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Travel Experience Curated by the Martin House

Explore some of Florida’s most significant architectural heritage with us.

Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 26

Martin House is heading to St. Petersburg, Florida for a winter break! We will stay at the historic downtown Courtyard Marriott, which is located within walking distance to many city attractions. The group will visit Lakeland’s Florida Southern College – home to the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. We will also tour a selection of private homes in Winter Haven designed by the renowned architect Gene Leedy, the founding director of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

Also part of this special experience, we will experience the Frank Lloyd Wright collection during a private tour at the new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as a tour of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Participants will tour a series of mid-century homes in Sarasota including the Umbrella House and the Healy Guest House (also known as the Cocoon House), both designed by the acclaimed modernist architect Paul Rudolph. A highlight of our dining experience will be dinner at Florida’s oldest restaurant, The Columbia, complete with a flamenco demonstration.

Here is a round up of the daily activities:

Thursday, February 23: Downtown St. Petersburg

Group will meet mid-day at the Courtyard Marriott and walk together to the Parkshore Grill for lunch. Group will enjoy a private tour of the new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, and have plenty of time to explore the museum on their own. Dinner and evening will be on your own to enjoy the cultural heart of downtown St. Petersburg. The Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts are open late to visitors and there are numerous restaurants where you can enjoy dinner. Stroll along the St. Pete Pier and take in the sights.

Friday, February 24: Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Ybor City

We will travel to Winter Haven to see structures designed by Gene Leedy, architect and founder of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Get a tour of his personal home, as well as get a look at other homes and buildings that he designed in this small winter getaway.

We will dine at a local spot for lunch, before heading off to Florida Southern College, site of the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the world. Group will get an in-depth tour and learn Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for the American college campus.

Dinner will be at the famous Columbia Restaurant, founded in 1905. We will be treated to an array of Spanish and Cuban food and enjoy a presentation of Flamenco dancing.

Saturday, February 25: Sarasota

We will start our day touring beautiful mid-century modern homes designed by architect Paul Rudolph, including the Umbrella House and the Healy Guest House. Tours will be led by Architecture Sarasota. Enjoy lunch at 1592, a Sarasota staple known for their wood fired pizzas. Spend the afternoon at the Ringling Museum of Art, enjoying a private tour of the collection and having time on your own to explore the grounds. The day will end off with our final group dinner.

Cost includes hotel, motor coach travel for the duration of the trip, all tours and museum entrance, lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and dinner on Friday and Saturday. A more detailed itinerary to follow.

Double occupancy, per person: $1,775 / $1,725 member rate

Single occupancy, per person: $2,300 / $2,250 member rate

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Please Review the Terms and Conditions

Payment: $500 deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve your spot.

Reservations and full payment are due by December 20, or when trip sells out.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellations must be made directly to Gina Miano at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House by emailing gmiano@martinhouse.org or calling 716.856.3858 x206. All cancellations are subject to a minimum fee of $50.

  • Refund Policy
    • 60 to 90 days prior to departure: you will receive a refund of 75% of total trip cost
    • 60 days or less: 100% non-refundable

Please note that the Martin House reserves the right to cancel the trip to St. Petersburg, Florida by the reservation date of December 20 if we do not meet the minimum registration number.

Medical Considerations:

This tour involves significant walking and requires participants to be in good physical condition. You must be able to walk, without assistance, a minimum of one mile over uneven terrain and climb stairs that may not have handrails.

Limits on Responsibilities:

All services and arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services related to the tour have been made by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House (MH) only as a representative of the participant. Therefore, the MH should not be held liable for any damages, expenses, or other financial losses to a person or property arising out of injury, cancellation, delay, or alteration from any act of negligence by the hotel, bus, restaurant, or company rendering services during the tour. The MH reserves the right to pass on to any participants expenditures, additional expenses, or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver that will agree to waive, release, and hold harmless the MH, the owners, operators, members, officers, directors, trustees, agents, successors and assigns, from any and all claims, injuries, causes of action, demands, costs, liability, and/or harm of any kind acquired against each of them as a result of your participation in this event. This release shall not be effective if the claim or injury is the result of the sole negligence of the named entity. Should actual enrollments significantly fall below the minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added.

If you plan to join us, please download the liability waiver, sign, and return to the Martin House.

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