Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Spring Already?!?

Yup! It's spring and there is so much to do in Saint Augustine Florida. So come and see it all for yourself. From a Carnival to several Music Festivals to sail racing and Bay sailing races. There is so much to do.

The Cathedral Festival is our little carnival on the Mission Grounds. Always good clean fun for the family.  Then there is the Lyon's Club Seafood Festival, and the Celtic Festival, too.

Then Race Week is a fun weekend of music and awards between teams competing in their boats, on the water to be the best. We like watching the young-in's in their little boats in the bay, lot's of fun!

Rhythm & Ribs, Taste of St Augustine, Spanish Food & Wine Festival, all lead to Gamble Rogers Folk Fest and Romanza too.

But don't forget The Player's Championship at Sawgrass C.C. and the Florida's Birding & Photo Fest. All the festivals and events seems to never end. So come and see one, if not more this spring.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Don't Miss It!

Don't miss the National Geographic Magazine acclaimed Night of Lights of Saint Augustine Florida; they are not for holiday season only. Yes, you still have an opportunity to see them.

Annually, the city of St Augustine lights up millions of tiny white lights, outlining the colonial buildings of our 450+ year old city. It creates a magically romantic wonderland that we call the 'Nights of Lights'. During the holidays it's so beautiful, that Nat Geo called it one of the top places in the world to see holiday lights. But now that the holidays are over, you can still see the lights.

Wait! There is more!

That's right, the Nights of Lights remain up and lit until February 1st. AND ...

  • Room-rates come down in January
  • Lines at attractions disappear
  • Wait-times at restaurants vanish
  • Crowds in the streets dissipate

So what are you waiting for? Pack you bags and book your room to see the amazing Nights of Lights.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Are all Bed and Breakfasts equal? Of course not, but try this one: When is a B&B not a B&B? That's
the question we should be asking these days with all the on line options we have. Because most travelers just don't know what a REAL BnB is, they fall for a cheap price.

We were talking with some nice folks visiting St Augustine the other day and as always, we questioned where they were saying while in town. And more and more we get and excited, 'Oh! We got an Air-B&B!' But when pressed, we learn they aren't staying at an Air-B&B but rather, an Air-B. Because when asked about the Breakfasts that they get at their Air-B&B, we get a look. 'What breakfast? Pause... Oh! Right B&B means Bed and Breakfast...'

We understand the gap because most people have never stayed at a REAL BnB. So how do they know what to expect?  Many folks only see the cheep price and think it's a great deal. But it's not until after checking-in they find out that the property they booked is miles outside of town, so they have to pay to drive & park ($). There is no soap, shampoo, and body wash, let a lone a hair dryer or Iron ($). And they never see an owner, let alone another person to get recommendations, coupons, and to find the best deals in town ($). And of course they are totally on there own when it comes to breakfast ($). Does this sound like a Bed and Breakfast? We say, NOT.

St Augustine Historic Inns are all REAL BnBs. Starting with fresh cooked breakfast each morning! And all offer free parking within in the downtown walking district. Also, they have bathroom amenities, personal concierge service, some have a wine social hour, and everyone at a REAL BnB has a REAL Innkeeper.  If you have not already, please consider staying at a REAL BnB here, or your next trip. They are everywhere.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A New Holiday Tour of Inns This Year

*** Update! The 10 Bonus Properties this year on Monday, December 11, 12-4 pm are:
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
Peña-Peck House Museum
Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum
Villa Zorayda Museum
Oldest House Museum
Art Association Gallery
Lincolnville Museum
Lightner Museum
Colonial Oak Music Park
Government House
Trinity Episcopal Church

"A Coastal Christmas” will charm tour goers and guests alike. The Northern half of the Inns will be open Saturday, and the Southern half of Inns will be open on Sunday, with the doors on both days opening at 1:00 pm each day, and close at 5:00 pm.

There are 2 tickets available this year!!!

1) The traditional Saturday through Sunday (Plus the new Monday locations)
- or -
2) The less expensive:  Monday through Wednesday ticket (Plus the new Monday locations)

Each B&B will partner with a local restaurant to bring tour goers a taste of what St Augustine restaurants have to offer. This year the Inn on Charlotte is partnering again Saturday with the fabulous La Pentola who offers fresh and uniquely inspired food and wine. They are neighbors as well as friends, and a place we always recommend to guests.  On Tuesday we are partnering with the newest restaurant in St Augustine the fresh, unique...: Thai House.

So get your tickets now because, 1) we sell out every year, and 2) they are on sale until December 1st..  If there were one Christmas event for you to go to this holiday season, this is the one. Not only will it help get you into the spirit of the Christmas, you also get a chance to sample some of the city’s best restaurants. St Augustine Historic Inns (SAHI) association presents their annual Holiday Tour of Inns, December 9th through 13th 2017, and you and your friends are invited!

