A Little Piece of History in St. Petersburg, Florida

I recently stayed at a beautiful, historical, resort hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club is a lovely resort right across from the marina and overlooking Tampa Bay.  Its beginnings date back to 1927.  It went through a period of abandonment and dereliction for twenty or so years during the latter part of the 20th century, and has since been completely restored.  Along with many architectural details and embellishments that were preserved, the hotel has some magnificent pieces of glass art by Dale Chihuly, whose gallery is just a short walk away.

St. Petersburg, Floridacarved cast stone door surroundoriginal china on displayLobby detail in the Vinoy Renaissance ResortGrand Ballroom, Vinoy Renaissance ResortDale Chihuly chandelier- Vinoy Renaissance Resortpilasters, plaster details, historical restorationwood ceiling beams, historical restorationVinoy Renaissance Bell Tower

St. Petersburg is also home to the new Salvador Dali Museum, which is magnificent.  A post on that is coming up soon.  Subscribe to my email list and you won’t miss it.

4 Comments

  1. Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you enjoyed your stay at the Vinoy. People ask me all the time why I live in St. Pete and places like the Vinoy and the Dali make me ask them “Who wouldn’t?!”

  2. Tamara Dalton
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Yeah, it was great! That was the first time I’d ever been to St. Pete. I loved all the little old houses in the neighborhood just a couple of blocks away from the hotel. So different from South Florida (in a good way).

  3. Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    That’s my neighborhood! I live four blocks from the Vinoy.

  4. Posted July 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I agree that St. Petersburg is a beautiful spot of coastal Florida. Did you see the big brown pelicans? And, the Vinoy was a surprise that took my breath away when I visited there. So glad you enjoyed it.

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