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GETTING THERE

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US Airways offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Indigo

1223 Boulevard of the Arts

941-487-3800

www.hotelindigo.com

Pet-friendly with large rooms, complimentary WiFi, parking and airport shuttle. Rooms from $224.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota

1000 Boulevard of the Arts

941-953-1234

www.sarasota.hyatt.com

Well-equipped rooms in this large, brightly decorated hotel. Shuttles to airport and beach available. Rooms from $229.

WHERE TO EAT

Michael’s on East

1212 East Ave. South

941-366-0007

www.bestfood.com/restaurant

A local favorite for 25 years, serving farm-to-table American cuisine with monthly epicurean specials interpreting foreign cuisines at lunch (two courses, $18.95). Three-course dinner, $29.95.

Drunken Poet Cafe

1572 Main St.

941-955-8404

www.drunkenpoetsarasota.com

Self-described Thai bistro and sushi bar. Lunch entrees start at $7.95, dinner entrees at $10.95.

Owen’s Fish Camp

516 Burns Lane

941-951-6936

www.owensfishcamp.com

Ultra-casual downtown eatery serves up Southern-style seafood and veggies. Entrees start at $15.

WHAT TO DO

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Rd.

941-359-5700

www.ringling.org

Complex includes major art museum, two circus museums, the Ca’ d’Zan mansion, an 18th-century Italian theater and large gardens. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays till 8 p.m. $25, seniors $20, ages 6-17 $5.

Special events include “Wine Walk to the Ca’ d’Zan” (March 15), when visitors can stroll the grounds and enjoy pairings of wine, food and entertainment from 6 to 11 p.m.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 S. Palm Ave.

941-366-5731

www.selby.org

Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $17 adults, ages 6-11 $6.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters

941-779-7426

www.adventurekayakoutfitters.com

A 2½-to-3-hour excursion through the Lido Key mangrove tunnels runs $55 per person.

INFORMATION

www.visitsarasota.org

J.W.

 
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