Dunedin, Florida is an adorable town on the West coast of Florida minutes from Clearwater, St. Pete, and Tampa. This cute beach town (with an artsy vibe) is popular with beach-goers, families, and hipster types who will love the eclectic array of attractions in the area. Dunedin, pronounced DONE-EE-DIN, is the home to Honeymoon Island, with about 37,000 residents, and the sister city of Stirling, Scotland. It is a charming community and one you will fall in love with immediately.
The Charming and Artsy Town of Dunedin
The town of Dunedin holds several festivals and special events, such as the OktoBEERfest, Taste of Dunedin, and Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade. It is also home to the world-class major league Toronto Blue Jays spring baseball training and the year-round Dunedin Blue Jays. You’ll find some of the best dining in the Tampa Bay area here as well as a large amount of art and culture.
I happened upon a perfect weekend in Dunedin as they were hosting the Annual Art Harvest. The art show, sponsored by the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, takes place at the renowned Dunedin Fine Arts Center. The event attracts visitors from all over to shop and admire over 200 exhibitor’s booths with impressive art and unique gift items. Food and drinks are available for purchase. This event is the largest fall art event in the Tampa Bay area.
The categories for Art Harvest juried fine art show include Ceramics, Digital, Fiber, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil/Acrylic, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor, and Wood.
A Thriving Downtown and Main Street
Downtown Dunedin, running through Main Street, is great for shopping, strolling, enjoying local entertainment or dining in one of its trendy and fun restaurants. Dunedin also has a thriving nightlife with a killer craft beer scene, eight breweries to be exact. A few shops I recommend visiting are Nancy’s Fancy, My Favorite Things (which has a daily wine tasting), and Mermaid’s Secret Garden. After shopping, quench your thirst with one of the forty beers on tap at Dunedin House of Beer.
Dunedin’s Delicious Dining
Dunedin is on the heavy side with tasty eateries. For foodies like myself, that is a great situation to be in. The Living Room on Main is a sophisticated restaurant that is known equally for fantastic soup, salads, and sandwiches, but also for being pet-friendly. Even your pooch can order off of a special menu here. Kelly’s for Just About Anything! is where I love to have breakfast. They make the absolute best Eggs Benedict and everything there is made from scratch. Get your Mexican on at Casa Tina’s fresh, healthy approach to cooking. Their Mole Poblano is my top pick.
Another noteworthy restaurant outside of the downtown area is Marguerite’s Cafe, with mouth-watering breakfast favorites, divine quiche, and homemade pies and cakes that will have you drooling. Be sure to save room for homemade ice cream from Strachan’s Ice Cream. Gourmet flavors you must try (if they are available) are Cherry Wow-Za, Rum Raisin, or Carrot Cake.
Bonus Dunedin Features
The Rails to Trails program breathed new life into Dunedin’s former railways. Known as the Pinellas Traill gets families moving as they take to this 34-mile long bicycle and pedestrian trail. The Pinellas Trail meanders from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete and is used for in-line skating, walking, jogging, and cycling. Bike, walk, rollerblade or jog through the heart of Dunedin, Florida.
A Florida Town Worth Exploring
Dunedin is a delightful place to add to your road trip list, weekend getaway, or day trip itinerary. Adorned with flower baskets along the main street, local shops and restaurants, and home to Florida’s #1 State Park, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.
A Dunedin Photo Gallery: