Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach
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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.
We started the day by touring Castillo de San Marco for three hours. It was simply awesome not feeling hurried. Castillo de San Marco has a fascinating history as the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. For starters, it was the tenth fort of St. Augustine. The first nine were built of wood and were either eaten by termites, rotted by humidity, or burned by natives and pirates/privateers (namely Sir Francis Drake). Finally, with ...
... 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 ...
... complete with Maine lobsters and embarasing singing servers. A belated Christmas turkey dinner closed out our January with Maureen, Joan, Sarah, Anne, Annette, Bernadette and me as token male. Surprising what raunchy stories women tell after a few jars of wine. It was nice to have the run of the condo next door to Maureen's and catch up on laundry, before more socks had to be purchased, and stock up on Ron Jons wear.
So...after driving for nearly 4 hours, we were just approaching St. Augustine when we were startled by a LOUD beeping noise that we finally, after thinking something was
wrong with the car, traced to our cell phone. There was a new message that read:
Warning in this area til 2:45 PM EDT. Take shelter now. Check local media."
Luckily we arrived ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center