Fall is here to stay! And as the seasons change, there are still many awesome events to enjoy here in St Pete Beach. From Labor Day fireworks to pumpkin paintings, there’s something for everyone this month!
Saturday night in the beer garden sounds just about perfect right now, doesn’t it? Join the PB & Jelly Deli September 5th at Green Bench Brewing Co. for brews and your favorite gourmet PB&J sammies from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. They’ll be safe, socially distanced, masked up and ready to serve you nuttin’ but love!
Who is ready for fall flavors? September 7th, join The Wheelhouse for their annual pumpkin beer release celebration. They will tap all the pumpkin beers that they can get their hands on & make some super yummy pumpkin food specials & desserts. They are operating with social distancing protocols so please know that they cannot accommodate groups over 6 people. All specials will be available for dine-in OR carry-out. #RELEASETHEPUMPKINS
Central Cycling Spin Class
at the new St. Petersburg Pier, enjoy an awesome spin class courtesy of Central
Cycling under the Bending Arc sculpture!
There will be two opportunities to spin: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bookings for the event are open! 🚴 🚴
2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest
Got wings? If you are a wing lover, we’ve got just the ticket. Tomorrow, stop by the 2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest! Admission is free so enjoy adult beverages and live music as well as the best wings in town from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.!
6:30-8:30 register for this FUN workshop to create a Van Gogh Starry Night
inspired pumpkin at Practically Pikasso! Instruction provided to help you
create a beautiful new center piece or fall decor piece for your home. This
workshop is recommended for adults and teens. Your kiln fired art will be ready
to pick up on Sept 30th. Just in time for Halloween!
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.
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! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤
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.
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
Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 240-7448 to order.
Water Activities in St. Pete Beach
All Year Long
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
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.
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
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!
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!
Located on the waterfront, John’s Pass is a quaint
turn-of-the-century fishing village. After its creation by a hurricane on
September 29, 1848, Pirate John Levique made the first passage through the
newly created pass, hence its name. Today, it’s Pinellas County’s #1 tourist
attraction, inhabited by over 100 merchants. Here you’ll find unique retail
shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching
and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Day or night,
“The Pass” is the place to be. Here’s a list of five must-do activities in this
iconic Madeira Beach destination, just a short ten-minute drive away from the
Adjacent to the new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage, you’ll find Hubbard’s Marina—the longest-running original offshore fishing and dolphin watching company in the entire state of Florida. They’ve been fishing and cruising local waters since 1928 and, four generations later, are still family-owned and operated. Hubbard’s offers party boat fishing trips, kayak and paddle board rentals, and private charters for corporate events, bachelor parties, family trips, cruises and more. They also have daily dolphin watching nature cruise and eco-tours, a daily sunset cruise with free wine and beer, a 3-hour beach shelling cruise, and an Egmont Key ferry with a snorkeling option that runs daily.
Did you know that you can visit a sloth as part of your St. Pete Beach vacation? Alligator Attraction’s name is a bit misleading since they have SO much more than alligators. It’s a rescue zoo, with dozens of different exotic reptiles, tropical fish, skinny pigs, bunnies, pigs, and tortoises. The star of the show is the enchanting Sid the Sloth, a two-year old two-toed sloth who loves to hang with visitors. He’s sure to capture your heart!
Mad Beach Brewing
Craft breweries are popping up all around the Tampa Bay area and Mad Beach Brewing is one of the best. Voted 2020 Florida Brewpub of the Year and 2020 Small Brewery of the Year. A family-friendly restaurant and brewery featuring award-winning inventive beers, ciders, and sangrias, the freshest chef-inspired dishes, and an atmosphere like no place else. Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company is a must-visit destination in Tampa Bay.
Florida Tiki Tours
Take a relaxing 90-minute tour around John’s Pass and Boca Ciega
Bay on a Hawaiian style Tiki Hut with you and up to five of your friends.
Whether you just want to have a great time with your best buds or take a
romantic cruise with your special someone, Florida Tiki Tours is one of the
coolest ways to get out on the water. Grab your cooler and climb aboard. This
company offers sunset cruises, sandbar cruises and dolphin cruises. They even
have whole day event rates for office events and meetings, birthdays,
bachelor/bachelorette parties and weddings. (Yes, they do have their own
minister.) No need to fly to the islands when the island experience is here
waiting for you.
