SARASOTA, Fla. (November 4, 2013) –While Valentine’s Day happens once a year, any day in Sarasota County is a good day to make a romantic gesture.
Valentine’s Day 2014 Events
Sarasota County Vow Renewal
February 14, 2014
Guests will say “I Do” — again. Celebrate a renewal of wedding vows along the beautiful Siesta Key Beach in a non-denominational service at sunset. A nominal donation is required and guests should arrive early as the beach fills quickly with couples. scgov.net/parks
Sarasota Orchestra presents Heart to Hart
Feb. 12-15, 2014
This Valentine’s week concert will feature the music of Broadway icon’s Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Patrons will enjoy romantic favorites such as My Funny Valentine, music from Bernstein’s On the Town, Eduard Strauss’ humorous look at Carmen and the ever-popular The King and I. sarasotaorchestra.org
Valentine Stroll, Siesta Key Village
4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
The Siesta Key Village Association will host the annual Valentine Stroll. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll through Siesta Village, which will be adorned with Valentine cheer. There will be live music throughout the Village. Free kisses will be available and hugs for a donation of $1 at the Gazebo, as well as face painting. Flowers will also be available for purchase at the Gazebo. Participating merchants will be displaying red and pink balloons outside of their businesses.
If parking is a concern, there will be free trolley service from the Siesta Public Beach parking lot to the Village from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., compliments of Siesta Island Trolley and the Daiquiri Deck.
10 Romantic Ways to Spend Time in Sarasota County
1. Enjoy a show or concert
Sarasota County is a Florida cultural arts hub with several performing art venues bringing in concerts, musicals and more to the area. Visitors can attend upcoming performances at the Sarasota Opera (sarasotaopera.org) and the Sarasota Orchestra (sarasotaorchestra.org) for a classic romantic evening, or book a ticket for a Jazz Club of Sarasota (jazzclubsarasota.org) event.
2. Buy a little gift
Visitors can stroll St. Armands to buy a small, yet surprising gift, such as confections or jewelry from one of many specialty shops. (starmandscircleassociation.org)
3. Get comfortable with a spa trip
A couple’s trip to the spa is worth every penny. Sarasota County offers top-class spa environments at the Ritz-Carlton of Sarasota offering an ariel-themed massage and newly renovated Island House Spa at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. For an intimate spa session, also consider Mandala Med-Spa & Yoga Shala.
4. Watch the sunset and spot dolphins
Visitors can take a sunset stroll or bring a chair and enjoy the sun set over the beautiful coast and look for dolphins popping out of the water.
5. Dine out in style
By candlelight or beside the bay, there are plenty of dinner venues for romance. Michael’s On East is a Sarasota icon well known for its incredible food, intimate atmosphere and vast wine selection. Other notable restaurants include bayfront Ophelia’s On The Bay, Peruvian-cuisine favorite Darwin’s on 4th, and Siesta Key’s intimate Italian restaurant, Café Gabbiano.
6. Romantic walk
Take a casual stroll along Siesta or Lido beach as the sun sets, or for a little more of an adventure walk over the Ringling bridge or hike in Myakka River State Park or Oscar Scherer.
7. Artistic expression
Creating something together can be another bonding experience as a creative activity can also enhance closeness between partners. Check out Art Center Sarasota (artsarasota.org/workshops) for a variety of workshops, ranging from a single day to five-day classes.
8. Stay in romantic meal
Create a romantic meal for two by stopping at Morton’s Gourmet Market (mortonsmarket.com). Morton’s features a full-service specialty food store that offers from-scratch prepared meals, a fine wine selection, gift baskets and more.
Sing a ballad for a loved one. Pick a favorites song that expresses the two of you. There is no need to be a great singer, just be willing to goof around. If nervous to sing in front a crowd, rent a private room at Kroaky’s Karaoke (kroakys.com), or belt out your heart in front of others, visit Captain Curts (captaincurts.com) on Siesta Key for karaoke nights Thursdays through Saturdays.
10. Wake up and smell the flowers
What is better than a dozen red roses? How about a whole garden of flowers! Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (selby.org) is not only a research center, but also a famous showplace or awe-inspiring horticulture. Peruse 14 acres of gardens, which includes bonsai, cycad, hibiscus, tropical fruits and Florida native plants. Selby Botanical Gardens also offers several art and horticulture classes.
For more information on what to see and do in Sarasota County for Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year, go to visitsarasota.org.
About Sarasota County
Located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named “America’s Best Beach” in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed “Home of the American Circus,” Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.org or call (800) 522-9799.