2/26/2010

Another Nice Weekend Coming Up


Forecast is for 55 degrees Saturday and 61 degrees Sunday...


ST. AUG FEST
Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids' zone, and special motorcycle parking at Francis Field in St. Augustine. Fest hours are Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person (proceeds benefit the St. Augustine Police Department's Benevolent Organization). For more information, call 904.545.7570.


FLIGHT TO FREEDOM
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., re-enactors in period clothing will tell the story of Fort Mose during "Flight to Freedom," the saga of the first Underground Railroad that brought runaway slaves to freedom in Spanish Florida. One of the 25 events highlighting the 75th Anniversary of Florida State Parks, the event will also feature drumming, storytelling and colonial weapon demonstrations. A free trolley shuttle service will be available from the 'Old Jail' located at 167 San Marco Avenue. Regular park admission fees of $4 per carload of up to eight people or $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist apply. For more information, call 904.823.2232.

TORCHLIGHT TOUR OF FORT MATANZAS
Re-live history by torchlight at Fort Matanzas National Monument. The tours depart by boat from the park's visitor center at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, and 8:15 p.m., and are led by re-enactors portraying Spanish soldiers of the 1740s on duty at the fort. Each tour will include a spectacular nighttime cannon firing! Tickets are available at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $7, children three and under are free. There are no ticket refunds unless the event is cancelled. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.471.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma .

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
A favorite end-of-the-month event, Uptown Saturday Night takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the last Saturday of every month in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley's Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet-the-artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. The event is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. Please call 904.824.3152 for more information.

MARINELAND'S FAMILY FUN DAY (SUNDAY FEB 28)
Admission is free throughout the day at the Dolphin Conservation Center at Marineland. From 1 to 4 p.m., special family friendly activities will be featured including music, face painting, arts and crafts, hand-on science, pirate magician and puppets, and lots of dolphin presentations. Marineland is located at 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, (A1A South) approximately 17 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.471.1111 or go to www.marineland.net.


SUNSET/MOONRISE TOUR
Experience sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine - the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast provided by San Sebastian Winery, light refreshments from The Reef, and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue in St. Augustine. The fee for the event is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required - call 904.829.0745. For more information about the lighthouse, go to: www.staugustinelighthouse.com.

2/25/2010

SUNSET/MOONRISE TOUR


Experience sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine - the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast provided by San Sebastian Winery, light refreshments from The Reef, and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue in St. Augustine. The fee for the event is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required - call 904.829.0745. For more information about the lighthouse, go to: www.staugustinelighthouse.com.

2/23/2010

Former Owners of St. Francis Inn in the News!

The St. Augustine Record ran a front page story yesterday (click on the title above for the complete story) about John and Frances Wilson - for whom our Wilson House is named. (The front porch of the Wilson House is pictured above.) The story is timely and fascinating with the Wilsons' links to Haiti (John Wilson was appointed the United States Consul to Haiti by President James T. Polk). Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1842, but that quake destroyed the seaport town of Cape Haytien. For John's account of the damage and Frances's account of life in Haiti, click here.

John and Frances Wilson started spending their winters in St. Augustine in 1868 and eventually built the house at 34 St. Francis Street next door to the Inn. This is where Joe and Margaret Finnegan live. During that time he also added the 3rd floor to the Inn. Emily Wilson made her first visit to "Uncle John and Aunt Fanny" in 1892, and later she purchased and lived in what is now known as the Wilson House. Emily was an artist and a historian who gathered together much of the information (documents, records, etc.) that became the basis of the Historical Society's library. For more information on these fascinating "Victorians", click here.

2/22/2010

St. Augustine Fest starts this week

From The St. Augustine Record:

The St. Augustine Police Benevolent Organization (PBO), in partnership with Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine, First Coast Honda, and Premier Cadillac, will host the first "St. Aug Fest" at Francis Field, Feb. 26-28. It will include live music, arts and crafts, local food vendors, a kids zone and special motorcycle parking with security.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with live music performed by "Matanzas" from 6 to 10 p.m.

Click on the above link for details.

2/19/2010

Beautiful Weekend Forecast!


The forecast is 65 and sunny for Saturday and 67 and sunny for Sunday! Fabulous!

