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

Beer Truck Wars: Need We Say More?

This is going to be brief. This Saturday, 4-8pm, Francis Field: beer truck wars. Tickets are $35 in advance (www.foodtruckwars.com) and $45 at the door. That gets you samples from dozens of brews and a meal ticket for YOUR CHOICE of meals from one of the Gourmet Food Trucks in attendance. Beer. Food. St. Augustine. … Read More

Easter 2014 in St. Augustine: Who Doesn’t Love a Parade?

Here’s a breakdown of some of the “hop”pennings around town this weekend. Easter Parade. I could write a sonnet, about my Easter bonnet…but for now, I’ll just write about the Easter parade that takes place on Sunday, April 20, from 3:00 til 4:00 pm. The route starts at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, comes … Read More

6 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

It’s April 15–tax day! If you’re getting a refund this year, a recent survey says that 7% of you will spend some of your return on travel. If you’re coming to St. Augustine, here are my 6 suggestions for getting your money’s worth: 1. Plan a trip for September. The coast is clear in September here in … Read More

Enjoy the Spring Weather: Outdoor Restaurants in St. Augustine

It’s spring in Florida, and the weather is beautiful. It’s the kind of day that makes me think about eating outside. (That’s as opposed to rainy days, which just make me think about eating. Period.) Here are some of my favorite places to dine al fresco and take advantage of the Florida sunshine (and amazing … Read More

Summer Wedding Tips: Five Things to Remember Before You Walk Down the Aisle

We love summer weddings! The dehydration, the droopy hair, the groomsmen passing out. Wait, what??? Your summer wedding doesn’t have to be a sweaty, smoldering affair. (Save that for the honeymoon!) Here are some tips for surviving your summer wedding:  1. Drink water!! Eat something! Yes, this sounds basic, but if we only had time … Read More

Planning a Summer Wedding? Follow These Tips

If you’re getting married in Florida, pretty much every wedding is a “summer” wedding. Summer events bring their own challenges–thunderstorms, hot sun that will melt the icing on your cake, bridal dehydration. The experts over at www.sheknows.com have put together a list of ten tips to help the summer bride. They interviewed our own Sandy … Read More

Great Wedding Ideas: Take a Trolley to Your Reception

Many of our brides opt to get married at our bed and breakfast, but hold their reception off-site. Our feelings are never hurt when they ask about that option–there are so many amazing restaurants in St. Augustine, who can blame them for wanting to take their family and friends to one of them? Because we’re … Read More

Great Wedding Reception Ideas: Food Trucks

We hosted a pre-wedding reception last night at the inn. The bride and groom (pre-bride and pre-groom?) wanted their out of town guests to have a place where they could stop in, see people, and grab a bite to eat. Instead of a traditional caterer, they opted to hire a few food trucks to park on Avenida … Read More