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hi!

we are going to be in sarasota for 3 nts in june. what would you reccomend we do and see. we are 4 fifty somethings if this helps.can you advise on any nice places to eat .lunch or dinner.

thanks for your help.

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1. Re: to do's

St. Armands for sure, also consider Mote Marine. The Old Salty Dog for lunch.

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What type of food are you interested in, what sort of decor, and what sort of price range do you have in mind? The range is enormous, from shorts and sandals to more dressy, from a hamburger stand to fine cuisine, from Mexican Tacos to foie gras.

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we like italian ,seafood or steak houses. don't mind casual during the day and something more formal in the evening.but really we just don't want to make mistakes ending up paying for horrible food because we didn't know where to go.maybe up to $50 pp for 2 or 3 courses.

thanks for your help.

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If you're willing to go up to that level, you should be able to get some fine food.

For Italian, here are some names well under your price limit (not sandals, but not overly formal): Caragiulios is downtown, and my favorite. Their website is www.caragiulios.com. Carrabbas is about 5 miles south of downtown on Stickney Point Road; it's a chain. Not too far from there is Baci's; some people love it, others would say don't bother.

For steaks, tops in my book is Fleming's. Price will push the limit for you, but the steaks are fantastic and the service is outstanding. This is a chain (www.flemingssteakhouse.com) but you don't get that feeling from the restaurant.

For upscale seafood, I'd head out to Longboat Key and go to Pattigeorge's (www.pattigeorges.com) or Euphemia Haye (www.euphemiahaye.com). A little less pricey, on Longboat, is Dry Dock.

For general excellent eclectic cuisine, well-prepared and well-served, are two downtown restaurants: Bijou (www.bijoucafe.net) and Rustic Grill (www.rusticgrillsarasota.com). Perhaps the best in town.

You also asked about things to do. Where are you staying, and do you have any special interests?

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thanks cbchrc and kris48 for your help

.we are staying at the helmsley sandcastle.

we like to go sightseeing anything local thats interesting, i'll have to read up on stuff.boat trips,browsing in local stores ,eating and having a drink somewhere nice in the evening.the pound is strong against the dollar just now so we can enjoy ourselves to the max.

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hi

go to phillipi creek for seafood.

sharkys at the peir in venice for fun food and a beer.

the crows nest in venice for a more upscale menu overlooking the marina.

rum bay for an interesting boat ride followed by dolphins to an island rustic restaurant with fantastic ribs.

stop off and drop in to almost any place and you shouldn't be disappointed. the competition is fierce!!

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7. Re: to do's

Nice addition by bocasecreto. Phillipi Creek is fund for informal eating, as is Sharkeys, and Crows Nest is good as well ... though Venice is a bit of a drive if you're only here for three nights.

Some friends stayed recently at Helmsley and said that the staff is wonderful and the location, of course, is excellent, though the facility itself is "a bit worn and showing its age". It's on Lido Key which has a good beach, and is very near to St. Armand's Circle which has 100+ shops, restaurants, etc. where you'll enjoy strolling in the evening (or daytimes as well). Two good restaurants there are Columbia, which has excellent Cuban food, and Cafe L'Europe.

Lido Key gives you good access to Longboat Key and to downtown Sarasota as well.

In terms of activities, nearby is the Mote Aquarium which offers both an excellent small aquarium as well as a short nature exploratory trip in Sarasota Bay. Boat rental is available in the downtown marina, as is the opportunity for deepsea fishing excursions (party boats or charter boats) as well as such things as a sunset sailboat cruise. Also downtown is a small area specilizing in antiques, a small artists studio district, the opportunity to take a tour on a Segway, etc. Just north of town (near Sarasota airport) is the Ringling Museum complex which I'd strongly encourage you to visit. It's a worldclass museum.

I think you're going to enjoy your stay!

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"rum bay for an interesting boat ride followed by dolphins to an island rustic restaurant with fantastic ribs."

by Bocasecreto

???????

Would love to know what this is.

Thanks

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yes that boat ride sounds interesting. any more info. thanks for all your suggestions. can't wait

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10. Re: to do's

The boat ride this person is talking about is to Palm Island and the Rum Bay Restaurant.

The ferry leaves from the Punta Gorda area which is about 45 minutes south of Sarasota.

Ther are many things to do in the Sarasota area if you only have 3 days!

There is a nice boat ride you can take from the Marina Jack dock in downtown Sarasota.

~SRQgirl

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