5 Reasons to LOVE The Original Cafe Eleven Brunch

Cafe Eleven generously offered a $25 gift card giveaway with this post. Amy won the random drawing. Subscribe for future giveaways! If you're looking for a weekend brunch, I've found where it's at!! Cafe Eleven stays busy all weekend long with their amazing brunch buffet. It's a St. Augustine Beach gem! Here are 5 reasons to love The Original Cafe Eleven's Brunch: 1. It's so chill. I love dressing up and enjoying fine dining... but Saturday mornings are for relaxing. Cafe Eleven serves a great brunch without the fuss. Go in your beach duds, go in your yoga pants, go in … [Read more...]

Celebrate St. Augustine’s 450th Birthday!

It's here!!! St. Augustine is celebrating her 450th birthday and that's a big deal for all Americans. St. Augustine has the distinction of being the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the US... we're proud of being "The Oldest City" and we want to invite allllll of our friends to our birthday party! Set aside September 4-8 for a multitude of celebrations all around town. Live music on several stages around town, fireworks, Spanish dancing, a reenactments, a folk festival at the lighthouse and more will fill Labor Day weekend and make you glad St. … [Read more...]

1905 day at Columbia Restaurant

Palomilla Steak at Columbia Restaurant St Augustine

Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine is celebrating the restaurant's 110th anniversary Sunday, September 20!  They're rolling back the prices to what customers may have paid in 1905, when the first of the Florida-famous Cuban restaurants opened in Ybor City. Note today's prices on the menu vs. "1905" prices listed under it!! Columbia's 1905 menu: • Chicken & Yellow Rice “Ybor” - $2.95 • Boliche (eye round of beef) - $2.95 • Merluza “Russian Style” - $2.95  Regularly $19.95!! • Columbia’s Original “1905" Salad™ - $1.95 • Spanish Bean or Cuban Black Bean Soup: … [Read more...]

September Specials for Locals & Teachers

It's great to be a local with these September Specials! Disclaimer- always check with the attraction before counting on any discounts. I do my best to keep my site updated but things change fast here for such an old city! This post was updated 9/4/2016 - please let me know if you find something out of date. If you manage a local attraction and would like to be featured, email me SimplyStAugustine@gmail.com Several St. Augustine attractions are offering great pricing in September- it's a light month for tourists which means it's a GREAT month to be local! Check out the … [Read more...]

Announcing St. Augustine Foodie Adventures

Y'all know I love local business. I am so excited about a new idea that is rooted in Jacksonville and is now blossoming in St. Augustine... St. Augustine Foodie Adventures! These are 1 night events at local restaurants showcasing the best of the area and really giving each chef a chance to shine. Yesterday, I chatted with Jerry, the founder of this dinner adventure series. We met at Dos, the location of their first foray into St. Aug, where he shared his love of food and his desire to see smaller local spots recognized for the food and service that sets them apart. Jerry … [Read more...]

K&L Horseback Riding School

It's been said that no hour of life in the saddle is wasted. After our first horseback riding lesson with K&L Horseback Riding School, I am in complete agreement. In our two hour visit, I saw my children laugh with exhilaration, overcome fear, sit tall with the pride of learning something new and share the saddle with the only people who they will know their entire lives- each other. K&L Horseback Riding School is in the agricultural part of southwestern St. Johns County.  An easy 35 minute ride from St. Augustine, we scheduled our first horseback riding … [Read more...]

RECIPE: St. Augustine’s Best White Sangria

The quest for the perfect sangria has been a long and arduous hunt. I've sacrificed for you, dear readers, to find the best in town. I've sipped bad red wine with some fruit tossed in disguised as sangria and I've labored over which of the tasty ones was the bestest-best just for you. And now my search is over. I am quite confident I have found the best white sangria in town. It's at the Colonial Quarter's Taberna del Caballo. {You thought I was just going to tease you until later in the post, didn't you? Nope- straight to the good stuff!} They let me peek into their … [Read more...]