By Kara Franker

In my latest blog series for VISIT FLORIDA, I’m interviewing fellow travel bloggers to find out about their favorite things about the Sunshine State.

Next on my list is Ruthie Turner. Based in St. Petersburg, Fla., Ruthie shares travel tips and insights on her blog Ruthie's Routes.

A budding photographer, Ruthie loves to visit new places and immerse herself in the tastes and smells of different cultures. She also loves an adventure and enjoys exploring her home state.

Let’s find out about Ruthie’s favorite places to stay, dine and play in St. Pete Beach


Ruthie's Routes

The Don CeSar, also known as the Pink Lady.

- Ruthie Turner

The pool area of the Loews Don CeSar Hotel

The pool area at the Don CeSar.

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Where to Stay

Known as the Pink Palace, the Don Cesar Hotel is located on a wide stretch of white sand beach. I love the excellent service and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. The Spa Oceana, fitness room and shops are a few of the luxurious amenities that this resort offers. I enjoy spending time at the north pool, relaxing in the sunshine with my family.

Where to Dine

If you're looking for a local restaurant to grab breakfast or lunch, the Seahorse Restaurant is the place to go. Located on the southern end of St. Pete Beach, it is open daily and features reasonable prices. From the moment you walk in, you're greeted by the warm and friendly staff and the delicious aroma of home-style cooking. For breakfast, I enjoy the french toast with butter and powdered sugar. Dine outside in the covered seating area and enjoy lovely water views.

Where to Play

There's no better place to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, than the Pass-A-Grille section of St. Pete Beach. Grab a boogie board and hit the waves. My family loves to spend hours splashing around and enjoying the perfect year-round weather. Make sure you stay long enough to catch one of our stunning sunsets.

Connect: To connect with Ruthie, check out her website: And follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

In Case You Missed It: Check out my interviews with Amy West of Amy West Travel, Amy Lynne Hayes of Créatrice Mondial, Charles McCool of McCool Travel and Ashley Vaccarino of Arrive Chic.

Angela Dedore and Robby Turnbull enjoy an afternoon together at Ricks Reef Bar in St. Pete Beach.

Angela Dedore and Robby Turnbull enjoy an afternoon together at Ricks Reef Bar in St. Pete Beach.

- Bill Serne for VISIT FLORIDA

Kids playing on the beach

Kids playing on the beach

- Visit St. Pete/Clearwater



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