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Helen Anne Travis covered breaking news for five years at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times. Her work has since appeared in CNN, Globe and Mail and The Guardian, among other publications.
A few years ago, this strip of riverfront was an abandoned, weed-clogged marsh that few Tampanians had any reason to visit. Today, well-heeled guests sip craft beers while waiting to be seated at a restaurant named by OpenTable as one of the top 100 in America.
Ulele Native-Inspired Food and Spirits, a new seafood restaurant located in a former abandoned pump station along the Hillsborough River, is the latest in a series of renovation projects that have opened formerly vacant strips of Tampa to residents and travelers alike.
Today, you can spend an entire weekend eating, drinking and cavorting in historic Tampa buildings where Teddy Roosevelt once slept and Babe Ruth hit his longest home run. Most of the structures have danced with demolition or had been abandoned for years before being reincarnated as restaurants, bars and hotels.
The island nation of Malta has been a popular destination for British and European travelers, but it’s largely remained undiscovered by Americans. Until now.
Long the overlooked stepsister of the tourist mecca that is Orlando, Fla., Tampa is establishing itself as a destination for foodies and craft-beer enthusiasts who crave a little culture with their sunshine. Here, everything from the city’s brews to its signature sandwich tells the story of Tampa’s history. Grab your koozie, loosen your belt and get ready for a gastronomic weekend in the Big Guava.