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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Soak in Sun and Culture in St. Petersburg

Fashionably renovated hotels, gleaming new art museums, and a resurgence of music have given this formerly senior-dominated Florida destination an increasingly youthful edge.


1. Where to Stay

Sleep next to the water at the palatial Don CeSar.  

Sway between palm trees on a hammock at the Postcard Inn (from $99), a mod 1957 Travelodge converted to a high-design hideaway in 2009, with spacious rooms featuring longboards and pinup collages of surfing photos.

Watch a Gulf sunset from your room at the Don CeSar (from $199), an Old Florida palace on St. Pete Beach that’s ornamented with Moorish chimneys and dramatic double-arched windows. The massive, pink Jazz Age hotel that once hosted the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and FDR underwent its most recent renovation in 2010; it now boasts an $11 million spa with treatments like orange-blossom-and-sand foot scrubs and juniper-and-citrus wraps (90 minutes, $225).

Cozy up in a wicker rocker on the breezy veranda at the Vinoy Renaissance (from $259), a lavish property where visitors come to moor their yachts on the 74-slip marina and take advantage of the exclusive golf course, heated pools, and tennis courts.

Published on Feb 3, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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