What to Do

  • Carriage Rides in St. Augustine

    Southern Carriage Tours

    While just about any day is a perfect one for a horse and buggy tour of St. Augustine, these gorgeous fall days are absolutely blissful! We climbed into a Southern Carriages buggy for a 45 minute tour a couple of weeks ago ...

  • Be Still

    St Augustine Beach Bible Verse

    When we spent the week at Crescent Beach, I went down 2 days early for a writer’s retreat and some quiet time. I didn’t realize how much I needed the rest until I was there, had deeply breathed the salty ...

  • Jax Water Tours in St. Augustine

    Jax Water Tours St Augustine

    We sold our boat a few years ago. Clara (4) doesn’t even remember lazy days on the water fishing and watching dolphins play in the wake! I decided hopping on a Jax Water Tours boat was much easier than the maintenance ...

St. Augustine Parks

  • Moses Creek Conservation Area

    St Augustine Nature Preserve

    St. Augustine boasts well over 25,000 acres of public lands- it’s an incredible place to enjoy nature and take in The Real Florida.  While playgrounds like the Carousel Park and downtown’s SWING park are easy to spot, the nature preserves ...

  • Canopy Shores Park

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    Not all parks are created equally.  That’s one of the reasons I’m sharing our family’s visits to various St. Johns County Parks and nature trails… so you can really enjoy your time outside.  Canopy Shores wasn’t my favorite- but it ...

  • SWING Park

    SWING park downtown st augustine

    Kids love St. Augustine and St. Augustine loves kids.  Here’s proof- a massive, wooden playground downtown. It’s referred to as that playground downtown and the playground by the parking garage and the music playground in downtown St. Augustine.  It’s actually the S.W.I.N.G. Project.  St. Augustine’s Wish {for ...

Restaurants

  • Smokin’ D’s BBQ

    Smokin' D's BBQ takeout is quick, freshly prepared daily and delish!

    There are BBQ places and then there are local haunts you’d never know about that close early some days because they only serve what is smoked fresh each day. Smokin’ D’s is the second kind of BBQ joint. Cash only. Take out only. Fresh ...

  • 10 MUST TRY Food Experiences in St. Augustine

    10 Must Try Food Experiences

    So you’ve eaten at Columbia and Collage and think you know St. Augustine… but how well have you experienced the unique flavors St. Augustine has to offer? Without further ado, I present to you my 10 MUST TRY foodie experiences in St. Augustine. ...

  • Burger Buckets Restaurant

    Burger Buckets Restaurant St Augustine

    Local funny guy, Kelly, joked, “I noticed Fudge Buckets went into the {old} LoveBerry on St. George Street. Soon, ALL restaurants in St Augustine will be FB.” He’s not too far off. What started as a “sweet” idea for creatively packaging ...

Romantic St. Augustine

  • The Treasury on the Plaza

    Brenda Bushell Treasury St Augustine

    St. Augustine is a town of many secrets. The best coffee here is not Starbucks, the best burger is not Five Guys, and the best beach isn’t in the midst of the hustle and bustle either.  To really enjoy this town, ...

  • Date Night: Dinner & a Show

    Harrys St Augustine Martini

    Chris & I make it a point to slip out for “date nights” a couple of times a month.  We always enjoy ourselves- even if we just go for a run together.  But this past Sunday’s date night stands out ...

  • St. Augustine Date Night

    LOVE Claude's Chocolate St Augustine

    So you’re in St. Augustine for a romantic getaway, Valentines Day, or engagement.  You know about the carriage rides and strolls along the beach- all the usual gushy stuff.  But you want this trip to be set apart.  You want ...

Historic St. Augustine

  • Bath Junkie Building Coming Down

    downtown st augustine building collapse

    Construction downtown is intended to beautify the city and local businesses are dealing with temporarily slower traffic due to construction. But one local business is suffering in a major way- Bath Junkie’s building has partially collapsed and although architects have been ...

  • Top 10 Places for Family Photos in St. Augustine

    Castillo de San Marcos Photos

    Ben is 15. That means 15 years of family photos under our belt- and believe me, it’s been a long time since we crammed into the Sears Portrait Studio for a hurried {or should I say harried?} torture photo session. When we ...

  • Spice & Tea Exchange Giveaway

    I was invited to Channel 4′s Saturday Morning Show to share about the Hypolita Street businesses that are open during the heavy construction. Watch the clip & hear about other businesses by clicking through the link above! Colleen, owner of the Spice & Tea ...

CR 210

  • Dunkin Donuts on CR210

    Dunkin Donuts St Augustine

    I know there are Dunkin Donuts all over the place and it may seem strange for me to post about Dunkin Donuts on my “go local” blog.  But here’s the thing.  My Dunkin franchise is locally owned and every time ...

  • Every Body Fitness Fit Camp is back in session!

    Every Body Fitness CR210

    Okay.  Break’s over.  It’s time to get moving again… and I can’t wait!! Fit Camp is different from other classes I’ve taken- we work hard for an hour, each person doing their best.  I work beside younger women in better shape ...

  • Free Trial Week at Every BODY Fitness

    Everybody Fitness St. Johns

    It’s free trial week at Every BODY Fitness!  If you haven’t checked out their facility, now’s the time. Every BODY Fitness offers group classes from Zumba to Yoga to Les Mills Body Pump Classes.  Check out their schedule of fitness classes ...