Summer Fun for Everyone This June!

Kick off summer with some sizzle thanks to all of the awesome events and happenings in the local area! From high octane thrills to low key chills, celebrating Pride to celebrating the season, there’s no shortage of things to do to peak all types of interests this month. Find out more about some of our favorite happenings below!  

Tampa Bay Rays Games

Through August

Tropicana_Field

Beat the heat with America’s favorite summer pass time, right inside of the domed and air-conditioned Tropicana Field! The Tampa Bay Rays, reigning American League Champions, are playing extremely well this season and working their way back to a second shot at the World Series! Make the short trip to St. Pete and watch them take on teams like the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox or LA Angels this month.

View Schedule!

Whales: Living with Giants at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Through August

Whales: Living with Giants

This one of a kind exhibit at Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers participants the chance to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea without even getting wet. Housed in part of their newly expanded visitor center, guests are immersed in the world of whales through multi-media exhibits, virtual reality experiences, life-sized galleries and more.

Learn more about the exhibit!

St. Pete PrideFest

Through June 26

St. Pete PrideFest

As one of the largest Pride festivals in the nation, one week is no longer enough for St. Pete’s LGBTQIA+ community! This year, the city is turning it into a month long celebration full of themed weekends including: Outdoor Adventure Week, Family Week, Arts & Music Week and the Taste of PrideFest Week. The signature events hosted in outdoor locations are a great way to experience the diversity of the area with pride.

See scheduled events!

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Through September 6

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Light up the night with a trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during your stay! With a tagline like “the thrills go late, the fun lasts longer!”, you know you’re in for a good time. Enjoy extended hours, “electrifying” entertainment and even explosive fireworks displays on select nights.

See event details!

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

June 19

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

If BBQ is your thing, swing by the 7th annual PORK-OUT in Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. You’ll enjoy a day of beer, bourbon and bbq sampling from Pit Masters all over the area. They’re even featuring Tasting Theater seminars this year led by Master Distillers, Brewmasters and Pit Masters. Come for the food, stay for the live entertainment, and make sure you take home a few souvenirs like specialty hot sauces you won’t find elsewhere.

View Festival schedule here!

June is packed with excitement in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area, and St. Pete Beach is the perfect home base for it all! Stay in the middle of the action, right on Tripadvisor’s top-rated beach in the U.S., and relax in one of our sparkling pools, hot tub or at the Cabana Bar. Spread out in your suite or under the sun in a hooded beach cabana. Fill your summer with WOW at the Alden!

The Ultimate St. Pete Beach Romantic Getaway

This past year of living during a pandemic has been good and bad for many couples. While seeing each other more can be a wonderful thing, being cooped up together in the house constantly has its drawbacks. If you’re feeling like it’s time to escape from mundane daily activities and explore something a little more exciting, then keep reading!

A fantastic way to reconnect with your partner is a couple’s getaway to a romantic sun, surf and sand-filled tropical location with tons of couple-friendly amenities that will leave you gazing deeply into each other’s freshly rested eyes.

Whether your idea for an ultimate St. Pete Beach romantic getaway includes sun and fun, grill and chill or adventure awaits, at Alden Suites we have all the creature comforts and exciting activities to bring your couple’s retreat to life.

On-Site Pools and Cabana Bar

The first step to relaxing together on your romantic getaway on St. Pete Beach is a refreshing cocktail as you bask in Florida’s warm sunshine at either of our two sparkling pools. Lounge the day away with poolside bar service and yummy snacks perfect for poolside nibbling. Unwind with a soak in our state-of-the-art hot tub, and it’s vacation on!

Water Sports Galore

There’s no better way to ignite the spark than by enjoying fun activities together that move your bodies and inspire laughter and smiles. We offer activities including parasailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing and more that are geared perfectly to couples looking to connect.

Kayaking and paddleboarding are fantastic couples’ activities that provide much-needed playtime away from the hustle and bustle. It’s pure zen to explore the Gulf coastline’s calm seas and clear waters while enjoying tropical visual treats to reminisce about over dinner.

Landlubbers, we didn’t forget about you! It’s easy to rent scooters and cruiser bicycles for exploring, so no matter what your preference, we’ve got the activity for you.

