10/31/2012

Local Bounty survivor reunited with family | StAugustine.com

The St. Augustine community as a whole was saddened to learn of the sinking of the HMS Bounty this week.  The Bounty  was caught in the fury of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina.  Our joy at our local survivor is tempered by the loss of two crew members.  The Bounty visited St. Augustine last April and was an amazing sight to see docked at the city marina.  The picture below was taken while the Bounty was visting....

Local Bounty survivor reunited with family | StAugustine.com


10/30/2012

Spooky St. Augustine

It is Halloween week after all....we'd like to share a photo taken by our guests Warren and Jeanne R. this past week....and where this photo was taken in their words:

"We were out looking for orbs at night and Jeanne wound up with this.  It was taken at the National Cemetery looking west across the street at an empty lot.  It was black.  There was no light and Jeanne didn't use a flash.

Your guess is as good as ours."

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

10/26/2012

P.S. NO STORM CLOSURES!! WE ARE OPEN!!

FYI - Hurricane Sandy is hundreds of miles off our coast and heading north - not here.  The weather is breezy and cloudy here in the Oldest City but it is business as usual here!  All downtown attractions and shops are open for business.

10 FREE weekend events (Oct. 26-28) | StAugustine.com

10 FREE weekend events (Oct. 26-28) | StAugustine.com

Halloween & Weekend Events in St. Augustine!


Friday and Saturday: October 26 & 27

Kiteboards and Paddleboards

Kiteboarding and standup paddleboard demos from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Depending on conditions, demos will be either at the A Street or Ocean Trace beach access ramps. Call for details and location.  904.461.9415
 

A Children's Halloween

Halloween fun for the little ones in costume! A milder version of Ghost Tours of St. Augustine's award-winning walking ghost tour! Goodies will be provided for each participant! This tour rated G for "Goosebumps"! For ages 2 - 7, must be accompanied by an adult. Tours depart from 2 St. George Street at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. 904-829-1122. www.ghosttoursofstaugustine.com

Florida's Haunted Trails

Activities include a family-friendly haunted house, storytelling, magic shows, a haunted farm, wagon rides, carnival games and a headless horseman. It all takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, children under 5 are free. Florida Agricultural Museum is located at the corner of Old Kings Road and US 1 in Palm Coast. 386.446.7630. www.MyAgMuseum.com

Old Town Trolleys: Nightmare In The Museum

Take a riding ghost tour through the darkened streets of Old St. Augustine, including a stop at Potter's House of Wax which has been darkly rumored as a portal between the living and the dead. Tours start 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. 904-829-3800 www.trustedtours.com.

A Ghostly Experience Halloween 2012

A Ghostly Experience tour guides lead a walking tour through the haunted streets of the Nation's Oldest City, for encounters with crazed, feisty, and swash-buckling spirits that linger around to tell their tales of their mysterious, warranted, and fitting deaths. Tickets are $15 per person. The tours depart every 30 minutes starting at 8 p.m. from 2 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Reservations are required, and space is limited. 904- 829-1122  www.GhostToursofStAugustine.com

Zombieville

This is an interactive paintball experience of horrific proprotions! Load up and take aim at the undead, enjoy tales told in the hut of the ancient Zombie, King Motumbo and take a ride on the Zombie Express. Tickets are on sale at Ripley's or at the door. Zombieville can be found at 254 San Marco Ave, at the old Sugar Mill. Doors open at 7:30 every Friday and Saturday night through October. Prices are $10 at the door, or $15 for the Zombie Express leaving from the original Ripley's.Believe It or Not Museum at 19 San Marco Avenue. You can also purchase Zombieville tickets for only $5 with the purchase of a Ghost Train Adventure ticket. For more information, call 904.377.2607.

Ghost Hunt

Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professional investigators! Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 26, 27 & 28

Sea Monsters! 

