Simply St Augustine

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What to Do

  • St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

    Saint Augustine Lighthouse

    St. Augustine attractions range from historic to must-see-cheesy. When visiting for just a few days, it can be hard to decide what to do in St. Augustine! Although not walkable from downtown, The St. Augustine Lighthouse is an easy choice for ...

  • Who Do You Tip in St. Augustine?

    St Augustine Tips

    {imagine waves washing against the shore and Spanish guitar strumming peacefully in the background as Florida’s sun warms your skin… ok, now you’re ready to read…} You’re planning a slipaway to St. Augustine complete with B&B reservations, a walking tour and ...

  • September Specials for Locals & Teachers

    First Colony Museum St Augustine

    Several St. Augustine attractions are offering great pricing in September- it’s a light month for tourists which means it’s a GREAT month to be local! Check out the specials below and explore a new attraction or revisit your old favorite. Half-Price ...

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


    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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • Hot Shot Bakery

    Hot Shot Bakery St Augustine

    I met Sherry Stoppelbein at a Women’s Food Alliance event when her meatloaf beat mine in a cook-off. Now that I’ve eaten in her restaurant and seen shelves lined with awards and honors for best chowder, best Datil Pepper sauce, ...

  • Mediterranean Shish-Kebab Restaurant

    Baba Ghannouj St Augustine Mediterranean Restaurant

    It took a bit of convincing to get the kiddos in the door at St. Augustine’s Mediterranean Shish-Kebab Restaurant. They really wanted burgers but I was too tired to drive to GAS and, honestly, it was late and I wanted ...

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

  • 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 ...

  • Afternoon Tea at Colonial Quarter

    Girls Tea Party St Augustine

    St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter is more than a collection of historic buildings to tour.  A step through the heavy wooden gates any day is a step back in time to centuries where hard work all day was necessary for survival. ...

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 ...