5/29/2014

Former Pot Belly's to become Corazón Cinema and Café | StAugustine.com

Just a few blocks from the St Francis Inn will be a new attraction, hopefully by the end of summer 2014:



Former Pot Belly's to become Corazón Cinema and Café | StAugustine.com

5/28/2014

St Francis Inn Loves Bachelorettes!

One of the St Francis Inn's accommodations is The Cottage which can sleep 4-6 people.  It makes a great place for families, 2 couples, and girlfriend getaways.  In late March we hosted a Bachelorette Party for a fun group of women who allowed us to take their pictures and share.  A fun time was had by all!




5/27/2014

St Augustine Events This Week

 May 27, 2014
Tuesday - Sunday: May 27 - June 1
The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as  an outstanding heritage education program, Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.www.Journey2014.com 
 
El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour - Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org
 
Miniature Marks - Through June 1 the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried open media and subject exhibit of artists making their personal mark in this installation of works no larger than 12 inches.  Small, but mighty, the individual pieces explore a wide range of subjects, ideas and materials.   The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org 
  
Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition - Through June 1, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts the annual symposium and exhibition of the FLORIDA ARTIST Group (FLAG).  The exhibition contains a diverse collection of work by the many active painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed-media artists that make up that prestigious group.    The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org 
  
Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf - The World Golf Hall of Fame's new, permanent exhibit titled "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf" details the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers like John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today.  The exhibit also highlights the struggles and successes of notable golfers like Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Induction Day.  Hours are Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon - 6 p.m.  Admission is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors, military and Florida residents; $10 students ages 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12.  One World Golf Place (I-95 exit 323), St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org 
 
D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 at IMAX Theater - The Documentary Film "D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944" is now playing at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame.  Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, this film pays tribute to the men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 year ago during World War II.   This IMAX theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

 
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida'sHistoricCoast.com/events 
Tuesday - Friday: May 27 - 30
Amiro Art & Found  "By the Sea" - Through May 30,  Amiro Art & Found features a collection of ocean-inspired artwork, which includes artwork by Miami-based artist, Jeanine Maleno, as well as local artists Jim Macbeth, Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, Deane Kellogg, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel.  The Gallery is open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460 www.amiroartandfound.com
Wednesday:  May 28
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
 
Music by the Sea Concert - This live performance featuring Those Guys playing classic rock and rolltakes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Park Pavilion.  The South Beach Grill will offer signature dinners for $10. Admission is free.  For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. Go to the website for a listing of the band and restaurants for each Wednesday.  350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Wednesday - Saturday:  May 28 - 31
St. Augustine Symposium on Music Education History - Hosted by Flagler College, this three-day event features presentations on a variety of topics related to music education history.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Jere Humphreys, professor of music at Arizona State University.  On Friday, the Brass Band of Central Florida will perform at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium. The performance is free of charge.  14 Granada Street, www2.gcsu.edu/srig/page20/2014/StAugustine2014.html. 
Thursday:  May 29
Concerts in the Plaza - The Concerts in the Plaza 2014 season kicks off with a performance by The Driftwoods from 7 to 9 p.m.  The free concert will be held in the gazebo in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion.  Bring a chair or blanket for seating.904-824-1004   www.plazaconcerts.com
Thursday - Sunday:  May 29 - June 1
Maleficent: An IMAX 3D Experience - In Maleficent: an IMAX 3D Experience, a vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace. Maleficent plays through June 5. This IMAX Theater features the largest 3D screen in the southeast. Adults $13, seniors/students/Military $12, and children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times.  One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Saturday:  May 31
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
  
Pirate Plunder Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour tour featuring the town's most famous pirate lore.  Kidnapped by a well-known pirate captain, tour participants will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine - complete with the threat of pirate raids.  This fun, free tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.  Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Uptown Saturday Night - From 5 - 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.  904-823-9263.
 
