Alden Suites Cabana Bar Favorites to Make At Home!

We ALL miss the Cabana Bar these days, not just for the delicious drinks, but the smiles and energy we share with our guests. Chris, Dave, Bob and Betsy shared some of their favorite recipes for tropical cocktails so you can keep that Cabana Bar spirit going until you come and see us again! All of these recipes are for a single drink, just multiply by how many drinks you want to make, or make a great big pitcher full, we won’t judge!

Betsy’s Mojito Magic

“When you want something refreshing and not too intense, a mojito always hits the spot.” -Betsy, Cabana Bar

  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  • 2–3 teaspoons honey simple syrup
  • ice
  • club soda

Honey Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts honey and water in a saucepan.  Warm over medium heat until the mixture reaches a simmer, then whisk together and watch the honey melt into the water. 

Add the mint leaves, rum, lime juice and honey simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.  Muddle the mint (using a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon) to release its flavors. Add 1 cup of ice.  Then cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, until chilled.  Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.  Top with club soda, as well as extra mint or lime wedges for garnish, if desired.

Dave’s Steel Drum

“A fun twist on a pina colada, this drink is a party in a glass!” -Dave, Cabana Bar

  • 2 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Pina Colada Mix (we like Daily’s best)
  • 4 oz. Pineapple Juice

Shake it up with ice and garnish with a slice of fresh pineapple and a cherry.

Twisted Pinkies by Chris

“This is one of my favorite drinks to prepare and it’s super easy to do at home. I love how the coconut rum cuts through the acidity of the pink grapefruit juice. It’s so refreshing!” -Chris, Cabana Bar

  • 6 oz. Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 oz. Coconut Rum

Shake up and serve over ice.

Chris’ Rumchata Pina Colada with a Coconut Rum Float.

“This twist on the classic Pina Colada is my favorite!” Mary Ann Renfrow, Alden Director of Community Relations

  • 3 oz. RumChata
  • 1 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • ½ oz. Cream of Coconut
  • ½ oz. Coconut Rum

Blend with ice. Top with a floater of coconut rum.

Dancing Bird of Paradise by Max Blower Rojas

Max Blower Rojas is a St. Pete Beach native who now works in New York City. He created this recipe, a favorite of Mary Ann Renfrow, as a submission for the Shake Stir USA and Cocktail Courier cocktail competition.

  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Tequila Tradicional Anejo
  • 1 oz Tahitian Vanilla Bean Syrup*
  • 1 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters (or any bitters you like)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into glass with fresh ice.

Garnish with Blood Orange peel.

*To make syrup, slit one vanilla bean and mix seeds into 1 cup of sugar. Add hot water and stir until dissolved. Let cool. You can also substitute the vanilla bean for 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract mixed into 1 cup of simple syrup. (Fancy bitters optional)

Bahama Mama

“The Bahama Mama is an irresistible Cabana Bar cocktail. I always have one when I arrive at the Alden and it pairs perfectly with a St. Pete Beach sunset!” -Sunshine Woodyard, AdGals social media consultant for Alden Suites.

  • 2oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz gold rum
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz grenadine

In a bar shaker, combine all ingredients with a few ice cubes. Shake until blended and pour over ice cubes. Garnish with maraschino cherries and pineapple wedges.

Betsy’s Secret Margarita

“🍹 Here is my personal recipe for an amazing margarita!” -Betsy

  • 1.5oz Silver Tequila
  • 1.5oz Triple sec
  • 4oz Margarita mix
  • 1.5oz O.J.

Fill w/ice shake, shake, shake. Salt/ no salt, however you like it. Float with Grand Marnier. Consume!!

We can’t wait to see you back at the Cabana Bar very soon!

St. Pete Beach Gives Back

As you may have heard, the Alden is closed through the month of April due to COVID-19. While we are unable to serve our guests in person during this time, we will be connecting with you online through our blog, social media and email to keep the Alden Family spirit alive! This week, we’d like to share some of the amazing things that local St. Pete Beach businesses are doing to support our community at this time.

The Alden’s Director of Community Relations Mary Ann Renfrow joined Feeding Tampa Bay this week for a drive-through food pantry serving St. Pete Beach’s hospitality workers with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful to St. Petersburg’s Lantmannen Unibake for donating the bread and to our Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies that assisted. The common theme from all who came out to receive donations was, “We want to get back to work”.

Brian McAllister and the Gibson Mural Club created an amazing mural last year at the Alden, and now he’s carrying on the Club’s work- take a look!

The Food Truck Convoy organized a convoy of food trucks and partnered with local restaurants to serve meals to neighbors in need, and help to keep food trucks and restaurant owners/staff working.

