Kenwood Inn Bed & Breakfast

Kenwood Inn

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 … [Read more...]

31 Days of Summer: a Ft Matanzas guest blog

31 Days of Summer in St Augustine

Y'all welcome Brooke as our guest blogger today!  She writes and crafts over at Sweet B's & Sunshine.  She also sells the most adorable "I {heart} St. Augustine" art that you must check out!!  I'm trying to figure out where to hang one in my home as we speak.  Never thought I'd say this... but I need more wall space. Today, Brooke is sharing about her favorite local getaway- Fort Matanzas National Monument.  This post is #13 of 31 fun things to do in St. Augustine. Click there for more-> Florida Staycation Ideas! I fell in love with this little hidden gem when we … [Read more...]

Whetstones Chocolate Factory Tour

31 Days Whetstones Chocolate Tour St Augustine

This post is #12 of 31 fun things to do in St. Augustine. Click there for more-> Florida Staycation Ideas! Hubby took a day off work last week and we let the kids pick anything they wanted to do in St. Augustine.  Guess who picked the Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour?! {the girls} We paid for the tour when we first entered and then sat in the "I wonder what's through those doors" room surrounded by photos of chocolate in its various stages. When our group was finally ready for the tour, I was a little disappointed to see this tour guide instead of an Ooompa … [Read more...]

ROAD TRIP: Jacksonville Beach to St. Augustine

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Y'all, we have a guest post today!! Jennifer is a Jacksonville native currently living in Jacksonville Beach. Jennifer is living with Celiac Disease and founded the blog I met her at a TPC event and love her zest for life and passion to enjoy friends & food within the bounds of Celiac.  Today, she's sharing her fave ROAD TRIP: Jax Beach to St. Augustine for our 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series! As a kid growing up in northern St. Johns County we took trips to St. Augustine. We would go to the Fort, the Old School House and Anastasia … [Read more...]

Rocky Beach at Washington Oaks Gardens

31 Days 9 Washington Oaks

Hi, Simply St. Augustine friends! This post is part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series. I've done all the research so you can kick back & have fun this summer! Read through all the ideas here. Today's tip: take a day trip to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park!  Picnic on the intracoastal, stop & smell the roses and take a relaxed stroll through the water gardens {don't forget your camera and a lunch!}  Then explore Florida's rocky beach before heading back to town. Details at a glance: $5 cash for honor-system admission to beach & … [Read more...]

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

So, I'm on this quest.  I want to search out the Best Fries in St. Augustine.  It all started as I was enjoying a quick dinner date with my hubby in Jacksonville- at Five Guys Burgers & Fries.  They hand-cut their fries and you can choose between cajun, sea salt & plain.  Some people say they're the best fries around... It was my first time to Five Guys.  Hubby & my date nights are usually more BlackFly and Harry's than burgers & coke- but I said he could pick our date... {famous last words} Ok- review time. I'll make this one quick.  We were … [Read more...]

ISO Best Fries in St. Augustine

Best French Fries in St Augustine BlackFly

 When you want fries, where do you go?  I'm not much of a fried food gal.  I'll take cole slaw over hush puppies, salad over a popcorn shrimp app and a side of local, fresh veggies over fried onion rings any day.  But there is absolutely no healthy replacement for french fries. Now I'm on a hunt for the best french fries in St. Augustine, Florida.  It's part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine quest!  I'm munching my way through diners, drive-is & dives, french fry stand-alones and gourmet restaurants looking for The Perfect Fry. I need your help!! … [Read more...]

BlackFly The Restaurant – Great Food on the Island

BlackFly The Restaurant St Augustine

Our interest in BlackFly The Restaurant was threefold: Mike Hyatt - he owns Collage Restaurant downtown, which we love. Could he duplicate that success with a family-friendly menu & atmosphere Vaughn Cochran - Hubby used to talk fly-fishing with this international fishing guide & original Jimmy Buffet band member.  When Vaughn moved his shop from Aviles Street in St. Augustine to Jacksonville, hubby followed.  Hubby loves Vaughn Cochran's fish art in bold colors & couldn't wait to see what a fly-fishing themed restaurant was all about! FOOD - St. … [Read more...]