St. Augustine made Travel + Leisure’s 2014 College Towns List

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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, Travel + Leisure again features St. Augustine as a "Best College Town". Best College Towns {excerpt} No. 12 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine, the oldest continually inhabited town in the U.S., has never shied away from its touristy pirate past, especially in the kitschy shops, restaurants, and bars fronting St. George Street, the heart of the Colonial Spanish district. But hop in one … [Read more...]

Hypolita Street Festival

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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, the St. Augustine 450th Commission invites YOU to a block party celebrating the re-opening of Hypolita Street! Be there! … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Enjoy St. Augustine’s Light up Night {without getting lost in the crowds}

Saturday, November 18, 2017 St. Augustine closes roads, brings in live music and celebrates the beginning of the holiday season in a big way with light up night! Our Plaza de la Constitution is home to the Nights of Lights kickoff party and everyone comes out for it. Live music, a giant real Christmas Tree and over 2.5 million lights transform historic St. Augustine into a winter wonderland- one of the 10 best light displays in the entire world according to National Geographic! St. Augustine's Nights of Lights has been a tradition with our family for as long as … [Read more...]

Doing Dishes Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

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When Andrew's co-op class read Stone Soup, each student painted a special soup bowl. He was so proud of it and ate dinner from it the first night and the second... and then he dropped it. So when I had the opportunity to visit Doing Dishes on CR210 to experience painting pottery, I knew just who to bring with me! Andrew had no problem choosing what to paint. There were plates & platters, bowls, decorative containers... tons of options to personalize! But he wanted the exact stone soup bowl and even worked carefully with the friendly "painting expert" on staff to … [Read more...]

Cap’s Express on SR16

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Cap's on the Water has been a local favorite for decades. Fresh flavors, the best water views in St. Augustine and a line of locals willing to wait for a memorable meal all await you when you visit on a nice evening. Cap's Express now offers the fresh & local flavors Cap's on the Water is known for. Breakfast and lunch are available for dine-in or take-out weekdays and service is super-fast to fit into any schedule. Ben, my oldest son, and I visited for lunch. My only regret is that I didn't take the whole family so I could try one of everything on the … [Read more...]

St Augustine Christmas Shopping Tour

Shop Local & Help a Local Family in need! Are you making a list and checking it twice? St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours is offering a great new tour this season to help you knock that list out with unique & meaningful gifts, have a lot of fun and support local small businesses! I'm super excited about this holiday season tour- my Mom is coming up next weekend for the inaugural tour and we can't wait to shop locally for those we love! Whether you come solo, book a private tour with all your girlfriends or make this a unique date with your honey, … [Read more...]

Jacksonville’s M Shack – Burgers, Shakes and More

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We have a pretty big family and pretty big families shop at Costco. So we're in Jacksonville at the Town Center every other week or so. Any time I can arrange my shopping trip to also fit in a visit to M Shack, I do! Here are a few reasons why... starting with their hand-spun shakes: The Marshmallow Brulée Shake (small $4, large $5.25) does not have the bruléed flavor all throughout. That was a bit of a bummer for me, but the kiddos love the chocolate/vanilla shake with the bruléed marshmallow topping! All of M Shack's shakes are thick and ice creamily delicious. … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Road Trip with Dad

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Hubby & I love Road Trips… but we love them differently. I love to explore {thus the travel writer occupation & Simply St. Augustine blog}. Road trips are the perfect opportunity to discover something new!!! When we #RoadTrip my way, I research roadside attractions, parks and local restaurants along our route and we make the journey part of our vacation. It may take twice as long, but life is a journey, not a destination. Right? Hubby just wants to get there. He will tackle a 7 hour road trip with 1 potty stop. My thoughts? … [Read more...]