Venom!  Ultra Vision!  Glow in the Dark!  These are some of the fascinating "monster" characteristics of some sea animals. Daily in October, the Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit engages visitors in these mysterious and intriguing attributes, and explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. Learn about animals that use these special survival strategies.  Included in General Admission Price, $9.75 Adult General Admission, $7.75 Child General Admission  
www.staugustinelighthouse.org

St. Augustine Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Tours

Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper's House. Find out why the Syfy Network's Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the "Mona Lisa of paranormal sites." Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults ($35 on Halloween) and $20 for children ages 7-11($30 on Halloween). Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745

Halloween Corn Maze

Get hopelessly lost in a nine-acre maze! Fun for the entire family! This third annual maze is at the Sykes and Cooper Farms off SR 207 in Elkton, Florida (about five miles east of I-95 Exit 311). Plus, don't miss Jack the braying donkey, the awesome pumpkin slingshot and the cow train! Tickets (cash only) are $8 per person (children under 2 are free).   The maze is open on Fridays 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.   For more information, go to www.sycofarms.com or call 904.692.1084.

Saturday: October 27

Black Raven Halloween Cruise

Join the crew of the Black Raven as she battles the Black Queen on special Halloween cruise! This special Halloween Eve production will feature a battle between two ships, trivia contests, music, songs and a big party!   Departure time from the St. Augustine Marina is 8:15 p.m.  Return time:  depends.  There's  a cash bar onboard and finger foods will be served.  Adults Only!  $44.95 per person, plus tax.  For reservations, call 877-578-5050.

Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park

A 2.5 mile Ranger-led walk that starts at 9 a.m. is a leisurely stroll through the Maritime Hammock, marsh, dunes and shore line at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A, St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid park admission. For more information, call 904-461-2033.

Living History Days At Fort Mose

Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting.The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

Uptown Saturday Night

Live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more from 5 to 9 p.m. 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.  Free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue. 904.823.9263.

Sunday: October  28

Jill Scott Performs at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott will perform cuts from her #1 album "The Light Of The Sun". The gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $85. St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A South in St. Augustine.www.StAugAmphitheatre.com

10/18/2012

Bats! Haunted Trails! Zombies and ... Crackers?!


Friday: October 19

Bats in the Park After Dark
Faver-Dykes State Park is celebrating Halloween with a special educational bat program that will teach participants how to identify the different bat species within the park and explain their habitat, eating habits, and life cycle. The program takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Road. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Trick or treat candy will be provided. www.FloridaStateParks.org

Friday and Saturday: October 19 & 20

Florida's Haunted Trails
Activities include a family-friendly haunted house, storytelling, magic shows, a haunted farm, wagon rides, carnival games and a headless horseman. It all takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, children under 5 are free. Florida Agricultural Museum is located at the corner of Old Kings Road and US 1 in Palm Coast. 386.446.7630. www.MyAgMuseum.com

Old Town Trolleys: Nightmare In The Museum
Take a riding ghost tour through the darkened streets of Old St. Augustine, including a stop at Potter's House of Wax which has been darkly rumored as a portal between the living and the dead. Tours start 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. 904-829-3800 www.trustedtours.com.

A Ghostly Experience Halloween 2012
 A Ghostly Experience tour guides lead a walking tour through the haunted streets of the Nation's Oldest City, for encounters with crazed, feisty, and swash-buckling spirits that linger around to tell their tales of their mysterious, warranted, and fitting deaths. Tickets are $15 per person. The tours depart every 30 minutes starting at 8 p.m. from 2 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Reservations are required, and space is limited. 904- 829-1122  www.GhostToursofStAugustine.com

Zombieville
This is an interactive paintball experience of horrific proprotions! Load up and take aim at the undead, enjoy tales told in the hut of the ancient Zombie, King Motumbo and take a ride on the Zombie Express. Tickets are on sale at Ripley's or at the door. Zombieville can be found at 254 San Marco Ave, at the old Sugar Mill. Doors open at 7:30 every Friday and Saturday night through October. Prices are $10 at the door, or $15 for the Zombie Express leaving from the original Ripley's.Believe It or Not Museum at 19 San Marco Avenue. You can also purchase Zombieville tickets for only $5 with the purchase of a Ghost Train Adventure ticket. For more information, call 904.377.2607.

