Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saint Petersburg downtown Festivals & Events

With its miles of waterfront parks, St. Petersburg is the go to spot for festivals & events in the region. Watergarden Inn at the Bay is in the heart of the activity, an easy walk to most events.  We (as well as other accommodations) tend to fill up for the larger ones, so don’t wait too long to book.

Here is a list of some of the festivals & events downtown Saint Petersburg, though I am sure I am leaving some out:

Rock & Roll ½ marathon        Feb 12, 2012               New this year to St. Pete
Honda Grand Prix                   March 23-25, 2012     Big Formula 1 race, many other events
Bluesfest                                  April 13,14,15, 2012   Great music, also food
Mainsail Arts Festival             April 21,22, 2012        Very nice juried arts festival  
St. Anthony’s Triathalon         April 28, 2012              Major event benefitting St. Anthonys                                                                                         hospital
Taste of Pinellas                     May 20-22 2011          Great food, also music, fireworks too
4th of July                                 July 4th                         Just down the street
Ribfest                                     Nov 11, 12, 13 2011   Great music, also Ribs
Chillounge night                      Nov 17, 2012               Went last year, still not sure what it is, but                                                                                          fun
Womens ½ marathon             Nov 18, 2012               Our guests did very well  last year!   
St. Petersburg Boat show       Dec  1-4, 2011           Great venue,  good sized show (did not buy                                                                                         one)
Snowfest                                 Dec 3, 2011                  Actual snow,  boat parade later in the week
Firstnight                                 New Years eve             Great event for all ages, fireworks at 9 & 12

Regular events:
Saturday Morning Market      Every Saturday 9am -2 pm (except for the hottest summer months)
                                                  In the progress energy field parking lot overlooking the waterfront.
First Friday                             First Friday night of every month part of Central Ave. is closed off                                                  for live music & fun

Things also get busy when the Rays host the Yankees or Red Sox, particularly on a weekend.
Tropicana Field is too far to walk, many guests take the Trolly normally 50 cents, free to games.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Our First Blog!

The first blog!

OK, we’ve never run an Inn before either. But a blog?  Who’d a thought?

We purchased the Inn at the Bay and the Chateau France Property a few months ago.
We loved the Inn & particularly its location just around the corner from Beach Drive. The previous owners, Dennis & Jewly,  had completely redone the interior, so the rooms & bathrooms are nice, quiet & large compared to many B&B’s. We wanted to take it to the next level  by adding an outdoor pool, garden & events space.  The property next door was perfect. It even had a fine restaurant (Chateau France) that we could partner with.
Over half an acre right downtown!

Chateau France Update:
We were excited that Chateau France wanted to stay, they seemed like a great match for our Inn.  Our plans included fixing up the building, create some outdoor dining space, etc. They signed a lease & we celebrated with a fabulous meal there.
Then they closed. We were told the closing had to do with problems at a new location they were opening in the Bahamas.  It looks unlikely they will be able to reopen.

We will still proceed with restoring the building.  We just don’t know if it will be part the Inn, another restaurant or ? Stay tuned!

We are in the permit process with our new pool.  Freestyle Pools has been hired to create our refreshing oasis, complete with water spouts!

Tommy Todd Landscape & design is working on our new landscape design. They already came out & cleared up the site & hopefully in the next few weeks will redo our rear patio.

Roof deck & balconies:
We will be hiring a general contractor to make some improvements to the Inn and restore the former Chateau France building. We will probably need to close down late summer for a couple of months to get the messy stuff done.

We have been gradually replacing some furniture & accessories. We have new in room Keurig coffee makers, Flat screen TV’s are on their way, and more colorfull items are showing up every week.

Keep checking back.
Wilder & Bill, Innkeepers