Bird in St Augustine FL

St. Augustine 2019 Bird and Photo Fest: Making Good Photographers Great Ones

Grab your camera and some sunscreen, it’s almost time for the annual St. Augustine Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest! Florida’s 2019 Birding and Photo Fest takes place April 24-28, with speakers, classroom sessions, field workshops, and tours and excursions in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. This year boasts over 110 separate sessions–with events for … Read More

Family posing for a photo during a family vacation in St. Augustine

Get Great Photos of Your St. Augustine Family Vacation

Since we bought the cottages on Vilano Beach, we have been lucky enough to work with scores of families planning their St. Augustine family vacation! It’s always fun to meet the families when they come into town…there are so many happy reunions between relatives who do not see each other very often. There’s lots of … Read More

Dessert Counter in St Augustine

The Best Desserts in St. Augustine, FL

A future guest recently asked us a great question: “What are the best desserts in St. Augustine? Bonus points for anything easy to get to from the inn. My wife loves sweets, and I’d love to surprise her with a different dessert every night!” Great question, Peter S.!! And great idea…what a wonderful way to … Read More

A Word About My Grandmother

Writing a blog is inherently self-indulgent, but this one is more so than usual, so I hope you will indulge me for a bit. My grandmother passed earlier this month, and today is the memorial service for her. The hub and I were not able to get home for the luncheon thanks to Winter Storm … Read More

Downtown Vacation Rental in St. Augustine

Downtown St. Augustine Rental: Our Marine Street Rental

Have you dreamed of downtown living in St. Augustine? You know how much you love visiting St. Augustine–but what if you actually lived here? What would your life be like? Imagine a regular morning downtown: you take an early run along the seawall, watching the sun climb over the water as you breathe in the … Read More

Christmas Brunch Recipe: Cheese and Leek Quiche

Looking for a great brunch recipe to make for your family during the holiday season? Quiche is delicious, easy to make the day before, and can be served warm or at room temperature. Soon after we bought the inn in 2010, I went in search of good quiche recipes, for the exact reasons listed above. … Read More

St. Augustine winter getaway

St. Augustine Nights of Lights Special

St. Augustine is nothing short of magical this time of year, with over three million white lights greeting visitors during our Nights of Lights Festival. How magical? Last month, House Beautiful named St. Augustine one of the best Christmas towns in America. To make the magic even more magical, our St. Augustine hotel is running … Read More

The Napolean Room is a Wheelchair Accessible Accommodation

Wheelchair Accessible Attractions in St. Augustine

Using a wheelchair or scooter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy lots of the attractions in St. Augustine! Although many of our buildings are historic, a surprising number of attractions are wheelchair accessible…and many even offer discounted admission prices to handicapped guests. I became very aware of accessibility issues when my grandmother came to visit a … Read More

banana pancakes

Vegan Meals in St. Augustine: Decadent Soaked Oatmeal

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that my mother has lupus, and a list of food allergies about as long as my leg. She seemed a little depressed when she was first diagnosed–after all, it’s not fun to hear that a lot of the foods your taste buds love are bad … Read More