Ghost Hunt
Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professional investigators! Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 19, 20 & 21

Sea Monsters! 
Venom!  Ultra Vision!  Glow in the Dark!  These are some of the fascinating "monster" characteristics of some sea animals. Daily in October, the Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit engages visitors in these mysterious and intriguing attributes, and explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. Learn about animals that use these special survival strategies.  Included in General Admission Price, $9.75 Adult General Admission, $7.75 Child General Admission  
www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Saturday: October 20

Cracker Day
Florida's Country Cracker Heritage is celebrated with bluegrass banjos, horsemanship demonstrations and barbecue. Horseback games and barrel racing, livestock show, cracker whipping demonstrations, and exhibits of Florida Cracker equipment. Events from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Barbecue is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds located at 5840 SR 207 in Elkton. Adult admission is s $10, children (under 12) admission is $4 each day. Price includes parking and barbecue dinner (Race participation fees not included). 904.824.9720.

Saturday and Sunday: October  20 & 21

Reptile Awareness Weekend
You've probably seen lots of American alligators - but what about the world's only other kind of 'gator? That's right - it's the Chinese alligator! This weekend, learn about the worldwide effort the save the critically endangered Chinese alligator - and get your photo taken with one of these rare reptiles. Plus, there will be an opportunity to feed rats to alligators! It all happens at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. 904-824-3337 or www.AlligatorFarm.com
 

10/11/2012

MORE THAN JUST FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND!


For a list of all the festivals taking place this weekend please refer to yesterday's blog - there are 8!

Friday: October 12

O.A.R. Concert
Of A Revolution (O.A.R.)will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A South in St. Augustine. Tickets are $32.50 in advance and $35 day of show. www.StAugAmphitheatre.com  904-209-0367.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 12, 13 & 14

 Premium Outlets Pink Event
Throughout October, St. Augustine Premium Outlet shoppers who stop by the Information Center and dontate $10 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure will receive a special savings card filled with "25% off one single item" redeemable at Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, J.Crew, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. www.premiumoutlets.com

Pellicer Creek Raid
Living history groups from around the Southeast demonstrate what Civil War military life was like in 1864. At 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, infantry, cavalry and artillery troops will stage a battle. The encampment is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum, located on the corner of Old Kings Road and U.S. 1 in Palm Coast. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children, toddlers and infants are free. 386.446.7630. http://myagmuseum.com/


Saturday: October 13


Saturday Night at The City Gate
Colonial Spanish soldiers stand guard at the St. Augustine City Gates from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to interact, take pictures and learn more about St. Augustine's Spanish Military history. The City Gates are located at St. George and Orange Street.

10/10/2012

8 Festivals this Weekend (Oct. 12-14)

Photos and article courtesy of the St. Augustine Record
Oct. 12-14: The annual Greek Festival, hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, will be held at Francis Field, 29 Castillo Drive, near the downtown parking garage. An assortment of Greek foods, pastries and beverages will be served. Entertainment includes live Greek music by the Hellenic Band and dancing by the costumed Greek dance troupes. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Oct. 12; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13; and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and younger, and free admission for active military (with ID) and their immediate family members. Call 829-0504 or go to www.stauggreekfest.com

Oct. 13: The third annual Great American Scarecrow Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Simple Gestures, 4 White St., over the Bridge of Lions. The event is a fun-filled day for the entire family and will help fund programs for Pie in the Sky, a non-profit organization in Hastings. Entertainment will be provided by Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards. Free activities will include make-your-own scarecrow, bobbing for apples, corn hole, face painting and carnival games. Pies, hot dogs, drinks, pumpkins and raffle tickets will be available for sale. There will be a raffle for a Salted Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. The free event is open to the public.

