7 Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

We all want to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day but with the current situation, many of us will be unable to take Mom out to the usual Mother’s Day dinner. The Alden is OPEN and we are excited to celebrate with many families this year. But going out is not the only way we can show our mothers how much we care! Here are some ways to show our moms love from our homes or in places safe to celebrate while social distancing.

A tried-and-true classic: Breakfast in bed. Make mom feel like she’s in a five-star hotel with an indulgent experience! Here’s a great fluffy pancake recipe you could try. Toss in some chocolate chips or mom’s favorite fruit for a real treat. https://www.africanbites.com/fluffy-pancakes/

Dress up some old mason jars with this tutorial from Home Stories A to Z. Mom is always looking for the best ways to display photos of her kids, and these are colorful options that she’ll love. https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html?ref=pcrorganicgglunkwn&prid=pcseogglunkwn

Looking for some fun Florida nature to explore with Mom?  Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a wonderful place to walk, run, learn and explore! Hike with your family through clearly marked paths and enjoy a bird sanctuary and lots of local wildlife!

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/boydhillpreserve/

Set up a salon at home to give mom a much-needed mani/pedi. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 steps to getting the perfect manicure at home.

https://www.glamour.com/gallery/10-steps-to-the-perfect-at-home-manicure

Send a silly video Record a mini clip of you reciting a mini poem about mom, singing her favorite song or just listing all of her best qualities. Grandmothers love seeing fun videos of their grandkids, so don’t forget to include them in the script.

The Pinning Mama has finally found a great use for the stubs of old crayons. Help your little ones follow these careful instructions to create a colorful candle for Mom. The best part is watching them choose which colors she’ll love most.

https://www.thepinningmama.com/diy-crayon-candles/?ref=pcrorganicgglunkwn&prid=pcseogglunkwn

Looking for a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day virtually? Set up an online call for your mom with friends, family, and siblings. Your mom would be thrilled if she sat down in front of her computer on Mother’s Day and discovered you arranged a Zoom or FaceTime call with her family and favorite friends!

We hope this list helps you celebrate mom this Mother’s Day. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments here!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do: October 2019

Spooky scares are in store for you this month in St. Pete Beach! Although the weather may not show it, here on the beach, Fall is here!  Embrace the change in season with autumn harvests and terrifying haunts all month long. Here are some of our favorite events in the area this October!

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday



The St. Pete Saturday Morning Market is back at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot. Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, you can explore this massive farmers market featuring quality local vendors from all over the state. Find locally made crafts and gifts, local honey, fresh flowers, tacos, coffee, kettle corn, artisinal bread and decadent cookies, plus a plethora of produce!

https://www.facebook.com/SPSaturdayMarket/

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

Oct. 1 – Nov. 2

Be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner at this year’s Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. Howl-O-Scream 2019 unearths long-buried icons of the past and new nightmares as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates “20 Years of Fear” with sinister surprises at every turn. Brave souls can venture through horrifying houses, terrifying scare zones and thrilling rollercoaster rides in the dark for 22 select nights.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/

Autumn Harvest at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

October 12

October 12th join the Autumn Harvest at The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement in St. Petersburg.  Celebrate the tradition of gathering the harvest and giving thanks at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Hayrides, crafts, games, live music, food trucks and more!  Also, join in on the pie-eating contest hosted by Village Inn. Admission is FREE. Tickets are available for purchase for activities, such as hayrides, games, crafts, and pumpkins. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement. 

http://events.stpeteparksrec.org/events/5630

SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival

October 18-24

This October 18-24, SHINE will transform our city streets into a curated, open-air museum showcasing large scale murals painted by world-renowned artists in downtown and surrounding art districts. Additional art exhibits, events, and nightlife throughout St. Petersburg will also be taking place.

https://www.facebook.com/shineonstpete/

Stadium of Screams Haunted House & Fall Festival

October 25th  and 27th

This Halloween, kick fear up a notch and show support for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Tampa Bay Rowdies Foundation at the inaugural Stadium of Screams! Get ready for two terrific days of frightful fun!

Friday, October 25th: experience sheer terror as you explore your biggest fears and step into a dark world ruled by Hollywood’s most horrific creations, all hell-bent on making sure you won’t make it out alive.

