The Impulsive Traveler: Where to go, what to know in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sunday, February 13, 2011; F06

If You Go

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to St. Petersburg, Fla.? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Feb. 18-20:

Getting there

AirTran offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Tampa International Airport, about 20 miles from St. Petersburg, with fares starting at $385 round trip.

Where to stay

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

501 Fifth Ave. NE



On the National Register of Historic Places. Includes a marina, golf, tennis, heated pools and 347 elegantly comfortable rooms on seven floors. Rates from $259.

Postcard Inn

6300 Gulf Blvd.

St. Pete Beach



Funky surfer vibe and beachfront location; 196 rooms with WiFi and flat-screen TVs; oceanside surfer bar and complimentary continental breakfast. Rooms from $149.

Where to eat

Cafe Gala

1 Dali Blvd.


In the Dali Museum, offering a limited lunch menu of Spanish soups, sandwiches, salads, tortillas and desserts, $6-$10.

Cassis American Brasserie

170 Beach Dr. NE



Serves French-influenced brunch, lunch and dinner indoors or out. Croque monsieurs/madames ($10) are local favorites, as are salads ($8.50) and brioche French toast ($10).

What to do

Dali Museum

1 Dali Blvd.

727- 823-3767


Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon-5:30 p.m. Adults $21, children 13-18 $15, 6-12 $7.

Chihuly Collection

400 Beach Dr. NE



Monday-Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Adults $15, students and children over 5 $12. For $20 see the Chihuly and a glass-blowing demonstration at the Morean Arts Center (719 Central Ave., www.moreanartscenter.org ); $50 buys a one-on-one 30-minute glass-blowing lesson.

Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th St. S



Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 3:30 p.m.) daily except Thursday, when it's open until 8 p.m. (last admission 7 p.m.). Adults $14, 18 and under $8.




All flight and loding info valid as of press time Thursday.

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