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Charlotte Harbor, Florida: Culinary Heaven On The Beach
Charlotte Harbor, Fla. is an inviting vacation locale near Sarasota. Guests will find accomodation options from hotels, to Palm Island Resort, to the more private beach houses of Don Pedro Island (available through Islander Properties, ask for Robin Madden). The area is also noted for fine food, Palm Island Resort's restaurant Rum Bay, serves a mouth watering Beachcomber's Pasta, or try the Montego Bay Salmon in jerk sauce (conch fritters or calamari are starters). The political Bush family vacations nearby, on Little Gasparilla Island. Those interested in local food, will enjoy touring Cole's Clam Nursery in Placida. Grab lunch at The Fishery in town. In Punta Gorda, Beth Lanni teaches a fun hands-on cooking class at Pies And Plates, where the English Toffee Gooey Butter Cake is sensational. Schedule a wine tasting at Catania's Winery in Englewood. Nature lovers will wish to go wading for unique marine specimens at Cedar Point Environmental Park, also in Englewood. Punta Gorda's Worden Farm also offers tours of its vast acreage. Now you'll be hungry. Try Punta Gorda's upscale The Perfect Caper, a James Beard-recognized establishment that features Moroccan Spiced Lamb, Faroe Island Salmon, and Duck Au Deux Facons with whipped potatoes and wilted greens. Observe the sunset from the beach on Don Pedro Island. Watch the Tampa Bay Rays train in Charlotte Harbor, where the local A-ball team are the Stone Crabs. There is no end to the food and Florida fun in Charlotte Harbor.
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