12/30/2010

This Weekend in St. Augustine

BEACH BLAST OFF 2011!

Kick off 2011 in seaside style at the Beach Blastoff in the City of St. Augustine Beach! Enjoy a blast of flavor, icy sculptures, and fireworks when several of St. Augustine's favorite restaurants serve up chili for tasting and judging at the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off from 4 to 8 p.m. After things cool off from the chili - the big fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m.! Bursting above the Atlantic, the spectacular fireworks display is the perfect way to greet the New Year! Admission is free. Chili tasting tickets are $1 each and beer, wine, champagne, soda, water, t-shirts and novelties will be available. Net proceeds will be applied to improve recreational facilities in St. Augustine Beach. The Beach Blast takes place at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach.


NEW YEAR'S EVE G.I. HOLIDAY JUKEBOX

Celebrate the New Year with a visit to a swingin' stage door canteen in the '40s! This special presentation of G.I. Holiday Jukebox at St. Augustine's Limelight Theatre includes a pre-show social hour with catered hors d'oeuvres, an open dance floor and an intermission champagne toast with the stars of the show! The USO show includes music, comedy and tributes to the heroic men and women of the armed forces. Doors open at 7 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and dancing, the show starts at 8 p.m. and finishes at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are only $50 per person, but seating is limited. Additional performances on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. - tickets for these performances are $25 adults, $22 Seniors and $20 for students and military.For reservations, call 904.825.1164 or go to www.limelight-theatre.org


NEW YEARS' BLACK RAVEN CRUISE

Ring in the New Year aboard the Pirate Ship Black Raven. On this piratical adventure there will be music and a cash bar but, keep an eye on the horizon as the Black Raven sails for the enemy's camp. There may be sword fights and canon fire! Tickets are $50 per person (adults only) and include food, champagne toast, and pirate show. The Black Raven departs at 10:30 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, located at 111 Avenida Menendez. Reservations are required. For more information, call 877.578.5050 or visitwww.PirateShipBlackRaven.com.


NEW YEAR'S EVE DINING

There are delicious New Year's Eve dining specials at numerous outstanding restaurants on Florida's Historic Coast. For example, enjoy an authentic six-course French dinner prepared especially for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day by Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard at his award-winning Bistro de Leon in St. Augustine. To end 2010 or begin 2011 with a real Italian dinner, head toAmici's in St. Augustine Beach for their special New Year's menu or check outCafe Atlantico's five-course New Year's Eve dinner. One of St. Augustine's all-time favorite restaurants, The Raintree, also has special three and four-course dinners especially selected for New Year's Eve. For outstanding dining with European style, don't miss the holiday menu at Le Pavillon. And for exquisite dining in one of the most beautiful oceanfront settings in all of Northeast Florida, select from the New Year's Eve menu at The Reef.

FRIDAY & SUNDAY

THE PLATTERS, COASTERS, DRIFTERS AND TEMPTATIONS SALUTE

Experience an exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez in St. Augustine. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer for The Platters, and Ira Greig of The Drifters, this salute features the all-time classic songs of these immortal groups. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.Tickets are $40. Reservations are recommended. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE LIMITED TIME TICKET OFFER. To purchase tickets, CALL Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904-824-8874. Regular priced tickets are sold at the door as availability permits.


12/27/2010

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN ST AUGUSTINE!

Our Beach House is available - for Thursday (12/30) and Friday (12/31) nights. Weather forecast: highs of 68-71 degrees and SUNNY. Chilly nights so you can enjoy the fireplace inside. Don't forget the fireworks on New Year's Eve - what a great place to enjoy them!

12/21/2010

Holiday Special for Blog & Facebook Friends

We are offering a special deal just to you - our Blog readers and Facebook Friends - just for the week after Christmas. Call and mention "HOLIDAY DEAL" and receive 25% off any new reservation (made after December 20, 2010) for any room for the nights of Sunday, December 26, 2010 through Thursday, December 30, 2010.St. Francis Inn www.stfrancisinn.com 800-824-6062

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN ST AUGUSTINE!

Kick off 2011 in seaside style at the Beach Blastoff in the City of St. Augustine Beach! Enjoy a blast of flavor, icy sculptures, and fireworks when several of St. Augustine's favorite restaurants serve up chili for tasting and judging at the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-off from 4 to 8 p.m. After things cool off from the chili - the big fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m.! Bursting above theAtlantic, the spectacular fireworks display in the perfect way to greet the New Year! Admission is free. Chili tasting tickets are $1 each and beer, wine, champagne, soda, water, t-shirts and novelties will be available. Net proceeds will be applied to improve recreational facilities in St. AugustineBeach. The Beach Blast takes place at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. AugustineBeach.

