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...]

Pub Life Inn over Ann O’Malley’s

Pub Life Vacation Rental St Augustine

It was my hubby's BIRTHDAY and, well, you only turn 33 once!  ;) I surprised Chris with a Birthday Beer Weekend and it all started at Ann O'Malley's Pub Life.  This great little Inn is perched above Ann O'Malley's Irish Pub and offers a perfect base for a Historic St. Augustine beer getaway. At check-in, Chris received a Park Now Card for free parking in the garage, tokens for beer and tokens for 2 sandwiches downstairs at Ann O'Malley's!  We hadn't even stepped into our room yet and the hospitality was flowin'!! Check out our spacious suite- Say "buh-bye" to … [Read more...]

Casa Monica

Casa Monica Hotel Premium King Room

Casa Monica isn't just a hotel... it's an experience! {Experience via video review at the end of this post...} It's valet parking and a uniformed doorman upon arrival.  It's triple-sheeted beds, bohemian decór and tufted velvet headboards with nailhead trim.  Casa Monica is cabanas by the pool, an abundance of fresh towels and ordering lunch poolside. It's a gourmet restaurant and lounge with live music on the weekends and a cafe with freshly baked pastries and Starbucks coffee. Four stars.  Understated elegance. The Casa Monica Hotel embodies the luxe of St. … [Read more...]

Poolside service at Casa Monica

I'm Mamma to six busy children.  So a weekend away with my hubby is wonderful... and a weekend away with poolside pampering is pure bliss!  We enjoy drinks, a light lunch and naps by the pool when we stay at the historic Casa Monica Hotel in downtown St. Augustine.  Poolside cabanas for two are pretty romantic! … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Historic Inns, part 4 {finally!}

Simply St Augustine was recently invited to tour the St Augustine Historic Inns on the 2011 Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, which featured 25 B&Bs and Historic Inns.  I'm sharing my experience with a 4 part post, this is the last.  Start with part 1 here. First, full disclosure: I definitely have a favorite!! I did not make it to all of the inns this year, and each was truly delightful in one way (or several!)  I hope this little tour has inspired you to stay in one or 26 and choose your own favorite!  Now for the final three inns and my own personal … [Read more...]

95 Cordova

breakfast at the casa monica hotel

**Update: 95 Cordova has been rebranded Costa Brava. The ambiance is clean and coastal and the menu is regional and delish! It won't disappoint!** Nestled in historic Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova offers a memorable experience breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night. Our room package included breakfast, otherwise we probably would have popped into The Bunnery or Bistro de Leon for a freshly baked treat.  Clara joined us and we were all wowed by our delish breakfast.  (She liked the teeny condiment bottles and freshly squeezed orange juice almost as much as the undivided … [Read more...]

St Augustine’s Historic Inns, part 2

Simply St Augustine was recently invited to tour the St Augustine Historic Inns on the 2011 Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour, which featured 25 B&Bs and Historic Inns.  Read part 1 here. Centennial House The innkeeper here was engaging and loves life.  She excitedly shared that she had no vacancies, so we were unable to tour actual rooms.  But this home on the National Registry of Historic Structures offers 8 rooms- each with soundproofed walls and their own climate control.  This is quite a find among B&Bs!  The Centennial House was named such because it opened … [Read more...]

St. Augustine’s Historic Inns

St. Augustine Historic Inns Christmas Tour 44 Spanish Street

**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. Inn on Charlotte Diamond Lil is the "ghost" of the Inn on Charlotte.  She shared stories of the 1890's, when she lived in the … [Read more...]