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Worth The Drive: Food and Scenery

While downtown St. Pete is teeming with great restaurants, sometimes you want to get out of your urban zone and try something new. Lucky for us, The Salvador is very close to I-275, which connects you to nearby cities, each with a variety of restaurants and incredible water vistas. Here are are our top restaurants with great food and scenery, all within 30 minutes of downtown St. Pete:

 

Ulele

Located inside the former Tampa Water Works pumping station and adjacent to Water Works Park with views of the Hillsborough River and Ulele Springs, this restaurant is a Tampa gem. Their food is award winning and their on-site brewery is fed by the waters of the Spring. The indoor main dining room also includes art and sculptures by local artists and the outdoor seating area allows you to dine alfresco to enjoy the pleasant Florida weather or a star-filled night.   After your meal, hang out in the park or take a stroll along the brand-new Tampa Riverwalk.

Rowe Bar

Located in the historic Lowes Don Cesar Hotel, this restaurant has tasty cocktails and waterfront dining. Grab a burger and a drink and enjoy a day at the beach.

Frenchy’s

Known all over the country for their Grouper Sandwiches, Frenchy’s is a Clearwater Beach tradition. Not only can you enjoy one of their fabulous grouper sandwiches, but afterwards, you can stroll the sugar sand beach of Clearwater for an entirely enjoyable day at the beach.

Hella’s

Tarpon Springs is known for their authentic Greek cuisine, and this restaurant is always listed as one of the top Greek restaurants in the area. Eat here and then visit the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge docks for a unique day in the Greek village of Tarpon Springs

Lobstah’s

Lobstah’s is located on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and has a reputation for the best lobster rolls in town. Fill your belly and then take in the calming blue waters of Ana Maria Island for a relaxing day in the sun.

The options for great food and scenic views are boundless when you live in the Sunshine City. www.thesalvador.com

5 Incredible One Day Road Trips from St. Petersburg

 

The great thing about living in downtown St. Pete is that you get all the advantages of city living like nightlife, great restaurants, and diverse cultural scene plus the benefits of urban escapes only a short car ride away.

Here are our Top 5 places to visit when you need a break from the city:

Venice Beach

Just a little over an hour drive away on Florida’s white-sanded Gulf Coast,  Venice Beach is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. The Venice coastal area sits on top of a fossil layer that runs 18-35 feet deep and was once teeming with sharks. Bring a shovel and a straining basket and you might find all kinds of shark teeth along its 14 miles of beaches to take home with you, even ones from the pre-historic giant Megalodon shark! The Venice Pier is a good place to start your hunt. Be sure not to miss Venice’s downtown, with Italian architecture and landscaped boulevards dating back to 1925 and similar to the Italian City which it is named after.

Myakka River State Park

If hiking, biking, or canoeing are more your speed, you’ll enjoy Myakka River State Park.  Located nine miles east of 1-75 in Sarasota, Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in the United States and is abundant in native Florida wildlife like wild pigs, beautiful sea birds, and crazy big alligators. The park has trails to bike or hike with an elevated boardwalk giving you views of the Myakka River and the Florida vegetation. There are bike and canoe rentals available and airboat rides running throughout the day.

Weeki Wachee

Touted as the only city with live mermaids, Weeki Wachee is one of Florida’s oldest and most unique destinations.  While it is famous for its aqua clear spring water, mermaid show and water park, Weeki Watchie also makes for the perfect natural getaway.  Visitors can canoe, kayak or rent boats to travel down the Weekie Watchie River and into Old Florida, where otters, turtles, fish, and manatees can be seen.  Take a drive north of Tampa to experience one of Florida’s newest state parks.

Crystal River

A six-mile waterway fed by local springs and connecting Kings Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Crystal River is often called “Manatee Haven” due to the fact that in the winter months, when the water temperature cools, Crystal River can be home for over 400 manatees.  The springs, river, bay, and Gulf combine to allow for swimming, diving, boating, kayaking, water skiing, and fishing.  A trip here still offers a day of beauty and a glimpse of Old Florida in the heart of the Nature Coast. In addition to aquatic activites, miles of hiking/biking trails, and a quaint downtown will make you glad you visited. During scallop season (July 1-Sept 24) you can dive in less than 8 feet of water and go on a treasure hunt for bay scallops that will make for a yummy meal at the end of the day. Do the research on the fishing licence required, best areas, or guide rental if you plan on scalloping.

Don Pedro Island State Park

Don Pedro Island State Park, a barrier island located south of St. Pete and across the Intracoastal Waterway from Cape Haze, is only accessible by boat, kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). Taking an eco-tour by kayak or SUP here makes for a great outdoor adventure, or visitors can choose to unwind and sunbathe on the mile-long white sandy beach. The area is teeming with starfish, dolphins, manatees, tortoises and a variety of seabirds.

The Salvador Penthouse Living

Penthouse Downtown St. Pete

Inventory of penthouses in downtown St. Pete is at a premium, and ours is worthy of your attention. Our penthouse offers affordable luxury living in the heart of downtown with 2,537 square feet of living area and a large balcony, this three bedroom and 2.5 bath penthouse will give you the space and luxury you need close to everything you want.

But, we only have one remaining!

Here are some additional features you will find in our last remaining penthouse:

– 9’ high by 90’ long glass window wall offering spectacular water views
– 10’ ceilings in Great Room, Family Room, and Bedrooms; 9’ ceilings in Kitchen, Library, and Bathrooms
– Separate Family Room and Library in addition to Great Room
– Two large balconies
– Walk-in Laundry Room with sink
– Extra large walk-in closet (over 100 square feet) in Master Suite
– Extra large Master Bathroom with walk-in shower and naturally lit tub alcove

The Salvador residents also get the shared amenities of a solar heated saltwater pool, outdoor firepit, dog washing cleaning station and walking area, sculpture garden, secure parking garage, concierge and on duty property manager, state of the art fitness room with yoga area.

There is no doubt that you will love living here. Visit our website for more information on penthouse living at The Salvador. www.thesalvador.com

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