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Look which city made it into the top 20 places to visit this year in the USA according to TripAdvisor!! St Petersburg, Florida!! Yippee! For the last 13 years, I have called St Pete my home. It is surrounded by beautiful water, has gorgeous weather-especially at this time of year, tons of great restaurants representing food from around the world, farmers market, food trucks, unique shops, brew pubs, world famous museums, top-notch galleries, creative murals, waterfront parks, dog parks, boating, sports to watch or partake in, music venues, music festivals, Ribfest, Honda Grand Prix race running through the downtown along the waterfront and so much more. With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, St Pete has the Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days). Hmmm, maybe that is why it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City” in the Sunshine State.

I love it here. Come for a visit or to buy a home, I’ll be waiting for you.

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Nicknamed the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg is a warm and pleasant beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast with much to see and do. Springtime visitors won’t want to miss the St. Petersburg Mainsail Arts Festival, a joyful celebration with artists, food, live music, and entertainment. There’s a lot to do out on the water in St. Petersburg, like this Mangrove Kayak Tour, or a Stand up Pedalboard Tour where you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees. On a St. Petersburg Speedboat Adventure, you’ll take the wheel of your very own speedboat, exploring the coastline in style.

To see the other 19 cities, including BALTIMORE and BEND, Oregon, please go to https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2019/01/28/top-places-visit-usa-best-destinations/?fbclid=IwAR28G8o-j1FkD7sN5KIHbNvS_yBgD8wyshC9rWqL538tOaLrV0oCX_6EW1Y

Who loves boats, being on the water with friends and family and lighted boats?!?!
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Some of the Lighted Boat Parades along the Gulf coast and Tampa Bay for December 2018:
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Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, from 6-9pm
Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event. There’s good viewing from the docks. Hamburgers and Hot dogs will be available to purchase.
Bradenton Christmas on the Braden River
December 1st, starts at 6pm
The 5th annual holiday board parade with start at Jiggs Landing, the parade will start upriver at 630pm and will end at approximately 730pm at Linger Lodge.
Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade
December 1st, from 6-9pm
Decorated boats parade through the Marina at approximately 7pm. Enjoy holiday music and smores while the kids wait for Santa to arrive by boat to lead the countdown to the tree lighting.
St. Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar
December 1st, starts at 530pm
The parade starts at Pass a Grill at Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at dusk. Santa will be there for pictures. Firemen will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
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St Petersburg’s 32nd Annual Illuminated Boat Parade is canceled for 2018Thanks, Troy Willingham President, Rotary Club of St Petersburg for getting the info out.

Tarpon Springs Boat Parade
December 7th, from 7-9pm
The parade starts down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. The best viewing is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou.
Madeira Beach Festival of Lights
December 6th Starts at 630pm
The parade begins on the north side of town and work through the canals to Johns Pass.
Clearwater, Islands Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 8th, starts at 630 pm
The Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade is one of the largest and most popular parade. This is their 43rd year. The parade will start in Mandalay Channel and head north and weave in and out of the canals and out to Coachman Park around 8pm. They travel under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Marina.
Gulfport Lighted Christmas Parade
December 8th Starts at 6pm
The parade starts at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and out into the bay. The parade travels through Town Shores, Kipps Colony and Pasadena Yacht & Country Club on its way to Isla del Sol
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 14th, starts at 620pm (Note the Treasure Island Bridge will close at 7pm to allow the boats to pass under it)
Experience the 31st anniversary of the Treasure Island Boat Parade. Best public viewing areas are 115th street, Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, Kingfish Drive at John’s Pass (Gators) and Blind Pass Bridge.
Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th, starts at 7pm decorated boats parade through the waterways
Redington Beach/Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade
December 17th, starts at 6pm
Decorated boats travel through the intra-coastal waterways from Tom Stuart Causeway to the Pub restaurant in Indian Shores
Tampa Bay, Riverwalk Boat Parade
December 22nd, starts at 630pm
Watch the parade as they go from Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside Distirct. You can watch from Channelside Bay Plaza and enjoy the parade from the open wharf.

