St. Augustine’s Historic Inns, part 3

Annual Christmas Tour of St. Augustine Inns Bayfront Westcott & Bayfront Marin

Simply St Augustine was recently invited to tour the St Augustine Historic Inns on the 2011 Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, which featured 25 B&Bs and Historic Inns.  Start with part 1 here. Southern Wind If you're an afternoon tea kind of guest, you'll love Southern Wind.  Tea and dessert are available to the guests of their 10 rooms, in addition to the full breakfast and wi-fi.  Two of the private baths have jacuzzi tubs for a relaxing soak. Ann O'Malley's restaurant served a taste of their corned beef sandwich- I loved the spicy kick of the … [Read more...]

Charter a Train = More fun for Less $!

Ripley's Big Red Train St Augustine

Why in the world would you want to charter a whole train? Nights of Lights Group Fun! Shuttle to a favorite restaurant, putt putt, etc with no parking worries Birthday Party, Bachelorette Party, Unbirthday Party (who needs a reason?!) any celebration with friends Family Reunion- it'll keep everyone happy.  Except Uncle Larry. Field Trips.  Learn Florida's Spanish History, about Martin Luther King Jr's time here and so much more Simply St. Augustine chartered Ripley's Big Red Train to enjoy the nights of lights with friends.  We met at Ripley's, where … [Read more...]

95 Cordova

breakfast at the casa monica hotel

**Update: 95 Cordova has been rebranded Costa Brava. The ambiance is clean and coastal and the menu is regional and delish! It won't disappoint!** Nestled in historic Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova offers a memorable experience breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night. Our room package included breakfast, otherwise we probably would have popped into The Bunnery or Bistro de Leon for a freshly baked treat.  Clara joined us and we were all wowed by our delish breakfast.  (She liked the teeny condiment bottles and freshly squeezed orange juice almost as much as the undivided … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas! Gift Certificates only $1!

Afraid of another year of Bath & Body Works lotions?  Tired of socks and ties?  You can buy yourself a Christmas gift you'll really enjoy on the cheap! gift certificates are on sale through Christmas eve for $1.  Wow! St. Augustine restaurants that won't dissapoint: Bistro de Leon The Tasting Room 95 Cordova at the Casa Monica Hotel King Fish Grill (waterfront!) Casa Maya Live in Jacksonville?  Orlando?  New York?  You can find restaurants in your area, too.  Now, wrap up your Christmas shopping (for you and for … [Read more...]

St Augustine’s Historic Inns, part 2

Simply St Augustine was recently invited to tour the St Augustine Historic Inns on the 2011 Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, which featured 25 B&Bs and Historic Inns.  Read part 1 here. Centennial House The innkeeper here was engaging and loves life.  She excitedly shared that she had no vacancies, so we were unable to tour actual rooms.  But this home on the National Registry of Historic Structures offers 8 rooms- each with soundproofed walls and their own climate control.  This is quite a find among B&Bs!  The Centennial House was named such because it opened … [Read more...]

Columbia at Christmas

The Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine's festive decorations go beyond the large tree in the hostess area. Warmly lit at night, it's a comfortable place to celebrate with family or friends. Merry Christmas! ~ Simply St. Augustine ~ … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Historic Inns

St. Augustine Historic Inns Christmas Tour 44 Spanish Street

**2012 Update! This year's B&B Tour is Dec 8 & 9.  Find more info about 2012 Christmas Tour here.** My legs are sore from all the walking, but this weekend's tour of St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast homes was wonderful!  25 historic homes and inns gave many reasons to consider this style of travel when searching for the perfect St. Augustine Hotel.  Here are some snapshots and favorite memories from 2011 Holiday Tour of Historic Inns. Inn on Charlotte Diamond Lil is the "ghost" of the Inn on Charlotte.  She shared stories of the 1890's, when she lived in the … [Read more...]

Regatta of Lights this Saturday!

St Augustine Boat Parade

St. Augustine's melting pot takes a hometown parade, gorgeous waterfront along Matanzas Bay, Christmas lights and 15' - 85' long boats... and pours out one festive evening! The Regatta of Lights is this Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm.  Arrive early to claim your spot along the Matanzas Bay- anywhere between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions will provide a front-row-seat.  If it's too cold, or if you're too hungry, grab a table at waterfront Harry's, the Tini Martini Bar, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, or Meehan's Irish Pub- all on Avenida Menendez. St. … [Read more...]