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.

Want to submit your story for a chance to win a two night stay at the Alden? It’s easy, just follow this link: https://go.flip.to/alden

St. Pete Beach Happenings in January 2021

Happy New Year! The weather may be chilly everywhere else but here at the Alden things are just warming up. Start the New Year off right with amazing art exhibits, markets, and festivals right here in sunny St Pete!

Jurassic Quest

January 1st– 10th

Jurassic Quest invades “The Trop” from January 1st  thru January 10th. Drive through an outdoor experience featuring over 70 dinosaurs, as well as a 50 foot-long Megalodon. Visit with baby dinosaurs and its team of dino trainers. Tickets start at $49 per vehicle for up to eight people and must be bought in advance on Jurassic Quest’s website.

https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/drive-thru-tampa-fl

Treasure Island Morning Market

Every Friday

Shop over 50 local vendors featuring fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, art, yard decor, and more at the Treasure Island Morning Market! Enjoy live music and food. This free market is happening every Friday 9 am – 2 pm now through April.

https://www.facebook.com/Treasure-Island-Friday-Morning-Market-503072509871594/

The St. Pete Beach Corey Ave. Craft Festival

Jan 9th– 10th

The St. Pete Beach Corey Ave. Craft Festival brings contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this community event. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend, blending nature with nurture. This free festival takes place January 9th and 10th  at 595 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey.area.craft-festival

From Chaos to Order

January 1st – April 4th

Now through April 4, 2021 experience From Chaos to Order the first exhibition to focus on the aesthetics of Greek Geometric art, and the first to demonstrate how stylistic principles in visual art during the Geometric period reflect a characteristically Greek idea of “the beautiful” (kallos). This exhibition brings long-overdue attention to this formative period of Greek art, a period that also witnessed the invention of the Greek alphabet, the rise of the panHellenic sanctuaries (e.g. Olympia and Delphi), and the development of the organizational structure of the Greek city-state (polis). The exhibition is entirely drawn from the collection of Sol Rabin. His is the most important private collection of Greek Geometric art. https://mfastpete.org/exh/from-chaos-to-order/

Van Gogh Alive

January- April

The Dali is the first in North America to host an art experience like you’ve never seen before. Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. Catch this amazing experience now through April!

https://thedali.org/exhibit/van-gogh-alive/

John’s Pass Seafood Festival

January 22nd -24th

As Pinellas County’s premier seafood festival, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival helps educate the public about seafood and its importance to the area’s economy. The Festival offers a wide variety of delicious seafood indigenous to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Visit Madeira Beach January 22nd  through 24th to have fun and enjoy the bounty of seafood that inhabits our coastal waters.

https://www.johnspassseafoodfest.com/

Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

Jan 1st – March 14th

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete presents a remarkable array of Navajo textiles in the new special traveling exhibition, “Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles.” More than 80 weavings from the nineteenth century are on view from now through March 14, 2021, telling the story of Navajo history with vibrant colors and experimental design techniques.

https://mfastpete.org/exh/color-riot/

[Virtual] Historic Burg Tours

All Month Long

This new virtual walking tour of St. Petersburg will reveal parts of the city’s history you never knew — and it begins with a stroll down Central Avenue with local historian Monica Kile. The History Half Hour is a Master Class on the Sunshine City. Did you know you can learn almost everything you need to know about St. Pete through a quick stroll down the popular sprawl? Check out this virtual tour with local historian Monica Kile to learn the highlights of St. Pete’s past.

https://www.facebook.com/events/727756748150735/?active_tab=discussion

A Family Night Out for the Holidays at Sparkman Wharf

Here at the Alden, we’re always looking for new fun experiences for our guests, and we have a new one for you that’s perfect for the 2020 holiday season! Just a 30-minute drive from the Alden is Tampa’s new waterfront entertainment district, Sparkman Wharf. Built on the Tampa Bay right next to the Florida Aquarium, this open-air center is built for families to have fun together, and they’ve added some special features to make it an awesome holiday destination.

