We made the drive into Sarasota on Tuesday morning only to find out the mansion was closed because a Jennifer Lopez movie was being filmed there. We could have paid the hefty admission and still viewed the circus and art museums, but declined since all we really wanted to see was the mansion. Aargh aargh aargh. Click on the Ringling mansion link above and that will take you to a beautiful little video on YouTube.
Here's another link to the mansion online. I did snap a couple of photos at the entrance to the Visitor's Center on the way out the door!
Taking time away from the beach only to be turned away at the entrance was a major bummer, but at least we took the scenic route on the way through Longboat and Lido Keys and massaged our angst on the way back to the island with crabcakes and clam strips at our favorite dockside restaurant.