A five-minute stroll from Main Street in downtown Sarasota, Fla., the district of Historic Burns Court is an eclectic hub for shopping, dining, art gallery-hopping and spa pampering. 

Sip Go European at Burns Court Café, where the cappuccinos and lattes are made with fine Italian coffee and the pastries are authentically French. Half of the café serves as the French Quarter Wine Bar, which offers happy hour.

Eat Arrive early for a table at Owen’s Fish Camp and peruse the menu of Southern-style fare—from shrimp and grits with smoked sausage to cornmeal-crusted catfish with collards—as local folk singers and guitarists play melodies under a canopy of lush trees.

Admire Featuring the work of renowned and emerging artists, [blank] slate gallery is a showplace for original paintings, glass pieces, ceramics and more. Find works that will spark conversations and make your art collection pop. 

Unwind An award-winning “med spa,” L. Spa provides services that range from skin resurfacing and permanent makeup to the more traditional massages, facials and manicures. Savour a six-hour “Glam Squad” package before some shopping at the sister L. Boutique. 

Browse Experience 12,000 square feet of retail space at the Woman’s Exchange Inc., an upscale consignment store with a humanitarian slant. The show floor includes antiques, furniture and Baccarat crystal, and the profits support the local arts community. 

Watch Catch an art-house film at Burns Court Cinemas, an independent theatre that offers everything from individual showings to movie marathons. The Sarasota Film Society presents first-run foreign flicks and festivals at the venue, which is known for being bright pink.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Sarasota twice a week from Toronto.