Sarasota Journals

Books and Tranquility in Sarasota

A December 2006 trip to Sarasota by fabulousfrock

Quote: Three days in Sarasota, three goals in Sarasota: to buy books, see the Ringling Museum, and eat good seafood.

Gulf Beach Motel

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Hotel

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While planning our Sarasota trip, my first priority was to find cheap lodgings that weren't too depressing. We wanted a romantic getaway, after all, not a shoebox with a rattling A/C. The Gulf Beach Motel fit the bill. During Sarasota's low season (mid-May to mid-December), rooms start at $75 a night - and that includes a small fridge and microwave. We stayed in a small studio for $86 a night. (You can also save $10 on your reservations by mentioning their website, www.gulfbeachsarasota.com.) Each room is individually decorated and you can see them on the website. We stayed in unit 103. I would probably try a different one next time, but I was still plea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Gulf Beach Motel
930 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(800) 232-2489

Main Bookshop

Attraction

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If the words "remainder books" make your heart flutter, Main Bookshop is a must-see in the Sarasota area. With that said, I actually thought it would be better than it was. Don't get me wrong - there are a lot of books here, and they are considerably marked down from list price, but plenty of them were still $10, $20, $30, and I'm more of an under-$10 kind of girl.One of the best parts about the Main Bookshop is the hours. Unlike most used and independent bookstores, the Main Bookshop is open late, so you can spend the day hitting the attractions, have dinner, and still have more than enough time to browse. When I was there, there was a coupon for the Main in the free tourism magazines, so be ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Main Bookshop
1962 Main St.
Sarasota, Florida 34236

A. Parker's Books

Attraction

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I'm not usually the type to shop in used bookstores of the more "collectible" and "antiquarian" vein, but I did enjoy A. Parker's. I passed up quite a few books for being a little out of my price range, but then I found a few other treasures just as reasonable as anything in the Main Bookshop. So, like anything else, you have to dig.

A. Parker's has a few of those high, neck-snapping shelves where you have no idea what might be up there - annoying for the browser - but for the most part it's a pleasant place to shop. All the books are nice and well-kept, and the staff were friendly. An excellent selection of non-fiction of all types, from aged to new-ish.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

A. Parker's Books
1488 Main St.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(941) 366-2898

Brant's Books

Attraction | "Brant's Used Books"

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Brant's is housed in an old army barracks, and has no A/C according to one review I read. I was undaunted since we were visiting Sarasota on a pleasant December day. Unfortunately, the books themselves reflect this lack of temperature control - they look like books kept in somebody's garage, vaguely warped and yellowed with humidity.I'm not that picky, though, so Brant's may have redeemed itself with a few steals. The prices, however, were higher than my favorite cheapo used bookstores in Orlando, for books in poor condition. The romance/paperback section was the most extensive and you might have a different view of the place if that's your interest area, but we were mainly looking for a varie...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Brant's Books
3913 Brown Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34231
(941)365-3658