Most of my travels for for short weekend getaways. One of my recent mini-vacations was in April as I was forced to see my favorite musician at Jannus because Freebird Live recently closed in Jacksonville Beach. This turned out to be most fortunate as I had a wonderful weekend with the husband. Downtown St. Pete is fairly small and everything is within walking distance, but there is limited lodging. We were able to snag a really nice room at the Hampton Inn for the weekend, which was right along the waterfront.

We got into St. Pete on Thursday night and walked to a local brewery called Cycle Brewing. It was not busy, but the inside is awesome! I had the Cream and Sugar Please, which is a delightful coffee porter and a pint of the Cherry Electric Boots. I am quite partial to my local sours, but this one did not disappoint. Cycle offers crowlers, which is a great way to snag a local beer to go without having to haul around a grower in your luggage.

Friday was chock full of sightseeing, staring at the Chihuly museum, which was really cool but I wanted to touch EVERYTHING. There is amazing street art all around downtown. Finding all of the cool art along could fill up a day. Friday evening proved to make the entire trip. G-Love and the Special Sauce was in town, and we made it to the pre-show party and meet and greet where I traded one of my personal works of art with G-Love for one  of his set lists.

Set List

The next day was pretty chill. We spent the day eating lunch at Parkshore Grill and had a ridiculously delicious  cheese fondue and pretzel bread. If you give a girl a pretzel, she is going to want beer. The next stop was Green Bench Brewing Brewing Company to try out some more local goodness. First off, the building is amazing! It’s a brick warehouse style with metal elements to give it a really cool vibe. They have a great outdoor area with Adirondack chairs, cornhole and a white wall which they use to project movies on during the evenings… Oh did I mention they too are dog friendly? I enjoyed the Maximo Milk Stout, the Oak Fermented Farmhouse Sour and their Green Bench IPA. I was not disappointed with any of my selections though I would suggest drinking the sour away from the sun. If you are planning on visiting St. Pete, I highly recommend both Cycle and Green Bench (http://greenbenchbrewing.com) Green Bench  We ended the weekend with hanging around the pool before meeting up with friends for some beer at the Ale and the Witch and dinner at Bella Brava. We fit a lot of fun into a three day weekend. I look forward to another trip down to try the other breweries scattered around town.