US Airways offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
1223 Boulevard of the Arts
Pet-friendly with large rooms, complimentary WiFi, parking and airport shuttle. Rooms from $224.
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Boulevard of the Arts
Well-equipped rooms in this large, brightly decorated hotel. Shuttles to airport and beach available. Rooms from $229.
Michael’s on East
1212 East Ave. South
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.
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
Ultra-casual downtown eatery serves up Southern-style seafood and veggies. Entrees start at $15.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd.
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.
Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $17 adults, ages 6-11 $6.
Adventure Kayak Outfitters
A 2½-to-3-hour excursion through the Lido Key mangrove tunnels runs $55 per person.