Friday, September 1, 2017

st. augustine (though the lens of my iPhone)

While my sweet parents were in town last week, they offered to watch the kiddo so husband and I could take a quick babymoon getaway. With the baby due in about a five weeks, we didn't want to venture too far away and chose to go to one of our favorite places: St. Augustine! Only five hours away from us, it's pretty much a horizontal straight shot across the state of Florida.

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where we stayed:
After pricing out hotels vs. a B&B, we ultimately decided to stay at 44 Spanish Street Inn. We stayed there for our honeymoon (six years ago in November) and again for our 1-year anniversary. The B&B changed hands last October and new owners Brian and Emery are seriously amazing. We stayed in the Firzgerald room (located on the bottom, front right of the top picture). The renovations they've completed in the past year are incredible. Seriously, if you go to St. Augustine, I can't recommend this place enough. It's right in the heart of historic downtown and we literally walked to everything we wanted to do. It was so easy to pop back into our room to drop off packages or just to take a break during the heat of the day.

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what we ate:
44 Spanish Street did a bang up job every morning for breakfast: poached eggs atop of a monte cristo sandwich, peach waffles, asparagus and ham quiche and a selection of delicious fruit and yummy coffee. We ate at our absolute favorite restaurant Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille (not once but twice!), chowed down on burgers at O.C. Whites, had authentic Spanish food at Columbia Restaurant and indulged in so many desserts: gelato at Cafe del Hidalgo, banana's foster with vanilla ice cream and Harry's, salted dark chocolate caramels from Whetstone Chocolates...it was all so, so good.

what we ate

what we did:
One of the best things about historic St. Augustine is that pretty much everything is in walking distance. We spent a lot of time going up and down St. George Street in the Old City, explored the Castillo de San Marcos (the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S.), rang the bell at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, walked through Lightner Museum (which has some gorgeous Tiffany's glass) and attempted to tour Flagler College twice (but missed the 10 a.m. by five minutes and the 2 p.m. tour was canceled). Because of the intense heat, we took a break by jumping on the Old Towne Trolley which took us past all the major landmarks including the Old Jail, the Old Senator Tree (which is over 600 years old) and Mission of Nombre de Dios.

what we did


what I wore:
Since we knew it was going to be hot.hot.hot, I planned a lightweight packing list for the trip. I was pretty faithful to what I'd planned to wear, with the exception of a touristy tee on the last day since I knew we were going to be in the car for 5+ hours and just wanted to be as comfy as possible. And as I mentioned in yesterday's budget post - both the husband and I picked up new sandals at Kind Walking.

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And that was or trip. Short and sweet, but packed with a lot of fun. I'm already looking forward to the next time we get to go back. I love living within driving distance of such a neat old city!

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    1. It was wonderful. I'm so thankful my parents offered to watch our kiddo so we could get the time away. It was much needed! :)

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  2. Even more putting this on my list of places to visit now! I love charming towns like this, and especially when everything is in walking distance. And when there is this yummy-sounding food.

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    1. There's so much good food in St. Augustine. The ghost tours are lots of fun too, which sadly we didn't do on this trip since I was too tired after walking around all day. Our favorite is the Sheriff's Ghost Walk Tour. He's highly entertaining. :)

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