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Villa ZoraydaHotel Ponce de Leon at Flagler College

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Set your itinerary on a historical pace by starting with Spanish-period sights. After an introduction to the Old City's Native American and Spanish foundation at Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, glance skyward and follow the cross to Mission Nombre de Dios.
St. Augustine is rich in history, and in the late 1800s, "rich" was the operative word. It was a grand time of magnates, marvels and magnificent monuments... theatrical resorts, lavish architecture and conspicuous luxury. Once a sparsely inhabited near-wilderness, the little town burgeoned as a premier resort destination for well-to-do northerners. It all began in 1883 with an auspicious visit by Henry Morrison Flagler.
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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