Dinner at SOPHIA’S CUCINA + ENOTECA
I don’t think we can say enough amazing things about Sophia’s- excellent food, tasty drinks and wonderful service. With both indoor and patio seating available this small Italian restaurant is serving up house made pasta, mouth watering meat balls and beautiful desserts. We would definitely recommend making a reservation for Friday and Saturday evenings but sadly the restaurant has recently closed. Try their other concept, Lolita’s Wine Market.
Cocktails at The Saint
Located just around the corner from Sophia’s you will find a speakeasy hiding in plain sight. They do not take reservations however our wait was only a few minutes for a party of 6. Before you go, check the website for the “sin to get in.” Maybe our favorite part, we selected our bride, Olivia, to confess her sin to get us in the door! It changes weekly and they are very creative. This speakeasy is Instagram worthy with fun surprises everywhere, the menu is based on the Seven Deadly Sins, staff wear Nun habits, and entire space is washed in red lighting. Don’t forget to visit the confessional and confess your sins, they may be feature on the wall! In addition to the sinful cocktails, small bites and desserts also available.
After a lovely night in St Pete’s Grand Central District, we headed down to the Bradenton/Sarasota area for the rest of our bachelorette weekend. The bride and maid of honor are all originally from this area.
We started the day with some serious physical activity and fun! Tree Umph is a ropes course located in East Bradenton, we spent 3.5 hours in the tree tops! We recommend an early start time, it gets very hot especially in the Florida Summers and take a break between course 2 and 3 to grab snacks and water! There are 5 courses totals, each is harder than the last and 5 is significantly harder. After course 4, we called it a day and finished with the 650 foot zip line!
Pro Tip: Wear leggings with side pockets so you can keep your phone on hand for all the photo opportunities and if you have exercise gloves they were very helpful with grabbing the thick metal cords.
This beautiful NEW hotel is located right by the Sarasota Airport, the arts district and is an easy drive to beaches and downtown. A mix of industrial, mid-century modern and a lot of whimsical décor can be found through out the spaces. The pool area is beautiful as well, complete with ping pong, corn hole, fire pit and lots of lounge furniture.
While recovering from our morning activity, we relaxed on the balcony with beverages and snacks, Olivia opened her bachelorette gifts, and then we got heading to head to downtown for dinner and cocktails.
There are so many great restaurants off Main Street, we ate at Patricks 1481. They have a large menu will causal fare, beer, wine and cocktails and typically have live music! Other wonderful options:
- Boca Sarasota
- Mattison’s City Grille
- State Street Eating House + Cocktails
- 1591 Wood Fired Kitchen
- Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
- Mandeville Beer Garden
Cocktails of Pangea Alchemy Lab
Follow the directions and it lead you down a dark alley and you will find the entrance to Pangea Alchemy Lab. The menu is very cool and ever changing, offering seasonal cocktail, classics and a variety of cereal themed cocktails! They also offer a small food menu.
Breakfast at the hotel
Our rate included breakfast, and it was a excellent continental style spread!
Yoga at Bhavana Yoga
After a busy weekend and a lot of adult beverages we decided a gentle yoga class would be the best way to end the weekend. We book a private yoga class at Bhavana Yoga in Sarasota, FL. They offer a handful of options including restorative, gentle flow, hot yoga and more. We selected a Yin class which was wonderful, it was a gentle class, prefect for all skill levels. We opted to add on a sound bath which is such a cool experience!