Sunday: turn down the screams and bring the family for fun and a little less fear. Enjoy Halloween family-classics on the mainboard, silent auction, food trucks, bounce house, and more family activities!

https://www.evensi.us/stadium-screams-haunted-house-fall-festival-lang/340299218

St. Pete Beach Community Center Trunk or Treat

October 24th -25th

Looking to trick or treat during your stay at the Alden? Experience one of St. Pete Beach’s events of the year! Trick-or-Treat safely from the “Trunks” of local citizens and businesses. Make sure to stay afterward for the Movie in the Park and as always, this event is FREE! Trick or Treating starts at 5:30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/393202468299008/

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

Alden Suites Historical Milestones… 50 Years of WOW!

We’ve been taking a trip in the Way-Back Machine to learn more about the history of Alden Suites, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. Digging through files of old advertisements, postcards, and newsletters has uncovered so many fun photos and historical treasures. We’d like to share a trip back in time through Alden history for those who want to know a little more about how the Alden came to be the beautiful resort that she is today.

1954 Alden Suites Beachfront Resort was born when the original owner/developer (name unknown) began constructing 40 cottage-style units on nearly three acres of Gulf front land along St. Pete Beach in unincorporated Pinellas County. Gulf Boulevard was a two-lane road with no sidewalks.
1955 – The original Alden Motel opens.

1962-1963 – The original developer/owner adds 27 units, now called the “Bermuda Building.”
1957 – St. Pete Beach officially becomes The City of St. Pete Beach.
1965 – Gilbert Fortune purchases the Alden. Gilbert also owned the Normandy Hotel and the Odyssey Hotel, just south of the Alden, which ultimately became the Tradewinds Resort. Fortune adds another 20 Gulf front units in early 1969, now called the “Lanai Building.”
1969 – Robert P. Renfrow, his wife, Gennifer, and Dr. Sydney Nathans purchase the 91-unit Alden Motel & Apartments from Fortune.
1973 – Renfrow buys out Nathans and brings in his brother in law, Robert Featherstone, as a new investor /owner. Renfrow then buys what was two acres of vacant land immediately adjacent and to the north of the Alden property, for a whopping $200,000. (Two acres of Gulf front land on St. Pete Beach now sells for $3 to $4 million per acre!) Renfrow hires a husband-wife management team to live on property and run the day-to-day business. Eventually, they buy into the ownership group.


1978-81 – Renfrow develops a new, six story, 42-unit all-suite building on the newly-purchased land, in phases: three stories in 1978 and the additional three stories in 1981.
1984-1985 – Renfrow demolishes almost all of the remaining cottage-style units, develops the six story, 45-unit “Nassau Building,” and adds a second swimming pool, two elevated tennis courts with parking below. The resulting unit count is now up to 144 units, with all but five being “suites,” spanning 4.84 acres of Gulf front land.

1995 – The Cabana Beach Bar is added, along with the Fountain Court Conference Room, two new hot tubs, and the BBQ grill deck.
2001 – Robert Renfrow passes away at just 72 years old after a battle with cancer. Prior to his death, he names his son, R. Gary Renfrow, age 42 years old at that time, as the new president of Alden Enterprises,Inc. Gary Renfrow had spent his entire adult life working in the hotel franchising and development industry, as well as with an international accounting firm that specialized in hotel market feasibility studies and hotel operational consulting.2003 – Gary Renfrow hires Anthony “Tony” Satterfield as the new General Manager. Satterfield is eventually promoted to Vice President of Operations and a Corporate Officer.
2012-2013 – A new 12-person hot tub is added, and the Snappers Oasis Food Trailer opens for business.

2015 – Gennifer Renfrow passes away. The new majority owners become Gary and his wife, Mary Ann, and his two sisters, Leigh Renfrow and Jennie Renfrow.
Alden Suites Beachfront Resort earns the coveted TripAdvisor® Award of Excellence.
2017 – TripAdvisor®’s Travelers’ Choice Awards recognition.


2018 – The ownership team completes a comprehensive gutting, renovation and conversion of the remaining original cottage units into seven all-new beautifully appointed beach bungalows.

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2019 – The Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates 50 years of ownership by the Renfrow family with a year-long #ALDENWOW50 celebration!

