Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update March 14, 2020
Our thoughts are with you as we all work to navigate this challenging time. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to make headlines, WannaB Inn understands that travel plans may change based on personal, business and/or government restrictions.  Everyone’s health and safety are our first concern. We urge everyone to stay informed (the Centers for Disease Control regularly updates their site) and to take the recommended precautions.
If you have questions or concerns about an upcoming reservation, please call 941-474-3431.

Please stay safe and healthy.

March 31, 2020

To our valued Guests:

As you are all aware, we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, which is causing everyone – business and individuals to completely alter every day activities and lifestyles.

While we sincerely wish that we could continue ‘business as usual’, we cannot. 

At this moment, the health and safety of our staff and guests is our most paramount concern. As responsible corporate citizens, we are temporarily closing the wannaB inn effective April 8, 2020 to do our part to flatten the growth rate of the COVID-19 virus . We are planning to resume operations on May 21 and are contacting all guests that have been impacted by this temporary shut down. 

As our dedicated guests, you all returned after Irma and Red Tide, and we trust you will do the same once we get through this difficult time. This dire situation came with no warning, and we understand that it is not your fault, nor is it ours. We will make a sincere effort to communicate information about the resort, as we continue to navigate this situation that is beyond our control.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 941 474 3431, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Be safe, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.


Your wannaB inn Team

Top 3 Things to do Outdoors on Manasota Key

Manasota Key offers a plethora of outdoor activities for those who are looking to stay busy during their visit. The nature in the area is stunning, and the variety of things to do are endless. Here are our Top Three Things to do Outdoors on Manasota Key.

3. Bird Watching

Birding is one of the best kept secrets of Manasota Key, and the wannaB inn is a perfect spot to get access to the multitude of species that call this area home. This birding hotspot provides access to many bird species, which means regardless of your experience level, you’ll be able to spot something new, or even a personal favorite.

Bird List

Bird watching enthusiasts should be on the look out for:

  • Bald Eagles
  • Egrets
  • Herons
  • Northern Gannett
  • Plovers
  • Sanderlings
  • Willets
  • And much more!


Regardless of whether you’re new to birding or an experienced pro, the local Audubon Societies are a valuable resource when bird watching in the area. There are three local Audubon Societies within reasonable distance from the wannaB inn including:

2.  Stand Up Paddleboarding

Standup Paddleboarding or SUP has easily become the favorite activity of our many guests. The ability to take advantage of Lemon Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the intracoastals has people grabbing their paddleboard to enjoy the flat water or surf options.

Paddleboard Rentals

If you don’t own a SUP or just want to give the sport a try, there are a variety of service providers in the area.

1.  Fishing

Fishing is a time-honored tradition at the wannaB inn as guests have been enjoying the waters of Lemon Bay and the Gulf of Mexico that surround us for decades. If you love fishing as much as we do, then you will love your time with us.

Manasota Key Fishing

The fishing on Manasota Key is varied and plentiful, and having access to both the Gulf of Mexico, Lemon Bay, and the intracoastal waterways provides our guests with endless options.

Inshore Fishing

Florida is famous for many different types of fish and the inshore fishing options on Manasota Key provides access an incredible selection. Whether you’re enjoying fishing Lemon Bay or casting from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico you should be on the lookout for:

  • Flounder
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Black Drum

Offshore or Deep Sea Fishing

If you’re looking to get out on the water for your fishing endeavours, you’re in for a great experience. The wannaB inn offers boat slip rentals right at the property complete with trailer parking and boat ramp. If you’re not bringing your own boat, fishing boats can be rented from a few nearby businesses:

Once you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for our favourites: Grouper, Amberjack, Sailfish, and Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi).

Taking a Fishing Charter

If you want to take your Manasota Key fishing experience to a new level, we recommend taking advantage of a fishing charter. Being out on the water battling behemoths like the Cobia, King Mackerel, Black Fin Tuna, or even Sharks is an event you’ll never forget. There are many great charters available such as:

If you’re looking for more information on outdoor activities to do during your stay with us, please contact us at 941 474 3431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As always, current with all of our updates on social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

May 6, 2020

To our valued Guests,

Approximately one month ago, we made the difficult decision to temporarily close the wannaB inn in order to do our part to flatten the growth rate of the COVID-19 virus.  Over that time, the virus has continued to impact our daily lives and forced us to adjust our activities and lifestyles on an almost daily basis. 

Over the past month, our team has continued to monitor our situation with the health and safety of our staff and guests as our primary focus.  As a result, we have made the difficult decision to extend our temporary closure.  At this time, the wannaB inn is planning to resume operations on June 4, and we are contacting all those guests that will be impacted by this extension.

We understand that this will be upsetting news for some, but trust that this decision was not made in haste.  As our dedicated guests, you have become family to us, and it is our goal to welcome you all back again when it is deemed safe to do so.  We will continue to provide updates about the resort as we adjust to the ongoing impact of this virus.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 941 474 3431, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be safe, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.


Your wannaB inn Team

Sarasota Winter Carnival and Bazaar

Like every other year, there’s a lot of talk of New Year’s resolutions as we move from 2018 to 2019, and whether you’re planning to get some more exercise in, or spend less time with technology, we want to make sure that some things don’t get lost in the fold. It’s easy to forget to take time for yourself and your family in the shuffle of January, with many people returning to work and kids heading back to school, so we wanted to highlight one event that’s going to have all the fun you’ll need this January, the Sarasota Winter Carnival and Bazaar!

Where and When

As the name of the carnival would imply, it takes place in Sarasota. Specifically, at the Mall at University Town Center (140 University Town Center Dr.) which is under an hour away from the wannaB. If you happen to be staying with us over the weekend of January 19th, you’re in luck. Not only will the carnival and bazaar be a great time, but the Mall at UTC is a world class shopping center with over 150 stores and restaurants. If you decide to take a break from the carnival, you and the family can grab a bite to eat, or maybe treat yourself with a little retail therapy, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. The carnival will be on from Friday, January 18th to the 21st at 9:00pm.

Event Details

The Sarasota Winter Carnival and Bazaar will be held in the spacious parking lot 3 at the Mall at UTC. Things kick off on the evening of January 18th at 6:00p.m. and will run until 10:00p.m. The fun lasts all day long on Saturday as the carnival runs from 11:00a.m. to 10:00p.m. and Sunday and Monday the carnival runs from 11:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. The carnival will run all weekend long with games and rides for the whole family to enjoy. The bazaar will be open on Saturday and Sunday and will feature over 50 local artisans and vendors, beer sampling and street food. There will also be a Little Miss and Mr. Winter Pageant, a chili cook-off, and a beard contest, so there’s truly something for everybody to enjoy.

The Sarasota Winter Carnival and Bazaar is going to be a great way to bring a little excitement into your January, so we recommend checking it out if you’re staying with us over the weekend of the 19th. Those interested in signing up to compete in the chili cookoff, beard contest or winter pageant can do so right HERE. For everything else related to events at or around the wannaB, stay tuned to, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.