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The Edge Tour Travel Guide

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Suppose you’re planning a trip to Sarasota to tour The Edge luxury condominium residences at the heart of downtown Sarasota. In that case, we’d like to offer some recommendations to help with your travel plans.

First, everything we’re listing here requires a fairly minimal carbon footprint. Getting to your luxury hotel is a breeze, and visiting Sarasota’s world-famous area attractions, dining out in some of the city’s finest establishments, and waterside recreational pursuits mentioned in this blog post are all within walking distance of The Edge.

Getting here.

If you’re flying in from out-of-town, out-of-state or an international destination, you’ll want to make reservations to land at SRQ, which stands for Sarasota Bradenton International.

SRQ International Airport is only 3.9 miles away from The Edge and reachable in just nine minutes by car. SRQ’s air carriers offer non-stop flights from many major cities, including Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit, and Houston.

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The most comfortable way to get from the airport to your hotel is via on-demand, eco-friendly sedans, luxury sedans, and SUVs available just outside the baggage claim area on the terminal’s west end. SRQ’s select on-demand transportation is provided by ALD Limo and is available for all arriving flights. A uniformed starter will connect you with a luxury vehicle of your choice, provide a fixed rate based on your destination location, load your luggage, and get you downtown in style. Download the ALD Limo free mobile app to find guaranteed rates. You may contact ALD Limo Premium Limousine Service at 855-799-LIMO or via ALD Limo.

Various hotels and resorts in the Sarasota Bradenton area offer ground transportation to and from SRQ. The airport recommends contacting your hotel or resort to verify transportation information before arrival.

There are also lots of taxis available, but you must call ahead and arrange for pick-up in the second lane of the Ground Transportation queuing area. The service of your choice must possess a current annual Ground Transportation Permit. You can also easily ride-share with Uber or Lyft using your app. Of course, renting a car is always a viable option as well.

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Staying here.

There are many excellent choices for staying in downtown Sarasota, but we’ve picked three of the finest to share.

The Sarasota Modern is .3 miles from The Edge, which you can reach on foot in seven minutes. Downtown Sarasota is both an exciting urban destination and an elegant coastal retreat, and The Ritz-Carlton bridges these two worlds beautifully. You’ll enjoy exclusive access to The Beach Club on Lido Key, an on-site spa, championship golf, and spacious suites and guest rooms. The marina-side Jack Dusty restaurant offers fresh seafood and artful libations, while the Golf Club Grille features seasonal cuisine and golf course views.

The Sarasota Modern is a four-star Tribute Portfolio hotel close to Marina Jack and St. Armands Circle, the beaches, and all the downtown and Sarasota Bay waterfront offers. Its 89 guestrooms feature refrigerators, pillow top mattresses, and Egyptian cotton sheets. There are three swimming pools on-site as well as a 24-hour fitness center. There is a restaurant and two bars on site. It is a five-minute walk from The Edge.

Located .1 miles away from The Edge is the Art Ovation Hotel from Marriott’s Autograph Collection. This hotel offers chic rooms & suites in a trendy art district. This hotel also features a rooftop pool & bar, plus city views & dining.

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Playing here.

Some of Sarasota’s most applauded arts and culture destinations are within a five-minute walk from the Edge. Alex Uptown, AlexArt Gallery, Goldstein Cabaret, and the Florida Studio Theatre are all within a ten-minute walk. A leisurely two-block stroll away is Creaturo Gallery, while the Urbanite Theatre is the same distance away to the east, and the Sarasota Opera House is less than five minutes away to the south.

Sarasota’s famed Bayfront Park and Marina and Unconditional Surrender statue are just around the corner near Sarasota’s Bayfront. The Edge is also at the heart of Sarasota’s world-class downtown shopping district, which features the Farmer’s Market, Soft Square Modern Furniture, T. Georgiano’s Boutique, Pecky Interiors, Bluemercury Makeup, Evelyn & Arthur, Lotus Boutique, Grainer’s Fine Men’s Clothing, and more.

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Dining here.

Sarasota recently made a highly prized listing in Conde´ Nast Traveler as one of the Bests Food Cities in the U.S. On this list, they joined 14 other top food destinations in America, alongside culinary heavy hitters in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Boston.

Sage brings worldly cuisine and inspired cocktails to downtown Sarasota and is just a three-minute walk from The Edge. Sage’s Chef, Christopher Covelli, has received eight acknowledgments from the James Beard Foundation. A native New Yorker, Chef Covelli is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and was groomed by world-renowned chefs including Andre Soltner, Jacques Pepin, and Alain Saihac. He’s hosted seven James Beard dinners in New York, and his career spans seven different countries. His culinary specialties span Classic French, Italian, Spanish, and American haute cuisine. As his menu changes, Covelli said he sees food trends change weekly. Reservations can be made online through OpenTable.

For years, Indigenous has been known as one of America’s top restaurants, renowned for its passion for food, the community, and the planet. Opened in 2011, Indigenous has earned a reputation for being an inspirational and educational restaurant. The Indigenous menu of seasonal American cuisine changes progressively throughout the year based on peak ingredient availability. They focus on sustainable seafood and work closely with local fishermen, artisans, and farmers to maintain the highest quality. It’s just one mile from The Edge.

Element is a modern, elegant dining experience that’s a five-minute walk from The Edge. Voted Sarasota’s Best Steakhouse 2020, Sarasota’s Most Romantic Restaurant, Sarasota’s Best Mediterranean Restaurant, and Sarasota’s Best New Restaurant for two years in a row, Element features pasture-raised, hand-cut steaks seared to perfection, local seafood, and house-made pasta and elegantly hand-crafted sauces. They also offer an extensive wine list, cocktail bar, and indoor and alfresco dining. Reservations for Element can be made online through OpenTable.

See what else is going on while you’re here.

Visit Sarasota has a calendar full of events and festivals happening throughout the year. From the Suncoast Summer Fest to International Dragon Boat Federal Club Crew World Championships to the Sarasota Chalk Festival, the city is alive with fun things to see and do.

By now, you probably think you might need to extend your stay. Better yet, imagine living here. Click here to view The Edge’s interactive location map. To learn more, visit www.TheEdgeSarasota.com or call 941-269-1444 to

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