Sarasota/Longboat Key

Inside Sarasota’s Wood Street Studio

Arts & Culture, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

Across the country, more and more woodworkers are jumping on the urban lumber bandwagon by breathing new life into old wood destined for the dump. But only in Sarasota will you find an abundance of rare tree species and a man, named Dale Reike, who transforms it into stunning pieces that tell a unique story about this southwestern spot on the gulf.

7 Reasons to Visit Opal Destinations This Spring

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We dug deep into all Opal destinations from Florida, Maine, and New York to build this list of top spring events and seasonal vacation ideas.

7 Must-See Stops in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts

Arts & Culture, Family, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

Located no more than 10 miles north of Sarasota proper

Sarasota’s Secret Surf Scene

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When it comes to the best surfing in Florida, your mind likely goes to the East Coast stretch of the state. That’s not the case for waterman Juan Rodriguez, who, despite having surf all over the world, has always been partial to the surf scene of Sarasota.

Property in Perspective: Zota Beach Resort

Arts & Culture, Beach, Destination Guides, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

One of Opal’s newer properties (it opened in spring if

Condé Nast–Confirmed: 10 Opal Properties Recognized in 2018’s Readers’ Choice Awards

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The people have spoken. Ten Opal Collection properties were awarded

7 Reasons to Visit Opal Destinations This Winter

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We dug deep into all Opal destinations in Florida, Maine,

Florida’s Gulf vs. Atlantic Beach Scene

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When you think Florida, you think beach and ocean. But the state is home to two very distinct coastlines – the East Coast and the Gulf Coast – offering very different beach experiences for families, surfers, and fisherman. So which coast is the best destination for your vacation?

Best in “Bleisure:” How to Mix Business with Pleasure in Opal Destinations

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“Bleisure” – a new term describing the act of mixing business and leisure travel – is booming. Luckily, these Opal properties are in the trend, too.

5 Signature Opal Dishes You Must Try

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We polled a handful of Opal’s restaurant kitchens to bring you this list of most-ordered dishes – and to get you thinking (and drooling) about your next Opal meal in the process.