In a Seminole neighborhood near Starkey Elementary School, people are showing their love for families with school children by putting teddy bears in their windows.

St. Pete Rising is teaming up with one local restaurant and one hospital or healthcare provider per day to raise money to provide daily meals for healthcare workers. It’s a great way to donate to help the St. Pete Beach people that we all know and love.

Our good friends at Grillin N Chillin are offering free pulled pork sandwiches to out-of-work hospitality workers.

3 Daughters Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg is making thousands of containers of hand sanitizer for local healthcare workers, and giving them away for FREE!

Join the Great American Camp-In Challenge! Families are Camping IN at home and getting creative. Whether you’re imagining yourself in a jungle, the safari or even another planet they want to see your Camp-IN campground. Share pictures, stories, games, recipes and camp songs for all families to enjoy TOGETHER!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is sharing an inside look at the lives of their aquatic inhabitants, including the famous Winter the Dolphin:

Tampa Bay Watch is sharing educational stories and videos about the natural beauty and incredible wildlife that we enjoy here in St. Pete Beach.

And if you want some educational entertainment, we recommend Florida Stories from Florida Humanities. “Florida Stories” tours are high-quality, packed with photos and rich audio that will open your eyes to many of Florida’s cities and towns in a way you’ve never experienced before.

We love to support these local businesses and hope that you’ll support them next time you’re here at the Alden!

We want to give you a welcome distraction and something to look forward to, so we are offering a very special contest this April: We love our Alden Family, and we want to get to know you better! Follow this LINK and show us a picture of you and your favorite travel buddies from one of your favorite adventures together, anywhere in the WORLD, for a chance to win some great prizes.

We have a special plan for the winners- we will pick our top three entrants to participate in the first-ever Alden Jeopardy! You’ll go LIVE on Facebook with us on 4/30/20 to play Alden Jeopardy, and the winner will get the grand prize of a future two-night stay at Alden Suites! Here’s the link to enter:

https://aldenbeachresort.stories.travel/invite?contest=My-Alden-Travel-Buddy-2020-04-03

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for fun videos, contests and ways to share your Alden memories. Our prayers are with you and your families. Stay safe and healthy so you can come back and enjoy more beautiful moments with us right here in St. Pete Beach.

Visiting St. Pete Beach? Steps We Are Taking to Help You and Your Family Stay Safe

At Alden Suites, we take the health and safety of our guests and associates seriously. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following the guidelines from these agencies as well as local health departments and medical professionals. The CDC has not issued a travel health notice for the continental U.S. regarding COVID-19. Yet as an enhanced preventative measure in light of current related events in Florida, we’ve further enhanced our cleaning, communication, and promotion of healthy hygiene practices.

Our housekeeping department has always cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. We have increased the thoroughness of our cleaning schedule and practices to improve sanitation. Items cleaned in suites include phones, remotes, hairdryers, irons, and high traffic touchpoints. Hand sanitizing stations are accessible to guests in all of our public spaces and lobby. Key cards and parking passes are being sanitized between each guest check-in.


For associates who have direct contact with guests, e.g. front desk agents, housekeepers, and maintenance personnel, we provide surface disinfecting products and hand sanitizer. For guests checking in, associates are asking guests to disinfect their hands upon arrival and sharing hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette tips.

Our managers have been provided with detailed health and safety procedures to share with their associates. Managers will ask associates to stay home when they are sick. Additionally, we have communicated directly to all associates regarding the necessity of safe hand washing and hygiene practices.

We also want to share that here at Alden Suites, we have closed the Cabana Bar until further notice as required by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The food truck is still open for takeout orders. Essential beach supplies and snacks are available at our Grab and Go shop. We do have some amenities here at Alden Suites that will help make it easier for you to practice social distancing. Our suites all have full kitchens, which allows our guests to prepare food and drinks in their suites instead of going out to restaurants and bars. Publix delivers groceries here at Alden Suites, so you can enjoy a stocked refrigerator without fighting the crowds at grocery stores. We also have 4 gas grills on our BBQ deck, adequately spaced apart so our guests can prepare food on the grill. We have modified our cancellation policies to accommodate guests who are experiencing a change of plans. As of right now, the Alden remains open for business and we look forward to welcoming our guests.

Feeling Lucky? St. Pete Beach is the place for you this March!

March is one of our favorite months here in St. Pete Beach. We love to see the smiles of relief when our guests dip their toes in the warm Gulf waters, we can almost SEE them thawing out from those cold winter days up North. March is full of exciting activities here in the Tampa Bay Beaches area: air shows, road races, art events, speedboat races, live music, and all the green beer and shamrocks you could ever wish for. Find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow here at Alden Suites.

