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The Best Tampa Bay Dinner Party Tips

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Tampa is a town that’s known for its burgeoning food scene, where you can indulge in everything from fusion by internationally renowned chefs to mouthwatering local seafood caught right in the Gulf. Why not bring this culinary culture home to the Downtown Tampa apartments of Town Westshore, located right in the heart of the city? These luxury residences are the ultimate location to host everything from a small gathering to holiday blow-outs. So, send out the invites, tie on your apron, sharpen the Wusthofs, and get your favorite recipe mise-en-place’d. It’s time to take advantage of the Town Westshore amenities that even a master chef would be envious of.

Set amid the sparkling backdrop of Tampa Bay, Town Westshore is a wonderful location to host a dinner party, no matter what your style of entertaining is. You could have a lovely dinner in your well-appointed kitchen with high-end appliances. Or you could take your dinner party to the next level and use one of Town Westshore’s most indulgent amenities: the clubhouse with on-site catering kitchen. Part lounge, part game room, part movie theater, part neighborhood hangout, the elegant clubhouse is a great place to get work done, meet up with neighbors, or just relax and watch the Rays.

With a little planning and the right guest list, you can turn the clubhouse into your own private restaurant where you’re the chef. Whether you’re planning a formal sit-down dinner or something more casual, the catering kitchen is a place to show off your cooking skills. Let friends gather around and sip wine as you channel Julia Child and whip up something fantastic for dinner. This catering kitchen is fully equipped with professional-grade appliances to cook with ease and speed.

Don’t fret if your culinary ability is lacking; simply hire a personal chef or caterer to make the food for you. Better yet: hire a professional chef to teach a cooking class in the catering kitchen—you’re not only giving guests a meal but an educational experience! And there are always great delivery options in Tampa if you really want to take the stress away. A pizza, wine, and pool night in the clubhouse doesn’t sound so bad. Remember that the world’s greatest hosts know that guests will have a good time even if you don’t spend 40 hours roasting, searing, frying, and grilling. It’s all about the company and conviviality.

Whatever you decide to serve and no matter who has the responsibility for preparing it, your guests will be enchanted by their surroundings here. Since Tampa has some of the most beautiful weather in the country, you can take the gathering alfresco on the “Summer Terrazza” after a swim at the beach. And nothing is more charming than gathering around the stunning fire pit pre- or post-dinner and catching up as you watch the sherbet-colored sunset sink beneath the bay while you sip on a cocktail. Give yourself a pat on the back and a toast to Tampa Bay’s premier homes at Town Westshore.

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A Town Westshore Welcome

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Tampa is a city that will always give you a warm welcome – and that welcome is warmest at Town Westshore. From the moment you arrive at these new apartments for rent in Downtown Tampa, you’ll feel like you’ve come home. Let’s take a look around these highly desirable luxury apartments ­– and see how Town Westshore has earned its reputation as a friendly, neighborly community.

Meet the Neighbors

The resort-style layout of Town Westshore elicits a community atmosphere that buzzes with good people and good times. Open your windows each sunny Tampa morning to see your early-rising neighbors doing lengths in the pool. Join them or lounge nearby on the Summer Terrazza, soaking up some rays, and chatting about the latest and greatest happenings in Tampa. The Summer Terrazza is also the perfect setting for drinks and barbeques enjoyed with your new friends, against a stunning sunset backdrop. The stunning community garden and its fire pits encourage you to stay out after sundown and put the world to rights with a chilled glass of wine in hand. We wouldn’t blame you for thinking, just for a moment, that life at Town Westshore feels like a vacation.

A Healthy Lifestyle

It’s no secret that Tampa residents like to live a healthy lifestyle. When you’re not splashing around in the outdoor pool, make moves to Town Westshore’s exclusive fitness center. With its French windows and elegantly mirrored walls, this is a bright and airy space to put in half an hour on the spin machines while listening to something inspiring on your headphones. This attention to atmosphere fosters an amiable environment for working out. Whenever you crave fresh air, of course, the bayfront setting offers up waterfront parks, cycle routes, and a walking trail, where you’ll find yourself running into fellow Town Westshore residents as they go about their own routines.

