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  • Felicia LaCalle
    December 10, 2018
    Felicia LaCalle: Chef/Owner, Hemingway's After years of working in other people's kitchens, Felicia LaCalle struck out on her own in early 2018, opening Hemingway's Cuban restaurant in the Heights Public Market at Armature Works with a menu
  • Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center
    December 4, 2018
    Why buy a run-to-the-mall gift this holiday season? Instead, gift your favorite fan of Tampa Bay with an authentic piece of this great destination so they can show their pride in all the great things that make this place hip, urban heart of Florida's west coast. You can these great items and many more at the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center or shop for them online . A Culinary Journey Hold an entire community in your hand when you open this carefully curated selection of recipes and stories...
  • Lightning Flag
    December 1, 2018
    Before the puck drops at Amalie Arena tonight , hockey fans will discover away ways to have a cool time away from the ice in Tampa Bay. Try these ideas on for size: Grab a Beer You're in Florida's hub for craft brewing -- fantastic beer flows from practically every tap here. Pay a visit to the granddaddy of local craft brewing, world-famous Cigar City Brewing and take a tour to find out how they make their magic. Near Ybor City, Coppertail Brewing 's tasting room comes with...
  • Sparkman Wharf Credit: Keir Magoulas
    November 30, 2018
    Water plays a key role in every visit to Tampa Bay. The newest exciting addition to Tampa Bay's waterfront -- Sparkman Wharf -- becomes the latest space for great outdoor recreation, dining and entertainment on the sparkling waters of Garrison Channel and the bay. Sparkman Wharf is a complete re-working of the space formerly occupied by Channelside Bay Plaza. Part of the redevelopment includes an expansive lawn overlooking the water of Garrison Channel. An outdoor stage feature local bands
  • AC by Marriott Westshore Rendering
    November 29, 2018
    Tampa Bay visitors will find a hotel renaissance underway over the next year or so as the destination adds hip new brands, reinvigorates our best-known properties, and makes plans for new builds and new flags. A treasure trove of creature comfort awaits. Here are some of the highlights: New The stylish 175-room AC by Marriott adds a bit of European flair to the upscale West Shore District, putting visitors within easy reach of luxury shopping at International Plaza and Westshore Plaza, iconic
  • Shopping
    November 20, 2018
    Black Friday is over, but the holiday shopping goes on! Make every dollar count and find that perfect gift for just the right person at Tampa Bay's coolest shopping venues. Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center Step out of the office and into this stylish shop in the heart of downtown. You'll find keepsakes for the Tampa Bay fan on your holiday gift list. Hats, locally made food -- even jewelry made from Ybor City bricks! You'll find a smaller version among the pop-up shops at this...
  • TampaTheatre Christmas Ornament
    November 15, 2018
    You'll treasure your holiday when you visit Tampa Bay. For one thing, the weather outside is far from frightful -- and you can go ice skating in shorts! Winter Village Downtown's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park transforms into a warm-weather winter wonderland as the annual Winter Village opens November 16. Visitors can shop for unique holiday gifts at the pop-up shops. The kids can slurp hot cocoa while they watch movies outdoors . And, of course, there's the enormous outdoor skating...
  • Mustaches of Ybor City Movember
    November 9, 2018
    In honor of Movember , we remember the mustaches that helped make Tampa Bay the amazing place it is today. Henry B. Plant The arrival of Henry Plant's railroad in the mid-1880s opened a major land connection between Tampa Bay and the rest of the world. Until then, traveling to and from Tampa Bay had been either by ship (we are still the largest port in Florida) or by stagecoach along rough wilderness roads. Together Plant's railroad and steamship line made Tampa Bay the bustling hub of...
  • Elevage Chef Chad Tampa's Table
    November 6, 2018
    Tampa's Table has been set just for you. Within the pages of Visit Tampa Bay's incredible new culinary journa l, you'll unlock dozens of recipes created by the destination's best and brightest chefs. But that's not all, beyond the amazing creations in the book, you'll find online this our web-exclusive recipe by Chef Chad Johnson of Elevage in Hyde Park. Tampa's Table: A Culinary Journey Through Tampa Bay is available for sale online , at the Unlock Tampa Bay...
  • Robert Indiana TMA Love
    November 6, 2018
    Now is the time to unlock Tampa Bay's amazing art and culture! Discover stunning sculpture by world-famous artists, inspiring performances on stage and screen, and thought-provoking works of photography. Tampa Museum of Art The Season of Love is in full swing at Tampa Museum of Art with the opening in October of a retrospective on the life of Pop artist Robert Indiana , whose striking, monumental "LOVE" sculptures can be found all around the museum. Like Indiana, Japanese artist...