Great Deals for the Great Outdoors

Enjoy Shoptember Savings in the Sarasota Sunshine

While the leaves are just beginning to change color in northern climes, the month of September is, in fact, one of the hottest months of the year in subtropical Sarasota.

However, with the hint of autumn breezes on the horizon, it's also the time when opportunities to soak in the last rays of summer sunshine are at their most enticing on Florida's Gulf Coast.

In addition to an an abundance of retail therapy, Shoptember offers plenty of chances to splash and play, relax, and dine in the great outdoors as the sun sets on the summer season in Sarasota County.

Splash into Shoptember Savings

If you're looking for off-the-paddled-path enchantment in Sarasota County, you really 'Ota pay a visit to the mangrove tunnels at Lido Key with Kayaking SRQ. During the month of September, Kayaking SRQ if offering 20% off on gift certificates purchased online using the promo code SHOPTEMBER. September savers can also receive a 20% discount on guided tours by entering the promo code TOUR20 when booking their trip.

iKayak is making up for lost time on the water by offering 50% off discounts on all kayak rentals through September 30 with the promo code REDTIDE18.

This deal is also making waves: take advantage of full-day boat rentals (8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) at half-day prices at CB's Saltwater Outfitters throughout the month of September.

Tropical Trendsetters and Botanical Bargains

Tropical plant parenthood is just a tote bag away at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens this Shoptember. Purchase a Shoptember-discounted Selby Gardens tote bag from the gift shop and receive a free plant. The deal runs through September 30, but supplies are limited — so get there soon to claim your bloom.

Sarasota Garden Club will celebrate its 80th Annual Flower Show with two events in early October — thus earning our specially-designated "Shoptober" holiday recognition. "Pirates Invade Palm" kicks off the celebration on October 6, when 20 merchants along downtown Sarasota's fine arts gallery drag, Palm Avenue, will decorate their storefronts with a "Pirates in Paradise" floral theme to be judged by three VIPs from the City of Sarasota and the Chamber of Commerce.

The 80th annual Flower Show and Gardenfest Plant Sale takes place on October 13. The Show features floral design, lush horticulture, access to the Club's botanical gardens, and lower-than-retail sale prices on plants and flowers propagated by Sarasota Garden Club members.

Al Fresco Dining Deals

Some of the best open-air dining deals this Shoptember take place in south Sarasota County during the fourth annual "Let's Eat, Englewood" celebration that runs from September 14 - 28, 2018. Restaurants participating in "Let's Eat, Englewood" will offer three-course dinners priced at $25 and two-course lunches for $13 — a scrumptious culinary fête that won't break the budget.

Boca Royale Golf and Country Club provides a lush, tropical hideaway located just minutes from the Manasota Key beaches, and far from the hustle and bustle of the Sarasota metro area. Play a game of golf, tennis, pickleball, or bocce ball among the oaks and palm trees to work up an appetite, first — or head straight to the dining room to snag "Let's Eat Englewood" deals on country club cuisine.

September provides some of the most stunning sunsets of the year on Florida's Gulf Coast, and "Let's Eat Englewood" does not disappoint with waterfront dining opportunities. Participating restaurants offering waterside dining deals include Farlow's on the Water, Landy's Restaurant, The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass, Leverock's, SandBar Tiki & Grill, and The Waverly.

The hint of fall breezes is in the Sarasota air — but September's sunny days and high humidity can still make for a sweaty golf game that works up a mighty thirst, so be sure to check out the "19th Hole Specials" taking place at two Gecko's restaurant locations: bring your golf scorecard to Gecko's on Hillview in Sarasota or Gecko's Dockside Waterfront Grill in Venice any time before dusk this September to receive a free cocktail, domestic draft beer, or a glass of wine with the purchase of an appetizer or entree.

Close to the Coast: Luxury Accomodations at a Steal

Score a Shoptember deal on an end-of-summer staycation spot with convenient access to Sarasota County's beaches, parks, and shopping districts.

Book a stay at select accommodations on Lido Beach in September at a 10% Shoptember discount from Coldwell Banker Vacations. To get your savings worth on a full "Shoptember day", wake up to beachside views and hit the mangrove tunnels with KayakingSRQ — or head to St. Armands Circle to "Sip Shop Shore!" for deals on your outdoor fashion wear and al fresco dining at rooftop Shore Diner.

Tropical Beach Resorts is offering a breezy discount — any room in the hotel priced at $129 — through the month of October for guests celebrating Shoptember on Siesta Key. Catch complimentary beach yoga on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. during your stay — and be sure to spend a spell in Siesta Key Village for end-of-summer retail discounts, Shoptember happy hour specials on oysters and crawfish at Siesta Key Oyster Bar and drinks at The Daiquiri Deck.

Located in walking distance of downtown Sarasota shopping districts and nightlife, and just a short jaunt over the Ringling Causeway to St. Armands Circle and Lido Key beaches, Hyatt Regency Sarasota offers savings for the whole family: purchase the Hyatt's Family Resort Credit Package this Shoptember and receive $50 per day during your stay to spend on food and beverage, cabana rental, or valet parking.

Through the month of September at the southernmost border of Sarasota County guests of the Palm Island Resort on Cape Haze can enjoy reduced rates on the water taxi and 10% off any item in the Rum Bay Gift Shop.

Active Wear: Fashion with a Passion for Adventure

For some of us, the thrill of the great outdoors is matched only by the satisfaction of getting noticed outside in style. Take advantage of Shoptember deals on activewear and outdoor fashions from these participating retailers.

Stay sun-safe with 20% discounts on Coolibar UPF 50+ sun-protective clothing for adults and children at Southeast Salt, as well as 20%-50% discounts on Fresh Produce beachwear and other outdoor apparel.

Swing by Siesta Key Outfitters and mention Shoptember for a 15% storewide discount and a free real sand dollar with your purchase.

Show off those biceps when you point tourists in the direction of the beach with the purchase of a Daiquiri Deck tank top. All tanks and t-shirts at the Daiquiri Deck are priced 20% off during Shoptember in Sarasota.

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