What she thought
We recently spent a weekend in St. Augustine, Florida. For Floridians, St. Augustine makes for a perfect staycation. There's plenty to see and do for everyone. For you history buffs, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city in the US. You can visit the fort, watch the cannons being fired, walk around the old buildings in town, chat it up with the authentically clad locals from days gone by or take a horse drawn carriage ride. For you foodies out there try one of the many restaurants and stores offering a variety of flavors - Greek, Spanish, seafood, local Florida wines and treats galore. And if shopping is your thing, this place is for you too. There's all kinds of little stores in the old town area - shoes, clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, antiques.....
So, get out your walking shoes and head over to St. Augustine for a weekend!
For tips on things to do, attractions, places to eat, cannon times at the fort and maps check out FloridasHistoricCoast.com
What he thought
I've never really been a history nut but I have to say, there's something about standing on the ground where major historical events unfolded. St. Augustine is a great place to feel the past.
When you walk through the narrow streets of one of the oldest towns in America, the hairs on the back of your neck occasionally stand on end. We took a carriage tour through the back streets and our guide painted a very colorful picture of St. Augustine's original inhabitants. I wouldn't want to spoil the stories for you so I won't tell you about the blood, betrayal and scandals. I would ruin it anyway. Nobody could deliver like the guides who are dedicated to re-telling these stories. Highly recommended!
We stayed at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. We don't golf but if golfing is your thing, this is a great resort for you. It's right in the middle of World Golf Village conveniently located right off of I-95. They also offer a complimentary shuttle to downtown St. Augustine. It's 15 miles if you choose to drive yourself, which we did, but it's an easy drive. It wasn't the closest resort to St. Augustine but we got great rates and knew we would have a nice room since it was a Marriott hotel. The room was very spacious and had an extra large bathroom. The best part was that they have Aveda amenities in their bathrooms!
Here are some pictures from our trip including the Fort and Flagler College -