Celebrate the New Year with a return to yesteryear by visiting a swingin' stage door canteen in the '40s! This special presentation of G.I. Holiday Jukebox at St. Augustine's Limelight Theatre includes a pre-show social hour with catered hors d'oeuvres, an open dance floor and an intermission champagne toast with the stars of the show! The USO show includes music, comedy and tributes to the heroic men and women of the armed forces. Doors open at 7 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and dancing, the show starts at 8 p.m. and finishes at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are only $50 per person, but seating is limited. For reservations, call 904.825.1164.

It's hard to beat a New Year's celebration that features dinner and a spectacular view of MatanzasBay and the fireworks! Beginning at 7 p.m., The White Room, located on the rooftop of 1 King Street in St. Augustine, will be serving a special New Year's Eve dinner that includes cocktails, entrée and a roof-top view. After dinner, walk over to O.C. White's in the historicGeneralWorthMansion for a cocktail, dancing and a champagne toast atmidnight. For reservations and more information, call 904.824.9056 or emailinfo@ocwhites.com.


For something truly different, ring in the New Year aboard the Pirate Ship Black Raven! On this piratical adventure there will be music, a cash bar, seagoing tomfoolery -- but, keep an eye on the horizon as the Black Raven sails for the enemy's camp. There may be sword fights and cannon fire! Tickets are $50 per person (adults only) and include food, champagne toast, and pirate show. The Black Raven departs at 10:30 p.m. from the St. Arrrrgustine Municipal Marina, located at 111 Avenida Menendez. Reservations are required. For more information, call 877.578.5050.


There are delicious New Year's Eve dining specials at numerous outstanding restaurants on Florida's HistoricCoast. For example, enjoy an authentic six-course French dinner prepared especially for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day by Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard at his award-winning Bistro de Leon in St. Augustine. To end 2010 or begin 2011 with a real Italian dinner, head to Amici's in St. Augustine Beach for their special New Year's menu or check out Cafe Atlantico's five-course New Year's Eve dinner. One of St. Augustine's all-time favorite restaurants, The Raintree, also has special three and four-course dinners especially selected for New Year's Eve. For outstanding dining with European style, don't miss the holiday menu at Le Pavillon. And for exquisite dining in one of the most beautiful oceanfront settings in all ofNortheast Florida, select from the New Year's Eve menu at The Reef.

At no additional charge, St. Augustine's spectacular Nights of Lightsprovides a glowing backdrop for New Year's Eve adventures while the Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre remains open through January 2 with outdoor ice skating, an ice slide, great fun and real snow each night. (Admission is free, small fee for various activities.)

12/16/2010

Golfers, Authors, and Christmas Fun!


NANCY LOPEZ EXHIBIT AT THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME

Come see the opening of a new exhibit dedicated to of one of the true legends in golf history, Nancy Lopez. The new exhibit, Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion & Personality, features over 150 pieces of memorabilia from her electric career. The exhibit will be on display through December 31. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located in the World Golf Village off I-95 in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.


BRIDGE OF LIONS BOOK SIGNING

Join author Beth Bowen at the Oldest House Museum (just 4 doors down from the St. Francis Inn) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a book signing and conversation. Her latest book, A Bridge to a Dream, is the story of the building of the Bridge of Lions and Davis Shores in the 1920s. Photos taken before and during construction show the amazing transformation of marshland into a platted subdivision as only photos can illustrate. Call 904-824-2872 today to reserve your copy or order online at www.thesahs.org .


St. Augustine Community ballet presents Nutcracker

Enjoy a holiday classic filled with spectacular scenery, beautiful Sugar Plum Fairies, falling snow, dancing mice, fighting soldiers and of course, the Nutcracker. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Flagler College Auditorium. For more information, call 904.810.5670 or visit www.saintaugustinecommunityballet.com.

G.I. HOLIDAY JUKEBOX AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE

Set during Christmas in World War II, four fictitious Hollywood stars put together a string of 1940s hits to entertain the boys at the front. The show takes place at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.825.1164 or visit www.limelight-theatre.org .


CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: 1864

Visit the 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment as they wait for furloughs and news from home during the Civil War. This re-enactment of Christmas during the War Between the States features candlelight tours of camp and traditional music. The 17th Regiment will be camped at the Florida Agricultural Museum. For more information, call 386.446.7630.

12/10/2010

Weekend Events in St. Augustine

SATURDAY, DEC. 11

REGATTA OF LIGHTS

Beginning at 6 p.m., a holiday parade of boats including sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats, and many other vessels featuring brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical will light up St. Augustine's Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. Awards will be made for the best theme, most colorful, best in class, and best overall. The Regatta of Lights is sponsored by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit www.sayc2000.com.

