Wednesday, August 7, 2013

St. Augustine

St. Augustine, you move me. Your old time history brimming with stories of another life. Your sunsets stretching the expanse of the sky.  Your stores full of trinkets and treasures. Your restaurants a plenty, amazing and fresh. I swoon.

It's likely that all of that moving and swooning was more related to the man at my side, but seriously, I heart St. Augustine.

A few weeks ago, Bryan surprised me with the announcement that he was planning an anniversary trip for us. (We hadn't gone away, just us, in over 6 years, so it was a big deal.) He booked two nights in a Victorian Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart of the city, on the oldest street in the United States.

We had never been to a B&B before, so we didn't really know what to expect. The Victorian House was old-timey and homey. The owners were so friendly and welcoming, and it was obvious that they really enjoyed their business. Of course a fancy breakfast was served each morning, hot tea and cookies throughout the day, and every evening at 5pm, they hosted a little wine sampling in the sitting room.


I had done some research on the top rated places to eat in St. Augustine, taken recommendations of friends, and carefully planned out our dining schedule. It seems kinda silly, but I wanted to choose the best places since we only had a short amount of time. Every single one of the places we ate at, I would highly recommend and would love to return to, so I shall include them, in case you're interested.

After we checked in and unpacked, we headed out on foot to get lunch. We went to a place called The Floridian. Everything on the menu is locally produced, so their menu changes with the seasons. They can tell you exactly where the beef in your burger came from, or the lettuce in your salad. The portions were huge, and our meals were delicious. Best lunch.

After lunch, we walked the streets and took in the scenery.


A1A Ale Works was for dinner. I've heard the fish tacos are especially great, although I ordered something else, and our meals were very good. There is outside seating on the balcony upstairs which overlooks the water and the street.

After dinner we walked over the Bridge of Lions, and then walked "home".

The next morning, we went to a little museum, and visited the beautiful gardens at the Mission of Nombre de Dios.

Oh, thank you Jesus.

Next up on our adventure, was a trip to the beach. While we were so close, I just wanted to stop by and check it out, and Bella had asked me to bring her back a shell. After we got there, I remembered that I am needing a whole bunch of sea shells for a project, and our beaches just don't seems to be carrying shells these days.

On a side note, my #1 "Love Language" is Acts of Service. (If you've never heard of it, I recommend reading the book in the link above. It's great for all relationships in life.) Anyway, acts of service.

As I scoured the beach for shells dropping them into the ziplock I found tucked in my purse, my sweet husband joined me in the search. He may not be all about the arts & crafts projects, but he knew it was important to me. That man spent a good twenty minutes, fully clothed, in full sun, on a hot summer day, picking out the best shells. And as silly as it sounds, that act spoke lotsa love to me.

On the way back, we stopped at GAS Full Service Restaurant for lunch. Also really, really good and locally grown.

That evening was the monthly art walk in St. Augustine. It's a lively and fun street event, full of, well yes, art, but also live music and other fun. They opened up the first floor of The Lightner Museum free of charge, and that was interesting.

Following the museum and art walk came one of my favorite parts of our trip. Cap's on the Water for dinner. In order to fully enjoy this amazing seafood restaurant, you need to be there at sunset. The wait is anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours, and they do not take reservations. Also, it's located about 15 minutes away from the heart of St. Augustine so a little planning is important. There is a nice dock to sit on and wait, but it is totally worth the wait.

This place would be my number one recommendation. The food was great, but the setting made it perfect. Three cheers for Cap's!!
We are so grateful to my parents for watching our kids, and I'm so thankful for my husband that planned this little getaway. It was so good for us, and for our marriage.

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