 17. 15 MY OH MY, SAVE ROOM FOR PIE. Troyer’s Dutch Heritage 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 local farmers markets in downtown Sarasota and Ven- ice (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 Dessert Room 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. The Café at Warm Mineral Springs focuses on good-for-you-foods such as salads, wraps and whole-grain dishes – and even offers an organic microbrew. In Sara- sota, also worthy of note is the cheerful Simon’s Coffee House, known for the freshest ingredi- ents and delicious breads, and newcomer Veg with both veg- etarian and seafood dishes. GOING GLUTEN-FREE. If glu- ten is a concern, try Cosimo’s Brick Oven and Cosimo’s Too, both in Sarasota, or Vertoris Pizza House in Bradenton. The Island Gluten Free Bakery, east of the Stickney Point Bridge in Sarasota, is a great option too. LATE NIGHT. Munchies 4:20 Café. This culinary ode to excess was fea- tured on Man V. Food (host Adam Richman called the wings a “fiery inferno”). If you dare, try the “Fat Sandy” sandwich (two cheeseburg- ers, 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. Dine here 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. Luna’s in charming downtown Ven- ice has great pizza and enormous pasta dishes. Or enjoy a relaxing meal under the shade of the big oak at Café de la Bay in Englewood. 50s DRIVE-IN. The Hob Nob, Sarasota. This icon on the north side of town has been serving up the clas- sics – 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). Tech- nicalities 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 people-watching. S.K.O.B. has live tunes; Daiquiri Deck has outrageous drink choices. For more information on dining, please refer to the listings on page 29, or visit Visit to learn more about independent restaurateurs in the Sarasota area.
  18. 18. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E SPORTS 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! It’s a great (and inexpensive) way to entertain the family.
  19. 19. 17 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 course, or just plain enjoy America’s favorite pastime, the Sarasota area is sporting good fun. 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 bun- ker, 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 scull, it’s fun to watch a regatta at Na- than Benderson Park off University Parkway. The park is slated to become a world-class rowing fa- cility; a boathouse, canoe rentals and biking/hiking paths are in the works. 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 (1 p.m. late Dec. through mid-April) in Lakewood Ranch. Tail- gating is encouraged and kids and dogs (the latter on leash) are welcome. BEST PLACES TO CYCLE, WALK OR RUN Quiet, exclusive Casey and Manasota keys are local favorites for glorious views of the Gulf, the Intra- coastal, and the fabulous mansions in-between. Ride, roller blade or stroll the 10-mile-plus Legacy Trail, a nearly traffic-free rails-to-trails project connecting Venice to Sarasota. Explore the scenic Venetian Waterway Trail which winds along the Intracoastal Waterway all the way to Caspersen Beach in Venice. If you’re in Sarasota, consider a nice long cycle from down- town’s Marina Jack through St. Armands Circle to the end of Longboat Key and back: You’ll be rewarded with a variety of scenery including public art, restaurants and boutiques, and expanses of blue water. Myakka River State Park offers bike rentals (including surreys) for visitors who want to explore one of Florida’s largest state parks. Mountain bikers should check out the challenging trails at North Port’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
  20. 20. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E LOCAL HAPPENINGS EVENTS where fun, art & culture meet arts & culture circus festivals Women’s EXPOofSWFL (North Port) February 30 Days of Discovery, September Englewood Pioneer Days September Ringling International Arts Festival October www.ringlingarts sARTée October Siesta Beach Crystal Sand Sculpting Contest November Sarasota Blues Fest Sarasota Film Festival NOVEMBER 2011 APRIL 2011 St. Armands Circle Ring of Fame January Circus Sarasota, February PAL Sailor Circus December & March – April Lippizan Stallions of Austria December – April SarasotaExotic Car Fest (St. Armands Circle) February www.sarasota Italian Amer- ican Festival (Venice) February Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival April www.sharkstooth Siesta Fiesta April 4th of July Freedom Fest (North Port) July www.cityofnorth Sarasota Vinyl Festival July Sarasota Improv Festival July www.floridastudio
  21. 21. 19 Mote’s Ocean Day JUNE 2011 Forks & Corks January www.freshoriginals. com/forksandcorks Florida Winefest & Auction April Savor Sarasota June food music sports Jazz Festival January - February www.jazzclub Perlman Sarasota Winter Residency January www.perlmanmusic Sarasota Music Festival May - June www.sarasota Thunder By The Bay January www.thunderbythe Sarasota Invitational Regatta February www.sarasota Florida Scholastic Rowing State Championships April Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival July www.suncoast Sarasota Open, USTA/ ATP Men’s Professional Tournament May USA Ultimate Club Championships October Sarasota Opera Festival February - March For a complete list of local events go to:
  22. 22. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E Attractions Sarasota St. Armands Circle/Lido Key Casey Key, Englewood, Manasota Key, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Venice Longboat Key Near Sarasota Siesta Key * Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. A RTS & C U LT U R E C-2 ART UPTOWN 1367 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-5409, Sarasota’s oldest co-op gallery, offering original paintings and prints, ceramics and sculpture by professional artists. Open Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. B-3 ARTIST SERIES OF SARASOTA Sarasota, FL 941-388-1188, The Artist Series of Sarasota presents a series of concerts annually, featuring world-class classical and popular musicians at historic Asolo Theater. Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. B-1 ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 800-361-8388, From Oct. - June, they present a unique rotating repertory of classics and new works in the elegant Mertz and intimate Cook theaters. Box office: Oct. - June, Mon. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun. noon - 3 p.m. Ad Page 24 B-1 BANYAN THEATER COMPANY 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-358-5330, Sarasota’s award-winning professional summer theater 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, FSTproducesworldpremieresandcontemporaryworkswhichhave beenproducedonandoff-Broadwaywithinthelastfiveyears.Open Tues.-Sat.9a.m.-9p.m.;Sun.10a.m.-9p.m.;Mon.9a.m.-6p.m. C-2 GOLDEN APPLE DINNER THEATRE 25 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-652-0920, A complete evening out. The tiered arrangement of swivel seats in the theater offers optimum viewing and dining. Cocktails, wine and beverages. Box Office: Daily 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. C-2 JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Ste. 111, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-1552, Concerts every Friday from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 2010 - May 2011. Annual Jazz Festival Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2011. Hotline info: 941-316-9207. Office: Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * KEY CHORALE, INC. Sarasota, FL 941-921-4845, As the Official Chorus of the Sarasota Orchestra, Key Chorale is dedicated to bringing great choral music to life in concerts of varying exciting formats and styles. * LA MUSICA DI ASOLO, INC. Sarasota, FL 941-346-2601, AnnualInternationalChamberMusicFestivalinAprilwith performancesatSarasotaOperaHouse,openrehearsals,lecturesand specialevents.Twenty-fifthAnniversaryCelebrationwithconcertsat8 p.m.onApril4,7,13-15.Sun.matineeonApril10at2:30p.m. A-1 LONGBOAT KEY CENTER OF THE ARTS 6860 Longboat Dr. S., Sarasota, FL 34228 941-383-2345, Division of Ringling College of Art & Design. Focusing on arts, culture, creativity and community. Classes, workshops, events and exhibitions. Check website for hours. Ad Page 21 B/C-2 PLAYERS THEATRE 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2494, Year-round programming which includes a Broadway Theatre Series, SNAP! (something new at Players) series, concerts, and a Summer Sizzler Series. