• Dawn Sabato

New, Warm, Small and Savory in Sarasota County


The temps are dropping but we know your deadlines are heating up. With Phase 3 in effect, I’m hoping Florida – and Sarasota County – will earn more time on your to-do list. So, as promised, what’s new, things to do to keep warm, how we’re pressing “reset” and some savory updates to tantalize your taste buds.

What’s New

  • The Resort at Longboat Key Club as debuted all newly renovated rooms and suites as well as resort features, designed with our location for inspiration and guest comfort top of mind. In the lobby, guests will see a sweeping green wall filled with our native, subtropical flora. Culinary areas—including the poolside bar—have been redesigned with a fresh, coastal vibe and satiating menu. Guest rooms or suites include a modern look with shiplap walls, crisp white marbled breakfast bars, refined accents, and plush new furniture. The AAA Four-Diamond destination spans 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront with authentic Old Florida boardwalks.

  • Just in time for Florida’s Cultural Coast to bring the arts back to life, Sarasota’s historic collegiate-gothic style high school was transformed (over 16 years!) into a state-of-the-art visual arts destination, Sarasota Art Museum. They opened in Dec. 2019, but then closed March-October.

  • Venice Shark Spotting is an interactive public art installation featuring bronze sculptures of 10 shark species native to the area’s waters. The roughly 10-inch-long sculptures are permanently installed in different locations throughout downtown Venice. A bronze plaque in Centennial Park informs visitors of the family-friendly exhibit and invites them to search the avenues to find all 10 sharks. The native shark species — living and prehistoric — pay homage to Venice’s longstanding and beloved moniker as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.”

Stay Warm

In trend and also because it’s our core, we’re encouraging exploration of the great outdoors in Sarasota County. Our area is unique and offers great beaches, but also wilderness, including 2 State parks.

  • Must Do Outdoor Activities in Sarasota County

  • A Moment in Sarasota Nature

  • Get Outdoors in Sarasota County

  • Get to know each of Sarasota 35 miles of coastline: https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/best-award-every-beach

You can also embrace the outdoors while you learn about beach desegregation! Sarasota is proud to have joined the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in 2019 as the southernmost destination. The Newtown African American Heritage Trail now recognizes the beach wade ins of the 1950’s which led to desegregation of Florida’s beaches. Take a trolley tour with Newtown Alive and learn about the area’s black history. In September 2020, local artists honored this movement with murals at Lido Beach.

Press Reset! Or Press Play!

  • Relax, recharge, reset – you get the drill: https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/best-sarasota-hotels-relax-recharge

  • We’ve all been missing the arts, and as Florida’s Cultural Coast, our community especially!

  • Check out Winter virtual events: https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/fall-and-winter-virtual-arts-events-sarasota

  • Plan to get back in the theatre asap! https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/sarasota-arts-attractions-add-safety-audiences

Try Something Savory

  • Drift Kitchen & Bar, Lido Beach Resort’s newest restaurant on the 8th floor, is a brilliant option for a more formal meal. It boasts 180-degree floor-to-ceiling views of the beautiful Gulf.

  • After a stunning remodel of a historic building downtown, Sage SRQ opened its doors to present us with equally impressive fine dining fare with a decidedly Mediterranean influence. Featuring a multi-level dining room with a vintage copper cocktail bar, 3,400 sq. ft. of private event space and a covered rooftop lounge with 360° views of downtown Sarasota.

  • Find a nightcap around Sarasota in a fun and unique atmosphere: https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/late-night-drinks-sarasota

  • Maybe you want to try these recipes at home? Maybe you are thirsty for a press trip and should reach out https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/try-these-recipes-sarasota-county-restaurants

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