Table for Two

If all those exciting adventures got you hungry, let us help you find the perfect spot on St. Pete Beach for a romantic candlelit dinner. Savor life ‘under the sea’ at Rumfish Grill, an exciting, upscale restaurant featuring creative cuisine and an immersive aquarium. It’s walking distance from the Alden so you can dine and drink without worrying about driving. Numerous restaurants catering to every taste and dietary preference are just a short stroll away!

Sunset Chasers Unite

If you’ve come to St. Pete Beach, you’re here for the sunsets. And we make it easy for you to experience them in all their glory.

Book a sunset cruise or a cruise for shellers to Shell Island during your stay with us. Boating excursion? Yes, we can do that.

Perhaps a Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin Tour sounds like a dream come true? Our friends at Suncoast Watersports will ensure it’s the highlight of your vacation. This 3.5-hour sunset and brews cruise stops at two incredible islands where you can snorkel, shell or explore the sugar sand beaches and crystal blue waters on your own.

And don’t forget, our Gulf Front Suites offer sunset views right from your balcony. Who knows, you may even decide to order in tonight.

Dance the Night Away

Summer is a great time to enjoy the beach bars in the area, many of which offer live music on the weekends. Sit back with a signature cocktail, kick off your shoes and jam out with your partner on the dance floor, a surefire way to spark some magic!

Couples Massage

Close your eyes and imagine a spacious spa with a variety of serene treatment rooms focused on relaxing, rejuvenating and reinvigorating you. Imagine the soft sounds of a waterfall in the distance. With Alden Suites, whatever you picture can become your reality.

We work with several lovely spas near the hotel that offer pampering services like deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy baths, waxing and facials that will primp you perfectly for a sexy night with your partner. Pricing is affordable and the atmosphere is ethereal, so be sure to request more info when you book your reservation with us!

Hit the Parks

Bring out your inner kiddos with a short drive to one of many theme parks. We’re less than an hour away from Busch Gardens, and it’s just a bit farther to the Orlando area parks where you can escape from reality faster than Harry Potter’s Firebolt.

As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing activities for couples to experience at Alden Suites. Now it’s time to plan your ultimate St. Pete Beach romantic getaway, and we’ll be waiting to make it all come to life just for you.

May is Time to Play Here at the Alden

Spring is in full swing in St. Pete/Clearwater and there are plenty of events, from high-speed to low-key. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in May. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events.

Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®
May 1-16

Now through May 16th Get ready for an extraordinary adventure! Building on children’s natural interest in animals, Wild Kratts®: Creature Power®! transports visitors to the Wild Kratts world, where creature adventures engage them in wide-ranging STEM experiences. Diverse environments immerse children and families in explorations of animals, habitats, and the relationships between them. Here they can take on challenges and missions centered around the lives of animals and their creature powers.
https://glazermuseum.org/wild

Debbie Bright: Kaleidoscope
May 1-9

Debbie Bright: Kaleidoscope is a special exhibition of paintings selected from Debbie Bright’s Kaleidoscope series showing at The Bula Barua Gallery from now through May 9th. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s exploration of fauna and architecture local to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. Each work is painted in acrylics to look like a mosaic, with hundreds of tiny sections coming together to create images of eye-catching animals and dynamic cityscapes. You can also meet the artist Debbie Bright in the gallery Saturday May 8th!
https://bulagallery.com/

Porchfest
May 15

Historic Roser Park will host Porchfest May 15th! Stop by for live music, community sponsors, and a fun walking tour of one of the ‘Burg’s most stunning neighborhoods. This exclusive annual event combines St. Pete’s musicians, local businesses, and a neighborhood community all rolled into one. Guests will stroll the winding, enchanted streets of Historic Roser Park, as local musicians play from the front porches and yards of various homes.
https://www.facebook.com/events/194132275862584

Weeki Wachee Springs
All Year Long

Weeki Wachee Springs is one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions, entertaining generations of families before there was Disney World and Busch Gardens. Today, families continue to flock to the state park north of Tampa where real mermaids swim. After about year long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park and mermaids are welcoming guests back once again with your health and safety in mind!
https://www.tampabayparenting.com/article/weeki-wachee-springs-mermaids/

Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida
All Month Long

Step back into time when furry mammoths roamed Florida and gigantic sharks swam our seas with Tusks to Tails: A Fossil History of Florida. This new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center is a must-see for anyone who is really into fossils! While you’re there, check out the Treasure Seekers exhibit to learn more about real life pirates and conquistadors and more about Florida and Tampa Bay’s fascinating history!
https://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/on-view-now/

Adventure Island
All Year Long

Keep your cool as the temps heat up at Adventure Island in Tampa! They’re operating at a limited capacity, so you’ll need to book a reservation in advance along with having your ticket or annual pass. If you haven’t experienced the new Solar Vortex, plan on a ride down!! https://adventureisland.com/ https://adventureisland.com/

With a million things to do inside and out, St. Pete Beach is the perfect destination to get you back to travel. At the Alden, you can relax at our expansive pools, savor sunsets at the Cabana Bar, and splash and play in the Gulf of Mexico. You KNOW you deserve a getaway, so make plans now to come and see us here at the Alden!

Familymoons at the Alden

With many couples having children by the time they get married or becoming a ‘blended’ family with children from previous relationships, not everyone wants the traditional honeymoon. That’s why there’s a new phenomenon on the cards for families. Say hello to the ‘familymoon’, a great way for new families to share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience while creating a bond that will last forever.

While some newlyweds struggle to decide who will be taking care of the kids while on their honeymoon, others are already packing their bags and getting ready for an exciting familymoon. For some newlyweds, it’s just easier to take the kids than to organize a caretaker. A familymoon takes your honeymoon to an entirely new level as the love you have for each other is now shared with your children. It also allows the children to be a bigger part of the marriage experience. For blended families especially, these getaways provide an opportunity for the kids to get to know each other a bit better in a peaceful, neutral and fun environment. 

Here at the Alden, our spacious suites are perfect for familymoons, with a living area that’s separate from the bedroom. If the kids are old enough to stay in their own room, book adjoining rooms. If you’d rather stay together, all rooms are furnished with queen-size sofa beds. This ensures you and your spouse will still have plenty of privacy despite taking the kids along for the ride.

Our family-friendly accommodations give kids more than enough activities to occupy their time. The best part is your children can roam around in a safe environment so you don’t have to worry about their whereabouts all the time. You can even get a nanny or babysitter to ensure the kids are well cared for while you get out to have some fun, whether that involves a spa date or a romantic dinner on the beach.

There’s no doubt that traveling with kids can be a fulfilling experience no matter the occasion—but it can also be tiring. If you still want to celebrate your marriage in a quieter way, get a friend or family member to watch the kids while the two of you get away or spend a night or two alone as a couple. This will allow you both to unwind from the vacation and enjoy each other’s company.

For blended families, your familymoon might be your first vacation together, so choosing a destination that will be memorable is extremely important. Whether you’re looking at theme parks, big city getaways or tropical beach resort vacations, Alden Suites checks all the boxes. We’re less than an hour away from both Busch Gardens and Tampa and a “go to” for water adventures right off the beach. Choose from parasailing, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards or book a dolphin-watching cruise, daily sunset cruise or a cruise for shellers to Shell Island—tons of options for relaxation, fun, adventure, and lots of romance for the happy couple.

While the concept may seem novel, showing affection in front of your kids can actually be beneficial to their development. It shows them what a healthy relationship should look like and can help them feel safer, more secure and loved. Familymoons also allow you to reassure your kids that your love for them hasn’t changed. If you’re tying the knot in the near or far future, we’d be happy to host your family for your very own familymoon! Book online today.

April 2021 in St. Pete Beach: Here’s What’s Happening!

Spring’s arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events, and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music, and food. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated annual happenings this month. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Easter Egg Hunt

April 3

Bring your own basket and enjoy amazing Easter Egg hunts on April 3rd!  All ages welcome! Other children’s activities and games too! Join the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary for fun in their open-air park with social distancing in place. You can also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too! Come by and see us! https://www.facebook.com/SuncoastPrimate/

Pinellas Pepper Fest

April 10-11

The 14th Anniversary of Pinellas Pepper Fest is back April 10 11 and it’s going to be HOTTER than ever before! This hot n’ spicy food show is painfully delicious, big on flavor, and cooked up to be one of the hottest events of the season.

