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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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.  

Ways to Give Back on your St. Pete Beach Vacation

Getting away can offer rewarding, life-changing and humbling experiences—especially if you take some time to give back on your vacation. The concept of voluntourism has grown rapidly over the past decade, offering families a way to alleviate stress, increase happiness and expose kids to something beyond the typical resort vacation where a whole new world awaits. Above all, giving back to a community, the environment or a special family is a meaningful way to spend a day—or even just a few hours—and has been shown to improve health, extend life and lower the risk of depression. Because it’s so good for your heart and soul, we’ve gathered seven different volunteer activities that you and your family can do during your St. Pete vacation.

Florida Dream Center’s Adopt-a-Block

The Florida Dream Center is committed to reaching far into communities throughout Pinellas County and helping them achieve tangible improvement. The Adopt-a-Block program adopts specific communities in need of assistance and provides nearly anything they’re in need of, including street clean-up, home repairs, lawn maintenance and a host of other services. Over 200 volunteers are now part of the program with dozens entering the community every week. Help make long-term, life-changing improvements to the communities that need it most by calling the Florida Dream Center at 727-851-9074 or emailing Zelda O’Connell at zelda@floridadreamcenter.org. Volunteers meet every Saturday from 8:40 am-12 pm at three different locations. Be sure to wear enclosed shoes and comfortable outside working clothes.

Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs. They couldn’t accomplish any of their restoration or education goals without the help of their active volunteer base. Volunteers of all ages from children to retirees help in habitat restoration projects, lend a hand at their annual fundraisers and represent their organization at community events to increase awareness. Due to COVID-19, fall restoration projects will not be open to the public for volunteering but they’re hopeful to return to a normal volunteer project schedule in the spring. Contact Rachel Arndt with any questions at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org or call (727)867-8166, x233.

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm was established in 1995 as a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa. As a non-profit, educational farm, Sweetwater relies on the help of volunteers to assist with the day-to-day operations of the community farm. Volunteers can work on a variety of farm tasks, such as planting, harvesting and weeding. There are also site projects for those with carpentry and electrical skills. The farm is open for volunteers Sunday from 9 am-12 pm. You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer but younger kids can come out from 10-10:30 am and wash veggies that are harvested from the fields. Kids love helping with this and even getting the chance to run around a bit or dig in the dirt. Go to sweetwater-organic.com to fill out a volunteer form.

Sunken Gardens

A botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city, the Sunken Gardens is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum. Help preserve and enhance this 100-year-old garden and provide opportunities for the community to enjoy this educational and cultural center by becoming a volunteer. Make new friends, participate in unique projects and gain knowledge from your efforts. Whether you assist with their animals, special events, gift shop, garden care, as a docent or become a member of their speaker’s bureau, you’re sure to grow as much as the Gardens does. Simply complete and return the Volunteer Application on https://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/volunteer.php and their volunteer coordinator will respond with next steps.

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is committed to ending hunger in Tampa Bay by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge and expand the amount of nutritious food available. Meals on Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) and Meals on Wheels St. Petersburg (MOWSP) change lives by delivering one meal at a time. Volunteers are essential in providing care and compassion to kids, seniors and homebound residents in need of nutrition assistance. MOWSP is looking for drivers to help pack and deliver meals Monday through Saturday from 9 am-2 pm and MOWSP is looking for drivers to assist with delivering meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am-2 pm. A route takes an hour to complete. Go to networktoendhunger.volunteerhub.com to sign up.

Society of St. Andrew

Since 1995, the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) has operated a statewide, volunteer-driven Gleaning Network in Florida that coordinates with local farmers, thousands of volunteers and food providing agencies. Their Florida Gleaning Network is going strong—saving three to four million pounds of fresh produce for the hungry each year. Each year, they coordinator thousands of volunteers of all ages to glean one to two million pounds of a wide variety of produce in Florida. If you’re interested in joining this exciting hands-on ministry, contact SoSA at (407)650-1956 or (800)806-0756. Most gleaning events take place on weekends where you’ll arrive in the fields at 8 am and be on your way by noon. SoSA makes all the arrangements with farmers, produce containers and food distribution. All you need to do is show up.

