St. Pete Beach Things to Do – September 2018 Edition!

September has Started! School is back in session but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax by the beach, and it’s a nice, uncrowded time of year to be here. Train rides, markets, boat races, and a bridal show are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do this September.

Free Ride on the Largo Central Railroad

September 2

All aboard! Take a free train ride around Largo Central Park today! The modeled to scale locomotives pull you and your family along a mile-long loop through great scenery, a spooky tunnel, and a waterfall pond. http://www.lcrailroad.com/

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Every Weekend ending September 16

Busch Gardens’ newest event, Bier Fest is happening every weekend through September 16! Savor this food and beer celebration featuring more than 100 beers from 60 different breweries around the world.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/bier-fest/

Night Market St Pete

September 20th

Shop under the stars at St. Pete’s largest night market yet! Located in the Warehouse Arts District next to 3 Daughters Brewing, enjoy eats, beats, art and drinks from some of St. Pete’s finest vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/events/474284286340345/

 

Sunken Gardens Bridal Show

September 23rd

Is there a bride in your life? Planning a wedding someday soon? You might want to visit the Sunken Gardens today for the 2018 Bridal Show! We predict free cake 😉

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bridal-shows-in-st-petersburg-fl-4794086327

The Clearwater Super Boat National Championship

September 28-30th

The 10th annual Super Boat International race is coming to town. Many beach-going spectators enjoy the races from Clearwater Beaches powder white sugar sand, others take advantage of the VIP watch parties from the comfort of sponsor hotels, restaurants, and condos throughout the island.

From race team meet and greets to our super boat parade and one of a kind Clearwater Beach cuisine, this year’s 2018 Festival is guaranteed to be bigger better and faster than ever!

https://www.clearwatersuperboat.com/

St. Pete Beach is the place to be for cool events and sunny days this September. We hope you’ll make plans to join us here at Alden Suites very soon!

 

Forty Years at the Alden… A Longtime Guest Shares Her Story

One of our favorite things here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort is welcoming generations of families who stay with us year after year. As children grow up and become parents themselves, they return to savor the St. Pete Beach experience and enjoy our hospitality. We are so thankful to our longtime guest Jennifer from Naperville, Illinois for sharing her Alden Suites experience!
 
“I have been staying at the Alden since 1975. Four generations of my family have vacationed at this resort, nestled on beautiful St. Pete Beach. Despite the older buildings, the management at the Alden works to make continuous improvements and updates to the resort. I am certain the buildings take a beating between the salt air, the heat, and humidity and wear and tear from the guests. I cannot fathom the amount of upkeep and maintenance a beach resort may require.
 
With that said, I feel like the staff at the Alden work to provide a clean, comfortable and safe resort for all its guests despite the required attention to detail and upkeep the resort demands. It is super family friendly and great for relaxing. I have seen weddings, family reunions, girls trips, family trips etc.. over the course of my years visiting the Alden. I have referred friends and family and nobody has been disappointed with their vacation stay. Its charm is what sets it apart from many of the other resort options on the beach. The welcoming family vibe is present throughout the resort.
 
The rooms are very clean and the front desk staff are kind, courteous and responsive. I have always felt very safe at the Alden. Now having two young children of my own, it’s a pleasure to watch them bounce from pool to pool to hot tub to the ocean with ease. I have much joy reflecting on my own childhood vacationing at the Alden through the eyes of my children who now enjoy the same thing!
 
From relaxing in your room to taking a walk through the beautiful landscape which runs from the main office area, passed the “Fungalows” and the pools..it is such a beautiful, tropical relaxing walk to the beach. I also love staying on the Gulf Front buildings…I love staring out at the ocean. Unless you are atop Hurricanes at Pass-A-Grille for dinner, I dare think you could have a better sunset view on the beach than from the Alden. The resort’s beach is THE BEST on St. Pete!
 
The Snappers Oasis Food Truck tucked next to the Cabana Bar serves really good “fast” food. The Haddock Nuggets do not disappoint, nor do the fries or chicken tenders. In fact, I was in line to order my food and a server from the Don CeSar came over to order food and he said that he actually refers guests from the Don’s pool area down to the Alden to check out the resort and try food from Snappers Oasis! I loved hearing that! Take a step back to yesteryear with the charm and delight of a cozy vacation spot on the beach with modern amenities and comfort. The Alden is a gem!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do – August 2018 Edition!