Specialty exhibitors will tickle your tastebuds as they bring on distinctive, breathtaking, and dynamite offerings in the form of sauces, salsas, rubs, plants, food products, gadgets, kitchenware, hundreds of mild to wild samples, and more.

Let your temperature rise as you listen to live music by the Cracker Billy’s and Dual Exhaust. You won’t want to miss the Whip Crackers, as they treat us to snappy shows and lively lessons throughout the 2-day extravaganza. www.PinellasPepperFest.com  

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

April 8 – 10h

Offering further proof that singing the blues doesn’t have to be a bummer, the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest is back today with blues on the Bay. The event is held along the picturesque downtown St. Petersburg waterfront in Vinoy Park. In addition to the powerful vocals and high-energy riffs of the biggest acts in blues, you can also sample tasty local treats such as seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and more. Festival vendors also peddle arts and crafts, and premium beer and wine. http://www.tampabaybluesfest.com/

St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

April 17-18h

The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival will be back in town in beautiful St. Pete Beach, Florida. This amazing craft festival is one you will definitely want to come out and be a part of. Hosted again along bustling Corey Avenue amidst great retail shops and fine dining restaurants, this fabulous beach town is the perfect locale to explore hand-crafted works and wares. http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival/crafter

Spring Fling Garden Festival

April 17 -18t

Enjoy One of Tampa Bay’s Largest Garden Shows!

Join in the Spring Fling Garden Festival featuring tons of plant & unique vendors, Games, Photo Ops, Petting Zoo, food & more! The event will be held on April 17-18  at DK Landscaping & Farm from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. FREE Parking and FREE ENTRY to the festival grounds. Admission extra for the petting zoo/goat feeding/Farm activities. 🌼 www.Pinellasfarm.com

Firestone Grand Prix

April 23 – 25

Make plans to attend one of the premier events in St. Pete/Clearwater, the Firestone Grand Prix races through the streets of downtown St. Pete as IndyCar’s season-opening event.  http://www.gpstpete.com/

26th Annual Old Salt SPRING King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament

April 29 – May 1t

April 29 -through May 1, the oldest and richest Kingfish tournament in the United States is coming to Madeira Beach. This 3-day event kicks things off with the Captain’s Meeting and goes through Saturday, when anglers will weigh-in their prize catches and claim their awards. Bring the kids out to the waterfront party on Friday where they can get in on the action during the Kids Fishing Slam! https://oldsaltfishing.org/fishing-tournaments/spring-king-of-the-beach-kingfish-tournament/

8 Fun Facts you didn’t know about St. Pete Beach

Home to crystal clear waters, pristine white sands and plenty of family fun, St. Pete Beach is one of the finest beaches in Florida. In fact, it’s ranked #1 on Trip Advisor’s 2020 list of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. But there’s so much more to this barrier island that sets it apart from Florida’s wealth of award-winning beaches. Here are 8 fun facts about St. Pete Beach that will inspire you to visit this blissful Floridian favorite.

The silky white powder that lines the beach was once mountains of impenetrable quartz hundreds of miles from Florida’s shores. It took Mother Earth more than two million years to produce the velvety smooth sand you’ll find here today. Much of the sand on Florida beaches is produced by the weathering of continental land masses like the Appalachian Mountains and washed down America’s rivers into the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Once a playground for America’s social elite, the iconic Don CeSar Beach Resort was built in 1926 by Thomas Rowe to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle. When it opened two years later, a room on the European plan went for $24 per night. The “Pink Palace” can be seen for miles to the east and west and has its place on nautical charts as a permanent marker for boaters. Today, the color is protected by law as a mariner’s guide.

The 47-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is one of Florida’s most popular and unique urban pathways. Grab some skates or rent a bike and venture down the trail which connects St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs along an old railroad route. Along the way, you’ll pass several county parks, coastal areas and communities. It also provides access points to nearly every town in the area.

The St. Pete Road Runners, the premier running club in the St. Pete/Tampa area, invites runners and walkers every month to join their evening St. Pete Beach 5k Race. The Alden’s Director of Community Relations, Mary Ann Renfrow, is one of the founding members of this group! The largest beach race in the area is run entirely on the beach, in the sand, and is a great way to stay fit on vacation. Pack your sneakers and retain your summer beach bod while you’re away from the gym.

The sunset at Pass-A-Grille features a rare sight as the last sliver of light dips below the waterline: The Green Flash. This phenomenon—named for the sudden and briefly changing color—only lasts about a second or two but, if you have a chance to witness it, your love for St. Pete Beach sunsets will grow even stronger. Pack a few beers and head down to the southern end of the beach to catch this natural wonder.

Grouper is a dinner table staple in St. Pete Beach. Head down to Sea Critters Cafe—where it’s always island time—to sample their grouper sandwich, voted Best in the South by Southern Living Magazine. You can have it made to order and served in six different ways. They also serve grouper tacos, fritters and salads, all freshly prepared to order and worth every bit of the wait.

Right next door is St. Petersburg where you’ll find some incredibly unique boutiques, eateries and hordes of vintage goodies tucked away on Central Avenue. Come here for a fresh and funky Florida vibe where old St. Pete mixes with new for an artsy and authentic local experience. “God’s waiting room” as it was once known is more like a heavenly rave these days with downtown bursting on weekend nights with music and street life.

We’re called The Sunshine City for a reason. The average amount of days of sunshine per year here is 361 but we do hold the Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine: 768 days which began in 1967. The year-round gorgeous weather makes St. Pete the perfect destination for your getaway no matter the time of year. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: March 2021

Spring’s arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music and food. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in March. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events with the Alden as your happy home base!

Mollusc Mania: Squid Dissection

March 2 and 4

Learn about the miraculous world of molluscs, snails, octopus, squids and more! During this squid dissection you will learn about the unique adaptations of squids. Space is limited so register online or at the front desk of the Tampa Bay Discovery Center.

2021 Spring Training

All Month Long

The Grapefruit League schedule was recently revised to limit travel, so the Blue Jays will play their 28 exhibition games against the Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers and Orioles. You’ll see players following health protocols on the field, in the dugout and around the complex, but the day-to-day workings of Spring Training and the players in camp will be different, too.

For the Blue Jays, this means a heavy dose of top prospects in camp. This will be a valuable development tool for many young players, especially coming off a missed 2020 Minor League season. In a typical Spring Training, many of these prospects would be across town at the club’s training complex, which is separate from TD Ballpark. Having them over on the Major League side to start camp will provide a clear look at the Blue Jays’ young talent, and should make the latter innings of exhibition games worth watching as they get some reps.

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/schedule/2021-03

16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens

March 6

Rediscover Gulfport during the 16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens on Saturday, March 6, 11am – 5pm.

The annual home tour will be a Covid-ready, all-outdoor event. Visitors will have the opportunity to see everything from an under-construction rain garden to a manicured backyard art gallery to meditation spaces, edible landscapes, and chickens, chickens, chickens.

Feel free to go at your own pace, seeing properties in any order. Due to Covid-19, transportation will not be proviced. The tour skims Gulfport’s waterfront district, so there will be plenty of time to take a lunch break or shop in our historic downtown.

Registration will take place at the Gulfport Rec Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., where you’ll receive a map and wristband.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

March  – April 25

Flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the Food & Wine Festival! Sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 new dishes. Serving guests every weekend from Now through April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

Reggae Rise Up

March 18- 21

Reggae Rise Up Florida Music Festival is back at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, March 18th through 21st. It is 3 full days with positive vibes and great music! For the full music line up visit their website here. https://www.facebook.com/events/695500121061728/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

Music in the Afternoon at Horan Park

March 28

 The Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park on select Sundays. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guest either sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park. This is a free event; seating is not provided.  https://spbrec.com/382/Music-in-the-Afternoons

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday

The 2021 season of the Saturday Morning Market has joyfully begun. Not surprisingly, the Market operates quite differently during this season.  In addition to very strong safety practices, the following are some notable changes: They are requiring vendors and customers to wear a face mask at all times. To maximize mask wearing within Market, there will be no eating or drinking allowed within the Market.  There are a tables and chairs setup beside the stadium and on the east lawn as pleasant options for enjoying your favorite foods.