March 9: Machu Peachu Release Celebration

Celebrate Mastry’s Brewing Co.’s newest release, March 9 from 2-9pm. The rustic and ancient corn beer, known as Chicha de Jora, was once a sacred drink of the Incas. It is still widely consumed in the Andean highlands and home-brewed by the locals.
Today, Mastry’s has kept up with tradition, with a post-modern approach, by using bloody butcher corn, along with mixed fermentation, to recreate this sacred beer, while adding our own twist of re-fermentation on roasted peaches. Machu Peachu is funky, sweet and tart. With soft flavors and aroma from the peaches, and sourness brought on from fermentation, this beer is sure to delight the palate.

March 13-15: 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

Follow the sound to downtown St. Pete today to check out the action after the streets have been transformed into one of racing’s most beautiful road courses. Make sure you don’t miss the 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete!

http://www.gpstpete.com

March 15: Swigwams’s Street Party

Music, Food, Fun, & Beer! From 11am to 3am, join the Street Party after the Sunday Market to celebrate the Swigwams’ 10 Year Anniversary on Corey Ave.

https://www.facebook.com/events/233295207676695/

March 20-22: Reggae Rise Up Florida

Reggae Rise Up Florida returns to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 20, 21, & 22 for 3 full days full of positive vibes and great music! This year’s headliners are Damian Marley, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Slightly Stoopid, Soja, Dirty Heads, and Iration. #stpetebeach http://reggaeriseupflorida.com/lineup/

March 21: Winter Whiskeyfest

Join I Love the Burg for the 3rd Annual Winter Whiskeyfest in partnership with Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey! Choose from over a dozen different whiskeys to taste, enjoy light bites from The Mill Restaurant, and mingle with other like-minded whiskey lovers at The Urban Stillhouse on a Saturday evening. Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey showcases its stunning new space and benefits a great community cause. Tickets are limited, with room for only 250 of our closest friends and fans.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1032499743761257

March 27-29: Gulfport Grand Prix

Gulfport Grand Prix features Formula Powerboat Racing and a boat show. Hosted in Gulfport, the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard for three days of racing and fun from March 27 through the 29th! Formula Race Boats with an open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, and the antique boat show and the pleasure boat display will line the street. Also, enjoy food, drinks, music and more and this family friendly event. Admission is free! https://www.grandprixgulfport.com

March 27: St. Pete Beach Crab & Music Festival

Crab and shrimp on your list of favorite foods? Love listening to live music? Then we have what you need. Join us March 27-29, 2020 in downtown St. Pete Beach on Corey Avenue for the premiere of the St. Pete Beach Crab & Music Festival. Festivities begin Friday at Noon with live music performances ongoing from 4pm-10pm. The event continues Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. All weekend, all relaxation. What a plan!

https://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-70-St.+Pete+Beach+Crab+%26+Music+Festival+.html

March 28-29: Tampa Bay Airfest 2020

MacDill AFB Presents Tampa Bay AirFest 2020 air show. The show is open to the public and includes an extensive ground display, vendors and an air show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team.

https://www.facebook.com/events/357376808495227/

Thursdays: St. Pete Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour

The St. Pete Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour explores the beautiful waterfront Beach Drive neighborhood via a 3.5-hour walking food & wine tour. They meet at The Vinoy Hotel the “Grand Dame” of downtown St. Pete and while sipping a signature cocktail, they explore this spectacular historic resort. The tour—which is running every Thursday from February 27 to April 30—continues along Beach Drive visiting local independent restaurants for food and drink. Dessert and coffee at Cassis. #stpetebeach https://www.tampabayfoodtours.com

Sundays: Café Gala Museum with Mimosas & Masterpieces

Raise a glass to an artistic take on Sunday Fundays at Café Gala Museum with Mimosas & Masterpieces! Enjoy a Catalan-inspired brunch, visit the galleries, stroll the grounds, contemplate the Avant-garden, browse the Museum Store and soak in all the brilliance of the world-famous Salvador Dalí Museum. Enjoy this inspired brunch weekly on Sundays between 11 am – 2 pm.

https://thedali.org/event/mimosas-masterpieces-brunch-th-edali-2017-11-26/2020-03-01/

Hotspots for Art Lovers in St. Petersburg, Florida

From incredible street murals to museums filled with works from the greats, there’s no shortage of beautiful art to behold in St. Pete. Want to see some gorgeous sights besides the ocean? Check out these must-do attractions for lovers of all kinds of art!

