Things to Do: July 2020

Summer is in full swing and we are still looking for fun and safe activities to enjoy this month! Though there are not many events and gatherings there are many fun activities you can enjoy from your suite or outdoors!

4th of July in St. Pete Beach

This year, our July 4th celebrations are going to be a little different. So… no loud DJs or huge fireworks shows. (Dogs throughout the nation are doing the happy dance!) And no enormous picnics with family and friends you see only once a year. (Hey, at least Aunt Penelope won’t ask you if you’re married yet). Read on for ideas for how to celebrate Independence Day in St. Pete Beach this year.

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/list/celebrate-july-4th-at-home

July Full Moon Yoga with Alina Hal

July 5 at 7 pm

Meet on the sand anytime after 7:00PM for a very special sunset / full moon yoga practice 🌈✨☀️ This invigorating yet deeply grounding yoga practice is appropriate for all levels of yogis- including and especially beginners 🙏🏾🙏🏾 Bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket and a bottle of water! Class is FREE, donations of any amount are appreciated but never required or expected 😊 Practice will begin at 7:30PM and end shortly after sunset at 8:30PM. Bring a friend – all are welcome! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

https://www.facebook.com/events/270041427581849/

Corey Avenue Farmer’s Market

Every Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm

The Corey Avenue Sunday Market is back! Tampa Bay Made understands the importance of economic vitality for America and how buying local impacts the way we live, shop, eat and work. They celebrate the handmade and spotlight the entrepreneurs who inspire us with their craftsmanship. This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2656835481212732/?event_time_id=2728159244080355

Book + Bottle

All Year Long

Looking for the perfect beach read AND the best wine to pair with dinner? St. Pete – Book + Bottle is offering free delivery of books and wine right to your door at the Alden.  Check out their bottled wine list here: www.bookandbottlestpete.com.

Email Terra Dunham at info@bookandbottlestpete.com or call (727) 240-7448 to order.

Water Activities in St. Pete Beach

All Year Long

Family Having Fun Stand Up Paddling Together in the Ocean on Beautiful Sunny Morning

The shore in St. Pete Beach, with sugar-white sands and gentle clear waves, brings bliss to our Alden Suites guests every day. But if you only stay on land, you’re missing much of the fun that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer. We love to get out on the water, and there are so many cool ways to take a boating excursion here in the St. Pete Beach area.  http://aldenwow.com/2018/02/22/get-out-there-on-the-water-in-st-pete-beach/

Sunken Gardens

All Year Long

Established in 1903 by George Turner Sr. in the bottom of a sinkhole, Sunken Gardens incorporates tropical and native plantings to create a lush palette of colors, textures, and aromas. Significant among the flora here are the bougainvillea and Cuban royal palms, some of the oldest in Florida! Mazy pathways keep you entertained with niche gardens and walls of blooms.

http://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/index.php

Orange Groves Winery

All Year Long

The only citrus winery in the state happens to also be the only Florida winery invited to participate in Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years. Florida Orange Groves Winery is family-owned and produces over 43 different tropical, citrus, berry, and even vegetable wines—many unique to Florida—all of which are made 100% from the juice as indicated by their bottle label. The winery houses a free tasting bar and gives free tours on the half-hour starting at 10 am Monday through Sunday and starting at 12:30 pm on Sunday until 4 pm each day. The best part—it’s only a six-minute drive from Alden Suites! https://floridawine.com/  

Clearwater Toy Show

July 16th

Vintage & Modern Toys, Hot Wheels, Slot Cars, Retro Gaming, Comics, Artwork & More Pop Culture Goodness!  July 16th  the Florida Toy Shows visits Minnreg Hall for an indoor summer show. Doors Open at 9 am! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/243651493551497/?active_tab=about

St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest Food Truck

July 24th

St. Pete is the GROUPER CAPITAL of the world and we’re all about celebrating the tasty, flaky white fish. Join Gulf to Bay and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater July 24th for food, fun, craft beer and live music at the St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest Food Truck Festival!