Whales: Living with Giants

All Month Long

Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a new exhibition that explores the fascinating world of whales. Whales: Living with Giants is in the newly expanded visitor center. Activities in the exhibit include multi-media exhibits, a virtual reality experience, walk-through life size whale gallery, kid’s interactive zone, and a theater featuring whale related films and speakers.

https://www.cmaquarium.org/

You Stay, We Give! Discover How Alden Suites is Giving Back These Days

Here at the Alden, we are passionate about serving and helping our Tampa Bay community in a variety of ways. In these pandemic times, we have sought out new ways to aid those in need, giving of our time and donating supplies and funding in any way possible. We sponsor the First Tee of St. Petersburg Brittany & Friends Golf Tournament, help keep our beaches and waterways clean through our work with Tampa Bay Watch, and give to feed hungry children through The Kind Mouse. We also help people in need through the Gulfport Senior Center, the Guardian Ad Litem Program, and PARC. We’d like to share some of the ways we’ve participated in giving back to our community over the past year.

2020, A Year Like No Other

In Spring 2020, charity began at home when the quarantine shut down tourism for a time and the Alden was closed for six weeks. Even during this period of zero hotel revenue, Alden Suites paid our employees’ share of health insurance premiums, ensuring they wouldn’t lose their healthcare. We also provided cash gifts to help our team members buy food, and our management team volunteered at local food bank pickups that served the St. Pete Beach hospitality community.

Mary Ann Renfrow, the Alden Suites’ Director of Community Relations, says: “I have been thinking about what our employees have been through during the most difficult months for our business.  While we did provide some support to them, I believe that the support that came from our community was even more meaningful.  The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in connecting business owners and employees to avenues of support coming from national, state, and local governments.  Feeding Tampa Bay were the true heroes for the hospitality industry, ramping up to serve those that were in need with their mobile food pantries.  They also distributed Walmart gift cards to our employees to purchase fruits and vegetables.  Then we had businesses from the local hospitality industry on St. Pete Beach, hurting themselves, stepping up to feed other hospitality employees.  I specifically want to recognize Grillin’ n Chillin’, Boulevard Burgers, and the awesome management of the St. Pete Beach Chick-fil-a franchise.  Chick-fil-a even delivered lunch after we were back up and running for all of our employees.  We had a vendor, Coast Brothers, work with another one of their clients in St. Petersburg, Atwater’s to provide a takeout meal for all of our employees and their family members.  

The Alden Continues to Give Back in 2021

In 2021, the giving continues. This February, in recognition of their support of hospitality industry employees, and with gratitude for their support of our Alden employees during the past year, the Alden presented a donation of $2,500 to Feeding Tampa Bay at the Annual Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Dinner. Next, we launched into the new year with the Cure on Wheels Capitol Ride. Mary Ann Renfrow has participated in their annual Capitol Rides for several years now. The Alden also provides our company truck to support the riders and carry supplies during the rides, and in 2021, we donated a stay at the Alden for the Cure on Wheels raffle.


Cure on Wheels, Inc. raises money to help individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area cope with a diagnosis of cancer through an annual bike ride that travels along the beautiful roads just north of Tampa. The goal is to raise awareness of the important work that Moffitt Cancer Center does in advancing the successful treatment of cancer through their research and highlight the importance of continued support through funding with our Florida State Legislators. Cure on Wheels has donated over $1,000,000.00 locally throughout the Tampa Bay area to specific and targeted programs to assist patients and their families whose lives have been changed by the diagnosis of cancer.

We Invite You To Join Us!

This February, starting in Tallahassee, the Alden-sponsored team of 40 cyclists made a 325- mile trek back to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. We would like to invite the Alden family to join us in donating to this worthy cause. When you donate, you’ll receive our “Everything is Upside Down” commemorative shirt with the Alden Suites logo. This is a great way to support our courageous riders because cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic, and neither do we!

