An historic, award winning B&B, Dickens House Bed and Breakfast in St. Petersburg, Florida, offers Craftsman "bungalow" style accommodations for modern business, vacation, and romance travelers. The exceptional gourmet breakfast cooked by the owner/artist and host, a St Pete native, is certain to be a rewarding feature of your B&B St. Petersburg experience! This St. Petersburg, Florida Bed and Breakfast is located in a National Historic District and is just two blocks from scenic Tampa Bay waterfront parks where a small beach, lighted tennis courts and an Olympic-sized pool and the Pier are located. The downtown Looper stops in front of the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, just two blocks away. This will take you to the Dali, Holocaust, Fine Arts and Florida International museums and every part of the shopping, entertainment and dining district of downtown St. Pete. In addition to the Gulf beaches, including the top rated, 600 acre Fort Desoto Park, nature parks abound along with Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball in St Petersburg. While across the Bay, Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, MOSI, Lightning Hockey and Tampa Bay Buchaners Football are among the Tampa attractions. Baseball’s Spring Training is represented by the Devil Rays at St Petersburg, New York Yankees at Tampa and the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater. Day trips to Central Florida, Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney World, and Universal Studios take about 1 ½ hours from downtown St. Petersburg. Sarasota is only one hour south.
4.8 on June 20, 2013
Really enjoyed our stay, and lucky that we had the house to ourselves in mid-week. Room and home was great; short walk to downtown St. Pete. Host was great, food was very good. This experience is why I would avoid all hotel stays, if possible.
5 on January 06, 2013
The room was comfortable, cozy and quiet. Great bed, in room fridge and whirlpool tub. Breakfast was great and B&B is walking distance to lots of great restaurants and places to visit.
4.8 on November 17, 2012
The Dickens House is perfect for the erudite traveller and especially if you like the Bed&Breakfast experience. Ed Caudwell is the affable host and very informative about the house, history and city of St. Petersburg. The rooms with their luxurious bedding are sure to please even the most discerning visitor. Ed whips up the most delicious breakfasts. When we were there, a fabulous fruit bowl, shirred eggs on toast points with perfectly cooked bacon was on the menu. Piping hot coffee and gourmet teas available too. A beautiful porch with ample seating makes a great spot for evening cocktails or an early morning coffee and reading the St. Petersburg paper, which is delivered daily. This is probably the best place to stay in St. Petersburg in the new artsy/foodie neighborhood, just a few blocks walk to delicious restaurants and fun shops. Don't miss riding on the hopper trolley that gives you an informal tour around the sights of the city and can drop you off at the fabulous new Dali Museum.
4.6 on March 25, 2012
Having read the previous reviews, I can only agree about Ed's welcoming nature, wonderful cookink skills and flair for decorating. We stayed two nights in the Cottage room and wish we could have spent more time enjoying it, but lovely St.Pete's beckoned, within walking distance. Would love to go back! Pierre and Annik, Quebec
5 on November 30, 2011
I actually live in Tampa and was looking for a little getaway for my birthday weekend in August. I called Ed and reserved a room. What a nice surprise!! The Inn is absolutely spotless and very cozy. As mentioned in the other reviews, everything is within walking distance and you can ride the trolley for 25 cents to anywhere in the downtown area. Plenty of outstanding restaurants, art museums and galleries, bars, shopping...everything is very close. Ed was a wonderful host. Always gave fabulous recommendations and spent time talking about the history of the house and neighborhood. My last morning he made me coddled eggs and I've tried and tried to cook them myself to no avail. Ed took me in the kitchen and gave me a lesson! I absolutely loved this place and you will too!
Tampa, FL (TPA) 15 miles
Exit Airport road follow signs to I-272, St Petersburg. From I-275 take Exit 23A onto I-375. Take Exit 2 from I-375 onto 4th Avenue North until it ends at Straub Park. Turn left onto Beach Drive. Go four blocks and then turn left on 8th Avenue NE. . Dickens House is the third house on your right.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins, Winery, Zoo, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports
Bed and Breakfast
Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi
A rare, original St Petersburg native, Ed moved to the cold country of Providence, R.I., where he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. After 16 years there he escaped in 1986, returning home to sunny St. Pete. A recipient of NEA, RI State, and Pinellas County art grants, Ed is also a published mural painter and exhibiting fine artist and residential designer. He is also cook, cleaner, chief bottle washer and mortgagee at Dickens House B&B.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Eggs Orsini in Filo Shell
Served at the breakfast table of French impressionist artist, Claude Monet, and modified by yours truely. Line a metal taco shell with filo dough. Separate the eggs (two per serving), beat the whites until stiff enough to support the weight of a teaspoon. Spoon the whites into the filo shell and make two fairly deep cavities in the whites and gently slip the yolks into the cavities. Sprinkle with pepper and grated gruyere cheese and dot with unsalted butter. Bake about ten minutes at 350. Grate parmesan cheese and form into 3" dia. individual round "laces" and bake for 5-10min. Use as vertical garish in eggs.