The Downtown Bazaar - From 6 - 10 p.m., The Colonial Quarter courtyard hosts an evening filled with fine art, unique artisan crafts, local authors sharing their stories of local lore, live music by studio recording musicians and mystifying magic.  Take a stroll through the quarter or enjoy fabulous food and beverages by the Taberna Del Caballo.  The event is free, including your pets.  33 St. George St., St. Augustine.  904-315-7454 www.thedowntownbazaar.com
 
Switchfoot and Thousand Foot Krutch Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Grammy Award-winning Switchfoot and their special guest Thousand Foot Krutch.  Switchfoot's 2011 album Hello Hurricane received a Grammy for Best Rock Gospel album and the band's continuing hits that straddle the line between sacred and secular rock have earned them a dedicated following, Toronto-based Christian rock band Thousand Foot Krutch has performed since 1997 and their 2012 album The End Is Where We Begin debuted at number one in Canada and number five on iTunes in the U.S.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.). Tickets range from $25 to $65 each.  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Sunday: June 1
Lincolnville Farmers Market - Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer's market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.  www.facebook.com/lincolnvillefarmersmarket
 
St. Augustine Vintage Car Tour of Mission Nombre de Dios - Travel in style aboard an electric, vintage-style automobile to the peaceful, historic grounds where the first parish Mass in what is now the United States was celebrated in 1565.  The tour includes a visit to the museum, shrine, and gift shop.  Tour departs at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The cost is $25 per person.  Reservation Required.  21 Orange St., St. Augustine 904-430-3542  www.staugustinevintagecartours.com

5/23/2014

Zeke Caption Contest Runs Through May 31, 2014! Win $50 for YOUR Caption!!!


HEY ZEKE FANS!! This is the last week of the Zeke Caption Contest!  Use any picture of Zeke - yours, ours (and you can find plenty on our Facebook Photos page) - think of a great caption - and post it on our Facebook page!  Contest runs through Saturday, May 31, 2014.  Two winners will win $50 SFI Gift Certificates each!!

5/22/2014

The Valencia - Part of the History of the St. Francis Inn


At one time the St. Francis Inn was known as the Valencia Annex.  From 1892 through the early 1900's The Valencia was part of a famous group of homes for winter guests in St. Augustine, and the Valencia was located in what would become our parking lot almost a hundred years later.  Two of the Valencia's more famous guests were Sinclair Lewis and William Dean Howells in 1916.  The hotel held 75 and charged $2.50 to $3.00 per day.




"ValenciaThe Valencia was a smaller family hotel with bell service. The house was located on south St. George Street near the St. Francis' barracks with a view of the ocean. It was run in the 1890 through the early 1900s by Mrs. Mary Fraser who had been managing hotels in St. Augustine since the early 1880s. It had electric bells and gas and a great menu. The water was aerated artesian well water. The hotel was built by McGuire and McDonald. The room rate was $2.50 to 3.00 per day or $15.00 to $20.00 per week. It had private baths, steam heat and modern conveniences. It stated that special attention was paid to table.

In 
1892 The Tatler stated: "This beautiful new hotel is situated on South St. George Street and is a first-class family hotel, with a large, prettily furnished parlor and commodious office on either side of a broad carpeted hall, which runs the entire length of the building and leading to a large well-furnished dining hall with windows on either side, making it bright and cheery all day long; in the rear of this is a kitchen that would delight any housekeeper, as it is fitted out with every convenience for preparing food appetizingly, and the well-earned reputation Mrs. Mary Frazier, the proprietress, has for furnishing dainty meals, will be an assurance that the comforts of inner man will be well provided for here.

One of the best features of this house is its height from the ground---about ten feet. This space forms a cellar cemented on all sides and floor, with numerous windows, so that a current of air is constantly passing through it. It contains two large tanks where rain water is kept cool after being filtered; there is also a tank for aerating artesian water, making this a pleasant drink; there are also store rooms and a laundry.