360 Eats

360 Eats is a newly formed non-profit mobile food service providing an innovative solution to bridge the gaps between food waste, food insecurity and sustainability. 30-40% of quality food produced in the United States goes to waste each year and yet one in eight Americans are considered food-insecure. Their goal is to eradicate hunger and food waste as we know it by providing upwards of 500,000 nutritious and gourmet meals to those in need and rescue over 1 million pounds of good food in the US each year. Volunteers are the backbone of 360 Eats. They offer plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved—from volunteer food recovery drivers to volunteer chefs and servers. Go to 360eats.org/volunteer to sign-up and help make a difference in the community.

Here at the Alden, it’s our honor to serve our local community. We invite you to read about some of the ways we give back. And we hope you will join us in finding ways to share your time and talents while enjoying your vacation in St. Pete Beach!

We’re Thankful for November 2020 in St. Pete Beach

We treasure the beauty of St. Pete Beach all year round, but there’s something special about the fall. November in St. Pete Beach offers picture-perfect weather with highs in the upper 70’s and lows around 60. The fresh air is comfortable for enjoying days on the beach and the evenings are pleasantly cool. November in Florida is ideal for spending time outdoors with your family, and we have plenty of fun activities coming your way so you can do just that! Holiday markets start up this month, and we even have some fun foodie events in the Tampa Bay area. Plus, our spacious suites with full kitchens are your ideal Thanksgiving headquarters- why not make plans to bring the family and give thanks at the beach this year?

Holiday Hors D’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro

November 7th

Enjoy holiday hors d’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro November 7th! The Holidays are fast approaching, and they have you covered. Join Chef Craig for a great class to learn how to make Holiday hors d’oeuvres, wonderful small plates to enjoy with family and friends!! https://casadimazzaro.com/cooking-classes/

Prime Rib Dinner at the Galley

Wednesdays in November

The Galley is offering 10 oz Prime Rib Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Au jus & Horseradish for only $12.95 from 6 p.m.-‘til it’s gone every Wednesday with Live Music from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.!

St. Pete Pier Marketplace

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

From handcrafted jewelry and unique home decor to hot sauce and self-care products, you are sure to find a piece of St. Pete that you’ll love to take home when you visit the St. Pete Pier Marketplace. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., local vendors display their wares. Make sure to stop by and say hi!

https://stpetepier.org/

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tours

Every Sunday

Every Sunday you can experience local culture and learn a little about the brewing process as the Thirsty Pelican introduces you to the largest brew scene in all of Florida! You will visit at least 3 breweries, up-close-and-personal like, and get the ‘inside scoop’ from your fun & knowledgeable Tour Guide.

https://thirstypelicantours.com/

Brews and Rescues at The Clearwater Aquarium

November 13th

November 13th at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, You won’t want to miss Brews and Rescues! Savor delectable food and sip thirst-quenching drinks as you explore the aquarium’s new state-of-the-art dolphin complex and brand-new facility. Celebrate their expansion with us during this fun, safe, and supportive event! This 21+ event will benefit future manatee rehabilitation efforts.

https://www.cmaquarium.org/brews-rescues/

Arts Annual Virtual Festival

November 15th

Enjoy works from the extraordinary visual and performing artists of Pinellas County while supporting Creative Pinellas and its mission to foster and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative arts community. Purchase a ticket for this year’s Arts Annual Virtual Festival taking place Sunday, November 15th. Performances include music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more! Purchase tickets at:

https://artsannual2020.eventbrite.com

12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup

November 18th – 22nd

November 18th through 22nd join in the 12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup Presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater. World renowned sand sculptors come to Treasure Island, Florida to compete for over $10K in prizes. Enjoy Music, Food, Vendors and Fireworks at this fun free event.

