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Bayfront Marin House
St. Augustine, Florida

Gardens of St. Augustine: Secrets of the Bayfront Marin House

There are so many reasons that I love to garden–the connection with the soil (I guess this farm girl hasn’t shaken that off yet), that good tired feeling you have after planting all day, the ability to enjoy the landscape you’ve created…but one of the things that I’ve really come to love is the fact … Read More

A Day Trip from Disney: St. Augustine

St. Augustine is less than a two hour drive from Orlando; it’s a great choice for a side trip as you’re visiting your favorite Magic Kingdom. Worried you can’t talk to the kids/your wife/the grandparents into it? Here are some favorite Disney atractions, and their St. Augustine counterparts. Love the safari ride in the Animal … Read More

It’s An Emergency: All Night Medical Centers in St. Augustine

Here’s a blog we hope you never have to use: a list of emergency centers in St. Augustine. Note: if this is an urgent emergency, call 911. The inn’s address is 142 Avenida Menendez–just south of the Bridge of Lions. The ambulance can park in our loading zone. If this isn’t an EMERGENCY, but more … Read More

Lunch in St. Augustine: Best Sandwiches Ever

When the hub and I need to run out for a quick lunch, there’s one place that both of us can agree on every time: JP Henley’s. We first found this place when the inn was closed last year for some rehab work. The contractors would end up turning off the water…or the electric, and … Read More

Restaurant Deals in St. Augustine

How much do I love October??? There’s the cool breeze at night, the gourds everywhere, pumpkin flavored everything, and the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets. As if that weren’t enough, October is a great time for foodies in St. Augustine. Each October, participating restaurants in the city offer three course prix fixe menus, showcasing some … Read More

Best Burger in St. Augustine

The hub loves a good burger. He doesn’t want anything fancy–no bacon, triple cheese, special sauce. Just good beef, well cooked, in a bun that doesn’t look like it was sat on. True confessions: our favorite burger in town was the single (me)¬†or double (him)¬†version that we used to enjoy at Five Guys Burgers and … Read More

Secrets of the Locals: Black Molly

Our guests often ask us where the locals like to eat. We love us some St. Augustine restaurants–and we love the same ones that visitors to our city love. We go to Collage or Old City House for special events; we hang out at the Gourmet Hut or Harry’s when we want to eat outside; … Read More

3 Things to Pack for a Trip to St. Augustine, FL

You already know where to stay in St. Augustine (hint: it’s the Bayfront Marin House). But what to bring for your trip? Here are our top three tips: 1. Walking shoes. There are a lot of ways to see St. Augustine–there are trolleys, pedicabs, boats, bikes, segways, carriages, and golf carts–but the very best way … Read More

Nighttime Weddings: Six Things to Remember to End the Big Night

When my parents got married, there was only one way to send the couple off–with handfuls of hard rice thrown up in the air. It was a nice party atmosphere–kind of an edible confetti–and it served happy couples on their big day for a long, long time. Now there are so many other ways to … Read More

Local Secrets: Cuban Food

The Ponce de Leon mall–like a lot of malls–is a lot of empty space. Belk”s is on one side, and JC Penney is on the other, and a Sears appliance store is somewhere in the middle…but other than that, it’s pretty quiet there. (Before we moved, I once suggested that the Ravens move their training … Read More