Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch Neighborhood Guide


Keep your good thing going in Sarasota.: Photo Credit: Imgorthand/iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

Staying at the EVEN Hotel Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch can help keep you on track with your health and wellness goals as you enjoy the nearby beaches, historic sites and charming downtown area.

The EVEN Hotel Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch caters to fitness-oriented guests with an onsite Fitness Center, heated pool and whirlpool, and exercise equipment in each room. You can get every day off to a great start with fresh squeezed orange juice and healthy breakfast favorites at the Cork & Kale Market and Bar.

Here are some other healthy activities and restaurants to partake in around Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch:

Great Gyms

If you want to squeeze in a quick workout between adventures around the beaches, head to 20 Minutes to Fitness for a free introductory session. The gym features special equipment that targets several muscle groups at once to cut down your workout time.

Challenge yourself to a full body circuit routine or just hit the cardio machines for a sweat session at LA Fitness. The club features an indoor pool, sauna, indoor cycling center and a juice bar where you can order smoothies and healthy snacks.

Must-Try Classes

If you’ve always been curious about the benefits of the barre, make your way to barre3 Lakewood Ranch for classes that combine ballet, pilates and yoga. You can also plan ahead and book your class online.

Power up your fitness routine with a high-energy workout at Title Boxing Club. Sign up for a kickboxing class to get into your groove or join an MMA class to work on your fighter skills. The gym offers several different classes throughout the day so you can find one that matches your skill level.

Get a healthy groove on at Fly Dance Fitness, a studio offering classes choreographed to everything from hip-hop to contemporary country music. You can pick up some new dance moves here from experienced instructors while scorching calories.

Healthy Eats

Stay on track with your healthy eating goals with a lunch or dinner bowl at Florida-based mini-chain Fresh Kitchen. You can customize your bowl with a variety of grilled meats, roasted vegetables and sauces made in house.

For authentic Asian flavors, head to Thai Spice and Sushi. The Bangkok-born owner has built a menu around traditional salads, curries and noodle dishes, accented by daily fresh fish specials and vegan and vegetarian offerings. Don’t miss the homemade coconut cake for dessert.

You can create your own mixed grill of meat, fish or a combo at Apollonia Mediterranean Grill. This casual eatery also serves local seafood and traditional Greek dishes, including gyro, spanokopita and a variety of hummus and other meze.

Amazing Trails

At the lakeside Conservatory Park, you can stroll out on the pier or burn some calories with a run on the trail. Afterwards, take a break from the sun at one of several pavilions or try out the fishing from the pier.

You may glimpse some local wildlife as you hit the running trail or go road biking around the 110-acre Heron’s Nest Nature Park. This spot includes a 0.9-mile loop trail that’s used for birding, walking and trail running, as well as two lakes — Heron Lake and Summerfield Lake.

At Lakewood Ranch Adventure Park, you will find several dog parks, miles of walking and running trails and an inline skating track.

 

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a Florida-based freelance travel and lifestyle writer. When she's not busy writing, she enjoys practicing yoga, painting and going on road trips.