Here are just a few of the great variety of things to do this weekend in St Pete, Florida. Get out there, have fun and enjoy life!

Friday, September 21, 2018

St. Pete Asian Street Food & Craft Beer Fest 
All of the food trucks will serve up Asian-inspired dishes as well as offering their normal cuisine. Located at Albert Whitted Park, Downtown St Petersburg across from the Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theatre. 6-11pm.
480 Bayshore Dr SE

Tampa Bay Boat Show   Tampa Convention Center

Showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies, accessories. Three-days to see available makes and models in one location. The main floor-new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits. http://www.tampaboatshow.com/ 

Date and Hours

The event is open to the public. Admission is free but parking is $8.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Run With Rollin’ Oats Kick Off
The St. Pete Run Fest kick offs Rollin’ Oats’ 10k race and special health and wellness programming. The first 25 people to register at the event for either the 10k or Half Marathon will receive a $25 Rollin’ Oats Gift Card and some St. Pete Run Fest swag.  Free smoothie samples, meet some of the Run Fest participating sponsors Orangetheory Fitness St. Petersburg, Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Kahwa Coffee. 10am. Rollin’ Oats St. Pete 2842 Dr Ml King Jr St N

Arts Alive! Free Museum Day
Free Museum Day is Saturday, September 22, beginning at 10am and ending at 3pm. Visit your favorite museums or those you’ve always wanted to check out. This event is part of the St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts. Click here for a list of participating museums.

 

 

 

 

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Sailing isn’t just another way to get around—it grants you access to places, communities, and experiences that other travelers often miss.

Sailors are the masters of their travel time: They can go (almost) anywhere in the world on a whim and always receive a warmer reception than that afforded to mere tourists. Like a fraternal club that doesn’t advertise, they rendezvous at those select locales known for great sailing weather and a welcoming attitude toward visiting boats. Once at anchor, sailors have access to everything else a new port has to offer, including cosmopolitan nightlife, tropical beaches, or national wildernesses. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a landlubber looking to charter a boat and dip your toes into the lifestyle, you’ll want to head to one of these seven islands. Not only are they beloved by the sailing community, but they also have plenty of non-nautical charms that’ll have you returning time and time again.

1. Azores, Portugal

For 500 years the Azores have been the first land sailors touch after long west-to-east routes across the Atlantic as they near the Iberian Peninsula. It’s traditional for captain and crew of each arriving boat to pass through sailing’s most legendary meeting spot, Peter’s Café Sport, which opened in 1918. Crew members looking to exchange their labor for one-way passage lurk in the café, while leisure visitors sit back and soak up the atmosphere. The islands are known for their dramatic landscapes and peaceful fishing villages, but come as a sailor rather than a fly-in tourist to experience a truly welcoming, fraternal atmosphere on this island run by sailors for sailors.

The interior of Réunion, protected by a ring of ridges, hides great hiking trails and stunning waterfalls.

2. Réunion, France

Five hundred miles off the east coast of Madagascar, Réunion rises out of the Indian Ocean like a steep-sided salad bowl. Twin volcanoes, Piton de la Fournaise and Piton des Neiges, poke holes 8,600 and 10,000 feet into the sky, respectively. Hiking trails lace the wilderness around them, and the slopes attract climbers, cavers, and canyoneers. Tickets from JFK or LAX often run $2,000 or more to this remote tropical island filled with rain forests and surrounded by coral reefs, and the trip takes more than 24 hours of plane-hopping. Instead, pilot your own boat into the arms of a large sailing community and enjoy the best harbor facilities in the Indian Ocean, according to Noonsite, an online sailors’ database of routes and destinations.

3. Bermuda

Every even-numbered year, more than 150 privately owned sailboats depart Newport, Rhode Island, for a 635-mile race to Bermuda as part of the most famous amateur yacht race in the world, the Bermuda Race. Competition is relaxed, and honor goes to any who compete regardless of a win, so ready your boat (or talk your way onto somebody else’s) for the 51st event, running on June 15. The camaraderie and instant community alone are enough to make anyone fall in love with sailing. Once you’re docked in Bermuda, be sure to weave past the harbors’ forests of steel boat masts to the 20-square-mile island’s interior, and check out a few of the more than 90 remaining British forts, the earliest of which was built in 1612.