The second and third floors are occupied with bedrooms, daintily and comfortable furnished, and have gas and electric bells. There are bath-rooms, hot and cold water on each floor, and perfect sanitary arrangements; in fact, the builders, Messrs, 
McGuire & McDonald, with their experience as hotel builders, determined to make this a model family hotel, and have succeeded admirably.

In 
1895 the Tatler reported: "The demand for smaller family hotels, with bell service and all the modern appliances to secure the comfort of the guests, was admirably complied with in the building equipping and furnishing of this elegant house, on South St. George street, near St. Francis' barracks. The Valencia recently opened, for its fourth season, under the excellent management of Mrs. Mary Fraser, who has catered for many of the visitors to this city for years past. The Valencia is artistically yet quietly, furnished; has pleasant, home-like public and private rooms and excellent beds. The sanitary arrangements are superior. There are electric bells and gas through the house, with good service. The Valencia enjoys an enviable reputation for its excellent menu. The house opened this year in October and has had an excellent client age, some days entertaining fully sixty guests."
1909 - Miss E. Frazer. Accommodates seventy-five. It was open from November 1st to May 30th. The rates were $2.50 to $3.00 per day; $15.00 to $20.00 per week. The hotel was "delightfully situated on St. George street, south of the plaza. Special attention paid to table."
The hotel was located at 276 St. George Street on what is today the parking lot of the St. Francis Inn (which as one time was known as the Valencia annex.) Two of the more famous guests were Sinclair Lewis and William Dean Howells in 1916."




5/20/2014

Events This Week in St. Augustine (May 19-26) Ending with Memorial Day Holiday Weekend!

 May 19, 2014
Monday - Monday: May 19 - 26
The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as  an outstanding heritage education program, Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com 
 
El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour - Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org
 
Miniature Marks - Through June 1 the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried open media and subject exhibit of artists making their personal mark in this installation of works no larger than 12 inches.  Small, but mighty, the individual pieces explore a wide range of subjects, ideas and materials.   The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org 
  
Amiro Art & Found  "By the Sea" - Through May 30,  Amiro Art & Found features a collection of ocean-inspired artwork, which includes artwork by Miami-based artist, Jeanine Maleno, as well as local artists Jim Macbeth, Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, Deane Kellogg, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel.  The Gallery is open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460 www.amiroartandfound.com 
  
Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition - Through June 1, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts the annual symposium and exhibition of the FLORIDA ARTIST Group (FLAG).  The exhibition contains a diverse collection of work by the many active painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed-media artists that make up that prestigious group.    The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org 
  
Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf - The World Golf Hall of Fame opens a new, permanent exhibit titled "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf." The exhibit details the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers like John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today.  The exhibit also highlights the struggles and successes of notable golfers like Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Induction Day.  Hours are Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon - 6 p.m.  Admission is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors, military and Florida residents; $10 students ages 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12.  One World Golf Place (i-95 exit 323), St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org 
  
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida'sHistoricCoast.com/events 
Monday:  May 19
Schooner Freedom Privateers and Pirates Set Sail - Set sail on the Schooner Freedom and learn all about the privateer and pirates who sailed the waters of St. Augustine and the coast of Florida.  The schooner's captain and crew are joined by an educator from the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum to present tales of adventure beneath the Jolly Roger banner.  Plus, passengers get a chance to hoist the sails, see some artifacts and enjoy complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.  The schooner departs at 2:15 p.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m.  Tickets are $50 adults; $30 for kids 16 and under. Reservations suggested. 111 Avenida Menendez  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Monday - Thursday: May 19 - 22
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the IMAX Theater - Spider-Man 2 plays at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame through May 15.  Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead and realizes that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.  This IMAX theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Tuesday: May 20
Jack Johnson Concert -
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Jack Johnson in his current tour's only Florida appearance.   Jack Johnson's sixth album "From Here to Now to You" debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Johnson's fourth chart topping album to date.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) with special guest performer ALO. This sold out concert will be a paperless entry as the Johnson tour continues to pave the way in green touring practices and community engagement initiatives.  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Wednesday:  May 21
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com 
 
