During the Holiday Season we are planning to spend a day away in Sarasota. It is an easy drive, especially if you take Route 27 South to 64 to 75. You can travel on I4, but to me, that makes for a stressful drive. There is a lot to do in Sarasota. It is a vibrant city on the water. Lee and I enjoy the Ringling Museum and we always enjoy a stop at the Tiki Bar and Grill in Downtown Sarasota; as it sits on Sarasota Bay, and is a great place to stop to enjoy a drink by the water, plus there is usually live, mellow music playing for your enjoyment. But this year, we are planning to visit the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy plus make a stop at one or two of the wonderful Sarasota specialty stores to gather goodies for the holidays. We love Piccolo Italian Market & Deli and Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, both great spots; hard to choose between the two so I will leave the spot you choose up to you. When we travel to Sarasota, and plan to visit the specialty food stores, we bring an empty cooler with ice packs for the return trip home. Once we have made our specialty stops, we put the car on auto pilot, play some soft jazz, and make the leisurely drive home knowing that we have lots of goodies to enjoy upon our return.