Traveling St. Pete: A Girl's Guide

By Melanie Bowman and Meredith Gaunce
Illustrations By Erin Salzer Hanna

Planning a girls’ weekend or even a fun staycation with friends can feel daunting in a city where there is so much to do and see. Featuring original artwork on every page, Traveling St. Pete: A Girl’s Guide is the book you need to plan a visit to St. Pete or simply an afternoon with friends. For locals and visitors alike, it’s the perfect companion to keep with you on your journey through the remarkable, one-of-a-kind Sunshine City!


Meet the Authors

Melanie Bowman and Meredith Gaunce
Erin Salzer Hanna

Authors and Illustrator

Melanie Bowman – Although she was born in St. Louis, Melanie considers herself a native Floridian having lived in Tampa Bay for over three decades. As a licensed clinical social worker and public health professional, Melanie is able to feel just as comfortable volunteering at her daughter’s preschool as she does providing therapy to seniors in a nursing home. When she’s not nerding out on all things books, you may find her cooking, hosting a dinner party for friends and family, bike riding, traveling, volunteering, or exploring St. Pete. Her favorite thing to do is the simplest and most important, spending time with her husband Jonathan and their two daughters Julia and Leah.

Meredith Gaunce – Although she grew up in Savannah (hence her first publication: Traveling Savannah: A Girls’ Guide), Meredith moved to St. Pete in 2010 and will likely never leave. A lawyer by day, jewelrymaker by night, and a mom and wife all the time, Meredith loves taking advantage of all her home city has to offer. She loves animals and lives with her husband Andy, son Noah (5), and dogs Rudy and Penny (both 10ish). She treasures her girlfriends (I am looking at you, Erin and Mel!) and hopes this book inspires more girls’ trips, spa days, happy hours and brunches.

Erin Salzer Hanna – holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently practices in the fields of landscape design, graphic design, and illustration. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband Jesse, sons Henry and Charlie and 2 crazy cats.


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