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A Fun Getaway to Culturally Savvy St. Pete


One of the greatest luxuries we have as Floridians is the ability to jump in our cars and visit a part of the state that feels like a world away from our daily lives. In just a few hours, we can travel to the Oldest City (St. Augustine) or the Southernmost Point (Key West) in the USA. We can visit 175 incredibly diverse Florida State Parks  or one of the many remaining roadside attractions. With 67 counties and 663 miles of beaches throughout the state all offering unique experiences, there is never an opportunity to be bored in Florida.

Authentic Florida was recently invited to experience a night at the Alden Suites in St. Pete Beach as part of a bloggers conference. So often I have schedule conflicts, but this time I was available and they were kind enough to extend my invitation to include a guest. I decided to invite my mom and off we went for a mini adventure on the Gulf Coast.

Over the years, I’ve done many, many day trips to St. Pete. I have stayed at a couple different places. The historic Don Cesar is always a favorite and the updated, funky Postcard Inn is on our 2019 bucket list. This was my first time staying at Alden Suites – A Beachfront Resort. Founded in 1955 as the Alden Motel, this resort was a great fit for us since it’s family-owned and has that authentic Florida vibe. Although it’s reminiscent of old Florida, the rooms are all updated and very clean. They even have seven newly renovated beach cottages that will transport you to a bygone era. Plus, they have great Florida Resident specials, so make sure you inquire about their offers.

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 20, 1929

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.


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