Treasure Island Things to Do
By Jami McAfee
When my husband and I first moved to Treasure Island, we did a lot of exploring! We have a four legged baby, or dog Lady, and we wanted to find some pet friendly beaches we could take her to. One day when we were at the southernmost point of Treasure Island, we found a beautiful small beach, right beside Land’s End Condo. There were a few people there with their dogs, several people had pulled up by boat and anchored. No one had their dogs on leashes, but all got along and were playing on the beach. We were happy to find such a beautiful beach we could take our dog to! Be sure to bring poop bags, as they are not provided.
It’s a quiet beach and the water is always super clear, but we have found that when the tide is up, it is non-existent, so be sure to go when the tide is down! There is also a boardwalk that stretches around the bend to the Gulf, which is great to take a stroll on, just be careful during the summer, it gets very hot. This is by far our favorite beach to take our dog to. We love the Honeymoon Island and Fort De Sotos’s dog beaches as well, but sometimes they are way too busy, and it makes our dog nervous!
Gulfport Florida Things to Do
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club is located across Boca Ciega Bay from the Gulf Beaches and just minutes from downtown St Petersburg. The history of this landmark facility dates back to 1924. The club and homes are surrounded by 300 acres of sub-tropical landscaping. The residents and members enjoy a sense of community in an exclusive, luxurious environment. The golf course is open to guests. This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by Wayne Stiles and Walter Hagen was the first golf pro at PYCC.
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club is a private club with first-class amenities which include golf, a health club, a Junior Olympic swimming pool, a marina 82 with boat slips, tennis courts and three dining areas. Adult and junior golf, swim & tennis programs are offered throughout the year.
There is a la carte dining at the Club, as well as a Champagne Sunday brunch and holiday brunch celebrations. There is a Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show and live music every Friday evening. Some of the other social events include book clubs, bridge, a wine society, chefs table, date night with kid care, poolside movie theater and private trips to broadway shows in Tampa.
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Sand Key Things To Do
Sand Key Park
Sand Key Park is absolutely one of our very favorite parks! It has a great beach, fishing piers, a picnic area, nature trails, a playground and a dog park!
The park is located on the very northern tip of Sand Key at 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
Things to Do
The northern part of the park fronts Clearwater Pass which connects Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. You can look out over Clearwater Pass and watch the boats go by or drop your line in the water for some fun fishing. There are several fishing piers to choose from and a free parking area that is just for the fishing area. It’s a great view if you just want to sit and watch, and you might even see a dolphin swim by!
The western side of the park is beautiful white sand beaches where you can walk, lay out your towel, or rent an umbrella or cabana. The eastern side is the park area, complete with pavilions, picnic tables, grills and restrooms. There is also a children’s playground and a fenced dog area. We have seen some beautiful weddings on the beach - what a memory to have!
Madeira Beach Things To Do
Johns Pass is located on the southern end of Madeira Beach at 12901 Gulf Blvd Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Its a fun place to hang out or have dinner or drinks. There are a number of waterside restaurants and bars, and a wide variety of shops. There is also a man-made beach for relaxing and there is some great fishing right off the shores. Its been said that Johns Pass is the #1 tourist attraction in Pinellas County. We like to have a casual dinner at one of the waterside restaurants, and then take a stroll on the boardwalk, and check out what's new in some of our favorite shops.
Restaurants & Bars
There are several restaurants with water views. One of our favorites is the The Hut Bar and Grill. They mostly serve "bar food" but what we like about it is that you can sit outside on the dock and have great views of the harbor. You almost always see pelicans and most of the time we've seen a dolphin or two surfacing as they go through the channel. The Hut also has 30 different beers on tap and a wide selection of cocktails and frozen drinks. Bubba Gumps is upstairs with lots of seafood selections, Hooters is also upstairs with their versions of bar food. The Hungry Fisherman has waterside dining with lots of fried and broiled fish/seafood...
Treasure Island Restaurants
Ricky T's Restaurant, Bar and Live Music
Enjoy live music at Ricky T’s. They feature some of Treasure Island and St. Pete’s hottest local bands – Kirk Adams and the Honey Badgers, Cornfused, Stormbringer, Pete & Dean, Big Brother, Bus Fulla Monkeys, and of course, the infamous Kevin Toon.