Yappy Hour

November 26th

Come down to PAW and drink a local craft beer while supporting a great cause! $1 from every beer sold during Thursday November 26th’s Yappy Hour from 6-8 p.m. at Pinellas Ale Works benefits local animal charities!

https://www.fluffanimalrescue.org/

Seashells and Wedding Bells at Alden Suites

Photo courtesy of Celebrations of Tampa Bay

If you’re looking for the most romantic way to say “I Do”, a Florida wedding in paradise is the perfect start to your new life as husband and wife. Here at Alden Suites, we’ve been honored to host dozens of weddings on our private beachfront resort. We specialize in smaller weddings that maximize the incredible sunset views that St. Pete Beach provides. The sugar-soft white sand of our sweeping beach, framed by palm trees and glorious skies, offers the perfect venue for your St. Pete Beach wedding celebration.

If you’re like most of our brides, you’re looking to hold your ceremony directly on the beach. We can help you arrange for embellishing the scene with arbors, table linens and fresh flowers, while ensuring that each guest is comfortable and cared for by our dedicated staff. Many of our brides and grooms choose to make a long weekend of it, bringing friends and family from all over to stay together in the spacious suites at the Alden. Our suites have full kitchens and expansive living areas, making them perfect for wedding preparations and family togetherness.

No matter the season, beach weddings will never be boring or outdated. No banquet hall or conference room can match the natural beauty of the ocean and sky, especially during one of our spectacular St. Pete Beach sunsets. Let the sound of the waves soothe your souls as you say your vows beachside.

The Alden offers an affordable option at our St. Pete Beach gulfside resort where you can make your wedding dreams come true. Hold your ceremony on the beach and enjoy a reception on the beachside grassy lawn or the courtyard room.  If you are looking for the perfect getaway for an intimate, private, beach wedding and reception, the Alden Suites is your perfect venue.  

Photo courtesy of Pine and Forge

Here are some details on our St. Pete Beach wedding offerings here at Alden Suites:

  • Wedding ceremonies are held on the Alden’s private beach.
  • Receptions can be held at our Beach Front Lawn & Fountain Courtyard Room.
  • Must reserve a room block of 15 rooms per night with any event.
  • We do not book ceremony-only weddings. We do require a reception to follow.
  • Alcohol must be purchased through the Alden.
  • Outside catering is allowed (no grilling of any kind on lawn area).

Don’t just take our word for it, check out these Alden Suites wedding testimonials:

Everyone at the Alden Suites was great! Kevin Fox was awesome in planning our reservation. Mike at the front desk was extremely helpful in organizing our multiple rooms. Chris at the front desk was great also! Thanks to the great staff!! -Mark P.

Where my guests were staying was important to us because we had many guests from out of town and we had a Friday wedding and were planning on hanging out with everyone all weekend. As soon as we walked into Alden Suites we fell in love. They were extremely accommodating. Buddy at the front desk was so pleasant and we heard his name and how helpful he was from so many guests. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank you. –-Erin S.

We had the ceremony and reception at the Alden Beach Resort. The scenery was beautiful, the staff was amazing, everything was exactly how I pictured. When I went to check on the setup and wanted to change things a little bit, they did not hesitate to make the changes I was requesting. It was beyond perfect in every way! -Rachael G.

Follow these links for an inside look at some of our favorite Alden weddings!

https://pineandforge.com/blog/2020/5/6/beach-destination-wedding-at-alden-suites

If you’d like to make ocean views your Something Blue, we hope you’ll consider Alden Suites for your St. Pete Beach wedding. For more information about Alden Suites weddings, please reach out to:

Heather Chapa

Events Coordinator, Alden Suites | ChapaH@aldenbeachresort.com |
727-641-1674

TREATS in store for St. Pete Beach in October 2020

The spookiest season is upon us! From markets to pub crawls to pumpkin painting, there are so many ways to get in the Halloween spirit here in St. Pete Beach. Halloween is just around the corner, but you can partake in frightful festivities all month long. Start planning your costumes and plan a fun outing at one of these fantastic Halloween events in the St. Pete Beach area. And don’t miss your chance to celebrate Halloween with us on October 31, we’ll be hosting trick or treating for our guests right here at the Alden!

