A Day at the Don: Exploring the Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach

August 4, 2018

It's no secret that my favorite destination vacation is Florida - it's basically my second home and I consider myself a bit of an honorary Floridian (is that a thing?). I have a lot of family that lives there, so I grew up spending spring breaks and summers in various Florida cities (namely Miami & Delray Beach), and for the most part, I've pretty much been allllllll over that state. One place I hadn't been was the St. Petersburg area, so we decided to take a mini-vacay and post up in St. Pete Beach for a long weekend.

I was looking forward to relaxing on the beach (well, as much relaxing as one can do with a 7 month old!), but I was also incredibly excited to check out the Don CeSar and knew it would be a stop on our list. How could I possibly resist a pink hotel?

If the Hollywood Tower Hotel & a Wes Anderson film had a baby, the result would be the Don CeSar (you know, if that was somehow even possible, but you get what I'm saying). The Don CeSar, or as its more affectionately known - the Pink Palace, first opened in 1928 at the height of the Gatsby era and was a frequent spot for high society at the time, like F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the '40s, it became a military hospital, and then was later converted back to a hotel and renovated (supposedly, it's also haunted). The hotel boasts more than 200 rooms, 2 beachfront pools, a spa, restaurants, and a pool bar serving up delicious frozen cocktails. So it's a beachfront haunted pink hotel with 1920s flair, and the pool bar serves frosé. Eat your heart out, Hollywood Tower Hotel!

Walking into the Don CeSar is like stepping into a Wes Anderson film. We were only there for the evening, but I'll give you one guess what our first stop was.

Frosé y'all!

If you're not into cocktails, just keep walking and head down to the beach. You can catch some seriously stunning sunsets here if you time your visit right (& assuming the Florida weather goddesses smile on you that day)!

I decided to dress the part and put together a look that was very Florida-inspired. I found the cutest wrap dress with polka dots & oranges on it, and from there, the rest of the pieces just kind of came together. The bag was the perfect shade of emerald green to compliment the dress, and I added the state necklace to go along with the theme (I wear it a lot when I'm here in TN and people probably just assume I'm from FL, I'm sure!). The heart sunnies are some of my favorites right now because they are incredibly versatile & literally go with anything, and I thought the retro vibe lent itself well to the surroundings.

Dress: Forever21 | Bag: Target (Similar)
Gold plated necklace: Reeds

I loved exploring this resort and definitely could have spent a lot more time here. The next time I come to St. Pete Beach, I definitely plan to stay here!

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