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Postcards from the Edge

Postcard Inn on the BeachA few weeks ago—after spending a terrific week with my parents in Tampa, Fla. (you know what I mean: terrific but still a lot of work offset with quarts of wine to get me through those queries about non-existent grandchildren, deadbeat siblings, mortality issues, etc.)—I zipped over to nearby St. Pete Beach to check out my pal Steve Hanson’s new surf shack-inspired hostelry, the Postcard Inn on the Beach. If you don’t know the name, you should: Steve Hanson and his BR Guest restaurant group have conquered Manhattan with such eateries as the Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos and Atlantic Grill, so I was super-excited to see what he would do in sleepy St. Pete.

St. Pete Beach was where I had my various high school proms, so my remembrances of the community had more to do with sticking my head out the window of a limo and waking up in a sand dune. But that’s neither here nor there, and this blog is geared to family audiences, n’est-ce pas, so let’s move on.

Postcard Inn on the Beach lobbyThe Postcard Inn is the colorful re-do of a 1960s-era motel, and the results are terrific. It’s cheap. It’s chic. The rooms are smart, fun and inviting. The public spaces are wonderful, mixing eclectic, oft-vintage furnishings with gorgeous coffee table books and plenty of spots to kick back with a cool cocktail. The beach is stunning (and far better than my previous dune dives would have had me believe!). The inn’s hopping Wildwood BBQ & Burger is wow! (try the smoked jalapeño sausage or the Carolina pulled pork with a side of aged cheddar mac n’ cheese, and start the diet on Monday), and the hotel’s PCI Beach Bar—its walls outfitted with license plates—is just local enough to remain true to its vintage roots. The pool scene is fun, and the Adirondack chairs scattered under shady trees with bonfires raging had me drinking lots of red, red wine, and we like that.

Postcard Inn on the Beach guest roomFrankly, the Postcard Inn is far more stylish—and a heck of a lot cheaper—than Miami’s South Beach, so if you’re looking for a relaxed-chic, boho beach experience, book the Postcard Inn and pronto. It’s a winner.

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Indeed, very stylish and chic.

Rory on 5/31/2010 3:48:46 AM
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