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 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hidden Season in St Augustine

So why is January such a great time to come to Saint Augustine? Well, besides the cooler weather, it’s right after the holidays and most don’t have the extra cash to hit the streets to shops & Restaurants.  So the upside is the Nights of Lights are still up (thru the month of January, actually), room rates are discounted over 20%, and no lines at your favorite attraction.  So if you stay during this month, not only do you and your Honey-Bunny have the city to yourselves, almost, you also get the nights-of-lights guiding your way each evening!

Check January’s Availability Now

While the Christmas decorations are coming down, the little white lights of Nights of Light, outlining all the little buildings (Think Paris in winter time) are still up and shinning.  Plus: Not only is the city at its lowest occupancy (No lines at the bars, or no waits at restaurants), Room-Rates are at the lowest of the year too.

So while the holidays are still fresh, and your credit card statements are piling up, think about the best time for the two of you to getaway. Book a room at the Inn on Charlotte for your reasonably priced romantic rendezvous. Come see us this January.

Friday, September 9, 2016

2016 Holiday Tour of Bed and Breakfasts

This is the perfect time to see over 20 bed and breakfasts, all decorated in a holiday theme. This year’s theme of, “Christmas through the years” will charm tour goers and guests alike. The Southern half of the Inns will be open Saturday, and the Northern 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.

What’s more, 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 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.


So get your tickets now because, 1) we sell out every year, and 2) they are on sale until October 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 10th & 11th 2016, 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 19th: is the 23th annual Light-up Night!
-November 19th through January 31: - Nights of Lights, the city is ablaze in millions of white lights for the season. 
-December 3rd: The 62th Annual Christmas Parade
-December 3rd: (evening): Grande Illumination – British Night Watch
-December 10th: Regatta of Lights - St Augustine's annual Christmas Boat Parade sails on historic Matanzas Bay at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

After 451 year St Augustine is Beautiful

Saint Augustine is approaching its 451 first birthday in September and she could not be in better
shape.  And if you want to come stay in St Augustine, at a bed and breakfast, to see how great our old city is doing, you might want to see the free annual historical re-enactment of Menéndez' landing, or the Founding Event as we call it, this coming September 10 at the Mission Nombre de Dios (Mission Name of God).

Way back in 1565, Pedro Menendez landed here in Florida and without a great Bed & Breakfast to stay at, he began building his colony for the King of Spain. And now each September we have a large group of re-en-actors who enjoy participating in the monumental event while in full period costume. Many of the re-en-actors stay at the local B&Bs.

The location of the re-enactment, the Mission Nombre de Dios, is as vital to the story of St Augustine as anything else because the first Catholic Mass in the new world was held right here. After landing, Menendez asked that a mass be held to thank God for the safe passage, and it was very close, if not in the exact, at same spot.


So if you’re coming to stay at our B and B and looking for something fun to do in St Augustine FL this or any September, come see the free annual, historical re-enactment of Menendez' landing at the Mission Nombre de Dios.