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.
The Conference generally arranges for blocks of rooms (usually at rates ranging between $130 and $200 per night) at local hotels within walking distance of New College. Details for these will be available in fall 2017. You are of course free to make your own housing arrangements; guidebooks and online resources provide many alternatives to those booked through the conference. March is high season in Sarasota, however, and demand is very high, so early booking is always recommended.
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 the Sarasota area 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 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 also functions 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
If you are visiting with young children, the Ringling Museum has a great playground (and does not charge admission simply for admission 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.