You’ll want to spend more than an hour or two at Sparkman Wharf because there’s just so much to do. On your next visit to the Alden, why not drive over at lunchtime and sample some of the amazing food that our local restaurants are offering at the food trucks? The Naked Farmer serves chef-prepared seasonal American food from farms close to home. You can expect fine-dining quality and cooking techniques, served in a fast, convenient manner. Then stop by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a cone of their locally made ice cream with a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body that makes you come back for more!

If you haven’t experienced the Florida Aquarium yet, you won’t want to miss it. With a 4-D Theater, 100,000 gallon Heart of the Sea exhibit, and an opportunity to interact with real-life penguins, your whole family is sure to be entertained and inspired. The Florida Aquarium is currently requiring reservations to limit capacity, so make sure to book your trip in advance.

Sparkman Wharf has plenty of other ways for families to enjoy time together, including Splitsville, a retro-cool bowling alley that goes WAY beyond the traditional ten-pin bowling. They have lawn and feather bowling, billiards, foosball, darts, and shuffleboard! You can even pick up a classic Southern snack from their menu inspired by two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Art Smith.

If you have little ones, they won’t be able to resist the lure of Tampa’s Pirate Ship, the Lost Pearl. Right off the dock at Sparkman Wharf, you can set sail for a Pirate’s Christmas!  The festive cruise will take your family to Holiday Island where you will get an up-close look at Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree. Children will also write and mail a letter to Santa to drop into Tampa’s only floating mailbox. Pirate singalongs featuring Christmas carols, swashbuckling games, round out the magical Christmas event!

While you’re out and about with the family, you can even get some Christmas shopping done. Shop local and support Tampa’s small businesses, finding unique gifts for everyone on your list. Fido will be in dog heaven when you bring home a present from The Modern Paws. You can find local food products like teas, honey and jellies, plus gifts for your favorite home chef at the Main Ingredient.

And Joyful Notion offers fresh Florida fashion and The Flower Bar, where you can create your very own floral masterpiece from their abundant assortment of fresh blooms.

Hang out and watch the boats go by on Sparkman Wharf’s recreational lawn, with cornhole games, porch swings and live music. Sip on local brews under sparkling lights at the Biergarten. Take a picture with the iconic TAMPA sign and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Tampa skyline as the sun goes down.

We recommend a grand finale for your festive family day out: dinner on the patio at JOTORO. Fine Mexican provisions prepared by a Michelin-starred chef elevate your dining experience. Start with a few of their margarita flights- we did and we’re now obsessed with the Izzy Colada and the Prickly Pear Margarita. It’s a good idea to bring plenty of family members so you can share bites and try it all.

We munched through the whole menu and could not stop talking about their Mexico City Grilled Street Corn, Crispy Tempura Fish Tacos, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas. They have vegetarian and keto options so the whole family can find something to enjoy.

We know you’ll be full after all that yumminess, but make sure to order JOTORO’s house-made key lime pie. Chef Joe Isidori elevates this classic Florida dessert with a crunchy crust and cinnamon horchata sauce. It’s truly the best key lime pie we’ve ever experienced and trust us, we’ve had more than our share! And before you go, don’t forget to take a photo with their life-sized llama piñata!

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but there’s no reason not to enjoy the holidays with your family. Here in Florida, we have plenty of ways to celebrate safely outdoors, whether you’re on the balcony of your suite at the Alden, spaced out in our cabanas at the beach, or having a grand adventure at Sparkman Wharf. We hope to see you here for the holiday season in St. Pete Beach!

Things to Do: December 2020

Even the biggest Grinch is eager for some seasonal merriment after the year we’ve had, and with our wide-open beaches and fresh-air outdoor spaces, St. Pete Beach is the perfect place to celebrate. The holiday season is upon us in the Sunshine State, which means there are plenty of holiday activities, family fun events and shopping extravaganzas to attend. From sparkling boat parades on the Intercoastal to holiday movies in the park and ugly sweater contests, we’ve rounded up our favorite can’t-miss events that let you do the holidays Florida style while staying safe. Book your trip to the Alden and then fill up your calendar with these top things to do in St. Pete Beach and beyond for December 2020.

St. Pete Night Market

December 3rd

The popular Night Market is back! It will be a bit smaller due to COVID to allow room for social distancing, but it will still have some awesome vendors, music and cash bar!