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

Things to do in St. Pete Beach – June 2020 Edition

As things are starting to open back up we are looking for more fun and safe activities to enjoy this month! From a virtual museum visit to an awe-inspiring dolphin tour, there are many fun ways to start your summer safely here in St. Pete Beach.

Suncoast Watersports Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin Tour

All Summer Long

This summer, why not try the Suncoast Watersports Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin Tour?

This will be the highlight of your vacation. The 3.5 hour tour has 1 hour stops at two amazingly unique islands where you can either snorkel or explore. Sand Dollar Island has an abundance of sand dollars and other great shells including horse conchs, shark eye shells and tulip shells to name just a few. You will come back with a bag full of awesome shells you can’t find on any of our vacation beaches. The snorkeling at Sand Dollar Island is known for crystal blue water that is great for novice and young snorkelers!

http://www.funstpete.com/cruises.php

Florida Residents Reopening Special

June 1-7

To celebrate the Clearwater Marine Aquarium reopening, they are providing a special offer to restless Floridians to come out and visit Winter the Dolphin and all of the rescued animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! From Friday, May 22 through June 7, Florida residents with valid proof of residency can receive adult admission for $19.99 and $15.99 for kids 3-12.

Come and meet the aquarium’s new resident rescued dolphin! He is joining Nicholas at Dolphin Terrace! All guests are invited to enjoy special reopening pricing for the educational and relaxing 60-minute Dolphin and Wildlife eco-boat tours available for $14.99 per person. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is implementing significant additional safety precautions to protect staff, animals, and guests, while ensuring a fun and educational visit with limited guests. Learn more about visiting and reserve your tickets online at SeeWinter.com.

https://www.facebook.com/events/247622762967654/

Virtual Coffee with a Curator

June 3rd

Even though the Dali Museum is closed you can still visit virtually with Coffee with a Curator!

Curator of Education, Peter Tush presents An Introduction to Dalí’s Symbols. It is often stated that Dalí’s puzzling images invite symbolic interpretation and that his symbols are both general and personal. This talk will survey a selection of the most memorable symbols found in Dalí’s art, and demonstrate how he uses these symbols to create a personal language and an iconic brand. From crutches to ants to melting watches, understanding Dalí’s symbols allows a deeper experience of his art. Visit the Dali Museum YouTube channel at 10:30am June third to discover the rich world of Dalí’s art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZLq3ywvtZo&feature=youtu.be

PAW and Churros!

June 6

Gather the family and head on out to Pinellas Ale Works as Brazilian Fun Foods comes to PAW with their delicious churro cart!

They will be selling Sandwiches, Breakfast Burritos, Traditional Spanish Churros, and delectable Stuffed Churros.

https://www.facebook.com/events/568685894022372/?active_tab=about

Father’s Day Paint Me A Story Time

June 6th

Join Practically Pikasso for a reading of “Froggy’s Day with Dad” followed by pottery painting. Choose from a mug for dad, just like Froggy paints, or a frog figurine. This is a great way to do something fun to celebrate Dad and give him a gift he’ll never forget!

https://www.practicallypikasso.com/

Corey Avenue Drive-Thru Market

June 7th

Sunday, June 7th  is the Drive-Thru Market on Corey Avenue! Visit www.tampabaymade.com now to shop with your favorite vendors. Pre-order and pick up between 10am – 1pm. Safe, efficient, and always delicious. Order online for pick up on Corey Avenue!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2656835481212732/?event_time_id=2656835501212730

Sunrise Paddleboard Yoga

June 12

Join Salty Souls Yoga to grow and expand your love for outdoor yoga on your paddleboard. If you do not have a board, they can reserve one for you. Meets Friday mornings in St. Petersburg, for all the details check out their Facebook event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2344223839208131/

Art Walk

June 13th

St. Pete ArtWorks opens at 12 – 7 p.m. for the June 13 Art Walk. The number of guests allowed inside at one time will be 6. Enjoy a mini-concert outside on the sidewalk from 5 – 7 p.m. by jazz flutist, Bruce Daniels. 

