7/31/2013

Spice and Tea Exchange Offers Discount to B&B Guests!

Spice and Tea Exchange - Two Locations!
Published: July 30, 2013
The Spice and Tea Exchange offers a 10% discount for all B&B guests on any purchase. Just print this special and mention which inn you are staying in.This little gem is a must-see for all the spice and tea lovers out there. The Hypolita Street shop has the largest selection in all of Saint Augustine and is conveniently located in the heart of the historic district. Plus, there's a charming new, second store at the Old Town Trolley historic buildings complex on San Marco Avenue. Check out their Website for full details and online ordering options.

Spice and Tea

7/29/2013

Music & Art in the Oldest City - this week's events!

Monday - Sunday: July 29 - August 4
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - egining August 1, ticket prices are half off: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (age 60 and over), $3 for kids ages 7 to 12. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through August 11.  www.picassoartandarena.com 904-825-1000
 
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit - www.ancientcitymosaic.com 
 
Monday - Wednesday: July 29 - 31
Dog Days Art Exhibit -www.spaceeight.com 
 

Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday: July 30 & August 1 - 4
The Last Romance at Limelight Theatre -  Joe Dipietro's delightful romantic comedy, The Last Romance, at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Performance times are Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 904-825-1164
Wednesday:  July 31
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 -  Live concert with the band Ain't 2 Proud 2 Begplaying classic rock and roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. Admission is free and Zaharia's Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
 
Free Movies By The Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions presents free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. This Wednesday's Family Fun feature, Despicable Me,  will be shown at 8:30 p.m. behind Bayfront Mini Golf at St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. This  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Thursday: August 1
Matanzas River Eco Tour - Join the professional guides of St. Augustine EcoTours for a 12+ mile boat ride into the waters of the Matanzas River. Browse the shoreline for wading birds, look for dolphins frolicking in the estuary, and learn about one of earth's most important habitats - the salt marsh. Tours are at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 6:30 p.m. and cost $35 per person or $175 for the whole boat up to 6 guests! Departures are from Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com 
 
Concerts in the Plaza - Free live concert with Rob Ellis Peck & Friends playing classic southern blues from 7-9 p.m. in St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion.Bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating. www.PlazaConcerts.com 904-825-1004  
Friday and Saturday: August 2 & 3
El Conquistador Speedboat Rides - www.elconspeedboat.com 
 
Colonial Crew Revue - Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street. Performing on the Colonial Quarter's stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933 www.colonialquarter.com
Friday - Sunday: August 2 - 4
Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit -  www.spaceeight.com
Friday: August 2
First Friday Art Walk - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. New exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery.   Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com 
 
Free Movies By The Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. This Friday's Classic Film,On Golden Pondwill be shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring a chair or blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. 904-824-1606  www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys 
 
Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre - Pirates of the Caribbean is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre. Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. A variety of concessions will be available for purchase, Gates open at 7 p.m. 1340 A1A South 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com 
Saturday: August 3
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine's historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
  
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma
 
Guided Cultural Hike at GTM Reserve - From 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula's 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. The guided tour meets at the GTM Research Reserve's Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. The tour is free and there is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Reservations required. http://gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com 904-823-4500
 
Sunday: August 4
Murder in The Old City - A murder mystery in the nation's oldest city, combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211

7/25/2013

Book Festival to honor John Jakes | StAugustine.com

Author John Jakes will be named Literary Legend at this year's Florida Heritage Book Festival.  Author Tim Dorsey will also be making an appearance.

Book Festival to honor John Jakes | StAugustine.com

7/22/2013

The Oldest Inn in the Oldest City, St. Francis Inn | The Fairytale Traveler

The Oldest Inn in the Oldest City, St. Francis Inn | The Fairytale Traveler

Thanks to Christa Thompson for blogging about us and for the fun pictures - Zeke especially is happy at being mentioned and photographed!

7/16/2013

Free Tickets-2-Ride Special Starts Today!


Jump on board now for your Free Tickets-2-Ride trolley tour of St. Augustine!  Explore every mile of history for free, without wearing out your feet.  This is a one-of-a-kind gift from the Oldest City’s Oldest B&B!

From July 15 until Sept. 25, 2013, your stay at the St. Francis Inn Bed & Breakfast  includes two FREE two-day passes for the informative and entertaining Old Town Trolley tour. (*Restrictions apply; see below.) This special gift is available ONLY to our B&B guests!


