The Llewellyn/Rychak Family Reunion would like to offer the warmest congratulations to the Alden Resort on its 50th anniversary. In fact, our group which usually numbers around 30 to 50 attendees has celebrated over half of those 50 years at the Alden. This summer we gathered at the Alden for our 26th annual week-long reunion. And we already have our dates set for our 27th in 2020!
Our annual reunion at the Alden officially started in 1994 when we had friends and relatives from all over the country attend a surprise 40th-anniversary party for our parents. But the background actually started in 1992 when some family met on the east coast of Florida in Melbourne Beach where we had rented a beachfront multifamily house. We quickly realized that we would need a bigger place to host a reunion and the east coast waves were just too rough for the elderly and children. There was also a lot of misery causing sand fleas and mosquitos to contend with on the east coast which has never been a problem at the Alden beach. That’s worth the price of admission right there!
In 1993 my sister Katherine and I were visiting family who live in St Pete. We decided to look for a suitable place in the area to hold our desired large family reunion so we literally walked the sand from a south section of St Pete Beach north looking for just the right place. Nothing really struck our fancy until we reached the Alden. We immediately recognized it for the gem it is. It was like love at first sight and we kicked off our tradition the following year! The Alden offered everything we could hope for. It has a relaxing and laid back vibe to it in a beautiful tropical setting. It is very attractive and comfortable without being pretentious. Family-run and family-friendly with a variety of room types to fit all tastes with very competitive pricing. It has the added attraction of suites being more like apartments than a hotel room, with separate sleeping areas and a kitchenette.
Food, drink, and supplies are on the premises or within easy walking distance. With so many amenities like gulf front views and balconies, continually updated rooms, two pools, spa, tropical landscaping, beach cabanas, BBQ deck, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball hoop, ping pong, tennis courts, etc. there is always something to do and enjoy. In all those years I never heard one child (or adult) say they were bored. In fact, no one wants to leave! Best of all, this wonderful resort fronts the beautiful white sandy beach and calm, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s hard to imagine a more serene and satisfying slice of paradise while spending time with loved ones on the grounds, in the water or walking the beach enjoying a gorgeous sunset while watching some dolphins cruise by!
Another wonderful aspect of the Alden is the staff. They are always ready to accommodate with their friendly, efficient and professional services. Some of them have been there so long that they are like an extended family that we see every year. And speaking of family and friends, that is really what it is all about. Being able to relax and enjoy such beautiful surroundings with friends and relatives is priceless. One of the greatest things about our annual event is that we got to spend time with people that have since passed on that we would not have had the opportunity otherwise. Adults have grown older together while children have grown up and now bring their own families. In fact, we have had 5 generations of the family attend over the years. The memories and time spent together in such beautiful surroundings are truly priceless!
In closing and on behalf of the Llewellyn/Rychak Family and Friends Reunion we again congratulate the Alden on its 50th anniversary! We are all very thankful for the opportunity that the Alden has provided our group and for all of our events and memories over the last 26 years and counting. Whether it is for a reunion, a family or just a couple’s getaway, we encourage everyone who hasn’t visited the Alden to do so and enjoy the wonderful experience that so many of us have already had.