Morean Arts Center

American artist Dale Chihuly is one of the most renowned glass artists working today. The Morean Arts Center boasts his first permanent collection in a building designed specifically for his art. Get lost in a swirl of classy glass sculptures like colorful beach ball-sized spheres inspired by Japanese fishing floats, a delicate and dynamic forest of glass, a cascading chandelier and jumbo blooms gazed at from below through glass. Before you leave, make sure to pop into the Morean Class Studio and Hotshop to see resident artists creating glass art right in front of your eyes!

Imagine Art Center

If you love glass art, St. Petersburg is the place for you. In addition to Morean Arts Center, we are privileged to have the Imagine Museum. Featuring preeminent works from the American Studio Glass Movement and an extraordinary selection of contemporary glass sculptures from around the world. Imagine Museum has over 500 significant pieces of glass works on display from their 1500-piece collection. The Museum hosts multiple events, tours and educational programs designed to inform, inspire and uplift all who visit.  Interactive spatial computing opportunities (augmented reality and virtual reality) are part of the memorable visual experience offered. The gallery exhibitions change throughout the year to expose the viewer to new artists and new works from the collection.  

Salvador Dalí Museum

When an art-collecting couple sought a home for their droves of Daliana back in the 1970s, St. Pete stepped up and built the Salvador Dali Museum. The building that houses 96 of the Spanish surrealist’s oil paintings (as well as original drawings, illustrations, prints, sculptures, photos, videos and archival documents) is as much of a work of art as the pieces inside it. Enter the massive wavelike bubble made from more than a thousand triangular pieces of glass which envelops 18-inch thick hurricane-proof concrete exterior walls and enjoy an afternoon perusing the gigantic masterworks of the artist who’s as famous for his trippy dreamscapes and melting clocks as he is for his kooky signature curlicued mustache. Don’t forget to take a selfie in the Bubble Mirror!

Museum of Fine Arts

If you’re looking for your fix of fine artists, from the classic to the contemporary, look no further! The Museum of Fine Arts holds pieces spanning 4,500 years of civilization from antiquity to the present—the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. From a legendary permanent collection to compelling traveling exhibitions, the MFA is ready to inspire with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art.

The Duncan McClellan Gallery

The Duncan McClellan Galleryhttps://dmglass.com/, located in St. Petersburg Florida, features rotating exhibitions showcasing national and internationally recognized glass artists. With 3,000 square feet of gallery spaces and 5,000 square feet of outdoor courtyards and lushly planted sculpture gardens, the grounds are a sought after event and meeting place for glass artists, visiting dignitaries, and the community.

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art opened in April 2018 and transports visitors through the rich and diverse heritage of the American West. Its more than 400 works of art evoke the spirit of a wide-open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. The museum engages the community through a variety of programs and educational opportunities that bring our history and culture to life.

Central Arts District

In recent years, hundreds of murals have popped up on buildings in the Central Arts District in downtown St. Pete. From interlocking rainbows to a shark that bares its jaws at passersby to a dinosaur in an AARP-sponsored mural, these murals range from whimsical to wild and since 2015, the annual Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival has been held to celebrate the popular art form. Get a sneak peek of these gigantic public works by browsing the neighborhood on your own or take the walking mural tour to hear the stories behind their creation. In St. Pete, you don’t have to shun the sun to soak up incredible art!

St. Pete also hosts frequent art celebrations like the St. Pete Second Saturday Artwalk and the twice-monthly Gulfport Art Walk. No matter where you choose to travel, let the Sunshine City feed your right brain with its diverse selection of vibrant and surprising art.

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: February 2020

We’ve made it to month two of 2020, and so far, so good! From art events to French fry fest, get ready for a month full of fun stuff to do in and around St. Pete Beach. Whether you’re coming to St. Pete Beach for Valentine’s Day celebrations or just to escape the winter cold, you’re sure to find plenty to see and do!

2Cool Art Show

February 1st and 2nd

The 9th Annual 2Cool Art Show is happening at the historic Gulfport Casino February 1st and 2nd showcasing the artwork of over 30 of the area’s top artists in this boutique art exhibition. This fine art and fine craft show’s second yearly premier exhibition gives winter visitors a sampling of the high caliber work for which the summer Cool Art Show is so well known. The selected artists will show and sell a variety of handcrafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, digital, mixed media and jewelry.

