With Valentine’s Day approaching I wanted to share with you why I believe St. Augustine, Florida is one of my favorite romantic destinations.
My husband and I came here for our honeymoon back in November 2016 and we didn’t want to leave. Here are my top 8 reasons you and the love of your life should escape to St. Augustine.
Old World Charm
St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in America and you can feel it. There are quaint streets to stroll down, shops to visit and the old city gate to walk through. It can easily feel like you and your partner have been transported back in time.
Gorgeous Bed and Breakfasts
There are over 30 B&B’s in St. Augustine and each will have something unique to offer each couple. Do you relish the thought of being surrounded by ghosts? There’s a B&B for that. Check out the St. Augustine Inns website for the most haunted B&B’s!
We stayed at the Carriage Way B&B, which we were told is not haunted. It was in the heart of the historic district. We were mere steps away from St. George Street with all it’s shops. We were also within walking distance of all of St. Augustine’s historic sights.
We stayed in the Tourmaline Room facing the Veranda and we loved it!
Award Winning Restaurants
Restaurants abound in St. Augustine and there are so many amazing ones, far too many to name here. But, we did have our favorites. We had a very romantic dinner at The Raintree, where we enjoyed delicious seafood and the richest chocolate cake for dessert. Our dinner at The Raintree was part of a romance package that we purchased with our B&B stay. Make sure to get a picture at the gazebo!
We also had lunch at the well known Scarlett O’Hara’s. They serve the best southern fare, I highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits here!
Desserts to Die For
We lived in Savannah for a year, and I still find it funny that Savannah’s river walk has River Street Sweets (which is awesome!) and St. Augustine is the home of Savannah Sweets! But, when your in St. Augustine stop over at Savannah Sweets on St. George Street and get yourself some fudge or my personal favorite the chocolate covered rice krispie treat! Our other favorite spot was Claude’s Chocolate on Granada Street. I remember writing in my journal about how much chocolate we ate!
Okay, maybe they don’t actually offer eternal life, but spend a week in St. Augustine and you will feel like time has stopped for at least a little while.
You can visit the Fountain of Youth, which although a bit silly (we did make fun of the statues), is still a fun outing.
or at least Eternal Love
Throughout St. Augustine that are many “Love Trees”, trees that are intertwined. You can not remove them from each other without killing both trees, which is strangely romantic. The story goes that if you kiss under a “Love Tree” then your love will be eternal. We kissed under the most famous one on Cordova Street next to the Love Cottage.
There are so many historic sights in St. Augustine within easy walking distance!
Although it is a four year private institution, Flagler College is open for tours.
As we were on our honeymoon the week of Thanksgiving break, it felt like we had the whole campus to ourselves for the tour.
Flagler College has the largest selection of Tiffany Glass in the world and you can tour part of the school including the grand dining room.
The Lightner Museum
Formerly the Alcazar Hotel, you can tour the Lightner Museum and it’s extensive collection of art.
The gardens are beautiful and you also learn a bit of the history of the hotel. The area seen below that is used as a restaurant, but was once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool.
The Old Fort: Castillo de San Marcos
Dating back to the 17th century, Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest fort in America.
The current St. Augustine Lighthouse dates back to the 1800’s.
The many steps to the top are well worth it when you take in the breath taking views of the surrounding area!
A gorgeous historic city and near the ocean, what more could you ask for? We were there in November and as you can see it was quite cold. I was also in St. Augustine in July with my family many years ago and it was so, so hot that we couldn’t enjoy the historic district. You were either in the water or inside in the air conditioning. So, I recommend going early Fall or late spring for swimming weather combined with touring weather.
As usual with ancient city’s there are strange occurrences and almost always ghosts. I highly recommend taking a carriage ride and a walking ghost tour. The city is small and easily walk-able and the ghost tours are usually educational in addition to entertaining. Check out the Visit St. Augustine website for a list of ghost tours available.
The carriage rides are romantic and depending on your driver you may also get some stories as well. We particularly like our carriage ride in November as it was on the colder side and we had to bundle up under the blanket and get close. The carriage ride we had was through the St. Augustine Transfer Company and was part of our package at the B&B.
Those are my top 8 reasons St. Augustine is for lovers, so plan a visit, find a “Love Tree” to kiss under and may your love be eternal!