Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Where I Live Wednesday - St. Petersburg, FL


I will start off by saying that Stephany is pretty much awesome. I adore reading her blog and she is always so real, it's very refreshing. I'll admit, when you emailed me about doing WILW I had ulterior motives because Dustin and I want to move down to her neck of the woods. So this is doubly fun for me this week! Enjoy!

Name: Stephany
Blog:
Stephany Writes
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

How long have you lived there? All my life, but not just in this city. I've lived all over this county, which is really a bunch of little cities connected to each other. It's just a big metropolitan area, where you can drive five minutes and hit a different city. We're a big city with a small-town feel!

If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? N/A
What's the climate like? Hot and cold. We don't have seasons here. Around April, it starts heating up again and it'll just get hotter and hotter. It gets unbearable around July and August to most people, but I love it. The temperature usually stays around the upper 80's/lower 90's but the humidity is what makes everything feel like it's 110 degrees. The humidity makes your hair frizzy and your skin sticky. You're constantly guzzling down water (even if you don't like water). And it stays like this until mid-November, when we start cooling down a bit. By cooling down, I mean the temperature drops below 70. And this causes everyone to pull out their winter coats and blast their heater. For the past 3 years, we've had 80-degree Christmases which is something I do not like. After Christmas, the cold starts. This "winter" was pretty awful for us Floridians. For about a month, we had to endure THIRTY DEGREE WEATHER! And a couple days, it dropped to under 30. Brr! This winter lasts until late March and by then, we are so ready for the heat to come back.

What are some of your favorite things to do during a typical weekend where you live? There really is so much to do where I live. I'm about 15 minutes from the beach and we have miles and miles and miles of beaches. Travel in the opposite direction and you hit Tampa. Tampa has IKEA (Seriously! I could spend an entire Saturday in there and not get bored!), Busch Gardens (theme park), Adventure Island (water park), and tons and tons of other hotspots. We're also about 2 hours from Orlando so taking a day or weekend trip up there is something I like to do.


Busch Gardens

And since St. Petersburg is a pretty big family-community place, they always have something going on. There's either a festival in town, a concert going on, a play happening, and other fun stuff.

What are some of your favorite restaurants in your town/city? Favorite shops? My favorite restaurants aren’t anything local-based. I could eat Carrabba’s Italian Grille and Outback Steakhouse every month and not get sick of it. I’m also in love with Panera Bread. And we have a million here.
My favorite shops are also nothing exciting: Target, Old Navy, and Kohl’s. I’m sure we have some local shops that are more Florida-based, but they’re all super cheesy.

Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor. Oh, there is so much to do and see! I’ll try to focus on St. Petersburg-specific places, although Tampa is a hop, skip, and a jump away and there is so much to do there as well!
First of all, there are the beaches. St. Petersburg is famous for our long, long, long stretches of beaches.

If you want a more artsy feel to your visit, downtown St. Pete is the place to be. We have lots of little shops, restaurants, and theaters.



Tell us why you love your town/city. There is so much I love about my city! It’s very cool to hate this place but I love it so much, I would live here forever if I could. I love the weather. I love how there is so much to do. I love how there are so many memories tied to my childhood here. I’m very proud to live here!

Anything else we should know about where you live? It’s a big tourist-friendly place and it’s HOT 90% of the time. Oh, and Big Mike from American Idol? He’s totally a St. Petersburg native, even went to the high school where my SIL’s sister attends now. So, I’m kinda famous in that way.

Thanks so much Stephany for sharing your favorite things about St. Petersburg with us!


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32 wonderful thoughts:

Ang

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I wanna go!!!

Diana Mieczan

Sounds so great!!! I am packing already:) Kisses, sweetie and what a great post:)
Muah

Helena - A Diary of Lovely

ooo love that beach!!!

Smart Ass Sara

I miss St. Pete Beach!! *sigh* Some of my favorite things is visiting the Don Cesar or The Pier. Busch Gardens is nice but I've been there so many times it's kind of blah for me. BUT it's a great place to go when you visit for sure. St. Pete is my original home- I miss it for sure.

Salt

Easily my favorite place in Florida (besides Ft. Lauderdale, where I am from originally). I can't believe I've never been to Busch Gardens there! Time to plan a vacation!

Krystal

I visited Tampa once and loved it! I'd live there in a heartbeat - so many cute neighborhoods that we drove through!!

Teenage Bride

gorgeous pictures. I love these posts, they are so much fun to read. It is like a mini travel experience!

The Only Girl

I've always said I was born in the wrong climate. This just confirms it.

Silver Strands

So inviting! Especially the beach. BUt I don't know if I could handle the completely humid heat .... still - sounds like a great place to visit.
oxox
Denalee

Cafe Fashionista

Sometimes stores like Target are still the best ones! :)

Clare

Great interview, will definitely check out her blog.

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Chic 'n Cheap Living

Perfect for a summer vacation!

Jennifer

Great pictures! I live in S. Texas so we have the same kind of weather.

Krysten - thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog!!

Ma What's 4 dinner

will have to go visit. Love your giveaway! Those signs are amazing. I can't decide on one to buy. I want them all!!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Nikki

Looks so pretty. I'd love to visit for that heat! I need to move somewhere else. Someone let me borrow their balls to make the jump?

Sara Bentley

This was so cute, a really fun post! So nice to hear that Stephany is proud to be from her hometown too -- and she should be! :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

Looks like a nice city... I actually don't think I've been there.

Leah

Oh I am so wanting to go now! Would love a vacay there! Happy Wednesday hun!

Emily Jane

Oh this was great! Love Stephany. What a great place to live! I'd participate but Winnipeg is NOT the most entertaining city to write about :)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE

Love it! I haven't been to St. Pete in a while...used to go every summer for a month when I was little. I'm wanting to go back now :)

Becky

Sounds lovely! Great post! ♥

gringationcancun

That's it. I'm moving to St Pete or Tampa.

SogniSorrisi

Great post! I love finding out more about where people are from.

Stephany

Thanks so much for this, Krysten! It was fun to write and fun to read the comments!! We need more bloggers in St. Petersburg! Hehe.

kelly ann

sounds fabulous! ;)

kaysi fox

that is such a cute idea, i love that you have your readers do that!!! :) oh & i LOVE LOVE LOVE hubba gum, so your post below made me smile!! i am going to the store to get some right now!!! hahaha

Crazy Shenanigans

I love Florida! I need to go there NOW!

emma wallace

Yay! I live in Orlando, so I'm so happy to see a Floridian city featured! Great interview! She did a wonderful job of talking about so many of the things that make St. Petersburg special!

Punctuation Mark

my thought go out to her so she doesn't get to see anything from the oil spill...

Selma

Thanks for sharing this. I wanna go back now! :) Love the beach there...my friend got married there, so I know that place. Yay! :)

Barbara

Such interesting interview!! makes me wanna go there!!

house 09

awesome! I dream of the day I can go back to live in a very warm place ;)