Casa Monica Hotel
Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront
Castillo de San Marcos
First Friday Art Walk, the first Friday of each month
Old Town Trolley Tours
St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains
Luxury in the Old City
St. Augustine Resorts and Historical Riches
Fitzgerald had the French Riviera and its decadent glory – swaying palms, gilded resorts, dazzling beaches. In the ancient city of St. Augustine, just steps away from Florida’s own dazzling coastline, lies another high-style paradise offering all the trappings of elegance. Here you can be an expatriate from your own life. Dine in Moroccan splendor. Be chauffeured through the brick streets by horse drawn carriage. Shop specialty boutiques for everything from art and ornaments to chocolates and fine wines. Set a breezy late-afternoon picnic and stay until sundown. Then get dapper for jazz and cocktails. St. Augustine’s historical glamour is worth dressing up for.
Begin at the Casa Monica Hotel, where opulent surroundings engage the senses. From the triumphant lobby fountain, richly tiled and flanked by high-backed leather settees, to thick velvet curtains tied with sashes, Moorish-style chandeliers and flickering candelabras, you’ll find yourself steeped in exotic luxury. The Casa Monica is strewn with royal flourishes that attest to its castle-like exterior. Rooms are appointed in mahogany and wrought iron, and luxury suites in the hotel’s five towers offer antique furnishings, circular living rooms and generous views. Once ensconced in your lavish retreat, you can choose from a bevy of services and activities to define your visit. Restored to its former status as a landmark 1880’s resort, an atmosphere of first class leisure pervades the hotel. Take a dip in the second-story pool, arrange a horseback riding escapade or duck into one of the hotel’s upscale boutiques.
The Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront hotel is another sophisticated option for staying in style while within steps of the bayfront and all of the Oldest City's attractions.
Whether uptown or downtown, St. Augustine’s shops will satisfy those pining for the posh and the casual spectator alike. Visit Spice and Tea Exchange for aromatic teas and other specialty gifts. Relish the vintage atmosphere at The Way We Were, where collections of vintage clothing and accessories for both men and women – including costume jewelry, can be found. Looking for art? Make your way to the Starving Artist Consignment for Artists located just off of St. George Street on Cuna Street or check out Saint Augustine Art Glass located at the north end of St. George Street. For unusual gifts, stop in at Rembrandtz and marvel at fanciful art pieces and unique prints.
Let a horse drawn carriage ferry you back to the Casa Monica, where a delectable repast awaits at the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Costa Brava. Take a culinary journey with their meze-style menu and a bottle of carefully selected wine as you settle in to one of the sumptuously decorated dining rooms. Afterwards, explore the city’s galleries on the first Friday of each month during the evening Artwalk. The St. Augustine Sightseeing Train and Old Town Trolley Tours are available for transport to the Walk, where you can see new exhibits and enjoy the street music. Cap off your splendid stay in St. Augustine with a trip to the antique shops clustered around San Marco and King Streets. Here you’ll find European furniture, estate items, art glass, costume jewelry, antique stained glass windows and other innumerable wonders. Located in what used to be the Hotel Alcazar’s pool, the Lightner Antique Mall smartly mixes the old with the older. St. Augustine’s historic luxury and exquisite cultural treasures will satisfy the greatest of Gatsbys.