Kenwood Inn Bed & Breakfast

Kenwood Inn

When you already live in paradise, you don't have to drive far to get away!  Kenwood Inn provided a much needed respite for hubby & me recently.  We checked in as early as allowed and set out to discover the charms of this St. Augustine Inn built in 1865.  I learned that it was built as an inn, so both public & private spaces were gracious. The first surprise was waiting right through our back door... I couldn't wait to enjoy a cup of coffee on our spacious porch.  Two cushioned lounge chairs occupied one end and a table with umbrella & 4 chairs hinted … [Read more...]

St Augustine Trails: Moses Creek Conservation Area

Moses Creek Tidal Marsh

After a couple of please be still! and use your inside voice! days, we needed wide open space. We needed somewhere the kids could run, explore and, well, be kids!  After asking my local friends on Simply's facebook page, we found a new park: Moses Creek Conservation Area. Covering 2,173 acres, Moses Creek protects one of the few remaining undeveloped tidal regions in the area.  Locals go there to kayak, hike, bike, camp in St. Augustine, horseback ride and bird… we were just there to run!!  Unlike Guana, the first half of Moses Creek's trail is very … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Old School Museum

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in USA

You knew, when I said "St. Augustine's Old School Museum" in the title of this blog, that we're talking about an old school building- not old school as in Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hurray Heeeyyy, hoooo, heeeyyy, hoooo, hip hop hurray, hoooo, haaaaay, hoooo..." or something even more Old School like... well, I don't know like what because I'm not that old.  {Help me out, Karl?!} Anyways, this post is about the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Museum in St. Augustine - a St. Augustine attraction for decades and a nice place to prop up your feet for a bit in the midst of busy … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Spanish Bakery

TheSpanishBakery.com

When I was a kid, Dad used to take my sister and me to the Spanish Bakery on St. George Street.  That alone is enough reason for me to bring my own children there for lunch in St. Augustine! Dad grew up in Puerto Rico- I guess the picadillo and pigeons walking around old picnic tables of a family-owned bakery reminded him of his childhood.  And The Spanish Bakery on St. George Street is still in the same building, serving the same menu on the same picnic tables I remember as a child!  It's been in the same family all 37 years of operation. My little … [Read more...]

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

Spanish-Military-Hospital-St-Augustine

Our Spanish Military Hospital Museum guided tour started with a trip to the morgue.  Did you know a couple of hundred years ago when someone was dying, the hospital would ring a bell to summon family on the alert at home?  That's where the saying, "for whom the bell tolls" comes from!  True story!  I learned a lot at this St. Augustine Museum... like this stop isn't for people with weak stomachs! Back to the morgue- that's it below- it wasn't just for dead people.  No, it wasn't a cold storage place but a quiet, private room for people to visit with their beloved soldier … [Read more...]

Kookaburra Coffee

Kookaburra Coffee

I’ve written about Kookaburra {and another mention here when I met with St Augustine's 450}but I haven’t done a Kookaburra post yet.  There’s no time like the present, so here’s the scoop! Kookaburra is my favorite coffee shop in St. Augustine.  No contest!  Spencer and Meg are the friendly owners and I’ve loved every cup of locally roasted, Bold Bean coffee I’ve ordered.  My summer fave was the Coconut Latte… but now that it's winter, I'm forcing myself try some other flavors... like the the Hot Chocolate Bar Meg rolls out on Nights of Lights weekends.  Expect … [Read more...]

Savory Faire St. Augustine Food Tour

The Floridian St Augustine

There is no better way to have lunch in St. Augustine than a foodie walking tour!  City Walks was St. Augustine's first foodie walking tour and they continue to offer delish and fun tours of St. Augustine daily.  We joined CityWalks {aka Tour St. Augustine} for the Savory Faire Tour last weekend as a grande finale to my hubby's Birthday Getaway.  You may want to get a snack before reading this... you'll be hungry by the end!! Since City Walks was purchased by Tour St. Augustine, most tours leave from this office {next door to the Lightner Museum and Flagler College}.  … [Read more...]

City Walks Tour de Chocolate

City Walks St Augustine

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate." - Linda Grayson My best friend is pregnant... and you know what all pregnant women need!  CHOCOLATE!  I took her on City Walks' Tour de Chocolate recently to make sure she names the baby after me.  ;) It's easy to find the starting place for St. Augustine's oldest walking tour company.  City Walks launches from Tour St. Augustine at 4 Granada Street. Our Tour de Chocolate started promptly at 2:00- St. Augustine etiquette is to arrive at all walking tours 15 minutes early.  We met Alice, … [Read more...]