When you already live in paradise, you don’t have to drive far to get away! Kenwood Inn provided a much needed respite for hubby & me recently. We checked in as early as allowed and set out to discover the charms of this St. Augustine Inn built in 1865. I learned that it was built as an inn, so both public & private spaces were gracious.
The first surprise was waiting right through our back door…
I couldn’t wait to enjoy a cup of coffee on our spacious porch. Two cushioned lounge chairs occupied one end and a table with umbrella & 4 chairs hinted at leisurely breakfasts on the porch… I could already see I’d need to return again & again to enjoy relaxing Kenwood style!
Before we went out to enjoy a St. Augustine afternoon, hubby stretched out on the 4 poster bed while I unpacked. Then it was my turn to try out the bed. I wasn’t going to fall asleep. I wasn’t tired. So… much… to… see… zzzzz…
My single readers may not understand, but life with kids can be tiring! A quick nap during our St. Augustine Staycation was just what the doctor ordered. Don’t laugh! We were tired! After a brief nap, we were ready to explore my favorite city in a new way… we borrowed Kenwood Inn’s complimentary bikes for some sightseeing & exercise.
I envisioned us pedaling side by side on tree-lined streets… in reality, Chris’ bike had seen more miles than mine so I cruised away while he huffed & puffed to keep his bike moving at the same pace. We laughed our way around St. Augustine, stopping only for red lights & to restock my soap & deodorant supply from Hickory Ridge Organics.
Riding bikes through St. Augustine is a great way to see the back streets. At a leisurely pace, we noticed adorable houses, architectural details and even a little park we’d breezed by many times before! We had originally planned to bike to dinner, but the bikes need to be stowed by dark for safety purposes. So after an hour cruising around town, we pushed them through the gate, past the pool and parked them for the night.
Dinner at BlackFly The Restaurant was delish, as always. We decided to drive, not walk over the Bridge of Lions, because storms have been rolling through in the evening. Parking is so easy at Kenwood Inn that we weren’t concerned about losing our spot in their dedicated lot. That’s a change in St. Augustine!
Upon returning, we strolled along the breezy intracoastal- I’m excited to see the new, wider, waterfront promenade when it’s complete!! We bumped into friends & chatted before returning to the Inn. There are several restaurants and bars within walking distance, but we’d enjoyed such a peaceful getaway so far, we decided to return to the Inn instead of filling every minute with activities & outings.
Monday morning, we’d arranged to meet our children at the Picasso exhibit so my porch time was limited to a cup of coffee at the table. We walked down the nearby outdoor staircase to explore the patio and met a furry friend:
Isn’t he cute? He was lapping up the koi food from the goldfish pond! I learned that pets are allowed in the Inn, though this friendly fellow belongs to the staff.
Breakfast was delish and satisfying but not too heavy- perfect for a summer St Augustine day! We chatted with other guests while enjoying a mixed berry parfait and then omelette.
Kenwood Inn provided a relaxing respite from my busy life and a quiet retreat from the hustle & bustle of St. Augustine. My only regret was that we had only 1 night there!
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