Burns Court heats up! Where to go and what to see

Photo credit: Cassie Manz
Photo credit: Cassie Manz

The Burns Court Historic District is directly south of Downtown Sarasota and stretches for about seven blocks. The area is known for its residential history; it contains 15 Mediterranean Revival style bungalows built from 1924 to 1925 by well-known developer Owen Burns and architect Thomas Reed Martin. Today the district is made up of not only the historical homes but also small boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and more. There is much to do, eat and see!

Where to Go in Burns Court:

Stop by Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, one of the first restaurants you’ll see when entering the Burns Court District. The small local restaurant is well-known for its homemade barbecue served to guests mess hall style. It’s fast, affordable, and delicious! Guests enjoy outdoor seating and try their homemade barbecue sauce, sweet or chipotle.

Venture down a block to Burns Court Cafe and take advantage of your 10 percent student discount. The cafe is home to live jazz at night and a tucked-away wine bar in the back. It is classy but casual. Guests can bring a book, sit outside and try the gelato.

If you are in a treat-yourself mood visit the Starflower Organic Spathecary. This local spa offers facials and massages as well as a homemade organic skin care line. If you don’t want to splurge on the products or offers, don’t worry – there is a sample bar!

Looking for a break from all this walking? Catch a movie at Burns Court Cinemas, a small, indie theater. It is cute and charming and usually has good movies. Cry during a tearjerker next to a person who looks like your grandmother and realize that movies bond people of all ages together.

After this emotional moment wind down at Owen’s Fish Camp. What used to be an old cottage has been made into a charming restaurant that has all the feelings and looks of Old Florida. Take a step back in time, enjoy the live music and try the oysters.

If you have time pop into the Sarasota Trading Company, an antique store, across the street from Owen’s Fish Camp. It is pricey but fun to look around in. The assistants are usually nice even though they know you’re not going to buy anything.

Center yourself after a busy day at the Pineapple Yoga Studio. It has a discounted $16 price for drop-ins for students and if you bring two friends to a class you get a week of yoga classes free! The studio also sells locally-made kombucha and other fermented foods, as well as eco-friendly yoga mats and accessories. Check out their class schedule on the Facebook page.

Information for this article was gathered from sarasotahistoryalive.com.

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