Category Archives: St. Augustine

Visiting St. Augustine …Our top picks!

by Trish Utter

Beachers-Lodge_WEB#1 Beacher’s Lodge

Located just south of St. Augustine at Crescent Beach. Each unit consists of a bedroom, living room with kitchen, bathroom, and complete with balcony and ocean views. The heated pool overlooks the ocean and several restaurants are within walking distance. I love the fact that I can leave all our beach gear in the car and just park right on the beach in front of the hotel without having to haul everything by foot to the beach. We have all got to know the staff here over the years and it always feels like home…only on the beach! Pets are welcome too. This makes Beacher’s Lodge my #1 choice for hotels in the St. Augustine area.
(800) 527-8849

Simple-Gestures_WEB#2 Simple Gestures Art & Gifts

I always find something unique at this art gallery, and within my budget. Filled with local artists’ work, from Coca Cola can bracelets and bullet shell necklaces to large paintings. One of my favorite items from this store is my computer keyboard purse.
(904) 827-9997

Nalus-Taco-Stand_WEB#3 Nalu’s Taco Stand

Located in the parking lot of the Surf Station. Eat where local surfers dine! We had driven past it for years and then heard locals raving over it. They were right, everything is fresh and delicious.
(904) 501-9592

Alligator-Farm-Zip-Line_WEB#4 Zip Lining at The Alligator Farm

A fun and exhilarating experience that gives you a bird’s eye view of all the reptiles below. Glide through the air suspended from a wire! Over 50 obstacle courses and 7 zip lines that will keep you on your toes.
(904) 824-3337

#5 St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum

Located across from the Spanish Fort. This huge collection of maritime items was recently moved from Key West. Many local craftspeople and artisans worked to bring this nautical museum to life including
Steve Marrazzo of Simple Gestures. Pirate enthusiast and entrepreneur Pat Croce owns this one of a kind collection. This Pirate-and-Treasure-Museum_WEBmuseum has authentic artifacts dating back to 1563. Light a canon while on deck of a Spanish Galleon! Disney-Imagineer designed the below deck sound experience which will have you squirming in your seat. See the world’s only 17th century treasure chest, an original Jolly Roger flag that is only one of two surviving in the world. There are many interactive activities for the family to enjoy, ask your school to book a field trip here …if you dare!
(877) 467-5863

Family and Pet-Friendly Getaway: Beacher’s Lodge

Panaroamic Beach Daytona

We have been visiting Beacher’s Lodge for many years since it is located at one of the closest beaches to our area. In fact we have been going so much that the staff have become like family.

Dog, Daphne, at Daytona BeachThe condo-hotel is located at Crescent Beach in St. Augustine and sits on a wide stretch of soft golden sand. I think it is one of the best beaches in North Florida, as the sand is unusually soft and the beach goes on for miles.

Public beach access is next to the hotel so with all the kids’ stuff I have to lug around, the access makes it easy and convenient to drive on the beach. I just leave everything in the car and park on the beach right in front of the hotel.

This family friendly property offers its guests a variety of suites. Each unit is decorated differently. Some have Murphy beds in the living rooms, others have pull out couches. All have a bedroom, living room, kitchenette and bathroom. The kitchenettes are so well equipped that we have cooked a whole Thanksgiving meal in one! All suites have private balconies and great views of the rugged coast line. Sunrise is spectacular from here. Once we were there for the Easter Sunrise Service that was performed on the beach right in front of the hotel. This is an annual event, so check for dates.

A Room With a View: Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront


Although the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront may look as though it was built in the 17th century it is actually one of St. Augustine’s newest hotel properties. The meticulous care in architectural design is obvious as the property gives the appearance of small cottages strung together by romantic courtyards that overflow with colorful flowers. Every room has a breathtaking view and each seem to have unique features.

Room at Hilton St. Augustine Historic BayfrontUpon arrival guests are greeted by the doorman who whisks your car away…and you don’t need it for the rest of your stay. I love a hotel that really takes your stress away.

The Hilton is located in the middle of everything in the Historic Spanish Quarter. Right across the street is the Matanzas Bay and the Castillo de San Marcos, which is a fort that was built by the Spanish.The historic St. George Street is right behind the hotel where you can wander the cobble stone streets and find unique gift and boutique shops. There are far too many dining options to mention and endless amounts of live music to suit every visitors taste. Museums and art galleries are all within a short walk from the front and back door of the property.