Here is the link to donate and receive a t-shirt: https://www.cureonwheels.org/donate/shirt/

Because of YOU, our loyal guests, we are able to give and support causes that benefit the entire Tampa Bay community. You have our eternal gratitude. We hope that knowing how the Alden gives back will give you joy as you stay with us and that we will inspire you to find ways to help those in need in your neck of the woods.

Our Top 9 Picks for February 2021 in St. Pete Beach

Aah, February in Florida! The month of LOVE is full of festivals, drive in movies and great local markets to enjoy as well as the stellar Mardi Gras event at Busch Gardens. With Super Bowl LV coming to town on February 7, all eyes will be on our little corner of the world. We’re proud to live in Title Town USA – Tampa has already won the Stanley Cup and played in the World Series, and this month the Bucs will be making us proud in the NFL’s biggest showdown. It may be the shortest month of the year but there is no shortage of things to do here in the Tampa Bay area!

TASCO’s Drive-In Movie

February 6th and 20th

New family fun in St. Pete!  Enjoy the city’s awesome Drive-In Movie event featuring:

Space Jam, Saturday, February 6

The Fast and the Furious, Saturday, February 20

The lot opens at 7 p.m. for cars to receive a spot and the showing begins at 8 p.m.

http://stpeteparksrec.org/tascoevents/?fbclid=IwAR0iFgg4EDTA9HcJ8qJJSM3QtrjE8rktuWWduaje6LOdog2lXa0uedOcqQM

2021 Big Game Watch Party

February 7

The Galley is hosting the Superbowl in downtown St. Pete! Come watch with great food and drink all day! Who’s ready for some football?

Super Bowl Specials include Wing Platters TO-GO and a $20 Prime Rib Dinner!

https://www.727area.com/st-petersburg/downtown-st-petersburg/events/494829/2021-big-game-watch-party%21~the-galley.htm

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

All Month Long

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts highlights the creative ambiance of the city, renowned for its numerous splendid cultural organizations.   This annual February festival presented in our “City of the Arts” involves diverse musical and theatrical groups as well as museums united around the exploration of a singular theme — The Sea. Check their website for more details:

http://www.artsofstpete.com/

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras

Feb 1st– 16th

Busch Gardens celebrates Mardi Gras fun every weekend all the way through February 16th with open-air festivities and French-Quarter flair. Hear Mardi Gras-style live music and enjoy New Orleans-inspired entertainment. Catch festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day and get caught up in the fun as you dance through spacious walkways. Savor classic Cajun cuisine such as shrimp po’ boy, jambalaya and gumbo.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/mardi-gras/

3 Daughters Brewing’s Valentine’s Market

February 13th

This year, it’s a good idea to wait until the last minute. That’s when you’ll find the good stuff. 3 Daughters Brewing’s Valentine’s Market will feature a wide selection of local vendors, helping you find the perfect gift at the perfect time. https://www.facebook.com/events/400442061071087/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

Localtopia

February 20th

February 20th, join Localtopia, St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing nearly 200 of your favorite independent businesses and community organizations. This is the biggest display of Local Love in St. Pete! https://localtopia.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/

Movies in the Beer Garden

February 2nd and 17th

Movies in the Beer Garden, baby! Green Bench Brewing is showing a new round of movies for springtime. Every other Wednesday, they will be playing a fan favorite in the Beer Garden, starting at 7pm. They encourage everyone to bring their own blankets/chairs and SNACKS. These movies are totally free to the public, and yes, they are family friendly. https://www.facebook.com/events/239386524424769/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

The Festival of Speed

February 21st

The 17th Annual Festival of Speed will take place downtown in beautiful Vinoy Park overlooking the bay. This luxury lifestyle Motorsports display will showcase over 250+ exotic, classic, muscle cars, motorcycles & luxury brands. The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display among the splendor that is Vinoy park. Offshore race boats, antique boats and other unique watercraft are encouraged to display. The park overlooks the water with magnificent views of the bay and vibrant downtown. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren and more. Onsite cafes serve fine wines and festive cocktails with exciting culinary offerings. Guests can also enjoy a cigar lounge, great music, awards presentation and more. https://www.festivalsofspeed.com/js_events/st-petersburg/  

