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!

 

#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

Top 10 #ALDENWOW Moments!

We’re halfway through 2018, and it’s been an amazing year so far at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort! We’ve unveiled our newly renovated beach bungalows, introduced a bar cart for drink service on the beach, and launched our #ALDENWOW campaign for our guests to share their favorite moments at the Alden! Let’s take a look at some of our top guest photos from 2018, shall we?

  1. There’s just nothing cuter than a baby merman on the beach. Big thanks to Mermaid Elite for sharing this photo!

2. Alden guest Donna Corwin captured this magical shot of the flames from our Cabana Bar fire pit mingling with the sunset colors!

3. We just love how Elza Fan Winden centered the setting sun inside of our little beach hut!

4. We love to see our guests of all ages smiling ear to ear at the Alden! Thanks to The Cliv for sharing this cute snap.

5. Kelsey, aka idobedoobie gives our new mascot Sweet Alden his moment in the sun!

6. Who wouldn’t jump for joy at an #ALDENWOW sunset? Great shot, Jodi’s Cabana!

7. Look at all those cute happy faces peeking out at the pool! Summertime fun at it’s best, captured by Kristin Beckowitz.

8. Sunset weddings on the beach at Alden just make us all so happy. Big congrats to Leslie McCoy for a beautiful wedding day!

9. Happy towhead kid. Bright blue muscle car. Our retrolicious Alden logo. Love, Love, Love this shot by Marcus Kreig!

10. And of course, we’ve gotta end with a sunset! Alden guests have shared hundreds of sunset shots, and it’s hard to pick just one! But Sondra Walters Yaukey takes the cake with this colorful photo.

We would love to see and share your photos as well, all you need to do is post publicly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the #ALDENWOW hashtag. Keep sharing and soon we might feature YOUR #ALDENWOW photo right here on our blog!

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!

Alden Suites Unveils NEW Beach Bungalows

On March 7, 2018, Alden Suites Beach Resort opened our doors to dozens of Tampa Bay’s leading politicians, hospitality leaders, business owners, and media for a very special celebration. We were thrilled to unveil our seven newly renovated Beach Bungalows. Our friends at Snapper’s Sea Grill and Empire Oyster brought some amazing food to delight our guests, and bartenders Chris and Dave set up the bar in the courtyard as we welcomed friends and colleagues check out what we like to call our “Fungalows!”

The beach bungalows are small cottages surrounding a courtyard right behind our main lobby, and when the hotel was originally built, dozens of them lined a pathway that led all the way to the beach. Over the years, as the Alden expanded and new buildings were added, the cottages were demolished, until only 9 remained. Theses 9 little homes were not included in the multi-million dollar renovation of the Alden Suites over the past few years, and to say they were past their prime would be an understatement!

The Renfrow family, owners of the Alden Suites, decided it was time to make a change. In the last twelve months they supervised a renovation that took the bungalows down to the bare concrete walls, eliminating two of them to make the others more spacious. They also completely redesigned the landscaping in the courtyard, giving it a modern tropical flair.

An expert interior design team led by Lisa Iacovino of Design by Design transformed the interiors into the ultimate in contemporary, beachy comfort. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and soothing aqua toned cabinetry turned the kitchens into modern masterpieces.

The bathrooms were outfitted with sleek tile and mirrors,  soothing double shower heads, and elegant vanities. Wood-look ceramic tile flooring flows between all of the spaces.

Our designers kept the bedrooms elegant, with our signature Alden comfy beds and fine linens, and French colonial furnishings.

New tropical furnishings and beach-inspired light fixtures make the living rooms and dining areas truly welcoming.

We had a wonderful time showing our guests around each of the Bungalows, and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce team helped us christen the new spaces with a ribbon cutting. Such a fun night of celebration!

Want to check out the Alden Suites beach bungalows for yourself? These very special vacation spots aren’t bookable online. But you can reserve your place in the sun by calling our Reservations department at 800.237.2530. We hope to share our “Fungalows” with you some time very soon!

