Top Alden Suites Guest Photos of 2020

Whew, 2020 was something, wasn’t it? While the year didn’t go QUITE the way we expected it to, the beauty of St. Pete Beach and the warm hospitality of our Alden Suites team shone through. We welcomed guests throughout the year and truly enjoyed seeing all of the stories and images you submitted to our photo contest. Here are our top 10 pictures for 2020 and the stories that make them great:

Brett, December 2020

Little Brother chillaxing with Daddy, while Big Brother plays in the sand.

Walking out of the wonderful suite, we were steps from the white sandy beach and the fabulous Cabana Bar, where Chris and Dave helped set the vibe. Such a welcoming and fun spot for our little family.

Jessica, December 2020

Our 10th Annual Jolly Ball. Our groups Christmas party we do every year. We usually pick different spots each year.

My friends and I celebrated our 10th Annual Jolly Ball at the Alden Suites. We had such a great time! Literally the view from our room was gorgeous!

Chrissy, October 2020

Alden is our favorite place to watch the beautiful sunsets 😍

Rob, October 2020

Family drinks at the very fun and friendly bar on the beach

Clean. Good location. Every single employee was very nice.

Renee, September 2020

We have been coming for 20 years and now my kids are bringing theirs, we will never stop!! Thanks for all the great memories!!

Amanda, August 2020

The sunny side of 2020!

Alexandra, August 2020

Celebrating their 5th birthday at their favorite place to stay on the beach! The Alden always feels like a home away from home.

We had a great stay, our girls loved the ocean front room and are already asking to go back. As always everyone at The Alden welcomed us like family. Can’t wait until we can come back again.

Shannon, May 2020

Our kids when we arrive at The Alden!

Shelly, August 2020

Wonderful sunsets

Karla, July 2020

Splish splash in paradise 🏝

Debbie, July 2020

Making waves on girls’ weekend at the Alden!

What is not to love about the Alden? Friendly and accommodating staff, super comfy beds, beach front rooms with incredible views of the expansive sugar sand beach and sparkling water of the Gulf of Mexico, cabana bar with bartenders that make you feel like family and mix up the best tropical libations around, cabana rentals on the beach, two pools, close to restaurants and bars…seriously…we love the Alden!

Jennifer, June 2020

My son is just getting into photography so he took the opportunity at our stat last weekend to try some new shots. I think this photo is super cool.

Everyone who works there is so nice and helpful. Who doesn’t love a hotel right on the beach?

Sultana, May 2020

Family & fun in the bright Florida sun at Alden Suites 🌞

The warm hospitality from the front-desk staff to the housekeeping staff to the bar crew, the many great amenities and, of course,, the super close proximity to the beautiful white sandy beach and Gulf.

Natalie, April 2020

Zander wanted to wish Chris a Happy Birthday!!!

Lisa, April 2020

Our best friend married us on your beach. We all stayed there over 05/05/18. Best day ever.

Mindy, April 2020

My daughter and her best friend finally got to go on vacation together and wanted cute pictures for memories of it. I took this beautiful picture of them and they were so happy with it. The sky looked beautiful and the girls looked amazing. They genuinely were so happy with all the pictures and were beyond happy with their stay there on the beach.

Amanda, March 2020

Brinn’s sand bakery, open daily for a sandy treat!

Family run resort where you are treated like family from when you check in till check out. It’s not goodbye, but rather see you soon.

David, February 2020

The Alden beach. A great place to make an important announcement!!!

Theresa, January 2020

Ahhh… The Alden! My daughter Josie’s favorite place to be!

Shae, January 2020

Loved being able to take beautiful pictures of my gymnast on the beach. My husband could watch while he worked from the room.

Being right on the beach. Beautiful views

Kathleen, January 2020

Team retreat at Alden Suites. Relaxing and restorative. Finding our Zen. No better place then at the beach.

Buddy and the staff were wonderful. Super helpful and attentive.

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We’re Thankful for November 2020 in St. Pete Beach

We treasure the beauty of St. Pete Beach all year round, but there’s something special about the fall. November in St. Pete Beach offers picture-perfect weather with highs in the upper 70’s and lows around 60. The fresh air is comfortable for enjoying days on the beach and the evenings are pleasantly cool. November in Florida is ideal for spending time outdoors with your family, and we have plenty of fun activities coming your way so you can do just that! Holiday markets start up this month, and we even have some fun foodie events in the Tampa Bay area. Plus, our spacious suites with full kitchens are your ideal Thanksgiving headquarters- why not make plans to bring the family and give thanks at the beach this year?