Taste of the Beaches

October 2- 4

Today through Sunday experience Taste of the Beaches in a new and safe way! Locals and visitors will try local tastes from a variety of restaurants, those of whom could use the support of our community! Immerse yourself in local flavors and specialty dishes while visiting different communities and new restaurants.
 www.TampaBayBeaches.com/Taste

October Market

October 2-4

Join Vintage Marche for their award-winning market featuring over 30 vendors in 15,000 square feet of retail space! Plenty of treasures to find while maintaining social distance! There are three opportunities to shop: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! https://www.facebook.com/events/2380118218958193/

Concert in the Park Series

Fridays in October

The City of St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Department is proud to bring back their popular October Concert Series! Join them every Friday in October in Horan Park for a fun night of live music and entertainment! Space is limited this year so please make sure to purchase tickets in advance at https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com

St. Pete Street Food and Craft Beer Festival

October 19t

Join Gulf to Bay this Friday from 6 pm- 11 pm for Awesome Food, Craft Beers & Live Music as they host the 3rd annual St. Pete Street Food and Craft Beer Festival!  Admission is free and picnic chairs and blankets are welcome!
https://www.facebook.com/events/694874101097063/

Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser

October 22n

Join 3 Daughters Brewing for live bands, pumpkin painting, food, photo booths, amazing raffles, AND an outdoor market! (COVID 19 Friendly version)

This Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser helps to provide rent assistance, bill assistance, and access to basic necessities for our homeless and low-income communities in Pinellas via Reach St. Pete! There will be live bands, pumpkin painting, food, a photo booth, amazing raffles, AND an outdoor market with vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2662684570716057/

Halloween Bar Crawl

October 31

Celebrate Halloween in St. Pete with the annual Halloween Bar Crawl! Top Shelf Crawls has put together the premier list of bars and nightclubs for crawlers! You will receive a Souvenir Spooky Color Changing cup, and over $500 in cash and prizes is up for grabs for lucky crawlers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/671396053404081/

Trunk or Treat on Corey Avenue

October 31, 10 am-2 pm

The St. Pete Beach Parks & Recreation Department is proud to present “Trunk or Treat on Corey Ave.” This year things will be a little different so please read the description carefully. This event is located on Corey Ave and will take place between the 300-400 blocks. Families will be able to Trick-or-Treat throughout participating stores as well as “Trunkers” along the street.

All participants must wear a facemask. The event is from 10 am-2 pm and will be separated into 4 time slots. You must register for a time slot, each ticket is only valid during that time slot. 75 families max per hour. To get tickets please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/trunk-or-treat/

Halloween at the Alden

October 31, 4 pm-6 pm

Celebrate Halloween the Alden way! We invite our in-house guests to join us for trick-or-treating at the resort this Halloween. Costume up and meet at the Cabana Bar at 4 pm to pick up your goodie bag. We’ll take your photo with our spooky props and then you can visit stations throughout the resort to gather treats. We are all so looking forward to seeing all of your costumes!

Win an Alden Vacation and a Trip to the NEW Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center!

Have you visited St. Petersburg’s new Pier yet? Not only is it a fabulous dining and entertainment district, but it’s also the home to the brand-new Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center! Developed and operated by Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit founded in 1993, the Discovery Center tells you the story of Tampa Bay’s vast and complex estuary — its history and recovery, and Tampa Bay Watch’s pivotal role in that effort. Next time you’re here at the Alden, make plans to take a short drive to downtown St. Pete and check out our newest attraction.

The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is the place to go for an entertaining, hands-on experience. We ALL love the Tampa Bay beaches, and there’s a reason why our water is so clear and our sand is so pure and white. Find out all you need to know about Tampa Bay’s unique ecosystem, right in the middle of it all! Tampa Bay Watch has been working for over 30 years to clean up our shorelines, and they do it in very unique ways. The Discovery Center’s Estuary Habitat and Touch Tank are key to understanding how the whole ecosystem works together- showcasing a variety of species found in Tampa Bay waters.

