Hospitality is the focus of St Augustine Historic Inns (SAHI) and our city’s long history of hospitality is highlighted in this year’s holiday tour with special access for tour-goers on Saturday to the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, arguably the city’s oldest tourist inn.
Simply show your “Twelve Days of Christmas” B&B tour ticket at the Museum on Saturday, Dec. 8th only for free admission. (Regular museum admission policies apply on other dates and the museum is closed on Sunday.)
“This is the first time a property other than an active bed and breakfast has been associated with the tour,” says tour chair Mike Wieber, owner of the Bayfront Marin B&B. “We’re excited about adding this glimpse into St. Augustine’s centuries of hospitality traditions.”
The historic complex at 20 Aviles St. includes a circa 1798 coquina block house built by Andres Ximenez. The family lived upstairs, and operated a general store on the ground floor. In the 1800s, after St. Augustine transferred from Spanish to U.S. control, subsequent owners, including Louisa Fatio, operated it as a boarding house. Today, the property is owned and maintained by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida as “a lifestyle museum,” with a focus on the property’s role in early tourism as a female-operated boarding house from 1821-1860. By far one of the few socially acceptable business ventures for a 19th-century woman, the museum is a must-see! Be sure to visit http://www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/ for more information on this historic attraction.