6/30/2011

Weekend Events: 4th of July and More!

* note * World Golf Village Fireworks are Friday, July 1st * Downtown St. Augustine Fireworks are Monday, July 4th! *

Friday: July 1

PLAZA STROLL TOUR DEBUTS

Be one of the first to participate in St. Augustine's newest history tour. The guides from City Walks Tours will lead this fascinating 75-minute walking tour that will reveal the secrets of the Plaza de la Constitucion, the meanings behind its monuments, and the history of the center of life in St. Augustine throughout the centuries. The tour is $12 per person and discounts for online booking are available. The tour is presented at 10 a.m. in English and 10:30 a.m. in Spanish and will depart from the Public Market in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion. This new tour is offered DAILY. For more information, call 904.540.3476 or visit www.StAugustineCityWalks.com.


FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district - or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.


WORLD GOLF VILLAGE FIREWORKS

Enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in Northeast Florida as World Golf Village celebrates Independence Day. Bring blankets or lawn chairs (no coolers please) and find a spot around the Walk of Champions to enjoy the show. Admission is free. The Fireworks take place between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Restaurants and shops will be open to the public, including an All American Tasting Room at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. A minimal parking fee will be required for entry to the fireworks event. World Golf Village is located at Exit 323 off I-95 in St. Augustine. Visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.com or call 904.940.4123.


Monday: July 4

ST. AUGUSTINE'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Have a blast at one of the East Coast's largest fireworks shows! The spectacular fireworks burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflect in the waters of Matanzas Bay. The 20-minute show includes a stirring soundtrack of great patriotic music. Admission is free with the best vantage points located along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. The fireworks blast off at 9:30 p.m. For more details, call 904.825.1004 or go to www.staugustinegovernment.com .

4TH OF JULY TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE

Celebrate the 4th of July at the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse with a magnificent view of the skyline and fireworks. The spectacular event begins with the viewing of the sunset over the Atlantic. Then fireworks when darkness sets...... St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. Tickets are $40 per person and space is limited. For reservations call 904.829.0745 ext. 207. For more information, visit www.staugustinelighthouse.com.

4TH OF JULY ROOFTOP CELEBRATION AT THE WHITE ROOM

Come celebrate our nation's independence at the The White Room's Loft and Rooftop and enjoy the fireworks with the best view in town. Dinner includes a fresh market station with fresh fruit, imported cheeses, salad, Rosemary and Herb crusted Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Florentine, garlic herb whipped potatoes and fire roasted vegetables, dessert, and complimentary cocktail. $45.95 plus tax and gratuity. Outside seating is limited the first 100 reservations. Special Children's menu. The White Room is located on the third floor of 1 King Street in Downtown St. Augustine on the water across from the Bridge of Lions. For more information call 904.824.9056 or email info@ocwhiteroom.comfor reservations.


FIREWORKS BOAT TRIP

Join St. Augustine Eco Tours for a a front row seat of the fireworks! Private trips are available for parties of six -- $250 per boat. For details, call 904.377.7245.



6/27/2011

Events: Re-enactment of Fort Mose Battle


From the St. Augustine Record, June 25, 2011, by Daron Dean, Photojournalist.

The second annual Battle of Bloody Mose reenactment was held at Fort Mose Historic State Park on Saturday afternoon.In the first photo, gunpowder explodes as Jim Morecraft of Jacksonville fires his musket while portraying a British soldier in Oglethorpe’s regiment.In the second photo, the sporadic sound of musket fire prompts Erik Coeke, 8, to plug his ears while with his aunt, Sofie Snapp, during the reenactment.In the last photo, reenactors portraying Spanish soldiers fire their muskets.

6/23/2011

St Augustine Events: Music, Greeks, Uptown Fun, and Battle Re-enactment

SATURDAY * JUNE 25

BATTLEOF BLOODY MOSE 271st ANNIVERSARY

This exciting re-enactment commemorates the 271st anniversary of the 1740 Battle of "Bloody Moosa" which forced the British to retreat from Spanish Florida.. The settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the First Free Black Settlement in North America, was home for hundreds of free blacks who escaped slavery from the English Colonies to the north. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. living history demonstrations, guided tours, food vendors, and music will be provided. Then, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Spanish and British forces will reenact the "Bloody Moosa" battle. The event is weather permitting. It all takes place at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visitwww.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.


UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine's San Marco Avenue between Ripley's Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263.


FRIDAY AND SATURDAY * JUNE 24-25

28th Annual GREEK LANDING DAY CELEBRATION

Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the arrival of the first colony of Greeks in North America. Hundreds of Greeks, Menorcans and Corsicans arrived in St. Augustine on June 26, 1768 and went on to establish the New Smyrna Colony. St. Photios Shrine serves as a memorial to those Greek colonists by witnessing the Orthodox Faith and promoting the Hellenic culture. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, visit the "Glendi" for a celebration of music, food and dancing. Admission is free. The St. Photios National Greek Orthodox Shrine is located at 41 St. George Street in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.8205 or visit www.StPhotios.com.

ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Don't miss the 2011 edition of the St. Augustine Music Festival! Musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, along with many guest artists, offer FREE classical concerts at the Cathedral Basilica. All of the festival's performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. For information about each night's performance, visit www.staugustinemusicfestival.org.





6/16/2011

Events in St. Augustine This Weekend: Music, Lizardman & Golf (!?!)

ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL * Thu-Sat * June 16-18

Don't miss the opening performance of the 2011 edition of the St. Augustine Music Festival! Musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, along with many guest artists, offer FREE classical concerts at the Cathedral Basilica over two weekends. The six-concert series opens Thursday, June 16, with concerts following on Friday and Saturday. The following weekend brings concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 23, 24 and 25. All of the festival's performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. For information about each night's performance, visit www.staugustinemusicfestival.org.

LIZARDMAN AT RIPLEY'S VISITOR CENTER GRAND OPENING * Sat * June 18

See what's new for visitors at the Grand Opening of the Ripley's Visitor Center. To celebrate the grand opening of the new center, Lizardman Erik Sprague will be performing live. In addition, the event will have free snacks and beverages, an obstacle course, a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, free trial tours on Ripley's new Party Express Train, a dunk tank and much, much more! Everyone who attends will also receive a free souvenir. All activities are free for the day. It all takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Ripley's Visitor Center, located at 340 State Road 16 in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.824.1606 or visit www.Ripleys.com.

COMMUNITY DAY AT THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME * Sun * June 19

Experience the World Golf Hall of Fame for FREE when it opens its doors to everyone for its annual Community Day. The first 500 dads through the doors will receive a goody bag filled with gifts, coupons and certificates from businesses at World Golf Village and the surrounding areas. The fun takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at the World Golf Hall of Fame, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. For more information, visitwww.WorldGolfHallofFame.org, or call 904.940.9000.

6/10/2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOE ! !


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOE FINNEGAN!
from your HARD-WORKING STAFF AT THE INN
(L-R Anna, Andrea, Bev, Nancy, Chef Mary, Bozena, Max, Kelly)

6/09/2011

This Weekend's Events

2011 FOUNTAIN MERCURY KING BUSTER 400
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY (JUNE 10-12)

Put your fishing skills to the test in the premiere Southern Kingfish competition of the year - with over $175,000 in cash and prizes! The tournament starts from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, located at Avenida Menendez and the Bridge of Lions. The King Buster 400 is limited to 400 boats. Fishing days are Friday and Saturday. There will be a party with live music Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at Sunday's Festivites from noon to 6 p.m.. Tournament entry fees are $449.50. Women anglers register for free. For more information, call 904.759.6588 or visit www.kingbuster400.com.

W.W.R.A. RODEO AT ST. JOHNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (JUNE 10-11)

Head over to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds for a night at the rodeo. There will be fun for the whole family including Barrel racing, team roping, kids calf scramble (for those 10 and under and free), tiedown roping, bull riding, chute dogging and more. The show begins at 8 p.m. both evenings. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children. The Fairgrounds are located on S.R. 207 (7 miles west of I-95 exit 311) in Elkton. For more information, call 904.845.7492.

ANDREW YOUNG CROSSING DEDICATION
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10AM

Don't miss the dedication ceremony for the new Andrew Young Crossing monument in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion. The monument commemorates Ambassador Young's experience in St. Augustine during the push for the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Ambassador Young will be in attendance. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 904.825.1004.

6/06/2011

Being Pet Friendly has its Benefits...like Gracie!


Gracie stayed with us in May and loved nosing around the courtyard...what a friendly and fun guest! (She brought her parents Jer & Carole K.)





The St Francis Inn accepts small well-mannered pets on a limited basis in certain rooms/suites by advance reservations only under the following conditions:
  • When reservation is made, guest must disclose their pet will also be visiting.
  • At check-in, guests with a pet will need to sign our "Guest Pet Responsibility" agreement which guarantees and authorizes credit card payment for any damage caused by their pet.
  • We charge a nightly pet fee of $15.
    This fee covers the additional time and effort needed to clean the guest accommodation after a pet visit.
  • A "small pet" is a cat or dog which is easily held/carried by the guest, a maximum of 45 lbs.
  • Pets may not be allowed during certain holidays, weekends, or special event periods; please check ahead for availability.
  • Pets must be under owner's control and should not disturb other guests (barking, non-friendly manner, etc.).
  • Since pets are not allowed in our "common areas" such as the lobby, sitting room, dining room, only certain rooms with direct access are available to accommodate guests with small pets.
  • Daily housekeeping may be interrupted if a pet is in the room alone and not crated.

Concerned about your Allergies?
Not to worry! Most of our rooms are kept "pet free"... Only a select few rooms are ever allowed to house pets. All our rooms are non-smoking.