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour before performances. B-1 SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 800-361-8388, 20th season highlights ballets by Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine and more, directed by Iain Webb. Visit website for complete season schedule. Oct. - Apr. performances: 2 and 8 p.m. C-2 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL 332 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 866-575-FILM, 13th Annual Sarasota Film Festival April 8-17, 2011; check website for year-round events and news. C-2 SARASOTA OPERA 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 888-OPERA12, Sarasota Opera presents “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) this fall and a four-opera Winter Festival Feb. 5-Mar. 20 in its intimate historic Opera House. Box Office: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ad Page 24 B/C-2 SARASOTA ORCHESTRA 709 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 866-508-0611, Performs classical and pops concerts from Sept. - May. The orchestra schedule spans traditional masterworks to innovative multi-media formats. Box office opens one hour prior to concerts at event venue. Office: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ad Page 24 * SARASOTA SEASON OF SCULPTURE Sarasota Bayfront, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-7767, Sarasota is a world-class destination for sculpture. On the Bayfront and all around town, you’ll find sculpture that will delight. Weekly docent-guided tours. Check website for programming. Call 941-366-7767 for times. B/C-2 VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-826-9303, Top national and international performances of Broadway musicals, concerts, dances and world-class orchestras. Box Office: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. D-7 VENICE THEATRE 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice, FL 34285 941-488-1115, Nationally acclaimed community theater year-round. Broadway musicals, classic/contemporary dramas, comedies, cabarets, concerts and family theater. Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and one hour before performance. C RU I S E S / TOU R S C-3 ENTERPRISE SAILING CHARTERS 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 888-232-7768, 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 a.m. - 8 p.m. C-2 FLORIDA EVER-GLIDES INC. 200 S. Washington Blvd., Ste. 11, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-363-9556, Explore scenic downtown Sarasota and the beautiful bayfront on a Segway Human Transporter. Glide along using self- balancing technology. Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. * KATHLEEN D SAILING CATAMARAN 1000 1st Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 941-870-4349, The perfect getaway, licensed for 20 passengers, day sails, sunset sails, sailing vacations and sailing instructions. Daily C-3 KEY SAILING 2 Marina Plz., Slip E18, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-346-7245, Voted Siesta Key Business Person of the Year. Newest, largest vessel. Affordable-personalized-dolphins-sunsets. 2010 film site. Official ED Vessel. Call 24/7. C-3 LEBARGE TROPICAL CRUISES 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-6116, 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. Daily F-4 MYAKKA WILDLIFE TOURS 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 941-365-0100, One-hour narrated airboat tour to see alligators in the wild. One-hour land tram tour through Myakka River State Park. Learn about flora and fauna. Seasonal hours; call for info. Ad Page 22 B-2/3 SARASOTA BAY EXPLORERS 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Mote Aquarium, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-4200, The Sea Life Encounter tour is a wonderful extension to a visit at Mote Aquarium. Hands-on, fun and informative for all ages. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, INC. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-351-6500, Escape into natural Florida. Enjoy the intimacy of small groups. Full, half-day and overnight. Kayak, birdwatch, hike - no experience needed. Daily 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. E NT E RTA I N M E NT B/C-1 CIRCUS SARASOTA 8251 15th St. E., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-9335, Acts from around the world will amaze and astound. Family entertainment at its best. An experience not to be missed. Office hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-4 KROAKY’S KARAOKE 4400 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 877-4KROAKY, Sarasota's Japan-style karaoke. Try one of 10 cool private rooms with friends and family, or sing to the crowd in our public lounge. 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. weekdays; open 1 p.m. on weekends. C-3 PAL SAILOR CIRCUS 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-361-6350, From the flying trapeze to the roustabout clowns, these youngsters (ages 8 - 18) have been thrilling audiences for more than 60 years. Last week in Dec.; last week in March; first week in April. F I S H I NG * ADVENTURE CHARTERS Sarasota, FL 941-371-1390, Fishing charter service with USCG-licensed captain. Extensive knowledge of local waters. See the sights and catch some fish. Families welcome. Everything you need is included. Daily A-2 CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-1311, Full- and half-day boat rentals, Grady-White, Scout and Hurricane deck boats available. Full ship’s store, bait, tackle, ice. Multi-day discounts available. Daily 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. * CAPTAIN ALAN ROUTH GUIDE SERVICE Sarasota, FL 941-345-7788, Fish our bays, flats and coastal beaches for snook, trout, redfish and more! Native Sarasota guide with 30 years experience. Daily
  23. 23. 21 SARASOTA On the Campus of Ringling College of Art and Design: • William G. and Marie Selby Gallery—Sarasota’s premier gallery for contemporary art and design • Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Galleries—new Academic Center galleries • Crossley Gallery, and Goldstein Gallery—work by students, faculty and guest artists • Patricia Thompson Gallery—alumni art exhibitions 2700 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL 34234-5895 | 941.351.5100 | Get inspired! Visit the galleries of Ringling College of Art and Design and its divisions: the madeby boutique sales gallery in Sarasota’s Downtown Rosemary District, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the Englewood Art Center, for a truly unique experience! Free and open to the public, each of our galleries present a constantly changing kaleidoscope of art and design from both internationally known artists to the locally recognized, as well as by Ringling College and division students, faculty and alumni. Longboat Key Center for the Arts – a division of Ringling College of Art and Design: • Durante Gallery—invitational exhibitions by guest artists and juried exhibitions 6860 Longboat Drive S. Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941.383.2345 | Englewood Art Center – a division of Ringling College of Art and Design: • Loranger Gallery—juried exhibitions • Ken Mitchell Gallery—invitational exhibitions by guest artists • Member’s Gallery—exhibitions featuring EAC member artists 350 S. McCall Rd. Englewood, FL 34223 | 941.474.5548 | madeby – division of Ringling College of Art and Design: • Offering an eclectic assortment of one-of-a-kind and limited edition works for sale by Ringling College students and alumni including fine art, photos, greeting cards, posters, prints, original paintings, screen-printed clothing and other wearables, books, and jewelry. 734 Central Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941.822.0442 | Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues. For schedules and directions visit us online: Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design
