The historical town of St. Augustine should be on everyone’s travel plans. This oldest historical coastal city offers plenty of activities and a rich enjoyable culture. It has a pedestrian street, St. George, that has tons of shops, restaurants, and lots of drinking establishments. It offers one of the best Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a crocodile farm that has nesting birds and foliage, Castillo de San Marcos, and a great lighthouse. There are numerous historical sights, so check out this website St. Augustine Old City
Our visit was short but jam pack. We spent the first night walking and shopping St. George St. This street is commercialism at its best but what I liked about it is that it offered lots of variety. Besides all the touristy shops, there was a tea shop, a spice shop, a nautical shop and more bars and restaurants then you could ever image. It is great street just to stroll down, window shop, and finally stop for a cocktail and watch the sunset over the harbor at one of the many restaurants.
What made the evening perfect for us is that we happen upon a great and friendly wine bar that was doing a practice run for bridal tasting. The owner welcomed us in and allowed us to be ginny pigs. We tasted about 3 Malbec and 3 wines from South Africa along with the food pairings. The conversation was good, food was delicious and the wines were most enjoyable. Needless to say, we purchased a couple of bottle of wines.
Most of the next day was spent visiting some of the historical sights. First on our stop was The St. Augustine lighthouse which is the site of the oldest navigation aid in North America. The visit included an historical account of the lighthouse, an archaeological show and tell, and a fun gift shop. I tried walking up the 219 stairs but only made halfway. Check out the St. Augustine website St. Augustine Lighthouse
Note: In planning for this part of our latest journey through Florida, I made a big mistake. I requested a room on St. Augustine Island which would be great if I wanted the beach scene but if you don’t then when making hotel reservation you must request St. Augustine historical district.
The rest of the day spent between the St Augustine Winery and the St Augustine distillery. Both of these places was most enjoyable and the employees were very friendly. The wines weren’t bad nor was the vodka and gin that we tasted at The Distillery. The Distillery made its own Blends for drinks. Ee found that the old fashioned mix was superb. We loved it so much that we bought a couple of bottles. I have to say when we returned home we had an old fashioned party and let me tell you people just love that old fashioned mix. So if you get out to Augustine it is definitely worth the time to visit both the Distillery and the winery. Check out their website. http://www.sansebastianwinery.com http://staugustinedistillery.com