Why do we Love Dunedin?
Nestled on the shores of St. Joseph sound, Dunedin has become an international sensation among travelers. Unique in every aspect, from shopping on Main St. to enjoying waterfront dining near the city’s quaint Marina district. Known for its vibrant art scene, charming galleries and lively downtown the city also hosts 25 festivals annually. (Special Event Calendar)
Honeymoon Island State Park, home to 4 miles of beach with great swimming, fishing and shelling. There is also a section of beach that you can take your pet. Pets must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash while they are in the park. Take the ferry and skip over to nearby Caladesi Island State Park, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s coastline. There you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and fishing. Nature-lovers can view wildlife while walking an interior nature trail or paddling the 3-mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay.
Dunedin is the Spring Training home to the Toronto Blue Jays and hosts major league greats year round.
Voted “Best Little Walking Town in America” by Walking Magazine, one feels they have returned home to small town America in Dunedin. A picturesque city with a hometown feel. The Pinellas Bike Trail a 37 mile trail, snaking its way through the county, runs through the heart of downtown. For the history buffs, a must stop and see, is the Historical Museum in the heart of downtown..
Live Music: There are over 17 Live Music Venues every weekend in Dunedin
In the Downtown Area: Clearsky Draught House; Scottish Cultural Center (Scottish Hall) – Home of the Haggis Celtic Concerts; Caledonia Brewing Co; Pisces; The Living Room; Dunedin Smokehouse; Bausers Bar; Flanagans Irish Bar; Stirling Wines; The Bull & Crown; Rosies Tavern; Bon Appetite Outdoor Cafe; Lucky Lobster; Woodright Brewing; Dunedin Brewery (Florida’s Oldest Craft Brewery)
On the north of the City on the Dunedin Causeway: Cricketers Bar; Frenchy’s Island Outpost; and The Diner.
Where to Stay in Dunedin?
There are a number of fine hotels and B n B Facilities within walking distance of Downtown Dunedin. Please contact the hotel direct for reservations.
Beso Del Sol Resort: 727-734-8851
The Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn: 727-733-4121
Beyond the Wall BnB: 727-500-2337 (Beer)
Coconut Villas of Dunedin: 727-393-2534
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites: 727-450-1200
Fenway Hotel: 844-569-9879
Meranova BnB: 727-733-9248
Haggis Fun Stuff
The Haggis Hunt
I’m off to the Highlands of Scotland, to hunt for that glorious beast
That is known as a wild mountain Haggis, and is deemed a most succulent feast
I have hired that world famous tracker one Angus McDougal McBride
Who was raised in the pure purple heather so he knows where the Haggis’s hide
He’s aware of their tricks and their foibles that they use to disguise they exist
There are rules that he said I must follow and preceded to hand me a list
The females, they are protected in hope of preserving the stock
So be sure when your aiming to shoot one your bagpipes are aimed at the cock
In looks, they’re identical creatures so its hard know which one is which
There is only one way to be certain memorize it and they’ll be no hitch
Because they are mountain side dwellers they have legs of a different size
It stops them from tumbling over a balancing sort of devise
The males have long legs on the left side females have got theirs on the right
So they both run in different directions when ever a hunters in sight
The hens always run anti clock ways that’s the easiest way to recall
If by chance she should change her direction because of her legs she would fall
Well I got me a twin barreled bagpipes it seems it’s the weapon required
One barrel calls out to the haggis from the other hot porridge is fired
Daily we trudged through the heather hoping to come on a trail
I regularly blew on the bagpipes my efforts though proved no avail
After six days and nights I was tired so decided to call it a day
The calls from the bagpipes were useless in the end I just threw it away
Collecting my bags from the hotel as I sat there awaiting the bus
I heard a strange wail from the lounge bar and I wondered just what was the fuss
Slowly I crept to the window and taking a quick look inside
There were nigh on one hundred wild haggis providing the drinks for McBride
In anger I stood and I listened as he sipped on the pure Scottish mist
Saying that’s one more Sassenach hunter who believes you no longer exist
So I’m off the hills and the valleys In the hopes to discover the trails
Of a creature that’s known as a Rarebit That lives wild in the mountains of Wales