When the wedding planning process is getting too chaotic and you need a break for a few days, a weekend getaway is a great option. In Florida, we are so fortunate to have a travel destination that is not only full of history and culture but is also great for foodies, winos, and nature enthusiasts. At any time of year, St. Augustine provides an amazing experience for travelers in all walks of life.
History and Culture Buffs
St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish settlers and many of the buildings and institutions built at that time still stand today. At the Castillo de San Marcos, daily cannon demonstrations offer an interesting glimpse into how the original inhabitants of St. Augustine defended their town against pirates and other invaders.
Food and Winos
Food in St. Augustine ranges from Spanish flavors to traditional Southern fare. There is really something for everyone. Some top-rated restaurants and local favorites include the Reef Restaurant, The Spanish Bakery and Café, La Pentola Café, La Pentola Restaurant, A1A Works, and La Cocina. For wine aficionados, San Sebastian Winery is the perfect place to sample Florida wines. This winery offers complimentary tours and wine tastings seven days a week.
Where to Stay
St. Augustine is known for her variety of Bed & Breakfast options as well as her elegant and historical hotels such as the Casa Monica. B&Bs offer a cozy and homey feel with many amenities that hotels offer (Peace and Plenty Inn, pictured right) while hotels such as Casa Monica provide Spanish-inspired designs and a more historical feel. Camping at nearby Anastasia State Park at St. Augustine Beach is also an excellent option for nature lovers and adventure seekers.