Here at Alden Suites, we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family with exciting events all year long. This October, we brought in a group of influencers from across the USA to help us spread the word. Bloggers, Instagrammers, YouTubers, magazine writers and radio hosts joined together for a convivial gathering on St. Pete Beach.
It all started on Wednesday, October 16 with a party on the grassy lawn next to the beach. Dan Casey of Snappers grilled up drunken shrimp and filet mignon. Chris and Dave were on hand to mix up cocktails from our mobile bar cart. The influencers mixed and mingled, getting to know each other, and we heard from Leroy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater.
The party moved to the Cabana Bar as the sun set, and the group enjoyed an incredible dinner made by Odise Armata of St. Pete Beach Produce and Deli. Armata specializes in Mediterranean food and he makes everything from scratch. The bloggers RAVED about his decadent Spanakopita, creamy hummus, and fresh Vegan wraps. But it wasn’t all healthy- he also spoiled the group with his baklava, honey cakes and nutty wedding cookies. After dinner and drinks, the influencers settled into their beachfront suites and bungalows, with some choosing to gather at the hot tub and pool for a moonlight swim.
On Thursday morning, the group gathered for coffee and breakfast, generously provided by Chick fil A of St. Pete Beach, in the Fountain Courtyard Room. The whole group gathered for a photo op in the courtyard, and then headed out for a day on the beach. They set up camp in our signature yellow cabanas- some chose to relax all day, while others swam in the ocean and tried out the paddleboards and jetskis from Suncoast Water Sports.
Bloggers Miami Mermaid Elle and Vegan Disney Food were announced as the winners of the first night’s photo contest, and their prize was a parasailing excursion with Suncoast Water Sports. Neither of them had every tried parasailing before, and they had a blast! Everyone gathered at the Cabana Bar for Cuban Sandwiches and sweet potato fries served up by our Alden Oasis food truck.
After lunch, Miami Mermaid Elle wanted to experience the Alden’s sparkling saltwater pools, so we wheeled her over in a luggage trolley and she splashed right in. Lucky young guests were able to join her in the water, learning how to blow heart-shaped bubbles and swim like a mermaid. It was truly a magical moment!
Since we were celebrating 50 years of the Alden, we decided to glam it up with a 1980’s party at the Cabana Bar. Chris and Dave really got into the spirit in their Richard Simmons outfits! They served up special cocktails and 80’s music filled the air as our guests showed off their totally awesome getups. If you’re thinking of a special gathering for an Alden Suites girls weekend or family reunion, we highly recommend an 80’s party- it’s always a riot!
Next, it was time to set sail on a Suncoast Watersports sunset cruise. Our crew continued the 80’s party in style on the boat, capturing photos and delighting in the dancing dolphins that followed the boat all the way down the coastline to Pass a Grille. The Suncoast team kept the drinks flowing so the group could soak up the sunset and relax.
Dan and Connor Casey of Snapper’s Sea Grill welcomed us into their restaurant for a spectacular dinner. First they tempted palates with Tandoori Beef Satay, Zucchini Sticks and their creative watermelon with fried goat cheese stack. Our influencers had trouble choosing between the entrees, but the Filet of Beef Tenderloin, Wasabi Crusted Tuna and Coconut-Cashew Crusted Mahi-Mahi were some of their favorites. We were even spoiled with dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake and Oreo-Crusted Key Lime Pie wrapped up the evening and sent everyone home full and happy.
In the morning, we sent the bloggers off with an extra surprise. Our friend Stephanie Frank brought her VW Bus named Sky, which has been lovingly restored and fitted with a donut board for breakfast parties. It was all very Instagrammable for our influencers, and they explored all the fun areas of the bus and enjoyed coffee and donuts before heading back to real life.
We are so grateful to the bloggers who joined us and we want to share the stories they wrote about their time with us here at the Alden. Here are the links if you’d like to check them out!