  24. 24. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E C-4 CB’S SALTWATER OUTFITTERS 1249 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-4400, Boat rentals, half and full day for fishing, sightseeing. Fishing charters for fly and light tackle. Bait, tackle, sportswear, T-shirts. Jet ski rentals. Daily 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. * FLORIDA FISHING AND WATERSPORTS Sarasota-Venice, FL 941-685-2735, Catch fish that make your drag scream without breaking your budget. Sportsfishing, plus kayaking and excursions. Fun for the whole family. Daily B-2 HART’S LANDING 920 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-0011, Bait & tackle for 75+ years, serving our friends and visitors, showing customers how to fish in Sarasota Bay. Best fishing guides available for Bay and Gulf. Daily 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. * OUTRIGGERS SPORT FISHING CHARTERS Marina Jack Bayfront, Sarasota 941-809-2211, Offshore fishing on 35' sportfish boat "Nice One." Full- and half-day charters include licenses and tackle. Customized for novice to expert. Daily C-2 REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS 930 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-228-7802, 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, Fishing charter inshore and offshore, best rates, sightseeing charters. Kids welcome! Call today. Available every day. A-1 WOLFMOUTH CHARTERS Serving all the Islands 941-720-4418, Offering custom light tackle sportfishing for families and individuals on the calm and beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Daily L O C A L AT T R AC T I O N S E-3 BIG CAT HABITAT & GULF COAST SANCTUARY 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240 941-371-6377, 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. C-2 CHILDREN’S GARDEN & ART CENTER 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-330-1711, Enchanted place designed for kids. Pirate ship, gardens, maze, tree fort/slide, three little pigs’ house and dress-up room. Where magic begins. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. G/H-3 CROWLEY MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER 16405 Myakka Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 941-322-1000, This "Jewel on the Myakka" is a 190-acre Southwest Florida education center for nature and pioneer history. Open Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check website for more information and summer hours. * DAKIN DAIRY FARMS 30771 Betts Rd., Myakka City, FL 34251 941-322-2802, Florida's only milk bottling dairy. Tours, hay rides, pig races, corn maze, fresh bottled milk. Visit this sustainable farm for a memorable day. See website for visitor hours. B/C-2 G.WIZ - THE SCIENCE MUSEUM 1001 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-309-4949, Gateway for lifelong adventures in science. Discover the cool side of science with a variety of interactive exhibits for the whole family to explore. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., closed Mon. D-5 HISTORIC SPANISH POINT 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 941-966-5214, 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 941-363-9076, A gateway to explore Sarasota’s history, traditions and culture. Docent tours in Sarasota’s oldest building. Available for church weddings. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. B-1 JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-5700, 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 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ad Page 24 John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art SARASOTA Experience nature in full bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a 9.5-acre tropical oasis on Sarasota Bay. Here you will encounter the world’s most spectacular living collection of rare tropical plants including gorgeous orchids, gesneriads and bromeliads. (941) 366-5731 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota Marie Selby Botanical Gardens SARASOTA Take a ride on the wild side. Myakka Wildlife Tours guides you through Sarasota’s largest attraction, a 29,000-acre wildlife park. Climb aboard the world’s largest covered airboat for a fun, informative and really close-up view of the area’s natural flora, birds and alligators. Open daily. (941) 365-0100 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota Myakka Wildlife Tours MWT
  25. 25. 23 C-3 MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-5731, Explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants in this 9.5-acre oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ad Page 22 B-2/3 MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 800-691-MOTE, Sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, sea horses, touch pools and interactive theaters showcasing Mote Marine Laboratory’s renowned research. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ad on this page B-2 SARASOTA CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM 5500 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-6228, The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is the second oldest antique car museum in the nation. Don’t miss this unique collection of vintage autos. Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. B-2 SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 877-861-6547, Acres of tropical plants and animal exhibits. Feed flamingos and hold a baby alligator. Exciting daily shows. Café, playground and gift shop. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. B-1 SARASOTA KENNEL CLUB 5400 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-355-7744, Live greyhound racing Dec.-May. One Eyed Jack Card Room open year-round Mon.-Sat. 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.. Simulcast dog and horse racing Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.. Restaurant and Lounge, Café, Conference and Banquet Room. Ad on this page B-2 SMUGGLERS COVE ADVENTURE GOLF 3815 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-351-6620, Play adventure miniature golf in caves, a shipwreck and near rushing waterfalls. Feed live alligators, too. Second location in Bradenton. Daily 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. H-8 WARM MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT & DAY SPA 12200 San Servando Ave., North Port, FL 34287 941-426-1692, 87-degree, mineral-enriched waters. Highest mineral content in the U.S. Full day spa services and wellness programs, along with Café Evergreen. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. N E A R BY AT T R AC T I O N S * EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-334-7419, Guided tours of the Edison and Ford winter estates, the gardens, Edison’s botanic research lab, audio tours and a museum with hundreds of artifacts. Daily 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. * MIXON FRUIT FARMS, INC. 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 800-608-2525, Tram tours of the grove, Matthews Wildlife Refuge, fresh fruit and juice, gift shop, deli, ice cream and fudge. Open Oct. - May 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; June - Sept. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; closed Sun. H-2 SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM AND BISHOP PLANETARIUM 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-4131, Explore the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, including the Bishop Planetarium and manatee aquarium. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5 p.m.. Closed Mon. June-December. Ad Page 26 OU T D O O R A DV E NT U R E S * ADVENTURE KAYAK OUTFITTERS Serving Sarasota and nearby areas. 941-779-7426, Sarasota's quality outfitter for kayak tours and kayak rentals in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island and the Myakka River. C-2 ADVENTURE-ISLAND STYLE 2433 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-954-1009, Rentals, licensed instructors and guides for windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking in beautiful Sarasota waters. PASA certified. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * ALMOST HEAVEN KAYAK ADVENTURES Anna Maria to Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 941-504-6296, 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.* Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens SARASOTA Live championship simulcast horse and dog racing. Live Championship Greyhound Racing starts November 26, 2010 - May 1, 2011. Matinees: Monday through Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. Evening Races Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. One Eyed Jacks Poker Room - Open Monday through Saturday at noon. (941) 355-7744 5400 Bradenton Rd., Sarasota Sarasota Kennel Club & One-Eyed Jack’s Poker Room ST. ARMANDS/LIDO KEY Explore the secrets of the sea with touch pools, sharks, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and over 100 other species of marine life. Viewable working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. Discover why sea life matters at Mote. (941) 388-4441 (800) 691-MOTE 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota Mote Aquarium
