Downtown Dunedin is about a 45-minute car ride from downtown St. Pete. In the past, my whereabouts in this town have consisted of one type of place: breweries (which they have plenty of and all are amazing). So despite having made the day trip to Dunedin numerous times, I had never spent the day exploring Main St. or the surrounding shops.
Knowing it’s a beach town, I half expected tourist-y stores full of cheesy souvenirs. But what I found was quite the opposite; the shops are just as charming as the town itself.
Stop #1: Roadside Attraction
Roadside Attraction was our first stop and easily my favorite of the day. The light blue beachy looking cottage that houses the retro-vintage and tropical themed shop makes for a great storefront. With so much to look at – from clothing to barware to furniture – where do you start? Fortunately, each room was individually decorated with their own “theme” and style making it easy browse. There’s even a room with a tiki bar and tiki accessories that’ll make you want to buy everything just so you can throw an annual luau. My boyfriend’s family just bought the cutest retro teal camper which they plan to deck out in flamingos and tikis so you can imagine their excitement.
Stop #2: Waterside Furnishings
Moving right along to the next place with the most curb appeal, another light blue house with cute vintage chairs outside and some interesting sea creature wall hangings. The store appropriately named Waterside Furnishings carries mostly coastal cottage and shabby-chic decor. If I was decorating a beach vacation home, I imagine I’d buy up the contents of a store like this. All the items were a good reminder that the water is just a short distance away. I also found some cute hand-painted mason jars glasses that would be ideal for supping on sweet tea… or perhaps a mojito.
After hearing about consignment shop named Twice As Nice, I was determined to find some funky second-hand attire appropriate for summer. As we approached the colorful storefront we realized it was closed due to a family emergency (womp, womp). Just a reason for another downtown Dunedin day trip.
Stop #3: Lunch at The Living Room on Main
Three shops later and we had worked up quite the appetite. We just so happened to be walking by the Living Room on Main, which looked the perfect place for food and a glass of wine. This day happened to be a very hot one so we opted to sit inside despite the ample seating outside on Main St.
The restaurant was beautiful and I could’t take my eyes off the artwork and decor. It felt more like a library than a living room. There was so much to look at it including an old-school record speaker converted into a funky lamp and a cool herb wall that was likely just for show.
For lunch, I ordered the shrimp salad sandwich with a glass of the house Cabernet. The first few bites of the sandwich were good but after awhile all I got was an overwhelming mustard seed taste. The accompanied side salad tasted fresh and was perfectly dressed. All in all, the food was good but it was the space that stole the show.
Something I’ve always known Dunedin and St. Pete to have in common is their mutual love of dogs. This is evidenced by the hand-painted murals of dogs on multiple walls along Main St. Painter Anna Hamilton offered to paint people’s real life pooches in exchange for a donation that would go towards one of the dog rescues in the area (seriously, how could you resist?). You can’t walk by these friendly furry faces without smiling. Try it, I dare you.
Once you take a downtown Dunedin day trip, I promise you will fall in love with the area. The Pinellas Trail runs right through the middle of the downtown area making it extremely bike-friendly. Plus, you’re only a few short blocks to the water when you can catch an amazing sunset. And don’t forget about the breweries, my friends. Next time I wrote a post about Dunedin, plan on seeing LOTS of breweries. Until next time…
Have you done a downtown Dunedin day trip or been to any of the places I mentioned? What are your favorite places to go while there? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.