The Cypress - A Bed & Breakfast Inn

621 Gulfstream Ave. South, Sarasota, Florida 34236
  • Introduction


    Situated in a tropical garden beneath sheltering oaks, palms, and mango trees, The Cypress offers world class Sarasota, Florida lodging in five uniquely furnished inn guest rooms. The Cypress in Sarasota evokes the charm of a by-gone era combined with the sophisticated modern amenities of a boutique hotel to create an unforgettable Florida lodging getaway.

    Beneath palms, mangos, and moss-covered oaks, this tropical oasis reflects the tone and demeanor of a bygone era, attracting the distant traveler, as well as local gentry seeking the finest Sarasota, Florida lodging to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway. The tin-roofed cypress bed and breakfast inn structure is tastefully decorated with American and European antiques, paintings, and artifacts and is a visual celebration of grace and form.

    From the grandeur of the “Martha Rose” Master Suite, with its balcony view of the Florida west coast, Gulf of Mexico and surrounding keys, to the tropical charm and privacy of the “Essie Leigh” Room, all five individually-styled sleeping quarters at our Florida bed and breakfast inn enchant and captivate.

    Situated on historic grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay on the Florida west coast, The Cypress  bed and breakfast inn offers a unique lodging experience. Beneath palms, mangoes, and moss-covered oaks, this tropical oasis is perfect for those seeking a romantic getaway at a Sarasota, Florida inn.

    The tin-roofed cypress structure of our Sarasota, Florida Inn is tastefully decorated with American and European antiques, paintings, and artifacts and is a visual celebration of grace and form. Each room has queen-sized beds, luxurious linens, hardwood floors with oriental rugs and fresh flowers, central air, cable TV, and wireless internet. Rates include a full gourmet breakfast and an evening hors d’oeuvre hour.

    Front Door

    Join us at the inn for hors d’oeuvres and inspired refreshments, 6-7 pm, Monday through Saturday evenings.  The welcoming front porch with its obligatory comfortable rocking chairs invites guests to an amazing free show that takes place every evening – the golden sun slipping into Sarasota Bay between sailboats standing at attention on the still water.

    Morning begins with a breakfast consisting of juice, daily-baked muffins, a fruit assortment, and a gourmet entree – all served in the café overlooking the majestic, sail-clad Sarasota Bay on the Florida west coast. After breakfast, the front porch offers an inviting setting. Glance through the morning paper, delve into that neglected novel, or just relax and enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Self-taught gourmet cooks Robert, Vicki and Nina are the chefs at The Cypress. Sharing responsibility in the inn’s kitchen, many of their unusual dishes are inspired by the herb garden and tropical fruit trees at The Cypress. Fresh mango-pecan muffins are an example. The mangos are harvested from the 12 trees on the property. The gardens are filled with tropical specimens, perennials used as garnish for the menu items and bouquets in the bed and breakfast.

    Breakfast is served from 9:00-10:00 am. Please inform the innkeepers of any dietary restrictions when making your reservation. “Breakfast to go” can be arranged for an early departure. The inn’s recipes are available upon request while The Cypress Cookbook is in the making!

    A threesome from New Jersey with backgrounds in teaching and photography, are the owner-hosts at The Cypress bed and breakfast inn in Sarasota, Florida.

    Nina has a master’s degree in anthropology/women’s studies. Her love of cultural anthropology is evident in the variety of artifacts found throughout the inn. Guests will find Nina’s unique collections of antiques and art objects tastefully displayed. In the tradition of oral history, if you ask her, Nina will be glad to tell you about each and every one.

    Evident at initial contact is Vicki’s warmth of personality. Her energy and enthusiasm are intoxicating. After years of experience in the field of education, Vicki’s sincere interest in the needs of others is exhibited by the attention they receive at The Cypress. Guests are infatuated by the end of their stay.

    Robert is a gifted artist and photographer whose work graces most of The Cypress’ bed and breakfast rooms. He was a commercial photographer in New York City for 25 years, where he created artwork for numerous national ad campaigns, including American Express, Kodak and Continental Airlines, as well as movie posters for 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios. Robert is the recipient of numerous awards for his art photography.

    Nelson, the inn’s cat, can usually be spotted amid the lush foliage keeping watch over his personal patch of catnip at one end of the garden.

  • How to Find Us


    By Air

    The Cypress is 12 minutes from the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, which services all major carriers.
    If you are renting a car at the airport:
    Tamiami Trail (US Hwy 41) South, into downtown Sarasota…
    Continue on Rt. 41 south along the bay.
    Pass Marina Jack Restaurant
    Turn left onto Ringling Blvd (Bayfront Marina area on right)
    2nd right turn onto Palm Ave (very short distance)
    After 605 Versailles Condominium there is a 25 mph sign
    At the entrance turn right into the Cypress parking lot – our bed and breakfast inn sits back beyond white picket fence.

    By Car

    The Cypress is 8 miles from Interstate 75…
    Exit 210 off Interstate 75…
    Fruitville Rd., west about 5.7 miles…
    Tamiama Trail (US Hwy 41) South, left turn…
    Follow directions to our Sarasota FL lodging as indicated above to find our bed and breakfast inn.

  • Things To Do In Sarasota


    The Cypress is just minutes from the Mote Marine Aquarium, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, the Ringling Art Museum, the Asolo Theater Company, The Sarasota Ballet, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Floridia West Coast Symphony and Historic Spanish Point. Busch Gardens in Tampa is only one hour north of Sarasota, and Disney World in Orlando is a two hour ride.

    Take a stroll across the street to the Bayfront Park or, perhaps, Selby Botanical Gardens, one block south. Walk up Palm Avenue and enter the historic arts and theatre district. Browse through art galleries, antique stores, and curiosity shops. Catch a performance at Florida Studio Theatre, Theatre Works, The Players, The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre , or The Sarasota Opera House. Cheer on your favorite major league baseball team during the Grapefruit League’s spring training games within minutes of the inn.

    How about a deep sea charter, a sunset sail, a wave rider or wind surfing? This can all be arranged since the marina is only two hundred yards away. Golf and tennis are easily accessible. Sunlovers need only travel three miles to sink their feet into the celebrated sand and transparent blue water of Lido Key and Siesta Key on the Gulf of Mexico. Pamper yourself at one of Sarasota’s outstanding day spas. Shoppers will take delight in the 100 exclusive shops at St. Armands Circle, also on Lido Key.

    We hope you find these links helpful in making plans for activities while staying at The Cypress Bed & Breakfast Inn

    Sarasota Arts Council

    Sarasota Ballet

    Sarasota Opera

    Florida West Coast Symphony

    Jazz Club of Sarasota

    Asolo Theatre Company

    Florida Studio Theatre

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Towles Court Artist Colony

    Art Center Sarasota

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Mote Aquarium

    Sarasota Film Festival

    Sarasota Film Society

    Ringling Museum of Art