My husband and I are New Englanders sampling different areas of Florida. We've visited the Broward County area; Naples; The Key West area and Ft. Meyers. None of which would be suitable for us to spend much time in or move to when retired. We aren't into nightlife, boating, beaching, golfing, or tanning. We are foodies, like culture, nature, and a little adventure. Folks tell us we'll love Sarasota. Planning a trip in March 2015. So here's the problem. We have champagne taste and a beer budget. We like most of the nicer Hampton Inns. There are several Hampton Inns (and similarly priced) hotels in Sarasota but we don't want to wind up way away from anything. We stayed in a wonderful Hyatt hotel in Ft. Myers but had to drive 30 minutes to find a restaurant that wasn't fast food. And of course we couldn't walk to anything. Just highway all around.
I'd very much appreciate knowing what area I should look to stay in that will have moderate priced but decent lodging and not be too far flung. Also, I'd love to know which Hampton Inn would be closest to the St. Armands area. Thanks for any comments/suggestions.