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We had a great day touring St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States. We took the trolley around and really enjoyed seeing this beautiful city. Yesterday it rained all day but today was clear if a little cool.
Never knew that the history of United States really started here. This colony started before Jamestown. Ponce de Leon was not looking for the Fountain of Youth, he was looking for gold for the King of Spain.
... never defeated. Interestingly, the walls were known to “eat” cannon balls! This is due to their “coquina” blocks. Coquina is compacted beach shells, sand, water and lime. When shot with a cannon ball, the ball was absorbed into the wall with more or less no damage.
While Dad and I were touring the fort, Mom got my brother and I fun booklet Including an essay. If we wanted to fill them out we could earn a badge. ...
... 1565, making it the older by 2-3 generations. A few pictures from day 1 follow.
A note about photo 4 "Alhambra Jr." : Franklin Smith, a wealthy Bostonian, moved his lovely socialite wife to sleepy little St. Augustine in 1883 and set about building his fantasy dream house. His amazing "Zorayda Castle" was the first building in the United States made by the new technology of poured concrete. It was modeled after the Alhambra in Grenada, albeit 1/10 the ...
... the Pats. We'll be cheering QB 18 of Denver just to keep Amanda happy, sorry Colm, Judy, Dave and Mary.
Hello out there to all our friends. I wish you were all here - well not here in our one bedroom condo but close. Today has dawned beautifully sunny and warm and the beach is only about 50 feet away so I am about to head down to look at the water. Maybe I will be able to spot a few dolphins.
It's been a bit since I've written anything in the blog because so much has been happening so quickly... We had an agreement in place on the "Big Gun" that I referred to in "Have We Found a Boat v2?" We were pretty excited at the prospect of the boat since the surveyor and I were able to do an initial assessment and everything was checking out. With this knowledge I flew home ...
How has this b&b rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews St. Francis Inn Saint Augustine
My wife and I stayed at the St. Francis Inn for four nights at the end of July. After reading some of the Tripadvisor reviews I was a bit nervous about what we would find upon check-in. I was more than happy with the whole St. Francis experience and unless you are only fond of sleek, new hotels with large bathrooms and high-end furniture I think you will enjoy your stay as we did.
This was our first time at a B&B, the inn was dated inside. We staying in the Balcony Room one of the most expensive rooms, the room was comfortable. Although sleeping was terrible the road noise was terrible the street cleaner can through and sounded like it was in our room. It is right above a stop sign and believe me it was nothing but quite The room was clean, the fireplace did not ever give the illusion of a real fireplace. The breakfasts were good. The social hour was okay, nothing special. When I was booking the reservation I had researched online I noted that with a 2 night stay you got you choice of 2 packages the Scooner that was a boat ride or a walking tour package. They told me to choose when I got there. Upon arrival they did not mention either package and when I asked they said that nothing was noted and would check. When they got back to us they said that the only package there was was the Scooner with a bottle of champange in your room. Was disappointed that what was online was not available. Most of the people seem friendly. The pool was really dirty both days and if a pool is important, I would not consider.
Nice,but needs work
We just returned from the St Francis, and I must say I was a little disappointed-especially because of the rave reviews. The place was just a little too old looking inside. Not a cool kind of old but bordering on the seedy kind of old. Pool was dirty but rooms were pretty clean. Food for breakfast was not that great. Lots of breads and English muffins and everything made with cheese. Need fresh fruit and a good kind of coffee. Everyone seemed nice.
I've stayed at the St. Francis Inn a few times. The last visit was in 2004. The staff was friendly and helpful as always and the breakfasts are really delicious. The koi pond is a great touch and the location of the inn itself is one of the best in the city. The off-street parking is a great perk!
My husband and I have stayed at the St. Francis several times over the past seven years, sometimes with the whole family in the Cottage and sometimes just the two of us for a romantic getaway. For the romantic trip we stay in the inn. Marie's room is our favorite so far. The owners and staff are very friendly and the breakfast is delious. The only negative I have is the coffee is too weak. On Friday nights sometimes they have the local actors in costume come and interact with their guests during the social hour. Their social hour is from 5:30 - 7pm nightly. They serve a nice assortment of beers and light wines with finger foods. We find that we can get away from it all at the St. Francis. The Inn has several fringe benefits and discounts to the local attractions and is very knowledgeable about the various restaraunts in St. Aug. We will be going back!!
After going to the same resort in St. Augustine for years and driving every day to the same historic area we couldn't seem to stay away from, we decided to find a place closer to town. We found the St. Francis Inn at the end of St. George St., close enough to walk to the historic area in the event someone in your party wants to go elsewhere and take the car. They have a private lot for parking for their guests and it's a nice change to walk places instead of having to get in the car. On Sunday mornings after or before walking to church, we would find a special place on St. George for breakfast if we didn't want to partake of the one served at the inn.
Our stay at the St Francis Inn was delighful! We stayed in the Wilson Suite in January and found it to be charming and quite comfortable. The inn is well located in the heart of historic St Augustine within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. The staff is friendly and helpful and the accommodations are clean and well maintained. Breakfast was lovely! The use of the beach house amenities was wonderful. It is an inn we highly recommend.
Outstanding service, nice rooms, close to everything like restaurants, old city, shops, will be baxk soon!
A living history
We stayed at the St Francis Inn for 5 nights in November 2003. The room was very small (even by British standards!) but quite comfortable. The people there were very welcoming and the breakfasts were great! Especially the strawberry soup!!
It was the kind of place where it was easy to get to know the other guests, particularly over complimentary wine, beer and snacks in the evenings and we'd certainly recommend it. It's pretty close to the city centre and everything is within easy walking distance.
Wonderful unless you get scared easily
This place is truly a favorite of mine. It's cozy, offers great food at all hours of the day (included with room), bikes, free parking, walking distance to historic area, and comfortable rooms. Now, the rooms vary in price, and the cheaper ones are rumored to be haunted. We had a very interesting experience there too... the closet light turned on at 3am (my fiance was awake and saw this). He ignored it and told me the next morning. So I got up to look in there. This is an OLD house..1700's. There is no electrical source/bulb/anything even in the closet... He's too scared to ever go back, but I still love it!