St. Augustine, Florida (June 13, 2016) – Couples needs a little spontaneity every once in a while. And whether we acknowledge or not, family and work responsibilities get in the way of spur-of-the-moment adventures. For as passionate as Hispanics are sometimes, we forget to stop and appreciate our partners. With kids on summer vacation, it’s time to ask the Abuelos to look after the little ones for a few days and reconnect with your love. Time to disconnect from your daily lives and take an unprompted romantic getaway. Love is in the air in St. Augustine!
Florida’s Historic Coast is simply magical… a lovers wonderland. It is perfect destination for a passionate rendezvous. St. Augustine possesses its own romantic je ne sais quoi – maybe it’s the fact that it’s the nation’s oldest city and also one of the most picturesque in the U.S. – there is just something undeniable in the air as lovers stroll down 450-year old brick lined streets, stay in intimate inns, enjoy tantalizing gourmet experiences and seductive nightlife. Romance is around every corner in this charming destination that will craft memorable and notable moments.
Retreat: Indulge in passions and intimacy
What could be more romantic than staying at a historic bed and breakfast? St. Augustine offers many elegant old world mansions turned into charming inns such as the award-winning Bayfront Marin House and the restored 1893 Victorian Cedar House Inn. These B&BS have rare antique treasures, exquisite furnishings, refined and warm accommodations with all the modern amenities. In addition, freshly made gourmet breakfasts are served every morning and genuinely welcoming inn keepers are ready to accommodate any request.
If luxury retreats are more your lovers speed, the ocean front AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club brings to mind images of quiet opulence and grace. Located on a sprawling beachfront, the historic Inn is a refuge for lovers who appreciate upscale accommodations, first rate service and world-class spa facilities. This is a must have experience.
Explore and Unwind
Romance surrounds couples as they walk hand-in-hand down the stunning bay front, enjoy the sights in a horse and carriage or take in breathtaking views from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Exploring the Spanish Colonial architecture of historic downtown will transport you back in time: Coquina houses, wrought iron balconies, Victorian gardens and Moorish facades. There are a variety of walking tours such as VIP Gallery Art Stroll & Tasting Tours and Historic Walking Tours that will connect you to the passionate Hispanic past of this destination: art, music, food and history.
Florida’s Historic Coast boasts 42 miles of pristine beaches. Discover this side of St. Augustine by horseback riding on the shore. The gentle sounds of the waves, the fresh air and slow pace of your horse as you ride along the sea shore is a scene right out of a classic romance movie. County Carriages in Vilano Beach will put you in the saddle.
As the day comes to an end, lovers can share a toast aboard the Schooner Freedom during a sunset sail. The tall ship presents a completely different view of St. Augustine’s historic district – from the sea.
History rules, but St. Augustine’s nightlife is anything but ancient. You’ll find a variety of live music emanating from restaurants and taverns as you amble through the starlit city. Enjoy people watching while sipping a craft cocktail, a glass of Spanish wine, delectable martini or a pint of your favorite ale in bistros, taverns and restaurants on the quaint streets.
Dining is a delight in this city of romantic restaurants and bistros framed by exotic culinary creations. Old City House and Raintree restaurants are considered two of the best in town, and promise tasty cuisine in a superb historic settings. The area’s unique culinary scene reflects the centuries-old cultural diversity that continues today. Spanish roots, spiced with Minorcan flair and blended with the very best in traditional Southern coastal cuisine, create a palate-pleasing dining experience that both intrigues and pleases foodies and folks who simply want to enjoy a memorable meal in a beautiful locale. Two other local favorites merit visits Michael’s Tasting Room, with its extensive Spanish wine list, and Aunt Kate’s on the River, with seafood fresh from the boat.
Last and definitely not least to make a romantic getaway perfection are the beats, tunes and rhythms of the night! Summer in St. Augustine is alive with music carrying on from the beaches, to the historic district to Ponte Vedra Beach and beyond.
Free concerts are part of the summer music mainstay. Every Wednesday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. locals and visitors alike bring a chair and a cooler to the free Music by the Sea Concert series at the St. Johns County Pier Park. On Thursdays, music lovers gather in the Plaza de la Constitucion for free concerts from 7-9 p.m. This summer, the award-winning St. Augustine Amphitheater and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall host top names in rock, pop, country, blues, soul, reggae, contemporary and acoustic.
The Limelight Theater’s ongoing Music in the Box live acoustic series brings the area’s best up-and-coming bands and musicians to the stage.
Music lovers, and just lovers alike, will find a perfect place for sights and sounds on Florida’s Historic Coast!