Music by the Sea Concert - This live performance featuring Sam Rodriguez Project playing jazz and Motown music takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. Amici's Italian Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10.  Admission is free.  For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. Go to the website for a listing of the band and restaurants for each Wednesday.  350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org

 
Friday: May 23
Grand Opening of Python Challenge at St. Augustine Alligator Farm  Zoological Park - From 10 a.m. until noon, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park hosts a grand opening for the new addition to Crocodile Crossings -- the Python Challenge!  Watch their special guest jump from 40 feet, and if you dare, try Python Challenge yourself.  Admission to the grand opening is free.  Admission to the Alligator Farm Zoological Park is $22.95 (adults, ages 12 and up) and $11.95 for ages 3-11.  999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-824-3337 www.alligatorfarm.com
 
Styx and Foreigner Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts legendary rock bands Styx and Foreigner in concert.  The monumental hits created by these two bands made them rock icons of the 1970s and 1980s.  For this performance, they will be joined on stage by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Tickets are $99.50, $89.50, $75, $49.50 and $39.50. The concert starts at 8 p.m. (gates open 7 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
Saturday:  May 24
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
 
Behind the Scenes Lighthouse Tour - Discover the history behind the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum on this one-hour guided tour of the Victorian-era keepers' house and maritime archaeology center.  Find out what life was like as a lighthouse keeper and learn what secrets archaeologists have uncovered from shipwrecks off the St. Augustine coast.  Tickets are $14.95 each.  Call or go online to reserve tickets in advance.  81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
 
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve - Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com
 
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour - St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. offers a free historic walking tour at 4 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
 
Saturday & Sunday:  May 24 & 25
42nd Annual National Beach Paddle Tennis Tournament - More than 100 men and women from California, New York, the Carolinas, Virginia and Florida compete for top honors in seven divisions with $1000 in prize money awarded to winning teams in the top pro divisions.  Entry fee for amateurs is $45 per player and includes tournament shirt and admission to parties.  The main beach venue is Butler Beach, eight miles south of St. Augustine on A1A.  800-727-4656 
Sunday: May 25
Lincolnville Farmers Market - Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer's market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.  www.facebook.com/lincolnvillefarmersmarket
 
Plant-A-Poem Workshop and Reading - Arrive with a poem seed and cultivate it in an hour with miracle grow from the Ancient City Poets.   The workshop is 1:45-3 p.m. at The Gallery Cafe in St. Augustine. $10 per person includes endless coffee and sweet treats. From 3-5 p.m., there is a free open mic poetry reading.   1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. 904-501-0043 www.bodor.org  
****ST FRANCIS INN LINK**** Long-time guests of the Inn will remember Carolee who worked in our kitchen and dining room.  She always had a smile!  Carolee now owns and runs The Gallery Cafe - just a short drive from downtown.  So you know the coffee and sweet treats are delicious!
 
Old Crow Medicine Show Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Grammy Award winner Old Crow Medicine Show in concert.  Tickets range from $29.75 to $39.75. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (gates open 5:30 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com 
 
Lucinda Williams Concert - The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hosts three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.)   General admission is $38 for standing room only.   1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com
 
Memorial Day Pub Crawl (free for military!) - Celebrate Memorial Day with the original, world famous St. Augustine City Walks Pub Crawl! Amble with your City Walks Pub Scout and visit some of the city's most interesting taverns.  Enjoy tales of the city's history mixed with traditional "pub lore," plus find out how beer is made and how to distinguish different types.  All premium beers - ales, wines and sangria (and some snacks) are included at each quaint watering spot on the tour. The tour is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $39 per person (retired or active duty military free with one paid guest). Reservations required.  904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com  
Monday: May 26
Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery - From 10 - 11 a.m., the Military Officers Association of America, the Florida National Guard and the Veterans Council present a Memorial Day ceremony featuring a massing of colors, field music by pipes and drums, and remarks at the St. Augustine National Cemetery.  104 Marine St., St. Augustine 

5/07/2014

St Francis Inn Hosting ZEKE CAPTION CONTEST

CREATIVE PEOPLE AND LOVERS OF ZEKE!

