8 Fun Facts you didn’t know about St. Pete Beach

Home to crystal clear waters, pristine white sands and plenty of family fun, St. Pete Beach is one of the finest beaches in Florida. In fact, it’s ranked #1 on Trip Advisor’s 2020 list of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. But there’s so much more to this barrier island that sets it apart from Florida’s wealth of award-winning beaches. Here are 8 fun facts about St. Pete Beach that will inspire you to visit this blissful Floridian favorite.

The silky white powder that lines the beach was once mountains of impenetrable quartz hundreds of miles from Florida’s shores. It took Mother Earth more than two million years to produce the velvety smooth sand you’ll find here today. Much of the sand on Florida beaches is produced by the weathering of continental land masses like the Appalachian Mountains and washed down America’s rivers into the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Once a playground for America’s social elite, the iconic Don CeSar Beach Resort was built in 1926 by Thomas Rowe to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle. When it opened two years later, a room on the European plan went for $24 per night. The “Pink Palace” can be seen for miles to the east and west and has its place on nautical charts as a permanent marker for boaters. Today, the color is protected by law as a mariner’s guide.

The 47-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is one of Florida’s most popular and unique urban pathways. Grab some skates or rent a bike and venture down the trail which connects St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs along an old railroad route. Along the way, you’ll pass several county parks, coastal areas and communities. It also provides access points to nearly every town in the area.

The St. Pete Road Runners, the premier running club in the St. Pete/Tampa area, invites runners and walkers every month to join their evening St. Pete Beach 5k Race. The Alden’s Director of Community Relations, Mary Ann Renfrow, is one of the founding members of this group! The largest beach race in the area is run entirely on the beach, in the sand, and is a great way to stay fit on vacation. Pack your sneakers and retain your summer beach bod while you’re away from the gym.

The sunset at Pass-A-Grille features a rare sight as the last sliver of light dips below the waterline: The Green Flash. This phenomenon—named for the sudden and briefly changing color—only lasts about a second or two but, if you have a chance to witness it, your love for St. Pete Beach sunsets will grow even stronger. Pack a few beers and head down to the southern end of the beach to catch this natural wonder.

Grouper is a dinner table staple in St. Pete Beach. Head down to Sea Critters Cafe—where it’s always island time—to sample their grouper sandwich, voted Best in the South by Southern Living Magazine. You can have it made to order and served in six different ways. They also serve grouper tacos, fritters and salads, all freshly prepared to order and worth every bit of the wait.

Right next door is St. Petersburg where you’ll find some incredibly unique boutiques, eateries and hordes of vintage goodies tucked away on Central Avenue. Come here for a fresh and funky Florida vibe where old St. Pete mixes with new for an artsy and authentic local experience. “God’s waiting room” as it was once known is more like a heavenly rave these days with downtown bursting on weekend nights with music and street life.

We’re called The Sunshine City for a reason. The average amount of days of sunshine per year here is 361 but we do hold the Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine: 768 days which began in 1967. The year-round gorgeous weather makes St. Pete the perfect destination for your getaway no matter the time of year. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Our Top 9 Picks for February 2021 in St. Pete Beach

Aah, February in Florida! The month of LOVE is full of festivals, drive in movies and great local markets to enjoy as well as the stellar Mardi Gras event at Busch Gardens. With Super Bowl LV coming to town on February 7, all eyes will be on our little corner of the world. We’re proud to live in Title Town USA – Tampa has already won the Stanley Cup and played in the World Series, and this month the Bucs will be making us proud in the NFL’s biggest showdown. It may be the shortest month of the year but there is no shortage of things to do here in the Tampa Bay area!

TASCO’s Drive-In Movie

February 6th and 20th

New family fun in St. Pete!  Enjoy the city’s awesome Drive-In Movie event featuring:

Space Jam, Saturday, February 6

The Fast and the Furious, Saturday, February 20

The lot opens at 7 p.m. for cars to receive a spot and the showing begins at 8 p.m.

http://stpeteparksrec.org/tascoevents/?fbclid=IwAR0iFgg4EDTA9HcJ8qJJSM3QtrjE8rktuWWduaje6LOdog2lXa0uedOcqQM

2021 Big Game Watch Party

February 7

The Galley is hosting the Superbowl in downtown St. Pete! Come watch with great food and drink all day! Who’s ready for some football?

Super Bowl Specials include Wing Platters TO-GO and a $20 Prime Rib Dinner!

https://www.727area.com/st-petersburg/downtown-st-petersburg/events/494829/2021-big-game-watch-party%21~the-galley.htm

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts

All Month Long

The St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts highlights the creative ambiance of the city, renowned for its numerous splendid cultural organizations.   This annual February festival presented in our “City of the Arts” involves diverse musical and theatrical groups as well as museums united around the exploration of a singular theme — The Sea. Check their website for more details:

http://www.artsofstpete.com/

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras

Feb 1st– 16th

Busch Gardens celebrates Mardi Gras fun every weekend all the way through February 16th with open-air festivities and French-Quarter flair. Hear Mardi Gras-style live music and enjoy New Orleans-inspired entertainment. Catch festival beads from strolling performers throughout the day and get caught up in the fun as you dance through spacious walkways. Savor classic Cajun cuisine such as shrimp po’ boy, jambalaya and gumbo.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/mardi-gras/

3 Daughters Brewing’s Valentine’s Market

February 13th

This year, it’s a good idea to wait until the last minute. That’s when you’ll find the good stuff. 3 Daughters Brewing’s Valentine’s Market will feature a wide selection of local vendors, helping you find the perfect gift at the perfect time. https://www.facebook.com/events/400442061071087/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

Localtopia

February 20th

February 20th, join Localtopia, St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing nearly 200 of your favorite independent businesses and community organizations. This is the biggest display of Local Love in St. Pete! https://localtopia.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/

Movies in the Beer Garden

February 2nd and 17th

Movies in the Beer Garden, baby! Green Bench Brewing is showing a new round of movies for springtime. Every other Wednesday, they will be playing a fan favorite in the Beer Garden, starting at 7pm. They encourage everyone to bring their own blankets/chairs and SNACKS. These movies are totally free to the public, and yes, they are family friendly. https://www.facebook.com/events/239386524424769/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D

The Festival of Speed

February 21st

The 17th Annual Festival of Speed will take place downtown in beautiful Vinoy Park overlooking the bay. This luxury lifestyle Motorsports display will showcase over 250+ exotic, classic, muscle cars, motorcycles & luxury brands. The Festivals of Speed show field has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models placed for display among the splendor that is Vinoy park. Offshore race boats, antique boats and other unique watercraft are encouraged to display. The park overlooks the water with magnificent views of the bay and vibrant downtown. Guests will experience automotive designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren and more. Onsite cafes serve fine wines and festive cocktails with exciting culinary offerings. Guests can also enjoy a cigar lounge, great music, awards presentation and more. https://www.festivalsofspeed.com/js_events/st-petersburg/  

The Tampa Bay Home Show

February 27th-28th

Come on out and meet your favorite home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show. Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection.  Tickets are required for entry to this event. Click the register tab to reserve your time slot today!

 www.tampabayhomeshows.com

The Music in the Afternoon Series

February 28th

February 28th, the Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guests sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park.

https://www.spbrec.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=518

Things to Do: December 2020

Even the biggest Grinch is eager for some seasonal merriment after the year we’ve had, and with our wide-open beaches and fresh-air outdoor spaces, St. Pete Beach is the perfect place to celebrate. The holiday season is upon us in the Sunshine State, which means there are plenty of holiday activities, family fun events and shopping extravaganzas to attend. From sparkling boat parades on the Intercoastal to holiday movies in the park and ugly sweater contests, we’ve rounded up our favorite can’t-miss events that let you do the holidays Florida style while staying safe. Book your trip to the Alden and then fill up your calendar with these top things to do in St. Pete Beach and beyond for December 2020.

St. Pete Night Market

December 3rd

The popular Night Market is back! It will be a bit smaller due to COVID to allow room for social distancing, but it will still have some awesome vendors, music and cash bar!

Come on out and support LOCAL from 6 PM to 10 PM December 3rd!

https://www.facebook.com/NightMarketStPete/

Holidays in Horan

Every Friday

Join us Fridays for Holidays in Horan! On Dec 4th, 11th, and 18th the City of St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. will be showing holiday classics on the big screen! each movie starts around 6:30pm but make sure to arrive early and enjoy the fun holiday activities and shop from local vendors for that perfect holiday gift this season!

Tickets are required for the movie, and each ticket is good for a space that can be shared amongst 8 people so 1 ticket = up to 8 people. Ticket cost is $5

For ticket information please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/

Treasure Island Christmas Boat Parade

December 5th

Like Las Vegas on the water! This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay.  Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John’s Pass.

A pre-parade party* will be held starting at 4:30pm at The Club TI’s pool pavilion. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The pre-parade party is open to the public with an ADMISSION of a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation, which benefits The Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas and the Edwards Family Foundation. Prior to parade day, donations and toys may be dropped off at the Club TI, Treasure Island City Hall, and Treasure Bay Recreation Center on Paradise Island. Donors will receive a ticket for pre-parade party admission (one ticket per donation).

https://treasureislandflorida.org/News/2020/Nov/treasure_island_holiday_boat_parade.html

Blush Tea and Coffee St. Pete will be hosting their 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar.

This exciting event features several local artists, makers, live painting, live music, those amazing brioche donuts from Mana Bakery and of course delicious teas and coffees!

Tis the Season to come out and do some holiday shopping, support our local artists and makers.

https://m.facebook.com/events/642073076438192

Mistletoe market

December 11th

Find that perfect gift this holiday season and support local shops and the Mistletoe Market presented by the St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

https://www.facebook.com/events/832445087552142

Pass-a-Grille Vina Del Mar 2020 Boat Parade

December 12th

801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00 pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier website

Festivities start at the Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at 5:00 pm,

Santa will be there for Pictures with the Kids.

The Fireman will be cooking Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Luminaries along the sea wall

Carolers at the Merry Pier

Kitty Yoga at Sunshine Kitty Catfe

December 12th

Kitty Yoga is back December 12th at Sunshine Kitty Catfe! Wind down from your week and join our kitties for a 60-minute gentle Friday evening flow in our Cat Lounge as Within. yoga leads an all-levels kitty yoga

Reserve your spot meow and look forward to starting your weekend in the most purrfect way!

https://www.sunshinekittycatfe.com/visit

Eat Drink and Be Ugly Mixer

December 17th 

December 17th at The Whiskey Exchange, Eat, Drink and show off your favorite Ugly sweater. Drink Specials, food, prizes and lots of fun!

https://www.evensi.us/ugly-sweater-party-whiskey-exchange/396908404

Classic Christmas

December 20th

December 20th at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater enjoy music to celebrate the season from history’s greatest composers including Mozart, Handel and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite!

https://the.floridaorchestra.org/phase-1-classical-christmas-encore

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

December 31st

Seeking a spectacular way to ring in 2021? Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance, stunning floral designs. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages in Clearwater.

Freshly updated each year with a new cast and musical programme, the exuberant music of Johann Strauss and his counterparts will spring to vibrant life in a joyful spectacle featuring European singers, dancers, and a full symphony orchestra. The Maestro, an expert in Viennese music, will lead the orchestra and the audience on a journey through the Golden Age of Vienna with wit, charm, and more than a few jokes along the way.

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/salute-vienna

New Year’s Party w/ STORMBRINGER live concert & fireworks on the Beach!

December 31

New Year’s Eve Party on the Beach! Celebrate 2021 w/ Stormbringer LIVE Concert on the Beach 9pm, Fireworks at 12am. Enjoy Kentucky Par cocktails, limited menu available at 8pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/3335285283246982/

 Van Gogh Alive

Through April 11, 2021


Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. This exhibition will be available for viewing from November 21, 2020 – April 11, 2021.

https://bit.ly/2UJ0jCh

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa

All Month Long

If you’re looking for safe holiday fun, Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park is the place for you!  Become immersed in an outdoor seasonal adventure featuring twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new jolly adventures.  

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

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

Holiday Hors D’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro

November 7th

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

Prime Rib Dinner at the Galley

Wednesdays in November

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

St. Pete Pier Marketplace

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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

https://stpetepier.org/

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tours

Every Sunday

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

https://thirstypelicantours.com/

Brews and Rescues at The Clearwater Aquarium

November 13th

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

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

Arts Annual Virtual Festival

November 15th

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

https://artsannual2020.eventbrite.com

12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup

November 18th – 22nd

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

Yappy Hour

November 26th

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

https://www.fluffanimalrescue.org/

St. Pete in September 2020 – Our Top Picks of Things to Do

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!

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks on Treasure Island

September 5th

Saturday the 5th at dusk spread out, socially distanced on the Treasure Island beach and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks!
https://www.facebook.com/RECREATIONTI/

PB & Jelly Deli

September 5th

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!

September 7th

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

September 11th

September 11th 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

September 18th

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.!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483572075128161/

Pumpkin Painting

September 22nd

September 22nd 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!

https://www.practicallypikasso.com/calendar

Jazz Sundays at Boulevard Burgers

Sundays

Sit back and relax with live tunes and mimosas by the beach at Boulevard Burgers & Tap House, right across the street from the Alden!

Le Jazz Trio is serving up some soulful jams every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., while you enjoy big, juicy burgers, seafood dishes, appetizers, milkshakes, and more!

Boulevard Burgers also offers 50 cent wings all day on Sundays!

Things to Do: July 2020

Summer is in full swing and we are still looking for fun and safe activities to enjoy this month! Though there are not many events and gatherings there are many fun activities you can enjoy from your suite or outdoors!

4th of July in St. Pete Beach

This year, our July 4th celebrations are going to be a little different. So… no loud DJs or huge fireworks shows. (Dogs throughout the nation are doing the happy dance!) And no enormous picnics with family and friends you see only once a year. (Hey, at least Aunt Penelope won’t ask you if you’re married yet). Read on for ideas for how to celebrate Independence Day in St. Pete Beach this year.

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/list/celebrate-july-4th-at-home

July Full Moon Yoga with Alina Hal

July 5 at 7 pm

Meet on the sand anytime after 7:00PM for a very special sunset / full moon yoga practice 🌈✨☀️ This invigorating yet deeply grounding yoga practice is appropriate for all levels of yogis- including and especially beginners 🙏🏾🙏🏾 Bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket and a bottle of water! Class is FREE, donations of any amount are appreciated but never required or expected 😊 Practice will begin at 7:30PM and end shortly after sunset at 8:30PM. Bring a friend – all are welcome! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

https://www.facebook.com/events/270041427581849/

Corey Avenue Farmer’s Market

Every Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm

The Corey Avenue Sunday Market is back! Tampa Bay Made understands the importance of economic vitality for America and how buying local impacts the way we live, shop, eat and work. They celebrate the handmade and spotlight the entrepreneurs who inspire us with their craftsmanship. This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2656835481212732/?event_time_id=2728159244080355

Book + Bottle

All Year Long

Looking for the perfect beach read AND the best wine to pair with dinner? St. Pete – Book + Bottle is offering free delivery of books and wine right to your door at the Alden.  Check out their bottled wine list here: www.bookandbottlestpete.com.

Email Terra Dunham at info@bookandbottlestpete.com or call (727) 240-7448 to order.

Water Activities in St. Pete Beach

All Year Long

Family Having Fun Stand Up Paddling Together in the Ocean on Beautiful Sunny Morning

The shore in St. Pete Beach, with sugar-white sands and gentle clear waves, brings bliss to our Alden Suites guests every day. But if you only stay on land, you’re missing much of the fun that Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer. We love to get out on the water, and there are so many cool ways to take a boating excursion here in the St. Pete Beach area.  http://aldenwow.com/2018/02/22/get-out-there-on-the-water-in-st-pete-beach/

Sunken Gardens

All Year Long

Established in 1903 by George Turner Sr. in the bottom of a sinkhole, Sunken Gardens incorporates tropical and native plantings to create a lush palette of colors, textures, and aromas. Significant among the flora here are the bougainvillea and Cuban royal palms, some of the oldest in Florida! Mazy pathways keep you entertained with niche gardens and walls of blooms.

http://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/index.php

Orange Groves Winery

All Year Long

The only citrus winery in the state happens to also be the only Florida winery invited to participate in Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years. Florida Orange Groves Winery is family-owned and produces over 43 different tropical, citrus, berry, and even vegetable wines—many unique to Florida—all of which are made 100% from the juice as indicated by their bottle label. The winery houses a free tasting bar and gives free tours on the half-hour starting at 10 am Monday through Sunday and starting at 12:30 pm on Sunday until 4 pm each day. The best part—it’s only a six-minute drive from Alden Suites! https://floridawine.com/  

Clearwater Toy Show

July 16th

Vintage & Modern Toys, Hot Wheels, Slot Cars, Retro Gaming, Comics, Artwork & More Pop Culture Goodness!  July 16th  the Florida Toy Shows visits Minnreg Hall for an indoor summer show. Doors Open at 9 am! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/243651493551497/?active_tab=about

St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest Food Truck

July 24th

St. Pete is the GROUPER CAPITAL of the world and we’re all about celebrating the tasty, flaky white fish. Join Gulf to Bay and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater July 24th for food, fun, craft beer and live music at the St. Pete Grouper & Craft Beer Fest Food Truck Festival!

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

Join the #ALDENWOW50 Family Reunion this November!

Fifty years ago in 1969, Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden. The Renfrow family still proudly owns and operates the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and we are celebrating this major milestone with a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign. We kicked off the year with some major philanthropic giving, supporting our local community with large donations and hands-on work to make St. Pete Beach a better place.

Earlier this year, we shared the story of how the Alden grew from a beachside motel to the full-service resort that she is today. Our celebratory video series has taken guests on a trip through the way-back machine to the Alden in the 1960’s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Guests are sharing their stories all year round through our #ALDENWOW50 social media campaign, plus we’ve unveiled a new mural and lots of special Golden Giveaways. It all leads up to the big Alden Family Reunion set for November 9, where longtime guests will gather from all over the world to celebrate the big anniversary.

The theme of the party will be “Summer of Love”, and we’ll all be decked out in our hippie-inspired best: bell bottoms, embroidered shirts, headbands, and trippy tie-dye. We’ll have a VW van full of treats, delicious food and drinks, and 1960’s inspired decor. The band “Messenger” will play live music from the 1960s to the present day, and we’ll dance and celebrate into the night with Alden guests and supporters who’ve become a part of the family.

Want to join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration on  November 9th?

Now you can win a free trip, including two nights at the Alden, a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card, and tickets to the big bash. All you have to do is share a story about your Alden Suites vacation.

If you want to make SURE you can be here for the party, there’s still time to book your weekend at the Alden to celebrate our big anniversary? We’re offering a 25% discount for bookings from November 8-10 for the big party weekend. There are fewer than 30 rooms still available, so make your reservations now!

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach for June 2019

Summer is in full swing and there’s no shortage of fun things to do here in St. Pete. From Greek festivals to the Grand Prix of the Gulf we are so excited to celebrate this Summer at the Alden Beach Resort!

Nerf Battle Tournament

June 8th

Come battle out against your friends and foes June 8th in the very first Nerf Battle Tournament at Horan Park in St. Pete Beach! Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. This event is for any age as long as two team members are 16 or younger. So, sign up for some family fun!

Opa! Palooza

June 14th-15th

June 14th-15th celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the Opa! Palooza Greek Festival, held at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Enjoy food, pastries, music including a ‘Battle of the Bands,’ artists and craftsmen vendors, and more (all Greek-style, of course!).

https://spongedocks.net/opapalooza.htm

Grand Prix of the Gulf

June 16th-17th

Join in the sights, sounds, and sandy beaches of the third annual Grand Prix of the Gulf, as the P1 Powerboats display their horsepower June 16th-17th. This year the races are taking place in front of the Don Cesar, where spectators can watch the adrenaline pumping action take place along the coast.

https://p1superstock.com/

SPLASH & DASH Youth Biathlon  

June 22nd

Join the St. Pete Beach Recreation Departments Inaugural SPLASH & DASH youth biathlon June 22nd!  Kids ages 6-15 are encouraged to join, all racers will receive a free swim cap and goody bag. Sign up today and join us for a fun, fit and active day on St. Pete Beach.  http://www.spbrec.com/wp-content/uploads/Splash-And-Dash-Registration.pdf

Safety Harbor Farmers Market

June 30th

Start your Sunday right on June 30th with open-air shopping in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your grocery list to stock up on fruits and vegetables, plus specialty foods like meats, cheeses, desserts, bread and more

http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/72/Special-Events

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

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 February 2019

Our big GOLDEN #ALDENWOW50 50th anniversary celebration continues this month, and we’ll be welcoming each guest with a gold-wrapped chocolate kiss at check-in starting today! The party continues with our February guest appreciation parties at the Cabana Bar every Tuesday. And with perfect sunny weather and lots of snowbirds in town, there are so many fun events to fill your February like a seafood festival, a play, a baseball invitational, and an art festival.

 

Alden Suites Guest Appreciation Party

Every Tuesday

Every Tuesday this month we are throwing a Guest Appreciation Party from 2-4 at the Cabana Bar. We are excited to celebrate those who have been with us since we started 50 years ago as well as our new visitors. Come enjoy free snacks and drinks at the best bar on the beach!

 

St. Pete Beach Seafood Music Festival

February 1-3

Dive into the best-known event in St. Pete Beach,the Seafood Music Festival! They will be serving up delicious food, live music, and a marketplace of arts, crafts, and fine products. This event will take place on Corey Avenue on Friday February 1st to Sunday February 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Enjoy the freshest Florida seafood, drinks, and the smooth sounds of some of Florida’s top artists.

http://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-55-St.+Pete+Beach+Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html

 

St. Pete Opera’s Kiss Me, Kate

February 2-10

Kiss Me, Kate follows A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises.  Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.  Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing.

http://stpeteopera.org/

 

St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational

February 14-17

Febuary 14th through 17th enjoy the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Complex! Check out awesome softball action in Clearwater from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the event featuring all the best University teams.

https://www.stpeteclearwatereliteinvite.com/

 

St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival

February 23-24

Make plans to head to North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete for the annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival. This tapestry of art is woven from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art – and much more. The festival is free and will be hosted on February 23rd and 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the beautiful creations of artists from all over Florida!

http://www.paragonartevents.com/S-37-St.+Petersburg+Fine+Art+Festival.html