Hey everyone! Happy Monday :) We spent this past weekend celebrating Omer’s birthday in St. Augustine! I love this city. It’s so rich in history and full of amazing shops and yummy restaurants. We typically visit St. Augustine once every couple of months, but we’ve been so busy that time just flew by! It was nice to spend three days in our favorite city.
Here is a brief history of St. Augustine. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565. It is the oldest city in the United States and also known as the “Ancient City.” People visit from all over the world to learn about its history, tour the lighthouse, check out a ghost tour, stay at a Bed & Breakfast, and tour the Castillo de San Marcos, to name a few things. The streets are filled with colorful shops where you can buy souvenirs, taste an assortment of olive oils, check out local artwork, and purchase locally made jewelery. There is a large range of restaurants to suit your taste buds as well as a bunch of tasty shops where you will find popsicles, gelato, coffee and pastries! Below are just a few of the places we visited :)
We were really hoping to try The Present Moment Cafe, but unfortunately we ran out of time. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this place, so if you’re a vegetarian or love raw dishes, check it out!
One of our favorite spots is a quirky bar called The Monks Vineyard. Every time we take a trip to St. Augustine, we make sure to stop by and say hello to the owner and our pal, Hank Williams. Here’s a short clip of what to expect when visiting. We always have a great time there :)
St. Augustine is also known for having various unique and amazing Bed & Breakfasts. We love B&B’s! Particularly because of their charm, character, and their stories. We spent our weekend at the Peace and Plenty Inn, which is located in the historic district of St. Augustine. We stayed in a pet friendly room called the Serendipity Suite, located on the second floor of what used to be a carriage house back in the 1890s. The carriage house was fully restored and overlooks a beautiful garden and fountain. We enjoyed all of the amenities of both the room and the house itself. The innkeeper was very accommodating and was happy to provide us with a vegetarian breakfast, which was super yummy!
The Inn was quaint and lovely. Every evening in the parlor, cake, port, and sherry was set out for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day of touring the city or just a simple dessert option after dinner. On our last night there, we met a wonderful couple from Maryland. We sat around for a good while swapping stories and discussing history and art. We were happy to have met a lot of people during our short trip.
Omer loves history, which is why he chose this destination for his birthday celebration. St. Augustine is a magical place. There is so much to see and a lot of museums to check out. It’s a destination that a lot of people have on their bucket list! I’m happy that we are a short car ride away and can visit frequently. I will never get enough of the antique shops, live music, cobblestone roads, and all of the ancient stories this city is known for.
Also, if you’re into ghost stories and such, St. Augustine is the place to be for that! Not to mention that everything is within walking distance. However, if you do get tired of walking you can easily grab a carriage ride or hop on a trolly for a full tour of the city. Also, If you have time and it’s a sunny day, make a short trip over the bridge and head to St. Augustine Beach. You will find great restaurants and a pet friendly beach to spend the day at. You’ll thoroughly enjoy your time in St. Augustine, I promise!
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into our amazing weekend getaway. What’s on your bucket list? Have a great week!