3/17/2015

SPRING BREAK IN ST. AUGUSTINE: PROJECTED TO BE 77 SUNNY DEGREES!! | Macaroni Kid

A nice article about the St. Francis Inn and the top 12 things to do in St. Augustine!  The blogger is Becky Samford and her blog is called Macaroni Kid.  Here's what she has to say about her blog:



There are multiple Macaroni Kid sites in the Atlanta area and we have shared Pinterest Boards. This article was also posted on our shared Florida Travel Board which has over 25,000 followers.
FYI, my current statistics are as follows:
"My newsletter goes our to approximately 7,500 subscribers in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta each week. My website garners almost 1,800 page views per day, roughly 53,000 per month and I have just over 4,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram combined."
--


SPRING BREAK IN ST. AUGUSTINE: PROJECTED TO BE 77 SUNNY DEGREES!! | Macaroni Kid

3/11/2015


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Schlegel: A memorable visit to St. Augustine, Florida 

breaks up snowy N.J. winter | NJ.com

Flager College - present day
Sharon and Ralph Schlegel and their faithful 
canine companion Teddy Schlegel stayed 
with us at the St. Francis Inn for over a month 
(mid-January through February) this winter. 
We thoroughly enjoyed having them here! The 
day they left to go back home was a sad one 
for all of us. 

Sharon blogs regularly as "For the Times of 
Trenton" on NJ.com.  She has written a 
delightful article about St. Augustine (we're 
sharing a link to it below) and if you enjoy her 
writing as much as we do, you might want to 
subscribe to her blog.  

We miss you, Sharon!  Hugs to you and Ralph and a pat on the head to Teddy Schlegel!  :)


Schlegel: A memorable visit to St. Augustine, Florida breaks up snowy N.J. winter | NJ.com

3/02/2015

March-May: Spring FESTIVALS in St. Augustine! | Totally St. Augustine



  

Spring arrives early in St. Augustine and it seems like there is a different festival or event every weekend!  Everyone wants to get outside, enjoy the sun, mingle, have fun! So, thanks to the Totally St. Augustine Blog for posting a comprehensive list of our Spring Festivals:



March-May: Spring FESTIVALS in St. Augustine! | Totally St. Augustine



And, of course, book your stay with us, the St. Francis Inn!

2/24/2015

Albannach to Perform at St Augustine Celtic Music and Cultural Festival March 13-15, 2015

Albannach on stage
"Albannach (Gaelic for "Scottish" or "Scotsman") is a Scottish Band.  Their traditional music is heavily percussive, driven by bass drumsbodhráns and a single bagpipe. From the first, eponymous album in 2006, Albannach has promoted a sentiment of Scottish patriotism in songs such as "Uprising," a tribute to famed patriot William Wallace; they have covered songs like "1320" by Scottish folk artist Gordon Menzies of the band Gaberlunzie. Several songs on early albums referred to the Island ofBarra, the Outer Hebrides home of Albannach's bagpiper, Donnie MacNeil. Vocal songs that survive in the touring repertoire are sung either a cappella or with minimal accompaniment, emphasizing their lyrics. Examples of these include "Scotland is Her Name" and "Peaceful is the Glen"; the latter commemorates the Massacre of Glencoe, while the former is more directly topical and even political in its implied support for an independent Scotland. With these exceptions, the bulk of the touring repertoire, and of the band's discography, remains instrumental." Wikopedia

Albannach will be performing at the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Cultural Festival.

Here's a schedule of events; remember, guests of the St. Francis Inn during the festival will receive free general admission tickets (valued at $7-$10 each) and we are almost full.

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.

2/16/2015

St.Patrick's Day Parade will be March 14, 2015


Get ready to get your Celtic on! The St. Patrick's Day Parade will start at 10:00 am March 14, 2015! And you don't have to be Irish to watch!  Just bring a lawn chair or grab a curb or bench (in the plaza) and enjoy!

The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival runs from March 13-15, 2015.  In addition to the parade, there will be lots of entertainment at St. Francis Field. (And all guests of the St. Francis Inn will receive general admission tickets to the festival!)

Here's another group of entertainers who will be performing at the festival:

The Dublin City Ramblers , Ireland's No. 1 Ballad & Folk Group will be there on March 15.





Rathkeltair is billed as the "Ultimate Celtic Roots Rock Experience". WOOT!

2/10/2015

A Celebration at the St Francis Inn!


Sometime this month we passed the 2,000 mark in the number of "LIKES" (aka Fans) on our Facebook page.  We want to thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to "LIKE" us. We'd also like to thank all of you who have "LIKED" a post or picture, and those of you who have commented.  We try to respond to each and every comment.  We love hearing from you.

It may seem like a small thing, but we remember a few years ago when we asked all of our family and friends to like us so we could reach 1,000. And now we're over 2,000! For a small Inn in the Oldest City, that's pretty good!

We'd also like to thank everyone who takes the time to read our Blog, our Newsletter, and/or our Twitter feed.  It's gratifying, and exciting to know that we can reach new potential guests while keeping in touch with our former and repeat guests.

Wherever you are today - in the rainy NorthWest - the COLD North - or the snowed-in Northeast especially - we're thinking of you today.

Have a great day!  And, remember, ZEKE LOVES ALL OF YOU...REALLY!

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.