There are times like now, when the seasonal crowds have dissipated, that driving over the Ringling Bridge and through St. Armands Circle and Longboat Key becomes a joy again. A leisurely 24-hour getaway at Zota Beach Resort recently reminded me of that. This is the time of year when we locals regain our turf—and as summer approaches, I begin to plot weekend adventures and spots for an elegant breakfast, a sexy new cocktail or, perhaps, the ultimate grouper sandwich.
So this is my new monthly plan: drive up Longboat, try some yoga on the beach or take stroll before settling in for a delicious breakfast—all of which I did during my stay at Zota. Here's a peek at the menu.
The Greek flatbread is a creative dish offering fried eggs, wilted arugula, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, scallions and feta cheese. I never thought of eating flatbread at breakfast, but I will certainly try to recreate this the future.
Along with the standard griddle offerings there are waffles, a nice brioche French toast and a selection of eggs Benedicts. A "sunrise salad" is a healthy breakfast bowl packed with flavor—two poached eggs served over warm baby spinach, bright with seasoning, tri-colored quinoa, applewood smoked bacon, toasted almonds for texture and a red pepper vinaigrette. Get a Bloody Mary while you're at it.
You can rent one of the hotel's pool cabanas for the day, too; I recommend doing so, then ordering a fruit platter for your afternoon snack as you relax and remind yourself just how lucky we are to live and dine here.
Zota Beach Resort | 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-2451