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Tampa Bay’s Top Universities? Venues? Wine Lists? Yachts? Zoos? Here’s the 2018 A to Z List Wrap-Up

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A to Z: duPont Registry Tampa Bay’s encyclopedia of luxury

“A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List” is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s first-ever compendium of the best our region has to offer for fans of luxury living. The list is organized by category: D is for Dining, R is for Resorts, etc., and under each letter we single out top-of-the-line examples in the category. Throughout the summer we’ve been detailing our choices from A (Automobiles) to T (Theme Parks) and on this, the last day of August, we give you everything from U (Universities) to Z (Zoos). You can read a slightly less detailed version of the list (and the entire July/August issue) in the magazine’s digital version, or pick it up in a bookstore or a living room near you.

A to Z: It’s a Wrap!

Yup, it’s everything from U to Z — and no, we didn’t forget X!

A to Z: U is for Universities

We’re high on Tampa Bay higher ed: the accomplishments and ambitions of USF (including its lively bayfront campus in St. Pete); the growth and depth of UT; the forward thinkers of Florida Polytechnic; the Frank Lloyd Wright showcase at Florida Southern; the environmental awareness at Eckerd. Why would you want to study anywhere else?

CL Space (Photo by Foto Bohemia.)

A to Z: V is for Venues

Whether you’re thinking big-city swank or DIY, there’s a home for your event. We like the of-the-moment energy at Nova 535 in St. Pete; the grand spaces of Tampa’s riverfront Armature Works; the brick-walled intimacy of Ybor’s CL Space; the high-ceilinged elegance of Downtown Tampa’s The Vault. And for nostalgic over-the-topness, it has to be Clearwater’s Kapok Special Events Center.

A to Z: W is for Wine Lists

Will Howard, sommelier at Rococo Steak.

Those Wine Spectator folks know which local restaurants are doing it right in the wine department. Our faves from among the WS top scorers include the granddaddy of ‘em all, Bern’s Steak House; St. Pete’s elegant Rococo Steak; the amazing Annata Wine Bar; the deep selection (and the cheese!) at Haven; and the wonders from the wine towers at Sea Salt.

A to Z: X is for iPhone X

Why shell out a thousand-plus bucks for the 10th anniversary iPhone? Depends on how much you care about ultra-high resolution, facial recognition, the 5.8-inch screen, the all-glass body, or the magical unicorn that comes with every purchase. (Just kidding on that last one… for now.)

A to Z: Y is for Yachts

So many ways to sail away in style. The sleek 52-foot C52 Coupe from New Carver Yachts uses high-tech manufacturing techniques to create a first-class, highly functional vessel, available at Tom George Yacht Group starting at  $1,150,105. The “e” in the brand new Ocean Alexander 70e stands for “evolution,” and this highly evolved yacht features four staterooms, a crew berth option, joystick steering, luxurious flying bridge and elegant foredeck entertaining space  ($4 million+ depending on options, at Marine Max Yachts, Clearwater).

A to Z: Z is for Zoos

You can talk to the animals — or at least see them up close and personal — at the newly renamed ZooTampa at Lowry Park, where attractions now include the Roaring Springs water park. If your favorite animals are the ones that live in the water, then check out Tampa’s multi-faceted Florida Aquarium, or pay a visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the place for meeting aquatic celebrities like Winter the Dolphin.

Want more A to Z?

Find the complete “A to Z List” in the July/August issue of duPont Registry Tampa Bay in a living room or a bookstore near you.

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