$10 Jewelry Outlet
Jewelry is one of the most fun things to shop for on vacation.
You can wear it anytime to remember your trip, and it doesn’t take up too much
space in your suitcase. The $10 Jewelry Outlet at John’s Pass is a haven for
treasure-hunters, with a wide variety of designer jewelry, all for just ten
dollars! It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or a gift for someone
The Pirate Ship at John’s Pass
Ready your sea legs as you step aboard a 2-level, 46-foot U.S. Coast Guard-inspected Royal Conquest Pirate Ship for a swashbuckling adventure that’s perfect for all ages. This hour and a half Family Fun Pirate Adventure includes great music, a dance party, dolphin watching, pirate stories, water gun battles, a treasure hunt, face painting and limbo for kids. Adults can sit back and watch the show—as well as the beautiful surrounding scenery—with free beer and wine. Free soft drinks and water are also available. Cruises leave at 11 am, 2 pm and sunset every day. No matter your age, this entertaining crew will lead you in some pirate fun that all will be sure to enjoy.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! Yer booty awaits at John’s
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!
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.
the Dali Museum is closed you can still visit virtually with Coffee with a
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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/
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
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.
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!
The Alden Suites Beachfront
Resort looks forward to welcoming guests once again beginning on Friday, May 1,
2020. We take the health and safety of our guests and associates seriously, and
our re-opening follows the guidelines of the State of Florida, Pinellas County,
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our team has enhanced
cleaning, communication, and promotion of healthy hygiene practices and will
enforce social distancing protocols as recommended by state and local
For guests looking for
a change of scenery and some quality time on the beach, we offer unique
amenities here at Alden Suites that make it easier for guests to practice
social distancing. Our suites all have full kitchens, which allows our guests
to prepare food and drinks in their suites instead of going out to restaurants
and bars. Publix delivers groceries here at Alden Suites, so you can enjoy a
stocked refrigerator without fighting the crowds at grocery stores. We also
have 4 gas grills on our BBQ deck, adequately spaced apart so our guests can
prepare food on the grill.
We are taking the
following steps in the interest of our staff and guest health and safety:
department has always cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. We have
increased the thoroughness of our cleaning schedule and practices to improve
Items cleaned in suites
include phones, remotes, hair dryers, irons and high traffic touch points.
stations are accessible to guests in all of our public spaces and lobby.
Key cards and parking
passes are being sanitized between each guest check-in.
We provide masks,
surface disinfecting products and hand sanitizer for associates, including
front desk agents, housekeepers and maintenance personnel.
For guests checking
in, associates are asking guests to disinfect their hands upon arrival and
sharing hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette tips.
Our managers have been
provided with detailed health and safety procedures to share with their
associates. Managers will ask associates to stay home when they are sick.
Additionally, we have communicated directly to all associates regarding the
necessity of safe hand washing and hygiene practices.
The Alden pools will
be open, staying under 50 percent capacity and adhering to strict CDC cleaning
protocols. The Alden Suites team will properly clean and sanitize pool decks,
furniture, railings, safety devices and other equipment.
We will ensure
staff and guest compliance with the following social distancing guidelines:
adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines, including but not limited to;
Persons shall not congregate in groups, and groups of more than 10 are
prohibited; All persons not part of the same family unit must remain at least 6
As of Monday, May 4,
2020, the public beaches surrounding Alden Suites will be open subject to these
regulations. The Alden Suites private beach continues to be open and has never
been required to close.
Signage on the Alden
Suites property will remind guests and team members of the social distancing
We also want to share that here at Alden Suites, we have closed the Cabana Bar until further notice as required by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. As the phased re-opening of the St. Pete Beach area continues, we will follow the guidance of authorities as it pertains to re-opening. The food truck is still open for takeout orders.
We have modified our
cancellation policies to accommodate guests who are experiencing a change of
plans. The Alden Suites Beachfront Resort is delighted to reopen and we look
forward to welcoming our guests.
Summer is just around the corner. Hopefully, that means spending plenty of time on the beach at the Alden with your family, soaking up the surf and sun! However, those fun in the sun vibes shouldn’t be limited to just three months a year. If your favorite thing to do is relax in the sand, you’ll love the look of a beach-themed home. Beach crafts are great for displaying around the house and a fun way for the entire family to get creative during your summer vacation! Here are seven different beachy craft ideas that you and your kids can make together.
