Friday, January 23, 2015

Florida’s Oldest City




Today’s post is the second in a two-post series dedicated towards my weekend getaway. Along with spending a day in Jacksonville, FL my mom and I hit up St. Augustine on our way back to Orlando. I hadn’t been since the 8th grade field trip back when I was obsessed with all things Britney and pink so it was similar to going someplace new with fresh eyes.

I could not believe how charming this city was with its cobblestone streets and brick buildings. I instantly became upset that I didn’t go to Flagler College until my mom informed me how expensive it is to attend and I went back to being thankful I’m a Knight.


Our first stop of the day was the famous Lightner Museum. Back in the 30s it was home to the world’s largest indoor swimming pool where wealthy guests would stay. Today, it has been transformed. What was once filled with water is now a restaurant lined with antique stores. It was so stunning to picture what it once was and to see that instead of abandoning the structure they made something entirely else.



Afterwards we decided to walk around and explore where I was able to get some awesome shots of the simple things. There were so many cute bed & breakfasts and you can even walk along side the water. Since I love my beer we stopped into A1A Ale Works to sit on the balcony and just admire the city. Then we made the little trek to the Castillo de San Marcos that sits right on the water.

Once we got there the beer, walking, and few hours of sleep caught up to me so all I wanted to do was just lay on the grass. We didn’t actually go inside the fort (the line was ridiculous) but I think I got my fair share of it.



Next time I go to St. Augustine I definitely want to starve myself for at least 48 hours prior because there were so many delicious and tucked away restaurants that I want to try. To me, the shopping wasn’t as great as it was in Jacksonville because it was more geared towards tourists but I loved the vibe of this city so much. Anywhere I can ride a bike on cobblestone streets past Victorian architecture is on my list.

So before I wrap this up I want to say a huge thank you to my aunt for giving me such a cool Christmas gift. So if anyone else is thinking about getting me a gift then a trip to Europe would be just fine ;)

13 comments :

  1. I'm in love with St. Augustine! I've visited there many times while growing up in south GA. The cobblestone streets are amazing. I need a revisit after reading this.

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    1. Yes, it's amazing! I can't wait to go back! I would so love to live there. Anytime I see cobblestone streets I fall in love

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  2. My husband and I just got back from a cruise where we stopped in Key West and we loved it so much that we want to go back and explore all of the Keys, but we just might have to put St. Augustine on the list, too. Looks like such a charming city!

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    1. Yes I would highly recommend putting it on your list! And a cruise? #Jealous ;)

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  3. Sounds fun! I haven't been there since I was a kid. Definitely need to plan a trip back!

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    1. That's exactly how I felt. I'm a huge believer in second trips to places when it's been awhile!

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  4. I'm live in Orlando too and I go to St. Augustine for weekend trips all the time. I love it there. I've still never made it to the lightner museum though, that'll be on the list for next time.

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    1. Yes you will for sure have to go there! It's so pretty and the restaurant has delicious looking food!

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  5. Just visited St. Augustine for the first time about a year ago, and wish I'd had more time there! Love the history plus being right by the beach combo!

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    1. I know! I only had one day so next time I go I'm definitely going to make a weekend out of it :)

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  6. AHH!! I am so excited after reading this! We are going for our anniversary this year!!

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    1. Oh that will be perfect! It's definitely a romantic charming city. Have fun! I want to read all about it :)

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  7. How fun! This is definitely a place I need to visit next time I am in FLA.

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