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All Aboard!

Last week, Ripley’s Red Train invited business owners and their employees around Saint Augustine to take a free ride around town, to see their new tour first-hand. The hub and I–along with my visiting brother, sister-in-law, and our two adorable nephews–were there with bells on. Well, technically we didn’t have bells on, but we did … Read More

PARK It Today!!

July is National Parks and Recreation month ( for more information, visit http://www.nrpa.org/july/). Saint Augustine, as usual, is celebrating in style, with free admission to all of our parks today! That includes our town’s very cool forts–the Castillo de San Marco and Fort Matanzas (the latter is pictured above). Sure, these huge stone structures were originally built … Read More

You And Fido Hit the Road: Notes about Pet Friendly Establishments

Pet friendly doesn’t mean poop-friendly, so bring lots of little pick-up bags. Don’t wash Fido in the Jacuzzi. Even if he loves a bath. (Don’t laugh–more than once, we’ve had to pick dog hairs out of the Jacuzzi jets with a tweezers). If he needs to “freshen up”, or get the sand out from between … Read More

I Scream for Ice Cream (Every Wednesday in July and August)

1984 was great, wasn’t it? No, I’m not talking about the book that we had to all read in junior high, I mean the actual year. I remember it well:  Torvill and Dean were ice dancing with the Olympic stars in Sarajevo; the first Mac was introduced, and I was finally a senior in high school … Read More

Later, Gator

If you’ve read even one of these blogs, you probably know already that I like history. The Alligator Farm, located over on Anastasia Island (about a 7 minute drive from the inn, assuming that the drawbridge is closed. And by closed, I mean open to traffic), says that it’s historic. I’ve seen the signage that … Read More

Visit the Conch House, Mon

The weather is absolutely beautiful here. Mid-seventies, a generous breeze, and clear skies that make even the worst photographer look like a pro. But it’s never enough, is it? So yesterday we went to our favorite slice of the Caribbean, the Conch House. We haven’t been there for a couple of months, and I was … Read More

Top o’ the Mornin to You, Lads and Lassies

So, the other night I was enjoying a hamburger and the amazing french fries at Meehan’s on Matanzas, and I was thinking about how I might like beer more if it were green. Of course, I’d also like it better if it tasted more like a whiskey sour and less like a beer, but that’s another story entirely. … Read More

In Like a Lion

After five long years, the venerable lions are back at the base of the Bridge of Lions. I’ve been told that they’re protecting Anastasia Island (apparently from low-lifes like us in the historic district). Even if they’re there to discourage me from crossing the bridge, I think they’re absolutely beautiful. It’s good to have them … Read More

Sacking Saint Augustine

Today is a good day to hit the sack. We’re not talking about taking a nap (although that is always an appealing option!), but rather the “Sack of St. Augustine: Captain Robert Searle’s Raid of 1668.” In 1668, Captain Searle (and by “captain”, we mean “viscious pirate leader”) sailed from Jamaica to Saint Augustine, with … Read More

THE SACK OF ST. AUGUSTINE: CAPT. ROBERT SEARLE’S RAID OF 1668 Saturday, Mar. 5 – Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011 Magnolia DriveSt. Augustine, FL 32084 Local Phone: 904.534.6168 Website: http://www.searlesbucs.com/ Relive a calamitous day in history as the Historic Florida Militia re-enacts the Sack of St. Augustine. The sack occurred in 1668, when Capt. Robert Searle and … Read More