Claiming your free tickets is easy:  Mention the Free Tickets-2-Ride promotion when you book a two-night stay, Monday through Wednesday, at the regular midweek rate. You will receive two special two-day trolley tour tickets when you check in. With scores of stops, highlights and photo-ops along the way, the trolley tour will take you everywhere St. Augustine’s visitors want to go. PLUS, your trolley tickets will get you into the St. Augustine History Museum and the Oldest Store Museum Experience for free (total retail value $41 per person).

 * This promotion requires that you mention the offer at time of booking. (On-line booking: enter Free Tickets-2-Ride in comments section).
 * Offer is valid on bookings made on or after July 15 and you must stay before Sept. 25, 2013. 
 * Free offer NOT available during holidays or weekends, and may not be combined with any other offer, discount, or special.

St. Augustine Events July 16-21, 2013

Monday - Sunday: July 16 - 21
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. www.picassoartandarena.com 904-825-1000
 
Tours of El Galeón - El Galeón, a unique replica of the 16th century Spanish galleons that sailed to and from newly-discovered Florida, are open for tours at the St. Augustine City Marina thru July 23. Tickets are $15 for adults/$8 for children; Children 5 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets are available at Ripley's Red Train Ticket booth at St. Augustine Marina. The tours aboard El Galeón take place daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/view/23303 
 
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show - Features new works by artists who have won awards at association exhibits during the previous three years. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St., St. Augustine and is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
 
Dog Days Art Exhibit - Opening reception for artist Sarah Emerson's Dog Days exhibit is from 5-11 p.m. at St. Augustine's space:eight Gallery, 228 West King Street, St. Augustine. Dog Days refers to the belief that these days of summer inspire evil. Emerson uses a candy-like palette to depict battlefields, natural and man-made disasters, barren landscapes inhabited by forest creatures and much more. Dog Days runs thru July 26. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com 
 
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit - An artistic rendering of America's first city is presented in 450 works of art - one for each year of St. Augustine's lengthy history. Created by regional and local artists, this exhibition expresses the rich cultural diversity of St. Augustine. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday 3 - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 24 Cathedral Place. www.ancientcitymosaic.com 
 
Pacific Rim: An IMAX Experience - Experience the special effects of this exciting film about an alien attack that threatens the Earth's existence. Shown in IMAX 3D, show times at the World Golf IMAX Theatre, One World Golf Place, are 1, 4, 7 & 9:50 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. WorldGolfIMAX.com 
Tuesday - Thursday: July 16 - 18
Nature Films at World Golf IMAX Theatre - View spectacular nature films in IMAX 3D. The Last Reef, from the makers of Wild Ocean is an underwater journey exploring our connection with the cities beneath the sea. Show times are daily at 10 a.m.   Flight of the Butterfly, natural history epic is about hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Show times are daily at noon. E-Tickets are $8.50 adults, $6 children 3 -1 2, and $7.50 for seniors, military and students. http://worldgolfimax.com
 
Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday: July 16 & 18 - 21
The Last Romance at Limelight Theatre -  Joe Dipietro's delightful romantic comedy, The Last Romance, comes to the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Performance times are Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 904-825-1164
Tuesday: July 16
Route 66: This Is Going to Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You - Watch this episode of the classic Route 66 TV show that was filmed in St. Augustine and the Hotel Ponce de Leon while being entertained by the music of Lis and Lon Williamson with Rick Kuncicky. The viewing and entertainment begin at 7 p.m. at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street. Admission is free. 904-819-6205.
Wednesday:  July 17
Corks and Forks Food Tour - Join The Tasting Tours for fun and informative a 2.5 - 3 hour guided tour of St. Augustine food and wine. The tour stops at 4 to 5 food tastings venues and 3 to 4 wine sample venues. Tickets are $76 per person and departs at 2 p.m. from The Gifted Cork, 64 Hypolita Street. Participants must be over 21. www.thetastingtours.com
 
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 - Live concert with the band Grapes of Roth playing R/R takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free and local restaurant Gas Full Service will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
 
Free Movies By The Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. This Wednesday's Family Fun feature, Blank Check will show at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Thursday - Sunday:  July 18 - 21
British Open Week at the World Golf Hall of Fame - Watch the British Open throughout the Hall of Fame, learn about Hall of Fame members who won the Open Championship and take part in special scavenger hunts. Photo opportunities with the Claret Jug. Located at World Golf Village, at I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine. Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.   Adult admission is $19.50, $18.50 for seniors and $10 for students. For this special week, residents of the U.K. and Ireland will be admitted free. 904-940-4123 www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
Thursday: July 18
Concerts in the Plaza - Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free live concert with The Mike Hart Band performing from 7-9 p.m. in St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion, 1 King St. 904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com
Friday and Saturday: July 19 & 20
El Conquistador Speedboat Rides - Enjoy an entertaining thrill ride & tour aboard the El Conquistador Speedboat, focusing on St. Augustine, Florida's maritime heritage, history, landmarks, authentic stories and local marine life. Tours depart from St. Augustine Municipal Marina at 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. Adults are $33.50 and children are $25.50. 904-738-4695 www.elconspeedboat.com
 
