9/30/2011


Claude's Chocolates is just a short walk up St. George Street - 2 blocks from the Inn - "up the street and 'round the corner".  The shop is a chocolate wonderland anytime, but Claude & Nicole are going all out for the Halloween season.  Pictured above is the Milk Chocolate Pumpkin. Crack open this pumpkin and you will find it filled with their Chocolate Critters (pictured below)!  Dark chocolate pumpkins are also available.
 
And just for fun - check out the chocolate casket & mummy!  The casket opens up and the mummy is inside!



9/29/2011


AN OUTDOOR WEEKEND IS SHAPING UP - WITH TEMPS FORECAST IN THE LOW 80'S AND SUNNY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY AGRICULTURE CENTER HOME AND GARDEN SHOW AND DATIL PEPPER FESTIVAL * SATURDAY & SUNDAY (OCT 1 & 2)
Come learn about home and garden landscaping at this annual event. Hand crafted items, Master Gardner grown plants, gardening supplies and more. For admission and hours, call 904.209.0430 or visit http://staugustine.com/entertainment/2011-09-28/datil-pepper-festival-oct-1-2-during-home-garden-show.

ITALIAN FESTIVAL: FEAST OF SAN GENNARO * SATURDAY (noon-10pm) & SUNDAY (Noon-5pm)  (OCT 1 & 2)
Come experience Italian heritage at the Feast of San Gennaro. The activities include a Pizza Cook-off (you be the judge) lots of Italian foods, beer & wine, live entertainment, carnival rides, games - including volley ball and bocce ball, arts, crafts and more. It all takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park Pavilion on A1A. Admission is for $2, under 10 free. Hours are Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 904.461.8449. 

9/27/2011

Welcome to the St. Francis Inn!

Our guest - Robin Tjiong - shared this photo of Zeke with us.  Robin stayed with us last week.  Thanks, Robin!

9/23/2011

Authors Les Standiford and Mary Anna Evans Staying at the St. Francis Inn This Weekend!

The Florida Heritage Book Festival has started!  This weekend authors will be roaming the old streets...maybe you can spot one! (If you want to meet authors and purchase books, see the marketplace information below.)  Staying with us this weekend will be:

Photo from Florida Heritage Book Festival
Les Standiford - best-selling author of Bringing Adam Home, The Abduction that Changed America. Standiford brings to life the most significant missing child case since the Lindbergh’s—that of TV host John Walsh’s son Adam and the 25 year search for his killer. Standiford is the bestselling author of twenty books and novels, including the John Deal mystery series, and critically acclaimed works of narrative history, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, and Washington Burning. Recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, he is director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami.
http://www.les-standiford.com/Pages/MainLes.html


AND:
Photo from Florida Heritage Book Festival
Mary Anna Evans  - author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archeological mysteries. Although Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, her heart is in the past. Her latest novel,Strangers, is set in St. Augustine and features St. Augustine’s history from its 1565 founding through the Gilded Age, and into the present. Her work has received honors including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, and a Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal. In addition, her novels appear on the list of “Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal.” She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
http://www.maryannaevans.com/


The Marketplace will be
open to the public
September 24, 2011
9:30–5:00 
The Ringhaver Student Center Building
50 Sevilla Street (on King Street)
The Virginia Room
St. Augustine, Florida

9/21/2011

Book Festival, Car Show, Antiques, Uptown Fun


Friday and Saturday:  September 23 & 24
FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL
Get literary at this celebration of the authors and books that chronicle the ethnic, social, and historical heritage of the Sunshine State.  The festival will feature a wide array of events and activities including workshops, readings, and book signings by popular authors. On Friday, writer's workshops take place at the Casa Monica Hotel in historic St. Augustine, then the Literary Legends Awards Banquet takes place at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village from 6:30 to 10 p.m.,. On Saturday, panel discussions take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children and young adult programs will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College in downtown St. Augustine. For ticket prices and more information, call 904.940.0194 or visit www.fhbookfest.com.  
Saturday: September 24
27th ANNUAL ANCIENT CITY CAR SHOW
See nearly 200 cars judge in 31 classes at this exciting event hosted by the Ancient City Auto Club. The show will be on the beautiful campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 207 North San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Registration for entries begins at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. In addition to great cars, the event will include an arts and crafts events, food and beverages. Admission is free.   A car show entry form for pre-show registration is available from the club's website http://local.aaca.org/ancientcity/ . For more information, call 904.794.9172 or 904.797.7732.

