Florida Travel: Stephen King’s Sarasota

Courtyard of the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Fla.
Courtyard of the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Fla.opens IMAGE file
Courtyard of the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Fla.

Have a Duma Key day and travel to Stephen King’s Sarasota with this guide to dining, eating, sleeping and playing on Florida’s gulf coast.

Duma Key is Stephen King’s first Florida-based novel about a fictional island near Sarasota, Fla. King, a seasonal Sarasota resident, includes many area businesses and tourist attractions in his latest thriller. King fans traveling to Sarasota can have a Duma Key day by experiencing some of the locations the book’s protagonist Edgar Freemantle visits.

I'm Still in Awe of Meeting Stephen King at the Car Dealership! Sarasota, Fla., March 2011opens IMAGE file
I’m Still in Awe of Meeting Stephen King at the Car Dealership! Sarasota, Fla., March 2011

Duma Key Day Travel Guide to Stephen King’s Sarasota: Dining
opens in a new windowCasey Key Fish House: Fresh seafood and tropical libations are served at this casual spot. Chill out in the tiki bar for an Old Florida experience. (801 Blackburn Point Road, Osprey, telephone: (941) 966-1901)

opens in a new windowMorton’s Gourmet Market: In Duma Key, Edgar’s groceries are purchased from this market. Though not a restaurant, Morton’s is the place to be seen grocery shopping in Sarasota. Pre-made dishes can be picked up for gourmet meals to be enjoyed on the beach. The original Morton’s is located in Southside Village. (1924 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, telephone: (941) 955-9856)

opens in a new windowOphelia’s on the Bay: Romance and culinary artistry collide on Siesta Key’s waterfront creating exquisite entrees and divine desserts for the palate. Reservations suggested. (9105 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, telephone: (941) 349-2212)

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Stephen King during a Sarasota, Fla., Book Signing on Nov. 14, 2011opens IMAGE file
Stephen King during a Sarasota, Fla., Book Signing on Nov. 14, 2011

Duma Key Day Travel Guide to Stephen King’s Sarasota: What to See
Casey Key Road: Access Casey Key from the north at Blackburn Point Road to drive over the old-style 1920s swing bridge. The curves of Casey Key Road wind between the Gulf of Mexico’s aquamarine waters and the posh island estates.

opens in a new windowRingling Museum of Art (formerly known as the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art): A visit to Sarasota isn’t complete without a visit to the winter estate of the circus magnet. Browse through the 21 galleries ranging from European classics to contemporary American pieces. While touring the Ringling Museum of Art, wear a beret like Edgar. (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, telephone: (941) 359-5700)

Palm Avenue Art Galleries: While Duma Key’s Scoto Gallery isn’t found here, Palm Avenue is the “artsy side” of downtown Sarasota (mentioned on page 92) for its collection of art galleries. The first Friday of each month, Palm Avenue opens its doors and invites visitors to stroll through galleries, sip wine and enjoy live musical performances.

opens in a new windowSelby Public Library: This two-story downtown library is architecturally beautiful inside and out. Check out the tropical fish aquarium in the entrance way to the children’s section. (1331 First Street, Sarasota)

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Spectators Getting Ready to Watch the Sunset at Beach Road and Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Fla.opens IMAGE file
Spectators Getting Ready to Watch the Sunset at Beach Road and Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Fla.

Duma Key Day Travel Guide to Stephen King’s Sarasota: Where to Stay
opens in a new windowThe Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota: Edgar’s family and friends enjoy the luxurious accommodations of this downtown resort during his art show and it’s the location of a special reunion for Edgar. But does life end up happily ever after on Duma Key? [Note: For those who read Duma Key, Room 847 does not exist at this Ritz.] (1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, telephone: (941) 309-2000)

Duma Key’s storyline shouldn’t scare off potential Sarasota visitors but rather pique their curiosity.

Duma Key: A Novel, by Stephen King
Hardback: 607 pages
Publisher: Scribner (January 22, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1-4165-8555-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-5251-2

Author’s note: This article originally appeared on Suite101 in 2008.

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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