Colonial Crew Revue - Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Performing on the Colonial Quarter's stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933 www.colonialquarter.com
Friday -  Sunday: July 19 - 21
Bizarre Buying Bazaar at Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Ripley's national VP of Exhibits and Archives comes to St. Augustine in search of oddities to add to Ripley's collection. Strange, weird and unbelievable objects sought -- Ripley's will make an on-the-spot offer to owners of selected items. The public is invited to observe the Bazaar each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Owners who plan to bring items to the Bazaar are encouraged to contact Ripley's in advance by emailing Johnson@ripleys.com 19 San Marco Ave.; 407-824-1606 www.ripleys.com/StAugustine
Friday: July 19
Free Movies By The Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. This Friday's Classic Film, Driving Miss Daisy will show at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
 
Saturday and Sunday: July 20 & 21
Through the Keyhole - Joins 2Ghouls at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of fun spiritualism on the second floor of the Spice and Tea Exchange of St. Augustine, 59 Hypolita Street. Learn to read tea leaves, do pendulum dowsing with Angel cards and play with the "Talking Spirit Board" while learning about Victorian Spiritualism. Tickets are $25 per person. www.2ghouls.com   904-671-5010
 
Saturday: July 20
Eco Tour of Matanzas River - Join the guides from St. Augustine Eco Tours for a 12+ mile boat tour along the Matanzas River. Browse the shoreline for wading birds, look for dolphins frolicking in the estuary, and learn about one of earth's most important habitats - the salt marsh.   Departure times are 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and the tour departs from St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
 
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is located at 16 Cordova Street in St. Augustine .board@tolomatocemetery.com;  www.tolomatocemetery.com
 
 
Sublime with Rome with Pennywise - Sublime, with its blend of ska, reggae, punk, surf rock and hip hop, will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Gates open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $49.50 - $29.50. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour - St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine's historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Visit www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com 904-825-0087
 
Full Moon Fever at the Conch House - The Conch House Lounge Deck hosts a monthly moonlight luau with a show by Prince Pele's Polynesian Revue from 8 - 11 p.m. weather permitting.   Free Leis for all and a limited Polynesian food menu available. There is a $5 cover charge. 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine. www.conch-house.com/fullmoon.html
904-829-8646
 
Sunday: July 21
Full Moon Sail - St. Augustine's premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom, sails through the calm waters of Matanzas Bay lit by the glow of the full moon. This memorable sailing excursion is from 8:45 - 10 p.m. and departs from the City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. $35 per person. 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com 

7/03/2013

Happy Birthday, USA! Fireworks & Music, Free Movies, 1st Friday Art Walk, Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration, and More This Week!

Wednesday - Sunday: July 3 - 7
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit -  www.picassoartandarena.com 
 
 
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show -  www.staaa.org
 
Dog Days Art Exhibit - www.spaceeight.com 
 
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit -www.ancientcitymosaic.com 
Wednesday - Thursday: July 3 - 4
Man of Steel: An IMAX 3D Experience - www.worldgolfimax.com 

Wednesday: July 3
Lightner Museum Curator Tour www.lightnermuseum.org 
 
Luncheon and Fashion Show - Join Fashion Trendsetters for a refreshing luncheon while enjoying the latest easy cotton care summer fashions at 11:30 a.m. in the 95 Cordova Restaurant at Casa Monica Hotel. Lunch includes champagne or mimosa, appetizer, entrée and dessert. Tickets are $23.75. 904-810-6810
 
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 - Live concert with The Falling Bones playing classic Rock and Roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free and local restaurant Purple Olive will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org 
 
Free Movies By The Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. This Wednesday's Family Fun feature is The Sandlot. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys 

Thursday:  July 4  "Independence Day"
St. Augustine Fireworks and Concert - Starting at 6 p.m., the All Star Orchestra performs in the Plaza de la Constitucion. At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. 904-825-1004 www.PlazaConcerts.com
 
Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tastings- In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, enjoy a special tasting of refreshing flavors of imported Sangria, including non-alcoholic blends. The free tastings will take place from 11 a.m. through the afternoon at the Taberna del Caballo located at the Colonial Quarter, 37 St. George Street. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America's first permanent European settlement. https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events
 