Note: Live creatures should never be removed from their natural
habitat. Only collect shells that are empty and starfish that have expired.
Additionally, any sharp or hot tools should be used solely by adults or at
least with adult supervision.
Sand Handprint: This one takes a bit of extra preparation but it’s a great way to capture precious memories. You can get plaster of Paris at any craft store such as Michaels or Jo-Ann. To make things easier, pre-measure four cups of plaster into each of six or seven gallon-sized Ziploc bags and then mix in two cups of water into each bag. When you want to start casting, find a spot of clean and somewhat damp sand, press your hand deeply into the sand and then lift it straight back up. Fill up the print with beach treasures like rocks and broken shells. Then add an estimated two cups of seawater to your plaster, close up the bag and knead it with your hands to mix. Open it back up and pour the plaster to fill your mold. Wait 30 minutes or so while it hardens before digging it out of the sand and then give it a quick rinse in the ocean. Play around with different shapes such as footprints or hearts!
Framed Sand Writing: They say a picture’s worth a thousand
words. Collect some shells, beach glass or driftwood and use a broken shell
with a sharp edge to write your name or a message in the sand. Decorate your
scene with your collection and take a lot of pictures from different angles and
different distances. When you get home, choose your favorite and use free
websites like Picnik or Sumo Paint to make color corrections, crop, etc. Then
print your picture out and put it in a cute frame. Finally, use hot glue or
E6000 to add shells and sea glass to the outside of the frame. Display the picture
anywhere you like!
Gone Swimming Beach Plaque: This pretty plaque is a very
creative way to show off your found beach treasures. Using a flat paintbrush,
paint an oval paper mache hanging plaque with antique white acrylic paint.
Repeat with a second coat and let it dry. Hot glue a large starfish to the left
side of the plaque and glue your assorted seashells and any remaining starfish
around the right side and bottom of the plaque. Pull off the excess strings of
hot glue after a minute or two. In the center of the plaque, use a black craft
pen to write “gone swimming”. Next, mix together a nickel size amount of white
craft glue and a little water—just enough to thin the glue and make it
paintable. Using the flat brush, paint the glue mixture wherever you want sand
to stick. This should be done in about three or four sections so that the glue
doesn’t dry before you add the sand. Start at the top of the plaque and work
your way to the left, painting the glue mixture around the large starfish.
Then, pour some sand over the glue and let it sit for a moment before tapping
off the excess. Repeat this around the shells and other starfish, wiping off
any glue that may get on the tops of the starfish or shells before adding the
sand. When that’s finished, dip a scruffy paintbrush into tan paint and dab off
excess paint onto a paper towel so that the brush is almost dry. Add tan
touches around the words and along the edges of the sand. Finally, spray the
entire surface with acrylic sealer and allow it to dry completely. Hang it on
any wall for a lovely addition to your home!
These simple wind chimes are easy to make and look very pretty
hanging. Using fishing line or jewelry wire, string up three to five lighter
weight shells with holes in them along a 12-inch length, tying them on to
secure. Repeat five times. Then, tie one end of each string to the leg of a
starfish, allowing them to dangle down. If you want, you can create two strings
for each leg for more shell action. Finally, wrap a ribbon around the center of
the starfish and create a loop to hang it from. Hang it in a place with a light
breeze and enjoy the delightful sounds it makes!
Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament: If you find yourself
longing for warmer days during the winter months, this beautiful holiday
decoration will be a welcome addition to your home. Mix a bit of sand with snow white fine
glitter and funnel it into a clear glass or plastic ornament. When that’s done,
drop in some shells and sea glass. Next, braid about three feet of twine and
hot glue it around the top of the ornament in a spiral pattern, cutting off the
knot when you’re done. Use craft glue to glue down the rest of the twine until
you get the look you like. Make sure to add glue to the top the ornament before
replacing the topper. If you don’t, the topper may pop off due to the weight of
the ornament. Then, take three pieces of twine and tie them onto the topper.
Glue your leftover seashells to the end of the twine. Finally, wrap the silver
topper cap with twine.
Seashell Door Hanger: This beautiful door hanger is a great way to display your favorite shells. Begin by hanging 13 or another odd number of seashells on hemp twine. If your shells are more flat, a small drill bit can be used to create a hole in each one. If they’re more cone-shaped, tie a knot at the end of a piece of twine and place the knot near the inside center of the shell. Then use a pointy object like needle-nose pliers or a chopstick and push the knot into the shell. Gently tug the twine upward while holding the shell so the knot gets caught at the top of the shell. If any of the shells are loose, secure with a dot of hot glue. Once that’s done, tie a thick piece of rope to each side of a piece of driftwood for hanging. Next, layout your seashells in a “v” shape pattern. Start with the biggest shell first and hang it in the center of the driftwood. Working your way out, add the remaining shells going large to small. Each shell should come up about half an inch on both sides of the center. After all the shells are hung evenly, triple tie the twine at the top, making sure the loose ends face towards the back. Then flip the hanger around and trim the excess twine to about one inch. Hot glue the ends onto the driftwood. Finally, add faux succulents by tucking the stems into the rope knots or hot gluing them right onto the driftwood for a cute “sprouting” effect!
Driftwood Art: This beach craft is easy to make and will
look great as your new piece of home decor. Start by painting a wooden
shadowbox. The outer edge should be white while the very back should be grey.
Allow it to dry completely before continuing. Use driftwood pieces that are
slightly longer than the frame allows and use a saw to cut them down to size. Try
different combinations until something fits wells and works for your piece.
Remember, no two pieces of driftwood are the same, but that’s the beauty of it.
First, add the driftwood to the back of the box and then a starfish on top. Use
hot glue to secure everything into place. Your driftwood art is now ready to be
added to any room in your home!
Any of these crafts can be modified to fit your own personal
style so have fun exploring different options and combing the beach for the
perfect supplies! We’d love to see what you’re making while you stay at home, please
show us in the comments!
We ALL miss the Cabana Bar these days,
not just for the delicious drinks, but the smiles and energy we share with our
guests. Chris, Dave, Bob and Betsy shared some of their favorite recipes for tropical
cocktails so you can keep that Cabana Bar spirit going until you come and see
us again! All of these recipes are for a single drink, just multiply by how
many drinks you want to make, or make a great big pitcher full, we won’t judge!
Betsy’s Mojito Magic
“When you want something refreshing and not too intense, a mojito always hits the spot.” -Betsy, Cabana Bar
10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
2–3 teaspoons honey simple syrup
Honey Simple Syrup: Combine equal
parts honey and water in a saucepan. Warm
over medium heat until the mixture reaches a simmer, then whisk together and
watch the honey melt into the water.
Add the mint leaves, rum, lime juice
and honey simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
Muddle the mint (using a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon) to release
its flavors. Add 1 cup of ice. Then
cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, until
chilled. Strain into a tall glass filled
with ice. Top with club soda, as well as
extra mint or lime wedges for garnish, if desired.
Dave’s Steel Drum
“A fun twist on a pina colada, this
drink is a party in a glass!” -Dave, Cabana Bar
Shake it up with ice and garnish with
a slice of fresh pineapple and a cherry.
Twisted Pinkies by Chris
“This is one of my favorite drinks to
prepare and it’s super easy to do at home. I love how the coconut rum cuts
through the acidity of the pink grapefruit juice. It’s so refreshing!” -Chris,
6 oz. Pink Grapefruit Juice
2 oz. Coconut Rum
Shake up and serve over ice.
Chris’ Rumchata Pina Colada with a Coconut Rum Float.
on the classic Pina Colada is my favorite!” Mary Ann Renfrow, Alden Director of
3 oz. RumChata
1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
½ oz. Cream of Coconut
½ oz. Coconut Rum
with ice. Top with a floater of coconut rum.
Bird of Paradise by Max Blower Rojas
Max Blower Rojas is a St. Pete Beach native who now works in New York City. He created this recipe, a favorite of Mary Ann Renfrow, as a submission for the Shake Stir USA and Cocktail Courier cocktail competition.
2 oz Jose Cuervo Tequila Tradicional Anejo
1 oz Tahitian Vanilla Bean Syrup*
1 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
3 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters (or any bitters you like)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into glass with fresh ice.
Garnish with Blood Orange peel.
*To make syrup, slit one vanilla bean and mix seeds into 1 cup of sugar. Add hot water and stir until dissolved. Let cool. You can also substitute the vanilla bean for 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract mixed into 1 cup of simple syrup. (Fancy bitters optional)
“The Bahama Mama is an irresistible Cabana Bar cocktail. I always have one when I arrive at the Alden and it pairs perfectly with a St. Pete Beach sunset!” -Sunshine Woodyard, AdGals social media consultant for Alden Suites.
2oz coconut rum
1 oz gold rum
2 oz pineapple juice
2 oz orange juice
1 oz grenadine
In a bar shaker, combine all ingredients with a few ice
cubes. Shake until blended and pour over ice cubes. Garnish with maraschino
cherries and pineapple wedges.
Betsy’s Secret Margarita
“🍹 Here is my personal recipe for an amazing margarita!” -Betsy
1.5oz Silver Tequila
1.5oz Triple sec
4oz Margarita mix
Fill w/ice shake, shake, shake. Salt/ no salt, however you like it. Float with Grand Marnier. Consume!!
We can’t wait to see you back at the Cabana Bar very soon!
As you may have heard, the Alden is closed through the month of April due to COVID-19. While we are unable to serve our guests in person during this time, we will be connecting with you online through our blog, social media and email to keep the Alden Family spirit alive! This week, we’d like to share some of the amazing things that local St. Pete Beach businesses are doing to support our community at this time.
The Alden’s Director of Community Relations Mary Ann Renfrow joined Feeding Tampa Bay this week for a drive-through food pantry serving St. Pete Beach’s hospitality workers with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful to St. Petersburg’s Lantmannen Unibake for donating the bread and to our Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies that assisted. The common theme from all who came out to receive donations was, “We want to get back to work”.
Brian McAllister and the Gibson Mural Club created an amazing mural last year at the Alden, and now he’s carrying on the Club’s work- take a look!
The Food Truck Convoy organized a convoy of food trucks and partnered with local restaurants to serve meals to neighbors in need, and help to keep food trucks and restaurant owners/staff working.
In a Seminole neighborhood near Starkey Elementary School, people are showing their love for families with school children by putting teddy bears in their windows.
St. Pete Rising is teaming up with one local restaurant and one hospital or healthcare provider per day to raise money to provide daily meals for healthcare workers. It’s a great way to donate to help the St. Pete Beach people that we all know and love.
Our good friends at Grillin N Chillin are offering free pulled pork sandwiches to out-of-work hospitality workers.
3 Daughters Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg is making thousands of containers of hand sanitizer for local healthcare workers, and giving them away for FREE!
Join the Great American Camp-In Challenge! Families are Camping IN at home and getting creative. Whether you’re imagining yourself in a jungle, the safari or even another planet they want to see your Camp-IN campground. Share pictures, stories, games, recipes and camp songs for all families to enjoy TOGETHER!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is sharing an inside look at the lives of their aquatic inhabitants, including the famous Winter the Dolphin:
Tampa Bay Watch is sharing educational stories and videos about the natural beauty and incredible wildlife that we enjoy here in St. Pete Beach.
And if you want some educational entertainment, we recommend Florida Stories from Florida Humanities. “Florida Stories” tours are high-quality, packed with photos and rich audio that will open your eyes to many of Florida’s cities and towns in a way you’ve never experienced before.
We love to support these local businesses and hope that you’ll
support them next time you’re here at the Alden!
We want to give you a welcome distraction and something to look forward to, so we are offering a very special contest this April: We love our Alden Family, and we want to get to know you better! Follow this LINK and show us a picture of you and your favorite travel buddies from one of your favorite adventures together, anywhere in the WORLD, for a chance to win some great prizes.
We have a special plan for the winners- we will pick our top three entrants to participate in the first-ever Alden Jeopardy! You’ll go LIVE on Facebook with us on 4/30/20 to play Alden Jeopardy, and the winner will get the grand prize of a future two-night stay at Alden Suites! Here’s the link to enter:
Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for fun videos, contests and ways to share your Alden memories. Our prayers are with you and your families. Stay safe and healthy so you can come back and enjoy more beautiful moments with us right here in St. Pete Beach.