Lives in San Francisco, California
Since Jul 2007
Award-winning travel writer. Book editor. Part-time traveler who believes in the balance of and connection between home and travel.
History Museums, Art Museums, Speciality Museums
Gardens, Historic Walking Areas
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls
Start your day with the best cup of coffee in town. Perq is a step above your average coffee shop, offering organic, baked in-house goods, with vegan and gluten free options also available.
With a collection of more than 600 Baroque art masterpieces, The Ringling Museum displays works collected by circus magnate, John Ringling, who donated the estate to the state of Florida in his will.
The gorgeous Ca d'Zan (Venetian for 'House of John') was built facing the waters of Sarasota Bay, and no luxurious detail was spared. It is a true work of art, and a splendor to behold.
A quick trip to these beautifully maintained botanical gardens will have you feeling zen again. Paths are shaded by enormous banyan trees, and you can see tropical flora and fauna from all over the world.
Enjoy views of the bay and boats on Longboat Key at this local restaurant, serving inventive, fresh local dishes — most of which are seafood.
Longboat Key is the longest island off Sarasota's coastline, spanning more than 12 miles. It is home to beautiful beaches, as well as many posh homes and resorts.
Lido Key is comprised of three beaches: North Lido, Lido Beach, and South Lido. Lido Beach is the largest and most popular of the three, with great public facilities and a swimming pool. The white sand and clear, warm waters here make this one of the best beaches in Florida.
Right beside Lido Beach, St. Armauds is the go-to spot for shopping with a European design and feel. Check out the many boutiques, galleries, and cafes in between the larger shops.
This aquarium is small but well run, and makes for a great stop to see some of the area's wildlife up close. Don't miss the manatees!
Located just southwest of Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach has frequently been named the 'number one beach in America' for its white powder sand and crystal clear water.
Many locals cite Indigenous as the best restaurant in town for its creative use of fresh ingredients, and its consistently great menu options. Their secret is the use of locally sourced, freshly caught ingredients.
If you're looking for a place to grab a drink or a glass of wine to round out the day, meLange is a stylish lounge that's a great place to do so. They also serve inventive American modern cuisine.