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.
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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