It’s a casual, friendly neighborhood bar the the locals enjoy for good food, cold drinks, and great fun and music! They usually have live music Monday through Sunday from 5:30pm until…
They have over 25 huge flat-screen, HD TVs with digital surround sound. You can watch NFL Network, NFL Sunday Ticket, Rays games, NASCAR Sundays, and more!
See the menu at the Ricky T’s website. Their location is 10601 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL 33706
Britt's Coal Fire Pizza
I have another great restaurant for you to try, Britt's Pizza, located at 10709 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island FL 33706. They have delicious homemade...
St Petersburg Restaurants
Rain Japanese Sushi Bar & Thai
The only problem I have with Rain Sushi is deciding on whether to get Sushi or Thai! If you like either, you are in for a treat! Yesterday when we went for lunch. We were talking to the waitress and she shared with us that the owners started Rain about 4 years ago. Its a husband and wife duo, and they actually got married inside the restaurant and named the establishment after their daughter. Just recently the couple were recognized as the 23rd fasted growing business led by an FSU Alumni. This is definitely a restaurant you want to try!
Rain has some of the best sushi I have ever had. Right now I can only have cooked sushi since I am pregnant, and I was surprised with how much I still had to choose from. Our waitress was nice enough to high light all the sushi that was cooked, and I still had at least 10 to choose from. My favorite is the "Party Pooper." It is fried shrimp, and cream cheese topped with avocado and teriyaki sauce. I also really like the "Big Fat Liar," which was a California roll topped with baked krab, shrimp, spicy may and scallions.
If Thai food is what you like, their Red Curry with shrimp or vegetable is wonderful. It has shrimp,...
St Pete Beach Restaurants
Level 11 Rooftop Artisan Bistro Bar
Located atop the 11th floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel Beachfront Resort & Conference Center, Level 11 has some of the most spectacular views of any restaurant on St Pete Beach. To the west and south you have panoramic views of St Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. To the east, you gaze over expanses of the Intracoastal Waterway. Both views are equally spectacular. The restaurant is located on a rooftop extension one floor down from the popular, and more formal, Spinners restaurant.
The cuisine is internationally inspired small plates, light fares, appetizers, and dishes that are meant to share with family and friends. The proteins include various forms of seafood, beef, pork, duck and chicken. The time we went the duck bacon potstickers and Caicos calamari were two of the standouts for us. The Charcuterie & Cheese Board was huge, and a nice plate for sharing.
They also serve craft cocktails, sparkling specialties, martinis, wine, and an assortment of craft and domestic beers.
The Level 11 Rooftop Artisan Bistro Bar...
Pinellas Park Restaurants
Lotus Vegan Restaurant
Lotus is a wonderful Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant located at 6575 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park FL 33781. They have a large selection of Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts, Fresh Organic Juices and Smoothies.
We have been to this restaurant several times but just recently they are operating under new management. We have tried the buffet and it was wonderful. The lunch buffet is Monday-Friday from 11:00-2:30 with 9-10 delicious dishes. There is also a monthly Vegan dinner buffet every 3rd Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 that is 100% vegan (please verify date and times with restaurant before going).
We have not tried anything on the new menu yet but several items look delicious like:
- Sweet & Sour Divine: Crispy tofu, bell peppers, pineapple, and onion stir fried in their homemade sweet and sour sauce topped with roasted sesame.
- Guru Curry: An exotic blend of curry white soy protein, tofu, potato, onion, carrot, and spices in a rich coconut curry sauce.
- Sunshine Blissful Organic Smoothie: Pineapple, orange, papaya, turmeric, date and agave.
Address: 6575 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Madeira Beach Restaurants
Several years ago before we moved to Florida, and we were visiting Madeira Beach we asked some locals about their favorite restaurants. We wanted somewhere to go that was not a chain, that had great food and good service. Dockside Dave's was a place several people mentioned so we decided to check it out and we were not disappointed. To this day it is one of our favorite restaurants to go to. Always good food and the beer is always cold!
