Edible Living

Lido Key

By Abby Weingarten & Elissa Altman / Photography By Chad Spencer | October 07, 2015
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St Armands Circle Lido Key
St Armands Circle Lido Key

Lido Key


A pristine white beach unmatched in its beauty; bucolic kayaking and deep sea fishing on crystalline waters; dolphin and manatee watching; an eco-friendly lifestyle that marries quiet to an energetic, intellectual and artistic community; easy access to two of the top farmers’ markets on the Gulf of Mexico (including the critically acclaimed Sarasota Farmers’ Market) and proximity to more than 25 local farms and growers producing everything from honey to grass-fed beef; unparalleled shopping and gourmet dining; magnificently varied real estate running the gamut from architect-designed LEED masterpieces to sweet, simple cottages.

If you think this sounds vaguely like Fantasy Island, you’re actually very close: Lido Key, right off the coast of Sarasota, has something for everyone drawn to the Edible lifestyle. Laid-back but sophisticated and dramatically beautiful, Lido Key appeals to residents of all ages who adore its sunny, warm climate, laid-back Gulf Coast attitude and balmy breezes. This jaw-droppingly beautiful barrier island draws residents who are passionate about their home.

Why we like it


Lido Key, which encompasses the upscale shopping/dining destination of St. Armands Circle, provides the best of both worlds for fans of the Edible lifestyle: tranquil, beautiful, and devoted to maintaining its stunning natural environment, the gorgeous barrier island offers easy access off the Ringling Causeway to your choice of Sarasota’s top farmers’ markets, nearby CSAs and wineries, the Suncoast’s famed Forks & Corks food festival, the Suncoast Food & Wine Festival, and more than 25 local farmers and growers, offering residents countless possibilities for enjoying the glorious, abundant bounty of the area. Here, residents and visitors from nearby communities can celebrate the beauty of the Gulf over platters of the region’s freshest fish; shoppers can window shop amidst some of the hippest boutiques in the area; swimmers, surfers, sport fisherman, and sailors can spend hours on and in the brilliant blue water; and if it’s beach you want, Lido Key offers one of the region’s most pristine.

The charm factor


Lido Key, with its innate Southern tropical charm, its varied real estate ideal for every budget, and its easy access to more bustling Sarasota, offers the perfect blend and balance. Hugging one of the top beaches in the world, this scenic paradise begs you to stay put and spend the day dining on St. Armands Circle, or pop over the causeway for visits to top-notch farmers’ markets, organic farms, museums, and hugely popular restaurants

The edible life


Easy access to the critically acclaimed Edible lifestyle hub that is the Sarasota Farmers’ Market, Lido Key provides a solid connection to the heart and soul of the Edible lifestyle in this blissful Sarasota community. Here, visitors will find everything from the freshest seafood imaginable to brilliantly hued produce stands selling the region’s most magnificent local, seasonal fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers, olive oils, fresh pasta, local grass-fed beef, and much more. Merely steps away from the sugary shores of Lido Beach lies The Met day spa, posh restaurants, martini bars, gelato parlors, and cafés. When the sun dips into the Gulf, beachgoers slip on casual attire and head to the Circle’s hotspots for cocktails, fish tacos, and elevated tropical cuisine, as acoustic island melodies fill the atmosphere. It is a pedestrian-friendly landscape with locales like the Columbia Restaurant, Tommy Bahama, the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, and Shore Diner, as well as culinary boutiques such as the Spice & Tea Exchange, which has enough sugars, salts, and freshly cracked peppers for both the professional and the amateur chef.

many statues line the circle and date back to the 1920's at Lido Key Beach
New Pass Grill and Bait shop at Lido Key Beach
mojito at Fantasy Island on Lido Key
A stroll through the circle at Lido Key
Photo 1: many statues line the circle and date back to the 1920's
Photo 2: New Pass Grill and Bait shop
Photo 3: a refreshing mojito at Fantasy Island
Photo 4: A stroll through the circle
fishing at Lido Key Beach
Blue lump crab at Shore Diner, Lido Key
fish tacos at Tommy Bahama at Lido Key
dining at Columbia on the circle at Lido Key
Photo 1: a day in paradise fishing
Photo 2: Blue lump crab at Shore Diner
Photo 3: fish tacos at Tommy Bahama
Photo 4: dining at Columbia on the circle
One of the Greek statues in the circle at Lido Key
a signature cocktail at Tommy Bahama at Lido Key
strolling through St Armands Circle
Photo 2: One of the Greek statues in the circle
Photo 3: a signature cocktail at Tommy Bahama
Photo 4: strolling through St Armands Circle
a wide variety of teas and spices at The Spice and Tea Exchange at Lido Key
The Met fashion house and day spa on Lido Key
Scallops shells on Lido Key
wild mushroom and apple flatbread at Tommy Bahama on Lido Key
Photo 1: a wide variety of teas and spices at The Spice and Tea Exchange
Photo 2: The Met fashion house and day spa
Photo 3: Scallops shells
Photo 4: wild mushroom and apple flatbread at Tommy Bahama
the dock at New Pass Grill on Lido Key
the dock at New Pass Grill
Article from Edible Sarasota at http://ediblesarasota.ediblecommunities.com/shop/lido-key
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