Karn Clark, CMP, has advice for anyone
coming to the region, and specifically
Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and Sarasota:
Get on the water.
Clark, owner of Tampa-based BayArea Destination Management, which stages events
for groups in all these cities, has a number of
water-based activities up her sleeve.
“We do Tampa by land and water tours and
use a few Pirate Water Taxis to cruise up
and down the Hillsborough River,” Clark
said. “We go by historic homes, the Tampa
Museum of Art, Straz Center for the Per-
forming Arts and the unique buildings of
the University of Tampa, with a stop at Ricks
on the River for lunch. Our groups love it.”
One unique venue visitors will be able to
reach by boat, bike and car or via the new
Tampa River Walk is a 43-acre mixed-use
development in the Tampa Heights neigh-
borhood, featuring a repurposed Armature
Works Building. Armature Works at the
Heights, opening this year, will house the
Heights Market with communal seating
surrounded by restaurants.
“It will be the answer to the latest trend
in food halls,” said Kevin Wiatrowski,
media relations, Visit Tampa Bay. “Meeting
groups will experience this new collective
eatery featuring our top local chefs and
mixologists,” he said.
In addition, The Heights Market will
include an interactive kitchen, which can
host cooking classes and pop-up dinners in
collaboration with Heights Market tenants.
In Tampa’s historic Hyde Park area, the
Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern’s Steak
House offers a unique spot to have dessert.
Constructed of California redwood wine
holding tanks, the 48 enclosed booths have
piped-in music where guests can order one
of more than 50 desserts accompanied by
one of 1,000 dessert wines and spirits.
Across the street from Bern’s at the hip
Epicurean Hotel, groups have been known
to have cooking competitions at the Epicu-
rean Theatre, replete with a chef’s kitchen.
From building a boat to walking a tightrope, there are myriad activities for
groups to explore in Central
West Florida, in addition
to its variety of dining and
By Jennifer Juergens
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