Oct. 13: The Aviles Street Merchants Association with host the third annual Fiesta de Aviles and Running of the Bulls. The event will celebrate the beauty and ambience of the oldest street in America. Entertainment will be from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 13 including the Jazzland All Stars and Luis Mario Peral. At 2 p.m. Oct. 13, there will be a human running of the bulls. In addition to music there will be Zumba in the morning, Flamenco dancing and a Brazilian Tropicana show to close the evening. The music will continue on Oct. 14 with Jim and Sylvia Kaval and “Sangria Sunday,” where each merchant competes to offer the best Sangria. Admission is free. Calling 825-0069.

Oct. 13: The United Way of St. Johns County will host their annual Treasures at the Fountain event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave. Activities for families will include music, games, re-enactors and face painting. The event also will include Planetarium tours and lunch. Admission is $25 per family, with an additional $5 charge per family member after the sixth. Admission fee includes the entire day of activities. “Grown-Ups Groovin’ and Cruisin Time” runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for adults ages 21 and older. Guests will enjoy a variety of beers, wines and sangrias. Local chefs Johnny Barnes and Beanie Masters will provide dinner, with desserts and dancing to follow. There also will be a silent auction. The all-inclusive admission for the evening is $50 per person. Tickets are available online at www.treasuresatthefountain.com or at the United Way Office, 177 Bridge St. To purchase tickets by phone, call 829-9721.

Oct. 13: The Friends of Washington Oaks will host the 10th Annual “Herbs in the Gardens” Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.,Palm Coast. A plant sale will open at 10 a.m.; garden tours led by a park ranger will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and a “Cooking with Herbs” program will begin at noon with Ruth Micieli, chef and owner of Simple Gourmet. An herb themed recipe booklet will be distributed to participants during this workshop. This program will also focus on growing herbs at home and troubleshooting your herb questions. Regular park entrance fees apply during the event. Call 386-446-6783.

Oct. 13: The Palencia Street Festival and Military Appreciation Day will be from noon to 7 p.m. in the Palencia community, 600 Palencia Club Drive, from U.S. 1 North. The Children’s Museum of St. Johns will celebrate local hero’s who serve in the U.S. military. All benefits will go to the Greater Jacksonville area USO. The event is open to the public.

Oct. 13: Riverdale United Methodist Church will host its third annual Fall Arts & Craft Festival and Fish Fry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 1028 County Road 13 South. Visit booths of local artisians and crafters while children can play in the KIDs Zone with games and a bounce house. Fair food, church tours, and a fried fish dinner seated among majestic oaks (or dine in the air-conditioned fellowship hall) will be part of the event. The Blood Alliance will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. taking blood donations in the BloodMobile. The Apparent Project, a non-profit organization helping to keep Haiti families together, will be selling Haitian made goods. In addition, a silent auction and a bake sale will be held. Free admission and parking. Call 806-6254.

Oct. 13: The Flagler Estates Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Flagler Estates Park 9970 Oliver Ave., in Hastings. The event is sponsored by The Flagler Estates Community Redevelopment Committee and The St. Johns Housing Partnership. Free hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas will be available while they last, and live music will be provided by “Old Enough To Know Better.” In addition, free activities will be offered for children and families. Vendor spaces are available for $5 per booth space. Artists & crafters welcome as well new and yard sale merchandise. Email fecrcsec@yahoo.com or call 386-325-8618.

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10/05/2012

October Deal: Prix Fixe Lunch or Dinner @ Bistro de Leon

Who doesn't love our own local French Bistro?  If you haven't taken the time to taste a bit of France in downtown St. Augustine, October is the perfect opportunity!

Bistro de Leon

12 Cathedral Place  •  St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.810.2100  •  www.bistrodeleon.com



Enjoy the 'French way' of dining in this authentic bistro where a meal is to be enjoyed not hurried - the cuisine is the main attraction! Chef Poinard chooses the freshest local seafood, herbs and produce to create the very best of French cuisine.  Fresh food and fresh bread in a friendly setting on St. Augustine’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion.

