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Laid-back luxury and natural beauty await in Ponte Vedra, a coastal community known for world-class golf and relaxing spas. Here, seaside resorts offer stunning private beaches, recreation from tennis to horseback riding on the beach, fine dining and fabulous shopping. It’s home to Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, where hiking, fishing and watching wildlife are the order of the day. To the west, the St. Johns River is a popular spot for wakeboarding and boating.

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Red Couch Chronicles: German Spies

Red Couch Chronicles: German Spies. A young couple's fun-filled escapade on Ponte Vedra Beach is interrupted by a tale of potentially-deadly espionage that took place on the same beach in 1942 -a shocking story!

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Nicknamed the “Old City” or “Ancient City,” St. Augustine is a mosaic of historic people, places and events. The oldest European settlement in the U.S., St. Augustine was discovered in 1565 – 42 years before the Jamestown colony in Virginia and 55 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Its name comes from the day it was discovered, August 28, the feast of St. Augustine.
As a child, I was ever-intrigued by the whisper of ghostly secrets from our upstairs attic and shout of adventure from a realm of field and forest I regarded as my backyard. The simplicity of childhood has changed since those days and as parents we tend to shield our kids from the unknown. There is a place, however, where I can take my son and feel safe in the knowledge that he shares a slice of discovery cut from the fabric of my own childhood curiosity.
The city's brick-lined streets, horse carriages, forts and grand hotels have charmed me at every stage of my life. My first visit at 14 was on a family vacation. I returned seven years later for a weekend with my best friend. Recently, on a romantic week with my husband, I discovered yet another side of the oldest city in the America.
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