4th of July Pig Roast Aboard El Galèon - The Tasting Room presents their annual 4th of July Pig Roast. Enjoy beer, wine and swine while watching the fireworks from the deck of El Galèon which is located at the St. Augustine Marina. The pig roast takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by St. Augustine's spectacular fireworks show. Tickets are $80 per person.   904-810-2400 http://www.tastetapas.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 Ave. $40 per person 904.829.0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.com 

Friday: July 5
Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tasting- In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, 95 Cordova Restaurant at the Casa Monica Hotel will be featuring a taste of genuine imported Viña Luparia from the BodegasGalan Winery in Spain. Tastings are in the hotel lobby and complimentary glasses of wine will be served with lunches and dinners in the restaurant. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America's first permanent European settlement. https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events 
 
Red, White & Boom! World Golf Village Fireworks - Renaissance World Golf Resort celebrates Independence Day with its annual American Tasting Room and special seating for the World Golf Village fireworks. The American Tasting takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. Then from 8 - 10 p.m., VoicePlay, a five-piece a cappella group creating a musical masterpiece using only their voice will perform under the fireworks display with reserved seating. Family packages which include the tasting, entertainment and reserved seating for the Fireworks are $120 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Additional packages, including hotel accommodations are available. World Golf Village is located off I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine. http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com 
 
Free Movies By The Bay - Friday's classic film is From Here to Eternity. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys 
 
First Friday Art Walk - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
 
Body of Work at Amiro Art & Found - www.amiroartandfound.com  
 
Friday and Sunday: July 5 & 7 
Colonial Crew Revue - Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show debuts at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Performing on the Colonial Quarter's stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933 www.colonialquarter.com
Saturday and Sunday: July 6 & 7
Solarium Tours - Following a $2.3 million restoration, the magnificent Solarium of Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon is now open for public tours. Closed for decades, the Solarium was one of the outstanding amenities of the hotel when it opened in 1888. Now Flagler College, the former hotel was one of the world's most exclusive destinations during America's Gilded Age. The Solarium is a fourth floor parlor above the Rotunda and boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.   The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Solarium tours, which include the hourly Historical Tours of Flagler College, are $18 per person. Flagler College is located at 74 King St. Reservations are required. 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu
Saturday: July 6
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma 
 
Marine Biology Eco Tour - Join one St. Augustine Eco Tour's expert naturalist on a small boat tour to learn about St. Augustine's unique marine environment. See beautiful shorebirds, learn about dolphin behavior, and listen to the sounds of dolphin chatter from underwater microphones. Tours depart at 11am, 1 pm, & 3pm from St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Tickets are $35 per adult, $30 kids 12 and under, or $175 for private boat up to 6 guests. 904 377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com 
 
Chocolate & Wine Tasting Tour- City Walks provides a unique 2.5 hour tour to explore the history of chocolate in St. Augustine. The tour departs from 4 Granada Street at 2 p.m. $42 per person. Reservations are required. 904.825.0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Guided Cultural Hike - From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula's 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve's Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee http://gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com 904-823-4500
 
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine.   Activities are from 3 p.m. - dusk. Admission is free.
904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com 
 
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park - Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. 904-461-2035; www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 
 
Summer Break Tour: Big Time Rush - Superstars Big Time Rush will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $68. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com 
Sunday: July 7
Murder in The Old City - A murder mystery in the nation's oldest city, combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at The Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 after 1 p.m.

7/02/2013

4th of July BBQ at the St. Francis Inn

Guests staying at the St. Francis Inn on the 4th of July weekend will enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, and Mike's special BBQ Pork with all the "fix-ins" the evening of the 4th. Scheduled for 6:00-8:00 p.m. we will get you fed in time to relax and then walk to your favorite viewing spot for the fireworks at 9:00 p.m How fun is that?! No parking or driving woes before or after the fireworks!!

We are sold out for the night of the 4th - but do have limited availability for Friday and Saturday nights.

A Holiday Weekend means our Extended Brunch will be served Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings with Complimentary Champagne Mimosas and make-your-own Bloody Marys.  

This in addition to all our free guest amenities including, but not limited to:
Free off-street parking
​Free tickets to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
Free bicycles to tour the old city
​Free parking and amenities at the beach
​Free specialty coffee bar until noon daily
Social Hour, Desserts, Attraction Discounts, Sherry and Snacks
and a POOL
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All reservations are subject to availability and advance reservations are required.  Holiday Rates Apply.  No discounts for this holiday weekend.  Cookout will replace Social and Dessert 7/4/2013.