Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Year, New Trip: St. Augustine, FL

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

If you have not been to St. Augustine, Florida, you need to add this quaint town to your list of places to visit in 2011! We can't believe we waited this long to explore this historic town. Just five hours away from Miami, St. Augustine is the perfect get-away for couples, families and friends (and their dogs!).

The moment we drove into the small city, we were transported to another world. A place where time stands still, politeness goes a long way, and Christmas decorations are abundant. Welcome to downtown St. Augustine, FL!

The bed & breakfast inn we booked was located on a intimate, cobblestone street called Aviles Street. As we turned right into Aviles we were both thinking the same thing: this looks like a European street! We stayed at Casa De Solana Bed & Breakfast Inn, one of St. Augustine's oldest residences. We were awed from the moment we saw its lush courtyard, antique details and private balconies. We absolutely loved it!

In order to see the "Fountain of Youth," you must pay an entrance fee to the archaeological park. Although the fountain is actually a hole in the earth with some water in it, it is pretty cool to actually see it and drink from it. It smells just like rotten eggs, but hey, beauty has its price! Speaking of beauty, don't miss out on the colorful peacocks that roam around the park. There are some white ones too that are just breathtaking.

One of the most visible historical sites is the Castillo de San Marcos. It was built in the 17th century and is the oldest fort in the United States. Make sure to put this in your "Must See" list when visiting.

St. Augustine is not only beautiful, it is also rich in history. We explored the nation's oldest house, the Gonzalez-Alvarez house, which dates back to the early 1700s. If you visit St. Augustine, don't forget to stop by the oldest wooden school house and other historical homes.

We spent New Year's Eve at Cellar 6, a local wine bar that features an excellent menu and live music. Our dinner was delicious and the atmosphere was laid-back yet chic.

Almost every house and resturant in St. Augustine has a courtyard. These lush beautiful gardens with fountains and statues transport you into a whimsical world.

The lighthouse was probably one of our favorite spots. We climbed up hundreds of steps to the observation deck just in time to witness a precious sunset. Joey is probably the only dog that has been up there! He wasn't afraid of heights at all.

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  1. It looks like you both had a wonderful trip. I'm surprised to see how lovely St Augustine,Florida really is. Welcome back and hope you both have a great year!

    Anna's Table

  2. Anna- We had both been to St. Augustine when we were little. This was a last minute trip, with no planning so it was a pleasant surprise how nice it really was. Great for a weekend getaway!

  3. thank you for sharing your trip with us..looks like the both of you had a fabulous time! how romantic too:) happy new year

  4. My husband and I love St. Augustine. We are New Yorkers and visit St. Augustine everytime we go to Florida. One of our favorite restaurants there is Salt Water Cowboys off of Rt. A1A. Glad you two enjoyed yourselves. Happy New Year!

  5. gorgeous pictures I just absolutely love St Aug its my favorite about 1 1/2 from me... best place in Florida of course Sawgrass, and Aventura mall is a close fav too! :)

  6. I love this post! We live 20 mins from St Augustine and go there all the time! I recognize the places in every one of the is our most favorite place ever. I have been meaning to stay at a B&B but that is one thing we haven't done yet so it's nice to have a review!

  7. Dawn you should definetly check out Casa de Solana. They offer last minute deals on their Faceboook page!

  8. Good advice dear during the travel its nice way to set the budget for the travel many traveler can not go to the travel due to less budget that very helpful for those and i am at the tour of US bus from columbus to new york city


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