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney

February 1st through May 10th

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is the first museum in the country to host this exhibition culled from the McNay Art Museum’s prestigious Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The traveling exhibition features a stunning variety of over 100 scene, costume, stage and program designs created by noted artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. The museum will be animated with performances of classical music, opera, dance, theater and poetry throughout the run of the exhibition, along with special lectures and film screenings. https://mfastpete.org/exh/picasso-to-hockney/

St. Pete French Fry Fest

February 14th and 15th

Join Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association today for food, fun, and live entertainment during St. Pete’s annual French Fry Festival! Food trucks will be lined up serving up specialty French fries as well as offering their normal cuisine. Check out the Facebook event page to see the full lineup of amazing offers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/568468897244181/

Dunedin Craft Festival

February 15th and 16th

Stroll along Main Street in downtown Dunedin from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 15th and 16th to meet 150 of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, and ceramics. Their expansive Green Market offers something for every taste and budget.

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown.dunedin-craft-festival

Localtopia

February 22nd

February 22nd celebrate all things local from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.! This annual festival celebrates St. Pete’s devotion to support its independent businesses and “Keep St. Pete Local.” Nearly 250 vendors and community organizations will take over Williams Park as specialty villages showcase arts & culture, makers and merchants, a family zone, and more.

Art and Seafood Festival

February 22nd and 23rd

This month attend the Art and Seafood Festival! February 22nd and 23rd from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. , shop local art and enjoy some of the most delicious seafood prepared by the area’s top food trucks and local restaurants, all while overlooking the beautiful waterfront of Safety Harbor at Waterfront Park. https://www.safetyharborchamber.com/art-and-seafood

We hope you enjoy the new events this February at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

Best Local Wine Bars in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach

St. Petersburg, Florida is well known for its thriving beer scene: with 35+ local craft breweries offering artisanal beers brewed on-site, there’s no wonder we’re nicknamed the Gulp Coast! However, wine is no doubt having its own moment here. Recently, several new wine bar concepts have popped up and we’ve compiled a list of the best. Here are some of our favorite local wine bars that would make Dionysus proud!

Sola Bistro & Wine Bar

Just a few blocks away from the Alden is a St. Pete Beach favorite: Sola Bistro & Wine Bar. This European-style wine bar brings in an eclectic mix of wine from the world’s greatest winemaking regions. They pair the vino with a killer selection of tapas, including Figs & Chorizo, Pork Belly, and an Italian spin on shrimp and grits called Shrimp & Polenta. Cheese lovers will adore their generous Cheese & Charcuterie boards. ((HINT)): if you want to hang out with Chris and Dave of the Alden Cabana Bar, they can often be found here after work!

Lolita’s Wine Market

The great thing about Lolita’s (named after the owners’ precious rescue dog, Lola) is that it has a little bit of everything. It’s a wine bar meets coffee shop that features CYO (Create Your Own) charcuterie platters with an ever-changing assortment of cheeses, meats and accoutrements, Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired tapas and even a few local brews for non-wine lovers to enjoy! It’s quickly become a local favorite for its great and affordable boutique wine selection and eclectic menu that focuses on fresh products. Sit down and relax and make some new friends or take your food and wine to go and enjoy a gorgeous beach sunset or movie in a park.

COPA

Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg’s Edge District, COPA is a middle-ground for wine and beer lovers alike and boasts an impressive selection of small plates inspired by flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. Try their signature spirit-based cocktails and pair them up with their various world-infused tapas. COPA offers inside seating at private tables or in their lounge or bar and outside seating in their upscale outdoor lunge or at a private table. They also have space for patio hookah on buzzing Central Avenue! COPA is perfect for anyone looking for an upbeat environment without the congestion of late-night experience.

Annata Wine Bar

North Straub Park is located just steps from the downtown waterfront and features scenic views, a recreation trail, a stage for varied entertainment and nearly 5 acres of lush landscaping. Just steps away from it is Annata—a restaurant and wine bar that welcome you to enjoy contemporary cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service. Their menu reflects a mix of fine dishes from Italy and abroad with local ingredients sourced from their relationships with bay area farms and suppliers. Stop by and enjoy their incredible wine selection and even more impressive charcuterie boards!

Try Wine

Situated on the first level of a mixed-use high-rise building on Beach Drive, Try Wine features 88 ever-changing self serve wine by the glass selections that can be dispensed in 3 different sizes (a taste, half glass, or full glass) from the many wine vending machines located in their tasting room. Discover something new and further your wine education or grab a table and enjoy wines by the half or full glass along with some charcuterie, artisan cheeses, popcorn or other food selections from their full-service restaurant menu. If you’re a wine lover or just learning, this place is a must-try.

A Taste for Wine

Downtown St. Petersburg’s original wine bar was established in 1995. They offer over twenty different wines by the glass, a curated selection from across the world. Don’t miss them on First Fridays, when they feature live music, great food and balcony seating overlooking all the action on Central Avenue.

