4 romantic weekend getaways in the Tampa Bay area

From the Fenway Hotel to the Don CeSar, find a getaway you’ll love in the bay area.
Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway in the Tampa Bay area.
Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway in the Tampa Bay area. [ NICOELNINO | Getty Images/iStockphoto ]
Published April 7

By Erin Feitsma, Times Total Media Correspondent

Scene: It’s Friday at 5 p.m., work is finished for the week, and you and your significant other are longing for a romantic weekend getaway instead of more of the same old, same old. Sigh no more! Your Tampa Bay area romantic retreat awaits. Check out our list of some of the calming weekend getaways for couples to help you and your partner beat the blahs.

The Don CeSar: What could be more romantic and luxurious than a weekend spent in a beachside pink castle? Get ready to be wowed: Few spots can pamper and impress like the Don CeSar, the 1920s-era hotel that’s also known as the Pink Palace. Enjoy amenities fit for a king or queen, including a poolside bar, access to a private beach, a full-service spa and salon, heaps of restaurants and lounges, and much more, making this an easy choice for your romantic getaway in the sparkling St. Pete Beach area.

Fenway Hotel: Pretty as a postcard, Dunedin’s historic Fenway Hotel is the perfect, quaint spot to get away from it all. According to its website, the Jazz Age hotel has an on-site restaurant, rooftop bar and ballroom, and is a short drive from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. And, for those who love the scent of citrus, you’re in luck: This romantic weekend getaway comes complete with the fragrance of oranges hanging overhead. According to one Tampa Bay Times article, the lobby in the Fenway Hotel is filled with a signature citrusy scent known as Orange Spice, which is conveniently available for purchase in candle form at the hotel, if that “a-peels” to you.

The Saint Hotel: Answer the call of the ocean with a romantic weekend getaway at The Saint Hotel in St. Petersburg. If you’re looking for a fresh, artsy hotel for your stay, The Saint Hotel is the place for you. This hotel offers aesthetic rooms within walking distance of the water, and, according to its website, this boutique haven offers a cove of serenity with modern luxuries including complimentary Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs, in-room dining in every suite, spacious living environments and more. This romantic getaway is also not too far from artsy locations like The Dalí Museum and The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.

The Kenwood Gables B&B: Fancy a bed-and-breakfast instead? Find a slice of heaven at the Kenwood Gables B&B, billed as St. Petersburg’s boutique bed and breakfast. The 1930s-era B&B, located in St. Petersburg’s Historic Kenwood neighborhood, offers a homemade breakfast of croissants, pastries and more; proximity to all downtown St. Pete has to offer; five gorgeous guest rooms; and more, according to the Kenwood Gables B&B website. Enjoy unwinding in this cozy and quaint bed-and-breakfast and make yourself at home on your private romantic getaway.


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