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This Gulf Coast oasis is a hot spot for architectural marvels.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 21, 2018

Tell us you're planning a trip to Sarasota and we'll tick off twenty reasons you'll love it. Siesta Beach, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, just to name a few.

But did you know Sarasota — which made our 2018 list of The South's Best Cities — is also a coveted getaway for architecture aficionados? 

As Visit Sarasota, the county's tourism board reminded us in a recent tweet, design enthusiasts can get spoiled in this Gulf Coast city of around 56,610 people.

First, there's the Sarasota Architecture Foundation, which runs frequent lectures and house tours. Sarasota School of Architecture (also known as Sarasota Modern) design can be seen all about town, but be sure to see the St. Paul Lutheran Church and The Hiss Studio for stellar examples.

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The Center for Architecture Sarasota also hosts special exhibitions and lectures, as well as weekly architectural trolley tours. For a more casual look at refined design, consider booking a stay at the boutique property, Hotel Ranola, a quick walk to the botanical gardens, or The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, a beachfront property with a beautiful spa.

With all the spectacular design in Sarasota, are you surprised we also think it's one of the prettiest towns around?