Aah, August! Some call it the dog days of summer, but it’s always better at the beach!

Local Floridians will tell you the secret for enjoying this warmest of our months: either be in the water, or in the air conditioning! The Gulf of Mexico water is always refreshing and our two pools at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort are ready to cool you right off!

We’ve collected some fun activities for you and the family to enjoy your stay in St. Pete Beach this month: art museums, baseball, a 5K, and a reggae show are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do in August.

Cult Classics at the Dali

August 2

The Dali’s can’t-miss summer celebration – Cult Classics – is back and better than ever. Grab your lawn chair and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare, and cold craft brews. Visit the Dali tonight at 7 pm to see Bruce Willis in the iconic film Die Hard!

https://thedali.org/event/cult-classics-2018-die-hard/

Fruitilicious

Saturdays in August

Make sure to check out the brand-new Mize Gallery in St. Pete. It’s owned by Chad Mize, previously the proprietor of Blue Lucy and creator of the “London Paris Tokyo St Pete” T-shirt.   The gallery showcases a variety of local artists, starting this month with a funky, fruity exhibition featuring 30 local and national artists. Each artist showcases their unique take on fruit in this fun show, open every Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/mizegallery/

Steel Pulse at Jannus Live

August 12

The roots reggae band Steel Pulse is bringing the vibe to St. Pete. Watch them perform today and get into the island spirit! Gates open at 7 p.m! #SundayFunday

http://www.jannuslive.com/event/steel-pulse/

St. Pete Beach 5k Series

August 17

Soak in the last rays of the day during this 5k race on St. Pete Beach. Whether you run or walk it, all levels are welcome to participate in this fun chip-timed 5k run. The after race party for all participants include a free buffet provided by Hurricane Restaurant, a live DJ, adult beverages, soda and water and a spectacular sunset. The run starts at Hurricane Restaurant with the course along the beach. Free kids run is at 6:30 p.m. and the 5k starts at 7 p.m. Registration is $35.

http://www.sprr.org/

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals

August 23

With a solid mix of newly acquired talent and seasoned players on the roster for 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to be one of the strongest teams in this season’s American League East! Have a great day at the ballpark today when The Rays face the Royals!

https://www.mlb.com/rays/tickets/promotions

Chihuly Storyteller’s Exhibition

August 26

Check out the Chihuly Collection’s narrative-driven glasswork collection “Storyteller’s Exhibition” on display Now through October 31st

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event/storytellers-exhibition-chihuly-collection/8900

Those are our top picks for St. Pete Beach summer fun this August. Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, we’re excited to help our guests celebrate the end of summer with a month full of family togetherness and cool activities. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!

 

July 2018 Things to Do in St. Pete Beach

Extreme Mud Wars, a Beer Festival, Grouper Week and Yoga at the Museum! We’ve got something for everyone, and summer is in full swing here in St. Pete Beach. Check out the Alden Suites Beach Resort’s hottest picks for July in Tampa Bay!

July 4

Independence Day

We have SO many wonderful places to celebrate Independence Day here in St. Pete Beach. Our wonderful Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has gathered all of the best ways to enjoy fireworks, picnics and summer fun with the family on the 4th of July.

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event-guide/fourth-of-july-festivities?&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImp3oqNT22wIVVflRCh07fgRkEAAYASAAEgKr8PD_BwE

July 6

Free “Pig Floyd” Concert

Tomorrow night at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, you can jam out as “Pig Floyd” covers Pink Floyd’s greatest hits in a FREE tribute concert at 8pm!

http://www.jannuslive.com/event/a-tribute-to-pink-floyd-performed-by-pig-floyd/

July 14

Extreme Mud Wars

Come get dirty with Tampa Bay Club Sport at the America II Extreme Mud Wars 2018! Teams of 6-10 will compete in 8 events filled with MUD & WATER, for the highest overall score. Bring the family for this awesome one-day event on Sat, July 14. Located at the beautiful Lake Vista Park. The competition is in downtown St. Pete from 9a-4p with an after party following to keep the muddy fun going.

