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Being a huge history nerd, I was so excited when my bestie, Brooke, invited me for a long weekend in St. Augustine. I’m a lifelong Floridian, and I can’t believe that this was my first trip (but I promise it won’t be the last). I’m already planning for my next visit. Only 3 hours from Tampa, it’s the perfect getaway for many in the Florida/Georgia area. Here are some my favorite spots from the trip.
- Casa Monica Resort: Located right in the heart of historic St. Augustine, one step into this hotel will make you think you’re in a Mediterranean villa rather than one the oldest cities in the country.
Eat and Drink:
- Kookaburra Coffee: This is a perfect place to get your caffeine fix before starting a day of site-seeing. They have the yummiest signature lattes and I was floored when they added Coconut Oil to my hot coffee. If you like Almond Joys then you’ll love this concoction. It making my lips feel super soft was only an added bonus!
- Scarlett O’Hara’s: “Gone With the Wind” is one of my Top 5 favorite movies. That being said, I just had to visit this little restaurant named for the movie’s main character. Specializing in Southern food, Scarlett has some hard to beat barbeque and serves Rhett’s Burger. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.
- The Floridian: Located in an old style Florida home, as the name implies, this restaurant serves up more Southern comfort food, with a St. Augustine twist. Decorated with some of the best kitschy Florida knick knacks around, I wanted to stay and try everything on their menu. If you are a fellow Key Lime Pie lover, definitely try the Key Lime Pie Cheesecake.
- Ice Plant: Sunday Brunch, with a historic twist. Originally an ice plant (where they packaged ice) dating back to the 1920s, this restaurant has a cool industrial vibe. It’s also attached to the local distillery, so you know that their drink menu is also off the charts! I left here full of Roasted Pear French Toast and very happy.
- The Hyppo: Even though it’s January, the sun was out and warm during my visit. I needed a little snack towards the end of the day to cool me down. The Hyppo offers gourmet popsicles with equally inventive and delicious combinations. I’m so lucky to have one of these here in St. Pete, and I’ve been able to try many of their flavors. This particular afternoon called for Strawberry Basil, but Orange Pistachio dipped in Chocolate is another one of my absolute favorites.
- Historic District: This is where you’re going to find all of the shops and restaurants. I was giddy walking down these tiny streets because of the historic architecture. It had a touch of the French Quarter in New Orleans, so I felt like I was right at home.
- Flagler College: Originally the Ponce de Leon Hotel, this building is now a dorm hall for Flagler College. Don’t worry though, the courtyard and foyer are still open to the public. Be sure to pop in and take a moment to admire the intricate details in every corner of the building. My jaw dropped to the floor. I really hope these students realize how beautiful their campus is.
- Castillo de San Marcos: This fort offers educational tours and demonstrations throughout the day. Dating back to 1672, it is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. If you love history, it is so worth checking out.
- St. Augustine Distillery: This distillery gives a fun and historic tour of their operation. Not an old company, they still pride themselves in staying local and helping Florida economy. At the end of the quick tour, they give you some delicious samples (for those 21 and over) in their gift shop. If you saw something you liked on the tour, you will probably be able to buy a version of it. Did I mention that this whole thing was free? Yes please!
- San Sebastian Winery: Another quick and free, tour this winery offers samples of all the wines in their arsenal. Afterwards, spend the afternoon on their roof top bar. On Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, they have live music and it is the perfect way to cap off a day in St. Augustine.
I’m seriously planning another trip to St. Augustine for the boyfriend and I, sometime in the summer. Do y’all have any other recommendations? I would love to hear from you.
The Coastal Stylist