For Art Aficionados: Creative Wanderings
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For Art Aficionados: Creative WanderingsJen Rugay
FAST FACTSStarting point: Cedar Key 29844N, 83230W
Ending point: Sarasota 272014N, 82327W
Stats: 187 miles; 3 hrs., 45 min.
Artists may be out finding their muses. Call ahead to confirm that studios are open.
CREATIVE WANDERINGS: DAY 1One of the towns biggest events is the Cedar Key Arts Festival (www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com) which is held every April. (Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13, 2008 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM )One thing that people are mostly drawn about Cedar Key is its placid beauty and the pace. That is because Cedar Key only has about 650 residents.
DAY 1Located on Second Street, you will find the towns main drag paralleling the waterfront, and thats where youll find seascape paintings, and even hand woven socks at the Cedar Keyhole art co-operative (352-543-5801, www.cedarkeyhole.com) (10 am to 5 pm Daily )
DAY 1You can also stroll over to Natural Experience (352-543-9933) for fine photography and wood sculpture.
HOTELSCedar KeyIsland Hotel & Restaurant 373 SECOND STREET CEDAR KEY, FLORIDA Rates $80 to $135Bed and breakfast. The hotel's on-site restaurant, offering both indoor and porch seating, serves specialties including crab bisque and heart of palm salad. Guests receive a complimentary full breakfast with toasted homemade bread and a choice of the house-specialty. To preserve the romantic and traditional ambience, there are no televisions or telephones in any of the guestrooms. All guestrooms have private bathrooms, some with claw-foot tubs (bubble bath provided), some with showers, and some with both. The Cedar Key B&b 810 3RD STREET CEDAR KEY, FLORIDA Rates $95.95 to $225.95 Bed and breakfast. A cable TV/DVD/VCR (surround sound system) is available for guests in the common TV room. There is also a broadband Internet access] They have installed a wireless access point, which allows a compatible wireless laptop access to the Internet. Each morning at nine you'll awake to the aroma of wonderful homemade breakfasts served with an assortment of juices, breads, gourmet coffee's and teas.
RESTAURANTSCedar KeyThe Blue Desert Caf 12518 Highway 24 Cedar Key, FL Tel: (352) 543-9111 Dine In or Take Out. Open Tue-Sat 5pm - 9pm Island Hotel & Restaurant 373 2nd Street P.O. Box 460 Cedar Key, Florida 32625 (352) 543-5111(800) 432-4640Fax (352) 543-6949Dinner is served from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every night except Monday.
DAY 2 St. PetersburgIf your looking for good places to start and see a variety of works, you could always visit the Arts Center (727-822-7872, www.artscenter.org) and the Florida Craftsman (727-821-7391, www.floridacraftsmen.org)For some larger than life names, visit the Salvador Dali Museum (727-823-3767, www.salvadordalimuseum.org), on the south end of downtown, and the Museum of Fine Arts (727-896-2667, www.fine-arts.org)
DAY 2And if youre looking for a more industrial area, west of I-275, the St. Petersburg Clay Company (727-896-2529, www.stpeteclay.com) is housed in the Historic Seaboard Train Station. It is considered the largest working clay art studio and gallery in the Southeast U.S.
DAY 2Everywhere you go in the bordering Gulfport, you cannot take more than a few steps without running into an art gallery. If you are interested in going there, you can take the 22nd Avenue South exit off 275 and heading west. Turn left onto Gulf Boulevard, which takes you into the core of the arts district.
HOTELSSt. PetersburgCoral Reef Beach Resort 5800 GULF BLVD ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA Rates $138 to $215 Our resort offers everything for an active, yet relaxing vacation. Swim in the gulf or in one of the state*s largest free form pools, play golf and tennis nearby, then see the sights of the Tampa bay area. After a full day, walk along the beach and enjoy a beautiful gulf sunset. Coral reef resort offers a vacation getaway as active or as relaxing as you choose to make it.
Historic Colonial Inn & Spa 126 2ND AVENUE, NE ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA Rates $54 to $88A stay at the Historic Colonial Inn & Spa is like a trip back into the past, but with all the contemporary amenities. The room decor is vintage chic, hardwood floors and high ceilings, with no two rooms furnished alike. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast served in the comfortable sunroom.
