Local Information

The conference is held on the campus of the New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (code SRQ) and about 4 miles north of downtown Sarasota. 

Conference Hotels

For 2016, we have arranged blocks of rooms at two of our usual hotels, the Marriott and the Holiday Inn. Both have pools and free wifi. Rates are valid until 7 February 2018, but due to high demand (March is high season in Sarasota) we encourage all attendees to make their hotel arrangements as early as possible. You are of course free to make your own housing arrangements; guidebooks and online resources provide many alternatives to those booked through the conference.


1) The Marriott Courtyard (850 University Parkway), at $179/night. The Marriott is within walking distance of the Sarasota Airport and the Sudakoff Center, but also runs a local shuttle. Click here to book online.


2) The Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport (8009 15th Street East), at $189/night. The Holiday Inn is 2.5 miles from the Sudakoff Center (around the other side of the Sarasota Airport, so generally not within walking distance), but runs a local shuttle to the airport and/or New College. The hotel also has an internal restaurant. Click here to book online. (You can also call the hotel directly at 941-355-9000, and ask for the rate for the New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies.)


Getting To & From Sarasota

Sarasota-Bradenton airport is within walking distance both of New College and numerous neighborhood hotels, many of which also offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Flights are also available into Tampa International Airport (TPA); however, Sarasota is an hour's drive from Tampa, so if you are flying into Tampa we recommend that you plan on renting a car as public transport connections are poor. Alternatively, van service from Tampa Airport to Sarasota Airport is available from SuperShuttle at a cost of $65 per person one way; another option is a car service such as Five Star Airport Service (approximately $85 one way, for up to 4 people).

Getting Around

Getting around Sarasota is easiest with a car; reasonably-priced rentals are available at both Sarasota and Tampa airports. For those without a car, route 2 and route 99 of the Sarasota County Area Transit run directly between New College and downtown Sarasota for a one-way fare of $1.25 (but please note that the last bus from downtown back to New College departs at 9 pm). For taxis, try Yellow Cab of Sarasota (941-955-3341) or DownTown Taxi Service (941-536-7855); Uber and Lyft also function fairly well in Sarasota.

While You're Here

Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F/25C and a low of 57F/14C. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, next door to New College, offers tours arranged for conference participants. A few further local attractions are listed below; as above, guidebooks and online resources will quickly supplement this list.


The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
De Soto National Memorial
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The Asolo Theatre
The Sarasota Ballet
The Sarasota Opera (see note below)
The Sarasota Orchestra


Major League Baseball Spring Training:
the Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) and Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) are local, while the Devil Rays, Yankees, and Red Sox are all within an hour's drive.


If you are visiting with young children, the Ringling Museum has a great playground (and does not charge admission simply for access to the grounds). We also recommend the classic Jungle Gardens and Smuggler's Cove Mini-Golf (both right in the neighborhood of the College). With older kids (or none at all), you might also enjoy kayaking the mangrove tunnels of South Lido Key—several local companies offer equipment and/or guided tours out of Ted Sperling Park.