Best Ways to Beat the Heat

It’s that time again… the dog days of summer, where we Floridians begin seeking ways to escape the heat in our 5th month of summer. (Please don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not complaining about this in January!) Given that our town provides things to do in spades, there is no lack of finding ways to beat the heat this time of year. Here are a few creative ways to get out of the sun this week:

Art After 5 at The Ringling

Thursday, August 29 - Come visit The Ringling for Art After 5, when entry to the museum is discounted. From 5-8pm, patrons can access the Museum of Art and the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion enjoying both air conditioning and art simultaneously. Once you’ve had your fill of the galleries and exhibitions, have a glass of wine and a delicious meal at on-site restaurant, Muse, for a chic and contemporary finish to your day.

Dog Days of Summer Juried Art Show at Art Uptown

Ends Friday, August 30 - This is the last week to enjoy the summer juried art show at Art Uptown, which is in its 11th year of featuring community artists. This year’s juror is St. Petersburg artist Nathan Beard. Check out this midsummer favorite before it ends this Friday.

Enjoy the Last of Savor Sarasota at Local Restaurants

Savor Sarasota normally runs for one week at the beginning of summer, but many local restaurants have elected to carry the special prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus for just $16 and $32 per person through until the end of Summer. Here are some of my favorites, which have extended to end of August or even September, so visit these to beat the heat over a fantastic meal.

Extended through August 31

La Scarpetta

Lolita Tartine

The Rosemary

Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill

For a full list of restaurants who extended their Savor Sarasota participation, click here.

Visit the Beach

In order for this to qualify as “beating the heat” you need to do one of the following: go early in the morning, go for sunset, or actually get in the water. Summer is a good time to visit the beach because our seasonal crowds have all gone home. Enjoy spacious expanses of relatively empty beaches just by going in the hotter months of the year and get back to the art of nature.