Day Dreamin’ at Daydreamers Cafe and Grill

Guys, it is official – I’m convinced Downtown Safety Harbor is the most under the radar town in Tampa. Some of the best food I’ve found lately has been here and while it does end up being conveniently close – trust me I’ve been scouring the city for the Crème De La Crème. Time and time again I find myself telling someone about my new favorite place in Safety Harbor. This week I discovered Daydreamers Cafe & Grill surprisingly located right next to my favorite coffee shop, Cafe Vino Tinto. (More on them here).

Daydreamers cafe is quite literally very dreamy. The colorful murals don the outer walls, there’s a beautiful garden and flowers. Just out front there is a dog-friendly patio. As you know, I’m always looking to take Hudson with me everywhere I go, so this scored huge points with me. The cafe has a vibe that is quaint and neighborly. You can quickly become super close with your server because they treat you like family. The chef and owner of the cafe lives directly next door and while I may have only met him for 2 minutes, you can tell he has a love for not only his business but the neighborhood.

During my first visit, the cafe was participating in this contest for best watermelon flavored drink. Their entry was a watermelon mimosa (pictured above) and it was damn delicious. Very light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer brunch. $1 for every mimosa sold was donated to the Safety Harbor Public Library. It sure made my heart soar that each mimosa I drank was helping the local library.

For breakfast I ordered the Bourbon Benedict and my cousin had the Mixed Breakfast Grill. Hudson was served a nice bowl of cold water and plenty of shade from the patio umbrella. We scarfed our food down so fast, we didn’t say two words to each other. We just feasted like Ramsay Bolton’s ravenous dogs just before he bit the dust. Needless to say the food was damn good. We met Chris, the chef/owner, while we were dining and mentioned how much we loved everything. While I imagine he hears this several times a day, his face lit up as if he was hearing it for the first time. It was refreshing to see someone passionate and happy about what they do and bring to the neighborhood. After we ate breakfast we did a little photoshoot of Hudson on the mural. They have the cutest dog sized wings for a puppy photo-op. It’s a must when you visit – I mean look how freakin’ adorable Hudson looks here!

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Hudson’s Favorite Hangouts: Part 2

A Pupper Series – Next Stop: Enterprise Dog Park

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the next installment of the pupper series. This week we’re unveiling Hudson’s favorite dog park, Enterprise, located in Clearwater. Part trail/part dog park, the dogs that come here enjoy a vast amount of space, with tons of nooks and crannies to explore.

The park starts off with a wide open space with a decent size tree to keep the humans cool. There you will usually find several dogs running around, playing and living their best damn lives. If you go off to the left a bit, you will find a section for smaller dogs; also perfect for dogs who get a little skid-dish and need some time to come out of their shells.

We always go past the open plot of land and walk straight over the bridge. Here begins the trail part of the park. There is so much greenery and trees, it’s perfect for an early morning stroll with your fur-ball. I love to grab a coffee from Cafe Vino Tinto (you can read about them here) and take Hudson for a long morning walk. We enjoy the sun, scenery and calmness of it all before the humidity kicks in and it’s hotter than all hell. It’s a nice little escape for both dog and human.

While I’m strolling enjoying the sun probably thinking about a million things, because my mind legit never shuts up, Hudson loves to get lost in the bushes and running off into the wilderness. He’s an adventurous one – as long as he can still see myself or David – otherwise he’s a wuss.

Along the way you’ll find plenty of water bowls with easy to use faucets. All you need to do is press the metal lever that’s protruding out of the faucet and voila there is free flowing cold, filtered water for your doggo. The bowls drain automatically meaning you don’t need to worry about nasty old water being left in the bowls. The last thing anyone needs is a curious pup drinking something suspicious and getting sick.

Overall Hudson always has a great time when we take him to Enterprise Dog Park. The park is convenient, clean, huge and every dog and owner we’ve encountered has been extremely friendly. If you’re looking for a new local dog park that’s more than just vast gated lot, be sure to check this spot out! Enterprise is located at 2671 Enterprise Rd E, Clearwater, FL 33759.

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Hudson, David & I give Enterprise Dog Park 5 out of 5 dog bones

Hudson’s Favorite Hangouts

A Pupper Series – First Stop: Oldsmar Trail

One thing I absolutely love about living in Tampa is how dog friendly this place is. The opportunities are endless when it comes to Places to Go or Things to Do with your furry best friend. In this series, Hudson & I are going to break down some of his favorite places to hang in this vibrant city.

Hudson & the Fallen Tree

This week’s highlight is the Oldsmar Trail in Oldsmar, Florida. Located on the border of Oldsmar and Palm Harbor, this trail is easy to get to and has a lot to offer. The entire trek is about 5.5 miles. Along the way there are baseball fields, frisbee golf (yes, apparently that’s a thing here), beautiful scenery, parks and more.
David & I enjoy taking Hudson for runs or long walks, especially when during the cooler months. Like so many dogs, Hudson is high energy and extremely playful. We are always looking for additional ways to chill this little dude out and running is perfect for that.

Ending the day with a sunset run

The trail is lined with dog waste bags and trash cans, super convenient for when someone decides to drop 3 deuces in 20 minutes. How can so much crap come out of such a small creature?

Anyway, the views are stunning in the area. Wildlife roam free and the sunsets here are a serene way to end the day. Whenever we head this way, Hudson is overjoyed because he knows we’re headed toward adventure.

