I read once in a Fodor’s Florida guidebook that St. Petersburg was like the beatnik cooler younger brother of Tampa. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!
I took off on a foggy Saturday morning, with my trusty chauffeur below.
Nothing like driving through Florida; you got swamp, swamp, palm trees, Wendy’s and dudes on motorcycles.
However the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was absolutely gorgeous.
First Stop: Dali Museum
The 2nd largest collection of Dali works in the world, is housed by the privately owned Eleanor Reese Morse. Her and her husband were avid collectors and friends of Mr. Salvador Dali.
The museum was recently renovated and I had been meaning to head over since the opening on 1/1/11.
Some of my favorite pieces can be seen below..But the best part of the museum was the crazy dialogue of the people visiting. “Dali is the kind of guy you want hung on your wall but not necessarily someone you want to invite over for dinner…”
Girl with Curls, 1926
Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra, 1936
I managed to score all of my favorites in postcard form at the museum gift shop. It is my FAVORITE type of souvenir!.
Afterwards my bf and I took advantage of the light and got some pictures in the courtyard both analog and digital. My Yashica-D twin lens reflex camera never ceases to draw a crowd..
2nd Stop: The 600 Block
St Petersburg has an amazing vintage store lineup on Central Ave. They call it “The 600 Block”. The people are super friendly, young, passionate, unique you name it. And it’s not just vintage stuff, but art galleries, music stores, coffee shops everything and anything art related.
Newbies on the block:
I picked up a gorgeous 50’s head scarf at Ramblin’ Rose, that received rave reviews throughout the day as well as these cute earrings from Sweatshop.
Rest Stop: The Pier Hotel
I managed to grab a steal and book a hotel right on the pier! (Hence the name..) Old school Florida charm mixed with victorian furniture..For $130 we had FREE welcome drinks (beer and wine but Stella Artois not just Bud light [gross]) FREE continental breakfast, FREE wifi and 24/7 access to FREE coffee (a big +).
The main theme of St. Petersburg: Drink your ass off. The hot spots are all in one location and for us, within walking distance to the hotel. Very relaxed, artsy, comfortable, charming. I’m definitely coming back…
P.S. All photos taken by my lovely boyfriend.