|Florida’s Pink Palace celebrates with special events, commissioned artworks on display, anniversary package and more|
|IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, THE STORIES THEY’D TELLSince 1928, The Don CeSar has been a pillar in St. Pete Beach, FL, with Jan 16, 2023 marking its 95th year standing tall as the iconic Pink Palace®. Throughout its history, the beachfront resort and member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America has welcomed travelers and distinguished celebrities such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Clarence Darrow. As its anniversary approaches, the iconic property is partnering with Tampa-based mixed media artist Bianca Burrows to commission artworks inspired by The Don’s storied past as the hotel’s official artist-in-residence. This month, The Don CeSar and Bianca will host an immersive anniversary celebration and art sale showcasing a one-of-a-kind collection that illustrates the decades of The Don, with proceeds from art purchases to be donated to The Children’s Cancer Center Tampa Bay. |
“The Don has been a special place of refuge for locals and travelers alike since opening our doors nearly a century ago,” says Thomas Fraher, The Don CeSar’s general manager. “We’re thrilled to be working with Bianca to commemorate 95 years as Florida’s Pink Palace and showcase the community’s burgeoning art scene through thoughtful events and artworks on display for our guests to enjoy.”
The artist-in-residence partnership kicked off in fall 2022 with special activations led by Bianca at The Don CeSar including a paint-and-sip class inspired by Florida’s Gulf Coast, and a cocktail-making experience that explored the history of the property through its famous guests and their favorite cocktails featuring live painting by Bianca.
“There is so much history behind the walls of The Don CeSar—from its early days during the heyday of the Gatsby era to its time as the Veterans Administration Headquarters and now an iconic beach resort in St. Pete,” says Burrows. “I’m so excited to play a role in The Don’s new era and honor its past through art that illustrates the memories made and what’s to come in the next 95 years.”
On Thursday, January 19, The Don CeSar will commemorate its 95th anniversary milestone with a special one-night-only private speakeasy event featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the first preview of Bianca Burrows’ painting series created to honor the unforgettable eras of the hotel’s history. As the Don’s first artist-in-residence, Bianca’s collection aims to tell the story of the hotel’s founder, guests and on-site experiences through mixed media art, which will be available for purchase. A curated dinner experience will follow, featuring a current take on the most luxurious foods of the 1920s, paired with period-inspired wines, live jazz, celebratory desserts and hand-rolled cigars as a nightcap. Tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased via Resy here.
95 YEARS OF THE PINK PALACE®Following a full-property renovation completed in March 2022, The Don CeSar shines brighter than ever, reminiscent of a Mediterranean-style castle boasting 277 guest rooms, including 36 luxurious suites. The National Historic Landmark offers six restaurants and lounges, an award-winning spa, a new state-of-the-art fitness center and a private beach, serving as an iconic property for rest and relaxation on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The Don CeSar is offering a 95th Anniversary package, available as of the official anniversary of January 16, inclusive of a custom-painted Champagne bottle welcome amenity created by Bianca Burrows, daily breakfast credit, $95 resort credit, a 10% discount in hotel retail shops and more. To book, please visit www.doncesar.com/offers or call (844) 602-5214.…
ABOUT THE DON CESAR AND BEACH HOUSE SUITES Opened at the height of the Great Gatsby era in 1928, St. Pete Beach’s iconic Pink Palace®, The Don CeSar, is reminiscent of a Mediterranean-style castle boasting 277 guest rooms, including 36 luxurious suites. Set upon the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Historic Landmark offers six restaurants and lounges: the award-winning Maritana, Society Table, Uncle Andy’s Market, The Rowe Bar, Beacon Pool Bar & Lookout and the Lobby Bar at the hotel’s epicenter. Additional hotel amenities include two deluxe heated pools, 22,000 square feet. of indoor function space, more than 16,000 square feet. of creative outdoor space, the 11,000-square-foot full-service Spa Oceana, state-of-the-art 4,100- square-foot fitness center, The Don Boutiques retail experience and access to beach rentals and water sports on the hotel’s private stretch of beach. Located half a mile from the resort is Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar featuring 71 one-bedroom suites with private balconies to take in picturesque views of Florida’s Gulf Coast. For more information, visit www.DonCeSar.com. Follow us on Instagram: @thedoncesarhotel and like us on Facebook: @TheDonCeSar.
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