https://www.extrememudwars.com/

July 19-20

Beer Project

Learn about the enduring influence of beer through the ages at this annual 2-day beer tasting at the Museum of Fine Arts! This year, students in the USF Brewing Arts program and area homebrewers are creating beers inspired by the MFA’s mosaics and the ancient city of Antioch, where no villa party was complete without a little fermentation. Participating brewers include Rapp Brewing, Flying Boat Brewing Co., Green Bench Brewery, 3 Daughters Brewing, and Mastry’s Brewing Co. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for designated drivers. Must be 21 or older to participate. Prices include beer tastings, glassware, food, and the galleries.

http://mfastpete.org/event/beer-project-gourds-to-growlers-how-beer-helped-shape-ethiopia-and-the-mediterranean/

July 21

Yoga at the Dali

You love art. You dig yoga. How about some yoga in an amazing museum? Join Lucky Cat Yoga every Sunday at The Dali – a remarkable environment where Dali’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga. Practice yoga at the Avant-Garden with incredible views of the waterfront.

https://thedali.org/event/yoga-at-the-dali-3/2018-07-15/

July 21-29

Grouper Week

It’s our favorite time of year! St. Pete/Clearwater is the grouper capital of the world and we’re all about celebrating the tasty, flaky white fish. Catch the grouper wave and savor fresh gulf grouper during Grouper Week events every July and discover more about where to find this kingly fish in local restaurants and out in the Gulf.

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/grouper

July 27

St. Pete Indie Market

Shop this monthly night market featuring 50+ vendors by artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, jewelers and more local makers. Plus enjoy good music and craft cocktails by Ichicoro Ane. This monthly makers faire showcases the best of all things indie on the multiple levels of trendy event space that Station House St. Pete has to offer. Come out from 6 – 10 p.m. for an evening supporting St. Pete’s local arts & culture.

http://www.stpeteindiemarket.com/

St. Pete Beach Things to do… June 2018 Edition!

Summer is here! We love this time of year, when families gather for reunions, getaways, and vacations here at the Alden. We totally can’t blame you if you just want to hang out at the Cabana Bar with Chris and Dave, but if just in case you’d like to go exploring, we’ve got a month full of festivals, boat races, art and music on deck for our Alden Suites visitors. Here are some of our top picks for June 2018 in St. Pete Beach!

 

June 1-5

St. Petersburg Opera: Verdi’s La Traviata

Verdi pulled out all the dramatic stops for this romantic tale of Violetta and Alfredo. It’s one of the ten most popular operas of all time for very good reasons. Performed at St. Pete’s Hough Hall, the Palladium’s 850-seat mainstage performance space, which blends nearly-perfect acoustics with history-rich ambiance.

https://www.mypalladium.org/st-petersburg-opera-verdis-la-traviata/

June 2

Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Atlanta United

Come on out and watch Tampa Bay’s own pro soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, taking on Atlanta United at Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Pete. Mascot Pete the Pelican will be waiting for you to cheer the team together!

https://www.rowdiessoccer.com/

June 8-10

Opa! Palooza

Celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the Opa! Palooza Greek Festival, being held at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Enjoy food, pastries, music including a ‘Battle of the Bands,’ artists and craftsmen vendors, and more (all Greek-style, of course!).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opa-palooza-greek-festival-tickets-45772765574

June 16-17

2018 SuperStock USA Championship

Feeling the need for speed? Today in St. Pete Beach we’re hosting the penultimate round of the 2018 SuperStock USA Championship. Join in for the sights, sounds, and sandy beaches of the second annual Grand Prix of the Gulf, as the P1 Powerboats display their horsepower.

https://p1superstock.com/race-info/St.%20Pete%20Beach/2018/86212

June 22-24

St. Pete Pride Festival

This weekend’s St. Pete Pride Festival will again be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to make history while enjoying a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise. Check out the fun from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Grand Central District.

https://www.stpetepride.com/en

June 27

Summer and Sift: Callaloo

Tampa native Chef Gary Moran has trained and worked in some of the best restaurants in the Northeast after training in Europe. Former Chef d’ Cuisine at the famed Tavern on the Green in New York City, he moved back to Tampa, commanding his own kitchen as the executive chef for Datz and The Mermaid Tavern.  Moving to his own restaurant, the award-winning chef opened South Tampa’s highly popular Wimauma restaurant where he fused his international culinary skill with traditional Southern fare, a tradition he has embraced with Callaloo. He’s bringing his celebrated cuisine for a magical evening of dining and art at the Museum of Fine Arts.

http://mfastpete.org/event/simmer-and-sift-callaloo/

We hope you’ll take some time to explore the amazing cultural offerings here in the Tampa Bay area- here at the Alden, we never run out of fun things to do!