Come on out and support LOCAL from 6 PM to 10 PM December 3rd!

https://www.facebook.com/NightMarketStPete/

Holidays in Horan

Every Friday

Join us Fridays for Holidays in Horan! On Dec 4th, 11th, and 18th the City of St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. will be showing holiday classics on the big screen! each movie starts around 6:30pm but make sure to arrive early and enjoy the fun holiday activities and shop from local vendors for that perfect holiday gift this season!

Tickets are required for the movie, and each ticket is good for a space that can be shared amongst 8 people so 1 ticket = up to 8 people. Ticket cost is $5

For ticket information please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/

Treasure Island Christmas Boat Parade

December 5th

Like Las Vegas on the water! This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay.  Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John’s Pass.

A pre-parade party* will be held starting at 4:30pm at The Club TI’s pool pavilion. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The pre-parade party is open to the public with an ADMISSION of a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation, which benefits The Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas and the Edwards Family Foundation. Prior to parade day, donations and toys may be dropped off at the Club TI, Treasure Island City Hall, and Treasure Bay Recreation Center on Paradise Island. Donors will receive a ticket for pre-parade party admission (one ticket per donation).

https://treasureislandflorida.org/News/2020/Nov/treasure_island_holiday_boat_parade.html

Blush Tea and Coffee St. Pete will be hosting their 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar.

This exciting event features several local artists, makers, live painting, live music, those amazing brioche donuts from Mana Bakery and of course delicious teas and coffees!

Tis the Season to come out and do some holiday shopping, support our local artists and makers.

https://m.facebook.com/events/642073076438192

Mistletoe market

December 11th

Find that perfect gift this holiday season and support local shops and the Mistletoe Market presented by the St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

https://www.facebook.com/events/832445087552142

Pass-a-Grille Vina Del Mar 2020 Boat Parade

December 12th

801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00 pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier website

Festivities start at the Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at 5:00 pm,

Santa will be there for Pictures with the Kids.

The Fireman will be cooking Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Luminaries along the sea wall

Carolers at the Merry Pier

Kitty Yoga at Sunshine Kitty Catfe

December 12th

Kitty Yoga is back December 12th at Sunshine Kitty Catfe! Wind down from your week and join our kitties for a 60-minute gentle Friday evening flow in our Cat Lounge as Within. yoga leads an all-levels kitty yoga

Reserve your spot meow and look forward to starting your weekend in the most purrfect way!

https://www.sunshinekittycatfe.com/visit

Eat Drink and Be Ugly Mixer

December 17th 

December 17th at The Whiskey Exchange, Eat, Drink and show off your favorite Ugly sweater. Drink Specials, food, prizes and lots of fun!

https://www.evensi.us/ugly-sweater-party-whiskey-exchange/396908404

Classic Christmas

December 20th

December 20th at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater enjoy music to celebrate the season from history’s greatest composers including Mozart, Handel and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite!

https://the.floridaorchestra.org/phase-1-classical-christmas-encore

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

December 31st

Seeking a spectacular way to ring in 2021? Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance, stunning floral designs. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages in Clearwater.

Freshly updated each year with a new cast and musical programme, the exuberant music of Johann Strauss and his counterparts will spring to vibrant life in a joyful spectacle featuring European singers, dancers, and a full symphony orchestra. The Maestro, an expert in Viennese music, will lead the orchestra and the audience on a journey through the Golden Age of Vienna with wit, charm, and more than a few jokes along the way.

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/salute-vienna

New Year’s Party w/ STORMBRINGER live concert & fireworks on the Beach!

December 31

New Year’s Eve Party on the Beach! Celebrate 2021 w/ Stormbringer LIVE Concert on the Beach 9pm, Fireworks at 12am. Enjoy Kentucky Par cocktails, limited menu available at 8pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/3335285283246982/

 Van Gogh Alive

Through April 11, 2021


Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. This exhibition will be available for viewing from November 21, 2020 – April 11, 2021.

https://bit.ly/2UJ0jCh

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa

All Month Long

If you’re looking for safe holiday fun, Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park is the place for you!  Become immersed in an outdoor seasonal adventure featuring twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new jolly adventures.