The coves and inlets of Rhodes’s rocky coastline are best explored by boat.

4. Rhodes, Greece

The most famous waters in Western history also happen to be in the sunniest part of Greece. The people of Rhodes have hoisted sail into the winds since before Homer recounted their meddling in the Trojan War 3,000 years ago. Closer to the Turkish coast than to the Greek mainland, it’s home to the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe, the Old Town in the city of Rhodes. The island’s rocky coastlines, suited to the medieval fortifications bricked into them, make for a break of scenery from typical, flat stretches of white sand in the Mediterranean, although the natural harbors make for beautiful beaches, too. With mild Mediterranean winds and currents, Rhodes is famous for its pleasant sailing conditions, making this the perfect place to brush up on your captaining.

5. Santa Catalina Island, California

Because of its jagged coastline, limited number of natural harbors, and hazardous wind conditions, sailors are less inclined to frequent the Pacific Coast of the United States than they are the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. But Santa Catalina, a desert island 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, is a haven for boat life in the region. It’s also a paragon of raw nature: The Catalina Island Conservancy protects 85 percent of the island’s 75 square miles. Bison roam wild on land and whales swim in the natural harbors. Avalon, the only town, keeps car traffic to a minimum by restricting each household to only one ultra-small vehicle—think classic VW Beetle or golf cart.

The capital of Aruba is colorful in more ways than one.

6. Aruba

The cactus-strewn desert island of Aruba is the last Caribbean stop for many private boats heading through the Panama Canal and out to the Pacific Ocean. It sits outside the hurricane belt that sweeps up so much of the region, which makes it a perfect refuge for off-season sailors. (Hurricane season runs from June to November.) Dutch-flavored capital Oranjestad is a cosmopolitan city of rainbow-hued colonial buildings and is known to punch above its weight with trendy after-hours nightlife. You’re as likely to hear English, Spanish, and French spoken by locals as you are the official Dutch and Papiamento creole; from Aruba’s more tropical southern shore, you can easily see Venezuela, just 15 miles away.

7. Key West, Florida

Too often overlooked by sailors eager to enter the Caribbean’s foreign waters, laid-back Key West is exactly the scenic backdrop of tropical beaches and turquoise sailing waters U.S. residents seek in other countries. If Key West weren’t within our borders, it would rank a lot higher on sailing itineraries. Sailors who crave foreign shores can easily skip over to The Bahamas at daybreak and arrive by lunch, but the mellow Keys have all the sugar sand and palm trees you could want.

Article by Matt Jancer in  https://www.afar.com/magazine/7-islands-that-will-make-you-want-to-buy-a-sailboat?inspiration=outdoor-adventure&sub_inspiration=water-sports

Cloudy view between Blind Pass & Devils Elbow, St Pete Beach, Florida. Love the view & the names!

I am so excited. After a long 58 year break, the St Petersburg Yacht Club Habana Sailing Race has been re-instated this year. The fleet of boats left the St Petersburg harbor this morning at 10am and will sail 284 nautical miles to arrive at the Hemingway Marina in Havana on Thursday, March 2nd. On Saturday there will a Nautical Parade & the Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta to Morro Castle.

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photo by Annalisa Weller July 2015

The Micara, a Cuban boat with all Cuban sailors, is among the 81 yachts & 550 sailors.

In 1929 George S. Gandy, Jr., a well known yachtsman and son of the builder of the first bridge across Tampa Bay, sailed his 36′ ketch Cynosure to Havana.  There he met with Commodore Rafael Posso of the Habana Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg-Habana yacht race was born.

The first race started off The Pier in St. Petersburg March 30, 1930 and finished at Morro Castle at the Habana harbor entrance. Eleven boats participated and was won by the schooner Haligonian owned by Houston Wall of Tampa.  The race was sailed over the same route from 1930 through 1959 with the exception of three years of World War II, when the race was cancelled, and 1958 when political conditions in Cuba required the fleet to go to Miami. The last race in 1959 race had 37 yachts participating.

