What’s New with Lodging on Florida’s Historic Coast
Check out unique and renovated accommodations in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.
Florida’s Historic Coast includes St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, and Ponte Vedra Beach, home to the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship. Plus there are world-class tennis facilities, more than a dozen championship golf courses and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches that offer year-round fun in a seaside paradise.
There is plenty old-world charm and seaside elegance found along Florida’s Historic Coast, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of new adventures and fun waiting for visitors.
Enjoy intimate gardens and panoramic views of the downtown St. Augustine skyline at Marker 8 Hotel & Marina. This treasure features 26 rooms all equipped with coffee makers, rain showers, modern furnishings and the best views of the inlet, all within walking distance of downtown.
TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine is located along the San Sebastian Inlet at the entrance of St. Augustine’s Historic District. The hotel features an outdoor pool and Gastro Bar, and each of the hotel’s 95 spacious guest rooms and suites are well-appointed with microwave, mini-refrigerator, a work space, ironing facilities, flat-screen HDTV, plus a coffee and tea maker.The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens in St. Augustine is a hotel like no other. Once the home of the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, a beloved St. Augustine landmark dating back to 1790, The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens blends contemporary luxuries and amenities, a deep reverence for authenticity and the quaint touches and personal service of a bed and breakfast. With its wrought-iron finishes, fountains and period details, this unique hotel boasts 30 uniquely appointed guest rooms and suites.
The Lodge & Club recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its 66 oceanfront guest rooms. Each of the 24 suites, 8 preferred rooms and 34 deluxe rooms underwent complete renovation receiving new mahogany furniture, paint, fresh carpet, plush bedding, new windows and doors, lighting, and high definition televisions.
The AAA Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has served as host to many of the nation’s most influential groups and business leaders. The inn’s conference center recently experienced a redesign for comfort and functionality. Comprising more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting and exhibit space, the new design was executed with comfort and elegance in mind throughout the two ballrooms with vaulted ceilings, exquisite chandeliers and flex-back conference chairs for the maximum in meeting comfort.
The award-winning Casa Monica Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the nation’s oldest city, is the perfect place to add historic characters and interesting stories into meetings or getaways. Already recognized for its richly appointed ballrooms with gold-leaf details, a poolside terrace and sumptuous private dining rooms, Casa Monica just keeps getting better. The hotel recently experienced the addition of the Poseidon Spa, a relaxed atmosphere with customized therapies from the earth and sea; an expansion of the Grand Bohemian Gallery; and an update to the decor of the pool area, creating an even more inviting outdoor gathering space.
The Hammock Beach Resort, located south of St. Augustine at Palm Coast, recently completed a remodel of the lobby with all-new furnishings and a sophisticated new lobby bar. There were also complete renovations to the resort’s Premium Ocean Front Suites, plus a meeting and function space makeover. Hammock Beach Resort has never looked better! The iconic Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa at Ponte Vedra Beach recently completed a $25 million resort-wide “refresh.” Enhancements can be seen throughout the 511 guestrooms/villas, resort pool area, modernized front desk area, hotel façade, Sawgrass Spa and Cabana Beach Club. Other exciting facets of the project are a new “Butler Serviced” guest wing and the recently opened American Gator Club restaurant.