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Sarasota's Seaside Charm

Stephen Brown
Sarasota's humble beginnings as a small fishing village have been overshadowed as the city has grown into a cultural hub of the Gulf.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota stands as a beacon of style and sophistication.
The Ladies Healing Waters room at the Members Spa Club is the very epitome of rejuvenation.
The Members Beach Club at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is a great place to bring the kids or just sit back and relax poolside.
The Sarasota ice cream float is the perfect poolside dessert at the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club.
Cà d'Zan, the famed mansion of John and Mable Ringling (circus magnate) and opulent sentry of Sarasota Bay, harkens back to the Gilded Age. Now open to the public, the museum takes a look at the life of the circus visionary.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was originally built to house the Ringlings' personal collection of art.
The Circus Museum on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art retells the story of
This interior shot of Cà d'Zan shows the estate's architectural excellence.
The Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium, mostly known for its work with sharks, helps educate all who visit about our marine life neighbors.
The historic Sarasota Opera House opened in 1926, originally as a mixed-use facility for Vaudeville acts and movies. Now it is home to the Sarasota Opera, a must for anyone visiting the area.
Gustavo López Manzitti declares the famed last line 'La Commedia è finita!' as the cuckold clown Canio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's PAGLIACCI.

   From three-ring circus feats to cabanas on the beach, Sarasota is a slice of Florida paradise. The pristine white sand beaches (no oil here!) are as endless as the horizon, while the artful soul of the city releases an exuberance on the people that dives deeper than the omnipresent sea lapping the shores. This is a place where life is enjoyed.

   When visiting Sarasota, there is only one place to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The resort mixes the nuance of the Gulf Coast’s casual lifestyle with sophisticated flair, making any stay, be it a handful of nights to take in a show or an affair stretching on for weeks, truly memorable. The 266 deluxe rooms and suites are like a luxe home away from home, and the RItz-Carlton Club Level guestrooms provide guests with a private lounge to gather day or night. The Cà d'Zan Lounge is a popular meeting place for cocktails and live music; the views from the veranda are worth a stop alone. 

   The Members Beach Club, located just a few miles from the main resort, claims a stretch of Lido Key’s white sand beaches for its own. Lido Key is home to pristine beaches that remain cool to the touch no matter how hot the weather may be. With two pools and recreational activities for children, the Members Beach Club is a great place to spend the afternoon with the family, while just off-property, the Lido Key Tiki Bar, a Sarasota landmark, will have you living by island time in no time. 

   For golfers, the Members Golf Club features a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course which spreads out along 315 acres of untrammeled land. Since the course is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the chance of seeing birdies is pretty high, even if your golf game is somewhat lacking. The Golf Caddie Concierge program makes the course a breeze. A personal caddie accompanies golfers, a handy commodity when coming to those blind green shots.

 

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