There’s nothing like a little bit of history and art to stir up the romance. The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is just the kind of place you read about in books. A charming collection of nine 18th century buildings, with each guestroom showcasing its own personality and décor in keeping with its historic architecture. Walk the garden paths that wind along statues and water features. An ancient garden wall is the perfect spot for a glass of wine before an evening dip in the outdoor heated pool. This is a truly immersive and intimate experience right in the heart of historic St. Augustine.
If you’re in the mood for a drive, be sure to take a slow ride down Magnolia Street, our natural tunnel of love created by ancient live oak trees covered in Spanish moss. The dappled light on the road is simply magical. And as long as you’re in the mood to wander off the beaten path, you’ll discover a treasure trove of artwork, jewelry and gifts at the Coconut Barrel artisan market where local artists, designers and crafters display one-of-a-kind items you’ll simply adore.
Ready to immerse yourself in something completely different? At Salt Spa St. Augustine, you’ll want to share a luxurious, therapeutic treatment in a salt cave made of Polish and Himalayan Crystal Salt. The relaxing, stress-free environment provides a healing therapy for mind, body, and spirit which you’ll both appreciate.
There are so many options for enjoying international cuisine in the Ancient City. One of the most authentic ways to take in the local culture and fare is dining al fresco. You’ll feel like you wandered into a tavern in a Spanish village as you sit under a pergola covered with vines and tiny lights. But you’re actually at Taberna del Caballo on St. George Street. Have a glass of Sangria and some light tapas, with the freshest seafood artfully prepared and enjoy an ambience that is decidedly Old World.
Remember when you shared your first ice cream cone together? This is nothing like that. Here, your gelato is made from an old family recipe straight from Italy. We’re talking about the all-natural artisanal gelatos and sorbets at Café del Hidalgo, located in one of the most charming buildings on Hypolita Street. There’s no sweeter way to share your love.
What could be more romantic than viewing the sunset together? Seeing it from the water as the sun sets over the landmarks and iconic skyline of St. Augustine. A gentle boat ride with St. Augustine Eco Tours will dazzle you as you cruise along the bayfront, under the Bridge of Lions and along the Matanzas River.
And finally, because you just can’t get enough of this romantic city and you want it to last forever, stop in for a glass of wine in the secret garden at Casa de Vino 57. You’ll feel like you’re in an old, European tavern as twinkling lights welcome the night sky and local musicians stir up the soul with some live music.
That’s a new take on romance in a city as old as the hills.