If you’re looking for a rainy-day family outing in St. Pete, the Discovery Center is just the ticket.  But the Discovery Center is not strictly an indoor experience. They also have a cool “wet classroom” with an amphitheater-style observation deck that hosts outdoor demonstrations.

The Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center is a perfect family activity for visitors to St. Pete Beach, and it also plays host to a variety of fun and educational events. Science Saturdays, Squid Encounters, and Adult Trivia nights are just a few of the featured activities that visitors to the Discovery Center can look forward to in the coming months. Click here to see all the fun coming your way!

The Alden is a proud sponsor of Tampa Bay Watch, having donated tens of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit over the last few years. We’re so excited to finally have a concrete way for our guests to experience the Watch’s vital work for themselves. That’s why we’re offering a special contest to award one lucky family with a Family Fun Day at the Discovery Center!

AND NOW, IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

We’re teaming up with the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center to give away an amazing prize. Here’s how to enter:

On Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, share a photo or two of how YOUR family helps keep our planet healthy. Whether it’s recycling at home, picking up trash, drinking from reusable water bottles, or volunteering with a local environmental group, we want to see what you’re up to! Make sure to use the hashtags #dawnofdiscovery #aldenwow and #aldendiscovery and to post publicly so we can see your picture!

We will pick one person to win a Family Fun Day gift basket that will include these two adorable plushies, a Tampa Bay Watch hat, 4 Tampa Bay Watch bandannas, a family 4-pack of tickets to the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, and a 2-night stay at the Alden.

Mary Ann Renfrow, the Alden’s Director of Community Relations, will announce the contest winner LIVE on Facebook on Monday, September 28. So get to saving the planet and sharing your stories today!

St. Pete in September 2020 – Our Top Picks of Things to Do

Fall is here to stay! And as the seasons change, there are still many awesome events to enjoy here in St Pete Beach. From Labor Day fireworks to pumpkin paintings, there’s something for everyone this month!

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks on Treasure Island

September 5th

Saturday the 5th at dusk spread out, socially distanced on the Treasure Island beach and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks!
https://www.facebook.com/RECREATIONTI/

PB & Jelly Deli

September 5th

Saturday night in the beer garden sounds just about perfect right now, doesn’t it? Join the PB & Jelly Deli September 5th at Green Bench Brewing Co. for brews and your favorite gourmet PB&J sammies from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. They’ll be safe, socially distanced, masked up and ready to serve you nuttin’ but love!

September 7th

Who is ready for fall flavors? September 7th, join The Wheelhouse for their annual pumpkin beer release celebration. They will tap all the pumpkin beers that they can get their hands on & make some super yummy pumpkin food specials & desserts.  They are operating with social distancing protocols so please know that they cannot accommodate groups over 6 people.  All specials will be available for dine-in OR carry-out.  #RELEASETHEPUMPKINS

Central Cycling Spin Class

September 11th

September 11th at the new St. Petersburg Pier, enjoy an awesome spin class courtesy of Central Cycling under the Bending Arc sculpture!

There will be two opportunities to spin: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bookings for the event are open! 🚴 🚴‍

2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest

September 18th

Got wings? If you are a wing lover, we’ve got just the ticket. Tomorrow, stop by the 2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest! Admission is free so enjoy adult beverages and live music as well as the best wings in town from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483572075128161/

Pumpkin Painting

September 22nd

September 22nd 6:30-8:30 register for this FUN workshop to create a Van Gogh Starry Night inspired pumpkin at Practically Pikasso! Instruction provided to help you create a beautiful new center piece or fall decor piece for your home. This workshop is recommended for adults and teens. Your kiln fired art will be ready to pick up on Sept 30th. Just in time for Halloween!

https://www.practicallypikasso.com/calendar

Jazz Sundays at Boulevard Burgers

Sundays

Sit back and relax with live tunes and mimosas by the beach at Boulevard Burgers & Tap House, right across the street from the Alden!

Le Jazz Trio is serving up some soulful jams every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., while you enjoy big, juicy burgers, seafood dishes, appetizers, milkshakes, and more!

Boulevard Burgers also offers 50 cent wings all day on Sundays!