Humanity knows that Florida is fun to visit. Everyone reads about Miami Beach and all the glitz, partying, sexuality, and bacchanal on display. But few realize the gem hidden on Florida’s other coast, on the Gulf of Mexico. I’m talking about Continue reading
The Pirates of the Caribbean is full of pirate invasions, ruthless swindlers, and lowbrow tactics. That’s why we love the movies. But you can get a real pirate experience each year in Tampa during the Gasparilla Invasion. That’s right, “real” pirates on real ships navigate the non-perilous waters of Tampa Bay to land, loot, and pillage Tampa. Staid, white-collar, local business people transform themselves into pirates for a few days, unleashing a flood of fake coins and beaded necklaces. Continue reading
Tampa hotels have always been a favorite for conferences and corporate meetings, despite the lack of hotels in its top nightlife neighborhoods, Ybor City and Hyde Park. Thankfully, the situation is improving. The city announced plans for a hotel and condominium in the historic Ybor City. Ybor City emerged from a downtrodden historic district to Tampa Bay party central in the 1990′s. Famous for its Latin and Italian restaurants, as well as some great bars, Continue reading
The Tampa area continues progress at adding unique hotels. Capitalizing on his restaurant’s well-earned culinary reputation, the owner of Bern’s Steakhouse helped develop the newly opened Epicurean Hotel. The hotel is located across the street from the famous restaurant, making it the ideal dreamhouse after a night of high-protein consumption and top-notch vino imbibe-ment. Franchised with the Marriott Autograph Collection, the Epicurean Hotel combines professional management with local, Tampa-oriented vibes. With 135 rooms and located just outside of downtown Tampa in the Hyde Park district, this charming hotel will be excellent for corporate groups looking to do business, eat well, and walk to entertainment.
Tampa is set to welcome fans of LSU and Iowa for the Outback Bowl. Student and alumni groups will enjoy basking in the moderately warm Tampa weather for a few days. The game is played at Raymond James Stadium, which is located on a major thoroughfare, and it is not exactly near any interesting sites or venues. The hotels in that section of Tampa are limited service, such as Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn. But don’t let the area surrounding the stadium shape your view of the Tampa Bay area. There are some interesting things to do within forty-five minutes of the stadium. Continue reading
St. Petersburg, Florida hotels have more to offer business travelers and corporate events than is popularly believed. Historically a sleepy, quaint, small city with a high proportion of retirees, St. Petersburg has slowly transitioned in the past decade. The downtown has been redeveloped with more to follow, older neighborhoods are revitalizing, and even St. Pete Beach is allowing new hotel developments. So when considering locations for corporate events or business meeting in Florida, the hotels in St. Pete Beach Continue reading