Long before we made St Petersburg our permanent home, we often stayed at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel when we came to visit. Located on the waterfront in downtown St Pete, it is a romantic jewel of a hotel close to walking paths, restaurants, museums, and boating.
For our 30th Anniversary, I wanted to surprise my husband with a special night at the Vinoy with dinner at its fabulous Marchand's restaurant and breakfast in bed. I contacted the hotel and they helped me arrange for flowers and a special "no-carbs and still fantastically delicious" breakfast. They gave me their blessings to have a singer come and serenade my husband during dinner. And they gave us a delicious appetizer on the house to say "Happy Anniversary." From the first mojito in the Lobby Lounge to the last cup of breakfast coffee on our 7th floor balcony with a view, the very accommodating staff helped me make it a magical night to remember.
The Vinoy Hotel itself is celebrating their 90th anniversary by offering a "90 years an Icon" Getaway for two until December 31st, 2015. The package includes includes two nights accommodations, daily breakfast (don't pass on the lemon souffle pancakes), a Chef's Table six-course meal and wine pairing dining experience, tickets to the local Little Theatre, The Chihuly Collection and Morean Arts Center Hot Shop to learn glass blowing, resort credit towards spa, golf, dining or other hotel amenities, and a personal history tour of the Vinoy property with the resort historian. The package starts at $1925.00.