Unique Christmas Gifts in St. Augustine

Wine Tasting at The Gifted Cork St. Augustine

I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping.  Those last few people, though, are really hard to buy for! Hubby's wants exceed our budget and he doesn't need anything MIL has everything, drinks Tetley tea (read: can't give coffee goodies) and I've already made her scrapbooks of the grandkids the past 2 years Dad is notorious for returning gifts he doesn't want Preschooler has every toy known to man (hand me downs from 5 older siblings), a million dress up dresses and a box so full of baby dolls it's hard to put away I know you have some of those … [Read more...]

British Night Watch 2013

Jason Reenactor St Augustine

Today's guest post is written by a St. Augustine reenactor- 12 year old Jason.  He posts about his reenactments and the history he lerans on his facebook page, Old St. Augustine History.  Thank you for sharing, Jason!! Would you want to spend your December seeing St Augustine's biggest event of the year? It is held every Dec. 7th called the British Night Watch. People around the nation that participate in British Reenactments will be participating in this event. There will be Fifes and Drums that will make you hear the sound of history as they march by. The East … [Read more...]

Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

Baseball and Cracker Jacks Boston Red Sox

Thanks for joining me on our Boston Road Trip!! I'll include links to all my Boston posts at the end of this post. It's more historic than Plymouth Rock, more sacred than the Vatican, and more celebrated than the new baby prince of England... Boston's Fenway Park is hallowed ground to baseball fans around the world.  Or so my Old Town Trolley driver, Cracker Jack Charlie, said. During our Boston vacation, we caught a Red Sox vs. Yankees game there.  No stadium tour could possibly compare to watching a game surrounded by some of the most devoted fans in … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Holiday Spectacular SHOW!

St Augustine Winter Spectacular Show

You've heard 1,000 times by now that Christmas and Thanksgiving are close together this year.  If you're feeling more like Grinch than Santa, St. Augustine has the perfect event to help you get into the season... the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular. "We are so excited to be presenting a brand-new holiday production to St. Johns County residents and visitors over Thanksgiving weekend this year," The Dance Company director Stephanie Burkhardt shared.  And they're excited to use a portion of proceeds to fund their “Everyone Dances” tuition assistance fund.   My hubby's … [Read more...]

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 are often harder to find.  When you do see them, it's hard to tell if they're worth visiting.  We'd driven past Moses Creek Conservation Area dozens of times before we stopped for a hike. The small parking lot off SR 206 is unassuming but the 2,173 acres tucked away there give you the opportunity to explore seven distinct habitats and … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Hot Chocolate Taste-Off

claudes hot chocolate in St Augustine

When you want hot chocolate in St. Augustine, you have options. And this is not a decision to make lightly!!! Do you want Belgian chocolate, hand-mixed by a chocolatier? Would you prefer a frozen chocolate treat? Or are you in the mood for a super-sweet drink with outstanding presentation? Don't end up with Swiss Miss... here is my guide to the best hot chocolate in St. Augustine! Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. My completely biased, top 5 guide to the best hot chocolate in St. Augustine: Claude's Chocolate facing Casa Monica Hotel … [Read more...]

Boston North End Restaurants

Antico Forno Boston

Thanks for joining me on our Boston Road Trip!! I'll include links to all my Boston posts at the end of this post. I hope you're not tired of hearing about Boston yet.  I told you earlier this week about 3 Experiences in the North End You Don't Wanna Miss... today I've gotta highlight a couple of Italian restaurants we really enjoyed there. First up, Antico Forno Cucina a Legna. Cucina a Legna apparently refers to the wood fired oven they use for pizzas.  They looked & smelled good but we didn't order any pizza in the North End- maybe we will when we return … [Read more...]

3 experiences in Boston’s North End you don’t want to miss!

Modern Pastry Boston

Thanks for joining me on our Boston Road Trip!! I'll include links to all my Boston posts at the end of this post. Boston's North End is home to Paul Revere's House {the oldest wooden house in Boston, I believe}, Old North Church and part of the Freedom Trail.  You don't need me to tell you about those- they're featured on every Boston Travel Blog I've seen and plastered across all the Boston Ticket Sites as well.  I'm here to share the goodies you may miss without an inside scoop.  So go ahead & schedule those things.  But read here for the rest of the story! After … [Read more...]