Dracula’s Legacy Wine Bar

A cozy wine bar in the heart of downtown, this local haunt is owned by two Transylvanians who wanted to bring a little bit of their history with them to sunny St. Pete. Boasting a wonderful selection of white, red, rose and sparkling wines to choose from, as well as a delicious hand-crafted tapas menu, Dracula’s Legacy is perfect for an after-dinner drink with friends or a romantic date night. They also host a number of exciting events throughout the month like food and wine pairings, wine glass painting, artist parties, book clubs and even yoga classes. Make sure to stop by—Max and Ramona are DYING to meet you!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do: January 2020

New year new events! We are so happy to start off 2020 with tons of cool events here in St. Pete Beach. With marathons, parades and festivals, there is no better place to start the year than here at the Alden Suites beach!

Indie Flea St. Pete Street Faire

January 4

Join the Indie Flea at Green Bench Brewing Co. every 1st Saturday of the month. It’s always free to attend, and you will find 100+ artisans and vendors, food trucks, mobile shops, DJ Hello Darlin’ Records and more. Specialty beers, ciders and meads at Green Bench Brewing Co. Plants, Vintage, Handmade jewelry, Up-cycled clothes, vegan deserts, food trucks and everything your heart desires!

https://www.facebook.com/events/504826853456025/

St. Pete Beach Classic

January 18 – 19

January 18through 19, the streets of St. Pete Beach will be full of runners participating in the St. Pete Beach Classic. There are many exciting events to participate in, so don’t forget to register in advance. There is also an awesome after-party on the beach at Run Runners after the events!

www.stpetebeachclassic.com

MLK National Parade & Family Fun Day

January 19

On January 19 celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Annual MLK National Parade & Family Fun Day in St. Pete! This is the nation’s longest-running parade honoring MLK. Following the parade, enjoy a Family Fun Day at Tropicana Field featuring a kid’s zone, entertainment, an education drive, day of service programs and more from 2:30 p.m. -8 p.m.

47th Annual Art Festival Beth-El

January 25, 26, and 27

The 47th  Annual Art Festival Beth-El comes to Tampa Bay. Art Festival Beth-El continues to grow in popularity and attracts over 10,000 people from Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Art Festival Beth-El showcases 170+ national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Enjoy this exhibit and the sale of original artwork including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramics, and jewelry.

http://www.artfestivalbethel.com/

Splash & Paint

All Year Round

Spring Break 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! It’s only $45 per person. Advance reservations are requested, so please call 727.360.7081 to join Splash & Paint today!

Midnight in Paris

January 1- April 9

When Salvador Dalí & Luis Buñuel’s film Un Chien Andalou premiered in the City of Light, Paris was an avant-garde hothouse rife with artistic conflict and friendly rivalry. Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 immerses visitors in this particularly rich and vital creative era by examining works, friendships and clashes. Explore this unique exhibit now through April 9th 

We hope you enjoy the fun new events to celebrate a brand new decade here at the Alden!

Our Best Guest Stories of 2019

Here at the Alden, we love to hear our guests’ stories and see your vacation photos. Throughout 2019 we received hundreds of submissions for our story contests, and gave away thousands of dollars in prizes to our storytellers. Here are some of the 2019 stories that touched our hearts, made us laugh, and helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary!

TIMOTHY B.

“The hotel is kept with pride. Everyone is so friendly and the sun, pool, beach, and grounds are beautiful. We can walk to a great restaurant, stay-in in our suite, or just relax and unplug in the sun.”

I’ve been coming to The Alden since I was one year old, and have been coming here with my wife since getting married. This year, thirty-four years later, my wife and I brought our little boy to visit for the first time — along with my mom and aunt who have brought me here all these years. This place holds such special, happy memories for us that we acknowledged that happiness by giving our son Alden as his middle name! The 50th-anniversary party was his first plane trip to visit the Alden — but certainly not his last!

CYNTHIA S.

“Staff was very nice. Loved being on the beach. Loved the heated pools.”

Sunset at Alden with grandkids! Their 1st time at the ocean.

MANDY P.

“The resort is right on the beach with access to shops and restaurants nearby. The rooms are spacious especially great for a large family of 6!”

My son wanted to celebrate his birthday at the beach with cupcakes

HEATHER W.

We got the honor of attending the epic 50th-anniversary party! What an awesome way to give back to all of your guests! Our second visit here and plan on staying many more times for our little family vacations!

JAMES B.

