Lightner Museum

Tiffany Glass St. Augustine

We were tourists for the weekend and it was July {read: HOT}.  We checked out of The Casa Monica at 11:00 and had dinner reservations at 5:00... what to do?  What to do? The answer was right in front of us... literally!  We headed in to the Lightner Museum- next door to The Casa Monica- for an afternoon of priceless antiques, quirky memorabilia and air conditioning. {I'm not gonna lie, that was our #1 reason.} The Lightner Museum is a collection of Otto Lightner's collections- from grand (Tiffany glass) to silly (walking sticks)!  Housed in the opulent building … [Read more...]

Free for St. Augustine Locals

This post is dedicated to the locals who sit in traffic, avoid downtown during tourist seasons and answer "where is the best place to eat in St. Augustine?" 1,000 times a day. There ARE some perks to being local... check out all the "thank you" discounts below! IF YOU'RE NOT LOCAL and are still looking for some deals, I have a post coming soon to help you. ;) We live in paradise... what more could we want!?!  Free stuff, you say?  Well, it just so happens that I've done a roundup of local attractions with free admission and businesses who offer local discounts to help … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Bloggers Meetup

Jacksonville Bloggers Group

Are all business meetings this awesome or do bloggers just have more fun?!  I enjoyed a meetup with some Jacksonville Bloggers and St. Augustine Bloggers Saturday night in a private room off Casa Monica’s restaurant- 95 Cordova. First, I’d like to introduce you to these über creative women.  Silvina is new to the group but came with a lot of experience.  If you’re looking for a Latina social media consultant, she’s your gal.  Sarah, of Saradipity photography fame, was a blast!  I really look forward to collaborating with her!  Next is me.  You know me.  If you don’t get … [Read more...]

Nights of Lights 2012

Villa Zorayda Nights of Lights St Augustine

You've landed on an old Nights of Lights post. For current events, go to the Nights of Lights Information page or to www.SimplyStAugustine.com homepage and click on any of the NoL categories you see there that stike your fancy! St. Augustine Nights of Lights is in full swing! What have been your fave Christmas memories so far? LOTS going on in town... read on... Some years, the holiday season catches me by surprise and I don't have a chance to really enjoy all the great events St. Augustine has to offer at Christmas. This year, I've made my list and checked it twice … [Read more...]

The Best Chocolate in St. Augustine

Nothing says "I love you" like really good chocolate.  Fortunately, I live in a city rich with options: handmade chocolates, frozen hot chocolate, chocolate ice cream, chocolate croissants, chocolate Chocolate CHOCOLATE... no wonder I love St. Augustine! Here's a chocolate lover's guide to the best chocolate in St. Augustine! Everyone has their favorites- these are a few of mine.  If I left out YOUR favorite chocolate shop in St. Augustine, comment below and I'll add it to the list! Claude's Chocolate makes the most amazing truffles from the best ingredients!  … [Read more...]

The Alligator Farm

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

A muscled trainer vaulted over the viewing wall and landed cat-like in the midst of the gator pool.  Hungry alligators caught the scent of rats and pellets- alligator food- and rushed forward in a frenzy, barely able to distinguish between man and food.  The St. Augustine Alligator Farm trainer leaped to safety in a small wooden boat- just in time as a massive male loudly snapped his powerful jaws and regretfully turned away to bide his time... Ok, ok... The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is more about education than theatrics but we had an exciting visit yesterday and … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s 450th Birthday ~ An Interview

St. Augustine 450

St. Augustine is celebrating it's 450th.  But how does a city celebrate her birthday?  It'd take a pretty big cake to hold 450 candles!!  I had no idea and wasn't sure where to find out... until I met Jennifer at the Casa Monica's media dinner.  She's the communication resources manager for the 450th Commemoration and she kindly joined me at Kookaburra for a latte last week.  Here's what I learned... Maybe I was complicating things too much.  Maybe I was expecting... well, I don't know what I was expecting.  But over a delish coconut latte, Jennifer not only … [Read more...]

City Walks Tour de Chocolate

City Walks St Augustine

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate." - Linda Grayson My best friend is pregnant... and you know what all pregnant women need!  CHOCOLATE!  I took her on City Walks' Tour de Chocolate recently to make sure she names the baby after me.  ;) It's easy to find the starting place for St. Augustine's oldest walking tour company.  City Walks launches from Tour St. Augustine at 4 Granada Street. Our Tour de Chocolate started promptly at 2:00- St. Augustine etiquette is to arrive at all walking tours 15 minutes early.  We met Alice, … [Read more...]