The Tampa Bay Home Show

February 27th-28th

Come on out and meet your favorite home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show. Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection.  Tickets are required for entry to this event. Click the register tab to reserve your time slot today!

 www.tampabayhomeshows.com

The Music in the Afternoon Series

February 28th

February 28th, the Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guests sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park.

https://www.spbrec.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=518

Top Alden Suites Guest Photos of 2020

Whew, 2020 was something, wasn’t it? While the year didn’t go QUITE the way we expected it to, the beauty of St. Pete Beach and the warm hospitality of our Alden Suites team shone through. We welcomed guests throughout the year and truly enjoyed seeing all of the stories and images you submitted to our photo contest. Here are our top 10 pictures for 2020 and the stories that make them great:

Brett, December 2020

Little Brother chillaxing with Daddy, while Big Brother plays in the sand.

Walking out of the wonderful suite, we were steps from the white sandy beach and the fabulous Cabana Bar, where Chris and Dave helped set the vibe. Such a welcoming and fun spot for our little family.

Jessica, December 2020

Our 10th Annual Jolly Ball. Our groups Christmas party we do every year. We usually pick different spots each year.

My friends and I celebrated our 10th Annual Jolly Ball at the Alden Suites. We had such a great time! Literally the view from our room was gorgeous!

Chrissy, October 2020

Alden is our favorite place to watch the beautiful sunsets 😍

Rob, October 2020

Family drinks at the very fun and friendly bar on the beach

Clean. Good location. Every single employee was very nice.

Renee, September 2020

We have been coming for 20 years and now my kids are bringing theirs, we will never stop!! Thanks for all the great memories!!

Amanda, August 2020

The sunny side of 2020!

Alexandra, August 2020

Celebrating their 5th birthday at their favorite place to stay on the beach! The Alden always feels like a home away from home.

We had a great stay, our girls loved the ocean front room and are already asking to go back. As always everyone at The Alden welcomed us like family. Can’t wait until we can come back again.

Shannon, May 2020

Our kids when we arrive at The Alden!

Shelly, August 2020

Wonderful sunsets

Karla, July 2020

Splish splash in paradise 🏝

Debbie, July 2020

Making waves on girls’ weekend at the Alden!

What is not to love about the Alden? Friendly and accommodating staff, super comfy beds, beach front rooms with incredible views of the expansive sugar sand beach and sparkling water of the Gulf of Mexico, cabana bar with bartenders that make you feel like family and mix up the best tropical libations around, cabana rentals on the beach, two pools, close to restaurants and bars…seriously…we love the Alden!

Jennifer, June 2020

My son is just getting into photography so he took the opportunity at our stat last weekend to try some new shots. I think this photo is super cool.

Everyone who works there is so nice and helpful. Who doesn’t love a hotel right on the beach?

Sultana, May 2020

Family & fun in the bright Florida sun at Alden Suites 🌞

The warm hospitality from the front-desk staff to the housekeeping staff to the bar crew, the many great amenities and, of course,, the super close proximity to the beautiful white sandy beach and Gulf.

Natalie, April 2020

Zander wanted to wish Chris a Happy Birthday!!!

Lisa, April 2020

Our best friend married us on your beach. We all stayed there over 05/05/18. Best day ever.

Mindy, April 2020

My daughter and her best friend finally got to go on vacation together and wanted cute pictures for memories of it. I took this beautiful picture of them and they were so happy with it. The sky looked beautiful and the girls looked amazing. They genuinely were so happy with all the pictures and were beyond happy with their stay there on the beach.

Amanda, March 2020

Brinn’s sand bakery, open daily for a sandy treat!

Family run resort where you are treated like family from when you check in till check out. It’s not goodbye, but rather see you soon.

David, February 2020

The Alden beach. A great place to make an important announcement!!!

Theresa, January 2020

Ahhh… The Alden! My daughter Josie’s favorite place to be!

Shae, January 2020

Loved being able to take beautiful pictures of my gymnast on the beach. My husband could watch while he worked from the room.

Being right on the beach. Beautiful views

Kathleen, January 2020

Team retreat at Alden Suites. Relaxing and restorative. Finding our Zen. No better place then at the beach.

Buddy and the staff were wonderful. Super helpful and attentive.

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