“Been visiting The Alden for 48 years. We’ll be back next week for 11 nights for Thanksgiving. We love the “family feeling”

My first year, 8 years old. Alden Suites’ new wing under still under construction.

AMANDA R.

“Meeting Fred and Dee Zuroske 8 years ago during an annual spring Alden stay. Dee has since moved to heaven but we keep in touch with Fred and see him outside of our Alden’s stays. Fred is like another Grandpa to my girls. He has been coming to the Alden for 20 plus years and the St Pete area for 30 plus years. The Alden has a great family that owns it, has a great family that runs and works it and has great families that come to stay and play.”

Sissies sell seashells by the seashore…. aka Alden seashore. My girls painted shells one afternoon and then shared them with people on the beach that evening while watching the sunset.

ROCHELLE K.

“David and Chris at the bar are always our favorite reason for visiting. We had the chance to meet many other staff members for the first time during our 5 day stay and I have to say, you guys really just have the best staff around. So friendly, so helpful, so FUN!”

Letting loose in my resort wear the day before my wedding 🙂

MARK D.

“My husband and in-laws planned this trip and it couldn’t have been nicer! Staff was above and beyond kind and helpful- even when I needed something as random as super glue, they delivered!! Clean, lovely rooms! I could see us all coming back alone our bringing kids the next time! Nice mix of people- family-friendly as well. Very cool, Alden!”

First time parasailing and all the info was right outside our room on the beach! They even pulled up in the water right next to our umbrella to pick us up! Alden made our vacation super easy!

TRACY H.

What better place than Alden Suites to celebrate a Birthday! We drove 1254 miles from Minnesota to celebrate our daughter’s 17th Birthday!

CASSANDRA S.

“From the start, our reservation was so easy. Our check-in was a breeze and the staff was very friendly and funny too. You can tell they love their job and are happy to make your stay the absolute best. Our room overlooked the gulf, and it was clean with plenty of linens and extra towels. The staff at the Cabana bar were equally friendly and provided tasty drinks with a smile. We will definitely go back!!”

The best way to do a Sleepover Birthday Party is @AldenSuites in St. Pete Beach!!

ASHLEY M.

“Upon arrival, I went to the front desk to check-in, the 2 men working were so super fun! They were very kind and informative. Our room was perfect and clean! We were right by the elevator and it was surprisingly quiet! Our stay at the Alden Suites was beyond our expectations! The pool was lovely! We even spent some time at the Cabana Bar, and let me tell you we had a blast! The bartenders were so fun and the drinks were soooo yummy! I can’t wait to come back!”

My stay at the Alden couldn’t have been any better! From the staff to the view from our room, everything was amazing! 10 out of 10! 5 stars! We LOVE Alden Suites!

ROBERT S.

“Happy memories flooded the sandy beach and the crystal clear pools of the Alden Suites. Great food, great accommodations, and great conversation. “The sand may brush off. The salt may wash away. The tans may fade. But the memories will last forever.” #SummerTime #AldenFans #BeachBums”

SHERI F.

“Wonderful front desk service and our room was better than we even expected. Thank you for making my daughter’s birthday weekend extra special!”

Beach Birthday Fun!

JULIA M.

“I retired from my school position after 22 years and turned 60 at the same time and wanted to celebrate big with my family (17 of us) on the beach because that is where I love to be! My Uncle and his 2 daughters from NY flew in to join the celebration! It was the best 10 days of my life!”

LORI G.

“We started coming to the Alden Suites about 10 years ago. My husband and I decided we wanted to get married at our favorite place on earth, St. Pete Beach. We usually visit at least 2 times per year. We looked at other places but decided they were not “our beach”. The staff went out of their way to make our sunrise wedding exceptional. We brought family and friends with us for our beach ceremony. After the ceremony, we dipped into the gulf only to exit the water to cheering crowds on their balconies at The Alden Suites. Our friends and family love this resort also and now have returned and made The Alden Suites their favorite place too. The staff is so accommodating and friendly.”

Wedding Day July 20, 2018. The Alden Suites, St. Pete Beach, Florida. Best day ever!!

STACEY A.

“My husband and his family have been coming here 50 years, we love it!! And will continue to come for all of our Florida vacations!!!”

Our daughters on our first vacation as a family of 5!

AMBER B.

“We love to vacation at the Alden Suites. The rooms are actually set up so perfect for families with young children. They can nap in the bedroom and we close off the living room area to hang out while they are napping. We love the playground area and the beach bar for us of course. We’ve been coming to the Alden for about 8 years now, almost every summer we fly to St. Pete Beach from Colorado to defrost after the long winters here. We have family in St. Pete so we have so many special memories made there with family coming to spend the day with us on the beach. My grandfather is 93 years old WWll Veteran and comes to see us every summer while we are staying at the Alden. We are looking forward to continuing to make many more special moments during our stays each summer.”

