They say that, from the tip of Texas to the Florida Keys, it's the only historic resort on the Gulf of Mexico. And what a resort! The Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa, in St. Pete Beach, is a classic beach resort with functional meeting space and breathtaking views, guest rooms that have recently been “enhanced” to the tune of $65,000 apiece, a pampering spa that's about to be doubled in size, and, they claim, its own resident ghost. Don CeSar offers all that plus a setting on one of Florida's longest, cleanest white-sand beaches, littered with seashells and edged with sea oats wafting in balmy sea breezes.

The Don's fifth floor is a dedicated conference level, with more than 15,000 square feet of function space, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and killer views from the meeting rooms. Total function space throughout the hotel comes to 42,830 square feet, including a 5,400-square-foot grand ballroom, eight conference rooms, seven boardrooms, and five outdoor function areas.

The hotel has 277 guest rooms, 43 suites, and three restaurants. Its Maritana Grille features exquisite “Floribbean” cuisine.

The Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar, a sister property just a five-minute stroll up the beach, provides apartment-style living in 70 units, all with balconies and gulf views, ideal for families and extended stays.

With its central location, there's plenty for attendees to do here pre- and post-meeting. One not-to-be-missed highlight of downtown St. Petersburg is the Salvador Dalí Museum.