It is settled - we are relocating to Dunedin FL in August.
Dunedin is a small coastal town with a celebrated Scottish heritage, which is on display at annual Highland Games festivals.
Our new home is located, aptly enough, on Scotland St, a few blocks from the historic downtown.
Just a couple miles away is Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Beach, which was voted at the #1 beach in America in 2008.
We fell in love with Dunedin when we lived in neighboring Palm Harbor. Our favorite restaurant on Main St is Kelly's. Since we were here, they have expanded the back patio, where they have night entertainment. They also operate the adjoining Chic A Boom Room and Blur. This trip, we met our friend, Frankie, who relocated from Austin about the same time as we did for Vegas, for dinner at Kelly's. How cool is that?
One of the features of living in downtown Dunedin is proximity to the Pinellas Trail. It was a rail to trail conversion project and it is a linear park that runs from Tarpon Springs to St Petersburg. Every day you will find all ages walking, jogging, biking and skating on the trail.
We decided on a Friday to hop on a plane on Saturday and tour the area for rentals. I wasn't having much luck at a distance and via the internet. After dinner at Casa Tina's, we walked a bit up the trail and discovered a live band at Jolli Mon's Grill. Great guitarist, awful singer but everyone was having a great time, including us. A great way to begin our Dunedin adventure.
Contemplating a move is stressful so we treated ourselves to a room at the Best Western Yacht Marina. We sat and watched an afternoon thunderstorm from the 2nd floor balcony and a perfect sunset from the waterfront restaurant.
While we wait for the movers, we are holing up at the Seaside Artisan Motel. The rooms are under $80, within walking distance to downtown and have kitchens.
As soon as I unpack and apply for my business license, I am taking my first stand up paddling lesson at Kahuna Kai Adventure Center. I am hoping Santa brings me a board for Christmas. Paddleboard Pilates anyone?
Speaking of Pilates, this will be the new home of Carolyn Bell Pilates, Inc. I am working on new Pilates interval sessions, PILATES 30 for $30, which I will begin offering in Dunedin. I have learned a great deal from Dr. Michael Norwood and, after many months, feel ready to incorporate what I have learned with my clients.
Dunedin even has its own minor league team, the Dunedin Jays. The stadium is also home to the Toronto Blue Jays for spring training.
All this and more lead us to make Dunedin our home. But the real reason we are moving to Dunedin is Doug can walk to Strachen's Homemade Ice Cream whenever he wants.