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If you are looking for some sunshine this winter and an escape from the cold, make your way down to Dunedin, Florida to soak up the sun. With plenty of beaches and breathtaking scenery, this is the perfect winter destination for a family vacation or a couple's romantic getaway.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Any great family vacation to Florida must include a visit to one of many aquariums that offer fascinating views into the wonders of the deep sea. If you choose to visit Dunedin and have kids that are fans of marine life, stop by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Explore the underwater lives of dolphins, sea turtles, otters, sharks and more. The aquarium encourages marine life education by providing learning opportunities through field trips, week-long camps, programs, internships, boat and kayak tours, and interactive games. A visit to this top family attraction shows that learning can be fun.
The Sea Turtle Conservation Program is a research initiative through the Clearwater Marine Aquarium that has as its' focus the protection and preservation of endangered and threatened sea turtle species. Help save the turtles by learning more about their habitat and nesting activities. The aquarium also has made other significant advances in their research on manatees, whales, and dolphins.
To cap off your visit make it a point to stop by Winter’s Wonderland where you get to see the aquarium bedecked and illuminated by festive lights and ornaments. View animal habitats adorned with holiday decorations, then catch a show with Scuba Santa and his elves making daring dives into Mavis's Rescue Hideaway.
Caladesi Island State Park
Are you looking for a perfect day at the beach in winter? You definitely can find this and more at Caladesi Island State Park. The beach is a rare untouched oasis along the Gulf Coast with beautiful white sand and crystal blue water as far as the eye can see. Spend a day strolling along the shoreline, walk through nature trails, visit the historic Scharrer Homestead or embark on a kayaking adventure through mangrove forests. This paradise is accessible only by boat or by special ferry but well worth the effort to get here.
If you are planning to visit Dunedin this winter and are looking for premium quality accommodations that fit within your vacation budget, Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn will fulfill all your travel needs. Choose from various attractive room options and be impressed with amenities such as a 40-inch LCD TV, free high-speed Wi-Fi, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, onsite restaurant and more. Book your stay today!
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Thinking of places you can visit this fall for a trip away from the kids? Dunedin is just the place for you to head to for a weekend getaway. With plenty of unique experiences and ways to relax there is sure to be something there for everyone to enjoy.
Are you a big lover of golf and are always out searching for the best course? The Dunedin Golf Club is a great place to visit for some of the best golf action that you can get. The club dates back to 1927 and is the original home of the PGA of America. The club has also hosted 18 PGA Senior Championships, making it a perfect location for the most avid golfing fans. The Dunedin Golf Club is also home to its very own outdoor and private dining. If you are feeling hungry head down to the Fairway Grille to indulge in some delicious eats.
Shiver me Timbers
Arr Matey, are you ready to try out a unique experience and take part in the Pirate Pub Crawl? Well, buckle up, because Captain Curr and his crew are about to take you on the adventure of a lifetime. This guided tour will take you on a two-hour historic walking tour of some of the most interesting bars you will find. The tour happens four times a week so make sure that you take a look at their schedule and book far in advance to guarantee your spot.
Excited to go on your trip to Dunedin and thinking about where you can stay? The Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn is a great option for your weekend away. We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from standard rooms to our comfortable two-bedroom suites. We also offer plenty of fantastic amenities including hot complimentary breakfast, a fitness centre, heated outdoor pool and hot tub and even electric car charges.
May 20, 2019
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There’s perhaps no better way to get a sense of a community’s local spirit than by attending a farmer’s market. Fresh, home-grown produce, handcrafted goods and live performances by local musicians allow you to experience the qualities that make a city unique. The Dunedin Downtown Market offers visitors a chance to see what life is really like in one of the Gulf Coast’s most delightful towns.
The Dunedin Downtown Market takes place in the centrally located Pioneer Park and features over 50 local vendors selling farm to market produce, artisanal baked goods, ready-made food, paintings, crafts and more! The market opens at 9:00 am, meaning you can head down early and enjoy freshly baked goods for breakfast, made by local bakers like the Glenn Family Bakery. Browse through a range of unique, made-in-Dunedin goods, such as eco-friendly straws by Bamboo Step or luxurious handmade soaps by Little Libby soap. It’s the kind of shopping experience you won’t get at a mall!