As you make your way along the trail, you’ll stumble across workout stations and various sport fields. There’s even a decent sized dog park and picnic tables for your pup’s next birthday banger. I honestly love how clean it is, you can tell the town really cares about what it offers to residents. If you make it towards the end of the trail, you’ll reach Sheffield Park which has panoramic water views aka perfect for sunsets. I definitely plan on doing a photoshoot there for Hudson – he bougie like that. (see evidence below)

David & Hudson after a run


The only drawback is that since it’s hotter than hell 85% of the year, I wish the trail offered more shaded areas. When it’s the peak summer months, the asphalt is scorching and no bueno for little pupper paws. Other than that minor gripe – it’s freakin great!

There’s a small parking lot at the beginning on the trail and since it’s a public park – it’s free, my guy!

Marrs’ tip: for the parking lot put in Oldsmar Trail & Curlew Road; it’ll lead you straight to it.

So, if you’re looking for something that offers stunning views, peace & serenity while also being active; we highly recommend you check it out.

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Hudson, David & I give the Oldsmar Trail 4 out of 5 dog bones

Gigglewaters aka Your New Favorite Hang Out

Gigglewater used to be slang for an alcoholic beverage during the Prohibition Era and if you’re a Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts aficionado, then you may recall Gigglewater also being the drink Jacob Kowalski orders in The Blind Pig causing him to laugh uncontrollably.

Despite the venue is located in the heart of Downtown Safety Harbor, it’s surprisingly tucked away. When you enter through the double doors, you feel taken back to the prohibition era. The decor is nostalgic, elaborate, and fun featuring celebrities adorned with tattoos. (Check out Princess Diana below) The ambiance is intoxicating and electrifying! This is what Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room is all about! I loved every detail in the establishment.

Squad Goals AF

Some friends joined me on Saturday to test out the food & drinks and we were truly blown away! The menu was extensive…I was surprisingly overwhelmed by the options. Which I loved because it means I’ll always have something new to try with each visit. To start off, I ordered the Bathtub Gin, which may just be my favorite drink of all time. Starring Gin and featuring tonic, cucumber and lime, the drink was so refreshing and started my giggle-fest.

My fiancé ordered the Gojira hot dog which is wrapped in BACON. Now you know everything tastes better with bacon, amirite? It was topped with sautéed onions and pineapples. The flavors worked so well together. I may have stolen several bites, lol. I ordered the Southern Fried Chicken Salad, which was HUGE. The greens were mega fresh, the chicken was perfectly fried and not overly greasy. The only downside to this salad was the bowl not being big enough to mix the ingredients….and I mean it’s not really an issue.

One thing I loved is that there is a small private theater located in the back of the establishment. They play all types of flicks from musicals like Grease to new movies like Captain Marvel & Aquaman. I will certainly come back for one of their sing-a-long nights!

If you are looking for a cool place to impress a date or a new local spot to hang with your crew, then look no further than Gigglewaters!

What are some of your favorite places in Tampa? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

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Cut Out Stress at Raider Axe Lodge

How do you manage stress? This has always been one of my favorite questions because there are so many ways to relieve daily stressors. For me, I love releasing my inner rage with some form of physical activity. My usual go-to is kickboxing, but I wanted to try something a little more intense. Lucky for me, I found Raider Axe Lodge.

My fiancé and I have been there a few times already and we have a freakin blast every single time.

THE GOAT!

After you book your time slot online, you arrive at this cool looking warehouse with several targets lined along the wall and axes everywhere. We were greeted by Fred, the instructor/owner. He’s so chill and welcoming. The lodge provides free bottled water which is always a great perk. You can also bring your own grub which is perfect for those budget date nights. Once everyone arrives, you sign your waiver and grab a name tag – this will come back later on. Fred does a quick safety demo and shows you how to throw and retrieve your axe. He made it look effortless, but was patient with each person in the group.

At first, I SUCKED! It took at least 15 fails before I actually made it on to the board. But once it clicks and you figure it out, it becomes addicting! Personally I felt like a badass warrior training for the zombie apocalypse. David (that fiancé I mentioned earlier) is a freakin natural, of course. *cue heavy eye roll*LOL! By the end of the night he was crowned Axe Murderer of the Night! *so proud*

15 Tries Later

After you get the hang of it, the real games begin. You play a few rounds of 21, which you start with 21 points and you hit various target thresholds until one of the teams reaches zero. Now we’re bringing the heat! Last game is called Axe Murderer. This is where those name tags come into play, you know besides for helping everyone remember names. Fred takes everyone’s name tag and places them on the opposing team’s board. Object of the game, get the other teams off the board before they get you. Your precision, accuracy and speed is what really matters here. I didn’t last, but David killed it!

FYI the games go on for about 1.5 hours and the total session is about 2-hours.

It’s a huge bang for your buck – especially if you get the Groupon. The entire session goes by so quick. Fred really knows how to keep the crowd engaged and interested. He not only teaches you how to throw overhanded but he shows you an underhanded throw and double axe throw. Not to mention, you also get to play with knives and this javelin looking thing that he swears is not a spear.

Zombie Apocalypse Unit 2019

Needless to say, your arms are pretty done by the end. Overall I would highly recommend trying axe throwing. It’s crazy fun, you relieve stress, release your inner warrior; plus it’s reasonably priced so you can go back and show off your new skills to all your friends! David & I will be going back soon that’s for sure.

What are some of your favorite places to chill at in Tampa? Let me know what place you want me to check out next!