Spring is in the air - It's Festival season

If you and your lover don't have enough to do this spring, come to Saint Augustine and enjoy one or more of these fabulous festivals. Many of these festivals have become St Augustine traditions. Along with a romantic bed and breakfast, weekends in St Augustine have been pleasing visitors for decades. 

Grab you honey, book a room at the Hemingway House B&B, and see what all the fun is about....

St. Augustine Lions Club Seafood Festival, Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 Location: Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr. Expect heavy traffic in the vicinity of Francis Field including Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1) and San Marco Ave. during the event. Free satellite parking and shuttle service available on Saturday. More information: Click here St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival, March 10-12 Location: Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr. Expect heavy traffic in the vicinity of Francis Field including Ponce de Leon Blvd. (U.S. 1) and San Marco Ave. Some downtown streets closed on Saturday, March 11 …
This is the perfect time to see over 20 bed and breakfasts, all decorated in a holiday theme. This year’s theme of, “Christmas through the years” will charm tour goers and guests alike. The Southern half of the Inns will be open Saturday, and the Northern half of Inns will be open on Sunday, with the doors on both days opening at 1:00 pm each day, and close at 5:00 pm.
What’s more, each B&B will partner with a local restaurant to bring tour goers a taste of what St Augustine restaurants have to offer. This year, our neighbor the: Inn on Charlotte will be partnering again with the fabulous La Pentola who offers fresh and uniquely inspired food and wine. They are neighbors as well as friends, and a place we always recommend to guests.

So get your tickets now because, 1) we sell out every year, and 2) they are on sale until October 1st..  If there were one Christmas event for you to go to this holiday season, this is the one. Not only will it help get you into the spirit of the Christm…

The E. Hemingway Special Daiquiri

Do you know the E. Hemingway special daiquiri recipe? Well I didn’t until I published a book for Roger Shadow,Weekend at Hemingway’s, were I learned that little tidbit and so much more about the great writer. Heck, I even learned the history of the daiquiri! It’s an amazing book that any Hemingway lover should have in their collection. You can buy a copy here
Roger met Hemingway in Cuba, back in 1958, spent the weekend with him (hence the title) and the two men spend the whole time talking, drinking, and eating their way through a slew of topics. From Geo-political topics of the day (before my time) to what Papa thought of the actors/actresses who played his parts in the movies (now part that I liked). They talked of fishing, of course, and boats – well, one boat, the only boat Hemingway owned: Pilar. 
But back to daiquiris; it was in Havana, a place called El Floridita de Cuba, La Habana Vieja where the very first daiquiri was created and they keep pouring them.  And wouldn’t you …

New restaurant in Saint Augustine

And it’s great one.  In the location where Spy was on 21 Hypolita street, is Mam Thai & Sushi Bistro is a new, freshly painted, modern & clean feeling family owned restaurant run by husband & wife (cooking in the kitchen) that makes authentic Thai food. With a unique menu that has lots of options on it, (and extra add-on items that today’s foodies like to eat) it's easy to share plates with friends.
The most important thing is freshness and quality of the food served on our table. So we think Saint Augustine just got a GREAT restaurant on Hypolita Street.   Mam Thai & Sushi Bistro opened only yesterday, 6/16/2016, and is serving top-notch items with only Sake being the one item they were still waiting on (Coming in later today). We stopped by for lunch today and OMG (as the kids say) it is amazing!  You have got to give this place a try.
We ordered several dishes just to get a taste of as much as we could.  Starting with Chicken Satay – moist and delish, with a gre…

Saint Augustine means Romance

One of the biggest reasons guest come to Saint Augustine is how romantic it is here in St Augustine. And not at first but, as if it’s the biggest discovery since Florida was discovered by Juan Ponce in 1513.  And so if the gentlemen are listening, here’s a great tip for your love life: Book a trip to St Augustine for a romantic weekend… If you are looking for a bit of romance, and who isn’t, you got to go to Saint Augustine Florida.

It sounds simple, yes, but what makes it so romantic? Well, the city is actually little European village, it really is. It was founded by the Spanish and streets were laid-out in the late 1565 and there has been no change ever since. Oh sure, some structures have come and gone with each new improvement project or city-wide fire but, we still have about 18 colonial structures. And through it all (450 years of it all) this old city still holds the original romantic charm it got from Spain.  That and, with a little help from Henry Flagler, too.

So what does …

El Galeón returns to Saint Augustine, her home port


Pirates & Saints – Yup, it's Spring in St Augustine once again

Now that the nights of lights are far behind us, and St Avalentines day is done, we look forward to the coming spring and all the fun that comes with it – from pirates sacking the city of Saint Augustine to the to the foot tapping and beer drinking party of Saint Pat’s Day – you have better say your prayers.
To begin with, our high-season is here so we suggest booking your room early; else you may be out in the cold. If Hemingway House & the Inn on Charlotte are full, check out our Association Availability page where you can see a list of the other 22 B&Bs in the Association and see it they have available rooms for your date, or not.
Shortly after the pedals fall off the stem of the roses of Saint Valentine’s Day, the pirate Searle’s will, yet again, sack the city of Saint Augustine.  Back in 1668, Robert Searle, the dreaded ‘privateer’, sacked and burned St Augustine marking the last of the successful attacks on St Augustine. Because, after Searle and his men, "slipped in…