Taking in the famous Gulf Coast sunset from the perfect perch is one thing, but accenting it with sunset-inspired cocktails and custom-crafted dishes brings it to a whole new level at Treasure Island Beach Resort.

Key West’s Mallory Square may get all the glory when it comes to taking in the stunning evening spectacle of the sun dipping below the ocean’s horizon. Still, the Gulf Coast beaches of St. Pete and Clearwater are certainly nothing to scoff at. In fact, much like Mallory Square, Clearwater Beach offers its own nightly sunset celebrations on Pier 60 and the surrounding beach. But if you want to take in those awe-inspiring colors in more of a private setting, look no further than Treasure Island Beach Resort, located in St. Pete Beach, and these three unique ways to soak up those setting rays.


Sunset Way #1: With a Cocktail (Or Two) on Your Private Balcony


There’s nothing like savoring the sunset over the perfect sundowner cocktail from your room’s private, furnished balcony or terrace while overlooking the Atlantic. Luckily, the resort’s on-site restaurant, BRGR Kitchen + Bar, offers a Lounge with a lengthy libations menu, serving everything from ice-cold beer, wine by the bottle and glass, martinis and other classic cocktails, handcrafted farm-inspired concoctions, and even spirit-free options. But, when it comes to taking in that cotton candy-hued sky, there really is no cocktail better suited than the lounge’s Sunset Punch. A blend of Bacardi Raspberry, Bacardi Mango, Amaretto, fresh Florida orange and pineapple juices, and grenadine, it’s just as colorful – and delicious – as the breathtaking colors unfolding in front of you.


Sunset Way #2: With a Picnic on the Sugar-Sand Beach

Rarely busy, the resort’s stunning three-mile stretch of sugar-white sands makes for another perfect sunset perching point. But first, make sure to come with all the appropriate accouterments – namely, a spread from BRGR Kitchen + Bar’s carry-out menu, offering everything from creative dips and spreads (try the sampler, starring their tomato Caprese, fish dip, and bean dip) to a special “After 5 PM Comfort Food” selection, featuring stick-to-the-rib favorites of chicken and waffle skewers, beer-battered fish and chips, and grilled Gulf grouper. Whatever you select, set up your smorgasbord right on the sand or beside the fire pit and get ready to “ooh” and “aah” over the scene…and your picnic.


Sunset Way #3: With an Outside Evening Meal at BRGR Kitchen + Bar


Hanging Edison lightbulbs, a lit-up marquee sign spelling out the phrase “We Love Burgers,” and other retro-cool elements – it can be hard to pull your attention away from the design of BRGR Kitchen + Bar, but if anything is going to do it, it’s going to be that sunset. Opt to sit outside on the open-and-airy terrace – you have your choice of private tables and cozy couch seating surrounded by sleek burning fire pits – then order from the hip menu of custom seasoned burgers, hand-cut fries, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails. Not sure which burger is best? The “BRGR Tour of Mini Burgers” lets you try bite-sized versions of three of the restaurant’s top options: Backyard Barbeque, Little Bo Peep, and Bison Gone Wild. Sunset has never tasted so good.


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