WE ARE CLOSING THE APPLICATIONS THIS WEEK FOR THIS PARTICULAR MEDIA TRIP, SELECTING (8) JOURNALISTS:
MEDIA TRIP – September 20 – 22, 2010 ~ LONGBOAT KEY
AN ENCHANTED ISLAND... A WORLD APART
Where ‘Forgotten Florida’ is Alive
“One of the most secluded tropical beach settings on Longboat Key”
Longboat Key, a slender barrier island nestled between the Gulf and Sarasota Bay, is a great outdoor adventure. The Sandpiper Inn’s 11 accommodations bring guests back to a time when vacations meant relaxation, reading a book, beachcombing where there are more birds than people, watching a changing sunset every night that takes one’s breath away.
The Sandpiper Inn is a place where one can do everything or nothing and vacation where Money magazine identified one of the four wealthiest ZIP codes in the country. Yet despite the affluence, the casual island character remains, especially at the Sandpiper.
Walk out the door and you’re in the garden with resident egrets, 200 species of birds, exquisite tropical foliage and a petite heated pool for enjoying the average year-round 73 degree temperature. Balancing a little salt air and sand in your toes with the cultural jewels of Sarasota, within minutes one can drive to exquisite dining, John Ringling’s opulent home and museum, world-class shopping, ballet and opera, celebrated golf courses and sun-drenched tennis courts from island to mainland.
For the ‘foodie’ enthusiast, you’ll dine in restaurants tucked away under mangrove trees, along bayous, beaches and bays that are a world away from glaring neon, towering billboards and massive mini-malls. There is a warm welcome awaiting everyone’s taste for upscale and down to earth dining.
Visit the Mansions and Museums of Sarasota and try your hand at surf fishing. The ‘Liquid Limousine’ is a fabulous way to see the luxurious shoreline as you cruise through Sarasota Bay. Whether hunting for an old historic site and Indian middens or sipping a frozen beverage on the beach, Longboat Key is a balanced affair. The riches of this coastal hideaway can quickly bring you back to the past ~ while its style is definitely living in the moment.
Here in this ‘forgotten Florida’ Inn that is surrounded by luxurious mansions and high-rise condos, one can experience why Longboat Key became a seasonal hideaway for well-to-do northerners nearly a century ago and home to a small enclave of hardy folk who could live without luxuries, all happily sharing this 11 mile ‘cay’ in harmony.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING 9 JOURNALISTS ON Media Trip – contact:
Leigh Cort Publicity
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodations, dining and group activities are hosted by Sandpiper Inn and participating restaurants. (Gratuities are the only media charge for housekeeping and dining servers). Transportation to Longboat Key, Florida is not included.
The Sandpiper Inn
5451 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, Florida 34228