 

 

 

Splash & Paint for St. Pete Family Fun!

Summer is coming, and that means we get to welcome lots of families to enjoy the sun and surf here at St. Pete Beach. Create your own work of art to remember your Alden Suites family vacation for years to come!

Everything’s included in our “Brush Strokes” paint parties. You’ll receive your own art supplies plus your choice of two free beverages (beer, wine, soda or water).

It’s only $45 per person. Advance reservations are requested, so please call 727.360.7081 to join “Brush Strokes” today!

Tampa Bay Things to Do in May

May is a delightful time to visit us here at Alden Suites! We’ve gathered some of our best ideas family fun in the St. Pete Beach area this month.

May 3rd

Movies in the Park

Preserve the ‘Burg presents Movies in the Park: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”, Thursday, May 3rd. This is a free, outdoor, family friendly event anyone can attend that starts at 7pm. There will be a variety of food and beverage vendors, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic with a chair or blanket.

May 4th

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest 

The 9th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM). The festival will be held at Pier 60 Park and features over 30 participating restaurants, wine & craft beer, and live entertainment. In true Taste Fest tradition, they’ll boast exquisite raffle items, a live auction, vendors and more!

May 9th

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Braves

 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Braves 7:10pm at the Tropicana Stadium. An exciting and family-friendly sporting event with two of the strongest teams of the season facing off right here in Tampa Bay!

May 11th

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay, May. 11, 2018. Bring a towel, a favorite beverage, your date, and some friends and prepare to get dirty during 2 hours of wheel throwing and hand sculpting clay. Bisque and glaze your favorite piece to take home at the end of the evening! Located at 420 22nd St S, St. Pete, FL 33701

May 12th

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival

 

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival has over 50 beers to sample, from National and Local craft breweries, with live music and food vendors all set alongside the water. Admission ranges from $30 – $55 and includes a commemorative Craft Beer Festival tasting cup, complimentary valet parking, water, and music.

May 13th

Mother’s Day Yacht StarShip Cruise in Clearwater

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a leisurely 2.5 hr daytime yacht cruise along Florida’s beautiful inland waters. The cruise includes entertainment and a 3-course sit-down luncheon. Boarding at 12:00 pm; Departing at 12:30 pm from 25 Causeway Blvd. Slip #152, Clearwater Beach.

May 19th

Night in the Islands – Tarpon Springs

Night in the Islands – Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks presents music, dancing and some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens 6-11pm. Reserve a table and don’t miss the free dancing lessons 6-7pm.

May 22nd

AAC Baseball Championship

The 2018 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater will take place May 22 – 27th The winner receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division Baseball Championship each season. Be sure to catch family friendly sports tournament at the Spectrum field.

May 28th

The 97X BBQ Music & Arts Festival

 

The 97X BBQ Music & Arts Festival is biggest show of the summer featuring Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah & The Lion, AJR and more!  Saturday, May 26th in beautiful Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg there will be live music acts, contests and food and beverage vendors.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here in St. Pete Beach this month. We hope you’ll come and join us soon!

 

Day-Tripping: Family Attractions Less Than an Hour Away From St. Pete Beach

Getting your family to want to go on vacation is easy, but everyone agreeing on where to go is a whole other story! Don’t worry, Alden Suites Beach Resort is central to some of the most exciting attractions Florida has to offer, less than an hour away! We want you and your family to have as many memorable adventures as possible while spending your vacation with us. You can even book thru our Grab n’ Go Store, located right next to the lobby. We have WOW DEALS, specials and packages just waiting for you!

Busch Gardens

Take your family on the ultimate adventure to Busch Gardens, located less than an hour away from Alden Suites. Busch Gardens is one of the largest zoo’s in North America, with more than 12,000 animals and has over 15 thrill rides. You and your family can experience up close animal encounters, world class roller coasters and award winning live entertainment.  Between rides and shows you can view animal habitats, bird gardens and even be a zookeeper-for-a-day making your trip fun and educational!

