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A great few days of relaxation at Longboat Key

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A December 2002 trip to Longboat Key by ckelly

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Quote: Picking out a great vacation spot made my visit to see my mother more enjoyable. I was able to visit several times during the four days and yet feel I was on a great vacation.

A great few days of relaxation at Longboat Key

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Overview

marina Photo, Longboat Key, Florida
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My friends, my family and I were very impressed with the condo (see journal entry) and we spent most of the weekend just catching up on old times. My sister-in-law also cooked some great dinners for us. In between we went out to two fantastic restaurants and walked along the ocean. Some of the "attractions" in the area are: Mote Marine in Longboat Key: my sister-in-law talked about the Manatees, turtles, and stingrays that she saw (http://www.mote.org/) Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary in Lido Key: I saw that attraction many years ago, when it had just opened up, and I remember being very impressed with the environment (lots of vegetation) as well as the inhabitants (mostl...Read More

Veranda Beach Club

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Hotel

Veranda Beach Club Photo, Longboat Key, Florida
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First thing I liked about this condo is the layout and the large spacious rooms with a balcony (called a veranda) that overlooks the pool area and ocean. The balcony is fairly large since each bedroom (on opposite sides of the condo which is great for privacy), the dining room, and the living room have sliding glass doors providing access to the balcony. Having the two bedrooms on opposite sides of the condo leaves to maximum privacy if you have two separate couples using the condo. I occupied the master bedroom with a king size bed, private dressing room with two closets, bathroom, sitting area, plenty of dresser space, a TV, and access to the balcony. My friends occupied the ot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2002

Veranda Beach Club
Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, Florida

Veranda Beach Club

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Hotel

Veranda Beach Club Photo, Longboat Key, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Beach and Ocean – wooden path to the beach and you can walk along the ocean Grocery store to buy groceries and drugstore Sarasota other beaches Armand CircleBest Things About the Resort:Amenities such as tennis courts and bikes and sailing are free Beautiful heated Pool Health Club Beautiful spacious rooms with balconies Washer and dryer in the unit (so I could fly with a carry-on bag only)Resort Experience:The Veranda Beach Club (see web at http://www.verandabeachclub.com) is small in number of units (less than 45) but not small in quality! In fact this condo was one of the best of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Veranda Beach Club
Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, Florida

Cafe on the Bay

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Restaurant | "Café on the Bay"

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Our condo manager recommended several restaurants and we went to Café on the Bay for Saturday evening’s dinner. While this restaurant was a bit pricey ($137 for three AFTER a $24 discount), I am glad we dined there. We had our first indication that the restaurant would be quite exclusive since you had to go through a security gate to get to the restaurant. Before entering the restaurant, we gawked at the marina and the beautiful boats docked at the moment. In addition we also took some time to appreciate all of the Christmas decorations that were in the restaurant "square". We were greeted at the door and shown to a nice table that overlooked the water (so we could continue to gawk). Wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Cafe on the Bay
2630 Harbourside Drive
Longboat Key, Florida 34228
(941) 383-0440

Harry’s

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Restaurant

Harry’s Photo, Longboat Key, Florida
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I remember a few weird things about our lunch experience at Harry’s. First is that several people raved about their pancakes. In fact it seemed like you would want to go to Harry’s just to sample their famous apple pancakes. A second chuckle concerned the attire of most of the patrons. My girlfriend thought we were going to a deli so she had on denim skirt, top, and wore sandals. Her husband and I also were dressed very casually in shorts. We were the exception since almost all male diners had on suits. I surmised that people went to Church and then stopped by Harry’s for their famous pancakes. The third eye-opener is the age of the patrons. I am in my fifties and I was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Harry’s
Saint Judes Drive
Longboat Key, Florida

Enjoy Longboat Key w/out spending money

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sailboat Photo, Longboat Key, Florida
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There are several "attractions" that I have been to before when in the area last, but this time I elected to go the freebie way. If you don’t want to spend money you can have a good time if you are staying at this condo. Here are some suggestions:Swim and/or just enjoy the pool area: The pool is quite large for the amount of condos for this resort. Not once was there a crowd in the pool (of course the weather was not the greatest). There are a fair number of lounges and there are multiple "areas" so you could get away from the crowd. Walk along the ocean (too cold for me to swim): I went in both directions and after walking about 1 ½ miles one-way,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2002