Glad to see it back! Wishing you smooth sailing.

The Luxury Living and Lifestyle Expo is being held downtown St Petersburg, Florida on February 21-22, 2015 from 10am-5pm .  Located at South Straub Park across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and the St Pete Yacht Club, this expo will have experts and specialists in various fields displaying the “finer things in life.”

“The Luxury Living and Lifestyle Expo is a unique event that will offer a tapestry of products and services for those who hold luxury living not merely as an abstract concept, rather as a fundamental reality of life. Against the backdrop of downtown St Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, you will have the opportunity to submerge yourself in the luxurious world of yachts, airplanes, luxury automobiles and collectables. For those with a palette for the cutting edge of the arts, will be showcased the finest selection of classic and contemporary art, fashion and design, jewelry, wines, cigars, watches, and home decor. The event will encompass all this – and so much more.” (quoted from the luxlivingexpo.com website)

You will find ideas, products and services to enrich your living and lifestyle. Sponsored by Dimmitt Automotive Group, Rolls Royce and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

South Straub Park is located on Beach Drive, downtown St Petersburg, with 7.3 acres right on the waterfront.  Downtown St Pete has galleries, museums, including The Dali & Chihuly, restaurants, music venues, brew pubs, shops, marinas, a yacht club, an airport, sports and over 100 parks including dog parks and much more.

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This schooner Lynx is an interpretation of an actual 97 foot privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland. She was one the first ships to defend America by evading the British naval fleet in 1812 who were blockading American ports. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by native Marylander Francis Scott Key while being held prisoner aboard a ship in the Baltimore harbor as the British bombarded Ft. McHenry.

Schooner Lynxphoto-Lynx under the Skyway Bridge-SCOTT KEELER | Tampa  Times

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This ship will be docked at the Harborage Marina at Bayboro,  1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, Florida, for public tours and hands-on sails. The ship, however, is not wheelchair accessible.  Various dates & times between Feb 8th & March 14th, 2014  with prices of tours $10 for adults with 12 and younger free and  $65 for adults & $35 ages 4-12 for sails. Please call for details and confirmation of prices 1-866-446-5969. Schooner Lynx in St Pete 2013

The crew of the Lynx wears authentic early 1800’s maritime clothing. The ship was built to near-exact specifications of the original fast Baltimore schooner design.

The original Lynx was built at Fell’s Point in Baltimore, Maryland during the beginning of the War of 1812 for James Williams, Amos Williams, and Levi Hollingsworth by shipbuilder Thomas Kemp for about $9000-$10,000.  Kemp designed ships that were among the first to move away from the traditional European designs and that were better suited for the American waters. She was very fast and easier to maneuver which helped tremendously in outrunning the tradition British ships. Lynx was actually commissioned on July 14, 1812 within one month of war being declared. The ship was larger than most others at the time  with a crew of 40 men and six 12-pounder long guns.

I think that it is interesting that he Lynx trained the cast and crew of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It has won awards for maritime and historic instructional-educational programs for students through the nonprofit Lynx Educational Foundation.

St Petersburg, Florida is also known by its nickname of the “Sunshine City”. With an average of 361 days of sunshine a year, you just might have enough sunny days to participate in some of the wonderful things our area has to offer. A picture says a thousand words, but this short video will transport you to the “4th Most Beautiful City in the U.S.” in just two minutes and 39 seconds. Share with your family and friends and introduce them to beautiful St. Petersburg!
http://youtu.be/TOvYCiQjIGM

St. Petersburg, Florida:  Voted the #1 Arts Destination for Mid-Sized Cities by American Style Magazine (2010, 2011, & 2012), Best Communities for Young People, Top Ten Biking Community in the United States, Top Ten Community for Creative Class, 4th Largest City in Florida, Most Livable Downtown in the S.E., Anchors Florida High Tech Corridor, Old Northeast Ranked in Top Ten Old House Neighborhoods in the U.S. for 2012, Highest Concentration of Marine Science Businesses in the Southeast, Including the North American Headquarters and more!!

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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