Soaking In The St. Pete Sunshine
Enjoy a great brunch outdoors along the sidewalk overlooking Straub Park and the pristine Vinoy Yacht Basin or indoors, surrounded by rich mahogany columns with iridescent mosaic tiles, a beautifully polished mahogany bar with twin waterfalls that gently drizzle a calming effect to those near.
Dale Chihuly’s works belong to museum collections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Louvre. His installations have hung over the piazza and canals of Venice. Yet his permanent collection resides in downtown St. Pete at the Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center, a gallery designed precisely and permanently for displaying his works, a true Chihuly museum.
I would stay at: Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
The 361-room resort was originally built in 1925 and underwent a $93 million restoration in 1992, returning the property to its original splendor. The resort, which fronts Tampa Bay in the heart of downtown St. Pete, offers on premises an 18-hole golf course, 74-slip marina, two swimming pools, five restaurants, a full-service health club, salon and day spa and 12-court tennis complex.