A Weekend Getaway at St. Pete Beach – For Mother’s Day

Why not take mom to one of the most beautiful places in Florida at St. Pete Beach. At the top of the list for all moms is pampering and this place will treat her right. Not only is it on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico but, it also a historic landmark.

The Loews Don CeSar Hotel (appropriately nicknamed Florida’s “Pink Palace” for its flamingo hue) is the perfect blend of roaring 20’s romance and modern-day elegance.  This is a place, I would love to stay in for my special weekend with it’s Junior Grand Suites, and private balconies that face the Gulf.

And to treat mom to a great meal take her to  Maritana Grille and Lobby Bar.  Specialties include cocktails, fresh seafood and organic veggies and try to get a table near the giant saltwater tank, where the beautiful but deadly lion fish swim. For dessert, try the ice cream (it’s homemade), but the more adventurous can try the Key Lime Bavarian Reveal, a unique dessert with a delicate white chocolate dome that melts away when the waiter pours hot raspberry sauce over it to reveal the treat inside.

What makes the The Don so special is it faces one of the best beaches. Great views, white sand and daybeds all make it special. There’s also one of two Gulf-front pool, where the Pool Concierge team makes the rounds all day with offering from Evian-water mists to frozen fruit kabobs. Oh Yeah to all that, I love the Evian Mist, I remember that from the U.S. Open. There are also kayak and jet-ski rentals onsite, if you wanted to take in the hotel from a different vantage point.

And lastly, renew yourself with the hotel’s 11,000 sf Spa Oceana’s  a three-hour Honeymooners package is a favorite of the Don’s.  The itinerary will spoil you with its hydrating bath, full-body exfoliation, massages and facials. End your spa experience with lunch on the private rooftop garden overlooking the sparkling Gulf.

I had seen this place so many times on the news, it gets featured a lot and seems so beautiful. A definite must visit.

 

Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day !

 

VSPC Rocks ‘100 Days of Summer’ With New Twist

 

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (May 22, 2013) – Though St. Pete/Clearwater is justifiably renowned for its casual vibe and laid-back beach appeal, those with a sense of history know that this place has been truly rocking for a long time.

Like back in ’61, when Doors front man Jim Morrison did a stint at St. Pete Junior College. Or in ’65, when the Rolling Stones penned their classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in a Clearwater hotel room after a riot at Jack Russell Stadium. Or in February of ’77, when Elvis Presley rocked St. Pete’s Bayfront Center so hard he broke his guitar strap—then handed his guitar to a stunned fan in the front row.

Or even more recently—like in 2006 when British super-group Coldplay shot their “Hardest Part” video on a makeshift stage in downtown St. Pete. Or in 2007, when country superstar Carrie Underwood shot her lush, black-and-white “Wasted” video at Fort De Soto Park.

So in honor of this rockin’ heritage, this summer St. Pete/Clearwater will be rocking its 100 Days of Summer all over again with an amped up theme—Where Summer Rocks—a multi-tiered summertime promotion designed to celebrate everything that rocks about the St. Pete/Clearwater area.
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Elements include all-new TV, radio and online ads driving visitors to a day-by-day calendar of the coolest things to see and do for the whole family all summer long, plus a chance to win a smokin’ grand prize: a Rock Star Getaway, complete with a week-long stay in a luxury waterfront hotel, round-trip airfare, concert tickets, a photo shoot, shopping spree and more.

The promotion, which kicks off Memorial Day Weekend and runs for 100 days through Labor Day Weekend, also includes weekly prizes via various social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram (#WhereSummerRocks) where visitors can showcase how they rocked St. Pete/Clearwater with their very own “Rockumentary.”
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Where Summer Rocks – click Below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OVuKbzD9_w&feature=youtu.be

 

This is one of my favorite beaches. Just Beautiful and lots of Fun!!

For more information: http://www.VisitStPeteClearwater.com

Thanks to VSPC for all the info and pictures.

 

 

 

Parents Love St. Pete Beach and So Do I

Parents Names St. Pete Beach Among Best in U.S.
Magazine Honors ‘Sunset Capital’ as One of America’s Top 10 Beach Towns

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (May 6, 2013) – Parents magazine has named St. Pete Beach one of America’s Top 10 Best Beach Towns for 2013. 

The perennial Gulf barrier island favorite ranked St. Pete Beach third among top beach destinations, adding to the St. Pete/Clearwater area’s already stellar list of accolades—including St. Pete Beach being ranked #1 by TripAdvisor, and USA Today naming Clearwater “Florida’s Best Beach Town.”

Parents magazine, which has a circulation of 2.2 million a month, sought out beaches with the perfect combination of sand and seas, choosing St. Pete Beach as a family vacation hotspot for its incredible mix of pristine beaches, dedication to beach safety and tons of fun both on the beach and inland. Also honored in the announcement was nearby Fort De Soto Park, noted for its many family-friendly amenities, including lifeguards.

Parents magazine recognition of St. Pete Beach and Fort De Soto as top beaches proves that our area is unsurpassed when it comes to quality and hospitality,” said DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “Families and beaches really are the two dominant keywords when marketing the destination, so this accolade is a great honor that resonates perfectly with both our brand and our visitors.”

Comparing the nation’s beaches using the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water quality reports, Parents focused on the health and cleanliness of the beach environments, narrowing down the top 100 beaches based on water quality alone. Parents‘ editors also considered the volume and quality of amenities—from the number of public restrooms and changing areas to beachside attractions—as well as the range of budget-friendly accommodations and nearby entertainment options for families. 

To view the entire list from Parents magazine, click here. To watch a video of the St. Pete/Clearwater area’s Best Beaches, click here.

I have been to St. Pete Beach a few times and loved it. It has beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. On one special afternoon my family and I got there to see the sunset and we were not disappointed. It was awesome and we really enjoyed the serenity of the day there. St. Pete Beach is in my TOP 2 Beaches and I’m very particular. Living here in Florida I have many choices to go to, so why do we go to St. Pete Beach  to enjoy the waves and build sandcastles. I want to thank VSPC for the info.

For more information: www.VisitStPeteClearwater.com