ANNOUNCING THE ST. FRANCIS INN ZEKE CAPTION CONTEST!!!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:


  1. USE ANY PICTURE OF ZEKE - It can be yours or one of ours we've posted on our Facebook page.   We have an entire photo album of your favorite Inn cat.  Download any picture you want to use.
  2. Come up with a caption and post the picture and caption to our Facebook page.  
  3. Contest starts today (May 7, 2014) and the last day for entries will be May 31, 2014.  
  4. All entries have to be posted on our Facebook page, so you will have to have a Facebook account to participate.  Do not email or snail mail any entries!  They will not be included.
  5. Please LIKE our Facebook page, too!


There will be 2 winning entries chosen.

Each winner will receive a $50 gift certificate (which never expires) to the St Francis Inn!

An example - and one possible winner - is Art Tweedie's picture posted here:

5/05/2014

St Francis Inn Offers New Frontier Airline Fly-In Package

What a great deal if you are flying Frontier Airlines to St. Augustine! For weekend or weeknight stays of two or more nights, St. Francis Inn will package your stay with terrific FREEBIES - all included in your room rate. A fabulous value, to thank you for flying into St. Augustine with Frontier Airlines.
St. Augustine's Airport (Northeast Florida Regional Airport: UST) is just 7 miles north of St. Francis Inn and the Old City of St. Augustine. Frontier Airlines is offering nonstop commuter service to our airport from Trenton/Princeton, New Jersey Airport (TTN) several days a week. When you fly in on Frontier Airlines, we want you to be our guest!

Frontier Airlines began service from Trenton, NJ to St Augustine, FL Friday, May 2, 2014.
This package includes all the great amenities of being a St. Francis Inn guest, PLUS:
  • Complimentary private transportation between the airport and St. Francis Inn
  • Two complimentary 3-day tickets for Old Town Trolley (A hop-on, hop-off tour, so you can easily see our landmarks without a car, at your own pace.)
  • Complimentary dessert for 2 with the purchase of any 2 regularly-priced meals at one of our preferred restaurant partners, such as Raintree Restaurant, La Pentola, Bistro de Leon, Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House. Pizzalley's Chianti Room, Rhett's Piano Bar & Brassiere, Gaufre's & Goods, and Scarlett O'Hara's
  • Exclusive offers for area attractions and historic landmarks from our preferred partners
  • Complimentary concierge service with regard to your St. Augustine itinerary


When you book your room reservation with St. Francis Inn for a two-night stay, tell the innkeeper your Frontier Airlines flight details, and request this extra-special package. 
RATE: FREE to Frontier Airlines travelers staying a minimum 2-night stay, weekend or midweek, at our regular rates.
This offer must be requested at the time the room is booked. Based on double occupancy; lodging, tax and gratuities not included. This promotion is not available during holiday periods. No other offers or discounts may be used with this special package. What a great deal – all this at NO additional charge to our advertised room rate.

5/02/2014

Gamble Rogers Music Festival brings together music of yesterday and today | StAugustine.com

It's this weekend!



Gamble Rogers Music Festival brings together music of yesterday and today | StAugustine.com



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Best Historic City Contest: St. Augustine Makes the Top 10 - Placing 6th

YES!  Although we believe St. Augustine should be #1, we are thrilled to be in the top ten in USA Today Travel's 10Best contest.  St. Augustine beat out much larger cities:
Boston #7
Santa Fe #8
Philadelphia #9
New Orleans #10




The top 5 cities are:

  1. Montgomery, AL
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Williamsburg, VA
  4. Savannah, GA
  5. Charleston, SC
For the complete story click here

To find out more about the oldest Inn in the oldest city, visit our web site www.stfrancisinn.com

Have a great weekend!