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5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Clearwater-St. Pete

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Oct 2018

5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Clearwater-St. Pete

Known for their sunny weather and beaches, the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area, located on the coast just west of Tampa, is a vibrant community that offers so many things to see and do. Whether you’re just visiting, or thinking of moving to the area, here’s 5 reasons to love this area!

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The Beaches

With over 35 miles of white sand along the coast, it’s understandable why the Clearwater-St. Pete area is best known for their beaches. Clearwater Beach has been voted #1 beach on Trip Advisor for multiple years, and is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Enjoy the clear blue waters, wildlife such as dolphins, and local restaurants and shops when you stop here. St. Pete Beach is another great spot, with award winning hotels and restaurants lining the beach. Indian Rocks Beach, Treasure Island and Caladesi Island State Park are a few other neighboring beaches to check out if you’re looking to enjoy the sun and sand!

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The Arts

The art scene in Clearwater-St. Pete is fantastic and a must see. The most popular spot is The Dali Museum located in St. Pete, exhibiting a rotation of Salvador Dali’s vibrant and unique art pieces. Dale Chihuly also has a permanent glass exhibition in downtown St. Pete, providing a unique visual experience of his work. There’s about half a dozen theaters in the area if you’re interested in catching a play or show, and you’ll also find over 70 painted building murals in downtown St. Petersburg that can’t be missed.

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The Food

If you’re a self proclaimed foodie, you’re going to love this area. With hundreds of restaurants offering every type of food you can imagine, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for some local seafood, grab a grouper sandwich and the ‘famous’ smoked fish dip at one of the Frenchy’s locations, enjoy the Spanish charm of Ceviche in St. Petersburg, and try the popular Cuban sandwich at Bodega. Maritana Grille, located at the famous Don CeSar Hotel, Birch & Vine, Salt Rock Grille and Cafe Ponte are a couple local favorite spots to also check out to grab something delicious to eat and drink.

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The Sports

Offering sporting events all year round, you can find soccer, baseball, racing, golf and more when you’re here. The MLB’s Tampa Bay Ray’s stadium is actually in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field, and while they’ll be building a new stadium in Tampa, you’ll have a few more years to check out some games here. In the spring, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays do their Spring Training in the area. If you like racing, the annual Firestone Grand Prix takes over the streets of St. Pete in the fall, and you’ll be sure to have fun attending a Tampa Bay Rowdies professional soccer game in downtown St. Pete.

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The Attractions

Want to board a pirate ship, parasail over the ocean or pet ocean life? You can do all these, and more, while here! Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise takes you out for an adventure at Clearwater Beach, and provides awesome views and a fun experience for people of all ages. If you’re spending the day at a beach in the area, there’s dozen of rental companies where you can go parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, banana boating and do just about any beach activity you can think of. There’s also various sunset cruises and dolphin boat tours that go out daily. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, best know for Winter, the rescued dolphin whose story inspired the movie Dolphin Tale, is a must visit. You can still see Winter as well as other dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and rays, plus educational exhibits and activities.

Once you step into the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area, you’ll fall in love, and these are just a few reasons why. If you’re a resident of the area that may be in need of extra space, we may have a storage solution for you!


6 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Winter Garden

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Nov 2017

6 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Winter Garden

Winter Garden, located about 14 miles west of Orlando, is one of Central Florida’s hottest up and coming suburbs. With a population around 35,000, this town was voted one of the fastest growing cities in Florida, with an increase of 14% since 2010. With it’s small town charm, filled with restaurants, shopping and more, it’s no wonder Winter Garden is gaining popularity. Here’s 6 reasons you’ll love visiting Winter Garden.

 

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Winter Garden Farmers Market

Winter Garden’s Farmers Market has grown into a community staple, with vendors providing various items to the community such as locally grown produce, baked goods, handmade jewelry, homemade soaps, fresh flowers, and various other goods. This market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, and is located in the historic district of Winter Garden. Live music is provided each Saturday, and the market is family (and dog!) friendly, and a great way to start to see local Winter Garden.

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West Orange Trail

For those who love Florida nature, West Orange Trail is the perfect place to check out. The serene trail stretches 22 miles, from Apopka to Oakland, Florida. This safe and family friendly trail is perfect for outdoor activities such as biking, rollerblading, walking, and even has spots to stop and fish! There are 4 main stations on the trail, 2 of them being in Winter Garden, that provide parking, restrooms, bike racks, playgrounds, and drinking fountains. The beautiful trail is a terrific way to enjoy the outdoors!

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Plant Street Market

Plant Street Market, located in historic downtown, is a local community market with 20 vendors providing organic food and handmade products all in one place. Open 7 days a week, this market is one of Winter Garden’s most popular spots. Some of the excellent food vendors include Jodo Sushi, The Local Butcher, MAC’d OUT gourmet mac and cheese and The Cookery grocery marketplace, providing an array of various local and freshly made food items. Homemade goods include honey from Wild Florida Honey and essential oils from doTERRA. The best part of the market is the business holding it down on the end cap of the building- Crooked Can Brewery. This award winning microbrewery provides flagship, specialty and seasonal brews, and has tours for those interested in seeing how a brewery operates.

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Garden Theatre

First opening its doors in 1935, the Garden Theater is a refurbished, historic theatre in Winter Garden. The theatre puts on dozens of events a year, including plays, concerts, movies and ballets. Some upcoming shows include Annie, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Tennessee Walk and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation completed the restoration of the Garden Theatre in 2008, which introduced a 299 person Mediterranean architecture interior theatre. The Garden Theatre is the perfect way to immerse yourself into the local culture, and provides shows that everyone would love!

 

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Downtown Food Scene

The downtown section of Winter Garden has seen a spurt of growth over the past few years, and exhibits some exceptional food and drink options for locals and visitors. The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater is a local favorite and was voted top 100 restaurants in America by Open Table. This restaurant has two options- The Chef’s Table, which provides guests with a 3-course meal presented by the chefs, or the Tasting Room, which offers small plates, craft cocktails, wine and beer. Pilars Martini is another hot spot, known for being the “late night spot.” Decorated in 30’s deco décor, this piano bar is known for their martinis and mixology, and provides all the fun you would want from a piano bar. Rosallie Le French Café is a newcomer in the area, and the perfect breakfast or lunch spot. Rosallie offers a variety of French pastries, sandwiches, salads, and coffees and tea.  While these are just a few of the excellent choices in the downtown area, we’re sure you’ll see more restaurants and bars pop up in the downtown area too!

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Winter Garden Village

If you’re ready to shop till’ you drop, but still enjoy the town’s small-town feel, you’ll want to make a stop at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves. The shopping center has dozens of brand name apparel shops such as American Eagle Outfitters, New York & Company, and Old Navy, as well as large department stores like Target, Beall’s and Best Buy. If you work up an appetite during your shopping, don’t worry- there’s 25+ restaurants and eateries, including Panera Bread, First Watch, Bonefish Grill and Chili’s.

Winter Garden is making a name for itself and these are just a few reasons we love this city! With its small town feel, up and coming downtown scene, and the overwhelming support of local venues and vendors, it’s the perfect place to visit and fall in love with!

Are you planning on visiting Winter Garden or are a current local resident? We provide affordable self storage locally at our Winter Garden location!