Amid the new construction and tropical vibes of Sarasota lies a neighborhood unlike any others found here. Instead of Island-inspired pastels or stark modernity, brick and patina exude an Old World charm. The historic Burns Court community, spanning only a few blocks, fills a much-needed niche, one that brings visitors to a time and place where charm, pride, and friendliness surpass mass production or speed. Small and old, with a bit of spunk, it’s the Sophia Petrillo of neighborhoods. – Liz Sandburg, Visit Sarasota.
Burns Square Historic Vacation Rentals is the perfect place to stay if you want to soak up the charm and history of Burn’s Court, and be within easy walking distance of dozens of great independent stores and restaurants. Our little neighborhood is positively bursting with life. The following are some of our favorite spots that are within walking distance of the property. We encourage you to expand and explore all of what Sarasota has to offer though!
Not a fan of walking? There are plenty of car rentals available in SarTaxis and ride-sharing apps are easily hail-able. You could also consider a bike rental.
Food & Drink
Each of our units come equipped with a coffee maker and tea/coffee. They also all have a fridge and most have a kitchen, allowing you to make your own meals. However, if you’d prefer to head out for your caffeine-fix, we have these great spots less than 2 minutes (walking) from us.
This is a lovely little café located directly across the street from us on Pineapple Avenue. They have great coffee, scones, and light bites. They are also 100% vegan.
Dairy-lovers, don’t let that scare you off! Their food and drink is truly delicious.
This is a great little spot that is so much more than a café! They have great food, lovely shaded outdoor seating, and turn into a wine bar at night, often with live music. They are just a quick 2 minute walk away, on Pineapple Avenue towards downtown.
This is a great place for lunch or a light bite. Locals love their sandwiches and frittatas. Head up Pineapple Avenue (away from downtown) and find Fresh Start on your right after approximately 2 blocks.
With our central location, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants! There are dozens of great spots to eat, all within a 15 minute walk of the building. Because there are so many, we’ve only shared the spots that are less than a 2-minute walk from us. If you want to go further afield, make sure to check out this handy directory that includes all downtown restaurants.
This gem is located at the front of our building! Enjoy their great salads, pasta dishes and pizza along with their wine and beer selection. Savor the Florida breeze in their shaded, outdoor seating.
This popular Italian-Portuguese restaurant is located just 1 minute from our building, on Pineapple Avenue. They have a cool, covered outdoor seating area, and beautifully decorated indoor dining areas. They often have music at night. To find them, simply cross Pineapple Avenue and head to your right.
This spot is a firm favorite among the locals. They offer fresh seafood, freshly caught fish and oysters in a southern fish camp atmosphere. They also have a full bar and oyster bar. Find them by crossing Pineapple Avenue, heading down Selby Lane, and taking the first right onto Burn’s Court - a 2 minute walk.
This locally owned, family-friendly fast casual bar-b-q joint is great for a quick bite! Let the delicious smell guide you 4 block down Pineapple avenue (towards downtown.) You’ll find Nancy’s on your right, just as you get to the roundabout.
Our neighborhood is peaceful and quiet at night. However, if you are looking for bars and nightlife you’re in luck! We are just a 10 minute walk from downtown and all the bars and dancing it has to offer. To get downtown, simple exit the building and head North (Turn right if you are exiting onto Pineapple Avenue, and left if you are exiting onto Orange Avenue). Walk for about 10 minutes and you’ll be in the thick of it! Some favorite local spots are…
This 2-story bar/club/live music venue is located in a historic brick building downtown. It’s open until 2am, 7 nights a week. To find it, simply exit the building on Pineapple Avenue, and turn right. Walk down past the first roundabout, and take a right at the second roundabout. The Gator Club will be at the end of the block, on your right - about a 10 minute walk.
This is a great spot for food, live music, and dancing. To find it, simply exit the building on Pineapple Avenue, and turn right. Walk down past the first roundabout, and take a right at the second roundabout. Then take the first left onto N. Lemon Avenue - about a 12 minute walk.
This is a rustic pub with an outdoor patio offering a relaxed setting for beer, whiskey & live entertainment. Great for smokers. To find it, simply exit the building on Pineapple Avenue, and turn right. Walk down past the first roundabout, and take a right at the second roundabout. You’ll find Smokin’ Joes about halfway up the block, on your right. - about a 10 minute walk.
This is a popular hangout at all times of the day, but at night it livens up and often has music and dancing. Find it by exiting the building on Pineapple Avenue, and turning right. Take a left at the first roundabout, onto Ringling Blvd, then take the first right onto S. Palm Avenue. Continue on S. Palm Avenue for 4 blocks - about a 10 minute walk.
