Take a look at the recent article on us in the Herald Tribune.
“The Gulf Beach Resort — the first and last “motel” on Lido Beach — provides a visual reminder of times past and the way vacation lodging once existed.
Over the last three decades, all but two of the original dozen or so “motels” from the 1950s and ’60s on Lido Beach have been demolished and their sites redeveloped with more modern resort facilities. . .”
The Historical Gulf Beach Resort Motel at 930 Ben Franklin Drive on Lido Beach was built in 1949-1950.
Our family reunion in July 2012 at Gulf Beach Resort will always be our most memorable reunion.
The amazing beginning of this story is: When our three children had young families of their own we started going to Myrtle Beach every year to “South Winds Motel” which was a twin to “Gulf Beach Motel” in Sarasota.
The kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids couldn t wait till July to meet up with old friends they had made over the years…….sadly enough as investors bought one unit at a time they got control and tore our beloved South Winds down and replaced it with a beautiful huge high rise! We went back after several years and found out sadly this did not work for our family. So we thought we have our memories of years past.
Then a year ago one of the granddaughters was on her honeymoon and while exploring the area waiting to go on their cruise, she called and said NAN I found our South Winds!!!!
Long story ………but needless to say we were all so excited we planned our Family Reunion for July 2012.
Overton Family Reunion
Our kids also planned a Wedding Vow Renewal for our “60th”.
Wow what a terrific, wonderful, exciting time was had by 49 family members attending. My husband and I will treasure these memories the rest of our life. God has blessed us beyond measure.
All the staff went out of their way to do everything to make us feel at home……….bringing back all our memories of friends at Myrtle Beach.
Thank you thank you thank you all !!!
We have booked for July 2014 and there will even be more of our family able to attend.
I can’t wait………..
Why People Love to Stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel!
(This list has been compiled based on input provided by our guests)
1. Location…Location…Location!! Our property is right on the beach and every unit is just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The water temperature is relaxing and comfortable.
2. Reasonable and affordable prices!
3. Friendly and courteous staff!
4. Friendly family atmosphere!
5. Most of our units have fully-equipped kitchens.
6. The majority of our units have private screened-in patios. The units on the second floor have an exterior corridor which have unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico.
7. Our bbq grill/picnic area is perfect for families and friends to cook out.
8. Quaint, cute, eclectic décor.
9. For many guests Gulf Beach holds many memories of family vacations, weddings, family reunions and other special events that have been celebrated here.
10. Lido Key is quiet and the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing vacation or weekend.
Return to Gulf Beach Resort Motel to enjoy a relaxing vacation and make more memories!
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The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees water ski team has begun their 55th season performing February to May at City Island on Sarasota Bay.
The free performances are open to the public and are held Sundays at 2:00 pm.
The team began in 1957, and now has about 50 members ages 6 to 75. The community supports this event with business and local residents helping with equipment from jump ramps to wardrobe. The Sarasota Marine Patrol handles safety issues.
When the team began it was more of an amateur event and now has grown to high skill talent performing four-tier pyramids.
Athletes enter and often win championship titles at the state, southern regional and national levels.
Mark your calendars for Sundays and take advantage of this fun filled family entertainment. You won’t be disappointed!
While you are in the area, check out Gulf Beach Resort Motel on Lido Key. Gulf Beach offers great rates and a family friendly environment. We are located directly on the beach of Gulf of Mexico and ten minutes from City Island.
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March begins the second spring training season for the Baltimore Orioles at the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 7,500 and includes additions of a picnic area, new seats, concessions and much more.
Orioles Home Spring Training Schedule
Monday, March 5
Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Sunday, March 11
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 14
Saturday, March 17
Sunday, March 18
Tuesday, March 20
Wednesday, March 21
Friday, March 23
Saturday, March 24
Tuesday, March 27
Friday, March 30
Sunday April 1
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Tickets (2012 Information)
Box office Info: (941) 954-4401 (800) 236-8908
Ticket prices range from $15.00/$29.00
Need A Place to Stay?
Contact Historic Gulf Beach Resort Motel on beautiful Lido Key
Visit us on the web @ gulfbeachsarasota.com
Great rates, comfortable accommodations, pleasant staff, including a private beach.
Book your stay now for the week of July Fourth, and get front row seats to the
Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Boat Races. While we do require a 3 night minimum stay during the period of July 3 through July 6, 2014 we welcome race fans.
Gulf Beach Sarasota offers direct beach access for race fans, and after the races you are just a short walk from Sarasota nightlife on St Armands Circle.
Book today for the best selection of rooms during this annual Sarasota racing event.
“My wife Betsy and I have enjoyed visiting Gulf Beach Resort for almost 15 years now. Our earliest visits in the late 1990’s provided a Great Winter Escape from the frigid winters of northern Ohio, where we then lived. To drive or fly from Lake Erie to the Gulf of Mexico in January or February was like exchanging planets–the contrast was that extreme. For us, being in Florida has always meant warm, moist and fragrant air you feel you can almost swim through, white cumulus clouds floating through limitlessly blue skies, and the complex energies of the waters of the Gulf exerting their forces at the sandy verge just beyond our doorway.
It also seems right to us to be staying at a place where we feel in control of our surroundings, which are on a very human scale; no elevators, no overly disinfected corporate chain hotel ambience, and small enough that other guests become our neighbors rather than fleetingly glimpsed anonymous ciphers.
Although we share most things when we’re there, naturally we also have our own quirky personal fields of activity. Betsy quickly returns to her ongoing obsession with gathering shells from the beach, reminding me somehow of a heron with her graceful and methodical probing (watch for her next time – you’ll see what I mean: tail up, beak down). As for me; I love swimming laps in the small pool, keeping track of the sets of five different strokes, and upping the number each day as I regain my strength (and probably my sanity). That, along with a bit of biking and jogging, comprises what I call my mini-Triathlon: all taken at a comfortably leisurely pace, of course.
Nowadays, having moved to London in the UK in 2006, our visits give us a much- needed break from the city, and a chance to dip our toes back into the American cultural world, a reminder of where we come from. We look forward to our next visit in July, when we’ll escape the hectic crowds of the 2012 London Olympics for the comfortable cocoon of Gulf Beach Resort, where we can enjoy it all on tv from a safe distance!
In so many ways, Gulf Beach will always be our beloved home away from home.”
Year 1982: I, a native Virginian, had been to and seen ocean resorts from Athens to Luzon. My son had just joined the faculty of the University of South Florida. My wife and I went to visit him there. Figuring it would be nice to have a beach condo in Florida for future visits, I got a real estate agent to show me the small, secluded ones. At this one, it was “laid back” in time. I saw that it’s most important occupants were a pair of herons which would visit any fellow citizen whenever a door was left open. They were treated as royalty because they ruled the place, where all occupants were “family.” If you were lucky at night time a mysteriously distant peacock would sing you to sleep.
Ah, 1953! It was a great year. Gen. Eisenhower was inaugurated as President, with Nixon as V.P. Postage stamps were 3 cents. No computers and e-mail. Some things, though, remain the same. The sign at G.B’s front hasn’t changed much since the hotel/motel was built in 1953, except for being “lit up.” The place is officially designated as “Historic” because it was one of the very few remaining properties built simply as a small beachfront hotel. Though of the past, G.B. is modern, with all the electronics, etc.
930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. A short walk down the street and you’re in government protected wildlife parkland reserved for native flora and fauna. Back to 930. There, the beautiful beach with its fine, white sand lights up at sunup. Sundown is glorious, directly across the water. The Lord made this place for you and me. God, may it last forever!
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