Sarasota: A Bookworm’s Paradise

Sarasota: A Bookworm’s Paradise

 

What could be more relaxing than spending your vacation venturing into a world of your favorite literary characters? Grab a fresh coffee from one of the many local Sarasota roasters on your way to the book nooks below and get ready to read the day away!

 

The Ultimate Book Lover’s Adventure: A. Parker’s Book Bazaar

Beloved by Sarasota locals and a destination bookstore for readers, A. Parker’s Book Bazaar is an antique book utopia filled fascinating collectibles. The lifeline of this unique book lover paradise is the room behind the locked glass door, filled with collectibles and artifacts that the owner, Gary Hurst, sells to international collectors. The oldest book held there is an Italian artifact from 1604! The abundance of history and knowledge you can find here makes it one of the top places to visit on your reading journey. The towering bookshelves create a maze through vintage works of literature, inviting you on an adventure for the books.  

 

Best Bookstores in Sarasota

 

Bookstore1Sarasota

Located at 12 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Bookstore1 is home for word lovers of all kinds! Featuring live poetry nights, an annual poetry festival, and even book suggestions from Sarasota locals, watch written words come to life on your visit to Bookstore1.

Brant’s Used Books

Found at 429 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasota, Brant’s offers a new kind of reading environment. You can buy books here or if you have some old books you’ve crossed off your reading list, you can even trade those in for some new reads!

 

Beyond The Books: Cozy Corners to Explore

 

The Reserve

1322 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The perfect place for grabbing a hot coffee and a new book, The Reserve has something for everyone. If you’re more of a night owl, enjoy a glass of wine or their tap beer while sitting back and listening to the live music.

Elysian Fields

Explore your conscious mind at  Elysian Fields, located at 1273 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. A new age bookstore, this spot has all of your yoga and meditation needs!

Paradise Found AMI

Located at 505 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Paradise Found AMI holds true to its name. Featuring art from local Florida artists and situated in a serene garden setting, this blissful bookworm heaven is a must-visit destination.

 

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Sarasota’s Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

Sarasota’s Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

Sarasota’s Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

By Hannah M.  

Sarasota's Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

Sarasota is a Destination Vacation for Coffee Connoisseurs!

If you’re planning a beach vacation for the holidays, there are plenty of cozy corners to find the best cup of joe in Sarasota. Get ready for your dream java vacation with this coffee connoisseur’s guide to Sarasota!

Craving a Caffeine Kick? Here are Sarasota’s favorite locations for roasted beans:

Cafe Venice Restaurant and Wine Bar

The perfect end to any evening, Cafe Venice is famed for their wine selection. After tasting their collection superb wine, don’t forget to finish the night with an aromatic Italian espresso and some dessert!

Columbia Restaurant

Try Columbia Restaurant for some fantastic local beans! Roasted in Tampa, Florida – their cafe con leche with one of their fresh baked treats is highly recommended.

C’est La Vie

The ideal artist’s getaway, C’est La Vie in downtown Sarasota offers a sidewalk view of Main Street with an array of authentic French sweets. Have a macaroon with your macchiato while sketching the day away!

La Dolce Vita

Who doesn’t have a soft spot for affogato? Don’t miss La Dolce Vita for your best espresso yet! Known for their gelato affogato el cafe, satisfy your sweet tooth with the array of Italian desserts found here.

Justin Banister’s Out & About Coffee

For a quick cup of joe on the go, check out Justin Banister’s Out & About Coffee mobile coffee cart! Typically found around the east end of downtown Sarasota or near outdoor events, Banister brings a classic coffee house experience with his cold brews and espresso.

Perq

Do you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? Perq is a coffee shop you must visit! A sophisticated spot for espresso and desserts, you will also find brewing equipment and more; Perq will meet all of your coffee needs.

Are you a bookworm? Don’t miss these locations – perfect for cozying up with a cup of fresh coffee and a good book!

The Green Bean: A Hidden Gem!

A favorite local study spot, The Green Bean is a quaint and quiet shop hidden in north Sarasota. With plenty of cozy corners, grab an espresso, your favorite book and take it easy!

The Reserve Coffee House and bookshop-cafe

Built around 1920, this historical gem is a great place for local coffee and tea! Learn about the history of The Reserve while sipping on some kombucha or craft beer.

Shelf Indulgence Used Bookstore Cafe

Newly opened in 2017, this used bookstore is the ideal day away from the hustle and bustle! Brewing local roasts from Latitude 23.5°, this serene Sarasota coffee spot is where a book lover’s heaven and coffee connoisseur’s paradise meet.

Satisfy Your Caffeine Craving at one of Sarasota’s Many Cozy Coffee Corners!

The holidays just got sweeter planning an exploration through Sarasota’s coffee culture.

With these savory Sarasota coffee corners in mind, you’re ready for a dream java vacation!

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Sarasota’s Best Locations for Fresh Produce and More!

Sarasota’s Best Locations for Fresh Produce and More!