Adventure Island

Right across from Busch Gardens is Adventure Island, keeping all the thrill and helping you cool down! 40 acres of tropical, high-speed, water drenched fun in a tranquil Key West setting! Attractions the whole family can enjoy from the children’s water playground, to the amazing giant wave pool, to the epic Colossal Curl water slide! You can spend a relaxing day floating down the Rambling Bayou or get your adrenaline rush from over 10 different slides! Adventure Island even offers All-Day Dining deals to make it even easier to please everyone in your group and keep the fun going all day!

The Dali Museum

Looking for an innovative and educational way to have fun with your kids on vacation? The Dali Museum offers crafting, stories and even treasure hunts to keep your little ones entertained while learning. The kids will also enjoy the Avant-Garden tour where they can learn how Dali was inspired by nature while exploring new themes each week! The tour is followed by art activities held in their classroom so you can enjoy all 96 oil paintings, drawings, fine prints, photographs and videos by the famed artist. Remember to wear comfortable clothing while you enjoy 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gallery spaces and remember, the kids might get a little messy creating their own masterpieces!

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Family fun awaits you at Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise! Set sail on a 2-hour journey along the intercoastal waterway and Gulf of Mexico while enjoying stories, games, dancing, treasure hunts and dolphin sightings with friendly pirates on their ship. Your pirate adventure includes complimentary lemonade, soft drinks beer and wine. The upper deck is reserved for 18 and up so you can let your kids enjoy a swashbuckling adventure while getting a well-deserved “mom/dad” break!

Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo is recognized by the State of Florida as the center for Florida wildlife and biodiversity. Their emphasis on rescue, rehabilitation and conservation to care for the animals will give everyone in your family a personalized experience to connect with wildlife in an educational and exciting way. Less than an hour away from Alden Suites, Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most beautiful and tropical zoos in the world and is home to over 1300 animals. Spend the day feeding giraffes, interacting with rhinoceros up-close, observing manatees year-round, splashing around in the Wallaroo water play area, and learning about several endangered species Lowry Park Zoo cares for.

So tell us, did we miss anything? So many families return to the Alden for vacations year after year, some have been coming here for 25 years running! So we bet you’ve found some treasures for family fun. Let us know your favorite Alden family day trips in the comments!

See more attractions and experiences here!

Get out there on the water in St. Pete Beach!

The shore in St. Pete Beach, with sugar-white sands and gentle clear waves, brings bliss to our Alden Suites guests every day. But if you only stay on land, you’re missing much of the fun that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer. We love to get out on the water, and there are so many cool ways to take a boating excursion here in the St. Pete Beach area.

Luckily, here at the Alden, you just have to step out of your suite to begin your adventure on the water. Suncoast Watersports has a kiosk on our beach, where you can sign up to go paddle boarding, parasailing, and jet-skiing. They even have a Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin tour. This 3.5 hour tour stops at two amazingly unique islands where you can either snorkel or explore. The first island is beautiful Egmont Key Preserve where you can explore the ruins of Fort Dade which was built into the sand dunes during the Spanish American war. Gopher tortoises and other wildlife are the only inhabitants left but at one time the fort housed 200 US soldiers and 300 Seminole Indian prisoners.

Prior to being a fort the island was a strategic ambush point for pirates looking to surprise ships with precious cargo entering Tampa Bay to trade goods with the local population. The second island stop is at “Sand Dollar Island” located just off the coast of famous Fort Desoto and Shell Key preserve. Sand Dollar Island has an abundance of sand dollars and other great shells including horse conchs, shark eye shells and tulip shells to name just a few. You will come back with a bag full of awesome shells you can’t find on any of our vacation beaches.

Dr. Beach, Florida International University professor Dr. Stephen Leatherman, rates Caladesi Island as one of the top five beaches in the entire United States.

For little ones with a love for all things pirate, the Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise in Clearwater Beach can’t be beat. Take a short drive up the coast to the Clearwater Beach Marina, and you can’t miss the red pirate ship. The Captain Memo crew goes all out to give families the full pirate experience, with eye patches, pirate hats and fun seafaring music. The boat sails out into the Gulf, and at one point they pretend the ship is under attack. All the kids get a toy cannon water gun and they fight off the bad pirates and save the day. It’s a classic Florida experience that your kids will always remember.

