Alden Suites Beachfront Resort Celebrates 50 Years Of WOW

Fifty years after Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden, today, the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates its 50-year anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. To commemorate this major milestone the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort has launched a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign that invites guests to celebrate the many things they love about the Alden. Among the celebratory activities launching this month are an inspiring video series; a new social media campaign, #ALDENWOW50; a photo contest, a new mural and lots of special Golden Giveaways. It all leads up to the big Alden Family Reunion set for November 9, where longtime guests will gather from all over the world to celebrate the big anniversary.

Gary Renfrow, President of Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, shares: “So many families return to the Alden year after year to celebrate reunions, weddings, birthdays, and holidays. We’re inviting them all to join us in a big celebration, the ultimate Alden Family Reunion to celebrate 50 years of memories.” Live music, food and drinks, entertainment and special surprises will make for an unforgettable celebration on the beach.

“Here in St. Pete Beach, you can have a huge resort experience if that’s what you come here for or you can have a family run establishment for 50 years, and it feels like home. This is a slice of Old Florida, that is just cool in its own way that doesn’t even need description. And it’s something that’s vanishing. But the Renfrows maintain it, they keep that spirit alive. It’s a great value to us because look, you can build anything. But to preserve something like this and to keep it magical, takes a special energy and a special family and a commitment and a dedication. And for that, we thank you very much,” notes David Downing, President and CEO of Visit St. Pete Clearwater.

Tony Satterfield, Vice President of Operations of the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, adds “At the end of the day, if we drive up and down this beach, we’ve all got great beaches, we’ve got great hotels here. What really makes the difference is the staff. I am fortunate to have an executive team, starting with the owners, that really has a commitment to customer service. If you take a look at our TripAdvisor reviews, you will see time and again individual employees and what they did outside of the norm to make our guests’ stays wonderful. We’re so grateful to our dedicated team of employees.”

The 50th Anniversary celebration begins in January 2019, and continues throughout the year, with a different element each month. Giveaways, charity highlights, contests, and exclusive vacation packages will bring the fun to each and every Alden guest, and to our local St. Pete Beach community. Here are just a few of the ways the Alden will celebrate the big 50th anniversary:

50 Years of WOW– Video Series
For the first time in the brand’s history, Alden Suites Beachfront Resort is launching a dynamic consumer video series, entitled 50 Years of WOW, to honor the official theme of its Golden Anniversary. Each month, vignettes will be released via various digital and social media channels, with every video showcasing our guests’ experiences over the years. The videos will highlight the perspective of different guests as they share the joy, fun, romance, and inspiration of their stays at the Alden.

Golden Giveaways
Throughout 2019, guests will be surprised and delighted by various forms of #ALDENWOW50 celebration. Golden chocolates, golden beach bags, and golden cocktail cups for the Cabana Bar will be gifted to guest as they check in during selected months. Random Acts of Celebration will randomly select lucky guests to receive free water sports, dinners, cruises, and more. All of the latest news about our monthly celebrations will be available on the www.aldenwow.com blog.

#ALDENWOW50 Contest
Between January 15 and February 28, 2019, a contest will be held for the best #ALDENWOW50 photo. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the Alden, a sunset sail on the Compass Rose from Dolphin Landing, dinner at Snappers, and their image on the Alden mural. Past and present guests are invited to join the #ALDENWOW50 contest by sharing photos and memories gathered during any stay at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and tagging them with #ALDENWOW50. Select user photos will be shared on the brand’s social media channels, in a display in the Alden Suites reception area, and in a video at the 50th Anniversary celebration. One family will be chosen to be included in our commemorative mural painting, becoming a part of Alden history for all to see. Alden enthusiasts who are not active on social media but who want to engage in the celebration can email photos or video messages to the Alden team at info@aldenwow.com. We look forward to sharing your vacation memories, and hope many of our longtime guests will join us for the grand celebration in November!

#ALDENWOW50 Contest Launches the Alden’s 50 Years Of WOW Celebration!

2019 is a banner year for us here at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort. Fifty years after Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden, this year the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates its 50-year anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. Over the past five decades the property has grown exponentially, with two new all-suite towers and several top-to-bottom renovations. It has evolved from a small motel into a full-scale beachfront family resort with two pools, a hot tub, two tennis courts, and a Cabana Beach Bar.

