By Larry Elliston

Cocktails on the roof of The Canopy, a stylish rooftop lounge overlooking the bay at The Birchwood hotel on St. Petersburg's tony Beach Drive. Catch the hipster vibe at Ella's, a folk art gallery and cafe in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood. And then take a few turns around the track — rain or shine — on Tampa Bay Grand Prix's 50 mph electric go karts. You might think you'd get cultural whiplash, but Tampa Bay makes it all work.