Mansion House Boutique Inn B&b 105 5TH AVENUE NE ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA Rates $139.95 to $149.95 Bed and breakfast. Private boat cruises are available and the concierge can arrange nature and bird-watching tours. Guests take leisurely breakfasts in the two dining rooms that feature hand-woven rugs thrown over the high gloss Georgia heart of pine wood floors. After breakfast, guests can enjoy the seasonal pool and hot tub. Additional amenities include a laundry room and service, business center, high-speed Internet access, concierge services, gift shop and meeting facilities.
RESTAURANTS St. PetersburgRuth's Chris Steak House 1700 N. Westshore Blvd.Tampa, FL 33607 Cuisine: Steak Price: $51 or more Pizza Hut 1590 34th St N, St Petersburg, FL727-321-7700
DAY 3By the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Gulfport, you will be sure to find a rainbow of artist collages in Bradentons Villages of the Arts (941-747-8056, www.artistsguildofmanatee.org). There you will find more than 30 galleries; studios and funky shops brighten 11 blocks of this downtown neighborhood.To get here, take the State Road 64 from I-75.
DAY 3KEEP IN MINDKeep in mind that most galleries and studios are only open Friday and Saturdays.The village is at its best during Art Walks, held the first weekend of every month.
HOTELSBradentonBradenton-days Inn Near The Gulf 3506 1ST ST BRADENTON, FLORIDA Rates $63 to $80 The 130-room Days Inn features a pool, in-room safes and combination microwave ovens and refrigerators; travelers can have breakfast at a neighboring breakfast restaurant chain.
Comfort Suites University Park 8305 TOURIST CENTER DRIVE BRADENTON, FLORIDA Rates $107.99 to $154.99Convenient to all major attractions, shopping, beaches, and business parks. Free wireless high-speed internet access in all hotel guests have complimentary use of our business center. Comfort Inn Bradenton 707 E 65TH ST BRADENTON, FLORIDA Rates $72 to $110Pool * spa. All rooms have queen or king beds, 25 TV*s with remote,espn, hbo * cnn. Nsmo and handicapped rooms available. Walk to restaurants. Beaches 6 miles.
RESTAURANTSAnd when you get hungry, have your art and eat it too at Bonnie Bakes Edible Art (941-746-6647), where you can chew on a hand-designed cookie.
DAY 4Near Bradenton, Sarasotas relaxed Towles Court Artist Colony (www.towlescourt.com) It was originally part of a 1920s residential community, and was resorted into wood-frame homes and now holds up to 30 galleries and studios connected by oak-shaped footpaths lined with sculpture and tropical plants.Looks can be deceiving, because despite the old exteriors, inside you will find many galleries that have polished pine floors, track lighting and high- end contemporary art.
DAY 4To get there, take Fruitville Road west off I-75. Turn south onto Highway 301, then right onto Adams Street.And while your there, be sure to visit the expansive John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (941-359-5700, www.ringling.org/museum_art.asp). It has European paintings, including a world-renowned collection of Peter Paul Rubens, Cypriot antiquities, Asian art and American paintings.
HOTELSDays Inn Sarasota Airport 4900 N TIMIAMI TRAIL UNIVE SARASOTA, FLORIDA Rates $51.29 to $73 The Days Inn Airport in Sarasota, Fla., is close to the airport and provides complimentary shuttles to and from the terminals. Fishing and golfing fanatics will find plenty of opportunities near the hotel, which features an outdoor pool, restaurant, data ports, and complimentary hot breakfasts in the restaurant. Hyatt Sarasota 1000 BLVD OF THE ARTS SARASOTA, FLORIDA Rates $185 to $276 Free Breakfast-Summer Getaway Long. Wireless Internet access (surcharge). TV with premium cable channels and pay movies. Coffee/tea maker. Refrigerator and microwave on request. Hair dryer. Iron/ironing board on request.
Ritz Carlton Sarasota 1111 RITZ CARLTON DRIVE SARASOTA, FLORIDA Rates $259 to $2000 Spacious Balcony / TV With Remote / Pay Per View / Nintendo / 3 Telephones With Voicemail / High Speed Internet Access / Hair Dryer Clock Radio With Cd Player/ Safe lock Key Cards. Club Level Rooms Have All Of The Same Amenities And Are Located On An Exclusive Floor With A Club Lounge Staffed By A Concierge / Expedited Check-in And Check-out And Five Food And Beverage Presentations Daily.
RESTAURANTS Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant 3713 Bahia Vista Street Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 955 8007 Banquets, Bakery, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Phillippi Creek Restaurant & Oyster Bar 5353 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 925-4444 Sea food Restaurant, Serves lunch and dinner.
Producer: Jen Rugay
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