Happy Tuesday! I'm excited to share that I now will begin posting every Tuesday and Friday, with the occasional extra post here and there. Now that I've graduated I have a lot more free time to get settled into a true schedule on C'est La Vie. Since I'll be more consistent with my posts, I need your help!! What are some things you would like to see posts about? Is there any topic that particularly interests you? Leave your comments below! I love hearing your feedback and ideas!
For today's post, I want to share a few things to do if you visit the Tampa Bay area.
1. Taste some good eats at Armature Works
Armature Works is a restored factory located in Tampa, overlooking the the Hillsborough River, home to a market, shops, full-scale restaurants, lawn games, and even an area to host weddings. I loooove this place! There are about a dozen dining options, complete with their own unique and eclectic menus. I chose to eat at Empamamas, where I had one of their pork tacos and one of their bang-bang sauce chicken tacos. They were delicious!! After we were done eating, my friend Erin and I cooled down by the river with some prosecco popsicles made by Graze. They were too yummy, the perfect thing for a hot summer day in Florida!
As Armature Works only opened up earlier this year, not everything they have to offer is ready quite yet. The coolest thing is that they are constantly innovating and adding new things to do! I definitely want to get back there before the end of the summer to see what's new.
2. Stroll the downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
Dunedin is a fun little town right next to where my parents live. They are known for their quaint Main Street, which has tons of great restaurants and shops. They occasionally have several Craft Festivals throughout the year, in which they block off the street and fill it with tons of vendors selling their art.
My mom and I love going to things like this, so we made sure to swing by! We saw painters, license-plate-art designers, jewelry creators, and photographers. Everything had that Florida vibe you can't find elsewhere, and many things weren't as expensive as you would think artisan work to be!
We stumbled upon a cute stand where the artist created prints on burlap in frames. I have a gallery wall at my new apartment, so my mom bought me this piece to add to it! I adore it, and now I'll always think of my family when I see it on my wall in Boston!
3. Shop 'til you drop in Hyde Park Village
One of the first things my mom and I did when I got down here was shop around Hyde Park Village in Tampa. This shopping area has tons of cute shops including Anthropologie, Francesca's, and Lululemon; but also has several restaurants and smaller specialty boutiques. The best part is, you don't have to worry about street parking because they have a FREE garage to park in right next to the village.
After walking around the shops, walk or drive about a mile to Oxford Exchange and grab a bite to eat. This restaurant is ADORABLE, between their greenhouse decor, book shop, and coffee bar, there is so much to stop and look at. Not to mention they have delicious offerings to munch on. I chose their cuban sandwich with sweet potato fries and garlic aioli.
4. Get your tan on at Honeymoon Island
This beach is my family's favorite! Right across the Dunedin Causeway you can find this little island getaway, with white sands and clear blue water. It's not as busy as some of the other beaches in the area, and there is even a separate dog beach on the island. I've seen a ton of wildlife during my times there too. We've seen dolphins, tons of fish, starfish and even a manatee! They sometimes have kayaks and paddle boards available for rent as well.
5. Visit the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
My last suggestion is taking the time to visit the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Tarpon Springs has a large Greek community, and you can find some amazing Greek restaurants to try downtown. The town is known for their natural sponges, which you can see boats off the docks bringing in after harvesting them. In the cooler months, you can find manatees hanging out near the docks to stay warm! They also have tons of artisan shop owners all along the street.
While these are the few places I picked to share today, there are infinite things to do in this area! My parents moved here two years ago and are still checking out all that it has to offer. If you've ever been to the area, share your favorite thing to do in the comments! See you Friday!