Prix Fixe Lunch Menu - $22
Starter (select one)
Appetizer of the Day 
or
Original  Lyon’s 
Onion Soup 

Entree (select one)
Entrée of the Day
or
Croque Monsieur

Dessert
Dessert Display
Many Choices 

Prix Fixe Dinner Menu - $30
Starter (select one)
Goat cheese 
baked in Honey and Datil Pepper on croutons
or
Poultry and Tarragone Terrine

Entree (select one)
Chicken "Tajine"
or
Fish ''Quenelle" souffle, Speciality from Lyon
or
Provencal Vegetables Lasagna

Dessert
Dessert Display
Many Choices

10/03/2012

HALLOWEEN ADVENTURES AWAIT IN OLD ST. AUGUSTINE


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 3) -  When it comes to selecting the perfect place for ghostly fun, it's difficult to find a more haunted location than the Nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. With nearly 450 years of history, ancient narrow streets, two cemeteries with graves dating back hundreds of years, a brooding Spanish fortress and endless stories of roaming spirits and things that go bump in the night, it's the place to be for all things other-worldly.   Despite daylight's warm Florida sun and beautiful Atlantic beaches, every night of the year features ghost tours and spooky encounters. But when Halloween approaches, that's when the spirits really get busy.
 
         Here are some St. Augustine Halloween adventures awaiting intrepid souls and fun-seeking spirits:
   

October 1- 31

ST. AUGUSTINE CITY WALKS HALLOWEEN ORIGINS TOURS
Explore the stories of how many of our present day Halloween customs began... Bonfires, Jack-O-Lanterns, Costumes & Masks, Trick-or-Treating, and more! During the entire month of October, ALL of the St. Augustine City Walks' regularly scheduled evening tours will feature enchanting stories on the history, myths and legends of the Original Halloween, also known as Samhain- The Celtic New Year. Join one of their famous Historic Pub Crawls, Creepy Crawls, or History, Mystery & Murder tours for this special Halloween event! All tours depart downtown regularly, seven days a week. Special discounts available for online booking with all tours. For more information and to reserve your space visit www.StAugustineCityWalks.com or call 904.540.3476.


October 1-31

ZOMBIEVILLE
This is an interactive paintball experience of horrific proportions! Load up and take aim at the undead, enjoy tales told in the hut of the ancient Zombie, King Motumbo and take a ride on the Zombie Express. Tickets are on sale at Ripley's or at the door. Zombieville can be found at 254 San Marco Ave, at the old Sugar Mill. Doors open at 7:30 every Friday and Saturday night through October. Prices are $10 at the door, or $15 for the Zombie Express leaving from the original Ripley's.Believe It or Not Museum at 19 San Marco Avenue. You can also purchase Zombieville tickets for only $5 with the purchase of a Ghost Train Adventure ticket. For more information, call 904.377.2607.

October 1-31

GHOST TRAIN ADVENTURE
Board Ripley's black-as-midnight Ghost Train and travel through old St. Augustine in search of the paranormal. Armed with an electromagnetic detection device, passengers may detect the presence of supernatural beings at the Castillo de San Marcos, Huguenot Cemetery and Ripley's very-own Castle Warden. Tickets: $26 adults: $13 children. 904.377.2607.

October 1 - 31

GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES FRIGHTSEEING ADVENTURES
Explore the darker side of the Nation's Oldest City with ghost guides and re-live historic haunted tales and legends found at every turn. The tour includes a visit to the Lighthouse Park, where the ghosts of three little girls are said to still haunt the place of their tragic drowning, and a ghost-hunting excursion to the Old Jail, famous for the paranormal activity found there. Voted St. Augustine's Best Ghost Tour three years in a row! Ghosts & Gravestones tours leave nightly from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave., starting at 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $26 for adults and $14 for children ages 6 - 12 (5 and under are free). Please call (904) 829-3800 for reservations..