We always start out our meal with the Amberjack Fish-Spread. It is always good and always fresh. It comes with a side of pepperoncini's, tomatoes, sweet pickles and crackers. We have had fish spread at several restaurants and this is by far our favorite. We also love the Grouper Fritters, which is just like a deep fried crab crake, but instead of crab they use grouper. With a little tartar sauce they are out of this world.
And to save the best for last, we can not go to Dockside with out getting the Grouper Sliders. Three mini sandwiches with either, fried, blackened or grilled grouper and a side of fries. (We always get the fried grouper). This was one of the first dished we tried at Dockside Dave's, and I do believe we have ordered it every time since then. Those are just our favorites, but they have several other delicious dishes that you need to try!
Dockside Dave's is located at 14701 Gulf Blvd Madeira Beach FL.
Indian Shores Restaurants
Indian Shores Coffee Company
If you are looking for some fresh brewed organic coffee near the beach, this is the place! Indian Shores Coffee Shop is located at 19221 Gulf Blvd Indian Rocks Beach FL 33785 and is a must try! If coffee is not your thing, they also have some delicious food for breakfast and lunch.
When you walk into Indian Shores Coffee Shop it is a relaxed, laid back atmosphere with that wonderful coffee smell. I love the eclectic decor and the staff was super friendly. There are a few places to sit and relax on the inside, as well as a few tables on their outside screened patio. When I had the pleasure of going I enjoyed an Apple muffin, with a glass of orange juice and my father enjoyed a cup of coffee with their muffin special of the day, which was the Maui Morning muffin. Both muffins were wonderful and a nice size, we probably could have split one and been satisfied!
Several things on their menu looked wonderful, and when I go back next time I will definitely try. They have a breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese and your choice of bacon or ham on a chibata bread that sounded good and for lunch they have hot panini sandwiches that looked yummy! I would want to try their chicken, bacon, swiss and ranch panini. Their danishes and muffins are on display by the register, and the blueberry muffin and cinnamon roll looked fabulous. There were several coffee's and lattes to choose from, and I have heard only good things about them. ( I myself am not a coffee drinker) My parents have been there several...
Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants
Keegan's Seafood Grille
Written by Heloise Povey, Indian Rocks Beach / Indian Shores Real Estate Specialist.
You’ve decided to come to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida for a day, a week, a month...or a lifetime! Excellent decision #1. With easy access to miles of white sandy beaches and crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Indian Rocks Beach is a wonderful community made up of charming beach cottages, single family homes, and beachfront/waterfront condos. So now you are here...you have decided you want to go out to eat! Excellent decision #2. IRB as it is affectionately referred to by the locals (of which I am one), has an array of fantastic restaurants to suit every palate. There is a saying that if you are looking to eat at a great place…”go where the locals go”. And that would mean eating at Keegan’s Seafood Grille.
Located in a small shopping strip at the corner of Gulf Blvd and 15th Ave you will find a casual setting, delicious fresh food, friendly staff and consistently great quality service. Known for its fresh seafood...
Gulfport Fl Restaurants
O'Maddy's Bar & Grill
O'Maddy's Bar & Grill is a hoppin spot on Shore Drive in Gulfport with great food and live entertainment. It is located at 5405 Shore Blvd S, St Petersburg, FL 33707 just across the street from the pier.
It's a lively place with live music and there is always a buzz of activity. It looks like a casual "beach restaurant" but it has a surprisingly varied menu. They have a large selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and main courses. You can get a burger, pasta, steak, chicken or seafood.
They have some really interesting seafood dishes like:
Chef Wade's Crab Cake Dinner, which is two true Maryland style backfin lump and claw meat cakes, pan seared and served with hollandaise. Or Olivia's Crab Crusted Atlantic Salmon which has crab cake crusted fresh pan seared Atlantic Salmon with hollandaise and asparagus. Or if you are lucky and the tuna hasn't sold out you might try Victoria's Tempura Tuna Nori wrapped tempura fried fresh Ahi Tuna with Sriracha mayo, wasabi mayo and sweet soy drizzle, served with choice of side. Yum!
They have live entertainment every evening. It's a really fun place to have dinner and drinks, hang out and listen to the music and enjoy the Gulf breezes. Check out their menu at the ...
Clearwater Beach Beach Restaurants
Clear Sky Beachside Cafe
The Clear Sky Cafe is located in the heart of Clearwater Beach next door to the Sandpearl Residences condos and the Mandalay Beach Club condos. It is a wonderful place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can sit inside in your choice of comfortable booths, or sit in the covered patio area. For lunch and dinner there is usually a guitarist playing in the outdoor patio area.
They have lots of breakfast choices which range from lite items to a full meal. You can get granola, oatmeal or fresh fruit or choose a more classic egg dish with potatoes or pancakes. They have a wide selection of "Bennies" which range from classic eggs benedict to seafood bennies like a Maryland Crab Bennie, or a Lobster Brie Bennie. The Scramblers are great too where they mix eggs with a variety of vegetables and meats, or you can go vegetarian.
The lunch and dinner menu is quite expansive too. They have a wide variety of pasta dishes, with chicken, vegetables, fish, shrimp, or lobster choices. They have lots of specialty burgers. One of our favorite things is to share a couple of their "small meals" and appetizers. They also have salads, soups, pizzas, paninis, sandwitches, wraps, and flatbreads to choose from.
Belleair Coffee Company
The Belleair Coffee Company recently opened in Belleair Fl at 100 Indian Rocks Road near West Bay Dr. They serve a variety of coffee drinks like espresso, latte, cappuccino, americano, and mocha coffees. Their website says they use "organic, sustainable products whenever possible because, hey, we live on this planet, too! " We were greeted with a warm reception when we entered.
They also have a nice variety of danishes, scones, cakes, turnovers as well as an egg sandwich and a delicious quiche. They advertise using cage-free eggs and nitrate free bacon.
The service was friendly and fast the morning we were there. The coffee came in a nice ceramic mug, and was steaming hot. It is a nice surrounding and they had lots of different seating options.
The shop is just 3 miles from the condos on Sand Key, so if you live in that area you might want to give it a try.
Check out their website for hours and the full menu.
Boating and Yachting in Pinellas County
Boating in Gulfport, St Petersburg Florida and Boca Ciega Bay
Boca Ciega Bay is bordered by the cities of Gulfport and St. Petersburg and many boat and yacht owners have the pleasure of keeping their boats and yachts either in front of their homes and condos whiles others use the numerous, closely located public and private marinas or dry storage areas to launch. Yacht basins and marinas located on Boca Ciega Bay offer some of the most protected marinas. Boat owners can either cruise the protected water of the Intracoastal Waterway and visit the many waterfront restaurants or go and spend the evening in St Petersburg, Clearwater or Tampa and stay the night. For those seeking a longer passage Captiva island, Cabbage Key and Key West are some wonderful options.
The Bay is only a couple of nautical miles from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf beaches offering easy access to west Florida's best cruising destinations. Boat and yacht owners can spend the day on Shell Key or Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park which was established in 1974 for the protection of migratory birds and has had a colorful military past. Five artillery batteries from historic Fort Dade, in service from 1898 until 1923 are located on the island. Egmont Key offers excellent diving and snorkeling experiences and the original lighthouse on the Island is still used for navigation today.
Boca Ciega Bay holds an abundant amount of fish due to the number of keys and islands. These include Little Bird Key, Dog Leg Key, Gulfport, Middle...
Seminole - Earth Fare
A new market is in town, and it is AMAZING! Earth Fare opened in October 2016 at: 7774 113th ST N, Seminole Fl 33772 and it is definitely something you want to check out. We had the pleasure of having lunch there today for their Wednesday special which is $5.oo sushi, and it was super fresh and so good! They make all their sushi there, and if there is something you want but do not see it, let them know and they will make it for you! We used to get sushi from Publix, and Earth Fare’s was leaps and bounds better. They also have a special on Tuesday’s which is two slices of pizza for $4.00. The pizza looked delicious and they were very generous slices. So we will be back to check that out for sure.
We did not actually do any grocery shopping today, but did walk around a couple of times and we were impressed. There was an olive bar, salad bar, fresh soups, cookies by the pound, large juice bar, nice selection of pre-prepared meals, huge wall of different spices and candies, and a bakery that smelt so delightful. There was also a wide variety of meats and seafood, and a tasty selection of cheeses and the fruits and vegetables we all bright and colorful and looked fresh.
Where Should You Start Your Design Plan?
