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'Travel + Leisure' recommends Sarasota as Memorial Day destination

One of the busiest weekends of the year is coming up in just a few weeks.
by: Cassidy Alexander Staff Writer

Sarasota was one of the four locations highlighted on the TODAY show on May 4 as somewhere to travel “off the beaten path” on Memorial Day weekend.

Travel director for Travel + Leisure magazine Jacqui Gifford appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY to name Sarasota an “unexpected” good option for the holiday, along with Chicago, Denver and the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

Gifford lauded the “sugar-soft white sand” and recommended people stay at the Siesta Key Palms Hotel. The article also recommends visitors check out the Southside Village, St. Armands Circle, the Ringling Museum of Art and the Sarasota Farmers Market.

The recommendation comes three weeks away from what may be the busiest weekend of the year for tourism in the area.

Last year Siesta residents had concerns about visitors leaving trash on the beach and parking illegally, and Longboat Key saw an influx of police activity.




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I’m Cassidy. I cover news in Sarasota County, Siesta Key and the schools, plus community events if they involve dogs. I’m a Florida native, and University of North Florida graduate with degrees in journalism and graphic design. Reach me at 941-366-3468 ext. 304.

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