Innkeeper Janice Walks for Cancer Research

Janice Leary joined our St. Francis Inn team in October and already feels like a member of the family. In October she and her sister participated in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure in Tampa, Florida. Together they raised more than $5,000 for cancer research! If you wish to read more about their 60-mile 3-day walk, click here. For more information about the 3 Day Walk for the Cure, click here.


This Weekend: Winter Wonderland, Harry Potter, Nights of Lights!

Slide on in to Winter Wonderland and experience a real ice skating rink, ice slide, Elf Express train rides, The Elf Village, sleigh rides and SNOW! There are even scheduled visits from Santa. New this year - a ski chalet with a bar and closed circuit television! St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A St. Augustine. Hours are November 19 through December 17, Monday through Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays noon to 10 p.m.; and December 18 through January 2, Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. Admission is free with activity participation fees. For more information, call 904.209.0367 or visitwww.WinterWonderlandFlorida.com.

See Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the latest and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, on the giant screen at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre located at One World Golf Place in St. Augustine's World Golf Village.. For show times through December 31 and advance ticket information, visit www.WorldGolfIMAX.com or call 904.940.IMAX.
Saturday: November 20

Be there when the 17th Annual Nights of Lights blaze to life! Light-Up! Night begins at 4 p.m. in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion when Showtime USA performs followed at 5:30 p.m. by the All Star Orchestra entertain. At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Boles will make introductions and holiday remarks from the King's Balcony at Government House and at 6:45 p.m. the switches will be flipped - first for the city's Christmas Tree and then for more than two million lights! Selected by AAA in 2010 as one of the 12 best events for holiday cheer in the U.S. and Canada and named one of the American Bus Association's top 100 destinations for 2011, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city's 445-year history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays through January 31. Note: streets in the vicinity of the Plaza will be closed at 5:30 p.m. A flat $7 rate for all day parking will be available at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility. For more information, call 800.653.2489 or visit www.NightsofLights.com .
Get a beautiful view from the water as St. Augustine sparkles to life for the Nights of Lights. This adult-only cruise departs promptly at 5 p.m. from the dock at Cap's on the Water Restaurant, 4325 Myrtle Street located off A1A approximately 5 miles north of St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations required. For more information, call 904.819.8190 or visitwww.capsonthewater.com.
Sunday: November 21

View the sunset, moonrise and Nights of Lights 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 and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Ave. in St. Augustine. The fee is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required. For more information, visitwww.StAugustineLighthouse.com, or to reserve a spot, call 904.829.0745


Exciting Archeological Find at the Fountain of Youth

If you are a lover of history then you will be thrilled at what's going on at the Fountain of Youth these days. A "routine dig" has uncovered a wall that is at least 300 years old! Click on the blog title "Exciting Archeological Find..." to read the complete story in today's St. Augustine Record. And...if you are a lover of history you will love staying at the St. Francis Inn (you knew there would be a plug!!!). The Inn was originally built in 1791 - making it over 219 years old!

You have several options (while staying with us) for visiting the Fountain of Youth:
  • You can walk. The Inn is only 1.6 miles from the Fountain of Youth.
  • You can bike on the complimentary Inn bikes.
  • You can catch the Trolley (we sell Trolley tickets at a discount!) and ride.
  • You can drive and park at the Fountain of Youth.
Remember...Winter Wonderland opens this Friday (Nov. 19) at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. And the Nights of Lights begins this Saturday night (Nov. 20)!!!


AARRGGHH! Pirates, Prairie Home Companion & Golf!

(graphic: Jett Bailey Graphic arts www.jetbailey.com)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 12-14


Come ashore in the Nation's oldest city for the 3rd Annual gathering of pirates from all over the south for a celebration of the Golden Age of Piracy. See a pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, sailor's encampment, shop in the Thieves Market and hear stories of the high seas, history and sea shanties. On Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., experience living history at the De Mesa Yard at the Colonial Spanish Quarter on St. George Street. At 3 p.m., the gates to main gate at Francis Filed open. Then from 7 to 11 p.m. the adults-only Historic Pub Crawl starts at the Maiden's Pub at Francis Field on Castillo Drive at 7 p.m. On Saturday fun activities for the whole family at the Gathering are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Francis Field, on Castillo Drive and the Buccaneer encampment at Colonial Spanish Quarter on St. George Street. At 12:15 p.m., head down to St. Augustine's Bayfront to observe a Tall Ships battle at sea, followed by a piratical land battle along Orange Street. There's even a kids pirate costume contest at 3 p.m. The encampment and Gathering are also open Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the battle at sea will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. Admission is a buck-an-ear ($2 per person). For more information, visitwww.pirategathering.com or call The Wench at 904.810.0903.

Saturday: November 13

A Prairie Home Companion Live from The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Join host, Garrison Keillor for a fun-filled evening of music, storytelling and more during the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, one of America's most celebrated Radio shows. The show will be broadcast live from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine. Tickets are $65, $55 and $35. The show begins at 5:45 p.m. and goes live at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, call 904.461.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com.

Saturday and Sunday: November 13-14


Golfers are invited to participate in the inaugural Fall Putting Classic Nov. 13-14 for a chance to win more than $3,000 in prizes. Qualifying rounds will begin Saturday, Nov. 13 followed by a complimentary reception at the Hall of Fame's Challenge Hole where Sunday qualifiers will be announced and teams will have a chance at a closest-to-the-pin contest. The registration fee for this event is $35 per person which includes greens fee, a goody bag and entry to the reception. The field will be limited to 72 teams. Plus, active duty, reserve and retired military personnel receive free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame and a round of golf on the putting course -- simply download the free admission form from the website. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.


This Weekend's Events

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 5-7

Come celebrate St. Augustine's amazing African-American heritage while enjoying great music, entertainment and family-fun activities. Headline performers include Boyz II Men, Kool and the Gang, Percy Sledge, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Guitar Shorty, the Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Field Band, Willie Green and Joy Dennis. The Festival takes place Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Francis Field, located on Castillo Drive behind the Historic Downtown Parking Facility. General admission is $5 per person. VIP tickets are $35 - $50 for one day and $85 to $100 for three days. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit
Friday: November 5

Join one of St. Augustine's most popular cultural events on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries - plus, great food courtesy of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service from San Sebastian Winery to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com .

Meet Roger Bansemer, the co-host of the soon-to-be-released PBS series "Painting and Travel". From 6-8 p.m., Roger will be at the St. Augustine Art Association to show some his work, talk about the show -even his pictorial account of his dive expedition to the Titanic. Admission is free. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street. For more information, call 904.824.2310.
Saturday: November 6

Take the National Park Service's ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas - the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort. Admission is free. 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 visitwww.nps.gov/foma.
Sunday: November 7

Satisfy your passion for great seafood at the Conch House Marina's celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants come together to compete to see who has the best chowder. Everyone can be a judge and savor an almost limitless variety - from local favorites like Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders - made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day. All proceeds benefit the Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled Children. The Conch House Marina is located at 57 Comares Avenue in St. Augustine. For more Information, call 904.829.8646.
Pianist Thomas Pandolfi performs "the Revolutionary Piano" featuring music composed by Chopin and Liszt. Part of the EMMA Concert Series, the concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information call 904.797.2800 or visit www.EmmaConcerts.com.