Summer Staycation Idea: Find the BEST Beach in St Augustine!

31 Days Best Beach in St Augustine

Simply St. Augustine hosted a writing & photography contest as part of our 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series... it was so much fun seeing the work that local students sent in! All the photos in today's post were shot by student photographers- feel free to comment with your encouragement. I'm so proud of them! St. Johns County boasts over 40 miles of coastline and although they're all in one county, our beaches do have distinct personalities. So that begs the question... What is the best beach in St. Augustine? We have beaches so packed with shells you … [Read more...]

5 Kid-Friendly Tours in St Augustine

31 Days 5 Kid Friendly Tours

This post is part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series… free & fun ways to LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE! There is more to St. Augustine's history than you can fit into a 4th grade field trip. Our family has been exploring this city for 9 straight years now and still have so much to do, see and learn! For a jump-start on St. Augustine's past and some fun in the present, here are 5 kid-friendly St. Augustine tours you should book this summer:  1. Pirates, Plunder and Parlay St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours crafted this experience just for kids. On … [Read more...]

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth St Augustine

A 2 story globe. 15 waterfront acres. 30 peacocks. 500 years of documented history. 600 foot observation dock. St. Augustine's Fountain of Youth Park is a surprisingly refreshing stop if you know what you're diving in to! Our family is enjoying "staycationing" in our hometown this summer. Perks come with staycations... like knowing the summer weather patterns! We visited the Fountain of Youth one afternoon and timed it so we'd spend the rainy part of the afternoon in the 2 inside attractions. The first is the Navigator's Planetarium where a peacock tried to … [Read more...]

Cantina Louie

Fajitas Cantina Louie

Cantina Louie... there's been a lot of buzz about this Mexican Street Food restaurant. Can it live up to the hype? The kiddos and I went recently- this was our experience: Like most Mexican restaurants, Cantina Louie brings chips & salsa while you peruse the menu. We added an order of Guacamole Dip {$5.99} since we were eating a very late 2:30 lunch. After a squeeze of lime and extra dash of salt, we dug in & enjoyed this traditional avocado dip. I really wanted to try some of the Mexican Street Food items like street corn and tamales but they're … [Read more...]

Afternoon Tea at Colonial Quarter

Girls Tea Party St Augustine

This special tea time is no longer regularly offered. If you are hoping to join, contact the Colonial Quarter to see when the next tea time is available! (904)342-2857 St. Augustine's Colonial Quarter is more than a collection of historic buildings to tour.  A step through the heavy wooden gates any day is a step back in time to centuries where hard work all day was necessary for survival. The recent addition of an afternoon tea experience shares a bit of a young woman's experience in British Colonial St Augustine where tea was not an occasional luxury but a daily way of … [Read more...]

Michael Franti at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Michael Franti

** The giveaways are closed- thanks for participating! ** St. Augustine hosts some amazing concerts and this town knows how to throw a great party. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is doing both when they bring Michael Franti to St. Augustine with the Soulshine Tour. This is the first concert I've ever heard of that starts with yoga and segues into a full concert and a DJ-hosted dance party. From the St. Augustine Amphitheatre's site: "the four bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall, come together for a … [Read more...]

Nadia Rubin, my Massage Therapist

Whether you're a local or a visitor looking to work out the kinks of travel, let me introduce you to Nadia Rubin. She's my massage therapist and she is amazing. You'll think she's amazing, too, because on top of having magic hands, she'll give you 10% off your first visit just for finding her through my site! You're welcome. She's amazing for other reasons, too... I'll tell you why she's the St. Augustine massage therapist I trust, love and see monthly. First, Nadia is from Italy and has a soft accent. That shouldn't affect my desire to see her, but I have to be … [Read more...]