Saturday: September 24


ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIR
Head over the front lawn of the picturesque St. Augustine Lighthouse and have certified appraisers estimate the value of your family heirlooms. Categories range from books to jewelry and everything in between, including cars and motorcycles. Appraisals are $10 per item or $25 for three. All proceeds benefit The First Light Maritime Society. The event is from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, call the Lighthouse at 904.829.0745, ext. 217 or 224.

Saturday: September 24




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.


9/13/2011

A Premier Small Retreat Destination

 
The Historic Llambias House  - our meeting facility.
 Inside the Historic Llambias House 

Here is what the St. Francis Inn offers all our Small Retreats:
  • Dedicated Meeting Space in the historic Llambias House (circa 1763) - up to 24 persons.  "A landmark with nearly a square block of enclosed garden for a private reception."  Located conveniently across the street from the St. Francis Inn.
  • Ground floor accessibility.
  • Individually controlled AC/Heat
  • Two restrooms
  • Space for breakouts:
    • Llambias House Courtyard (pictured top)
    • St. Francis Inn Suites (4)
    • St. Francis Inn Dining Room
    • St. Francis Inn Courtyard
    • The Cottage
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi - entire property.
  • Latest audio visual equipment available.
  • Impeccable service, elegant historic accommodations and amenities that executive travelers expect.
  • A small, quaint hotel where your meeting is the only group event taking place.
  • Professional site inspections and custom-designed adventures.
  • Complimentary full breakfast and evening social hour with wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres.
  • Complimentary onsite parking.
  • Swimming pool and complimentary bicycles.
  • Restaurants just blocks away offer a variety of cuisines:  French, Italian, New Orleans, Spanish, German, British, Cuban, and Southern.
  • Suggested off-site activities:
    • Golf
    • Eco-Tours
    • Deep Sea Fishing
For more information call Joe Finnegan at 1-800-824-6062.  Be sure to visit our web site www.stfrancisinn.com.


9/08/2011

Attention, Foodies!

Chefs on Florida's Historic Coast are once again making history with signature dishes featuring local favorites and heritage-inspired flavors. Throughout October, eighteen outstanding restaurants will present a prix fixe (fixed price) three-course menu that will showcase their best culinary skills.

Local downtown restaurants participating in this event include:

The Tasting Room

Restaurants located nearby include:

Kingfish Grill (Camachee Harbor)
Cafe Atlantico (St. Augustine Beach)
Saltwater Cowboy's (St. Augustine Beach)
Amici's Italian Restaurant (St. Augustine Beach)
South Beach Grill (Crescent Beach)
Aunt Kate's on the Water (Vilano Beach)
The Reef (Vilano Beach)

9/01/2011

Events in St. Augustine This Weekend: LABOR DAY WEEKEND



FRIDAY * SEPTEMBER 2, 2011

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.

WALK IN PEACE EXHIBIT

Attend the opening of Don Trousdell's Walk in Peace exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association's Main Gallery at 22 Marine Street. Presented as part of First Friday Art Walk, the new exhibit features colorful paintings and interactive installations that chronicle the history and imagery of peace as interpreted by this internationally-acclaimed artist. The exhibit debuts from 5-9 p.m. and will be on display through October 2. The exhibit is being featured to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or go to www.staaa.com

LIGHTING THE PLAZA FOR RECOVERY

Come light a luminary in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion in honor of someone you know who is on their recovery journey. This event kicks off National Recovery Month. Presented by EPIC Community Services, this inspiring night of hope takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.epiccommunityservices.org or call 904.829.2273.

MONDAY * LABOR DAY * SEPTEMBER 5, 2011

ST AUGUSTINE LABOR DAY CONCERT IN THE PLAZA

Enjoy an afternoon concert featuring the St. Augustine Jazz Society in St. Augustine'sPlaza de la Constitucion. This is the final concert of the season. The concert is from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, call 904.825.1004 or visitwww.plazaconcerts.com.