May 18, 2017 The Traveling Gals

Attention all foodies! Savor Sarasota is coming up from June 1-14. Here is an interesting fact for those new to Sarasota and those who live here…Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat® rated restaurants in Florida.  It makes sense because even just spending a weekend here provides you with so many quality, food options. 79 restaurants are set to participate this year in the 12th annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week.   This 2 week extravaganza is hosted by Visit Sarasota County (VSC), and provides everyone an opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit favorites by enjoying pre-fixe three-course dinner menus and multi course lunch menus.  This…

April 17, 2017 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

*This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something through one of these links, we may make a commission at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting The Traveling Gals!* Is Flamingo Friday a thing? If not, it should be! When you are in Florida, you might see quite a few plastic flamingos adorning front lawns. While the flamingo décor is fun, you might be wondering where you can see real live flamingos. Luckily there are some great places to go where you can see flamingos and learn more about them. There are actually six known species of flamingos…

March 28, 2017 The Traveling Gals

A Day at the Circus Last weekend, The Traveling Gals were lucky enough to be invited to spend the morning training at the Circus!  Sarasota and the Circus have a long history together.  Sarasota was the winter headquarters for John Ringling and is known as the “Circus Capital of the World”.  The international circus community continues to be an integral part of the city’s atmosphere. This was our first time at the Circus Arts Conservatory and shame on us because it is blocks away from our home.  The slogan More Than a Circus is extremely accurate.   The building is shaped…

November 22, 2016 The Traveling Gals

Date Night at Disney World While Disney World is mostly known as a family destination, there are actually some wonderful date night locations throughout. These are great ideas if you live in the area, or if you are on vacation and want to do have a nice night out together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or you can spend a ton of money. Disney World has a variety of restaurant and entertainment options that will make your date night at Disney magical. Even just taking a stroll and enjoying one of the fireworks shows can make for…

October 25, 2016 The Traveling Gals 8Comment

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 – Universal Orlando Ashley here. I went to HHN for the third year in a row this year. I wasn’t entirely sure if I’d be able to make it there this year, but I am so glad I did! Halloween Horror Nights 2016 finally brought to life the American Horror Story series. This has been the most requested haunted house since the show started, and it did not disappoint. It brought us through the Murder House, Freak Show, and Hotel. All of the favorite characters made appearances and they recreated scenes from different episodes. It was…

September 6, 2016 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Best Places to Grab a Drink at Disney World Whoever says Disney World is just for kids needs to read this post. There are actually some very fun bars and restaurants throughout all of Disney World. These are a few of our favorite places to go. House of Blues: As far as we know this is the only place that offers Happy Hour specials. There is also a cool vibe and good music. You can sit inside or outside. (Disney Springs) Lava Lounge at the Rainforest Café: The actual Rainforest Café restaurant is fun, but the Lava Lounge outdoor bar…

June 28, 2016 The Traveling Gals 27Comment

Things To Do In Orlando (Besides Theme Parks) Orlando, FL is known as the theme park capital of the world. Millions of people visit Central Florida every year to enjoy the theme parks (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and Busch Gardens in Tampa). While these alone make for a great vacation, if you want a break from the theme parks there are also other fun places in the city to visit. By: Melissa Hillier Here are the top picks for things to do in Orlando (more…)

June 14, 2016 The Traveling Gals 9Comment

Where is your hometown’s Sister Cities? Post by Kary While on a walk through Bayfront Park, I noticed a plaque recognizing Sarasota’s sister cities with a Ceremonial Tree Walk on March 17, 2003.  Sarasota has 8 sister cities!   The placard whose mission and objective reads “To Foster Peace and Understanding and to Develop Respect and Cooperation through Citizen Diplomacy” piqued my curiosity.    The Sister city program was developed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.  His vision was to promote citizen diplomacy after having seen the severe hatred and after-effects of World War II.  Sarasota got involved early on in 1963…

June 7, 2016 The Traveling Gals 18Comment

Barrier Islands of Florida Post by Kary The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine. By: Keoni Cabral Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some…

May 31, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for!  All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK!  In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation.  It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style! Our first stop was the…