I'll be the first to admit I didn't know much about Sarasota before heading to Susan and Jerry's bungalow, but I left feeling like a regular! It is the perfect location from which to explore and learn about the city ("large town" would be a more appropriate designation, actually). It's steps to downtown, offering endless opportunity to absorb the real Sarasota, the colorful characters and even more colorful houses that line the fruit-named streets and an easy drive to the beach for those white sand beaches and stunning sunsets.
The house was super clean; you can tell there's a lot of love put into all the details - particularly the kitchen. Hosts were super attentive - when the sound inexplicably cut out on the tv, the owner had it fixed immediately (something with the Netflix app).
Sarasota has good eats and fun nightlife, but often we were content to just kick our feet up and relax at the house. That's the whole point, isn't it???
Get me back down there!
We stayed here because we wanted a quiet location within easy walking distance of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Marina complex and Sarasota center with its many shops and restaurants. Boy did we luck out. What an elegant, well appointed, fresh and clean bungalow. It has recently been renovated with an obvious eye for detail and with respect to its origins. Four of us spent a week there in January and were very happy to find that for once the photographs did not exaggerate how nice the place truly was. We gave our friends the master bedroom with the en-suite bathroom, an indication of how much we truly love them. However, the second bedroom and bathroom were almost as nice, so we did not complain. The kitchen was large and well equipped and allowed us to cook on a number of the evenings that we were there. We thought we would be going out to eat every evening, but the layout and pleasantness of the bungalow made us spend much more time there than we had planned; after going down to the Siesta Key beach to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine in hand, we would return to cook dinner as an almost nightly ritual. On a few of the evenings we walked the single block to the Burns Court area and ate in the restaurants there. The Selby Gardens are two blocks away where we spent a whole day, ending with a visit to the Costa Rica Rainforest Mask exhibit which happens annually and is not to be missed. All in all this was such a great place to stay in Sarasota with so much within easy walking distance. Using our car we ventured further afield and went birding with very knowledgeable local expert (who was recommended to us by the owners), visited the Myakka State Park, spent a full day at the Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Circus Museum and the Ca’ d’Zan mansion, and finally we got to go to the theater, all within a single week.
This is an amazing rehab of a real "Florida" bungalow. You actually can feel the history seeping out of the walls. It's like Florida in the twenties, but with all the modern amenities you could ask for. Top notch workmanship and design, a pleasure to be there. Nice walk to downtown and the bay front, who needs a car to get breakfast! Just wonderful.