This is the perfect event for large groups of friends such as church groups, social clubs, neighborhood groups, or work groups. The nights of lights will be in full-swing by this time and making a day of it, with friends, in the ancient city will feel only natural. So gather your good book in advance to some money. When you are coordinating your large group, please contact them directly at the website.
In any case, please read all about this year’s holiday tour of historic inns here at the official website, and book your room at the Inn on Charlotte for your holiday today.

Other Holiday events this year in St. Augustine:
-November 18th: is the 24th annual Light-up Night

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Downton Comes to St Augustine

That's right, the Downton Abby exhibit of costumes is coming to St Augustine this Fall. And St Augustine Historic Inns are a proud sponsor of the exhibit.

Saint Augustin's own Lightner Museum is lucky to have been chosen to host the touring exhibit of costumes from the wildly popular Public Television show; Downton Abby.

Dressing Downton, Changing fashion for Changing Times will visit our village for 12 weeks this Fall/winter with a series of events everyone will find something they will enjoy.

Starting October 3 with a Grand ~ period dress ~ Gala, anyone can come see the clothing actors used in the TV show. There will be several 'vignettes', each will be complete with an attire appropriate room diorama, and will encompass both upstairs and downstairs life settings.

The exhibit includes tours, teas, and more and will run through the first week in Jan. 2018, so get your tickets now!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Watering Holes: One New, Another Freshened-up

Watering holes. Everyone likes them. Some are better than others but, anyone who's been to St Augustine FL knows that we have the best.  And now we have a one new one, and another that was closed for years just to renovate!  Both are now open.

A lot of Floridians have been enjoying Ancient City Brewing's (ACB) beers for a couple years now. Heck, some of us remember Mile Marker Brewing, but this is not about that. ACB has now opened a Tap Room on Cathedral Street. (For those who don't know, that's the street where the bridge of lions comes into St Augustine.)  Right in the hear of the ancient city itself.

They only serve beer, and sell ACB tee-shirts and caps but it looks great. They did a great reno on the space and it's clean and inviting.  They brew a great variety of beers that will satisfy the more discriminating connoisseur.  Check-out this place.

Then there is the old American Legion at 1 Anderson Circle (What a great address - only one building on Anderson Circle.) It was closed for what? 2 years or more?  But now it's back open with one of the best views of the Matazas Bay (Water Front) in the city.

But the bar is not what it was. If you had been there before
and felt uneasy in the old 'biker bar' that is was, you will love this high-end, up scale, new bar.  They have full liquor, cold tap & bottled beer, and now even better - it's professionally staffed! (With the likes of Melissa - formally with Barley Republic - we love and missed her!)

So when you come back to St Augustine for a romantic weekend, please consider placing these 2 new watering holes on your must-do list.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Festival Season Is Here

When you are looking for something fun to do this Spring, come to the historic village of Saint Augustine and enjoy one of these fabulous festivals. These festivals are St Augustine traditions. And along with the romantic bed and breakfast in St Augustine, you have the perfect makings of the perfect weekend. 

Hurry and book a room at the Inn on Charlotte Bed and breakfast to see what all the festival fun is all about.

St. Augustine Lions Club Seafood Festival, Friday-Sunday, March 3-5
Location: Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr.
Expect heavy traffic in the vicinity of Francis Field including Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1) and San Marco Ave. during the event. Free satellite parking and shuttle service available on Saturday.
More information: Click here 
St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival, March 10-12
Location: Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr.
Expect heavy traffic in the vicinity of Francis Field including Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1) and San Marco Ave. Some downtown streets closed on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00am to 11:00am to accommodate the St. Patrick's Parade. Free satellite parking and shuttle service available on Saturday.
More information: Click here

St. Augustine Race Week 2017, March 24-26
Location: St Augustine Bayfront, Inshore water ways, and Offshore - out at sea.
This annual Spring sailing event combines large boat ocean racing and spectator-friendly small boat racing along the historic Saint Augustine Bayfront. On Thursday & Friday evenings, there will be FREE music concerts, brought to us by Meehan's Irish Pub. 
More information: Click here

Rhythm & Ribs, March 31-April 2
Location: Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr.
Expect heavy traffic in the vicinity of Francis Field including Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1) and San Marco Ave.  Free satellite parking and shuttle service available on Saturday.
More information: Click here  
Festival of the Chariot, April 8
Location: Plaza de la Constitucíón and several downtown streets.
Expect traffic interruptions along parade route (Cathedral Pl., Cordova St., Orange St., Avenida Menendez) from 10:30am until 12:00pm.
More information: Click here 
Old Town Art & Craft Show, April 8-9
Location: Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr.
Expect some traffic congestion in the vicinity of Francis Field including Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1) and San Marco Ave. during the event's hours.
More information: Click here 
St. Augustine Easter Parade, April 16
Location: San Marco Ave., Avenida Menendez, Cathedral Pl. Cordova St.
Road closures and detours are in effect from before the parade's 3:00pm start until its conclusion at approximately 5:00pm.
More information:  Click here