To commemorate this major milestone the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort has launched a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign that invites our guests to celebrate the many things they love about the Alden. The 50th Anniversary celebration begins in January 2019, and continues throughout the year, with a different element each month. Giveaways, charity highlights, contests, and exclusive vacation packages will bring the fun to each and every Alden guest, and to our local St. Pete Beach community.

And to kick it all off, we’re inviting YOU to participate in our #ALDENWOW50 Contest. Between January 4 and February 28, 2019, we are holding a contest for the best #ALDENWOW50 photo. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the Alden, a sunset sail on the Compass Rose from Dolphin Landing, dinner at Snappers Sea Grill, and their image on the Alden mural.

Past and present guests are invited to join the #ALDENWOW50 contest by sharing photos and memories gathered during any stay at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and tagging them with #ALDENWOW50. We’d especially like to see photos from years gone by, to show the history of our guests’ vacations at the Alden.

Select user photos will be shared on the brand’s social media channels, in a display in the Alden Suites reception area, and in a video at the 50th Anniversary celebration. One family will be chosen to be included in our commemorative mural painting, becoming a part of Alden history for all to see. If you’re not active on social media but you want to engage in the celebration, feel free to email photos or videos to the Alden team at info@aldenwow.com. We are so excited to see your photos, and will be sharing more news soon about the big #ALDENWOW50 celebrations!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in January 2019

As the Holiday season concludes and the New Year begins there’s no lack of fun things to do in St Pete Beach. In addition to fun fashion shows and festivals, we are looking forward to everyday activities sure to fill the days with wonder. Enjoy an exciting pirate cruise, deep sea fishing, or just have a relaxing day with the family strolling or swimming.

Neiman Marcus presents The Dali Benefit Fashion Show

January 10

The Dali Museum and Neiman Marcus invite you to feast your eyes on 30 surreal works of wearable art created by teen designers. The Dali’s Fashion Design program, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, invites high school students to learn the fundamentals of design, construction and runway presentation from experienced artists and designers. Drawing inspiration from Salvador Dali’s infamous dinner parties, budding Tampa Bay high school talent (grades 9-12) create tangible connections between art and fashion.

https://thedali.org/event/neiman-marcus-presents-the-dalis-benefit-fashion-show/

 

25th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

January 12-13

American Craft Endeavors is continuing an annual spring tradition with the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Fair, bringing contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this free 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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival-tickets-52617111196?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Every Day at 2 pm and 5 pm. Extra Cruise 10 am on Saturdays

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is a family-oriented pirate-themed day cruise located right in the heart of Clearwater Beach, Florida. They pride themselves on catering to both children and adults within a family friendly atmosphere. With day and sunset cruises, it’s easy to imagine the days when these waters were rife with looting, plundering, and gold-burying pirates. The cruise also includes a special treat for adults with a third deck serving complimentary beer and wine on all cruises, with champagne complimentary on cruises after 4 pm.

https://captainmemo.com/

Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival

January 19-20, 2019

Competitors from around the U.S. gather on Treasure Island Beach during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. Come be amazed by the talented kite flyers performing to music at this two-day event in dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines. There will be plenty of time to be social and spend time with the family on one of the best kite flying beaches in the country as large show kites and giant bubbles paint the backdrop for an exciting competition. You might even see candy fall from the sky!

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/22nd-Annual-Treasure-Island-Sport-Kite-Competition-and-Festival-5456/details

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

January 26

Experience Star Wars as never before with Ruth Eckerd Hall’s first-ever live performance of Star Wars Live In Concert: Empire Strikes Back! This concert will feature the full- length iconic film on the big screen with The Florida Orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams. The Star Wars saga has grown into one of the most iconic film productions of our time. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss the Premiere of the Empire Strikes Back in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/star-wars-live-concert

The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center

If you’re looking for fun in the sun for the little ones The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center is for you! This play area consists of a mushroom-shaped waterfall and colorful dumping cones as well as slides for older kids. It’s a great place for the whole family!

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/profile/st-pete-beach-family-aquatic-center/8684

 

These January 2019 events in St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area are a great way to unwind from the hectic holidays as you start the new year. If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!