My wife and I adore the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg with its century-old architecture and proximity to the shoreline of Tampa Bay, as well as being only a ten-minute walk from the center of town. We decided to try out Dickens House which is located on a quiet residential block. The owner, Ed, has completely renovated the place, and does everything himself. He has some incredibly creative inventions including eggs tempura and pumpkin pancakes, which taste even better than they sound. The place is elegant without being stuffy, and is a true piece of old Florida history with modern comforts. In addition to free wi-fi in each room, there is a computer available with a printer. Ed knows a lot of details about where to eat, as well as landmarks that are not listed in any tourist guide. We also enjoyed speaking with the wide variety of guests, which ranged from a Brazilian couple to a pair of Russians who have been staying at the bed and breakfast each year for a decade. Unlike many bed-and-breakfast owners, Ed will spend as much time with you as you like, discussing everything from politics to the way life used to be when he was growing up in St. Petersburg. Dickens House is the way you have always imagined the ideal bed-and-breakfast to be in your mind, but which you didn't think existed in reality.