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Adventures in Sarasota with Renee Kristine

When you think of Florida, you think of what? Retirement, yes. But more importantly- THE BEACH! And the only way you're going to beat Florida's ridiculous humidity and heat is to swim. And the best beach in Sarasota is obviously Siesta Key, crazy white powder sand. No really, it’s the best beach. won some fancy awards and stuff.

Lido Key Beach is probably my favorite simply because it is right off St Armand's Circle, which means macarons and tons of little shops. A couple miles from there is the Old Salty Dog (there's also one by siesta) and they have deep fried hot dog. Deep. Fried. Hot. Dogs. Okay? You just go.

There are plenty of other touristy things to do when you’re not beaching it up- Ringling Museum, Mote Marine, Marina Jack which also has a park, splash pad, and a great bar and grill on the bay with live music. but I’d like to show you the hidden gems you might skip right over in our little town.

Perq coffee is new to town and quickly became a favorite. especially since they share space with the Lollicake Queen. So many cakepops. Oliver gets to pick from dozens of sweets, us adults get to enjoy a cup of sanity. I mean coffee. It's a win win.

Clearly food is a big thing here. If you're not at the beach, you're probably eating. other favorite eateries are--
S’macks-- our local version of a Shake Shack.
Station 400-- fried green tomato BLT and polenta fries forever.
Nancy’s BBQ-- it’s bbq, don’t make me explain why it’s good.

When we’re not stuffing our faces with goodies out on the town, Detwiler’s is our go-to local market. The farmer’s market is great and all, but Detwiler’s allows us air conditioning with local produce. let’s get real, we get to end the shopping trip with ice cream. Plus, you’ve got to love that almost everything is handmade/ locally grown.

We have many libraries in town that offer great activities and story time for Oliver and Harper. There’s just something about libraries that make you feel connected to history and I don't ever want my children to lose touch with that. Just a few blocks from Selby is our favorite toy shop, Toy Lab.

Although they don't have a website, it’s definitely worth a pop in if you're on Main Street. And, of course, you’ll need more coffee after all of that rukkus.
Louie's Modern is also pretty new in town. But with an outdoor bar, great cocktail menu and even better food, i’m thinking it’ll be around for a while.

This circus park has been one of the best addition to town in recent history. fully shaded, fans with water mist, cushiony ground. ahhh, it’s actually worth being outside in 100 degree weather. There’s even a skate park attached to it, ironically named Payne Park.

I’d have to say that overall, Sarasota is not too shabby. Small beach town with an artistic feel with new shops and cafes opening all the time. We also host some fun events like a film festival, plenty of theater and even house a few celebrities (Stephen King, Jerry Springer and Rosie O’Donnell). But, okay, fine, Sarasota is really all about the beach.


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