While Speedweeks in Daytona, February 10 to February 18, beckons racers and enthusiasts to the East Coast of Florida, history, and class influences travelers to lodge in St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Historic Inns Lodging
Luckily, for those travelers, St. Augustine is only a hop and a skip away from Daytona’s International Speedway. With a travel time of 1.5 hours, get the most out of your commute to the Old City by taking A1A’s scenic route. This drive takes you by eight of Florida’s east coast beaches, Marineland, Tomoka Marsh, and Anastasia Island. When you finally arrive at the Bridge of Lions, you’ll have your choice of lodging from two dozen of St. Augustine’s Historic Inns.
The Old City is best known for its preserved quaintness, including one-way streets and old cobblestone roads. However, don’t worry about the lack of parking when it comes to storing your race car. Many of the historic inns have ample space to accommodate you. Keep your ride safe in the driveways of Peace and Plenty Inn, Casas de Suenos, The Saragossa Inn, and other bed and breakfasts that provide free parking.
Is your furry-friend your biggest racing fan or greatest companion? Well, St. Augustine is a pet-friendly city – and that isn’t limited to beaches and restaurants. Bring your pet along with you when you lodge in St. Augustine Historic Inns like Casa de Suenos, Bayfront Marin House, and Old City House Inn.
Historic Lodging with Modern Amenities
After hours of cheering in the stands or behind the wheel at Daytona International Speedway, rest assured that your night will be spent in a modern, fresh, and luxurious room at any one of the historic inns. At the end of a long day enjoy a soak in a jacuzzi tub fit for a king, throw back a cold one on the Historic Coast’s Bayfront, or lounge in front of a fireplace with a hot cup of coffee.
Eat and Drink
Wine, Liquor, and Beer
Regardless of your drink of choice, the Old City is sure to quench your thirst after hours under the Daytona sun. From biker bars to Irish pubs, and even a martini hotspot, you’ll find that St. Augustine is home to a selection of top-shelf alcohol. In fact, you can find the first Florida distilled Bourbon right in the Historic District. Best of all, many of these venues have fantastic views, live music, and historic buildings.
If you love food…
St. Augustine is a food lover’s paradise. Not only have many of the restaurants adopted a farm to table mentality, but, our town is also home to the second best pizza restaurant in the country. Furthermore, as you may have guessed, our prime oceanfront location allows restaurants to score easy access to a variety of fresh seafood. Despite your latest craving, the Old City’s extensive list of unique and locally owned restaurants guarantee you’ll be fueled properly for Speedweeks.
The Old City may tempt travelers with an extensive list of historic attractions such as the Castillo de San Marcos, Old School House, and Lightner Museum, however, we also have many modern attractions.
It’s hard to say what about St. Augustine appeals most to racers and enthusiasts during Speedweeks. Maybe its the laidback tunes of the local Ancient City Band. Or, perhaps its the perfectly crisped chicken steak found in the city. Regardless of what beckons racers here, there is one thing for sure, St. Augustine will always dish up a historically authentic and classy Florida experience.