Sarasota’s Best Locations for Fresh Produce and More!

By Hannah M.

Sarasota's Best Locations for Fresh Produce and More!

Navigate Sunny Sarasota’s Farmers Markets Like a Pro

If you’re looking for ideal activities to make your vacation unforgettable, there’s no end to the possibilities in Sunny Sarasota! The Sunshine State is known for the abundance of fresh produce. One great way to experience Florida’s tasty local fruits is by visiting one of the nearby farmers markets. Not only will you get your fill of fresh fruit, but the fun doesn’t end there at Florida’s farmers markets! Here you’ll find many different creatives and skills sets unique to this region.

Keep this advice in mind for the most memorable experience of captivating Sarasota!

  • The early bird gets the worm! The earlier you are, the wider your selection will be!
  • Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen for your Sunshine State adventure.
  • Pack snacks and drinks – you’ll want to stay refreshed and bringing a small cooler is a great way to do so.
  • Talk to the sellers about their products! You’ll learn plenty of interesting tidbits about Sarasota by chatting with vendors.

Here are some of Sarasota’s best farmers markets to visit:

Central Sarasota Farmers Market

Open Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) from October through June, Central Sarasota Farmers Market has the freshest fruit around! Chat with the vendors, who are all local growers, while sipping on your coffee and browsing local honey selections.

Dearborn Street Market

Do you love pairing a bottle of wine with fine cheese? Make sure to add Dearborn Street Market to your list! Open October through May on Thursdays, their selection of artisan cheeses, food from local bakers, and local artists shouldn’t be missed!

Englewood Farmers Market

If you consider yourself a foodie, add this one to your must visit list! Another exciting mid-week event, Englewood Farmers Market is open on Thursday (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) from October through May. Endless local bakery selections along with fresh produce make yummy stop essential to experiencing Florida!

Newtown Farmers Market

Newtown Farmers Market is open Fridays (12-6 p.m.) year-round, so no matter when your vacation is planned, they will be open with a great selection of fresh local fruits! You can also expect to see a nice variety of local art, as this market is right near The Ringling College of Art and Design.

North Port Farmers Market

Another market that kicks off the weekend early is North Port, open October to April on Friday morning. Food from local bakers, local art vendors and much more makes this farmers market worth your while.

Siesta Key Farmers Market

This farmers market is such a relaxing way to start your beach day! Open year-round (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Siesta Key Farmers Market is located right near Siesta Key’s dazzling white sand beaches. The pottery and art found at this market is unlike any other!

Venice Farmers Market

Looking for the perfect way to start of your day of family fun? Head over to Venice Farmers Market, open Saturdays (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) year-round. With plenty of activities for the kids and chef demonstrations, this market is sure to keep the whole family engaged and having fun!

Enjoy Florida’s Fresh Fruits

Sunny Sarasota’s attractions are endless, their farmers markets being just one of their hidden gems. Whether you’re gearing up for some family fun or looking forward to a serene vacation in solitude, you’ll want to check out some of these markets! With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to fully explore Sunny Sarasota’s local art and fresh food.

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Summer Bucket List Part 1: 5 Must-Dos in Sarasota

Summer Bucket List Part 1: 5 Must-Dos in Sarasota

Summer Bucket List Part 1: 5 Must-Dos in Sarasota Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

Summer Bucket List Part 1: 5 Must-Dos in Sarasota

Just a short drive from Riviera Dunes Marina lies Sarasota renowned for its beautiful beaches. However, Sarasota has much more to offer than sun and sand! From museums to lush botanical gardens, there are plenty of must-dos in Sarasota that you’ll want to add to your summer bucket list!

Here’s part one of our summer bucket list when you’re in Sarasota.

1. Sarasota Farmers Market

The summer season welcomes a bounty of bright vegetables, fruit and other specialty foods local to the Sarasota area. Discover fresh ginger, microgreens, lush beets and you guessed it—Florida oranges! In addition, the Sarasota Farmers Market features plant vendors selling everything from herbs to flowers as well as artisans offering handmade soap, artwork and more eclectic goods! When you’re done perusing the exciting vendors, stick around for lunch at one of the food vendors serving up steak, German food and burgers . . . just to name a few. The market is located at 1 N. Lemon Avenue and operates every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

2. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

One of the most unique must-dos in Sarasota is to visit Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary for large, exotic animals. In addition to caring for exotic animals in need, the sanctuary is also an educational opportunity where you can learn about animal care and habitat preservation. Some animals you might see are bears, birds, ligers, lions and tortoises! There is also a petting zoo where you can get up close with goats, llamas and chickens.

3. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Surround yourself with beauty and nature when you visit Selby Botanical Gardens. Enter the gardens’ seven acres of tropical bliss as you traverse the Children’s Rainforest Garden where visitors can learn about this unique environment. Then, in the Tropical Conservatory, this is the gardens’ public greenhouse where you will see the first blooms of the plants. Of course, you won’t want to miss the koi pond, fern garden or the Towering Bamboo garden, where bamboo can grow up to 40 inches per day! See it all for yourself and more at the botanical gardens in Sarasota.

