Saint Augustine means Romance
One of the biggest reasons guest come to Saint Augustine is how romantic it is here in St Augustine.
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 a Robber Baron of the Gilded Age like Mr. Flagler (of Standard Oil fame) have to do with St Augustine? Well it was here he moved and then poured millions of dollars into building world-class lodging in the 1880’s for America’s wealthy who wanted to get out of the frozen north during the winter. Henry loved this romantic city and so employed a couple young architects and European craftsmen to create some of the most beautiful buildings of their time. This has got to be the most use of terracotta in one city, in the USA, ever. It’s spectacular, and you must see it.
And in keeping with the Romantic theme, the city made an effort, 50 years ago, to turn back St George Street - where one can discover nice shops and fine restaurants and yes, even souvenirs. But there is more than just Saint George St to shop on; there are shops and restaurants on all the streets, as well as homes, hotels, and of course Bed and Breakfasts.