I’m having a serious case of beach withdrawal! The Space Coast Beaches are an hour drive to my right and the Gulf Coast Beaches are two hours to my left and I’m here stuck in the middle with you.
Growing up in Brevard County, Florida and having a sun worshiping mother, we visited the beaches of the Atlantic more times than my undertoe-swept body would like to recount. Moving down to the Florida Keys during my teenage years would put a surprising damper on beach going. Most people don’t know that the islands are comprised of rock and tangled mangroves and the few beaches you’ll find there are made up of sand which has been brought in via barge.
My heart belongs to the calm waters of the Gulf Coast Beaches and a resort that locals lovingly refer to as the Pink Palace. Here are ten reasons you need to book a stay at the Loews Don Cesar Resort this Summer:
1. It’s Located Right On the Beach
This was the view from my room on my last staycation. I’m so depressed that I’m sitting here at my kitchen table typing this sentence right now and not floating in the water under a palm tree. My tears could fill up that entire pool. In fact, it’s been exactly one year since I peered out that window to the sea. Pass the kleenex please.
2. Dolphin Watch Sailing Cruise
As a resort guest, you can go on a dolphin watch sailing cruise for two at a special rate of $89.
3. Experience Mind Blowing Sunsets
We witnessed THIS on our very first night at the Loews Don Cesar while taking a break from our dining experience at the resort’s casual restaurant Sea Porch. See my review of that dinner here: Sea Porch Restaurant – Dinner with the Best View in St. Pete Beach, Florida
4. Sunset Sailing Cruise
Prefer to have your mind blown from the water? Sign up for a Sunset Sailing Cruise while you’re there. This experience for two will run you $89.
5. Killer Moscow Mules in the Lobby Bar
Cheers to your Summer vacay with a proper Moscow Mule before dinner or head to the elegant Lobby Lounge after your meal for some live piano music while you bask in your Summer glow received at the beach earlier in the day.
6. Maritana Grille is Life Changing
Pork Belly and Foie Gras were two of the stand-outs I sampled when I dined at the Pink Palace’s signature restaurant which features locally sourced and seasonally rotating dishes. See my entire review here: Review of Maritana Grille at the Loews Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach, Florida
7. The Rooms
The rooms at the Loews Don Cesar are posh and you will sleep like a baby! See a complete tour of my room here: Photo Tour of Our Room at the Loews Don Cesar Hotel Directly on St. Pete Beach, Florida
8. Poolside Cocktails
Cocktails just taste better when sipped poolside with the sweet ocean breeze brushing against your skin. This is the Pineapple Cruzan Mojito from The Beachcomber Bar and Grill
9. Live Like Gatsby
The “Pink Palace” is rich in history. Opened in the height of the “Gatsby Era” the Don has been greeting guests for nearly a century. Be sure and take the guided historical tour while you’re there.
10. Blues, Brews & BBQ Event Happening on Father’s Day
Here in the South we like our libations cool and our BBQ…well…any way we can get it. The Blues, Brews & BBQ Event has become a Father’s Day tradition at the Loews Don Cesar Resort and is a perfect excuse to treat dad to a night of culinary luxury. Keep your eye on the hotel’s website for details: LoewsHotels.com/DonCesar
Loews Don Cesar Resort
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706