IFWTWA Media Trip

Sarasota County

September 21-23, 2022

Following the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association’s marketing conference in St. Petersburg, a small selection of attendees will get the opportunity to spend a couple days exploring the breathtaking Sarasota County. During their culinary exploration within the destination, they will get a chance to experience a wide variety of cuisines from a bevy of local restaurants. This includes 1592, a modern Mediterranean restaurant and bar; Daiquiri Deck, a vibrant oyster and seafood spot offering live music and can’t miss frozen daiquiris; and Rise & Nye’s, an amazing coffee and ice cream shop staffed by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to inspire inclusion for everyone.

The selected attendees will also get the opportunity to see some of Sarasota County’s most popular attractions during the post-conference trip. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is an independent, nonprofit, marine research organization open year-round full of manatees, sharks, sea turtles, otters and more! The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a 15-acre botanical garden with bayfront sanctuaries focused on connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and regional history.

Visit Sarasota for Beaches and Beyond
Roasted Chicken Breast at Selva Grill in Sarasota

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome!

Transportation from Hyatt Place St. Petersburg
25 2nd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

6 p.m. – Dinner at 1592 | Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails
1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

7:30 p.m. – Drinks at 99 Bottles
445 2nd St, Sarasota, FL 34236)

9 p.m. – Check-In at Art Ovation
1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Day 2

10 a.m. – Transportation from Art Ovation hotel to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

Following tour of Aquarium, we will be heading to St. Armands circle for lunch, and walk around the shops for a few hours

12 p.m. – Daiquiri Deck
325 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

2-3 p.m. (pending on when we’re done with St. Armands) – Head to Art Ovation hotel
Get ready for dinner festivities

5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Patrick’s 1481
1481 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

7 p.m. – Walk from dinner to Rise & Nye’s
1534 State St, Sarasota, FL 34236
for ice cream

8:30 p.m. – Travel back to Art Ovation hotel

Day 3

8:15 a.m. – Pick up from hotel at for breakfast at Toasted Mango Cafe
430 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

10 a.m. – Head to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus
1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

12 p.m. – Following Selby Gardens, drop off attendees to Tampa airport

Kissing Statue at its new location on the Sarasota Bayfront

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Mote Turtles and Manatees at the Marine Mammal Center in Sarasota

Trip Information:

Dates of the trip: September 21-23, 2022

Number of participants to be chosen: 7-9

Applications due: June 8

See the wonderful itinerary with this post for details on this trip.

Mote North American River Otter at the Marine Mammal Center in Sarasota