Saturday, July 23, 2011
The Castillo de San Marcos and the St Augustine Lighthouse are two of the most popular sites in St. Augustine and we highly recommend them to our guests at the Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast. Since neither one of these St Augustine sites are equipped with a Carrier, it is highly recommended that you tour these sites in the morning after that delicious and hearty breakfast. Plan on staying at least two days in St Augustine, so that you can use the mornings to see these St Augustine attractions.
Late mornings and early afternoons should be spent enjoying the shopping, as you move in and out of the shops on St. George Street. Be sure to step off St. George Street to find more custom goods, gifts and treasures. Many of the art galleries are located on side streets. This would be a great time to mention The Hyppo on Hypolita Street for a gourmet Popsicle. One of the wonderful design features of this original Spanish city, is it's passive cooling features. The buildings are built right up against the streets to provide additional shade and the Plaza de la Consticion helps capture the sea breeze and provide comfort to weary visitors as they walk the streets of the oldest continuously occupied European city. Mi Casa Cafe is a popular St Augustine restaurant on St. George Street for sandwiches, cold beer and live music. The restaurant is located in a courtyard setting with huge shade trees, fans, and did I mention cold beer?
Unplugging from your busy life is often difficult to do at home, so visiting the historic and romantic city of St Augustine is an opportunity to do what YOU want to do. Return to your Inn and enjoy that siesta that you never seem to have time for or curl up in the porch swing on the Veranda and enjoy a good book.
Take advantage of a three day pass on the Old Town Trolley. Sit back and with the wind in your hair, enjoy an hour and a half narrated tour of this nearly 450 year old city. The Oldest Jail, the St. Augustine History Museum and the newest St. Augustine Museum, the Oldest Store Museum Experience are located next to each other and provide an excellent interactive experience into the history of St. Augustine. The St Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum has been a big hit, loaded with authentic pirate artifacts, including rarely-seen shipwreck treasures from the Florida Division of Historical Resources.
If you can't get shopping off your mind there are two large outlet malls; St. Augustine Premium Outlets and the St. Augustine Outlets and they stand divided by I-95, about 20 minute drive from the St. Augustine Historic District.
St. Augustine is known for great restaurants, so the evening is all about food. There are about three dozen St Augustine restaurants within a five minute walk of the Carriage Way, so getting into a hot car defeats the point of staying in the historic district of St. Augustine.
Later in the evening enjoy a Concert in the Plaza, and if it is Thursday night, a romantic carriage ride for two, or sunset cruise on the Freedom Schooner in Matanzas Bay. If ghost tales and hearing about the dark history of St. Augustine is your thing, try out the Ghostly Gatherings carriage ride through the narrow back streets of St. Augustine.
As your day comes to and end, your mind has been thinking more and more about that comfortable bed and the luxury sheets that await your tired body at your Inn. Florida Romantic getaways and a midsummer night special in the historic district of St. Augustine, is a real Florida vacation experience. Enjoy your midsummer night's dream special by staying three nights or more, Sunday through Thursday and receive one night free. Carriage Way is the better way to stay!