We’d love to hear more tales of the old days from our guests who’ve been coming for decades to spend vacations here at the Alden. Please leave your memories here in the comments. And don’t forget to post your photos on social media using the #ALDENWOW50 hashtag to win prizes all year long!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in February 2019

Our big GOLDEN #ALDENWOW50 50th anniversary celebration continues this month, and we’ll be welcoming each guest with a gold-wrapped chocolate kiss at check-in starting today! The party continues with our February guest appreciation parties at the Cabana Bar every Tuesday. And with perfect sunny weather and lots of snowbirds in town, there are so many fun events to fill your February like a seafood festival, a play, a baseball invitational, and an art festival.

 

Alden Suites Guest Appreciation Party

Every Tuesday

Every Tuesday this month we are throwing a Guest Appreciation Party from 2-4 at the Cabana Bar. We are excited to celebrate those who have been with us since we started 50 years ago as well as our new visitors. Come enjoy free snacks and drinks at the best bar on the beach!

 

St. Pete Beach Seafood Music Festival

February 1-3

Dive into the best-known event in St. Pete Beach,the Seafood Music Festival! They will be serving up delicious food, live music, and a marketplace of arts, crafts, and fine products. This event will take place on Corey Avenue on Friday February 1st to Sunday February 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Enjoy the freshest Florida seafood, drinks, and the smooth sounds of some of Florida’s top artists.

http://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-55-St.+Pete+Beach+Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html

 

St. Pete Opera’s Kiss Me, Kate

February 2-10

Kiss Me, Kate follows A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises.  Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.  Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing.

http://stpeteopera.org/

 

St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational

February 14-17

Febuary 14th through 17th enjoy the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Complex! Check out awesome softball action in Clearwater from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the event featuring all the best University teams.

https://www.stpeteclearwatereliteinvite.com/

 

St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival

February 23-24

Make plans to head to North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete for the annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival. This tapestry of art is woven from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art – and much more. The festival is free and will be hosted on February 23rd and 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the beautiful creations of artists from all over Florida!

http://www.paragonartevents.com/S-37-St.+Petersburg+Fine+Art+Festival.html

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!

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!

 

Holiday Happenings in St. Pete Beach

There are so many holiday happenings to celebrate in and around St. Pete Beach this year! We’re making our list and checking it twice, making plans for holiday merriment to last all month. If you’re coming to join us here at Alden Suites for the holiday season, here are a few of our favorite festive events for making spirits bright!

Christmas Outdoor Movies

December 7, 14, 21

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE in Downtown St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy Christmas Classics with the entire family. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free!

Movie lineup:

December 7 – A Christmas Story

December 14 – The Santa Clause

December 21 – Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

 

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Now – Monday, December 31, 2018

Head to Busch Gardens for thrill rides and a stunning holiday transformation into a wonderland of Christmastime entertainment! Indulge in holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights! Santa will be available to take photos, and the park will be open until 10 p.m.

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

 

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Nov. 2 – Jan. 6.

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a swimmingly wonderful holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter’s Wonderland now through January 6th. Get your family photo taken with Winter Claus, experience Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway.

https://www.seewinter.com/

 

Holiday in the Park

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Come to celebrate the holidays at Pinellas Park’s Holiday in the Park! This community-wide family event will feature children’s games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hayrides, children’s train ride and much more! The free event is going on from 12 – 10 p.m. and takes place at England Brothers Park.

https://www.pinellas-park.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1911&month=12&year=2018&day=1&calType=0

 

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs

Friday, December 7, 2018

Venture out to downtown Tarpon Springs for a great free holiday event! The event will have a snow play area, music, children’s activities and a visit with Santa himself. The fun takes place from 5-10 p.m. on Tarpon Avenue and is a great getaway for the whole family!

 

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach

Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Saturday join Santa along St. Pete Beach’s parade route! The Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach starts at St. Pete Beach City Hall and finishes at the St. Pete Beach Library. While at the library, enjoy Grinch themed crafts, a movie, face painting, and light refreshments.

http://www.spbrec.com/special-events/

 

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 14, 2018

This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. Enjoy this enthralling light show on the water departing from the Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m. and ending at John’s Pass.

https://www.floridabywater.com/a-boaters-blog/1647-boat-parades-

 

Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 15, 2018

After the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Tarpon head to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. There will also be crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Free for the whole family and a perfect activity for young kids!

We hope you revel in our recommendations and have a happy holiday season. If you have any more suggestions for holiday happening, please leave us a comment!