Holiday Hors D’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro

November 7th

Enjoy holiday hors d’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro November 7th! The Holidays are fast approaching, and they have you covered. Join Chef Craig for a great class to learn how to make Holiday hors d’oeuvres, wonderful small plates to enjoy with family and friends!! https://casadimazzaro.com/cooking-classes/

Prime Rib Dinner at the Galley

Wednesdays in November

The Galley is offering 10 oz Prime Rib Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Au jus & Horseradish for only $12.95 from 6 p.m.-‘til it’s gone every Wednesday with Live Music from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.!

St. Pete Pier Marketplace

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

From handcrafted jewelry and unique home decor to hot sauce and self-care products, you are sure to find a piece of St. Pete that you’ll love to take home when you visit the St. Pete Pier Marketplace. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., local vendors display their wares. Make sure to stop by and say hi!

https://stpetepier.org/

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tours

Every Sunday

Every Sunday you can experience local culture and learn a little about the brewing process as the Thirsty Pelican introduces you to the largest brew scene in all of Florida! You will visit at least 3 breweries, up-close-and-personal like, and get the ‘inside scoop’ from your fun & knowledgeable Tour Guide.

https://thirstypelicantours.com/

Brews and Rescues at The Clearwater Aquarium

November 13th

November 13th at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, You won’t want to miss Brews and Rescues! Savor delectable food and sip thirst-quenching drinks as you explore the aquarium’s new state-of-the-art dolphin complex and brand-new facility. Celebrate their expansion with us during this fun, safe, and supportive event! This 21+ event will benefit future manatee rehabilitation efforts.

https://www.cmaquarium.org/brews-rescues/

Arts Annual Virtual Festival

November 15th

Enjoy works from the extraordinary visual and performing artists of Pinellas County while supporting Creative Pinellas and its mission to foster and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative arts community. Purchase a ticket for this year’s Arts Annual Virtual Festival taking place Sunday, November 15th. Performances include music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more! Purchase tickets at:

https://artsannual2020.eventbrite.com

12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup

November 18th – 22nd

November 18th through 22nd join in the 12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup Presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater. World renowned sand sculptors come to Treasure Island, Florida to compete for over $10K in prizes. Enjoy Music, Food, Vendors and Fireworks at this fun free event.

Yappy Hour

November 26th

Come down to PAW and drink a local craft beer while supporting a great cause! $1 from every beer sold during Thursday November 26th’s Yappy Hour from 6-8 p.m. at Pinellas Ale Works benefits local animal charities!

https://www.fluffanimalrescue.org/

Tampa Bay Things to Do in August 2020

Whether you’re trying to squeeze in one last vacay with the kids before school starts, or planning a couple’s getaway at the beach, the Alden is where it’s at this August! Here are some fun and safe activities to enjoy this month as the summer is winding down. Make plans for a beach trip with us here in St. Pete Beach, and check out these fun activities you can enjoy outdoors or while safely distancing.

SHINE Drive-In Mural Festival

Every Day

St. Petersburg is currently graced with over 80 murals from the annual Shine Mural Festival, and now a new app brings them all to life.

The Pixelstix app allows users to view the St. Pete Art Alliance’s new “Drive-In Mural Theater,” which consists of a three-to-five-minute narration about the work and information about the artist. It’s like a self-guided museum tour, and all you have to do is download the app, hop in the car, and go!

https://pixelstix.com/introducing-the-shine-drive-in-mural-theater

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre

Every Day

Just a short drive from the Alden, you’ll find a delightful slice of Americana that’s perfect for families in these times. The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. They call it the “Last family drive-in” in the U.S.A. because families, dating couples, single parents with children, and everyone else young and old can come and visit.

https://www.facebook.com/Ruskin-Family-Drive-In-133391110012282/

Corey Avenue Sunday Market

Sundays All Year Long

The Corey Avenue Market is back open for business folks! This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place. The market takes place Sundays from 10am to 1pm.  🌻 https://www.facebook.com/Corey-Avenue-Sunday-Market-on-St-Pete-Beach-1480760825498482

