3/31/2010

What are YOU doing this weekend?

Easter weekend....picture yourself sitting in one of these rockers or gently swaying on the swing while horse-drawn carriages clop past. Come for Friday and Saturday nights and you can enjoy First Friday Art Walk on Friday evening, then return to your covered porch to rest your toes and plan for tomorrow. Saturday all the museums and attractions and shops will be open - and most will be open on Easter Sunday, too. Our historic churches are all within walking distance. Enjoy the Annual Easter Parade Sunday afternoon; the parade begins at 3:00pm at the Mission and makes its way downtown. What a great weekend.

The verandah pictured above belongs to the Wilson Suite and is available for Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights. (Saturday night is a 2-night minimum, but you can book Friday or Sunday as 1-night stays.) The Wilson Suite has a living room, king-sized bed in the bedroom, and a 2-person whirlpool tub & shower in the bathroom. A couple other rooms are available downtown and at the beach, but all will go quickly. Call us at 1-800-824-6062 or book online at www.stfrancisinn.com so you don't miss your Easter weekend in St. Augustine.

3/26/2010

Sea Star Ocean Suites Available NOW


Our newest beach lodgings are available to rent! Just six miles from the St. Francis Inn (in historic downtown St. Augustine) Sea Star Ocean Suites are located right next door to Our Beach Cottage on B Street. These three unique suites are just steps away from the sand and two of the suites offer balconies with ocean views. All three suites are large enough for families and are also pet-friendly.

Click here to go to our new web page with pictures, descriptions, and rates. Of course, when you stay at Sea Star Ocean Suites, just like when you stay at any of our beach properties*, our amenities at the St. Francis Inn, such as breakfast at the Inn, social hour, dessert, free Lighthouse tickets, etc., are included.

*Our Beach Cottage, Our Beach Bungalow, Our Beach House

3/25/2010

This Weekend: Festival-Blessing the Fleet-Uptown Sat Night

15TH ANNUAL RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL (FRI-SAT-SUN)
Enjoy non-stop music and award-winning scrumptious barbecue all weekend long. A Saturday night performance by Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, lots of tasty ribs and barbecue, and plenty of children's activities are part of this year's featured events. Rhythm & Ribs takes place at Francis Field, located behind the historic Downtown Parking Facility on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, except Saturday evening, when it is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.RhythmandRibs.net.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
A favorite end-of-the-month event, Uptown Saturday Night takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. 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.

BLESSING OF THE FLEET (SUNDAY)
Dozens of watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft - all decorated with flags and bunting --receive a special blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. . The ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de la Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit www.sayc2000.com.

3/19/2010

Courtyard Garden Makeover

The freezing temperatures this winter killed many of the plants in our gardens. Our gardener, Nature Bird, rolled up her sleeves, dug in with her shovel, and revitalized our Courtyard.

Nature ripped out the tired boxwood bushes that framed the walkway to the Cottage. She transplanted the tropical bulb plants that had been burned by the freezes. She then relined the walkway with twice-blooming azaleas, fox gloves, impatiens, and other blooming perennials. Pots filled with dead and withered plants were emptied and refilled with pink and white impatiens.

Guests oohed and aahed over the transformation. Fueled by this positive reinforcement Nature turned her attention to the Fish Pond. Ferns and other tropical greenery were thinned and brown and dead plants were tossed out. She lugged pieces of coquina here and there, rearranging the front of the pond. She added fresh new pots and lots of color to the area. Even our pond fish were impressed - and they do not impress easily!

Fabulous job, Nature!

3/18/2010

This Weekend: Lighthouse Festival and Aretha Franklin


18TH ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL & MICHELOB ULTRA 5K
Saturday, March 20
Bring your family and join the fun when admission to the tower, grounds, and museum is free from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The historic Light Station will offer something for everyone, including local musicians and entertainers throughout the day, special games and crafts for children, food, living history portrayals, pony rides, terrestrial and maritime archaeology activities, contests and much more. The Annual Michelob Ultra Twilight 5K Run begins at 4:30 p.m. on the road in front of the Keeper's House. Advance registration is required to take part in the 5K Run. To register, call 904.824.3939. St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.0745 or visit St. Augustine Lighthouse.

ARETHA FRANKLIN AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Friday, March 19

The Queen of Soul will be gracing the stage of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a one-night-only performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $79. The St. Augustine Amphitheater, located on Anastasia Boulevard in St. Augustine, is Florida's newest outdoor performing arts venue. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit St. Augustine Amphitheatre.



3/17/2010

Bridge opening remembered | StAugustine.com


Bridge opening remembered | StAugustine.com

What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! The Bridge of Lions reopened today after a short ceremony. The refurbished Bridge of Lions will have a more spectacular celebration once the marble lions - removed for refurbishment and safe storage during this project - return to their pedestals at the western entrance.

The temporary bridge that has allowed locals and visitors to travel to Anastasia Island for the past four years was closed and will be dismantled.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Finnegan family and all the staff of the St. Francis Inn!

3/10/2010

This Weekend in St. Augustine

Day trip or Weekend Trip - Lots to do this weekend.

MENORCAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
(Across the street from the St Francis Inn!)