At lunchtime, enjoy a meal at a food stand serving up delicious, ready-made delights. Market food vendors will be serving up everything from Brazilian steak, Maine lobster rolls or French crepes. You can also take in a live performance by a local musician bringing some chill summer tunes to the stage.
After the market wraps up at 2:00pm, you’ll be in a great position to check out the sights of downtown Dunedin from the centrally located Pioneer Park. Take a stroll down Pinellas Trail and explore one of the oldest cities on Florida’s west coast.
The Dunedin Downtown Market is dog friendly, and so are the accommodations at Yacht Harbor Inn. Guests can take advantage of our free bike rentals to take to the market at Pioneer Park, which is just a three minute ride away. After exploring the downtown area, enjoy a swim in our outdoor pool or a cocktails at the beachfront Bon Appetit restaurant. Explore the different room options on our website and book your stay today.
March 4, 2019
Hey Baseball Lovers! If you’ve been to Dunedin and didn’t know that this town loves baseball then you’re definitely in for a treat. The Toronto Blue Jays practice in Dunedin which is awesome to experience and see if you are a huge MLB fan!
Here is the schedule for March if you want to catch the Blue Jays play in Dunedin:
March 3rd 2019
New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays
March 6th 2019
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays
Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays
If baseball isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There is plenty of beaches to explore and relax. The highest recommended beaches by Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin Causeway, Caladesi Island State Park, Clearwater Beach. Since Dunedin is located by the crystal blue water, it’s the place to be playing beach volleyball, sun tanning, enjoying time with friends and family and sipping on delicious drinks. There’s also lots of fun activities you can try out like renting out jetskis, paddleboarding, rafting, and even better kiteboarding.
If you’re travelling down to Dunedin, make sure to stay at Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn. When coming to Dunedin, make sure to watch the Blue Jay’s play, eat some delicious seafood and most important, enjoy the beautiful beaches that Dunedin has to offer!
Just because it’s almost December doesn’t mean you HAVE to do Christmas stuff all month! In fact, why not get away to where it’s actually warm and sunny! Take a trip to Tampa Bay this December and take a break from the winter wonderland!
That’s right, none other than the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Yuengling Centre in Tampa this December 1!
The Harlem Globetrotters are the perfect combination of incredible basketball and professional showmanship. Watch them showboat on their eternal “rivals,” The Washington Generals, as they dunk, jump, pass and shoot with unmatched skill and flair for performance. The Globetrotters are world famous, and Grand Prairie is lucky to have them – don’t delay! Get your tickets right away!
Brian Setzer is rockabilly royalty. One of the founding members of the Stray Cats, Setzer has been rocking this town for decades now. The Brian Setzer Orchestra combines incredible musicianship with a bouncing rhythm that will have you up and dancing in no time! If you’ve never seen Setzer, you’re really missing out – check him out December 5 at the Ruth Eckhard Hall!
Just like the Wayward Son in their hit song, Kansas are carrying on! These stalwart rock warriors are just as good now as they ever were, touring with incredible hits like “Carry On My Wayward Son,” “Dust in The Wind” and “Point of Know Return.” In many ways the architects of what we call “classic rock,” this is Classic. ROCK. Turn on your radio right now – you’ll probably hear the opening riff of “Carry On“ RIGHT NOW. That’s because it’s GREAT – but not as great as hearing it live. Don’t miss them, December 8 at Ruth Eckhard Hall.
So come to Florida this December! And when you do, book a room at the Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn, a boutique waterfront in the heart of paradise. Not only are we a great hotel at a great price, but we’re also the home of Bon Appetit, the number one rated restaurant in Tampa Bay! Take a break from the holidays – book your room today.
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Are you looking for a last minute vacation to soak up the last bit of sun this fall? Are you a food lover looking for some good eats? Visit Dunedin this fall to try some excellent food and enjoy the beautiful fall Florida weather.
Here are a few of our favourite eats in Dunedin to suit your vacation needs.
Looking to eat like a local while you’re in town? We would recommend Bonnie’s for some of the best breakfast and brunch Dunedin has to offer. Bonnie’s will make you feel at home and provide you with charming service. We would recommend one of their delicious omelettes.
If you want to try some delicious dining and a twist on some of your favourite classics, The Living Room on Main is the place for you. With delicious classic sandwiches and some fancy fare such as their curried mussels, there is something for everyone on their menu.
