1920s-Era Boutique Hotel with Elegant Furnishings
In the Roaring Twenties, the Hotel Scott served as a posh retreat for silent-movie stars en route to their estates in New Port Richey. In the decades since, this stately neoclassical-revival building has changed hands several times and undergone an extensive renovation to restore it to its close-up-ready glory. Now billed as The Pier Hotel, it still serves as an elegant base for travelers to browse Saint Petersburg's upscale boutiques and art galleries or bask in the sunshine.
Arches reminiscent of a Spanish villa surround the veranda, where white wicker furniture sits amid tropical foliage. Inside, rooms feature modern amenities and antique furnishings, including claw-foot tubs in many rooms. Guests can unwind with optional in-room massages or relax on pillowy king-size beds trimmed with vermillion and gold accents.
Saint Petersburg, Florida: Cultural Hub with Sunny Seaside Parks
Located on a peninsula on the gulf side of central Florida, Saint Petersburg is a laid-back, trendy alternative to Tampa, its neighbor across the bay. Saint Petersburg receives an average of 361 days of sunshine per year—great conditions for enjoying the city's many green spaces. At the 400-acre Sawgrass Lake Park, a mile-long boardwalk traverses one of Florida’s largest maple swamps; keep an eye out for native birds, turtles, and one of the area’s earliest residents, the alligator. You can paddle a kayak through brackish waterways and mangrove tunnels at Weedon Island Preserve.
Saint Petersburg's newly revitalized downtown pulses with activity thanks to an urban-redevelopment plan that brought in shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Tour the Dalí Museum to see 96 oil paintings, drawings, photographs, and transcribed raps by the surrealist artist.