Episode 1: Art Ovation Hotel
The Art Ovation Hotel is the heart of the Sarasota art experience. This hotel features a rooftop pool and bar with city views as well as a restaurant open to the public. Guests staying in the hotel can find sketchbooks, colored pencils, and a ukulele in their rooms. The Artist’s Studio features work by local artists and the entire hotel is filled with beautiful artwork and gorgeous sculptures. Located in the Downtown area, this hotel is walking distance from fine dining, shopping, and everything Sarasota has to offer.
Episode 2: Bayfront Park & Marina
Located nearby the Ringling Bridge, right in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, Bayfront park includes O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill, Marina Jack, and the famous Unconditional Surrender Statue. This park provides views of the bay and boats anchored to the shore. Bayfront Park includes a canoe launch, playground, equipment rentals, and is pet friendly.
Episode 3: UTC Mall
Located near I-75 and University Parkway in Sarasota County, The Mall at UTC is a higher-end shopping mall with over 150 stores. Opening its doors in 2014, this newer mall features stores such as Saks Fifth Ave, Louis Vuitton, and Tesla. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, UTC offers over 20 dining options including the Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52, and The Capital Grille. There are many special events at UTC and this is a very popular area during the holidays.
Episode 4: Nathan Benderson Park
Nathan Benderson Park is a 600-acre community park and is open to the public. The walking trail circles 3.5 miles around a large body of water with a world class rowing and recreational facility. Nathan Benderson hosts regatta competitions and many other events throughout the year. This is a great place for a morning run, roller blading, or walking your dog.
Episode 5: Venice Main Street
Venice Main Street is located in the heart of Venice and is a great place to shop, eat, and enjoy the beautiful views. They often hold special events here and have weekly attractions. Downtown Venice is home to the Venice Theater, one of the nation’s largest community theaters.