Feeling cautious? Visit the online exhibition, “Mother ‘May’ I”, a group exhibit by members of the Gulf Coast Artists Alliance now through June 15th.

https://www.stpeteartworks-onlinestore.com/about

Musical Bingo Nation at 3 Daughters Brewing

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday

Join 3 Daughters Brewing every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 7-10pm for Musical Bingo!! The event is FREE to play and they have over 30 music rounds for you to enjoy. Each round is almost an hour long and has two winners, and you can join in at any time during the round or event. You can WIN prizes like brewery bucks and promotional items (Drink Koozies, Magnets, Stickers.

Musical Bingo is a game with the same concept as traditional bingo but instead of numbers, they are replaced with song titles & artists. Players compete to win based on their knowledge of music and the unpredictability of the game.

https://www.facebook.com/events/260638881946888/

Arrowhead Nature Trail

All Year Long

Explore several coastal habitats on the Arrowhead Nature Trail at Fort De Soto Park, an interpretive walk with plenty of stops where you’ll learn all about the salt-dependent plants along the rim of Mullet Key Bayou.  Openings between the mangroves enable you to enjoy scenic views with a wide sweep of the shallows of the bay, where dolphin and manatee might be cruising just offshore.

The trail can be a bit squishy underfoot as you draw near to the coast, and it’s important that you follow the signs or directions so you don’t walk in circles! Still, this easy 1.4 mile network of trails offers a great overview of the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast. https://floridahikes.com/fortdesotoarrowhead

We hope you enjoy the new events this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great things to do in St. Pete Beach, please leave a comment below!

How to Save Money on a St. Pete Beach Vacation

St. Pete Beach has so many activities and attractions to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to spend time by the ocean or hide away from the heat, there are tons of options for you and your family that won’t have you leaving with an empty wallet. A vacation here doesn’t have to break the bank if you know how and where you can save money. Here are just a few activities that are just as fun as they are affordable!

Surf, Sand & Sea

One of of the biggest reasons tourists come back year after year is the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gulf. It doesn’t cost anything to lay out on our white sugar sand beaches and listen to the sound of the waves. There are a few beaches that require you to pay for parking but, luckily, staying at the Alden gives you direct access to four gorgeous acres of private beachfront—so no transportation required! Looking for something more tailored to you? Spend time on family-friendly shores with kids’ actives and playgrounds, get your adrenaline pumping on a remote beach with hiking and biking trails, or choose a romantic spot featuring a waterfront restaurant. St. Pete’s beaches are as versatile as they are relaxing.

Soak up the Sun

The best show to watch here doesn’t even require admission. St. Pete is known for our incredible sunsets. (Don’t believe us? Check out some fabulous shots our guests have captured over on our Instagram.) It’s absolutely worth it to adjust your schedule so that you have time to catch them when you’re near the ocean which, at Alden, is all the time! Some folks even sacrifice sleep to catch the equally breathtaking sunrises over on the east side of Gulf Blvd. Day or night, make sure your phone is handy so you can capture the magnificent beauty. There’s nothing like seeing the sky awash in color and the sun sinking into or escaping the horizon.

Wild, Winged Wonders

Spend a day at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the largest nonprofit wild bird hospital and sanctuary in the United States. This place, located just 24 minutes away from Alden, admits up to 10,000 injured birds annually. That means, 365 days a year, you have the chance to see species like owls, pelicans, and rare woodpeckers, among many other permanently injured birds, living here in this beachfront paradise. Stroll through the 1.5-acre sanctuary, learn about birds and avian medicine in the education center and enjoy the breathtaking view on the observation tower—all for the low cost of nothing (although donations are greatly appreciated)! Special presentations are hosted daily, so make sure to check the website before you visit.

America’s #1 Beach

Back in 2005, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, awarded that title to Fort DeSoto Park—located just 27 minutes south of Alden Suites. Fort DeSoto has seven miles of powder-white sandy beaches, more than a thousand unspoiled acres and all the amenities you can imagine. There’s an extensive walking, biking and rollerblading trail, nature trails with free guided tours and a historic fort dating back to the Spanish-American War. You’ll also find plenty of picnic areas, restrooms and water fountains, play areas and even a snack bar. Want to get on the water and see some manatees? Guests can rent canoes or kayaks for a trip through the mangroves. While there is no charge to enter the park, you will need to pay 85 cents in tolls to get there—a small price for the exposure to classic American history and an escape from the norm.

The Mouse’s Favorite Wine

The only citrus winery in the state happens to also be the only Florida winery invited to participate in Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years. Florida Orange Groves Winery is family-owned and produces over 43 different tropical, citrus, berry and even vegetable wines—many unique to Florida—all of which are made 100% from the juice as indicated by their bottle label. The winery houses a free tasting bar and gives free tours on the half hour starting at 10am Monday through Sunday and starting at 12:30pm on Sunday until 4pm each day. The best part—it’s only a six-minute drive from Alden Suites!

Test Your Culinary Skills

Along with free wi-fi, flat screen TVs and large closets, all suites are equipped with refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves, cookware, dishes, coffeemakers and utensils. Utilizing your in-suite kitchen is a great way to cut back on costs. Grab some fresh seafood and shellfish (along with tasty seasonings and spices) at Key West Shrimp Co or just head on over to Publix if you’re looking for a larger and more familiar selection. If you’re staying with us from October to May, we also highly recommend visiting the Corey Avenue Sunday Market for homemade produce, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites and so much more. Book a room with us now and get a suite for the price of a room with zero resort fees!

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!

Join the #ALDENWOW50 Family Reunion this November!

Fifty years ago in 1969, Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden. The Renfrow family still proudly owns and operates the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and we are celebrating this major milestone with a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign. We kicked off the year with some major philanthropic giving, supporting our local community with large donations and hands-on work to make St. Pete Beach a better place.

Earlier this year, we shared the story of how the Alden grew from a beachside motel to the full-service resort that she is today. Our celebratory video series has taken guests on a trip through the way-back machine to the Alden in the 1960’s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Guests are sharing their stories all year round through our #ALDENWOW50 social media campaign, plus we’ve unveiled 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.

The theme of the party will be “Summer of Love”, and we’ll all be decked out in our hippie-inspired best: bell bottoms, embroidered shirts, headbands, and trippy tie-dye. We’ll have a VW van full of treats, delicious food and drinks, and 1960’s inspired decor. The band “Messenger” will play live music from the 1960s to the present day, and we’ll dance and celebrate into the night with Alden guests and supporters who’ve become a part of the family.

Want to join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration on  November 9th?

Now you can win a free trip, including two nights at the Alden, a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card, and tickets to the big bash. All you have to do is share a story about your Alden Suites vacation.

If you want to make SURE you can be here for the party, there’s still time to book your weekend at the Alden to celebrate our big anniversary? We’re offering a 25% discount for bookings from November 8-10 for the big party weekend. There are fewer than 30 rooms still available, so make your reservations now!

Alden Suites Celebrates Tampa Bay Watch Month in April

Alden Suites Beachfront Resort has been supporting Tampa Bay Watch with donations, event hosting, and volunteer activities for several years, and in April 2019, we are inviting our guests to get in on the fun. Tampa Bay Watch improves life for everyone in Tampa Bay through true grassroots efforts. Tampa Bay Watch builds oyster shell bars and oyster domes to promote oyster growth along man-made and altered shorelines of Tampa Bay with the help of volunteers.

Peter A. Clark, President of Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., notes that due to community support and involvement in Tampa Bay Watch, “water quality is best in the bay since the 1950s, seagrass has recovered 20,000 new acres since the 1980s, and fish and wildlife are returning to the bay as a result of these improvements.”

Mary Ann Renfrow, the Alden’s Director of Community Relations, serves as Chairwoman of the Board of the Tampa Bay Watch. Her team is working on a new Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center at the St. Pete Pier. A perfect destination for St. Pete Beach visitors, the amphitheater will seat about 180 people and serve as an outdoor classroom for the Discovery Center.

During the month of April, guests will learn all about Tampa Bay Watch and our local environment throughout the Alden Resort. There is a display in the lobby, posters in the elevators, laundry room, and at the bar. Tampa Bay Watch brochures are also available at check-in for guests to learn more and to have the opportunity to make a donation or become a member. 

At the Alden Suites Cabana Bar, Chris and Dave are serving up signature Tampa Bay Watch specialty drinks, one called the Salt Marsharita, and another, The Palm, that’s named for the TBW Mascot. The Cabana Bar is also decorated with vertical oyster gardens, oyster domes, and table tents, allowing Alden guests to see how the Tampa Bay Watch works to clean up the bay.
Mary Ann Renfrow shares: “We are so happy to share the Tampa Bay Watch story with our guests this April as part of our #ALDENWOW50 celebration. Our guests are a part of this effort too since a portion of your tourist development tax when you stay in hotels like the Alden goes to pay for beach nourishment. If you’re enjoying the beaches, you have Tampa Bay Watch to thank!”

Alden Suites Beachfront Resort Celebrates 50 Years with a New Mural Painted by Pinellas County Students

Here at the Alden, we love to support the arts, and our Director of Community Relations, Mary Ann Renfrow, came up with an exciting idea to celebrate the Alden’s 50th anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. She connected with Brian McAllister, a talented muralist who leads a group of students from the Gibbs High School Mural Club. The newly renovated Alden Suites bungalows provided a perfect canvas for a new art piece to celebrate the past, present and future of the Alden.

This club is a community outreach mural program designed to provide local businesses with quality murals while showing students how to have a positive impact through art. Brian was excited for the opportunity to brighten up our historic resort on St. Pete Beach.

The process began in January of this year, as Brian met with the Alden team onsite to discuss designs and make plans. The team decided on a vintage postcard design celebrating the early years of the Alden and decided to paint the mural on the side of one of the Alden bungalows that faces the central pool area.

Mary Ann Renfrow chose some special elements to honor longtime guests of Alden Suites, including a painting of Cayanne, a sweet dog who lit up the Alden for over 15 years of visits with the Green family from St. Louis. The artists also included an image of a boy hanging in a palm tree, in homage to the Snelson family who won the #ALDENWOW50 photo contest this year.

Once the design was finalized, Brian drew the outlines on the side of the building. Then the students got to work, filling in large blocks of color first, then adding in details. The process of painting the mural took several weeks, and Alden guests were delighted to watch the progress, both in person at the resort and online through social media.

Sue Castleman, PreK-12 Visual Arts Specialist at Pinellas County Schools says: “I think the mural really represents what the Alden was looking for to celebrate their anniversary, and what’s really special is that we’ve involved our students from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. It’s interesting that it’s young children, our students that are painting this mural that represents 50 years for the Alden. It helps them in their experience as a working artist, to see what artists have to do, and helps them learn about how to look at something and represent it historically.”

On April 5, 2019, local St. Pete Beach dignitaries gathered with students, parents and the Alden Suites team to celebrate the unveiling of the new mural. The students were so proud to share the beautiful result of their weeks of hard work, and the Alden shared it in a Facebook live stream with thousands of viewers from across the nation. 

Al Johnson, Mayor of St. Pete Beach, says it best: “The Alden is part of St. Pete Beach and that mural fits. It’s perfect for the Alden, it’s perfect for the area, it’s perfect for the city. It’s absolutely wonderful.”

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!

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

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

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!