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  27. 27. 25 SARASOTA i Official Sarasota Visitor Information Center 701 N. Tamiami Trl. 1 Sarasota Main Street Shops & Restaurants/ Saturday Farmers Market (inset map) 2 Island Park/Marina Jack (inset map) 3 17th Street Park – Paw Park d 4 Lakeview Park – Paw Park d 1750 Lago St. 5 Myakka River State Park 13207 State Road 72 6 Ed Smith Stadium 2700 12th St. 7 Twin Lakes Park 6700 Clark Rd. 8 Midtown Plaza Bahia Vista Street & U.S. 41 9 Southside Village Shops & Restaurants Hillview Street 10 Gulf Gate Shops & Restaurants Gulf Gate Drive 11 Rosemary District along Central Avenue between U.S. 41 and Orange Avenue, and Fruitville Road and 10th St. (inset map) 12 Towles Court Adams Lane between Washington Boulevard and South Links Avenue (inset map) 13 Historic Burns Square Pineapple and Orange avenues between Ringling Boulevard and Mound Street (inset map) 14 Westfield Southgate Shopping Mall LONGBOAT KEY 15 Quick Point Nature Preserve 100 Gulf of Mexico Dr. ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE/LIDO KEY 16 St. Armands Circle Shops & Restaurants 17 Sarasota BayWalk & Ken Thompson Park 1550 & 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy. 18 South Lido Park 2201 Ben Franklin Dr. SIESTA KEY 19 Siesta Key Village Ocean Blvd. OSPREY 20 Oscar Scherer State Park VENICE 21 Venice MainStreet Shopping District 22 Brohard Dog Beach and Park – Paw Park d 1600 Harbor Dr. 23 Woodmere Park – Paw Park d Woodmere Boulevard off Jacaranda Boulevard NORTH PORT 24 Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park ENGLEWOOD 25 Dearborn Street Shopping District NEAR SARASOTA 26 Prime Outlets Ellenton exit 224 off I-75 Nathan Benderson Park
  28. 28. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E C-2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237 941-954-4101, Sarasota’s hometown team for Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium. Team arrives mid-February. Games in March. Call Stadium line for schedule. Year-round sports complex with additional fields at Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. * BAY AND GULF ADVENTURES Sarasota, FL 941-893-7221, Guided kayak nature/eco tours and kayak rentals. Dolphins, manatees, shore birds and marine life sightings. 20+ years experience. Free delivery. Daily D-7 COOL BREEZE BOAT & JET SKI RENTALS 100 Circuit Rd., Nokomis, FL 34275 941-485-3333, Jet ski rentals, closest to the Gulf. Rentals of 19’ deck boats (fit 10), 24’ pontoon boat (fit 14) and center console (fit 6). Kayaks. Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-4 DOLPHIN DIVE CENTER 6018 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-9671, Scuba, fishing, kayaking, swim gear and accessories for sale and rent. Kayak rentals and lessons. Open Mon. - Sat 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-4 FLORIDA UNDERWATER SPORTS 7670 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-870-4461, PADI 5 Star dive center offers scuba equipment, scuba lessons from beginning to professional and local diving trips. Open Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. * FRIENDS OF MYAKKA RIVER Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, FL 941-361-6511, 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 at 13208 State Rd. 72 (9 miles east of I-75). The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset. * MIRACLE SWIMMING INSTITUTE Sarasota Pools and Beaches 800-723-7946, Breakthrough swim classes for afraid adults, kids. When all else fails, or to save frustration, heartache, time and money, take Miracle Swimming. Money back guarantee. Call 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. or check website 24/7 C-4 ROBIN HOOD RENTALS 5129 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-554-4242, Segway rentals, kayak tours, scooter, bike and beach rentals. Conveniently located in Siesta Key Village. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-2 SARASOTA FAMILY YMCA WATER PARK & ALPINE CLIMBING TOWER 8301 Potter Park Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238 941-922-9622, 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. B-4 SIESTA KEY BIKE AND KAYAK 1224 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-0891, Offers a wide range of bike rentals for the whole family, kayak rentals, scooters, beach wheelchairs and guided kayak tours. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-4 SIESTA KEY MARINA 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-1970, Full-service marina including monthly and weekly dry storage, boat rentals, mechanical service, parts sales, fuel, bait, bottom painting and parasailing. Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-4 SIESTA KEY PARASAILING 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 888-838-UFLY (8359), Enjoy breathtaking views of Siesta Key. Experienced, professional and courteous crew. Fun 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, Parasailing and jet ski rentals. Professionals in business for nearly 20 years. Fly up to 1200’ side by side. Stay dry or get dipped. New Yamaha Waverunners. Open 9 a.m. - sunset. C-4 SIESTA SPORTS RENTALS 6551 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-1797, Renting bikes, kayaks, scooters, beach wheelchairs and beach stuff. Kayak tours around the Jim Neville Preserve are only $40/person. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * TAMPA BAY RAYS One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705 888-FANRAYS, Major League Baseball team. Spring training at Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. * Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. NEAR SARASOTA (941) 746-4131 201 10th St. W., Bradenton The Gulf Coast’s largest natural and cultural history museum, a manatee aquarium and full-dome digital planetarium – all under one roof. See Florida’s fossils, archaeology, history and environments, visit Snooty, the oldest captive manatee, and explore your universe through stunning space shows. South Florida Museum VENICE Discover Golf in Venice, 63 holes of championship golf. The Golf Clubs at Capri Isles, Calusa Lakes and Waterford offer numerous strategic and challenging features that are unique to each course. Each of the clubs includes a clubhouse, pro shop, practice facilities and restaurant to complement a great golf experience. (941) 485-3371 Venice Golf in Venice
  29. 29. 27 Course Type Number ofHoles Par Rating Rates Instruction Available Restaurant onSite SeeAdon Page Golf KEY TO CATEGORIES COURSE TYPE: P=PUBLIC; S=SEMI-PRIVATE; R=PRIVATE COURSE OPEN TO RESORT GUESTS Golfers Love Sarasota and Her Islands 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 and Her Islands 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 The Founders Golf Club 941-371-9720 R 18 72 call • •3800 Golf Hall Dr., Sarasota, FL 34240, Golf in Venice 941-485-3371 P,S 2 x 18 1 x 27 72 various call • • 26Representing Calusa Lakes, Capri Isles & Waterford, Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch 941-907-7067 P 18 72 73.8 $49-$99 • •8255 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34202, Misty Creek Country Club 941-922-2188 R 18 72 web specials • •8954 Misty Creek Dr., Sarasota, FL 34241, OakFord Golf Club 941-371-3680 S 27 72 72.5 call • •1552 Palm View Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240, Rolling Green Golf Club 941-355-7621 S 18 72 69.9 $20-$55 • •4501 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234, Rosedale Golf & Country Club 941-756-0004 S 18 72 72.8 call • •5100 87th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34211, Sara Bay Country Club 941-355-7658 R 18 72 73.8 Guest fee $60 • •7011 Willow St., Sarasota, FL 34243, this page Tatum Ridge Golf Links 941-378-4211 S 18 72 72.2 $38-$66 • •421 Tatum Rd. N., Sarasota, FL 34240, University Park Country Club 941-359-9999 S 27 72 71.3 call • •7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201, Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota 941-922-9500 P 18 58 $8-$30 • •3500 Pembrook Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239, Waterlefe Golf & River Club 941-744-0393 P 18 72 71.2 $45-$85 • •1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton, FL 34212, SARASOTA (941) 355-7658 Sarasota An original golf course design by Donald Ross. Member owned, truly private. Located just north of downtown Sarasota, Florida’s cultural capital. To learn more visit: For membership information or to schedule a personal introduction please call (941) 355-7658 or email Gavin at Sara Bay Country Club SARASOTA (941) 580-3378 Sarasota Take the worries out of planning your golf vacation. Our experienced PGA Professionals will create the best Sarasota golf vacation possible. Affiliated with 30 of the area’s finest private clubs, semi-private and daily fee courses, let us custom tailor a special golf trip for you or your group. PLAY GOLF SARASOTA
