It’s always a joy to connect with our longtime guests! After a recent visit to the Alden, the Griscom family sent us this letter and some priceless vintage photos:
We have loved coming to the Alden for many years, and have lots of memories there. We’ve celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, 4th of July fireworks on the beach, Thanksgivings with shipped in turkey and trimmings, Christmases (yes, we would bring our own artificial decorated tree!), New Year’s Eves and days, UT bowl games, spring training baseball weeks…..just about any reason or excuse to come! Now, I did promise to show you some photos…..it took a while to go through so many years’ worth, but I picked only 4 photos that would also incorporate the Alden.
June 1977….our oldest son (he’s now 44 years old) takes his first steps near the bungalows.
July 1984….all five Griscoms, including our one-year-old twins in the pool. Neither pool had been fenced at that time, and the deck around this pool was a pea gravel decking (not very barefoot friendly!)
November 1986….we celebrated Thanksgiving! Pictured here are our three-year-old twins on the beach with the “grey” Alden in the background. Everyone was glad when it was returned to yellow.
July 2005….this was the last time we were all together at the Alden, here at the Cabana Bar. Our kids were all grown up and it was, at last, a relaxing vacation with them. Since then they have gotten multiple college degrees, gone into professions that have given them real independence, moved around the country (and the world) to follow their professions, and provided us with our only (so far!) grandchild. But our goal for 2021 is to get them all together, plus the families that they have added, for an Alden week!!! As we mentioned there will be no trip for us in October, new baby on the way. On our drive home, we decided it may be late January or early February, so maybe we’ll see you again. Thanks,
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!
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!
While you’re freeing yourself from your daily routine by staying at Alden Suites, you don’t have to leave your workout at home. While staying with us here in St. Pete Beach there are plenty of ways to keep your body and mind in balance with your regular workout, or by switching it up with a new routine.
looking to get your exercise during your Alden Suites vacation, here are a few
suggestions to stay fit while enjoying your new surroundings:
Beach and Water Sports. Suncoast Watersports is located right
behind the resort and offers snorkeling, kayak & paddle board rentals! Get
in a great workout while taking an adventure exploring St. Pete Beach.
Walking on the Beach. Walking
in soft sand is a major workout and burns twice as many calories than walking
on flat ground. Enjoy the view while getting in some exercise and switching up
your normal routine!
Beach Volleyball. Guests love our beach volleyball courts- bring your crew of family and friends for a friendly match in the sand. Beach volleyball burns 750 calories per hour, so you’ll be able to enjoy some of our famous Cabana Bar cocktails and still look great in that bathing suit!
Beach Run: If you’re looking to get a good run in
off the sand there are many beautiful scenic locations with paved run routes.
Check out: Treasure Island Beach Trail (The trail runs about a mile and starts
at the County Park Beach Access at 104th Avenue and ends at the Marriott Hotel
near 120th Avenue, to the north.) or St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks (23 blocks
along Tampa Bay in downtown St Pete.)
Tennis. Here at the Alden, we have two lighted regulation-sized tennis courts atop our parking garage. Bring along your tennis rackets, balls, and shoes so you’ll be ready for a match in the sunshine. Singles tennis burns 420 calories per hour, so you’ll have room for a delicious grouper sandwich at our food truck!
Bike Ride: Suncoast
Watersports, located right behind the Alden Suites resort, also offers bike
rentals. Ride alongside the gorgeous St. Pete Beach waves while getting a great
Workout Facilities: Alden
Suites has an agreement with a local gym just a few blocks away. Just visit our
front desk to get your guest pass and you can pump iron and use cardio machines
to your heart’s content.
Laps: Alden Suites offers access to two sparkling outdoor pools,
which are heated to the perfect temperature all year around. Get your cardio in
while making a splash by swimming laps!
looking to stick to your exercise routine at the gym or yoga classes, here’s a
list of nearby locations that offer guest visits:
St Pete Beach Recreation
located at: 7701 Boca Ciega Dr – St Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers $1 St. Pete
Beach Residents & $2 Non-Residents Daily Admission in a newly renovated
fitness center equipped with 3 Treadmills, 3 Recumbent
bikes, 2 Ellipticals, Strength training equipment, Free weights, Bench press
& more. You can schedule a personal trainer for up to 4 people for $40 per
Fit For Life Fitness
Center located at 575
75th Ave – Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers Day Passes for $10 and is a unique combination of a fitness center and physical therapy clinic. Full
gym with Nautilus machines, professional supervision and instruction, Group
Exercise classes (including Tai Chi, Yoga, & Pilates), Group cycling classes – all levels,
and Massage Therapist available by appointment.
Beach Yoga Pinellas located at 10280 Gulf Blvd – Treasure Island,
FL 33706 Just bring a beach towel and blanket, wear comfortable clothes and
align your body and mind while listening to the beach waves. Classes start at
$20 at sunrise and sunset.
Perfect Circle Yoga located at 595-B Corey Ave – St. Pete Beach,
FL 33706 offers Hot “Bikram” Yoga, Hot Yoga Express, CaliYoga classes and
Private Training. Single Classes are offered at $15 per class.
Here in St. Pete Beach we have so much delicious food and drink to enjoy, so it’s nice to have exercise options for working off those extra calories! What’s YOUR favorite way to exercise while on vacation?