Step right up and unravel the mystery of how Sarasota evolved from a circus-town into a sophisticated cultural epicenter, now known as the heart of Florida's "Cultural Coast." The Hampton Inn hotel in Sarasota-I-75 Bee Ridge, located in the eastern business district, is the perfect place to start your "investigation" into this intriguing city. See where circus master John Ringling, among the first prominent residents in the early 1900s, erected an Italian palace named Ca d'Zan, or House of John. Explore his elaborate mansion on the bay, part of the Ringling Estates which also includes the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, only minutes from our hotel in Sarasota. Take in the Theater and Arts District in downtown Sarasota, featuring theaters from experimental to opera. Browse the art galleries along Main Street and Palm Avenue, as well as trendy restaurants befitting the area's stature. Our hotel in Sarasota also affords you easy access to endless beach fun, beach combing and nature trails at South Lido Park, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou. Be sure to ask the friendly team at our hotel in Sarasota for tips on all the local attractions.