Prized for the sands of Siesta Key Beach, named the world's best in 2011, Sarasota and Her Islands is a resort destination that attracts visitors from nearly every corner of the world. Sarasota isn't just known as a hot spot on the Gulf Coast, however-it's annually ranked in the Top Ten on "Best Small City" and "Best Place to Retire" lists nationally.
In addition to the Ringling Museum, Sarasota is home to an opera, ballet, and symphony orchestra, as well as theatres, art galleries and artist communities. The "Purple Cow" as locals have come to know it, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall adds even more color to shimmering Sarasota Bay, hosting big concerts and theatrical productions. October
2012 marks the start of the Asolo Theatre's 54th season.
The Asolo, in collaboration with the Sarasota Ballet, brings Tony Award winning-musicals to Sarasota, along with many other productions. Local theaters including the Venice Little Theatre and Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, as well as a slew of music and dance companies, including the Florida West Coast Symphony, also call Sarasota home.
Fans of modern art will find it all in Downtown Sarasota, which is jam-packed with art galleries, theaters and independently-owned boutiques. Visitors can tour Towles Court Artists Colony, an artist's neighborhood filled with studios that often double as homes. Looking for a little more upscale experience? Check in at the Hyatt or the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Stroll the shops and boutiques of the world-renowned St. Armands' Circle. Endless arts and entertainment, restaurants, boating, fishing, outdoor watersports of every kind are at your fingertips. Oh, and endless sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy.