St. Petersburg Journals

Florida's Beaches: More Than Great Sand

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A November 2001 trip to St. Petersburg by Eve Carr

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, FL Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida More Photos
Quote: I knew that the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater area of Florida has terrific beaches, but on this trip, I discovered a whole new world of culture, entertainment, and food. Let me share it with you.

Florida's Beaches: More Than Great Sand

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Overview

Florida's Beaches offers more than natural beauty. Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Plan to spend extra time in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Central Florida area because the beach here is great. But there's a lot more to do than sun; check out the culture. For starters, there's the modern Salvador Dali Museum; the Florida International Museum; the quaint Greek Village of Tarpon Springs; the peaceful surroundings of the Florida Botanical Gardens; Cypress Gardens-- which has something for the whole family; the Bok Tower & Gardens National Historic Landmark; and Florida's newest aviation attraction, Fantasy of Flight. I’ll tell you about staying at a cozy cottage right on the beach at Treasure Island, Florida, visiting the quaint Suncoast General Store, and getting ...Read More

Seahorse Cottages & Apartments

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Hotel | "Seahorse Cottages & Apartments"

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Quaint and compact, these beach cottages, built some 60 years ago, are immaculately clean and let you stay right on the beach. Positively don’t miss sitting on the beach at night and watching the sunset. Sip a glass of wine and it's incredibly romantic--and you don't have to drive to go to your accommodations. Although the cottages also face Gulf Blvd, it was incredibly quiet at night, and we had some wonderfully restful sleep here. Also, we had more towels here than at many hotels we''ve stayed at--and, upon arrival, we were treated to a plateful of homemade cookies! It was especially nice to have a compact kitchen where we could store sodas in the fridge, and cook if we were so incli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Seahorse Cottages & Apartments
10356 Gulf Blvd.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33706
(727) 367-2291

Mykonos

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Restaurant | "Mykonos Authentic Greek Cookery"

Mykonos Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida
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If you like Greek food, you’re in for a treat when you visit the quaint and historic town of Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of St. Petersburg, Florida. This authentic little Greek village dates back to the 1880’s when Greek sponge divers and their families immigrated here to carry on their sponge diving occupation. Today, Tarpon Springs is know as the sponge capital of the world, and you’ll find plenty of sponge related activities here—from sponge diving exhibitions and a museum and a deep-sea fishing boat where you can see sponge divers at work, and lots of gift shops. But my daughter and I love this quaint Mediterranean village for its array of authentically delicious Greek cuisine. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Mykonos
628 Dodecanese Blvd.
Tarpon Springs 34689
(727) 934-4306

Chalet Suzanne

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Restaurant

Chalet Suzanne Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Imagine yourself in a stylishly elegant restaurant where you’re surrounded by an array of antiques rich with the timeless beauty of the past. As you enjoy your special occasion, subdued lighting from tall tapering candles and the classic beauty of Tiffany-style lamps envelops the room, creating a romantic, Old World atmosphere. Surely, with all of this rich atmosphere, you must be in a restaurant in some enchanted, far-off land, right? Not at all. You’re in the good old USA in Polk County Florida, just a short drive from many of Florida’s main attractions. You are dining at Chalet Suzanne Country Inn and Restaurant—and joining thousands of people, including many celebrities and notables, who have...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Chalet Suzanne
3800 Chalet Suzanne Drive
Lake Wales 33859
(863) 676-6011

St. Petersburg Museums

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Attraction

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With six incredibly diverse museums in the heart of the downtown area, St. Petersburg has something for everyone. In addition to the museums mentioned above, there is the Museum of Fine Arts, which offers more traditional artwork and includes a comprehensive art collection by such artists as Monet, Rodin, Bellows, and O’Keeffe. The Florida Holocaust Museum, features the only permanent Holocaust art exhibit in the U.S. The Arts Center, a fine arts gallery, offers classes for adults and children. The best part is that all of these museums are relatively close to each other—and you can always take the trolley.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

St. Petersburg Museums
Throughout St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Florida

Tarpon Springs: Florida's Little Greece

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Diver Demo Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida
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When I travel, I love to zero in on what I call the real places of the world. In Tarpon Springs, in West Central Florida, about 30 miles northwest of St. Petersburg I found a small, but extremely vibrant, authentic Greek community. Although this little village has definitely been discovered, it has its roots in history. It dates back to the 1880’s when Greek sponge divers and their families immigrated here to carry on their sponge diving occupation. Today, Tarpon Springs is know as the sponge capital of the world, and you’ll find plenty of sponge related activities here—from sponge diving exhibitions and a museum and a deep-sea fishing boat where you can see sponge divers at work, and lots of gift s...Read More

Enjoy Nature at its Finest in Florida

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Get up close and personal with nature. Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida
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The St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Central Florida area is a nature lover’s paradise. Of course, there are the beaches, a definite major attraction. But there is so much more here for the nature lover. It’s difficult to select a favorite nature experience here — there are so many. In Central Florida in Polk County, for example, you can enjoy the formal gardens of the Bok Tower Gardens, as well as soak up the natural beauty of its Pine Ridge Nature Trail. On the Florida National Scenic Trail, you’ll be able to witness the swampy homeland of bald eagles, red-cockaded woodpeckers, white-tailed deer, and, of course, some of those famous Florida gators--and I'm not talking football. From state ...Read More

Treat Yourself to the Vinoy Experience

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The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, FL Photo, St. Petersburg, Florida
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This is a classic travel story. One evening in 1927, a Mrs. Mae Risher and her husband were dining at the elegant Vinoy in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before leaving the dining room, they asked the waiter for a paper cup of water for their thirsty dog, who was in the car. The water was delivered, in typical Vinoy style, in a small silver creamer pitcher. After satisfying the dog’s thirst, they said they tried to return the creamer, but somehow managed to drive off with the creamer. This little pitcher, now on display at the Vinoy, traveled the world with the couple to places as far away as Germany and Hawaii. Mrs. Risher finally was able to return the creamer to the Vinoy in 1999. Today,...Read More

Fantasy of Flight

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Attraction | "Indulge Yourself at the Fantasy of Flight"

Fantasy of Flight Photo, Polk City, Florida
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An exciting interactive experience awaits you at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida. Located about 45 minutes from Tampa, it contains the world’s largest private collection of vintage airplanes and offers plenty of aerial action. Enter the self-guided tour, and wind, music, and a video of clouds let you vicariously experience a parachute jump. After a multi-media display of early flight, from hot air balloons to the Wright Brothers’ flight, you witness an aerial dogfight from the trenches of the Western Front. Then you board a B-17 Flying Fortress and become an integral part of a bombing mission as you reenact a flight at 25,000 feet over enemy territory. Eight real-time mot...Read More

Fantasy of Flight
1400 Broadway Blvd. SE
Polk City, FL 33868
(863) 984-3500