This is a popular, breezy outpost offering casual food & drinks in an open-air, tropical-themed setting on the beach. To get to it, exit the building onto Pineapple Avenue and turn right. Take a left at the first roundabout, onto Ringling Blvd, and keep on walking until you get to the water. O’Leary’s is located just inside Bayfront park, on the left - about a 10 minute walk.
Things to do
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a lush 15-acre botanical garden located on Sarasota Bay. To get there, exit the building on Pineapple Avenue and turn left. Continue until you get the Mound Street. Take a right. You’ll see the botanical gardens come up on the other side of the street. - About an 8 minute walk.
This is a beautiful waterfront park with a promenade, playground, tiki bar & dramatic views of the bay & city. To get there, exit the building onto Pineapple Avenue and turn right. Take a left at the first roundabout, onto Ringling Blvd, and keep on walking until you get to the water. - about a 10 minute walk.
This sweat lodge is located on the ground floor of the building and offers detoxifying wraps using far-infrared light. You’ll sweat on a comfortable bed in a private room, with headphones so you can listen to your favorite tunes, and a TV so you can watch your favorite shows!
This salon is located in our building, on Pineapple Avenue. They specialize in vibrant color, natural hair color, hair extensions, balayage and highlights, but also do great cuts and styles.
This salon is also located in the building and specializes in wedding up-do's, hair extensions, relaxer, color, cut and style. Each stylist has more than 15 years of industry experience.
This popular local spa wins Sarasota Magazine’s “Best Spa” award every year. They offer a wide variety of services from mani-pedis, to facials, hair-removal, massage and more. They’re located directly across from the building, on Pineapple Avenue.
This yoga studio is located two doors down from us on Pineapple Avenue. The studio’s mission is to offer a healing space for Wellness, Community, and Spirituality for every body. They offer a wide variety of daily yoga and cycling classes.
This upscale salon offers a luxurious open floor space with high ceilings and delicate chandeliers. They strive to uphold the highest social responsibilities as a proud Green Circle Salon. Find them by exiting the building onto Pineapple Avenue and turning left. They are just a few doors down, on the opposite side of the street.
This gorgeous independent theatre is a firm local favorite. They offer first-run foreign, independent & art films along with beer, wine & popcorn. To find it, cross Pineapple Avenue and down Selby Lane. Take the first right onto Burn’s Court and look out for a pink building on your left - a 2 minute walk.
Sarasota Opera produces opera true to the vision of the composer. They are located just a 10-minute walk from the building. Simply exit the building onto Pineapple Avenue and turn right. Follow Pineapple avenue through 2 roundabouts. You’ll find the Opera House on your left, soon after the second roundabout.
It’s a professional theatre that produces contemporary plays. To find it, exit the building onto Pineapple Avenue and turn right. At the roundabout, take a left onto Ringling Blvd, and then take the first right onto S. Palm Avenue. Continue on S. Palm Avenue until you come across another roundabout. The theatre will be on the corner, on your right - about a 13 minute walk.
This theatre is a similar distance from the building, and produces edgy, daring productions in a black-box setting. To find it, exit the building onto Pineapple Avenue and turn right. Follow the road through the first roundabout. At the next, take the second exit onto Central Avenue, then take the second right onto 2nd St. The theatre will be near the end of the block, on your left - about a 13 minute walk.
This is a casual theatre featuring local and touring stand-up comedians. They serve bar bites & drinks and are always good for a giggle! To find them, head out of the building onto S. Orange Avenue and turn left. At the first roundabout, take a right onto Ringling Blvd. You’ll find the theatre less than half a mile up on your left - about a 13 minute walk.
Downtown Sarasota is bursting with independent stores, where you are sure to find something unique! As there are so many great stores within walking distance, we’ve listed below what’s available within 2 minutes (walking) of our building. If you want to go further afield, check out this great directory of downtown Sarasota stores.
The Exchange is a consignment store like no other. You could easily spend an entire afternoon within its walls, looking through furniture, books, clothing, and home goods. Established in 1962, the Exchange is a nonprofit organization, with a central purpose: To support and enrich a variety of programs for local cultural organizations affiliated with the arts. Find them in the pink building across the street from us on Orange Avenue.
This is a higher-end, modern clothing shop with women's colorful casual & formal apparel, accessories & an adjacent spa. They’re located directly across from the building, on Pineapple Avenue.
This local clothing store sells on-trend fashion and one-of-kind finds from 10am-6pm, Monday through Saturday. To find it, exit the building on Pineapple Avenue, cross the street, and head to your left. The store is two doors down, on your right (next to L-Boutique).
This local store specializes in a wide variety of furniture, antiques, fine art, lighting, sculptures, and collectibles. You’ll find them across the street from us, on Pineapple Avenue.