Celebrating the Holidays in St. Augustine

Holidays in St. Augustine The Nation's Oldest City knows how to celebrate the Holidays in St. Augustine and bring back the Christmas Spirit. From the Nights of Lights to all of the events around town this month. There is something for everyone to enjoy and in such a beautiful town. Here's are a few happening now and throughout the month. Regatta of Lights Our first Regatta of Lights or fondly known as the "Boat Parade" in our home, was simply magical. Something our family enjoys year after year. Not growing up in the south or near water, I have personally fallen in love … [Read more...]

Ghosts of St. Augustine

As my hubby always says, "If you believe in life after death, then you have to believe in ghosts." Well, I am not sure everyone would agree! However, there are definitely enough stories about massacres taking place in and around St. Augustine. Ghost tours are just another form of oral history to learn about the Ghosts of St. Augustine. As a family, we enjoy a good ghost tour!  On our most recent adventure, we took the Ripley's Ghost Train Tour. Hunting the Ghosts of St. Augustine Upon check in, each ticket holder was given an EMF meter and each group received a laser … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Distillery Launches New Bourbons for the Holidays

In 4 short years, the St. Augustine Distillery ranks as the second most popular attraction on TripAdvisor making it one of the most sought-after tours in the area. Another milestone at St. Augustine Distillery is the launch of the Distillery Bourbon known as The Saint. It is the world's first barrel-finished old fashioned bourbon. “This unique combination creates a barrel strength bourbon that drinks like a 90 proof and tastes like it’s 10 years old,” said CEO and co-founder Philip McDaniel. “We made only two barrels in this first release. 30 percent of the product has … [Read more...]

St. Augustine Nights of Lights Celebrating 25 Years

Nights of Lights St. Augustine

For 25 years, St. Augustine Nights of Lights has been bringing the magic of Christmas alive for locals and tourists. It's become a tradition for many over the years with new additions each year. People often ask where is the best place to see the lights?  What's the best way to see the lights?   The lights are all around town with a variety of ways to take in the magic of the season. How to see the St. Augustine Nights of Lights There are many ways to explore the Nights of Lights with the crowds being the largest on the weekends in November and December. If you would … [Read more...]

Happy Fall Y’all

How to Prevent a Rotting Jack O Lantern

Did someone say pumpkin patch? Have you driven by a field with pumpkins growing on a vine in or around St. Augustine? Our pumpkin patches do not come close to trudging through the muddy field and picking a pumpkin straight from the vine in your favorite fall outfits. However, there are some corn mazes and down on the farm types of activities in the area. Still not like the farms of the north, but you get to enjoy warm weather with no chance of frost on your pumpkins. As I quickly learned when I moved south, you must be careful to not let your pumpkins rot. Where to get … [Read more...]

Who is Simply St. Augustine?

Simply St. Augustine is... I'm really glad you've discovered Simply St. Augustine! Simply is a blog about being a tourist in St. Augustine. Simply is a website covering attractions like the Pirate Museum & all the delish restaurants in St. Augustine & parks in St. Augustine you may not know about. Simply is also a place for locals {and those who wish they were!} to chat via facebook. For those with wanderlust, Simply is a launching pad for road trips. Now that you know what Simply St. Augustine is, I'll share who Simply St. Augustine is... Who is Simply St. … [Read more...]

Historical Forts of St. Augustine

Everyone knows about the "the fort" aka Castillo de San Marcos, but did you know there is more than one fort open to visitors? There are 3 historical forts of St. Augustine each offering something just a little different and well worth a visit while in town. One of the historical forts of St. Augustine no longer has a standing fort, however there is a welcome center and grounds to tour.   Castillo de San Marcos   The center of town revolves around the Castillo. The site is one of the most photographed sites in the city. Providing a favorite place … [Read more...]

15 Rainy Day Adventures in St. Augustine

15 Rainy Day Adventures in St. Augustine...What are you waiting for? St. Augustine and Florida are famous for the afternoon or early evening showers during the summer months and a good portion of the year. If you are not afraid to get soaked, carry on or pick up a poncho. Otherwise, there are many things to do that will keep you indoors for a few hours while the rain passes. Check out these 15 Rainy Day Adventures in St. Augustine Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium Take plenty of quarters or small bills along for the various interactive exhibits throughout the … [Read more...]