Reporters at this bimonthly lifestyle magazine sift through the local dining, art, and social scenes to present the gems to readers on glossy, colorful pages. Each issue carries an expansive dining guide that curates the city's culinary landscape, turning readers on to chic new bistros, hidden gems, and bars that have the most elegant spittoons.
Some detractors may write off pole dancing as frivolous, but to Wildside Pole ~N~ Fitness owner Eva Spicola, the dizzying workout is “the best upper-body fitness and core training you could ever have.” A certified personal trainer who has managed her own health clubs in the past, Spicola now preaches the pole's benefits to women of all ages and abilities. Her classes embrace sinuous workouts on the pole and chair, striving to produce leaner limbs and confidence through body-weight exercises. She rounds out her curriculum with boot-camp, spinning, and dance-centric pole classes, which take guests from basic spins to choreographed combinations executed in platform heels. Chair and pole classes cap their attendance at 10 students, allowing instructors to customize their lessons while preventing the combined centrifugal force of too many twirls from lifting the studio off the ground.
Boats dance and glide over the crisscrossing wakes carved into Tampa Bay, each craft anxiously revving toward its respective dock to arrive before closing time. All the while, a handful of boats remain on the open water, swaying atop the undulating waves as its passengers continue to enjoy the fiery sunset reflecting off the bay's surface. These select aquatic vehicles carry Lotto Boat's boat club members, who have access to a slew of exclusive perks, such as extended marina hours. Stationed at Harborage Marina, Lotto Boat's 20 rental vessels include kayaks, paddleboards, WaveRunners, and power boats equipped with GPS navigation systems. After hopping aboard a vessel, landlubbers can go jet-skiing, drift over to nearby tiki bars for dinner and live music, or take in scenic views of downtown St. Petersburg. Once patrons make their way back to one of Lotto Boat's two docks, staffers thoroughly cleanse the boat of interior debris and exterior mermaid hitchhikers to prepare for the vessel's next excursion.
The consortium of professional instructors at Palm Harbor Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Carved into the natural landscape of the wetlands, Lansbrook Golf Club has been a favorite amongst golfers since opening in 1975 for its variety of layout challenges. A framework of trees and tall cypress hugs the course's tight fairways, and not a single parallel fairway means every shot requires a bit of ingenuity. As if that weren't enough, water comes into play on 16 holes, forcing players to either select their clubs carefully or outfit their balls with snorkels. Fans of the Masters may get a kick from the 11th hole, too, which is reminiscent of the 16th hole at Augusta National.
Away from the links, Lansbrook punctuates visits with a meticulously maintained practice facility. It features a large grass teeing ground, a chipping green with a sand bunker, and a putting green.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,846 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course rating of 73.3 * Course slope of 131 * Click here to view the scorecard
The aroma of ribeye steaks cooking on the grill drifts over the canal, luring boaters to tie off and disembark at Dockside Sports Bar & Grille. Inside the restaurant, servers deliver platters of grilled salmon, shrimp scampi in white-wine garlic sauce, and half-pound burgers to patrons sitting poolside or on the waterfront deck. The eatery's tiki bar provides tropical beverages for diners splashing about in the pool and heated jacuzzi or for the thirsty fish in their pockets. Along with the pool and jacuzzi, the sports bar provides nightly entertainment ranging from live music and karaoke to poker tournaments.