**2012 Update! This year’s B&B Tour is Dec 8 & 9. Find more info about 2012 Christmas Tour here.**
My legs are sore from all the walking, but this weekend’s tour of St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast homes was wonderful! 25 historic homes and inns gave many reasons to consider this style of travel when searching for the perfect St. Augustine Hotel. Here are some snapshots and favorite memories from 2011 Holiday Tour of Historic Inns.
Diamond Lil is the “ghost” of the Inn on Charlotte. She shared stories of the 1890’s, when she lived in the home as flashy Louella Day McConnell.
Inn on Charlotte was a great place for me to start my tour. This historic home was everything I think a Bed and Breakfast should be. Ample seating on the covered porch set a welcoming tone, a well-appointed living room was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the 8 guest rooms were comfortable and beautiful. They offer a 2 course breakfast daily and a wine social hour each afternoon.
One of the best things about the St. Augustine Historic Inns Christmas Tour is that each B&B is paired with a restaurant. SPY global cuisine was outside Inn on Charlotte and I had the privilege of meeting Chef Rocco Russo & Chef James Keene, who have a combined 45 years experience in the kitchen! I hope to share more about their new menu (sushi and international fare) soon.
44 Spanish Street
Next, I walked to 44 Spanish Street. It’s conveniently located in the midst of historic St. Augustine, as are the other 24 homes. I like the porches here and the breakfast room set off behind the home was remiscent of old homes with kitchen buildings for safety.
The entrance decorations of Carriage Way… what can I say? I love it!
St. Augustine’s The Columbia Restaurant served delicious Paella and a cup of Sangria. I had never ordered Columbia’s Paella before, it is delicious. As a Mamma of 6, I drooled over this huge paella pan as much as the delicious offering inside it!!
** I received complimentary admission to St Augustine’s Christmas Tour of Historic Inns. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. **