Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Season is Starting!

After a characteristically hot and quiet summer, we're excited that fall and winter events are starting up again. The weather in October and November is about as perfect as you can imagine: warm days, cool nights, low humidity. You have to experience it to believe it!

Saturday Morning Market:  the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast with its 130 vendors offering everything from fresh produce to homemade soaps to ready to eat food from 15 different nationalities. The market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete.

Octoberfest has been in full swing for the last couple of weeks. Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg offers an authentic German beer hall experience year round, with five Munich-style beers to choose from and a menu that smacks of the "old country". They do a great job with Octoberfest. Swing by on a Friday night, but remember to wear your dirndl or lederhosen! http://www.hofbrauhausstpetersburg.com/

On Oct 29 & 30, don't miss the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair
Celebrate ethnic foods, entertainment, traditions, folk arts and more representing over 40 ethnic backgrounds and world cultures. The fun takes place from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday at Vinoy Park.

November brings us the St Pete Wine and Food Fest, StPeteWineAndFoodFest.com. Celebrate all things food & wine November 2-6 in downtown St. Pete! Enjoy a wine pairings dinner, a taco & tequila tasting with margarita making, a craft beer night and two days of grand tastings featuring wine from around the world, plus fare from Tampa Bay's best restaurants and chefs.

The following weekend, Nov 11-13, brings Ribfest, a three-day festival featuring the best BBQ ribbers in the world as well as a full line up of nationally touring bands playing country, classic and southern rock on two stages. For more information, check out the website: http://ribfest.org/

Nov 19: Shopapalooza Part One at Straub Park. More than 100 independent vendors and galleries with specials, food, children's entertainment, a gift wrapping area, beer tent, raffles and special surprises. Part 2 takes place Nov. 26. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Straub Park in St. Pete.

Thanksgiving will be upon us November 24, and then everyone will be gearing up for the holiday season!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We love Happy Hours, and Saint Petersburg has an incredible array! Take  look at this extensive list:

Seems like the internet and facebook are inundated with "Top Ten" lists: Top Ten Colleges, Top Ten Restaurants, etc. Generally we take these with a grain of salt, except when we like the list!

Saint Petersburg comes in at #2 on this oh-so-accurate ranking of the most beautiful cities in the USA. Sorry Seattle!

Stay at Watergarden and see everything that our city has to offer: www.innatthebay.com


Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Florida Holocaust Museum: A National Treasure

The Florida Holocaust Museum is one of Saint Petersburg's gems. Indeed, it is a national treasure. We are delighted that so many Watergarden guests make a point of visiting the museum during their stay.

Currently, the Holocaust Museum has a wonderful and powerful retrospective exhibit of painter Samuel Bak. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum from February 20, 2016 to July 10, 2016.


Stay at Watergarden and visit this inspiring museum.

Friday, February 26, 2016

In The Words of Chris Brown:

Who Knew That This Little City In South Florida Was About To Be The Next Big Thing For The Art Scene?!

Saint Petersburg, Florida, or as locals call it, The Burg, is located on a little peninsula mid-state and is just a quick trip away from the notorious big city of Tampa. Tampa is cool and all but really, the best place to stay and vacay in the warm and sunny state is St. Pete. The scene is so rich with artists and musicians, the streets are lined with murals and the vibe is a little more liberal than you might find on the other side of the bridge. The art community in St. Pete has taken over The Burg's streets and brought a sense of unity and beauty to downtown area, not too far from the beach!

Stay at Watergarden Inn at the Bay, and explore everything our little city has to offer! www.innatthebay.com


Thursday, February 25, 2016

2016 Grand Prix

We look forward to one the most fun events of the year, the Firestone Grand Prix, coming March 11-13.


We have a couple of last minute openings at the inn, so give us a call!

Wilder and Bill Witt, owners
Watergarden Inn at the Bay

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Watergarden recommended nearby restaurants

Watergarden Inn at the Bay
Recommended nearby
Saint Petersburg Restaurants  

On Beach Drive
-400 Beach Seafood and Taphousewww.400beachseafood.com727-896-2400. Good balanced menu, leans toward seafood
-Birch and Vinethebirchwood.com727-896-1080. Creative farm to table food.
-Annata Wine Barannatawine.com727-851-9582. Delectable small plates & excellent wine. Does not take reservations.
-Moon Under Water:
www.themoonunderwater.com. (727) 896-6160. British colonial food
-Parkshore Grill: www.parkshoregrill.com727-896-3463. Elegant balanced menu.
-Bella Bravawww.bellabrava.com727-895-5515. Contemporary Italian.
-Stillwaters Tavernwww.stillwaterstavern.com27-350-1019. Informal, tavern food.
-Cevichewww.ceviche.com727-209-2299. Spanish tapas. Great sangria.
-Cassis American Brasserie: www.cassisab.com. (727) 827-2927. Excellent balanced menu.

Sundial Shopping Center (1.5 blocks away)
-Sea Salt Grillseasaltstpete.com727-873-7964. Excellent Seafood restaurant
-Ruth's Chriswww.ruthschris.com727-82184139. Excellent Steakhouse
-Locale Market: wonderful take out or eat in food from numerous food stations

A few blocks away
-Z Grillewww.zgrille.net727-822-9600. Creative, highly flavored menu
-Souzou: www.souzoufusion.com. (727) 823-4050. Asian fusion cuisine
-Grattzigratzzigrille.com727-822-7769. Traditional Italian
-Rococowww.rococosteak.com727-822-0999. Excellent steakhouse
-Lemon Grass: www.lemongrasstapas.com727-894-1111. Thai & Sushi
-Meze 119meze119.com727-498-8627. Mediterranean Vegetarian & Vegan
-Patanegra: www.patanegraflorida.com. (727) 201-9664. Spanish tapas
-Station House: www.thestationhousest.pete.com. (727) 895-8260. Cocktails and food
-The Mill: http://www.themilldtsp.com/. (727) 317-3930. New American cuisine
-Il Ritorno: ilritornodowntown.com. (727) 897-5900. Contemporary Italian

Breweries and Brewpubs:
-Ale and the Witch Brewpub: 111 2nd Ave NE. 727-821-2533
-Hops and Props Brewpub: 335 2nd Ave NE (at the Pier). 727-803-6801
-Urban Brew and BBQ Brewpub: 1939 Cebtral Ave. 727-822-8919
-3 Daughters Brewing: 222 22nd St. S. 727-495-6002
-St. Pete Brewing: 544 1st Ave N. 727-692-8809
-Green Bench Brewing: 1133 Baum Ave N. 727-800-9836
-Cycle Brewing: 534 Central. 727-328-2720