Lots to see and do downtown and beautiful weather to explore both St. Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach areas:

Old City Farmer's Market - every Saturday 8:30am - 12:30 pm - in the parking lot of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Admission is FREE and plenty of free parking. Shop for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There's always live entertainment and there is fresh seafood in season.

The Sunday Market at Vilano Beach - every Sunday 12pm-4pm - Vilano Beach Pier. Admission is FREE and plenty of free parking. Shop for local made crafts, fine jewelry, baked goods and fresh produce at the fun little market by the sea.

Fort Mose Guided Tours - every Saturday 11:00am - 12:00 pm. Come learn about some of America's most important cultural history in a fascinating setting on a ranger-led guided tour of Fort Mose. The tour begins with a short film on the history of Fort Mose and a tour of the exhibits. Then, experience the history of Fort Mose, learn aboutthe archaeology of the site, see remnants of daily life in Colonial Spanish Florida, and stroll along the boardwalk through a pristine salt water marsh. Tour is free. Admission to Park is $4 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.





2/15/2010

Meehan's on Matanzas


There's a great new Irish Pub in town - Meehan's on Matanzas. Joe and Margaret tried it last week and loved the food, service, and atmosphere. Kelly (our Inn Manager) and Mike also tried it last week and were back this weekend. The location is great - right on the bayfront - on the corner of Avenida Menendez and Hypolita Streets - walking distance from the St. Francis Inn. The menu is a combination of the traditional (Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd's Pie, etc.) and the upscale (Salmon, Steaks, Chicken, and Seafood). There is also a Raw Bar. Next time you're in town give it a try. Their slogan is: "Eat, Drink, and Be Irish!"

2/12/2010

Last Minute Valentine Getaway


We have one accommodation left for this Valentine's weekend. It is available for Sunday and Monday nights and has a whirlpool tub, wood-burning fireplace, and queen bed. Surprise your significant other and stay with us. Call 1-800-824-6062.

2/09/2010

Woodstock...in St. Augustine!

Richie Havens
at Flagler College Auditorium
with Gove Scrivenor
Thursday, Feb 11

Enjoy the unique brand of rhythmic folk music performed by Richie Havens at this special benefit concert for the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival that takes place in May 2010. In 1969, Richie Havens inspired and electrified the audience at Woodstock with his legendary three hour opening performance. Location: Flagler College Auditorium
Hours: 7 p.m. Admission: $35.

2/08/2010

Paranormal Investigators at St Francis Inn for Two Nights

We have two rooms blocked for this evening for a paranormal investigation. A group known as Northeast Florida Paranormal Investigations will begin their investigation of Lily's Room and the Overlook Room this evening. They will set up and then monitor their equipment throughout the night. There are about 5 people involved. John Duddy is the coordinator. Click here to see their web site....
if you dare ! !

2/03/2010

Things to do in St. Augustine - February & March

Upcoming Music Events (click here for more information):
Feb 11-Richie Havens-Flagler Auditorium

Mar 6-The Moody Blues-St Aug Amphitheatre

Mar 19-Aretha Franklin-St Aug Amphitheatre
MORE THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE:
Mar. 27 Uptown Saturday Night
For a complete calendar of upcoming events, please click here.

2/02/2010

Debit Winners Announced


DEBIT WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Guests who use their debit cards to pay for their stay are entered into a monthly drawing. Guests who win are awarded a $50 Gift Certificate to the St. Francis Inn. The innkeeper who checked them in also receives a prize. Here are the winners so far (winning innkeepers are in parentheses):
SEP: TRACY S. - ST. CLOUD, FL (TRACEY)
OCT: CHRISTY G. - JEFFERSON, GA (ADELE)
NOV: THOMAS AND LINDA K. - SEMINOLE, FL (ADELE)
DEC: DALE F. - HOLLYWOOD, FL (JUDI)

2/01/2010

Massage Special Ends February 11!

MASSAGE SPECIAL ENDS FEBRUARY 11
Right now we are offering either a free 60-minute massage or 2 30-minute massages (your choice) if you book 2 weeknights at our regular off-season rates between now and Thursday, Feb 11, 2010. This $85 special cannot be combined with any other special or discount, and must be mentioned at the time you book your reservation. This special is good only for new reservations made after February 1, 2010.