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Flavor of Historic St. Petersburg: Larelle House

By Elisha Neubauer

Nestled in the Historic District of Saint Petersburg, Larelle House has been standing tall since its construction in 1908. Now, it serves as a four guest room bed and breakfast for visitors to the city.

The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood of St. Pete, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is home to everything from quaint bungalows to grand mansions. Manicured lawns, beautiful trees, and brick-paved streets make the area seem like a portal into a time gone by.

Ellen Nist, Co-Owner of Larelle House, tells us that the Queen Anne residence was built by Nimrod Longley, one of the founding fathers of the city. Longley, whose name is inscribed on the obelisk in Pioneer Park, helped establish St. Pete's first hospital and was a leader in the community. Longley and his wife Anne lived at Larelle House until they passed away in 1919 and 1915, respectively. During the Great Depression, the house was converted into a guest house for "snowbirds" winter residents escaping the colder weather farther north. It was purchased by its current owners in 2004.

Today, guests can stay at the property and get a glimpse into the city's history. "When guests stay in a bed and breakfast within the historic district, they get to experience 'living' in a residence over a century old and can gain a true sense of the flavor of what life in St. Petersburg was like," says Nist.

The location- on the first avenue north of the City proper- means that nothing is too far away. "Guests are as close to the city as they can be and still be residing in the Historic District, so that they can virtually walk to any venue of interest, but still come back to a quiet atmosphere with no street noise when they want to relax," says Nist. Luxury features help to make a stay at the Larelle House memorable: the garden features a jetted spa. Guests are treated to a three-course hot entree breakfast each morning- and wine and cheese in the parlour in the evenings. Nist tells us that there are even bicycles available "for tooling around the Historic District."

In a neighborhood known for its historic charm, Larelle House lets its guests step inside and experience it firsthand.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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