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The Ultimate Holiday Guide to Sarasota County

Hit 'Reset' this holiday season by planning a winter escape to sunny Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The most wonderful time of the year lives up to the motto near the glistening gulf coast beaches of Sarasota County. The daily sunshine will make you feel warm on the outside, but there are plenty of local traditions for winter visitors that can make you feel cozy on the inside too.

Keep your spirit bright with some vacation inspiration.

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Must See Holiday Traditions in Sarasota County

From sand art to comfort food to light displays and a... pineapple drop? Try one of these local traditions while visiting in the winter for a uniquely Sarasota experience!

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Enjoy a Little Sarasota County Holiday History

Calling all history buffs! Check out a few surprising historical facts surrounding the holidays in Sarasota, and how you can still experience them during a visit.

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Ask the Experts: Holiday Meals Amish-Style in the Pinecraft Village

Get some old-school kitchen advice from one of the hearty, home-cooking hubs in Sarasota's charming Amish and Mennonite community, Pinecraft.

Why Beach Days Still Work in the Winter

A local mom describes how she and her family still find a way to enjoy our glistening Gulf Coast beaches during the least likely season of the year. Bare feet and board shorts are still an option!

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From Sarasota, with Love: Last-Minute Gift Shopping Ideas

We've got you covered with a cornucopia of local flavors, unique trinkets, and one-of-a-kind experiences to surprise and delight even the pickiest people on your holiday shopping list.

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How to Take a Perfect Family Vacation Photo

What you need to know about framing up the best possible shot during your trip to Sarasota County (plus bonus tips from a local photographer).

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