  30. 30. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E Whether you’ve always pictured getting married on the beach or having a grand ceremony in a more formal venue, Sarasota and Her Islands has the perfect location for you and your betrothed to take your vows. For information about obtaining a marriage license and more details about the wedding specialists listed in this guide, visit Get Married in Sarasota and Her Islands * Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. * A UNIQUE CEREMONY.COM Sarasota-Bradenton, 941-779-3051 “One of a kind” ceremonies prepared and performed to reflect the style and personality of the bride and groom. Caring and professional. * BAREFOOT WEDDINGS P.O. Box 25421, Sarasota, 941-952-1440 Beautifully customized wedding ceremonies and wedding vow renewals performed by an experienced Notary Public at a location of your choice in Sarasota or Manatee County. * DICK PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Sarasota, 941-360-2323 “Southwest Florida’s Premiere Photography Studio” Formally trained with over 30 years’ experience creating beautiful memories for your family. Weddings and beach portraits you’ll love. Ad on this page D-4 ELEGANT SARASOTA WEDDINGS 6981 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, 941-308-3125 A network of the Sarasota area’s most qualified and respected professionals serving the bridal industry and performing special events. * FLOATING CHAPEL OF SARASOTA Sarasota-Bradenton, 941-379-7327 The most unique wedding experience in America. Tie the knot while cruising serene waterways in a beautiful chapel seating up to 100 guests. * MATRIMONIES Sarasota Area, 941-929-7404 A unique and personal wedding ceremony, anywhere, any day, anytime. Because it's yours. B-1 POWEL CROSLEY ESTATE 8374 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-729-9177 A beautiful Mediterranean-style mansion location on Sarasota Bay and constructed in 1929. Next door to University of South Florida. C-3 SAND PETAL WEDDINGS 2206 Valencia Dr., Sarasota, 941-928-7029 Celebrate your love with Sand Petal Weddings on the Beach. Tented beach weddings and luau reception available. D-2 STEPHANIE DUBSKY PHOTOGRAPHY Sarasota, 941-587-9869 Family beach portraits. A beautiful and timeless portrait capturing memories that you share together. Personalized wedding photography that is fun, stylish and stress-free. C-3 WEDDINGS OF SARASOTA 2749 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, 941-923-4333 Weddings of Sarasota, the original event association of Sarasota, includes all of the professional resources you’ll need to plan an event to remember. Weddings SARASOTA (941) 360-2323 7626 15th St. E., Sarasota Let us capture memories of your visit to Sarasota with a beautiful family beach portrait, and we have Wedding Packages perfect for every Bride. Formal training and over thirty years of experience have prepared us for your wedding or portrait session. You’ll love your pictures … and working with us! Southwest Florida’s Premiere Photography Studio SARASOTA Celebrating over twenty years in the art of fine dining . . . this extraordinary award-winning gem features superb creative cuisine, exceptional service, an extensive wine list and a waterfront terrace with spectacular views for romantic alfresco dining. Open nightly for dinner from five to ten. Sunday Champagne buffet brunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (941) 349-2212 9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota Ophelia’s On The Bay
  31. 31. 29T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E Dining m u ሣ w * Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. A M E R I C A N B-4 BLU SMOKE ISLAND GRILL 149 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-0738, Live music nightly, cocktails and unique appetizers, BBQ, seafood and grilled specials. Pig roast every Sunday. muL, D D-4 BROKEN EGG ON CLARK 4031 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 941-922-2868, Open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with WiFi, bakery, gift shop, 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, Where locals and celebrities eat. Fresh food, beer and wine, indoor/outdoor dining, art gallery, order online, take-out, catering. Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. u B, Br, L B-4 DAIQUIRI DECK RAW BAR 5250 Ocean Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-8697, 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. mu L, D C-2 DEREK’S CULINARY CASUAL 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-6565, A restaurant that is upscale casual and serving contemporary progressive cuisine “to introduce you to new flavors, textures and techniques.” L, D C-2 H2O BISTRO @ HOTEL INDIGO 1223 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-487-3800, 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. mB, Br, L, D C-2 HOB NOB DRIVE-IN 1701 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 941-955-5001 Original ‘50s drive-in. Outside seating, hot dogs, hamburgers and daily specials. Celebrating 51 years. Now serving handmade milkshakes. u B, L, D D-1 JASON’S DELI 5231 University Pkwy., University Park, FL 34201 941-351-5999, Overstuffed sandwiches, salad bar, kids' menu, free ice cream for dine in. We cater and deliver everything on our menu. Order u L, D C-3 LIBBY’S CAFÉ & BAR 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-487-7300, Voted as area’s Best New Restaurant in 2009 and Best Service in 2010. Features fresh-from-market cuisine and a varied menu of small plate options. uሣ Br, L, D C-3 MARINA JACK 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-4232, A waterfront location offering “superior food and service.” Fine dining, outdoor patio, piano bar and lounge and banquet room. muሣ wL, D Ad inside back cover C-2 MATTISON’S CITY GRILLE One N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-330-0440, In the heart of downtown, a local favorite known for its friendly atmosphere, award-winning menu, great live music and full bar. Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. - midnight; Sat. 9 a.m. - midnight; Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.. muሣ Br, L, D D-7 MORGAN’S RESTAURANT 1660 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 941-966-2121, Exquisite dining and remarkable cuisine, deliciously created by their chef. Tiki Bar offers casual dining under the stars. muB, L, D SARASOTA 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 Phillippi Creek Village Oyster Bar SARASOTA Come see us when you get here. We can help you find a great place to stay, eat, watch the sunset, see a performance and pretty much anything else you want to do while visiting Sarasota County. (800) 800-3906 701 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota Sarasota County Visitor Information Center & History Center Museum
