By Heather Turk
Those traveling to St. Pete this spring may be overwhelmed with everything there is to do in the vicinity. Should you visit one of its beautiful beaches? How about one of its world-class art museums? Sunseeker has complied a weekender’s guide to the area that showcases some of its many can’t-miss attractions.
There’s no better way to start your weekend than with dinner at one of the city’s delectable restaurants, like Chief’s Creole Cafe. Known for its luscious Louisiana cuisine, guests can enjoy such Creole classics as gumbo, jambalaya and even beignets while listening to live music in the evening. Can’t make it on a Friday? Then end your weekend with the restaurant’s Soulful Sunday Supper, featuring Southern favorites like fried chicken, collard greens and candied yams for only $17.
On Saturday, head on out to the largest farmers’ market in the Southeast United States: the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market. Attracting approximately 10,000 people each week, the lively market not only boasts a large number of artisan food vendors, but also offers a broad array of gourmet, ready-to-eat items from around the world. Guests can even enjoy live entertainment and cooking demonstrations.
After sampling some of the delicious items at the Saturday Morning Market, work off excess calories by exploring St. Pete on bike with a bicycle rental from Coast Bike Share. Offering rentals at 30 stations in and around the city, guests can find an available location through the Social Bicycles mobile app and then take in St. Pete’s sights for just $8 an hour. Be sure to go down Central Avenue to see the many murals from local, national and international artists, and if you have time, make a pit stop at the Chihuly Collection’s new location to check out world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique glass artwork.
Finally, on Sunday take the Cross-Bay Ferry to Tampa for brunch at Oxford Exchange. Part shop, part restaurant and part bookstore, this unique European-inspired venue features such delicious dishes as Monkey Bread French Toast and Mahi Tacos during its popular Saturday/Sunday brunch. Then when you’re back in St. Pete, wrap up the weekend with a beer at one of the city’s craft breweries, like the Skyway Wheat at Green Bench Brewing Co.