Tampa FL: Everything You Want To Know!
Tampa was such a blast! Albeit I was there for mostly just work with the winery I work for, Silver Trident Winery. I had 3 dinner's organized at people's homes in the area and then had a lunch planned for our wine club members in Fort Lauderdale. It was a whirlwind weekend of mostly work, but I managed to fit in some exploring as well! We heard that the Hyde Park Village was a fun area for shopping and food! We decided to check it out and were lucky to find Bar Taco, a casual american-mexican fare restaurant. They had AMAZING drinks, like seriously amazing drinks and then the food was really good too! We had a selection of their street tacos, posole, elotes, guacamole/chips and cucumber salad. It was fresh and the price was right, the service was excellent. I highly recommend it if you're in the area!
Our goal with every vacation is to find a piece of art we can take home and share the story of where we found it. We love discovering young artists who are up and coming, grabbing some original pieces and praying to the art gods we have just supported the next Picaso....my husband loves that part of it - I love that he is into art!! We had a spare hour and walked from Ulele Restaurant to Franklin Street and the following spots: TECO Public Art Gallery, Cafe Hey, Foundation Coffee, Tampa Museum of Art, CASS Contemporary..... the last two aren't on franklin but I threw them in there so you could see all of the options, plus many more if you google!
When it comes to food in Tampa, everyone know's that Bern's Steakhouse is KING! They have the largest wine list in the world and your steak literally hangs in the butchers cooler in the kitchen waiting to be cut and served! We were treated to an adorable server who had worked there probably 30 years and was just perfect, he led us through the menu without a hiccup and steered us in the right direction with a fun attitude and bravado. We of course ate steak, drank amazing red wine and ended our evening in their epic Dessert Room. If you haven't been before, it's an institution of a place and you must go! When it comes to other food options, we also really enjoyed Ulele, which is a native american fusion restaurant located on the water with a fabulous outdoor area for kids to play and adults to imbibe. Another GREAT location is Armature Works, which is similar to the Oxbow Market in Napa. They have a bunch of wonderful restaurants, breweries and wines available for purchase and common areas to hang and chill!
We decided to go the untraditional route when it came to accommodations and we stayed at an AirBnb...I know I am always talking about hotels and trust me there are plenty of great ones in Tampa, but for this trip it was SO nice having space and a place to hang out! I loved our Airbnb host, she was totally sweet and accommodating. The house was clean, gorgeously decorated and came with everything you could need, even shampoo and conditioner, like a hotel! It was perfect! Her outdoor patio was a magical place to chill out at during the warm Tampa nights and literally the beds were SO comfy! I have linked it here for you!
Some fun events that happen in Tampa Annually to consider visiting for: Gasparilla (Jan - March // Celebrating the 18th and 19th century pirates that landed in tampa bay), Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival (March - April) and they have great venues like the Amalie Arena where they host loads of famous music artist for concerts and the local Hockey team plays their games there too!
If you've never visited Tampa, I would suggest a weekend trip from January - June when the weather is still nice and not sweltering! Hope you enjoyed my Tampa recap, wish I was there now in the Bern's Steakhouse dessert room...that is all. haha! XOX