(Provided by Debbie Wallace of Debbie Wallace Designs)
The day has finally come. You are in your new home your boxes are all unpacked, you have everything organized and you have your furniture pieces in place that you decided to keep. Now for the fun part! It's time to execute your design plan. If you are in a position to hire a professional Interior Designer we can help you achieve your design dreams!! An added bonus is that we can often save you money by preventing costly mistakes. If it's just not in your budget to hire a professional, the following will help you wade through all of the decisions you will need to make.
Almost every Interior Designer will tell you to work from the bottom up, so the first thing you should address is your flooring. If what you have isn't what you want it is best to address this first. It's much easier to change flooring before there is a house full of furniture. Flooring will set the tone for everything else you are trying accomplish. The color and style of your flooring will help drive the design plan. Make sure you select flooring appropriate to your family needs. For example, smooth dark wood flooring and large dogs don't mix. There nails will leave scratch marks. Lighter textured wood or tile may be a better option. Carpeting while relatively inexpensive is not great with young children. It may be cost effective to start with but you will be replacing it much sooner. So hard surfaces such as tile, laminate, or wood will last much longer and will cost less in the long run. You may need to wait a little and save for the...
Incorporating Your Furniture and Treasures in to Your New Home
The time has finally arrived, you are going to move into your new home! You are so excited, yet how do you decide what furniture to keep and what should you replace? You also have a few items like your "Grandmothers needlepoint" that you just aren't sure are going to fit in your new homes design plan. So many decisions to make all at once and you don't want to discard your treasures, but you also don't want to feel like you are bringing your "old" house into your new one. How can I sort through all of this, you ask yourself?
It really isn't as hard as it seems! I have been able to guide hundreds of clients through the process over the years. The first few things you must decide are: what is my budget for replacing items, do the furniture pieces I want to bring fit in the new space, do they work with the design plan for my new home, and what are the treasures I just have to keep.
To begin with, if you aren't changing your style, the process is much easier. If it fits your new home it goes with you. It gets a little more difficult if you plan on transitioning from one style to another. Most people can't afford to get rid of all their furniture and accessories and start over. So, let's say you are changing from traditional to a coastal look, how do you decide what to bring?
It is always a good idea, if financially possible, to change your anchor pieces if possible. An interior designer can be a tremendous asset as you make these decisions. After all they don’t have any attachments to your things, so they can give you an objective opinion...
Interior Design Via Organization And Planning
(Provided by Debbie Wallace of Debbie Wallace Designs)
You have now settled in to your new home and there is still so much to do. You wonder how “will I ever finish unpacking and making my new home look just the way I want it to!” If you are like most of us you probably lived in your prior residence for years, so don't pressure yourself to finish it all in the first few weeks or months. If you sorted and discarded things before you moved the process of organizing is much easier. Also, it probably isn't realistic to think your design ideas will be completed immediately either. So, as we will discuss, the next few steps you take in this process are crucial.
We are going to look at this from two angles first from the organizational stand point and then from the design aspect. What does organization have to do with good Interior Design you ask? The short answer, have you ever seen an attractive interior design plan with clutter? There are little tricks you can add to keep your home attractive and clutter free. So, this month we will tackle the organization and next month the integration of your new design plan.
Organization comes naturally to some, but I have learned through years of working with clients not everyone can accomplish it without some suggestions. When it comes to organization, the key is everything needs a home. ...
Hardwood Floors for Florida
(Provided by Jessica Peters of Flooring Options by Carpet One)
While flooring styles change year to year it seems my customers consistently desire the same thing; hardwood! And why not? It is a timeless look that gives you an oh-so-cozy feeling when you walk through your front door and get that comforting feeling of returning to your beautiful home. Also, it greatly helps the resale factor making it a great investment! See this article at the Money
The question, is hardwood what’s best for your lifestyle?
When buying hardwood there are certain factors that come into play when your decision in which hardwood is best for you. Things you want to ask about and understand is what species is the hardwood? What’s the hardness level? What finish is used on this? Most importantly, what is the moisture reading of my floor and is the installer going to protect my new flooring from the Florida moisture issues? Most people have seen oak hardwood floors, which are durable having a mid-range hardness level (around 1300 on the Janka rating scale)