Local Do: A Toast & Taoist Tai Chi at Fenway Hotel in Dunedin

Oh, boy, has life been a-changin’. My dad accepted a job offer in Virginia last month, and after 22 years of living in Tampa, my parents are moving to Richmond. It’s a pretty big change for me, considering all I’ve ever known is living in the same city with my parents. So, while we help pack up boxes filled with memories of the house we built and grew up in, I’m reminiscing on a special morning I got to share recently with my dad.

Fenway Hotel, a beautiful, historic property in Dunedin, invited my dad and I to a beginners Taoist tai chi class on The Front Lawn followed by brunch at the beautiful HEW Parlor & Chophouse. I was really excited about this, because my dad lives and breathes tai chi - he’s been practicing tai chi since suffering a brain aneurysm when I was 11. I am so grateful that he didn’t experience any deficiencies as a result of the aneurysm - he’s been diligent to take care of his health ever since, including controlling his blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and tai chi has been a major help for him throughout his recovery and long after.

The Taoist Tai Chi Society, whose International Center is based just a three minute walk away from Fenway Hotel, volunteers their time to lead these classes. The instructor was incredibly patient and took the time to walk us beginners through each movement, challenging us to channel our energy toward each move and concentrate on our breathing with each step. I was so proud of my dad - while he is well-versed in Yang-style tai chi, he still rocked this Taoist tai chi class.

After a great class, we made our way to the beautiful, naturally-lit HEW Parlor & Chophouse inside of Fenway Hotel - I love the modern touches that elevate the timeless history of this property. And the food did not disappoint.

Surf & Turf Benedict: 5 oz. Filet, Jumbo Lump Crab, Sourdough English Muffin, Hollandaise

Burger: Slab Bacon, Wild Mushrooms, Onion Marmalade, Black Truffle Fries

Between Dad’s benedict and my burger, everything was perfectly prepared and perfectly seasoned. The filet on the Surf & Turf Benedict was delicious and so tender, and I couldn’t get enough of the flavor of my burger or that of the truffle cream served with the french fries.

We had such an amazing daddy-daughter date and I can’t wait to make more memories with my dad, whether it’s here in Tampa or there in Richmond.

A Toast & Taoist Tai Chi is offered once a month on The Front Lawn at Fenway Hotel - sign up for the May 18 or June 15 classes, and to keep up with the latest events at Fenway Hotel, take a look at the events calendar here.

HEW Parlor & Chophouse is located on the first floor of Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. You can view the hours and menus here. For the latest updates on Fenway Hotel, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.