 

Best Selfie Spots in St Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach is a great place for fun and great shots of you and your loved ones. Whether it’s by the beach, on a cruise, or with a dolphin, there’s always a great backdrop for super selfies. Here are just a few of our favorite selfie spots here at Alden Suites!

The Alden Suites Dolphin

Everyone loves taking selfies with our aquatic mascot Suite Alden. He is the perfect picture partner!

Parasailing Over the Gulf

What’s better than a selfie you can snap while floating high above the Gulf of Mexico? Book a trip on a thrilling parasail from our beachfront Suncoast Watersports kiosk and take a selfie that soars above the rest.

In front of the Alden Suites Event Board

The Alden event board is a great place to take a group selfie if you’re attending one of our many events. It’s great to get a shoutout for your event whether it’s a blogger bash or family reunion!

Sunset Cruise

The Sunset Brews Cruise by Suncoast Watersports is the perfect place for a stunning selfie. The sunset is in full view and makes for super shots.

Alden Beach

Our little stretch of pristine beach is an excellent place for a classic beach selfie. With all the colors of the sunset and water, it is a perfect backdrop for a fun photo op!

These are some of the best selfie spots in St. Pete, but there are many more. If you have any special spots to add, please leave a comment!

#AldenWOW is in Full Effect at our First-Ever Blogger Bash!

This September, the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort family grew by a few dozen people, as we welcomed travel writers and bloggers from all over Florida to our first-ever Blogger Bash! Watch what happened as Florida’s finest bloggers experienced our beloved Alden Suites for the first time.

The party started with a gathering on our beachfront lawn, where Chris and Dave served up delicious drinks from the Cabana Bar Cart, and bloggers dressed in festive tropical attire enjoyed fresh seafood prepared by Dan Casey, the owner of Snapper’s Sea Grill.

We were thrilled to be joined by David Downing, the President and CEO of Visit St. Pete Clearwater. He shared his favorite reasons why “The West Coast is the BEST Coast” and inspired our guests with some exciting news about the many fun things to see and do in St. Pete.

Our new blogger friends were hard at work throughout the evening, capturing their best shots of our gorgeous beachfront property. Chris and Dave kept the tropical drinks flowing, delighting our bloggers with a strawberry and tequila punch he created just for the event.

Then it was All Aboard for sunset on the water. Our group walked right from the beach onto the gorgeous new Compass Rose party boat from Suncoast Watersports. We lucked out with a gorgeous sunset, and Bob Schlesinger of Tropical Focus Photography did an amazing job capturing everyone’s magical time on the boat.

We rounded out the night with some snacks and drinks at the Cabana Bar, and then everyone tucked in for the night (after some hot tub time, of course!).

Sunday morning, the bloggers gathered to meet our Mascot, Suite Alden, and the kids were delighted to choose their favorite pool floats to enjoy. All day long, our guests enjoyed Suncoast Watersports jetskis and parasailing, splashed in the hot tub and pools, and checked out our property with their families. We rounded out the day with a lunch of Publix fried chicken on our BBQ deck, and everyone went back home suntanned and happy.

Mary Ann Renfrow, Director of Community Relations for the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, says: “I really appreciated the opportunity to work on this event.  For me, it was a labor of love.  I am so very proud of all of our staff who make us shine every day, and raised the bar even higher for this special weekend.  We love sharing our family resort and our beautiful community with others.  Thank you, AdGals, for connecting us with this group and their followers so that we can expand our reach to make many more Alden friends.”

Read what our blogger friends wrote about their visit to the Alden:

My Boys and Their Toys

Celebrity Chef 4 U

Digital Nomads in Love

Cheshire Kat Blog

Orlando Em Revista

My Sweet Zepol

Sequins and Sea Breezes

Mousesteps

Simply Today Life

KatyWidrick.com

AuthenticFlorida.com

It’s Happy Hour All Day Long!

Now you can enjoy happy hour pricing all day long when you purchase an Alden Suites Happy Hour glass from our beachfront Cabana Bar. Talk about tasty treats!

This 14-ounce beauty comes in a variety of beachy colors, fully stocked to you with your choice of domestic draft beer, house wine or mixed well drinks — for only $6!

So whether you’re staying a few days, a week, or visit us every year, you’ll be smiling all the way to the bank (and the beach!) when you pick up one of our Happy Hour glasses! Be sure to enjoy responsibly as you enjoy our pristine beach, sunshine and spectacularly famous Alden Suites hospitality!