National Geographic names St Augustine Top 10 Places to See Lights

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As all the locals know, St. Augustine is a great place to live. In this part of my site, I share news articles from around the nation where our fair city has been featured. In this one, National Geographic names St Augustine Top 10 Places to See Lights! National Geographic's Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights {excerpt} Once under Spanish rule, this 16th-century city fetes its heritage. Single white candles once flickered from colonists’ windows; during Nights of Lights, the 144-square-block historic district twinkles with two million bulbs (each white, per city … [Read more...]

Holly Jolly Trolley stops at Colonial Quarter!

Colonial Quarter free at Christmas

One thing I love about St. Augustine is things are always the same and yet always changing.  For example, we ride around to look at Christmas lights every year during St. Augustine's Nights of Lights, but there are new aspects to enjoy this season like a stop at Colonial Quarter when you ride the Holly Jolly Trolley! Our family loves, loves, loves the Colonial Quarter.  The boys like the musket demonstration, the girls love playing in the hands-on archaeology section and everyone wants to climb the tower and look out over the city of St Augustine... even if they're too … [Read more...]

America’s Best College Towns: St Augustine

st augustine in the news

As all the locals know, St. Augustine is a great place to live. In this part of my site, I share news articles from around the nation where our fair city has been featured. In this one, Travel & Leisure names St. Augustine one of America's best college towns.  America's Best College Towns {excerpt} For our first America’s Favorite Towns survey, we asked T+L fans and followers to post nominations on social media with the hashtag #TLTowns—and then to vote for the 744 towns in 55 categories. Ithaca and other popular college towns scored highly in categories like … [Read more...]

Restaurants in St Augustine open on Christmas Day 2015

La Pentola Cappucino St Augustine

If you stumbled upon this page looking for Restaurants open for Thanksgiving Dinner 2015 <-there's the link! I'll update it for 2016 when the time comes. So you're celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine?! Welcome and Merry Christmas! Here's my short list of restaurants that are open for Christmas. This is a culled list I recommend, this is not a list of every restaurant open on Christmas in St Augustine. Each St. Augustine restaurant name is a link to the review I wrote of that restaurant.  Of course, you should call to confirm they're open on Christmas 2015 and to … [Read more...]

Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar

Cousteaus St Augustine Milkshakes for 2

This is a happy/sad post.  Which do you want first?  Ok, sad. I'm sad Bon Ami Confections closed.  Forever.  No more macarons for me.  {sniffle} I'll give you the happy now.  To help you Bon Ami lovers get over your despondency, restauranteur Steven opened Cousteau's Waffle & Milkshake Bar in its place! "Everything is made in house.  It really is a local product made by really talented people."  -Meredith, waffle baker extraordinaire When we walked in the door, our bakers put Belgian Liege dough on the griddle.  We make waffles at home all the time and … [Read more...]

St Augustine Named America’s Twinkliest Town by Rachel Ray

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As all the locals know, St. Augustine is a great place to live. In this part of my site, I share news articles from around the nation where our fair city has been featured. In this one, Rachel Ray names us America's Twinkliest Romantic Town. St Augustine Named America's Twinkliest Town by Rachel Ray {excerpt} St. Augustine has been named one of America’s Twinkliest Towns byEvery Day with Rachael Ray magazine.The Ancient City was the top winner in the “For the Romantic” category. The story by Alex Pecci talks about the more than 3 million lights in the historic … [Read more...]

Jax Illuminations Christmas Lights in Jacksonville, Florida

Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Christmas Lights

Going grocery shopping may not be considered a "road trip" to many, but shopping at Costco in Jacksonville counts as one to me.  Costco for our family of 8 = I feel like I'm moving half the store with me when we load up and head back to St. Augustine with our haul!! This week, we had the BEST Costco trip ever because we drove through the Jacksonville Southside attraction Jax Illuminations drive thru Christmas Lights on the way home! Jax Illuminations is near the St. Johns Town Center off St. Johns Bluff Road- it's so easy to get there from JTB or 295.  We pulled in … [Read more...]

Families: Try Ripley’s Nights Of Lights Train!!

Ripleys Balloon Nights of Lights

Ripley's Nights Of Lights Train has become a favorite family tradition... even our 17 year old asked us to schedule it on a night he could come! I'm sure you already know that Ripley's knows how to make a memory inside the crazy museum. Well, they've put all their experience into making #NightsOfLights Trains fun for all ages. Instead of the line feeling interminably long, families pass the time by watching a fire dancer, taking photos with Santa, roasting marshmallows and playing in the bubble snow! Ripley's Red Train is full of surprises and is hands-down the best Nights … [Read more...]