Live it Up

These extraordinary Tampa luxury rental apartments are located just a few minutes’ drive (or cycle) from some of Tampa’s premier attractions, bars, and eateries – perfect for group outings with your neighbors. Be wowed by Dadaist art at The Dali Museum. Treat yourself to dinner at Hula Bay Club, where their specialty is Hawaiian-style dishes and dockside dining. Head to St. Petersburg Beach for a session of sun and surf. Indulge in some retail therapy at International Mall and Hyde Park Village. Of course, you don’t need to leave Town Westshore to gather with friends and loved ones. Recline in your favorite armchair in the loft-like clubhouse or prepare dinner for friends and family in your kitchen, fitted with adaptable islands and wine racks. Plus, there are always special events and programming for residents to enjoy – follow us on Instagram @townwestshoreapts to stay in the loop!

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Town Westshore Rises

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Town Westshore’s brand-new luxury apartment rentals are getting their finishing touches, and Tampa residents are taking notice. Back in December, Susan Taylor Martin wrote in the Tampa Bay Times, “Tampa is in the midst of several transformative projects…The most striking of those is Westshore Marina District.”

What Martin was describing, and what is now so palpably clear, is that the luxury Tampa apartments for rent at Town Westshore are emblematic of the exciting growth Tampa has experienced in recent years – and make for a stunning a of waterfront dream homes that exemplify living close to nature in an urban setting.

Now that these new apartments in Downtown Tampa are about to become a reality, you will soon be able to experience their ingenious designs for yourself and understand how these rentals are changing what it means to live, work, and play in Tampa, inside and out. The view from your new Tampa apartment rental will connect you to the water, while the long list of amenities and the apartments’ modern interiors will connect you to the kinds of comfort you expect from a luxury hotel or resort. The outdoor design incorporates thoughtful landscaping in the form of courtyards and gardens that not only create space to lounge and play but also imbue the homes inside with a peaceful, nature-connected atmosphere where you can feel water breezes and listen to the palms sway from the cozy couch in your living room.

You will also have access to a swimming pool, a wet bar, a light-filled fitness room with soaring ceilings, garage parking, a stone fireplace, and a private screening room designed with the stylish, art-savvy Floridian in mind. You will also benefit from built-in technology that makes your life that much easier, including electric car charging in the garage and a refrigerated room to keep your delivered groceries fresh and cold.

The kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances and a streamlined modern finish that will inspire you to cook and entertain, and with a similar palette and modern touch, the bathrooms have the look and feel of a spa. Each unit will contain its own washer/dryer, and many of the apartments have private balconies where you can relax with a glass of wine alfresco overlooking the water and the sunset after work. This is a way of life that the intersection of Tampa and Tampa Bay makes possible, and the attention to detail of these Tampa Riverwalk apartments takes resort-style living to your weekdays, making every day extraordinary. A year ago, Nick Madigan of the New York Times described the Westshore Marina District as “Tampa’s Best-Kept Secret”—and now the secret is out.

Contact us today to learn more about Town Westshore, and live the dream that’s being built here.


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The Great Outdoors

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Let’s talk for a minute about fresh air. Inherent in the term is a feeling of relaxation, of catharsis—there’s a calming presence that only the outdoors can provide. Going for a walk, or a hike, or a bike ride can be a phenomenal stress reliever, and less stress means better overall health. Research shows that spending more time outdoors can be beneficial to physical and mental health.

While all of Tampa Bay reaps the benefits of its idyllic climate, the Downtown Tampa apartments at Town Westshore are particularly close to several stellar parks and green spaces that you can utilize in achieving those health benefits. Here are some of our favorites.

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

This beautiful, 4.5-acre shoreline park is a great place to sit and relax with a book, go for a walk, jog, snorkel, take out a canoe, let the kids run on the playground, or grab some lunch. There’s also a stunnig memorial to the Seminole Indian Wars, so you can infuse a bit of history into your outdoor time.

Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens, a lush, botanical paradise that has been around since 1903, is a bit further than the other destinations on this list, but a quick, scenic drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is well worth it. The atmosphere in the botanical garden is serene; once you step in, you quickly forget you’re in a big city. A stroll through the butterfly garden is a remarkable stress reliever.