Friday Nights at Shrimpy’s

Fridays All Year Long

The front door of Shrimpy’s Blues Bistro is a portal to the Big Easy. Once you step inside, you’ll find yourself in a colorful, musical, art-covered wonderland. They combine fresh, wild-caught seafood with the flavors and feelings of New Orleans for a whole that’s greater than the sum of its delicious parts. But wait — it gets better. Every Cajun-influenced plate comes with a patio breeze, a bayfront view, and some rockin’ live music on the side. A pint of one of their 26 craft beers is the finishing touch. Sit back and, as they say in NOLA, let the good times roll. https://www.facebook.com/events/751427698929868/?event_time_id=751427732263198

Maximo Park

All Year Long

This 70-acre oceanside park features a covered playground, boat ramps, an Indian midden site (archeological sites formed primarily of mollusc shells) and more. This beautiful park is the largest of the City’s four archaeological sites at 70 acres. It is located where Boca Ciega Bay joins Tampa Bay. The park contains educational signs throughout describing the tribes that once inhabited the area. It is a great place to get out in nature and hike with beautiful views.

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/maximopark/

Yoga on the Beach at Caddy’s

Thursdays All Year Long

Join Caddy’s On the Beach for a complimentary one-hour yoga class right on the beach at Treasure Island!

Bring a yoga mat or a towel and let your worries drift away as you do yoga while looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico. 🏖️ 🧘 https://www.facebook.com/events/1750924851711837/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22permalink%22%7D]%7D

Puff & Pour Paint

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday Aug 9- Aug 23

Come Puff & Pour Paint! In this class, you will learn step by step how to prep your paint to create fluidity without losing vibrancy, preparing the canvas, and use paint pouring techniques without brushes. Take home a uniquely abstract and magical creation, a masterpiece of your very own. Different Pour Paint techniques are featured in each class. It is a fun, inspiring, and therapeutic experience.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puff-pour-paint-with-the-missing-muse-tickets-108755356198

7 Ways We Are Keeping Guests Safe at the Alden

Our Guests Are Our Top Priority!

We continue to welcome guests for sun and fun here at the Alden, and we are going above and beyond to make sure that we can do it in the safest way possible. We’ve instituted policies and procedures in compliance with CDC and Florida guidelines, and with Pinellas County ordinance 20-14 to keep you safe. Our security team and staff are on the job to make sure that everyone complies with these safety rules while enjoying their vacations. Read on for 7 things our team is doing to ensure a safe and healthy visit for our treasured guests!

1. Masking Up
We’ve got our masks on! All of our Alden Suites team members are wearing masks for your safety and ours. Guests are required to wear masks when at the bar, Grab and Go, elevators, lobby, guest laundry room or when there is an inability to social distance.

2. Spacing Out
Guests must always social distance (6 feet) unless with family while at the Alden Suites. This includes the beach, pools, and hot tub. No group of 10 or more may be seated at a table, and we request that guests do not cluster chairs in public spaces. No groups of 10 or more are permitted to congregate in each area.
3. Cleaning Up
We have enhanced our cleaning protocols to keep everything sanitary, both in suites and public areas. Public furniture is being sanitized periodically throughout the day.

4. Sanitize Yourself
Hand sanitizing stations can be found throughout the property. We keep them fully stocked and request that guests use them frequently.
5. Dining Safely
The Alden Food Truck is serving takeaway food each day, and Our Cabana Bar is open for takeaway only. Publix food delivery is available in all of our suites, and takeout can be delivered on property by a variety of local restaurants. This allows our guests to enjoy delicious local food without needing to step foot inside a restaurant.

6. Suite Safety
Should you want your suite cleaned during your stay we will ask that you set up a time when you will not be in the suite. We recommend that you set trash outside the door for pick up each day, and have provided additional bags at the bottom of each trash can. Additional towels and amenities can be supplied upon request. Should an unexpected maintenance issue occur we will ask that you leave the suite while repairs are performed. 
7. Staff Health Protocols
We are continuously training our staff to maintain social distancing in the workplace, use hand sanitizer regularly, and limit gatherings of employees. Staff members have been instructed to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

Here at the Alden, we are in full compliance with all CDC guidelines. Our external hallways, stairs and corridors make it easy to avoid indoor spaces- you can come and go from your suite without being in closed spaces with others. In addition, our suites with full kitchens, and ample outdoor space all make it easy for families to enjoy a safe, clean, socially distanced vacation here in St. Pete Beach. We continuously update our COVID-19 protocols on our website, so you can always check here for the latest information. We look forward to welcoming our guests to the property, and we appreciate your business!

We Are All In This Together!

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!

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.

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!