We spent the week at the Alden beach resort relaxing on the beach and building sandcastles. My son took his first steps on the sand and fell directly on top of the castle we had just built and my daughter cried that “bubba” ruined her princess castle!

TANYA R.

“We got to enjoy the beautiful dolphins on the beach every morning. Something I remember enjoying as a kid while visiting your beach. Thank you for always giving us the best memories.”

My kids first time seeing the ocean staying at the Alden. It has left a mark on them and we will be back every year.

MICHELE D.

“Each year the exceptional service of the Alden staff makes our vacation memorable!.”

Only steps to the sand when you stay at the Alden Suites

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Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: December 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year here at Alden Suites! And there’s no better place to spend it than at the beach! Here are some of the events that will make your holiday season superb in and around St. Pete Beach.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

December 1st– January 6th

December 1st  through 31st  head to Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and to see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shopping, and more than a million twinkling lights!

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/christmas-town/

Florida Holiday Boat Parades

All December

Here in St. Pete Beach, boat parades are a treasured tradition. Take a look at all the Florida boat parades taking place this December and make plans to join in the fun!

https://www.floridabywater.com/welcome/1647-boat-parades-

Holiday Lights in the Gardens

December 1st– January 4th

This season, escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment! The annual “Holiday Lights in the Gardens” is back December 1st  through Jan 4th! Over 1 million LED lights are shining throughout the Florida Botanical Gardens highlighting their plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa. The event begins at 5:30 pm and a $5 suggested donation is encouraged for entry.

Winter Wonderland at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

December 1st– January 6th

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a splashing great holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter’s Wonderland December 1st through Jan. 6. Experience Winter’s Wonderland with lights and décor all around, see the holiday-themed habitats, enjoy the kids’ fun zone in the 3rd-floor classrooms and learn about penguins and polar bears, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway. https://www.seewinter.com/event/winters-wonderland-2019/

St. Pete Beach Drive & Wine Tour

December 1st-10th

December 1st  through 10th  explore the beautiful waterfront Beach Drive neighborhood via the 3- hour St. Pete Beach Drive & Wine Tour. The tour meets at The Vinoy Hotel the “Grand Dame” of downtown St. Pete and while sipping a signature cocktail we explore this spectacular historic resort. The tour continues to The Birchwood Inn & Locale Market for wine and food pairing. Up next we visit Flute & Dram for a taste of the good life with a champagne and caviar tasting. Finale desserts and coffee at Cassis St. Pete.

https://www.tampabayfoodtours.com/st-pete-beach-drive-dine-wine-tour/

Tampa Bay Beaches Festival of Trees

December 7th

Join the Tampa Bay Beaches Festival of Trees! Get in the holiday spirit and support the community with your family. Bid on your favorite Christmas tree to spruce up your home or business, while enjoying a winter wonderland of fun!

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/Festival-of-Trees-5787/details

North Straub Park Snowfest

December 8th

Sixty-five tons of snow are expected to fall in North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Join the fake snow fun December 8th  from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more! #SundayFunday http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/holidayevents/?fbclid=IwAR0e35mR4Fj1HBw_XdJQ0MooiZSfZE2CLSHFlG980YREdcpEX51aR3rtxrg

1st Annual Gulfport Santa Rampage

December 14th

Twas 11 days before Christmas and all through our ‘hood, the Santas were partying and up to no good. Grab your best Santa costume and come to Gulfport with all of your Christmas spirit for our 1st Annual Gulfport Santa Rampage! Get your Creative Claus on and get ready to elf things up as we take over the town and paint it red. For more info visit the events page here. https://www.facebook.com/events/2627068487336849/  

Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade

December 14th

December 14th  at 6 pm, enjoy the 34th Annual Gulfport Lighted Christmas Boat Parade! Each year, we all come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade. Don’t miss this treasured Florida tradition. https://sailbcyc.org/ChristmasBoatParade

First Night St Petersburg

December 31st

First Night St Petersburg is our area’s only family-friendly New Year’s Eve, Community Celebration of the Arts and each year they ring in the New Year with eight hours of music, dance, aerial arts, silent disco, fire, bubble stompin’, puppets, aerial art, creative fun, fireworks a scavenger hunt and so much more! This awesome event goes from 12 pm to 12 am so stop by anytime to ring in 20202!

We hope you enjoy the holiday happenings this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!