Downtown Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota can be anything you want it to be. It’s the tree-shaded esplanade of Main Street—filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, and gourmet food stores. It’s the boutiques, salons and art galleries of Palm Avenue. It’s the antique stores and darkened art cinemas at Burns Court, or the quaint and friendly artists’ colony at Towles Court. It’s a morning’s jog along the bayfront, lunch beneath the banyans at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and afternoon high tea sipped in grand style at the Ritz-Carlton. It’s a daylong fishing charter that glides from its bayside slip; or a sunny morning stroll amid fresh produce and other open-air delights at each Saturday’s Farmers’ Market.