4. The Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Antique car lovers will be mesmerized at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, the second oldest antique car museum in the country! Admire over 75 antique cars from Bentleys to Cadillacs. You’ll even get to see cars owned by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and a collection of cars owned by John and Mable Ringling. Then make sure you make a stop in the gift shop to take home a treasure and remember your visit for years to come!

5. The Beaches

Of course one of the top must-dos in Sarasota must include a visit to the beach! Popular beaches to visit are the No. 1 voted beach, Siesta Key Beach, Lido Beach, Venice beach, among other beaches and their islands. Learn more about Sarasota’s beaches and islands in this previous post

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August 2017: Fun Things to Do in Sarasota

August 2017: Fun Things to Do in Sarasota

August 2017: Fun Things to Do in Sarasota Riviera Dunes Marina

August 2017: Fun Things to Do in Sarasota

Looking for fun things to do this month? While summer is nearly over, there are still plenty of things to do in the Sarasota area! Here’s your guide for weekend fun in the Sarasota area for August 2017.

This weekend, Aug. 11–13, head to Historic Spanish Point in Osprey for a docent-guided walking tour! During this enriching tour, you’ll get to experience the history, architecture and nature of Old Florida.

For home goods lovers, you’ll enjoy perusing the vintage and antique goods at Vintiquity Lane’s European-style, monthly market on Aug. 19–20. It’s also important to note that this market opens every third weekend of the month in Sarasota’s Design District, which is located at 1540 N. Lime Ave. At the market, you will discover repurposed, kitschy home treasures, clothing and other unique artifacts from yesteryear. Here are the upcoming market hours:

  • Saturday—8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday—10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you haven’t heard by now, Venice, FL is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.” In addition to the vintage market, you’ll also have a better chance to find shark teeth in Venice since the kids will be back in school. Shark teeth are often found near the beach accesses that are south of the jetty. All you need is your shovel and strainer, and you’ll be equipped to find these local treasures. Happy searching!

End the month of August 2017 at Friday Fest on Aug. 25! Friday Fest is a family-friendly, outdoor music series held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This month, groove to the R&B and funky tunes from local band Jah Movement Reggae Band as you enjoy a view of the Sarasota Bay. The show begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will also be on site, and the event will take place rain or shine! So, bring your beach towels or chairs and join in for this fun evening on the bayfront!

Next: Free Things to Do Near Bradenton in Summer 2017

Where to Eat, Shop & Play in Sarasota, FL

Where to Eat, Shop & Play in Sarasota, FL

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Where to Eat, Shop & Play in Sarasota, FL

Just a short drive away from Riviera Dunes Marina is Downtown Sarasota with many places to eat, shop and play! From galleries to Vietnamese cuisine, here’s a list of fabulous recommendations when you’re thinking about taking a day trip to Sarasota.

Where to Eat

Downtown Sarasota offers a splendid variety of cuisine, from Vietnamese to seafood. Enjoy a mouthwatering seafood stew or more casual bites at Marina Jack. Accompanied by live music, it’s a fun place to spend some time even after dinner’s well over.

Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodle House is perfect for chillier days when you want to be comforted by a bowl of one of their homemade, signature noodle soups. They also have authentic dishes including rice vermicelli bowls and boba tea for an after-meal treat.

For Latino cuisine, you won’t want to miss Selva, a modern spot where you can lounge and enjoy exquisite tapas, a variety of ceviche and other sensational bites.

Where to Shop

Sarasota is known for its exciting and unique shopping experience! Have you been looking for one-of-a-kind glassware and fine linens for your next dinner party? Look no further than Malbi Décor offering an assortment of Italian items for your home.

For artisanal gifts, Artisans’ World Marketplace is the best spot in town. Products hail from Africa to Asia, so you’ll be sure to find a rare treasure.

The latest fashion trends can be discovered with just one visit to RUE SRQ, where Natalie Rue Morgan offers a carefully curated selection of items including handbags, cocktail rings and much more.

Where to Play

Live music lovers will enjoy The Gator Club! Depending on the evening you visit, you’ll hear Top 40 hits to reggae tunes or rhythm and blues. There’s even something for the whiskey aficionados! In their bar, discover 180 whiskey varieties.

Adorers of art will want to visit Art Center Sarasota, which is home to three galleries with many juried exhibitions. There are also youth programs and classes on Saturday if you and your family are looking for a fun weekend activity. Historic Burns Square is also chockfull of galleries, boutiques and shops.

Get out in nature at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to see rare orchids among more than 20,000 plant varieties. The young ones will enjoy their own rainforest garden as well, so it’s certainly perfect for the whole family!

If you’re in the Bradenton area, make sure you check out our list of Top Things to Do in Bradenton, FL

Next: Free Holiday Events Near Bradenton