PAWS AT THE PIER

Bring your pooch over to the St. Augustine Beach Pier for a day of canine fun all to benefit Canine Companions for Independence. Activities include a silent auction, vendors, art village, raffles, Frisbee dogs, a fundraising walk and more. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, located on A1A .For more information, visit www.pawsatthepier.org.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DEC. 11-12

17TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF BED AND BREAKFAST INNS

Tour St. Augustine's historic Bed and Breakfast Inns, all decorated in Holiday finery. In addition to enjoying each Inn's dazzling Christmas season displays, tour participants will enjoy taste treats provided by St. Augustine's leading restaurants. The tour takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. each day; half of the inns welcome visitors on Saturday, and half on Sunday. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 each after November 20. Proceeds from the Holiday Tour will go to local charities. For more information, visitwww.staugustineinns.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 12

PILOT CLUB LUMINARIES

See Lightner Museum all aglow when the St. Augustine Pilot Club present hundreds of candlelit luminaries from 5 to 8 p.m. Join in singing traditional carols. This event is sponsored by and benefits the Pilot Club. For more information, call 904.824.2486.


12/09/2010

17TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF BED AND BREAKFAST INNS

Holiday Tour of Inns among 2010 Top 20 Events

The 17th annual Holiday Tour of Historic Inns has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for the month of December 2010. The holiday tour of St. Augustine bed and breakfast inns is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12, this year.


The St. Francis Inn will be on the tour this Saturday afternoon, December 11th. Our restaurant partner is Meehan's on Matanzas. YUMMY!


The inns, decked out in holiday finery, open their doors to hundreds of visitors who enjoy refreshments and food from St. Augustine's finest restaurants, who partner with the inns for the festive open house. Many inns on the tour also offer art displays and musical entertainment. Last year's tour also raised more than $6,000 for a local charity. A new twist in this year's tour is live Webcam broadcast of the festivities on the St. Augustine Historic Inns Web site.

12/02/2010

The British are coming! The British are coming!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3

BRITISH NIGHT WATCH OPENING EVENTS

Get immersed in St. Augustine's British history when at 4 p.m. three captured signers of the Declaration of Independence arrive to be imprisoned. It's a raucous occasion until order is restored at the City Gate, Plaza de la Constitucion and Government House. For more information, call 904.819.2629 or visit www.britishnightwatch.org.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Join one of St. Augustine's most popular cultural events! 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. Free parking and complimentary train or trolley shuttle service to the galleries are available at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4

56TH ANNUAL ST. AUGUSTINE CHRISTMAS PARADE

The 56th Annual Christmas Parade has grown to be one of the largest parades in north Florida and includes floats, marching bands, cars, horses, and the arrival of Santa. The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. by the Mission Nombre de Dios; continue through the downtown streets of historic St. Augustine and end behind the Visitors Center on Castillo Dr. For more information, call 904.824.4997.

BEACH PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Get a great holiday photo and help support the St. Augustine Lifesaving Association. From 9 a.m. to noon, Santa will be posing for photos on the beach just north of the county pier in St. Augustine Beach. For more information, call 904.540.4255.

SURF ILLUMINATION

Light up your evening at St. Augustine Beach's Surf Illumination. This sparkling event includes the ceremonial lighting of the seasonal tree, city buildings and the park facilities with nautical-themed displays. Food and beverages are available and local arts and crafts vendors provide convenient shopping for the holiday season. It all takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pavilion on A1A. For more information, call 904.347.8007 or visit www.thecivicassociation.com.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4-5

ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE AND TREASURE MUSEUM GRAND OPENING

Explore St. Augustine's newest and much-anticipated attraction when its celebrity owner Pat Croce slashes the ribbon for the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum opposite the Castillo De San Marcos. The Pirate Museum promises to be an immersive experience with authentic pirate artifacts, including the only treasure chest and one of only two Jolly Roger flags in the world; the award-winning interactive Book of Pirates; the spine-tingling Below Deck experience designed by Disney Imagineers; and rarely-seen shipwreck treasures from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Admission to the museum at 12 S. Castillo Drive is $11.99 for adults and $6.99 for children. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 877-467-5863 or visit them on the web atwww.thepiratemuseum.com.

WHITE PELICAN ECO-BOAT TOUR

Join a small group aboard a research vessel to explore the rivers in search of the White Pelican. These beautiful birds migrate here for the winter and guests will learn

about their unique behaviors. Guests will also learn about numerous other species of birds, bottlenose dolphins, and whatever floats by. Offered Saturday and Sunday from 10am-11:30. $35 per passenger maximum of 6 per trip. Call Capt. Zach for reservations 904-377-7245. www.staugustineecotours.com .

BRITISH ENCAMPMENT AND GRANDE ILLUMINATION

Experience life in St. Augustine during the 1763 to 1784 British occupation of the old city. The British encampment, located at the Colonial Spanish Quarter at 29 St. George Street, is open 9 a.m. to dusk. Activities include Fife and Drum Corps, authentic 18thcentury British soldiers, musket competitions and more. At 8 p.m., the Grande Illumination and British Night Watch Parade, an impressive pageantry of color and light that reflects the customs of St. Augustine's 18th Century British occupants, begins at the Government House on the Plaza de la Constitucion. Following the parade, the British Governor's holiday proclamation is read and soldiers fire their muskets in a Volley of Joy to salute the season! Free admission. For more information, call 904.829.5318 or go towww.britishnightwatch.org.