We are back from a few days away, along the gulf coast of Florida. It was our first trip, just Scofield and I, since Piper was born. It was just as hard as I imagined it would be to leave her for a few nights, but it was also very needed. We slept in, lounged on the beach, and went out for dinner late at night. It was glorious!
We visited St. Pete Beach, which is the cutest little town in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area. It was quiet and peaceful, yet also full of character with so much to see. When we were planning our trip I was a little bit bummed because we didn’t have time to get away until mid November. What we quickly came to realize is that the St. Pete Beach area literally has an endless summer…like heaven on earth status. It was 75 degrees and sunny with clear skies our entire stay. And, since it was the fall, there weren’t crazy crowds on the beach or long waits at restaurants. I mean, pinch me! If you want to escape the cold and winter blues, consider the gulf coast your new best friend.
We spent most of the trip relaxing and hanging out on the beach, but there are so many fun options for activities in the area. A few recommendations below…
Sites to see:
Dali Museum – We didn’t get to visit this trip, but I’ve heard wonderful things about this museum. Even if you’re not typically into visiting museums, this one will change your mind.
Pier 60 – This pier in Clearwater has beautiful views and holds nightly festivals.
Crystal River – It’s about a 2 hour drive from St. Pete to the springs, and worth the drive if you have a long enough stay. I grew up taking family vacations to Florida, and we would always go swimming at the the different springs. They are so beautiful, and there is nothing in the world like them. Completely clear water, and if you go in the cooler months (which I recommend), you can even see/swim with manatees!
And of course, Go to the beach! – The sand was white, the water clear, cool, and calm. Absolutely stunning! This was our favorite part of the trip. St. Pete Beach has been a top rated beach multiple times, and needs to be experienced by all
Don Cesar Hotel – This ‘pink palace’ is a site to see, even if you don’t stay overnight. Take a walk on the beach to admire it, or book a day at the spa.
Where to eat:
Wildflower Cafe – If you are a sucker for brunch like me, then you’ll love the Wildflower Cafe. If you visit, be sure to try their Wildflower Signature Crepe.
Lighthouse Donuts – Nothing calls for donuts like vacation, am I right!?
Snappers Sea Grille – We went here for dinner one night, and it did not disappoint! It had the cutest atmosphere, with outdoor seating, romantic lighting, and beautiful decor. I ordered the coconut crusted mahi mahi with a mango chutney over a fried banana. All of the flavor combinations on the menu were on point.
Seared 1200 Chophouse – If you aren’t into seafood, this is a great option for you. I hear it’s much like Snappers Sea Grille, but with steak instead!
Where to stay:
Inn on the Beach – This is where we stayed, and I cannot say enough about it! It is a beautifully renovated inn, that had me swooning over every detail. There is a main building, with all of the rooms, and then two separate properties you can also rent. We stayed in the cottage, and fell head over heels! The kitchen was on point, and the king size bed was calling my name all week (#momlife). If you’re hoping to relax, the cottage is the perfect place to do it. My favorite part was the private patio connected to the cottage. It was surrounded by tropical foliage that made it extremely private, a walk way, a place to sit and have your coffee, or a table for dinner. It was so beautiful and cozy, and seriously guys, I was so in love! If you make your way to St. Pete Beach, I highly recommend the inn.
Now, back to the cold winter months. But it’s all good because, HELLO CHRISTMAS!
Thank you so much to Inn on the Beach for having us!