In the ancient city of St. Augustine, just steps away from Florida’s Atlantic coastline, lies a paradise offering all the trappings of elegance. Be chauffeured through the brick streets by horse-drawn carriage. Shop specialty boutiques for everything from art to chocolates and fine wines. Then get dapper for dinner and cocktails. St. Augustine’s historical glamour is worth dressing up for.
The Casa Monica Resort & Spa has opulent surroundings that engage the senses. The resort, located in the heart of the nation’s oldest city has a rich history that is reflected everywhere you turn. 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 in your lavish retreat, choose from a bevy of services and activities to experience on your visit. Take a dip in the second-story pool, arrange a horse and carriage ride, or duck into one of the hotel’s upscale boutiques.
Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront hotel is another sophisticated option for staying in style within steps of the bayfront and all of the Oldest City’s attractions. Its colorful Spanish Colonial buildings with views of Matanzas Bay are close to most of St. Augustine’s atractions, historic sites, restaurants, bars and shops.
St. Augustine’s newest luxury property is The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens. Located in the heart of the historic district, the Inn blends contemporary amenities with historic authenticity. Historic homes surrounding an elegant brick pabed courtyard are where you’ll stay in suites and meticulously restored rooms. A private a cocktail bar and pool are located near the main house where a European breakfast is served each morning.
St. Augustine’s historical riches will keep you moving about town, so don’t forget your walking shoes and sunglasses. For first-rate cultural immersion, tour the Colonial Quarter. Take an immersive journey through three centuries of St. Augustine’s rich history brought to life at this two-acre signature attraction. For an unparalleled view of St. Augustine old and new, picnic in the soft grass at Castillo de San Marcos. Select a wine to suit your fancy from the Carrera Wine Cellar and a fresh catch lunch to go from the St. Augustine Seafood Company, known for its local seafood and homemade items such as the cilantro coleslaw. Before retiring to your quarters, stop at Whetstone Chocolates for homemade fudge.
Whether uptown or downtown, St. Augustine’s shops will satisfy serious shoppers and casual spectators alike. Visit The Ancient Olive for a unique selection of ultra premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and culinary gifts. Looking for art and accessories? Make your way to the art galleries and boutiques on Aviles Street. For unusual gifts, stop in at Rembrandtz and marvel at fanciful homegoods and decor.
Take a culinary journey on a food and wine tour with the Tasting Tours. Afterwards, pop in and out of taverns to hear the live music featuring local and regional songwriters and performers.
Cap off your stay in St. Augustine with a trip to Uptown with antiques shops clustered around San Marco. Here you’ll find European furniture, estate items, art glass, costume jewelry, antique stained-glass windows, home goods and other wonders.