Posts Tagged ‘Sarasota’

Florida’s West Central Bed and Breakfast Fun

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dark Sky Over A Blue SeaDiscover Florida’s West Coast, which includes the popular vacation destinations of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota, offering a vast array of cultural, historical, natural and recreational riches along gem-colored waters and sun-drenched beaches. Then be enchanted by glimpses of small-town America by traveling to the state’s back roads, including the counties of Hardee and Desota.

For beach lovers, Bradenton and the Gulf islands of Anna Maria and Longboat Key boast 27 miles of dazzling sand beaches unmarred by high-rise condominiums or hotels. Shelling, sunbathing and swimming opportunities abound at numerous public beaches, while airboat rides offer an up-close look at the vibrant marine ecology of the Gulf islands.

Known as “Florida’s Cultural Coast,” Sarasota offers world-class art and entertainment the entire family will enjoy. The city was once the winter home of John Ringling and his world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus. Today, the circus magnate’s legacy is on display at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

No matter where you choose to travel, a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn is nearby.

Interesting, Eclectic, Gulfport

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Keep Gulfport Weird

One of many quirky shops in Gulfport.

Quirky Gulfport is just ten minutes from the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s a small, eclectic community with a big personality. If you like discovering small towns as well as big cities, consider spending some time in a Gulfport, Florida Bed and Breakfast.

Gulfport is a suburb of St. Petersburg, and as such, it is close to such attractions as the Salvador Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Yet it is possible to see fantastic art without leaving Gulfport. Art Walks, showcasing the works of local and regional artists, take place the first Friday and third Saturday of each month, from 6 to 10 p.m. During these events, the Art District of Beach and Shore Boulevards is transformed into a vast outdoor market with stalls, art demonstrations, and live music. (more…)

Summer in CW Florida

Sunday, July 31st, 2011
Salvador Dali Museum Bench

The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida

Summer in Central West Florida means splashing in cool waters, boating in Tampa Bay, and lounging on the beaches of Sarasota. It means escaping the heat in cool museums: the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, the Ringling Museum of Sarasota, and the Tampa Museum of Art.

Summer in Florida means lingering over dinners in such restaurants as: St. Petersburg’s Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, where pitchers of sangria accompany live flamenco; Restaurant BT in Tampa, home to perhaps the most innovative (and delicious) Vietnamese cuisine in the country; and Café L’Europe in Sarasota, featuring elegant French, Caribbean, and Spanish fare.

Guests of Central West Florida Bed and Breakfasts take advantage of all these places and activities, and more. They also enjoy their luxurious accommodations. The Stanford Inn, a Bartow Florida Bed and Breakfast, boasts a heavenly wrap-around porch that is the perfect place to enjoy a gourmet 3 course breakfast, read a book, or converse over a glass of wine.

If you hope to find a place to relax during your Central West Florida Vacation, stay in a Florida Bed and Breakfast.

The Ringling Museum of Sarasota

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Cà d´Zan, retouched.

Cà d´Zan, the Ringling mansion in Sarasota.

The Ringling Museum is one of the most compelling reasons to visit Sarasota and stay in a Florida Bed and Breakfast. Comprised of the splendid Ringling Mansion, the Ringling Museum of Art, the Asolo Theater, the Circus Museum, and impeccably maintained grounds and gardens, the Ringling Museum will enthrall visitors over the course of several days.

John Ringling was one of the five Ringling brothers who founded the Ringling Bros Circus in 1884. He started as a song and dance man at the age of 16, and was involved in all aspects of the family business during his life, ultimately running the business after the deaths of his brothers. The circus brought joy and mirth to its spectators, and great financial rewards to its founders.

After having traveled all over the country with the circus, John Ringling and his wife Mable decided to build a home in Sarasota, Florida. They loved the Sarasota area, and devoted many resources to encourage its development. Their dream was for Sarasota to become a cultural mecca similar to those on the East Coast of Florida, like West Palm Beach. Their home has helped it to become one.

One of the most impressive buildings in the whole state of Florida – and indeed the whole country – is John and Mable Ringling’s Sarasota home, Cà d’Zan (the House of John). Set on their estate of 20 lush acres on Sarasota Bay, this sprawling Venetian Gothic mansion is a glorious tribute to America’s Gilded Age. The Ringlings had been very impressed by the grand architecture of Venice, and modeled their own home on this style. They furnished it with many fine pieces purchased at auction houses, where they also purchased an internationally recognized collection of art.

The Ringling Museum of Art encompasses an impressive collection of paintings by European masters, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, Asian Art, Ancient Art, American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Decorative Arts. It would not be the Ringling Museum without Circus posters and memorabilia as well, although the more extensive Circus collection is housed in the Circus Museum.

Guests of Sarasota Florida Bed and Breakfasts should allow time to visit the Historic Asolo Theater, which was built in Asolo, Italy in 1798, and brought to the Ringling Sarasota Estate in the late 1940s. Its arrival guaranteed that Sarasota would become the cultural mecca the Ringlings had always hoped it would be. A variety of shows and performances allow visitors to experience the theater as it should be experienced. Come for Monday Night Movies, Sunday String Quartet concerts, Circus acrobatics, juggling, and buffoonery, and more.

There is much to do and see in Sarasota, Florida, yet no trip to Sarasota would be complete without visiting the Ringling Museum. The best lodging options while in the area are our member Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

Please visit the Ringling Museum for hours, exhibits, etc.

Christmas in Florida

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Florida, be it in Amelia Island or Key West, Tallahassee or Naples. Florida Bed and Breakfasts across the state welcome old friends and new during this special time.

Disney - Main Street Train Station at Night - With Christmas Decorations

Disney's Train Station, dressed for Christmas

There is snow in Orlando (only in designated areas of course) and a holiday light show at the Miami Seaquarium. There are walking and garden tours in historic Naples, and a St. Nick Open Golf Tournament in St. Petersburg. Historic St. Augustine is lit by more than two million tiny white lights each night – the perfect place to stroll with the person you love.

Christmas means beach parties in Key West and dancing in Miami. It means karaoke and theatre performances in Sarasota. Christmas means tours of festively decorated holiday homes in Ormond Beach and Deland, and ice skating with Santa in Daytona.

If you’re looking for something different this holiday season, head to Florida for Christmas. Instead of plowing the driveway on Christmas day, take a long walk on the beach. Instead of skiing, swim. Give yourself a gift this year: vacation in a Bed and Breakfast Florida.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Monday, July 26th, 2010

One of the most magnificent aspects of Florida is its ecological diversity. You’ll find miles of white sandy beaches, acres of mangrove forests, everglades and rich farmland. Sarasota Jungle Gardens gives visitors a taste of the dense jungles of South America or Asia. Plan to stay in a Sarasota Florida bed and breakfast while exploring the wonderful, rich Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

See enchanting flamigos at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

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