Cypress Point Park

Cypress Point is a 35-acre park featuring a nature trail, a quiet, lovely white-sand beach, volleyball courts, and an 18-hole disc golf course. There’s a lot of room here, so it’s the perfect place for a picnic and a wonderful destination for taking in the sunset.

Picnic Island Park

Speaking of picnics, as you may have guessed by its name, Picnic Island Park, with its abundance of green space, is a top-notch site for picnics. It also has volleyball courts, disc golf, boating, and a dog park right on the water. The last thing you want to do on a beautiful day is leave your pup at home, and here you don’t have to.

Foster Park

Foster Park offers all the amenities of a good park: green space, a playground, baseball fields, picnic areas, but it is perhaps best known as an outdoor fitness mecca. Everything from boot camp to yoga classes takes place in Foster Park—so take advantage. Packing into a crowded gym when it’s gorgeous outside is not fun. Salute the sun or build your core in the great outdoors.

Imagine life at Town Westshore, where the toughest choice you’ll ever have to make is choosing between parks to spend time in. View our available luxury apartment rentals today!

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Meet The Neighbors

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Between the beach-entry swimming pool and the bayfront health spa, the luxury Tampa apartments for rent at Town Westshore have enough amenities to keep you busy for quite some time. But after you’ve sufficiently explored your new home, it’s time to venture out and meet the neighbors. At these new apartments in Downtown Tampa, your neighbors include trendy pop-up shops, vibrant restaurants, and some of the city’s best shopping.

For starters, there’s the International Plaza and Bay Street. With over 200 stores, this sprawling mall has gathered all of your favorite brands in one picturesque location. While there’s a litany of familiar names like Williams-Sonoma and Neiman Marcus, some of the stores arriving at the International Plaza may be new to you. For example, there’s Morphe, the cosmetics brand that the Tampa Bay Business Journal called “internet-famous” for its robust and enthusiastic online following. The store opened to much fanfare late last year when makeup artist and YouTube star Jaclyn Hill cut the ribbon. Another newcomer to the International Plaza is Peloton, the stationary bicycle brand that allows users to connect with live classes right from home.

All that shopping is bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, there are 14 sit-down restaurants, mostly set in the Bay Street area, that are up for the challenge. Mainstays like The Cheesecake Factory and The Pub are ideal for shopping spree sustenance, and exciting new eateries are in the works. One much-anticipated newcomer is Whiskey Cake, which will serve American food with a focus on farm-fresh, locally sourced, made-from-scratch dishes.

Another nearby institution you won’t want to miss is Hyde Park Village. Sometimes, there’s truth in a name, and this collection of high-end retailers certainly feels more like a quaint village than a mall, thanks to the idyllic, pedestrian-friendly setting. Stroll the brick walkway around the peaceful fountain, and you’ll find some of your favorite shops, like Bonobos, West Elm, and lululemon athletica, just to name a few. Local small businesses maintain a presence as well. Come on Tuesdays or Fridays in the late morning, and you’ll find Posie’s Flower Truck, a cheery blue Volkswagen van converted to hold an abundance of fresh blooms, ready to brighten up any Downtown Tampa apartments. Or come on the first Sunday of every month for the Fresh Market, which runs from 10 am to 3 pm. Pick up fresh local produce and listen to live music, all while enjoying that year-round Tampa sunshine.

Lastly, after a day of exploration, it’s time to kick up your feet and relax, and we know just the place. It’s the Hula Bay Club, a surfing-themed destination brimming with laid-back Hawaii vibes. You can pair your Bluebird Margarita—an azure combination of fresh lemonade, Kona beer, and Sauza tequila—with an equally vivid sunset, thanks to the waterfront location. Fresh, light fare makes up the menu, and selections like mahi-mahi tacos, oysters, and seared tuna are, like so many things in this neighborhood, sure to make your everyday life at Town Westshore feel like a vacation.

You won’t find a better location in Tampa for luxury living – find yourself at home in our vibrant waterfront community. Town Westshore is waiting for you.