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Forget Miami: This Year !!!

Dated: 03/19/2019

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Forget Miami: This Year, Discover St. Pete On Florida's Under-the-Radar West Coast

By Elisabeth Robinson for Fathom

It was winter, and my mother and I were looking for a place to rendezvous in Florida. She's 84 and lives in the Detroit suburb where I grew up, and I live in New York. Over the years we had enjoyed Miami, the Gulf keys, Sarasota, and Orlando but we wanted something new. My mom requested a dash of culture with her sunshine – galleries, museums, interesting restaurants — and I wanted a convertible, a good beach, and a charming hotel. I love an old, grand hotel full of history and mystery, and when I saw a picture of Don CeSar — The Pink Palace built in 1928 — we had our destination: St. Pete Beach and St. Petersburg. 

The best thing about this southern half of Pinellas County is that it's like visiting two very different cultures at once (even three, if you include the tiny community of Pass-a-Grille). Along the wide, fine white sand of St. Pete Beach, you find kitschy mid-century resorts with tiki bars and shuffleboard courts, '70s hotels with rooftop bars (one with a revolving restaurant), strip malls, and fried seafood joints with names like the Drunken Clam and Sea Hags.


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