November 2013 News And Events
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PASS-A-GRILLE BEACH, FLORIDA: ON THE GULF AT THE END OF THE ROAD
Pass-A-Grille Beach is just south of St. Petersburg Beach on the tip of the barrier island that separates the Gulf of Mexico from Boca Ciega Bay. One story about how it got its name says it comes from the French for "Passe Aux Grilleurs" which means the passageway of the grillers. This name was in honor of the fishermen who used the land on the tip of the island as a camp and grilled fish there.
A pioneer named John Gomez built a small hotel in 1857, and travelers from up north would come from nearby St. Petersburg and Tampa to stay at his place and enjoy the beach and the fishing. The first major hotel was built in 1901 and people stayed there while looking at lots to build their vacation homes. It was 1957 when Pass-A-Grille and other beachside communities were swallowed up by St. Petersburg Beach.
In 1989, most of the Pass-A-Grille area became a U.S. Historic District. There are plenty of interesting old houses, shops and restaurants in the District. The official count is 97 buildings. The grand centerpiece of this neighborhood is the magnificent Don CeSar Hotel, also on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This 277 room hotel was built in 1928, and is operated by Loews Hotels. It is one of the most magnificent of Florida historic hotels.
RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH
Sea Critters Cafe
2007 Pass-A-Grille Way
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
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November is an ideal month in most of Florida. It's a bit brisk on most evenings but warms up to comfortable temperatures during the day. The snowbirds begin to come in droves from up north.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FLORIDA EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2013:
FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state. We plan to add even more when we have time to visit them.
FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. We have an extensive list of Florida Tourist Attractions. Some of them are well known; other are a wonderful step back into Old Florida.
FLORIDA FESTIVALS. There are several outside events this time of year. Among these are outdoor art festivals and folk and bluegrass music festivals.
FLORIDA BEACHES. Almost anything you decide to do in Florida can be enhanced by spending some quality time at a great beach, and best beaches in Florida will guide you in the right direction.
FLORIDA MUSEUMS. Many Florida art and historical museums have scheduled events. Click on the links to find out what is going on.
FLORIDA THEATER. This is an active time for plays and musical events in our many Florida theaters.. Check the links to find out what might be interesting to you.
FLORIDA AUTHORS. Any time is a good time to read a book by a Florida author. Our most visited author page is still that of Tim Dorsey, the creator of zany serial killer Serge Storms, followed closely by Randy Wayne White and his hero Doc Ford.
Here is a useful link that will tell you what is going on this month virtually everywhere in Florida.
FLORIDA FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2013
Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns. We have also added a new page to the website called "Florida End of Road Towns" to help you plan a trip to those kinky places you always find at the end of the highway.
A few events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.
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