1/30/2015

Bootsie Doing Well at the Cat Clinic


Our little Bootsie is doing well at Anastasia Cat Clinic after being spayed.  She will spend the weekend at the clinic and come home Monday.  Zeke has been meowing around the front door in the mornings - we think he's asking "Where's Bootsie?" and we believe he really misses her.
We also believe in the Easter Bunny.

Have a great weekend!  We are looking forward to sunny skies this weekend and temps in the 60s during the days.

1/27/2015

St. Francis Inn Awarded Florida Green Lodging For the 6th Consecutive Year!


We are proud to announce that we have once again been awarded, for the 6th consecutive year, the coveted Florida Green Lodging** award. In order to achieve the Green Lodging Certificate, the following criteria is considered:
 
  1. The Inn’s landscaping is natural Florida gardens. They do not take a great deal of water to maintain and they are natural to the environment.
  2. The Inn & landscaping features use energy-efficient bulbs throughout more than 50% of their property
  3. The Inn has in-room recycling program for plastic, glass and aluminum
  4. The accommodation’s sheets are a poly-fiber blend that are 100% recyclable, made to dry quickly without taking much energy to dry
  5. The Inn uses mostly Star Appliances throughout
 
**The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The program’s environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.
 
With a Florida-inspired garden that is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the Green Lodging program acknowledges the beauty and professional excellence of the Inn’s gardens that surround two of the historic buildings that comprise the St. Francis Inn.


For media interviews, visits and stories, please contact:
Leigh Cort Publicity, publicist for St. Francis Inn


1/23/2015

Zeke Returns to Breakfast!

Guests have noticed over the past few weeks that Zeke is keeping to himself over in the parking lot.  Except at mealtimes, of course, but then he would rush (ha!) right back to the parking lot.  Why?  Hm...could it be the attention given to the newest member of our St. Francis Inn family has got his noise a bit out of joint?

Well, guess who jumped up on a table in the courtyard this morning and stayed for awhile?  Sweet Zeke!!  Guess he's getting over himself.

And...speaking of our newest member Bootsie...our recent guest, Mary Jane Toro, who stayed with us the week after Christmas...took a darling picture of Bootsie.  Then she had it framed and sent it to us!  We are displaying it proudly on our fireplace mantle in the lobby.

Zeke gets ready to take a quick morning nap.

Zeke glares at the photographer!

Mary Jane Toro took this great picture of Bootsie.

1/12/2015

Get Ready for the 5th Annual Celtic Music and Heritage Festival


    
Get ready to get your Irish on!!!  
Guests of the St Francis Inn will receive 
FREE GENERAL ADMISSSION ($10 value per ticket) when they stay with us any of these days:
Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15, 2015!


The 5th Annual Celtic Music & Heritage Festival®, St. Patrick’s Day Parade,
& Whisky Tasting Event
 In The Nation’s Oldest Celtic City-St. Augustine, FL


FRIDAY, MARCH 13 - CELTIC WHISKY TASTING – The Celtic Festival kicks off Friday night by celebrating the best in Celtic Whiskys with five offerings and an insightful presentation about the whiskys.  Our Whisky Tasting Event begins at 7 PM on Friday, March 13 at Francis Field.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Tickets are $45 and seating is limited.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, THE 5th  ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE steps off at 10 AM from Francis Field in St. Augustine, follows the bay front to the Bridge of Lions, takes a right down Cathedral Place, and returns to its origin via Cordova Street.  This event is free with viewing along the sidewalks of the parade route.  Register to participate in the parade at www.celticstaugustine.com.

Floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse drawn carriages, military units – the St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day parade has them all, plus Star Wars Storm Troopers in kilts, pirates, and much, much more!  Come to the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 14 & 15, THE 5th ANNUAL ST. AUGUSTINE CELTIC MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL®, presented by Romanza, will take place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084.  Gates open at 11 AM each day.  Events are scheduled from noon to 10 PM on Saturday and from 11 AM to 6:30 PM on Sunday.  You are encouraged to wear a kilt, bring a chair or blanket, but no coolers, no skateboards, service dogs only. 

This authentic cultural event, voted Best of St. Augustine 1st Runner-Up Event for 2013 & 2014, features traditional Irish music and contemporary Celtic rock with performances by Albannach, Dublin City Ramblers, Irish Echoes, Makem & Spain, Poor Angus, Rathkeltair, Searson, Whiskey of the Damned and more!  Enjoy Scottish pipes and drums, participate in or watch Highland Games, visit the Celtic Clans and learn about your heritage, browse among Celtic vendors, sample Celtic food and watch your children have fun in the Kids’ Zone.

This festival honors St. Augustine’s remarkable Celtic history and heritage.  St. Augustine is not only the Nation’s Oldest City; it’s the Oldest Celtic City in the United States!

General Admission is $7 through February 28 (increasing to $10 on March 1).

The VIP Weekend Package is $45 through February 28 (increasing to $55 on March 1).  This is an $80 value!  A Weekend VIP Ticket Package includes 2 FREE beers or wine, a FREE Festival tee shirt, separate VIP tented seating, restrooms and bar. 

Children 12 and under are free, as are all active duty and retired military with current identification. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
FRIDAY, MARCH 13 - HIGHLAND GAMES CLINIC
2-6 PM - Opportunity for anyone interested in competing as athlete for introduction & training, but not limited to the novice athlete. 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 14 & 15 - HIGHLAND GAMES
·         $25 per person March 14 & 15 to compete for the weekend. 
·         Registration includes free general admission to the Festival, athletic participation, and free lunch. 
·         Awards will be done at the close of each full day's competition for each of the define division of athletes.
·         Athletes are marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14 at 10 AM. Competition starts immediately after the Parade.

HIGHLAND GAMES EVENTS
·         Open Stone Put (16 lb. thrown for distance in any style)
·         Heavy Hammer Throw
·         56 lb. Weight for Distance
·         28 lb. Weight for Distance
·         Caber Toss (size and weight of caber differs between the classes of athletes)
·         Sheaf Toss (16 lb. burlap bag tossed with a pitch fork for height)
·         56 lb. Weight for Height

St. Augustine’s historic district is bustling with charming restaurants, shops, B&B’s, horse-drawn carriages and a centuries-old Spanish fort. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy the joyous and untamed music, poetry and dance of the unique Celtic tradition.  With forty-two miles of pristine Atlantic beaches, St. Augustine is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway or gathering of friends and family during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Discover the charm of St. Augustine ... Call 1-800-OLD-CITY or visit www.getaway4Florida.com for your free vacation guide.


This event is supported in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.  Tickets and more information about The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival are available at www.CelticStAugustine.com.

12/23/2014

ViaAir Joins Frontier Airlines: Destination Northeast Florida Regional Airport (St. Augustine!)



ViaAir's first nonstop flight between the Northeast Florida Regional Airport (St. Augustine, FL - UST) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began December 19. 
 
Aimed at holiday travel, ViaAir's inaugural flight introduces a seasonal schedule from St. Augustine to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, NC - CLT). Beginning with the inaugural flight, service will run on select dates through January 20, 2015. Passengers will also have the option of booking continuing flights through Charlotte to Beckley, WV (BKW), which is the gateway to Southern West Virginia and offers a plethora of both winter and summer activities. With an industry reliability rate of 99% dispatch, ViaAir promises passengers an impressive level of care, attention, and dependability.
 
The ViaAir Holiday Flight Program to and from Charlotte, NC will include departures on the following December and January dates:
 
December and January Operation Dates:                                                
12/23/14, 12/26/14, 12/27/14, 12/28/14, 01/02/15, 01/03/15, 01/04/15, 01/05/15, 01/15/15, 01/16/15, 01/17/15, 01/19/15, 01/20/15.
 
For more information or to purchase a ViaAir flight, visit FlyViaAir.com or call 800-565-5042.

St Francis Inn offers a Fly-Inn Package for guests arriving on Frontier or ViaAir:

Includes complimentary transportation from St. Augustine Airport to the Inn, and return on your departure (advance arrangements required),  RATE:  No extra charges from our regular room tariff!  Just be sure to ask for our Fly Inn Getaway package.  Gratuities not included.  Advance arrangements required for transportation from and to the airport!

12/19/2014

Holiday Singers ... Thanks to the Old Town Trolley (the GREEN AND ORANGE trolley)

Every major holiday Dave and Melissa visit the St Francis Inn and other businesses that sell Old Town Trolley tickets and treat us to visions...visions of loveliness and craziness.  Here are some samples:

One year it was Charlie Brown (with TREE) and Lucy...
One year they were toy soldiers....

Last year Dave was a giant Candy Cane and Melissa was in Victorian dress.
This year they did something different; they got together some singers and entertained our guests at breakfast:
Joe Finnegan, SFI Inn owner, introduces the singers.

Melissa wore a Christmas sweater with lots of lights!

The singers get ready.

They sang Silent Night (in German) and a couple other songs.

Another reason why we love the "green trolleys".....THANKS!


Replica Spanish Watchtower opens for 360-degree views at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park | StAugustine.com





Replica Spanish Watchtower opens for 360-degree views at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park | StAugustine.com

12/16/2014

12 Desserts of Christmas! Six Geese a-Laying!





12 Desserts of Christmas!

Goose Nest Cookies

Ingredients
1 package chocolate chips (about 1½ cups)
1 package peanut butter chips (about 1½ cups)
1 cup peanuts
2 to 2½ cups of chow mein noodles
Yogurt Covered Raisins or Jordan Almonds (for eggs)

Instructions

1. Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat on the stove. Stir often until fully melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add in peanuts and chow mein noodles and stir to fully combine.

3. Drop a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture on a sheet of wax paper. Use your finer or a spoon to make a small dent in the middle to form your nest.  Place 2-3 eggs in each nest.  Let sit for a few hours until the chocolate hardens.

Makes about 15 to 20 nests.









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12 Desserts of Christmas - 5 Gold Rings!





       12 Desserts of Christmas!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


¼ cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved
1 jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box



  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 13x9-inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar.
  2. Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  3. Bake 42 to 48 minutes (44 to 53 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.








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12 Desserts of Christmas: Calling Bird Cupcakes


               12 Desserts of Christmas!

Calling Bird Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes…                                                            For the Frosting…
1 box – red velvet cake mix                                                8 oz Cream cheese (softened)
4 eggs                                                                                     4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup vegetable oil                                                              1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk                                                                             Milk (if needed to reach proper                        consistency)


Directions

1 .  Mix all ingredients for cake together.  Pour into lined muffin pans.  Bake as directed on the box.

2.  Cream the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together to make frosting.  Add milk (SMALL AMOUNT AT A TIME) if the frosting is too stiff.

3.  Frost cooled cupcakes. –Top with Sugar Cookie Birds and Sprinkles



For the Sugar Cookies…
1 cup sugar                           1 cup butter
1 egg                                       1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder           3 cups of flour

1 – Cream butter, sugar and egg together; add vanilla, baking powder and flour.

2 – Roll dough on a lightly floured surface.  Cut cookies and place on parchment lined baking sheet. 

3 – Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie).




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