SRQ Media Group’s staff reveal their favorite local places to go on Valentine’s Day.
A Night at Owen’s Fish Camp
I’m all about ambiance. I don’t need the most expensive meal in town, but I need a place that bleeds romance: good food, wine and a cozy environment. I want to feel like the night revolves around the two of us. For that reason, I recommend strolling through Burns Court and dining at Owen’s Fish Camp. Before sitting down for dinner, enjoy the cool February weather, while cuddling up outside on their comfy furniture with a glass of wine. For dinner, enjoy any of their southern comfort-inspired dishes, which wont come close to breaking the bank. What more could you ask for?
Staycation on Longboat Key
As Valentines Day is on a Friday, I would recommend a long “staycation” weekend to explore new experiences. My ultimate luxury staycation would include a weekend package at the Longboat Key Club with a bunch of relaxing beachside treatments from their Island Spa. During the day, it would be fun to take a paddleboard excursion through Longboat Key and have lunch at MarVista. For dinner, a romantic night at Euphemia Haye would hit the spot. This is something that I would love.
One of the most romantic places to dine on Valentine’s Day would have to be the exclusive rooftop setting at CasAntica. I can’t imagine anything more delectable than enjoying a bold Italian red wine with authentic Italian cuisine while overlooking beautiful Sarasota. I’m not big on crowded areas for special occasions, so the intimacy of CasAntica provides the perfect ambiance for a night to remember.
Stroll through Downtown
I’m not huge on the beach, so I’d rather enjoy amenities downtown. Going to see a live act or performance while enjoying a simple dinner at Mattison’s, then walk to Burn’s Court Cinema for an independent film. Next, swing by Classico or Louie’s Modern for drinks or possibly find a place with outdoor seating so you can still hear your companion talking to you over the tabletop. Keep things simple.
Sunset on Sarasota Bay
As a new resident of Sarasota, I’m drawn to many places along the Sarasota Bay area, and I find that many of these places would qualify as a “special romantic spot” for me. The patio area at the Ritz Carlton or the park area near Marina Jack would be lovely places to watch the sunset while enjoying a nice bottle wine along with a picnic basket.
Donuts for Me
I find donuts to be a great alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day festivities. Some of my favorite donut spots include Starkeeper Cafe (nestled along Bamboo Lane, their outdoor area offers a quaint and quiet refuge from downtown where you can enjoy their made to order donuts), and the observatory deck of SRQ airport (another secluded area where you can enjoy the spectacular view while eating donuts from the airport’s Dunkin’ Donuts or from the nearby Goldstar donuts).