Come learn about this unique cultural heritage found in St. Augustine. The Menorcan Heritage Society will hold their annual celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Llambias House, located at 31 St. Francis Street in St. Augustine. There will be demonstrations of mullet net making, dance performances, and story telling by Menorcan descendents. There will be t-shirts books and foods for sale. Admission is free. For more information call 904. 826.3388.
LA GUARDIA DE NOCHA: SPANISH NIGHTWATCH SIEGE (photo credit)Spanish Night Watch commemorates the events leading up to the 1740 invasion of Spanish Florida by the British colonies to the north. On Friday a night-time depiction of actions leading up to and during St. Augustine's Siege of 1740 takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos. Then on Saturday,beginning at 10AM, Spanish soldados at the Castillo will demonstrate the military arts of the period. Musket and cannon demonstrations, military maneuvers on the Castillo green, and interpretations of 18tth century daily life in Spanish Florida will be presented throughout the day. Then at 7:30 p.m. beginning at the Castillo, la Guardia de Noche will culminate in the Spanish Night Watch Military Parade. Military units and civilians will march out of the Castillo's gates to begin a torch light parade to the Governor's Palace. Visitors are invited to follow the Governor, soldiers, and townsfolk in the Night Watch parade and celebration. Admission to Castillo de San Marcos is $6 for adults and free to children 15 and under, all other Spanish Nightwatch events are free. For more information call 904.829.6506 or visit www.nps.gov/casa or www.StAugustineGarrison.com
GHOST AUTHOR AT RIPLEY'SNew York author Linda Zimmerman will be at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum in St. Augustine to sign copies of her latest book, a special 10th Anniversary edition of the Ghost Investigator series. She will sign books from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Ghost Parlor and again from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. when she will depart with other ghost hunters aboard Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure. For more information, call 904.824.1606 or email Ingwersen@ripleys.com .

ST. AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY CHORUS POPS CONCERT
Enjoy an inspiring Pops concert performance by St. Augustine Community Chorus, led by Conductor Kathleen Vande Berg. For show times and tickets, email saccshs@comcast.net, or visit http://www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org.


29th ANNUAL LIONS CLUB SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Get ready for great seafood nearly any way you want it; tap your toes to live bluegrass, folk and country music; then shop for unique arts and crafts presented by more then 100 exhibitors. This three-day event is a favorite throughout northeast Florida and features tons of delicious seafood, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts. Musicians can even enter the "Americana Music Idol" contest. The Lions Club Seafood Festival takes place at Francis Field on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Festival hours are Friday 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit Lions Club charities. Admission is $2 per person, children under 12 are free. For more information, call 904.825.0850 or visit Lions Seafood Festival
CHRIS TOMLIN IN CONCERT AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Enjoy one of America's greatest up-and-coming gospel music artists performing live at St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Tickets are $22.50 and $30. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Call 904.471.1965 or visit www.Staugamphitheatre.com

HARVEST OF HOPE FESTIVAL

The second Annual Harvest of Hope Concert, a diverse music festival to benefit migrant farm workers, provides multiple stages with performances by punk, indie-rock, hip-hop, alt-country, folk and blues bands. This year's line up showcases a diverse roster with national and international acts including Billy Bragg, Dr Dog, The Mountain Goats, Leatherface, Rogue Wave, Delta Spirit, Senses Fail, Anti-Flag, Dead Prez, Kimya Dawson, Samiam, Torche, Strike Anywhere, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dr. Octagon AKA Kool Keith, Small Brown Bike, Portugal. the Man, Black Sheep, Danielson, Coalesce, Man Man, forgetters (Ex-Jawbreaker/ Against Me!), plus over 150 more artists joining together to raise awareness to the plight of migrant farm workers! Harvest of Hope Fest takes place at the St. John's County Fairgrounds, located on SR 207, 7 miles west of I95 Exit 311, in Elkton. The Fairgrounds offers 90 acres of shaded grassy pasture for plenty of rustic camping. Three-day tickets for the Festival are $49.50. Walk-up 3-day tickets will be $60. Single day tickets are $25 in advance and $35 on the weekend of the Festival. Three-day camping passes are available at $19.50 per person. For more information, visit www.harvestofhopefest.com


SOUTHERN EXPOSURE MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL Celebrate the past, present and future with three generations of the Guthrie family, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and the best in old time music, country, bluegrass, folk, and blues. Activities for everyone include story telling, cultural exhibits, a barn dance, old Florida vendors, pony rides, crafts, and southern cookin. The fun takes place from 11:30 a.m. to sundown at Alpine Groves Park, located at 20 60 S.R. 13, Switzerland. Tickets are $15.00 and free for children 12 and under. Visit www.southernexposurefestival.com .

3/08/2010

FINALLY!!! SPRING-LIKE WEATHER!!!


FORECAST FOR THIS WEEK:
MONDAY............UPPER 60'S
TUESDAY...........AROUND 70!
WEDNESDAY....MID 70'S!
THURSDAY.......MID 70'S!
FRIDAY..............MID 70'S
SATURDAY.......MID 70'S

3/05/2010

Pirates Sack St Augustine This Weekend!


This Saturday (3/6/10) pirates will run amok in the city streets of St. Augustine. Don't worry, though, unlike in 1668 when Captain Robert Searle and his buccaneers looted and terrorized the citizens of St. Augustine, this re-enactment is all in fun. The pirates will set up camp at the Fountain of Youth where visitors can experience authentic 17th century arms, equipment and food. Then, at 5:00pm on Saturday, the pirates will attack the soldiers and townspeople in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The soldiers and townspeople (all re-enactors) will flee up St. George Street to the Redoubt at Orange and Cordova Streets in the Historic District. If you'd like to read more about Searle's Raid of St. Augustine, click here.

Also this weekend:

First Friday Art Walk

The Moody Blues at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Saturday March 6, Tickets Still Available

3/03/2010

Preview of Good Things Coming....


Watch out...we're expanding our St. Francis Inn family again....we'll have details and more pictures soon.