7 Things to pack on your beach trip with a baby

Traveling with a baby can be daunting, especially when you start to pack! Babies come with so much gear these days it can quickly become overwhelming when thinking what to bring on a beach vacation! Luckily, you’ve booked your beach vacation at Alden Suites in St. Petersburg Florida, so you’re already ahead of the game! Alden Suites caters to the needs of families staying at our resort and the 5 acres of beautiful calm Gulf Coast waters are perfect for taking your little one to the beach for the first time. There are also two spacious heated pools perfect for swimming lessons for the little tikes not ready to get salty.

Here at Alden Suites we have already taken care of so many of the packing concerns parents have during their stay. Each suite has a kitchen stocked with glasses, plates, mugs, dish towels, dishwasher w/ detergent, dish soap, coffee maker, and even a Tupperware container and pitcher to save some leftovers and make sun tea on our private balcony (for Mommy’s 2pm caffeine pick-me-up)! We hear from our guests often how relieved they are that they didn’t have to overpack to have a comfortable stay. That being said, here are some things you WILL want to pack when staying at Alden with your little one.

1. Safety Outlet Covers: The Alden offers suites with plenty of outlets for all your chargers and electronics you bring. Although convenient for all your technology needs and comforts, we know your little one will gravitate towards anything at their eye level. You can shut off the doors to your bedroom and bathroom, so your little tornado can run around free, but they always seem to find something to get into. We hear from our parents they easily baby proofed their suite with a few safety outlets covers and a chair blocking the oven door, so it can’t be pulled down by your curious toddler.

2. Bottle Brush: The Alden provides every suite with a dishwasher, detergent, dish soap and dish towels, but if you have bottles to wash, a bottle brush definitely would be a good idea to pack. It will be quicker to scrub your bottles out with a bottle brush then wait for the dishwasher to be full and you won’t have to pack as many bottles!

3. Hook-on Booster Seat: Hook-on booster seats are a life saver while traveling! No one wants to pack a high chair. Luckily for under $30 you can purchase a hook-on booster seat of your very own. Every suite has a dining room table and chairs making it comfortable and easy to have meals in your room!

4. Baby Blanket: The Alden offers cribs that will be waiting for you, in your room, when you arrive free of charge. The crib we provide is perfect for sleep and serves well as a playpen when you need a hands-free moment! We hear this alone alleviates so much of the stress parents have packing, but it might be a good idea to pack your little one’s favorite blankey to give them some comfort and familiarity of home.

5. White Noise Machine: We hear from our guests all the time how surprised they were with how quiet their rooms are at night, but sometimes with a new baby we know they aren’t used to complete silence while they sleep. If your little is accustomed to having some kind of white noise while sleeping, you may want to pack your white noise machine to help them sleep peacefully.

6. Yoga Mat: Here’s one of the more genius mom hacks we’ve heard from a guest: One mom told us she found multiple uses for her yoga mat while vacationing with us. She used her yoga mat for her morning exercises, then later in the grassy area during lunch at the food truck with the beautiful view of the beach, on the beach in attempts to keep the baby from picking up all the seashells and trying to eat them, and then brilliantly in the tub at bath time to avoid slipping. Multi-functional, light weight and easy to pack!

7. Wine Key: Nope, this one is obviously not for the baby, but your baby is going to sleep so well after an action-packed day on the beach and in the resort’s pools that you’re going to have some free time to enjoy a beer or glass of wine before bed! There’s a great Cabana bar located on premises open from noon till 10pm & 11pm on weekends (weather permitting), but with a sleeping baby in your room you can relax and enjoy an adult beverage from your private balcony with an amazing view of the Gulf Coast.

You may have thought this list would have gone to 10, but honestly there’s really no need to overthink or overpack while staying at Alden Suites. The rooms are so thoughtfully stocked to provide you with a stress-free and functional stay, you won’t find much you’ll need that isn’t already provided! If you do find things you need that aren’t already in your room, our friendly staff will either provide it for you or help direct you to many of the conveniently located shops in walking distance. So, relax Mom and Dad, you already made the amazing choice to stay at Alden which will make packing and traveling with a baby stress-free and enjoyable!