5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
gulf coast gemIf you find yourself on the Gulf Coast of Florida don't miss Cà d'Zan the Ringling home. Built in the roaring twenties when the circus business was apparently rolling in the dough, the home spared no expense. Much of the construction done by European artisans with European materials, this is an palazzo built for entertaining. Many different tour options give access to all levels of the home and also admission to the Florida State Art Museum which was formed with a foundation of the Ringling's own art collection. After spending the day at the estate toddle down route 41 to the Selva Grill where the ceviche selections are as cool as the bar scene is hot. And if you still have time in the area - shop at the luxe St Armand's Key and make time for the #1 beach in America at Siesta Key- pure white sands which are groomed every morning make this the perennial front runner in the best beach competition.