October 1-31 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)

ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE DARK OF THE MOON TOURS
Go on the only tour that takes participants to the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and into the eerie Keeper's House. Find out why the Syfy Network's Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the "Mona Lisa of paranormal sites." Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults ($35 on Halloween) and $20 for children ages 7-11($30 on Halloween). Reservations are required. (Private 90-minute, 3-hour and 5-hour tours are also available.) Call 904.829.0745

October 1-31

A VICTORIAN HALLOWEEN
Experience a Halloween from days-gone-by at the historic Villa Zorayda Museum. Built in 1883, this unique poured-concrete structure is a scaled replica of a portion of Spain's famous Alhambra. Throughout the month, the museum will feature Halloween decorations from the late 1880's and the early 1900's. Visitors may even see the ghost of Franklin Smith, architect and builder of the house, as he writes a letter to his beloved wife, Laura. The fascinating history of the building comes alive through a state-of-the-art guided audio tour. Located at 83 King Street in historic St. Augustine, admission to the Villa Zorayda is $10 for adults; $4 for children ages 8-12; under 7 free. For more information, go to  www.villazorayda.com or call 904.829.9887


October 1 - 31

HAUNTED HEARSE RIDES
Experience a genuine St. Augustine ghost tour - from the eternal comfort of a haunted hearse! Choose from a guided tour down the Ancient City's oldest streets; hear intoxicating tales while enjoying rich ales on a pub tour or go on a more than four-hour total immersion trip into the paranormal world. Tickets range from $16 to $66 depending on the chosen adventure. For more information, call 904.824-8840, or visit http://www.ghostaugustine.com


October 1-31 (Friday and Saturday nights only)

GHOST HUNT
Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professional investigators! Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.

October 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31

HALLOWEEN EXPRESS: NIGHTMARE IN THE MUSEUM
Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine has another new adventure, custom-made for Halloween. Prepare yourself for an evening of fun, scares, and ghost stories as you are guided through the streets of America's Oldest City aboard our Halloween Express. Visit the town's most haunted museum, Potter's Haunted House of Wax, for an up-close and personal encounter with the souls of the dead, living within. Tickets are $20 per person and include entry to Potter's Haunted House of Wax. Children under 5 not permitted - this is a frightening experience. Tours begin at 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. Reservations required. 904.829.3800 or 904.826.3663

October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27

A GHOSTLY EXPERIENCE HALLOWEEN 2012
Just for Halloween, Ghost Tours of St. Augustine has placed a supernatural twist on their infamous "A Ghostly Experience Walking Tour"! Led by a licenses tour guide, participants will meander the haunted streets of the Nation's oldest city and encounter crazed, feisty and swash-buckling spirits anxious to share the tale of their mysterious, warranted and fitting deaths. The tours last approximately one hour and depart every 30 minutes beginning at 8 p.m. from 2 St. George Street. Tickets are $15 per person (ages 6 and under free) and reservations are required. Call 904.829.1122.


October 14

SUNDAY SUPPER WITH THE SPIRITS
Have a an authentic Gilded Age dinner at the 173-year old Dow House and return to the year 1906 to meet the spirits of two of St. Augustine's daring daughters - Dr. Luella Day McConnell, better known as Diamond Lil, and Ida Alice Flagler, the second wife of millionaire developer Henry Flagler. The evening includes a lantern-lit, guided tour of the nine historic homes on the property and an elegant, plated supper served by candlelight on linen-covered tables. The authentic menu includes sliced beef tenderloin with steamed prawns, horseradish sauce, potatoes maison, steamed carrots, Nantucket salad and Key Lime cake. Red and white wines served throughout the evening. Tickets are $59 per person or $100 per couple and includes a copy of "Daring Daughters" written by local author Karen Harvey. Reservations required. Call 904.823.9722 or 904.501.1253.


