Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Aloha to Safety Harbor - Tampa Bay


I recently traveled to Safety Harbor, Florida, to renovate our condo.  Now that we are homeowners in Maryland, we would like to sell the condo.   But I will miss this small town on Tampa Bay.  

Safety Harbor is home of the Espiritu Santo Springs.  From the City of Safety Harbor (link),

Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth, these natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers. Today, 22 acres of pristine Florida coastline houses the famous Safety Harbor Resort and Spa which remains one of the world's finest spa destinations and continues to attract health conscious visitors to the area.

From downtown, I walked along Bayshore Boulevard, where homeowners have docks to the bay.

This owner invites walkers to enjoy the view.

The homeowners have fun ...

... turning a tree stump into artwork ...

... paying tribute to Neptune!

How about this mailbox?

The Tucker Mansion, below, witnessed the city's history.  From Pinellas Memory (link),

This Colonial Revival style mansion was built following the devastating hurricane of 1921 by Virginia Tucker, who also built the St. James Hotel. She was the widow of James Tucker, whom the hotel wasnamed after. The couple were early entrepreneurs that made major improvements at the springs and began selling the mineral water for national distribution.

Do you have a historic home in your town?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, January 30, 10 pm.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 31.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Even on a cloudy day, the pier is a source of inspiration.


  1. That looks like anamazing place to live. I loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. the town I live in was chartered in 1760 so we have lots of old homes and buildings from the colonial period

  3. Well I live in NYC and that's all I need to say I don't need to say anything else lol

  4. The closest one is probably Gracie Mansion.

  5. Many of them in Pittsburgh - a lot of big names for our city such as Carnegie, Mellon and so many more.

  6. I'm sure Wheaton has some!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. There are a couple of them but neither is well cared for.

  8. There are several in and around our community.