If you are looking for some of Dunedin’s finest food, Bon Appetit is the perfect location for a romantic dinner. On cooler nights we would recommend getting there at sunset to take advantage of their water view through their giant luxurious windows. If you are there on a warmer night, make sure that you request a table on their outside patio so you can indulge in your waterside dinner. If you are a dessert lover, make sure you try out their key lime pie.
If you are planning to travel to Dunedin to try some of these delicious foods, make sure you stay at the Yacht Habor Inn. This hotel would make a great spot for a family vacation or even a romantic weekend getaway. Find a room that best fits the needs of you and your travelling party at Best Western’s Yacht Habor Inn.
June 18, 2018
The Howard Allen Events & American Craft Endeavors present the 2nd annual Arts & Crafts festival. This event is fun for all ages and makes for the perfect opportunity to bring back unique souvenirs for loved ones!
Admire and Create
If you’re a fan of fine arts then the Art & Craft festival is the place for you! Not only can you admire fabulous pieces created by local and travelling artist. There will be demonstrations for certain craft projects, along with over 60 retailers to purchase one-of-a-kind souvenirs for your loved ones back home! Local eateries will be on site to fill your stomach with some of the yummiest, local dishes and beverages in the Dunedin area. You’re sure to get inspired with unique creations ranging from sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and mixed media.
Free For Anyone To Enjoy
The Arts & Crafts festival is a celebration of fine arts, so there’s no discrimination if you don’t have the funds to purchase artwork but would still like to indulge in the experience. That’s right! This event is free to attend and is welcome to all ages. The event will be hosted from June 23rd-24th between 10am and 5pm. The festival will be located in Downtown Dunedin on Douglas Ave & Main St.
Best Western Yacht Harbour Inn is a lucky 5 minute drive from Douglas Ave & Main St, where the Art & Craft festival will be hosted this year. Our comfortable, clean suites are a perfect way to relax during your stay in Dunedin. Our friendly staff are more than happy to assist you with any transportation needs you may need to and from the event. We hope you enjoy your stay!
June 18, 2018
It may seem weird to think the Canadian baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, trains in all the way down in Florida but considering the heavy snowfall that occurs during crucial training seasons for Baseball. Thus, the team spends some time enjoying all we have to offer here in beautiful Dunedin and you can too!
It’s The Old Ball Game
This training season isn’t just for the players, it’s for the fans too. You can experience the fun of this American classic enjoying great food and drinks as the Toronto Blue Jays take on such competitors as the Tigers, Phillies, Yankees, and even one against Team Canada. Dunedin Stadium fills up quickly, so you don’t want to miss out! For training game day schedules visit the Minor League Baseball website.
Experience The Game Like Never Before In The Acura Luxury Suites
Acura presents Dunedin Stadiums Luxury Suite packages which give a whole new look to Baseball Games. Enjoy a full bar, pool table, and of course, a fantastic view of the game. There’s no seat in the stands that beats looking out onto both teams watching the game unfold. These suites are pricey if you book the entire location, but individual ‘stand alone’ tickets are available for purchase. Of course, if you’re looking for a more affordable option regular tickets range from only $20-$40 per ticket in great seats that would otherwise cost a fortune during the regular season.
Book With Us Today For Close Accommodation To Dunedin Stadium
Best Western Yacht Harbour Inn is lucky to offer close accommodation to Dunedin Stadium for our guests enjoy such fun games! Book with us in one of our comfortable, vibrant suites for your perfect escape to sunny Florida.
June 18, 2018
Don’t miss out on the 4th annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Art. This fun day was so fun the first time around the town of St. Petersburg, Florida has made it tradition.
What to Expect
As stated, this is a festival of the arts to celebrate local and international artisan pieces. Art displays range from paintings, sculptures, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wearable art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metal work, wood work and many more. These artists help transform South Straub Park into a unique gallery that sparks holiday joy. These create perfect holiday gifts so you don’t want to miss out!
Location, Tickets, & More
This event is hosted by Bill Kenney, the Paragon fine arts festival direction, at South Straub Park, Florida. This Holiday of Arts with happen on December 16th-27th, 2017 between 10am and 5pm. There are is no need to purchase tickets as this is a festival of arts; however, food, drink and merchandise will be available to purchase as you please. Find out more at the event webpage.
At Best Western Plus Yacht Harbour Inn we’re a quick 30 minute drive from where this festival is hosted. Let our friendly, helpful staff accommodate you with your travel needs and answer and questions you may have!