St. Augustine has been selected by numerous magazines as one of the best places in the country and even the world for holiday lights and Christmas spirit. What better place to take the one you love for a wonderfully romantic holiday getaway. Whether you stay for only a weekend or for the week, we’ll give you some fantastic options to make your stay incredibly fun for you both.
The first thing that you’ll want to do is book at one of the wonderfully romantic Bed and Breakfast Inns here in the nations oldest city. St. Augustine Historic Inns have something for everyone. You can find everything from a Historic Victorian to Contemporary.
We have wonderful restaurants in every price range. We have an entire list of romantic and wonderful restaurants. It doesn’t matter what price range you are after, there is something for everyone in St. Augustine. For a high-end restaurant worthy of your special celebration, check out our list of the Top 10 Best. For all of the best options for the “Foodie” in you, check out our article that covers St Augustine – The Foodie’s Paradise. Here you’ll find everything from lunch to dessert and then some. If you’d like a twist on an everyday restaurant, try the St. Augustine Food Tour, history as it relates the food that you are sampling. Don’t be fooled… this is so much food that it’s more like lunch and dinner combined. Or you can try one of the other available food tours in town. Each one is different, so you can find something that you’d like.
Now lets find some other romantic ways to enjoy the lights and the city during “Nights of Lights,” our holiday season. “Nights of Lights” runs from November 22, 2014 through the end of January. Besides taking a romantic stroll throughout the city, and we’ll talk about that as well, you may want to try one of these fantastic tours.
- Private Lover’s Nights of Lights Wine & Carriage Tour for two – 45 minutes carriage ride with a bottle of wine & souvenir wine glasses. 904-325-3911
- For a little more excitement, try the Nights of Lights Biplane Tour – Take flight on this magical sunset biplane flight and watch as St. Augustine twinkles and glimmers with over 3 million lights. You’ll be toasty in the heated open cockpit that holds two passengers. http://www.staugustinebiplanerides.com
- If you’d like some fun with your romantic stay, you may want to try a romantic glide with Segs by the Sea. They have a Segway Tour of the Nights of Lights that rolls you though the oldest city as she shines with holiday cheer! You will love this intimate way to see the lights. http://staugustinesegways.com/
- Join Augustine Eco Tours on a 1-hour excursion for a one of a kind view of historic St. Augustine in all of her holiday splendor! Fantastic Captains and a unique 6-passenger vessel ensure you have a memorable journey on the Matanzas River as you take in splendid views of the holiday lights shimmering on the water. Make it a romantic private trip for two or bring your whole group (up to six guests).
Now here are some great ideas if you just want to stroll throughout the town on your own with your loved one. Stop by the Kookaburra on Cathedral St. and sample their hot chocolate bar. The hot chocolate bar is their signature hot chocolate with 15 scrumptious toppings. You’ll love it! Then stroll down the bayfront, through the plaza and down the side streets to find some of the most wonderful shops with unique treasures to take back home with you.
Another fun place to stop while you are taking in the lights is the Chocolate Turtle. A dessert & coffee bar with in historic St. Augustine serving cakes, tortes, chocolates, beers, wines and chocolate drinks. My personal favorite is the Vanilla Bean Pecan Bar, but I have not tried anything there that I didn’t like. There are other treats in town as well. You can find candies, fudge, gourmet popcorn, ice cream and more.
Adults will find wonderful pubs, bars and taverns all decorated for the holidays. Check out the Tini Martini Bar located at the Casablanca Inn. There are quaint gardens and rooms with live music dotted all over the town. After a magical night exploring the city you can seal your love by sharing a kiss under the “Love Tree” located at 6 Cordova Street. The legend is that if you kiss under the Love Tree your relationship and love are sealed for all eternity. Welcome to one of the most romantic cities in the country and one of the very best places for Christmas spirit in the world. We hope that you love this city as much as we do.