  32. 32. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E * Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. m u ሣ w B/C-3 O’LEARY’S TIKI BAR & GRILL 5 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-7505, Relax with great food overlooking sparkling views of Sarasota Bay. Full beverage menu featuring frozen drinks, beer and wine selections. mu wB, L, D C-2 PATRICK’S RESTAURANT 1400 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-952-1170, Award-winning restaurant in the downtown theater district. Upscale sports bar with five TVs, great food, great service at a fair price. ሣ Br, L, D SARASOTA/MANATEE ORIGINALS P.O. Box 32115, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-3663, More than 50 independently owned restaurants with a desire to preserve the culinary heritage of the Suncoast. Don’t miss Forks + Corks Jan. 28-31, 2011. muሣ wB, Br, L, D B-1 SPORTING NEWS GRILL 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota FL 34243 941-355-9000, Fantastic cuisine and all the MLB/NFL premium sports action on nine 50” HDTVs. B, L, D B-3 TOMMY BAHAMA’S TROPICAL CAFÉ 300 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-2888, Eclectic with a tropical twist, Tommy Bahama's Tropical Café offers a relaxed, elegant island ambience along with truly inspired cuisine. mu L, D C-2 VERNONA RESTAURANT 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-309-2008, Seasonal menus featuring flavorful and healthy dishes and an inventive approach to contemporary American cuisine. Reservations encouraged. uሣ wB, Br, L, D B-4 VILLAGE CAFÉ 5133 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-2822, Serving breakfast and lunch in the heart of Siesta Key Village. Private parties and catering available. u B, L A M I S H D-3 TROYER’S DUTCH HERITAGE RESTAURANT 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-8007, An old tradition in a new setting. Traditional Amish family and buffet-style meals, bakery pastries and more than 20 types of pies, since 1969. Gift shop. Closed Sun. u B, L, D C-3 YODER’S RESTAURANT 3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-7771, Sarasota’s original Amish restaurant. Home-cooking made from scratch. A tradition for 33 years. Visit the gift shop, produce market and deli. Closed Sun. B, L, D C A F É / D E L I C-3 DELI LANE CAFÉ 2157 Siesta Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5554, Open daily, serving fresh salads, quesadillas, wraps, sandwiches, housemade desserts and breakfast all day. Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 7 AM - 7 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.. u B, Br, L, D D-1 JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 8210 Tourist Center Dr., University Park, FL 34201 941-359-1500, Authentic Jersey-style subs, wraps and salads made of the highest quality ingredients, prepared in front of you. Fresh- baked bread made daily. u L, D B-4 LOCAL COFFEE + TEA 5138 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-870-2671, Come see them at Siesta Key Village, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and every Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market (Sat. 7 a.m. - noon). B-3 SCOOPDADDY’S 19 N. Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-1650, A real 1950s ice cream experience in the heart of St. Armands Circle. Plus music, magnets, retro gifts and more. Fun for all ages. Daily u C-4 TASTEFULLY BRITISH 2236 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-927-2612, British-style tearoom. Variety of traditional English food including teas. Top retailers of British groceries, English china and tea-related items. Closed Sun. Br, L C O NT I N E NTA L C-2 BIJOU CAFÉ 1287 First St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-8111, Fine continental dining since 1986. Zagat Survey gives the Bijou its highest score for food in Sarasota. Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” uሣ L, D B-3 CAFÉ L’EUROPE 431 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-4415, The “Grande Dame” of area restaurants, Café L’Europe strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. uሣ L, D D-7 CAFÉ VENICE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 116 W. Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285 941-484-1855, Small bistro-style restaurant featuring exquisite menu with Continental to Polynesian flair and fine wine selection. Located in Historic District. mu L, D C-2 CURRENTS RESTAURANT 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-363-2615, Take in the gorgeous marina view with a menu of choice breakfast, lunch and dinner items, in this relaxed downtown restaurant. ሣ wB, L, D A-1 EUPHEMIA HAYE RESTAURANT AND HAYE LOFT 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-3633, Exquisite à la carte menu featuring daily seafood specials, world-renowned pepper steak, vegetarian favorites, award- winning desserts. Live music nightly in Haye Loft. mu D A-2 HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHEN 525 St. Judes Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-0777, A local treasure for over 30 years. Enjoy delightful dining, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Stop by their gourmet take-out and try their stylish catering. u B, Br, L, D B-3 HEMINGWAY’S RESTAURANT 325 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-3948, Celebrating 21 years of success as one of Florida’s most popular restaurants, Hemingway’s is St. Armands’ destination for the upscale casual experience. u L, D B-3 LIDO BEACH GRILLE 700 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-5608, Comfortable West Indies atmosphere with exceptional views of Sarasota Bay. Impeccable service and American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. m wB, Br, D C-4 MATTISON’S FORTY ONE 7275 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-3400, Elegant dining with Mediterranean flavors in a friendly, fun and comfortable atmosphere. Private catering facilities available. muሣ Br, L, D C-2 MICHAEL’S ON EAST 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-0007, Intimate aura along with contemporary fare and incomparable service create an unparalleled dining experience. Cutting-edge cuisine. mሣ L, D C-2 MOZAIC RESTAURANT 1377 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-6272, Enjoy Western Mediterranean cuisine by chef/owner Dylan Elhajoui, an award-winning wine list, genuine hospitality, colorful décor and world music. D C-4 OPHELIA’S ON THE BAY 9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 877-229-9601, Elegant waterfront dining on the southern tip of Siesta Key at Ophelia’s on the Bay. Nestled along the shoreline of Little Sarasota Bay. uሣ wBr, D Ad Page 28 A-1 PATTIGEORGE’S 4120 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-5111, Overlooking Sarasota Bay, Pattigeorge’s offers an international menu of American favorites laced with Latin, Caribbean and Asian influences. u wD D-1 POLO GRILL & BAR 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-782-0899, Come experience a new breed of American eatery at the Polo Grill. With 15 dinner entrees under $20, lower your bill, not your standards. Happy hour begins at 4:30 p.m. mu L, D D-5 ROESSLER’S RESTAURANT 2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, FL 34238 941-966-5688, Family owned and operated, since 1978. Featuring award- winning cuisine and wine list with an unmatched ambiance of lakefront gardens. For a casual night, try our Bistro menu. Al fresco dining available. uሣ D Vernona at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
  33. 33. 31 C-3 ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION CUISINE 2001 Siesta Dr., Ste. 100, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-952-0109, Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine blends fresh local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, always with a focus on seafood. ሣ D B-2 TREVISO RESTAURANT 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-360-7390, Treviso redefines the idea of “museum dining" with a unique and fresh approach at the Ringling Museum of Art. u wL, D I NT E R NAT I O NA L C-2 CEVICHE TAPAS BAR RESTAURANT 1216 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-952-1036, 100+ hot/cold tapas; extensive Spanish wine list; live music six days a week and dancing; roof-top bar with sunset happy hour; Sunday brunch. muሣ Br, D B-3 COLUMBIA RESTAURANT 411 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-3987, 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-3 GATEWAY TO INDIA 1960 Hillview St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-364-4777, Authentic Indian cuisine -- vegetarian, biriyani, tandoori and more. All-you-can-eat lunch buffet. A delightful culinary and cultural experience. L, D C-2 SELVA GRILL 1345 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-362-4427, The cuisine is subtle, intense and exquisitely presented. The atmosphere is upbeat South Beach, with great staff, a full bar, and open late. muሣ D I TA L I A N C-3 CAFÉ BACI 4001 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-4848, Northern Italian cuisine with Tuscan and Roman specialties. Fresh seafood daily, veal, homemade pastas, breads and desserts. Award-winning wine list. Banquet room. L, D C-2 CARAGIULOS ITALIAN-AMERICAN FOOD 69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-0866, For 20 years, the Caragiulo brothers have been entertaining Sarasota locals with their unique formula: simple, yet wonderful, Italian-American soul food. muሣ L, D C-3 COSIMO’S BRICK OVEN 3501 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-363-0211, “Seriously Good Italian.” Offering a unique upscale casual dining experience featuring fresh, made-to-order dishes, a full bar and boutique wines. L, D * VERTORIS PIZZA HOUSE 6830 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207 941-751-0333, Specializing in gluten-free pasta and thin crust, hand-tossed pizza made with freshest ingredients; gluten-free bakery; organic local vegetables. L, D PU B / G R I L L D-4 BUFFALO WILD WINGS 4067 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 941-922-5554, More than a Buffalo, NY-style wing joint, we offer a complete menu and 20 beers on draft. The best place in town for hot sports action. u L, D C-3 GECKO’S GRILL & PUB - AT THE LANDINGS 4870 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-8896, A favorite for tourists and locals alike. Lunch, dinner and late night. Neighborhood grill and sports connection. Five locations to serve you! mu L, D B-3 LYNCHES PUB & GRUB 19B N. Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-5550, 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. u B, L, D E-1 MACALLISTERS GRILL & TAVERN 8110 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-359-2424, Voted one of the top three best new restaurants in 2007, MacAllisters features a unique Scottish golf theme with a restaurant and bar. Open 7 days. u L, D C-2 SPORTS PAGE BAR & GRILLE 1319 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-0469, Daily lunch and dinner specials. Full bar. 14 HDTVs. Liquor store on-site. Family friendly. Kitchen open until 1:30 a.m. nightly. Lounge open until 2:30 a.m. u L, D S E A FO O D B-1 CAPTAIN BRIAN’S SEAFOOD MARKET AND RESTAURANT 8421 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 941-351-4492, 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 B-2 CHART HOUSE 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-5593, A favorite among residents and vacationers. Spectacular views of New Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Seafood, succulent steaks and decadent desserts. u wD D-7 CROW’S NEST MARINA RESTAURANT 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, FL 34285 941-484-9551, Venice’s waterfront landmark since 1976. Voted “Venice’s Best Restaurant.” Wine Spectator’s Best of “Award of Excellence” since 1994. mu wL, D B-2 DRY DOCK WATERFRONT GRILL 412 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-383-0102, A favorite of locals. Excellent seafood and more. Waterfront dining, indoors or out at the Boathouse Marina. Closed Sun. u wL, D B-3 OLD SALTY DOG 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-4311, The Florida Keys with a British twist. Fun for family or friends. Enjoy the waterfront view or the Village atmosphere with a frozen cocktail. u wL, D C-4 PHILLIPPI CREEK VILLAGE OYSTER BAR 5353 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-925-4444, Located in a tropical waterfront setting, this family restaurant features multiple seafood choices daily. A Sarasota landmark. u wL, D Ad Page 29 B-4 SIESTA KEY OYSTER BAR 5238 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-5443, A landmark on Siesta Key. Taste the “Flavors from the Sea” menu. Oyster Happy Hour daily and 2-for-1 drinks nightly. Enjoy outdoor dining and live music. mu L, D C-5 TURTLES ON LITTLE SARASOTA BAY 8875 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-346-2207, Casual waterfront dining at affordable prices. Nightly and seasonal specials. Private dining in the upstairs party room. Sunday brunch. u wBr, L, D ST E A K H OU S E C-3 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 2001 Siesta Dr., Ste. 101, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-358-9463, Enjoy a celebration of exceptional food and wine in the company of friends and family. Mon. - Thurs. 5 - 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5 -11 p.m.; Sun. 5 - 9 p.m.. Happy Hour specials daily. Private dining rooms available all day for meetings, celebrations. ሣ D C-4 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 6700 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-9442, 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. ሣ D C AT E R I NG A-2 MATTISON’S CATERING 7275 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-3400, In-house catering options feature a waterfront ballroom and garden, Italian-style private dining and event rooms. Award- winning. uሣ wB, Br, L, D C-3 MORTON’S GOURMET MARKET 1924 Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-9856, Sarasota’s full service specialty food store offering a wide variety of products and services, including full-service catering and special events. Open Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. u B, Br, L, D Michael's on East For more information on area restaurants, visit: or
  34. 34. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E Shopping * 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, Discover Sarasota’s most interesting shopping experience. Find antique and unique building materials, home decor and gifts. They ship for you. Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. C-2 ARTISANS’ WORLD MARKETPLACE 128 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-5994, 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 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 1st Friday Gallery Walk 6 - 9 p.m. C-2 BEAUMONDE 1379 McAnsh Sq., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-5111, L’Occitane en Provence skin care, body care, fragrance, candles and other European gifts. Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. varies. D-1 BENDERSON DEVELOPMENT COMPANY 8441 Cooper Creek Dr., University Park, FL 34201 941-359-8303, With 14 shopping venues throughout Sarasota County, including the newest University Park area shopping centers. Check your favorite stores for hours. C-2 BK WINE & SPIRITS 1319 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-373-9600, Full-service fine wine and liquor store featuring first-class selection of beers, wines, liquors and cigars from around the world. Local delivery available. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. noon - 6 p.m. D-7 CAPTAIN’S LANDING FINE MEN’S APPAREL 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 866-463-1643, At Captain’s Landing, a tone of relaxed elegance permeates through their entire collection of only the finest men’s apparel available. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. D-7 CLYDE BUTCHER ART GALLERY 237 Warfield Ave., Venice, FL 34285 888-999-9113, Venice Gallery and Studio of Clyde Butcher at 237 Warfield Ave., Venice, FL 34285 and Big Cypress Gallery at 52388 Tamiami Trl., Ochopee, FL 34141. Tues. - Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. C-4 CRESCENT BEACH GROCERY 1211 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 941-312-0472, Food and beverages from basic to gourmet. Full-service grocery, wine/microbeer, delicatessen, cigars, lottery and ATM. Delivery to Siesta Key. Open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. B/C-2 DESIGNING WOMEN BOUTIQUE 1226 N. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 101, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-5293, “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 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. E-8 DOME FLEA MARKET 5115 S.R. 776, Venice, FL 34293 941-493-6773, Air-conditioned, close to beach. Produce, seafood, souvenirs, gifts, historic sawmill exhibit, pizza, popcorn, ATM, discount liquors and Italian food. Open Fri. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. C-2 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA ALLIANCE 1416 State St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-7040, Operating the Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday 7 a.m. to noon. Located at Lemon Avenue and Main Street. Fresh produce and breakfast. A popular morning destination. Office: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. C-3 ELYSIAN FIELDS - BOOKS & GIFTS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 1273 Tamiami Trl. S., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-361-3006, Award-winning store in Midtown Plaza where something wonderful is always happening. Books, gifts, jewelry, clothing, intuitive readings and more. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5 p.m. C-2 JUNO & JOVE Whole Foods Market Centre, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-0000, Sarasota’s newest luxury retail destination featuring designer fashions for men, women and home. Offering organic, fair trade, vegan and eco lifestyles. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. E-1 LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN STREET 8131 Lakewood Main St., Ste. 204, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-9243, This outdoor venue offers more than 30 stylish boutiques, seven international restaurants, and cinemas. Main Street combines elements of the ideal downtown with easy-to-access stores that make year-round shopping a pleasure. Famous names and specialty shops line the streets. Daily Ad Page 33 C-3 MACY’S DEPARTMENT STORE 600 Southgate Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34239 941-953-9300, Every trip should include local shopping and there’s no better place than Macy’s. Their International Card offers international and domestic travelers 10% savings on almost everything in the store. To receive the Savings Card, present your out-of-town ID in the Customer Service Dept. Also, visit Macy's at Westfield Sarasota Square. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.. Sun. noon to 6 p.m. ST. ARMANDS/LIDO KEY A unique island shopping experience with over 140 upscale shops, boutiques, art galleries and award-winning restaurants set amidst lush tropical landscaping, antique statuary, court- yards and patios. Jazz and art festivals, classic car shows and a spectacular holiday display add to the excitement. (941) 388-1554 300 Madison Dr., Sarasota St. Armands Circle NEAR SARASOTA 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 Red Barn Flea Market
  35. 35. 33 NEAR SARASOTA (941) 907-6000, (800) 954-9578 6220 University Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch From the boutique-style shops on Main Street to dinner and a movie, or a family-friendly game of miniature golf—Lakewood Ranch offers something for everyone! Spend the day browsing stylish shops. Pamper yourself at the full-service salon or the luxury barber shop. And whatever the time of day, if you’re hungry, you’ll find it at Main Street. Plus, on the first Friday of every month, Music on Main features free live music and family fun from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the information center for a free $10 gift certificate to participating Main Street vendors at the Ranch. Take exit 213 off I-75 to University Parkway, east into Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch NEAR SARASOTA (941) 723-1150 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton Prime Outlets – Ellenton is a unique shopping destination offering frugal fashionistas up to 65 percent off full retail prices on brand-names including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Michael Kors, COACH Factory, Juicy Couture, Stuart Weitzman, Lacoste, Dooney & Bourke, Nike Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store and more. Prime Outlets – Ellenton is located at I-75 (exit #224) and Route 301, in Ellenton, Florida. Shopping hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Visit to download coupons for extra savings on top brands. Prime Outlets - Ellenton
  36. 36. T H E O F F I C I A L S A R A S OTA A N D H E R I S L A N D S V I S I TO R S G U I D E D-3 NIFTY NIC NACS 203 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 941-488-8666, Shopping in downtown Venice has never been this fun. Cutting-edge humor gifts, offbeat books and cards, pop culture memorabilia and retro Floridiana. Mon. - Sat. until 8 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. F-10 OLDE ENGLEWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223 941-460-1990, Olde Englewood Village on Lemon Bay offers a unique destination to shop, dine and play. Hours vary. * PRIME OUTLETS 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, FL 34222 888-260-7608, Largest outlet mall on the Gulf Coast. Savings of up to 65% off at more than 130 designer name stores. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ad Page 33 * RED BARN FLEA MARKET 1707 1st St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 800-274-FLEA (3532), One of Florida’s most popular markets. Now air-conditioned. More than 600 unique retail stores and flea market-style booths. Enjoy family fun and more. Flea market: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. year-round; Wed. seasonally from Nov.-April. Plaza: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues.-Sun. year-round. Ad Page 32 C-3 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 3501 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-364-5380, Saks Fifth Avenue boasts a superlative assortment of men's and women's ready to wear collections, shoes, handbags, fine jewelry, and cosmetics. Mon. - Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5:30 p.m. C-2 SARASOTA FARMERS MARKET VENDORS Main St. & Lemon Ave., Downtown Sarasota 941-225-9256, The Farmers Market continues its 30-year tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared food and unique artisan products. Saturdays 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.); 7 a.m. - noon (May-Oct.) C3 SOUTHSIDE VILLAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Osprey Ave. & Hillview St., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-0771 Behind Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Osprey Ave. and Hillview Street. A popular gourmet market, trendy boutiques, jewelry stores and sidewalk tables at restaurants and taverns. B-3 ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE ASSOCIATION 300 Madison Dr., Suite 201, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-1554, “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. Daily Ad Page 32 D-5 TERVIS TUMBLER COMPANY 928 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 866-886-2537, Insulated drinkware with a lifetime guarantee. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Five sizes and hundreds of designs available to fit any lifestyle. Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5 p.m. C-2 TOWLES COURT ART DISTRICT 1938 Adams Ln., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-4546, 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 p.m.. Tues. - Sat. noon to 4 p.m. D-7 VENICE MAINSTREET, INC. 101 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 941-484-6722, Come explore beautiful Venice. Where downtown shops and restaurants are just a short walk to the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Daily * VILLAGE OF THE ARTS 926 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 941-747-8056, Located just a few blocks south of downtown Bradenton. Use the Art Walk Guide for self-guided tours. Art Walks: first Fri. and Sat. of the month. C-3 WESTFIELD SOUTHGATE 3501 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-0900, Sarasota’s premiere shopping destination. An upscale, boutique style center with signature stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Banana Republic and more. Visit website for hours. C-2 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 1451 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-8500, 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 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. C-2 WHOLE FOODS MARKET CENTRE 1401-1451 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-8500, A unique destination in downtown Sarasota, featuring an organic grocer, sophisticated boutiques and restaurants. Free parking. Daily * Businesses in Sarasota County with no physical address listed and those out of the area do not have map-grid coordinates. SARASOTA (941) 554-5800 (888) 492-8847 950 University Pkwy., Sarasota Hyatt Place puts luxury and innovation within everyone’s reach. Guestrooms feature a 42” flat-panel HDTV, oversized living area with a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper and Hyatt Grand Bed. Our Bakery Café serves fresh food 24/7 in addition to Starbucks® specialty coffees and premium bar selections. Continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking and shuttle service are all complimentary amenities. Located near the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, the hotel is minutes from the beaches, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and over 50 golf courses. To receive a 20% room discount, request the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau rate. Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton