Travel Guide: Sarasota
What surprised me most about Sarasota is that it was a really beautiful place with a small town feel. I stayed downtown, making everything easily accessible and a quick 15 minute walk away. I think my favorite part to discover was unsurprisingly the food and drinks local to the area.
I found myself there after a film I had worked on was accepted into the Sarasota Film Festival. I had worked on The Transcendents Film as a set photographer and production assistant after moving away from San Francisco, and it was some of the most rewarding work I've done yet. Being on set, behind the scenes of a full-length feature film was incredible; witnessing the talents of the director, the intellect and creativeness of the producers, and getting to know some incredible actors who have become friends. Working on the film was self-defining for me, it opened up an entire world to me, influencing the kind of work I plan to create in the future.
I will say that working on the film in Austin was pivotal for me, as it was a strange time in my life then, leaving California and unsure of where I was going to be or what my career was going to look like. The film and the people I met on set ended up changing my life and bringing me to New York for work, for love and personal evolution. I thought of this while walking around downtown Sarasota, or while I watched the waves at Lido beach; life has always brought me to new and beautiful places, but I somehow always find myself by the sea.
Where to beach:
I actually found both beaches to be quite different in vibes. Siesta Key is ultra touristy, with bars and shops along a long block for their main street, whereas Lido Beach was a beautiful curve of streets with cafes and restaurants, serving more high end decor and entrees.
Where to Stay: