Island House is located on beautiful Casey Key, a 7 mile barrier island nestled between Sarasota and Venice. Here you can enjoy a quiet, unspoiled tropical paradise, with its white sandy beaches. Spend your days lounging in the sun, strolling the beach for shells and sharks’ teeth, or visiting the many shops, galleries, and attractions that Venice and Sarasota have to offer. The end of the day brings picture perfect sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. You can walk to several waterfront restaurants with a great selection of local seafood. Golf, shopping, bike paths, grocery and produce markets, and many other restaurants are only a short distance away.
In 1960, a year after the Island House was built, Fred Kroner "Doc" closed his dentist practice for a couple of weeks at the urging of his friends to take a vacation in Florida. When he returned to Illinois, he told his friends and family, "I bought a motel". For over a decade after that, he hung a sign on his dental office door, "Gone to where the wild geese go" and traded Midwest winters for the warm tranquil shores of Casey Key on the Gulf of Mexico. Doc's daughter Carol and her husband Don Turner continued to oversee the Island House over the years with the help of wonderful resident managers. Still a family owned business with the mission of providing guests with an escape to a simple pristine island getaway, the Turner family is blessed to welcome back guests year after year. Many of our guests have returned for decades and enjoy multigenerational gatherings at their beach home - the Island House.