Who doesn’t love dolphins? Luckily here on the Gulf Coast we have plenty of opportunities to experience the joy of watching dolphins frolic in the surf. Any boat ride you take is likely to encounter some dolphins in the Gulf, and sometimes they’ll even jump and play in your boat’s wake. But for the best dolphin encounter, we recommend a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This dolphin rescue center is home to Winter the Dolphin, star of her own movie series. When you visit, you can see Winter up close and tour the expansive aquarium. They also offer a sea safari boat tour which takes you out into the gulf to see dolphins in the wild.

If you want to wander the Gulf more freely, why not captain your own ship? Day-long and half-day boat rentals are available just across the street in the Publix plaza at Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center. You can even rent some fishing gear and try your luck at catching your own dinner! We hope you’ll get a chance to get out on the water while you’re here vacationing at the Alden Suites, it’s a wonderful way to see St. Pete Beach at its finest!

Five Sweet Spots for Breakfast In St. Pete Beach

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning is: COFFEE! And the next thing is, where can I get some breakfast?

Well, here at Alden Suites we have the coffee part covered, with delicious free coffee every morning in the lobby. And you can always fix some breakfast in the fully-equipped kitchen in your suite. But you’re on vacation, and sometimes it’s just nice to go out for a leisurely breakfast to start your day.

Lucky for you (and us!), Alden Suites is right in the middle of a sweet spot, with several delicious breakfast options within easy walking distance of the resort. So slip into those flip flops and follow your nose to the most delicious breakfasts in St. Pete Beach. We dare you to try all five!

Many locals say their favorite spot for breakfast is the Toasted Monkey just two doors up to the north. A hopping hotspot at night, with a fun tiki bar, in the mornings the Monkey has a more chill vibe. Wood tables and bright tropical decor will keep you all relaxed as the chef whips up the best chicken and waffles you’ll ever have. The Monkey makes their chicken fingers with Cap’n Crunch cereal in the breading, so they have a nice sweet flavor that complements the soft, malty Belgian waffle. And many of our guests say that the Monkey’s biscuits and gravy are even better than the ones Grandma makes!

Looking for a real Italian experience along with your bacon and eggs? Walk a few blocks north and you’ll arrive at a slice of heaven for lovers of all things Italy: La Casa del Pane. A family of Italian immigrants runs this cafe, market and bakery, and people line up every day for their freshly baked breads, custard filled croissants, authentic Italian cookies, and the Naples-born flaky pastry called sfogliatelle. Be sure to try the divine cappuccino, and we don’t blame you if you come back for lunch- their focaccias are truly sublime.

Want to get really decadent to start your vacation? Just a hop skip and jump north of the Alden is Larry’s Ice Cream and Gelato, where they proudly make the only fresh mini donuts on St. Pete Beach and serve them up with a myriad of toppings. Hot fresh cinnamon toast, maple walnut, and toasted coconut donuts for breakfast? Sign us up!

And speaking of pastries, you haven’t LIVED until you’ve taken a morning stroll to Cafe Soleil. The owners moved from France a few years ago, bringing the authentic art of French pastries to St. Pete Beach. Each morning at 8 am, people line up at their doors for piping hot fresh, flaky pastries like chocolate filled croissants, lemon pastries, and cherry cheese danishes. It’s an easy stroll south from the Alden, in the Publix shopping center. They serve delicious coffee too, and they have a waterfront patio out back where you can enjoy your pastries while watching the sun rise over Boca Ciega Bay.

For a classic beach diner experience, head north a bit to Skidder’s Restaurant. Owned by a Greek family, they serve Greek specialities like gyros and spanakopita at lunch and dinner. But breakfast is classic American fare- stacks of fluffy pancakes, crisp bacon and yummy eggs, French toast and waffles. Skidder’s is great for families since they have a lot of space and can put tables together to seat a large party. And the broad menu selection means everyone will get to taste their favorite breakfast treats.

Next time you’re at the Alden, we hope you’ll try some of our favorites for your morning meal. Here on St. Pete Beach, we’re blessed with so many wonderful dining choices. Please do let us know if we missed out on a place you love- we’re always eager to find new places to start the day delectably!