Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: February 2020

We’ve made it to month two of 2020, and so far, so good! From art events to French fry fest, get ready for a month full of fun stuff to do in and around St. Pete Beach. Whether you’re coming to St. Pete Beach for Valentine’s Day celebrations or just to escape the winter cold, you’re sure to find plenty to see and do!

2Cool Art Show

February 1st and 2nd

The 9th Annual 2Cool Art Show is happening at the historic Gulfport Casino February 1st and 2nd showcasing the artwork of over 30 of the area’s top artists in this boutique art exhibition. This fine art and fine craft show’s second yearly premier exhibition gives winter visitors a sampling of the high caliber work for which the summer Cool Art Show is so well known. The selected artists will show and sell a variety of handcrafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, digital, mixed media and jewelry.

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney

February 1st through May 10th

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is the first museum in the country to host this exhibition culled from the McNay Art Museum’s prestigious Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The traveling exhibition features a stunning variety of over 100 scene, costume, stage and program designs created by noted artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. The museum will be animated with performances of classical music, opera, dance, theater and poetry throughout the run of the exhibition, along with special lectures and film screenings. https://mfastpete.org/exh/picasso-to-hockney/

St. Pete French Fry Fest

February 14th and 15th

Join Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association today for food, fun, and live entertainment during St. Pete’s annual French Fry Festival! Food trucks will be lined up serving up specialty French fries as well as offering their normal cuisine. Check out the Facebook event page to see the full lineup of amazing offers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/568468897244181/

Dunedin Craft Festival

February 15th and 16th

Stroll along Main Street in downtown Dunedin from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 15th and 16th to meet 150 of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, and ceramics. Their expansive Green Market offers something for every taste and budget.

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown.dunedin-craft-festival

Localtopia

February 22nd

February 22nd celebrate all things local from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.! This annual festival celebrates St. Pete’s devotion to support its independent businesses and “Keep St. Pete Local.” Nearly 250 vendors and community organizations will take over Williams Park as specialty villages showcase arts & culture, makers and merchants, a family zone, and more.

Art and Seafood Festival

February 22nd and 23rd

This month attend the Art and Seafood Festival! February 22nd and 23rd from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. , shop local art and enjoy some of the most delicious seafood prepared by the area’s top food trucks and local restaurants, all while overlooking the beautiful waterfront of Safety Harbor at Waterfront Park. https://www.safetyharborchamber.com/art-and-seafood

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

Where to Exercise While Staying at Alden Suites

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.

If you’re 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!
  • Beach 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 cardio workout!
  • Offsite 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.
  • Swim 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!

If you’re 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 Center 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 hour.
  • 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?

Alden Suites Historical Milestones… 50 Years of WOW!

We’ve been taking a trip in the Way-Back Machine to learn more about the history of Alden Suites, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. Digging through files of old advertisements, postcards, and newsletters has uncovered so many fun photos and historical treasures. We’d like to share a trip back in time through Alden history for those who want to know a little more about how the Alden came to be the beautiful resort that she is today.

1954 Alden Suites Beachfront Resort was born when the original owner/developer (name unknown) began constructing 40 cottage-style units on nearly three acres of Gulf front land along St. Pete Beach in unincorporated Pinellas County. Gulf Boulevard was a two-lane road with no sidewalks.
1955 – The original Alden Motel opens.

1962-1963 – The original developer/owner adds 27 units, now called the “Bermuda Building.”
1957 – St. Pete Beach officially becomes The City of St. Pete Beach.
1965 – Gilbert Fortune purchases the Alden. Gilbert also owned the Normandy Hotel and the Odyssey Hotel, just south of the Alden, which ultimately became the Tradewinds Resort. Fortune adds another 20 Gulf front units in early 1969, now called the “Lanai Building.”
1969 – Robert P. Renfrow, his wife, Gennifer, and Dr. Sydney Nathans purchase the 91-unit Alden Motel & Apartments from Fortune.
1973 – Renfrow buys out Nathans and brings in his brother in law, Robert Featherstone, as a new investor /owner. Renfrow then buys what was two acres of vacant land immediately adjacent and to the north of the Alden property, for a whopping $200,000. (Two acres of Gulf front land on St. Pete Beach now sells for $3 to $4 million per acre!) Renfrow hires a husband-wife management team to live on property and run the day-to-day business. Eventually, they buy into the ownership group.


1978-81 – Renfrow develops a new, six story, 42-unit all-suite building on the newly-purchased land, in phases: three stories in 1978 and the additional three stories in 1981.
1984-1985 – Renfrow demolishes almost all of the remaining cottage-style units, develops the six story, 45-unit “Nassau Building,” and adds a second swimming pool, two elevated tennis courts with parking below. The resulting unit count is now up to 144 units, with all but five being “suites,” spanning 4.84 acres of Gulf front land.

1995 – The Cabana Beach Bar is added, along with the Fountain Court Conference Room, two new hot tubs, and the BBQ grill deck.
2001 – Robert Renfrow passes away at just 72 years old after a battle with cancer. Prior to his death, he names his son, R. Gary Renfrow, age 42 years old at that time, as the new president of Alden Enterprises,Inc. Gary Renfrow had spent his entire adult life working in the hotel franchising and development industry, as well as with an international accounting firm that specialized in hotel market feasibility studies and hotel operational consulting.2003 – Gary Renfrow hires Anthony “Tony” Satterfield as the new General Manager. Satterfield is eventually promoted to Vice President of Operations and a Corporate Officer.
2012-2013 – A new 12-person hot tub is added, and the Snappers Oasis Food Trailer opens for business.

2015 – Gennifer Renfrow passes away. The new majority owners become Gary and his wife, Mary Ann, and his two sisters, Leigh Renfrow and Jennie Renfrow.
Alden Suites Beachfront Resort earns the coveted TripAdvisor® Award of Excellence.
2017 – TripAdvisor®’s Travelers’ Choice Awards recognition.


2018 – The ownership team completes a comprehensive gutting, renovation and conversion of the remaining original cottage units into seven all-new beautifully appointed beach bungalows.

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2019 – The Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates 50 years of ownership by the Renfrow family with a year-long #ALDENWOW50 celebration!

We’d love to hear more tales of the old days from our guests who’ve been coming for decades to spend vacations here at the Alden. Please leave your memories here in the comments. And don’t forget to post your photos on social media using the #ALDENWOW50 hashtag to win prizes all year long!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in January 2019

As the Holiday season concludes and the New Year begins there’s no lack of fun things to do in St Pete Beach. In addition to fun fashion shows and festivals, we are looking forward to everyday activities sure to fill the days with wonder. Enjoy an exciting pirate cruise, deep sea fishing, or just have a relaxing day with the family strolling or swimming.

Neiman Marcus presents The Dali Benefit Fashion Show

January 10

The Dali Museum and Neiman Marcus invite you to feast your eyes on 30 surreal works of wearable art created by teen designers. The Dali’s Fashion Design program, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, invites high school students to learn the fundamentals of design, construction and runway presentation from experienced artists and designers. Drawing inspiration from Salvador Dali’s infamous dinner parties, budding Tampa Bay high school talent (grades 9-12) create tangible connections between art and fashion.

https://thedali.org/event/neiman-marcus-presents-the-dalis-benefit-fashion-show/

 

25th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

January 12-13

American Craft Endeavors is continuing an annual spring tradition with the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Fair, bringing contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this free community event. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend, blending nature with nurture.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival-tickets-52617111196?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Every Day at 2 pm and 5 pm. Extra Cruise 10 am on Saturdays

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is a family-oriented pirate-themed day cruise located right in the heart of Clearwater Beach, Florida. They pride themselves on catering to both children and adults within a family friendly atmosphere. With day and sunset cruises, it’s easy to imagine the days when these waters were rife with looting, plundering, and gold-burying pirates. The cruise also includes a special treat for adults with a third deck serving complimentary beer and wine on all cruises, with champagne complimentary on cruises after 4 pm.

https://captainmemo.com/

Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival

January 19-20, 2019

Competitors from around the U.S. gather on Treasure Island Beach during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. Come be amazed by the talented kite flyers performing to music at this two-day event in dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines. There will be plenty of time to be social and spend time with the family on one of the best kite flying beaches in the country as large show kites and giant bubbles paint the backdrop for an exciting competition. You might even see candy fall from the sky!

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/22nd-Annual-Treasure-Island-Sport-Kite-Competition-and-Festival-5456/details

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

January 26

Experience Star Wars as never before with Ruth Eckerd Hall’s first-ever live performance of Star Wars Live In Concert: Empire Strikes Back! This concert will feature the full- length iconic film on the big screen with The Florida Orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams. The Star Wars saga has grown into one of the most iconic film productions of our time. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss the Premiere of the Empire Strikes Back in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/star-wars-live-concert

The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center

If you’re looking for fun in the sun for the little ones The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center is for you! This play area consists of a mushroom-shaped waterfall and colorful dumping cones as well as slides for older kids. It’s a great place for the whole family!

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/profile/st-pete-beach-family-aquatic-center/8684

 

These January 2019 events in St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area are a great way to unwind from the hectic holidays as you start the new year. If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

 

Holiday Happenings in St. Pete Beach

There are so many holiday happenings to celebrate in and around St. Pete Beach this year! We’re making our list and checking it twice, making plans for holiday merriment to last all month. If you’re coming to join us here at Alden Suites for the holiday season, here are a few of our favorite festive events for making spirits bright!

Christmas Outdoor Movies

December 7, 14, 21

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE in Downtown St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy Christmas Classics with the entire family. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free!

Movie lineup:

December 7 – A Christmas Story

December 14 – The Santa Clause

December 21 – Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

 

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Now – Monday, December 31, 2018

Head to Busch Gardens for thrill rides and a stunning holiday transformation into a wonderland of Christmastime entertainment! Indulge in holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights! Santa will be available to take photos, and the park will be open until 10 p.m.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/christmas-town/

 

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Nov. 2 – Jan. 6.

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a swimmingly wonderful holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter’s Wonderland now through January 6th. Get your family photo taken with Winter Claus, experience Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway.

https://www.seewinter.com/

 

Holiday in the Park

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Come to celebrate the holidays at Pinellas Park’s Holiday in the Park! This community-wide family event will feature children’s games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hayrides, children’s train ride and much more! The free event is going on from 12 – 10 p.m. and takes place at England Brothers Park.

https://www.pinellas-park.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1911&month=12&year=2018&day=1&calType=0

 

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs

Friday, December 7, 2018

Venture out to downtown Tarpon Springs for a great free holiday event! The event will have a snow play area, music, children’s activities and a visit with Santa himself. The fun takes place from 5-10 p.m. on Tarpon Avenue and is a great getaway for the whole family!

 

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach

Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Saturday join Santa along St. Pete Beach’s parade route! The Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach starts at St. Pete Beach City Hall and finishes at the St. Pete Beach Library. While at the library, enjoy Grinch themed crafts, a movie, face painting, and light refreshments.

http://www.spbrec.com/special-events/

 

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 14, 2018

This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. Enjoy this enthralling light show on the water departing from the Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m. and ending at John’s Pass.

https://www.floridabywater.com/a-boaters-blog/1647-boat-parades-

 

Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 15, 2018

After the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Tarpon head to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. There will also be crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Free for the whole family and a perfect activity for young kids!

We hope you revel in our recommendations and have a happy holiday season. If you have any more suggestions for holiday happening, please leave us a comment!

 

Top 7 Cheap Eats in St. Pete Beach

While you stay with us here at the Alden, there are a variety of delicious places to eat without breaking the bank. From breakfast to dinner there are cheap eats to please any palate right here on St. Pete Beach. There’s nothing better than spending your vacation on the beach and eating amazing affordable foods. Check out our Top 7 Cheap Eats in St. Pete Beach and make plans for your next delicious beach vacation!

Barracuda Deli Café

They are known for serving the Best Cuban sandwich, and it lives up to its reputation. But the Barracuda Deli Café offers so much more all at an affordable cost! From refreshing salads, wraps, and a variety of pressed sandwiches, to their fusion of Caribbean/Mexican dishes. Do your taste buds a favor and try one of everything! Here at the Alden, we often have Barracuda Deli cater our staff meetings and small gatherings, so we definitely recommend them if you need to feed a crowd for your Alden Suites family reunion!

https://barracudadelicafe.com/

 

Giuseppe’s Pizza

Giuseppe’s has been voted the best St. Pete Beach Pizza year after year. With so many different pizzas to choose from as well as calzones and subs, they have something to please every member of your group. If you’re tired after a long day at the beach take advantage of their delivery service and have your pie from the comfort of your room at Alden. Made fresh to order and served up fast, hot and delicious.  You will not find better pizza in St Pete Beach!

https://www.stpetebeachpizza.com/

 

Snapper’s Oasis Food Truck

You just can’t beat the convenience of our Snapper’s Oasis Food Truck, located right next to the Cabana Bar on the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort property. Stroll over to our new beachfront snack shack operated by award-winning local chef Dan Casey. Grab a Snapper’s juicy hamburger, crispy chicken tenders or a fresh seafood sandwich basket, all served up at budget-friendly prices.

https://www.aldenbeachresort.com/snapperrsquos-oasis-food-truck.html

La Casa Del Pane

La Casa Del Pane is an authentic Italian bakery that serves fresh bread baked daily from homemade dough, classic Italian style pizzas, salads, pastries, and the best coffee on St. Pete Beach. Their breakfast menu is full of favorites from omelets to chocolate croissants all at a great price. Lunch specials include gourmet sandwiches with savory spreads, made on their delicious Italian bread. Stop by for a taste of Italy you can enjoy there or take back for a snack.

http://www.lacasadelpane.us/

 

St. Pete Beach Produce & Deli

St. Pete Beach Produce and Deli is family run and has the best prices in town for farm fresh produce and Greek cuisine. They serve yummy gyros with tzatziki sauce, spanakopita, creamy potato salad and sundried bow tie pasta salad that’s simply to die for. Dine in or have a beach picnic with your family!

http://www.spbproduceanddeli.com/index.htm

 

Paradise Grille

One of our favorite ways to start the day is to walk a few yards north on St. Pete Beach up the boardwalk to The Paradise Grille. They have picnic tables right on the beach, so you can enjoy breakfast with a view at a great price. The Paradise Grille is world renowned for their Beach breakfast featuring omelets, egg platters, and famous blueberry pancakes. For lunch and dinner, they serve up a great grouper sandwich, as well as burgers, fish n’ chips, oysters, crab legs, wraps, wings, and many other gulf side treats. They also have specialty cocktails and daiquiris that will cool you off while you soak up the sun!

 

Dixie’s Dog House

Dixie’s Dog House has been serving Chicago style Dogs and fare since 1970.  Their hotdogs are made fresh to order with the finest ingredients and only use Vienna Beef. They also offer milkshakes, ice-cream, wings, and delicious chili. Nothing says vacation like a corn dog and a milkshake on the beach- who could resist!

http://www.dixiesdoghouse.com/

 

These are just a few of the best cheap eats to enjoy at St. Pete Beach. If you have any other savory spots to add, please leave a comment. We are always looking for new delicious options!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in November 2018

We’re so thankful for all the fun events lined up for the Thanksgiving season in St. Pete Beach. We’re hitting that magical time of year when it’s an absolute joy to be outside: bright sunny skies, not too humid, with soft ocean breezes.  Festival season is upon us, plus we have a marathon and lots of holiday shopping opportunities. Start the holiday season right here at the Alden Suites Resort in St. Pete Beach.

 

Clearwater Beach Uncorked

November 3 – 4

 

Every year foodies flock to Clearwater Beach for Uncorked. The food and wine festival hosted right on Clearwater Beach is a truly unique gastronomic experience. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m.  Join the festivities at Clearwater Beach from 1 – 4 p.m. on November 3rd through 4th!

http://clearwaterbeachuncorked.com/2018/ 

 

The Sponge Docks Seafood Festival

November 9 – 11

Tarpon Springs is famous not only for the world’s finest sponges, but also for some of the best Greek restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the country. This three-day outdoor festival will feature tons of fresh local seafood to tempt your taste buds, an art & craft show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work, continuous live music, unique retail shops and complimentary festivities for the whole family.

https://www.facebook.com/SpongeDocksSeafood/

 

Ribfest

November 9-11

Ribfest is a charity fundraiser that helps a variety of youth-oriented causes, and the festival celebrates its 30th year in 2018. They’re offering a special $5 admission deal on Friday, November 9. The 3-day festival at Vinoy Park draws the big names in BBQ and music. It features the best BBQ ribbers in the world and great musical artists such as Fire & Ice, Josh Turner, Los Lonely Boys, and the Barenaked Ladies. Stop by for rockin’ ribs and helpin’ kids!

https://ribfest.org/

 

Turkey Trot

November 22

This Thanksgiving why not make plans to participate in the Turkey Trot? It’s the largest running event in the Tampa Bay area with more than 17,000 runners burning off their Thanksgiving indulgences in advance, early on Thanksgiving morning. There’s a race for every skill level, so you can bring the whole family and enjoy. Just remember to register in advance so your t-shirt will be ready for you. It’s the 40th anniversary of the Turkey Trot this year, so it’s sure to be a fun run!

http://www.tampabay.com/marketing/turkey-trot/

 

Tarpon Springs Art & Craft Festival

Nov 14 & 25

 

On the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping local for your gift-giving needs. Kick off your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving weekend at the Tarpon Springs Art & Craft Festival. You’ll find folk art, pottery, paintings, wearable art, personalized gifts, handmade lotions and scrubs and so much more. It’s a great way to discover unique gifts and treasures from local shops, and stuff your family’s stockings with treasures they’ll truly enjoy.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1007993162711260/

St. Pete Beach is the place to be for cool events and sunny days this November. We hope you’ll make plans to join us here at Alden Suites very soon!

 

St. Pete Beach Things to Do – September 2018 Edition!

September has Started! School is back in session but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax by the beach, and it’s a nice, uncrowded time of year to be here. Train rides, markets, boat races, and a bridal show are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do this September.

Free Ride on the Largo Central Railroad

September 2

All aboard! Take a free train ride around Largo Central Park today! The modeled to scale locomotives pull you and your family along a mile-long loop through great scenery, a spooky tunnel, and a waterfall pond. http://www.lcrailroad.com/

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Every Weekend ending September 16

Busch Gardens’ newest event, Bier Fest is happening every weekend through September 16! Savor this food and beer celebration featuring more than 100 beers from 60 different breweries around the world.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/bier-fest/

Night Market St Pete

September 20th

Shop under the stars at St. Pete’s largest night market yet! Located in the Warehouse Arts District next to 3 Daughters Brewing, enjoy eats, beats, art and drinks from some of St. Pete’s finest vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/events/474284286340345/

 

Sunken Gardens Bridal Show

September 23rd

Is there a bride in your life? Planning a wedding someday soon? You might want to visit the Sunken Gardens today for the 2018 Bridal Show! We predict free cake 😉

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bridal-shows-in-st-petersburg-fl-4794086327

The Clearwater Super Boat National Championship

September 28-30th

The 10th annual Super Boat International race is coming to town. Many beach-going spectators enjoy the races from Clearwater Beaches powder white sugar sand, others take advantage of the VIP watch parties from the comfort of sponsor hotels, restaurants, and condos throughout the island.

From race team meet and greets to our super boat parade and one of a kind Clearwater Beach cuisine, this year’s 2018 Festival is guaranteed to be bigger better and faster than ever!

https://www.clearwatersuperboat.com/

St. Pete Beach is the place to be for cool events and sunny days this September. We hope you’ll make plans to join us here at Alden Suites very soon!

 

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

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

St. Pete Beach Things to Do – August 2018 Edition!

Aah, August! Some call it the dog days of summer, but it’s always better at the beach!

Local Floridians will tell you the secret for enjoying this warmest of our months: either be in the water, or in the air conditioning! The Gulf of Mexico water is always refreshing and our two pools at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort are ready to cool you right off!

We’ve collected some fun activities for you and the family to enjoy your stay in St. Pete Beach this month: art museums, baseball, a 5K, and a reggae show are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do in August.

Cult Classics at the Dali

August 2

The Dali’s can’t-miss summer celebration – Cult Classics – is back and better than ever. Grab your lawn chair and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare, and cold craft brews. Visit the Dali tonight at 7 pm to see Bruce Willis in the iconic film Die Hard!

https://thedali.org/event/cult-classics-2018-die-hard/

Fruitilicious

Saturdays in August

Make sure to check out the brand-new Mize Gallery in St. Pete. It’s owned by Chad Mize, previously the proprietor of Blue Lucy and creator of the “London Paris Tokyo St Pete” T-shirt.   The gallery showcases a variety of local artists, starting this month with a funky, fruity exhibition featuring 30 local and national artists. Each artist showcases their unique take on fruit in this fun show, open every Saturday.

https://www.facebook.com/mizegallery/

Steel Pulse at Jannus Live

August 12

The roots reggae band Steel Pulse is bringing the vibe to St. Pete. Watch them perform today and get into the island spirit! Gates open at 7 p.m! #SundayFunday

http://www.jannuslive.com/event/steel-pulse/

St. Pete Beach 5k Series

August 17

Soak in the last rays of the day during this 5k race on St. Pete Beach. Whether you run or walk it, all levels are welcome to participate in this fun chip-timed 5k run. The after race party for all participants include a free buffet provided by Hurricane Restaurant, a live DJ, adult beverages, soda and water and a spectacular sunset. The run starts at Hurricane Restaurant with the course along the beach. Free kids run is at 6:30 p.m. and the 5k starts at 7 p.m. Registration is $35.

http://www.sprr.org/

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals

August 23

With a solid mix of newly acquired talent and seasoned players on the roster for 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to be one of the strongest teams in this season’s American League East! Have a great day at the ballpark today when The Rays face the Royals!

https://www.mlb.com/rays/tickets/promotions

Chihuly Storyteller’s Exhibition

August 26

Check out the Chihuly Collection’s narrative-driven glasswork collection “Storyteller’s Exhibition” on display Now through October 31st

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event/storytellers-exhibition-chihuly-collection/8900

Those are our top picks for St. Pete Beach summer fun this August. Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, we’re excited to help our guests celebrate the end of summer with a month full of family togetherness and cool activities. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!