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Saturday morning we've arranged for several tee times for a golf tournament. Please email johnpavelski@yahoo.com if you'd like to participate.

If you just want to play on your own any day that weekend, we've highlighted a few courses that we like:

 Foxfire Golf Course
par 72 | 6280 yds | slope: 125
call (941) 921-7757 for tee times

Serenoa Golf Course
par 72 | 6333 yds | slope: 125
call (941) 925-2755 for tee times

Tatum Ridge Golf Links
par 72 | 6757 yds | slope: 124
call (941) 378-4211 for tee times

 

 

A few boat options exist in the Sarasota area. If you're an avid fisherman and want to get out to the deep seas, check out Flying Fish Fleet at (941) 366-3373.

If you just want to putz around the Intercoast Waterway on your own, CB's Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 also rents small boats, fishing rods and will arrange for fishing licenses - just ask Mark about his license!

Parasailing and jet-ski rentals are best from All Water Sports on Siesta Key (941) 921-2754. You can also rent windsurf boards, sailfish and other small vessels.

     

Beaches:

Our favorite beach is Siesta Key Beach. It's where the Charters family has been coming for years. It's rated one of the top 10 in the US.

If you're not staying on the beach, there is one major public beach at on Ocean Boulevard. From here, you can walk south (left) to Casarina and Palm Bay Club. Also, you'll notice the beach volleyball courts, tennis courts and grill / picnic table areas - all for public use!

 

 

Other activities:

Canoeing: call ahead at (800) 268-0083 for reservations. Beware of the crocodiles! It's about 45 minutes out of town.

Dog races: check to make sure it's in season; call Sarasota Kennel Club ahead at (941) 355-7744 for the schedule. Located near the Sarasota Airport. 

Circus Museum: Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus Museum. It's a short walk through. Easy to do before the wedding on Saturday afternoon. 5401 Bay Shore Road (near the Sarasota Airport).

Bowling: Mark and Alex always play at AMF on 7221 Tamiami.

Mini-golf: Evie's Family Golf Center at 4735 Bee Ridge Road at (941) 377-2399.

Pop-a-shot & Pool: Mark continues to be perplexed because Alex continues to beat him time and time again at pop-a-shot. Mark's the pool shark, though... Same address as Mini-golf.

Jungle Gardens: Parrots will rest on your arms and you can mingle with the famous Florida flamingoes. 3701 Bay Shore Road at (941) 355-5305.

Botanical Gardens: Selby Gardens at 2700 Tamiami Trail.

 

Restaurants & Other Recommendations:

Check out the Sarasota guidebook at www.triptips.com for more details about the activities and restaurants below...

Our favorite restaurants to check out if you have the time:

Phillipi Creek Oyster Bar

A family favorite!

A must do! Great seafood, and fun waterfront atmosphere.

Very casual so be ready to get your fingers dirty!

No reservations accepted.

5353 Tamiami Drive - the entrance is at a stoplight - on the east side of the street

 

Going Bistro


Great, healthy salads.

Indoor and simple decor.

Mark always gets the "everything but the kitchen sink" salad and Alex prefers the grilled portabella mushroom salad.

2164 Gulf Gate Drive off the south bridge of the Key. If you take a right on Tamiami, turn left at the first light and it's on your right. Not open on Sundays.

 

Zorias


A great place for a very nice meal - at lunch or at dinner.

They are also doing the catering for the wedding!

1991 Main Street

  Epicure


An excellent spot for lunch or a light dinner.

It's a corner spot with sidewalk seating. They have great pastas, carpaccio and buffalo mozarella salads!

1298 Palm Avenue north

 

Einstein Bagels

A quick drive from Siesta Key hotels. Great espresso drinks and bagels!

Take the north bridge off the Key, make a right on Osprey and turn into the Publix parking lot, it's behind Publix.

Three areas that are fun to explore by foot:

  • St. Armands Circle - fun for beach shopping, jewelry and ice cream. A great fudge shop (Kilwin's) is just off the circle. They'll give you free tastes of the homemade fudge and ice cream.

  • Siesta Village - on Siesta Key. It's a more laid-back atmosphere - most people wear bikini's and flip-flops. There are several outdoor eating options: Daiquiri Deck (with Golden Tee), Gilligan's (good for late night dancing and has a pool table in the back), SKOB for great oysters and the standard Subway option. Also, check out Cafe Continental at 5221 Ocean Boulevard (across from the Daiquiri Deck) for great breakfasts - the owners are British - gotta support them! Shop at the Beach Bazaar if you want to take home some cheesy souvenirs or t-shirts.

  • Main Street - Epicure is at the west end of this street and Zoria's is at the opposite end. Down the block from Zoria's is a 20 theater movie theater (called Hollywood 20). The street is lined with old bookstores, antique shops and lots of new construction.