October 26, 27, 28 & 31

ANCIENT CITY TOURS: HALLOWEEN 2012
Ever wonder where Halloween traditions came from or how the legend of St. Augsutine's Love Tree began? These and many other questions about Halloween haunts will be answered on these special Ancient City Tours. Departing every 30 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. these tours get off to an auspicious start from the Ancient City office at 6 Cordova Street - next door to the infamous Tolomato Cemetery. Tickets are $15 each (under 6 free) and reservations are required. Call 904.827.0807  www.staugustineghosttours.com

October 27

SPOOKTACULAR SHOPPING
Uptown Saturday Night takes on a festive, Halloween theme when the galleries, antique stores and unique shops along St. Augustine's San Marco Avenue stay open until 9 p.m.   Meet-the-artists, book signings, live music and more create a lively, Halloween atmosphere for bargain hunters. Plus, there's free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

October 28

COSTUME PARADE AND TRICK OR TREATING
Join Ancient City Tours for their annual Halloween costume parade/contest and trick or treating for the children. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Clock Tower at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 1 Castillo Drive, and end in the downtown Plaza for the costume judging. (Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.). Then safe trick or treating will take place along the historic streets of the downtown area from 3:30 - 5 p.m. It's all FREE! For more information, call 904.827.0807

October 31 only

TRICK OR TREAT GHOST TRAIN
Family fun aboard Ripley's Ghost Train featuring ghost stories, spooky songs and a stop at the Sugar Mill for trick or treating with Zombies before returning to Ripley's bounce house and balloon animals! The tour is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-11 (costumed children ride for free!) For information and reservations, call 904.824.1606 or visit www.ghosttrainadventure.com

October 31 only

MIDNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
End Halloween at midnight and catch the returning spirits until 4 a.m. at Ripley's historic Castle Warden. This exclusive investigation is limited to 30 people, all of whom will receive free use of EMF meters and digital voice recorders. The castle is one of the nation's most well-known haunted structures and has been visited three times by The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) featuring the celebrated Ghost Hunters. Participants will be briefed on each room's paranormal significance and be given free time to roam through the castle. They will also see an exclusive screening of the pilot episode of Anomaly, the new 3-D paranormal series, filmed at Castle Warden. Tickets are $75 per person. For reservations, call 904.824.1606 or www.ghosttrainadventure.com

News Release from the Visitors and Convention Bureau.









October Deal: Prix Fixe Dinner @ 95 Cordova $30

Unforgettable Restaurants
Award-Winning Chefs
Signature Dishes

Chefs on Florida’s Historic Coast are once again making history with signature dishes featuring local favorites and heritage-inspired flavors.  From the elegant resorts of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Old World bistros in St. Augustine, in October 2012, dozens of participating restaurants will be presenting prix fixe (fixed price) three-course menus representative of their best culinary skills. For a list of all restaurants participating click here:  http://historiccoastflavors.com/#

We will feature some of our favorites here over the next few days:

95 Cordova • St. Augustine, Florida  •  32084
904.827.1888  •  www.casamonica.com/dining/dining.asp

Prix Fixe Dinner Menu - $30
Starter 
Soup of the Day
Caesar Salad
Entrée (select one)
  • Roasted Chicken stuffed with Neuske's Bacon, Sundried Tomato, Medjool Date and Reypener Cheese
  • Braised Pork Osso Bucco
  • Coriander Crusted Sea Scallops
Dessert (select one)
  • Triple Chocolate Cake
  • White Chocolate Cake



10/01/2012

Tovar House Built in Early 1700s Restored in Anticipation of 450th | StAugustine.com

Just one block east of the St. Francis Inn sits the newly restored Tovar House.  It is one of four buildings dating back to the 1700's that all reside on St. Francis Street.  The Tovar House, The Oldest House, and the Llambias House are all owned by the St. Augustine Historical Society.  The fourth building is the St. Francis Inn.

Click on the links below for the story of the Tovar House's recent restoration and for pictures of the inside and outside of the Tovar House.  It is now included in the Oldest House Museum tour.

House built in early 1700s restored in anticipation of 450th | StAugustine.com

http://staugustine.com/slideshow/2012-09-28/slideshow-tovar-house#slide-1