When is the last time you got the chance to take a memorable vacation and reconnect with your girlfriends? With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to put aside your travel plans and ideas, but it’s important to step back and relax every once in a while. Getting away with your girlfriends is a great way to rest and recharge. So, maybe it’s time to put that “Girls Getaway” Pinterest board to use and plan a trip to the Nation’s Oldest City!
Constantly topping lists as one of the best cities in the country to visit, St. Augustine is the perfect mixture of historic and cultural and peaceful beach town. Whether you’re getting together with longtime friends or reuniting with family members, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Here are some of our top tips for a girls’ trip you won’t soon forget:
Indulge in a spa day
What better way for you and your loved ones to unwind than with a day of pampering? There are many ways to treat yourself in St. Augustine!
Massage – Let all your stress melt away with a relaxing massage from one of St. Augustine’s experienced massage therapists. While there are a wide variety of spas in the area, many bed and breakfasts work with therapists who come directly to you for appointments. They often are able to offer special deals, so be sure to check with your B&B staff to see what is available during your stay!
Makeover – Now that you’re feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, take the chance to get all dolled up. There are several salons in town offering blowouts and makeup application appointments for groups. One stylist in town recently opened The Bardot Beauty Bar, a renovated travel trailer offering vintage-inspired hair, makeup, and nails. Your group can either visit their Beauty Bus at their downtown location or rent the bus to come to you!
Photoshoot – Now that you’re refreshed and done up, what better way to remember the fun times you had together than with some classic, fun photographs? Since St. Augustine is a premier destination for weddings and special events, there is no shortage of photographers in the area. Pictures are a one-of-a-kind keepsake you and your friends can cherish forever. Among the up and coming photographers in the area are Jenna Alexander and Evergold Photography.
Take a tour
One of the most popular activities in St. Augustine is taking tours. There is a tour for just about everything here. Why not take a tour discovering the different types of wines St. Augustine has to offer or check out all the spooky spots on one of the many ghost tours? The Tasting Tours offers several tours including the Vittles and Vino VIP Carriage Tour, Private Carriage Tour, and the Haunted Wine and Beer Tour. Experience a fun time of tasting and sightseeing with the convenience of being chauffeured around the city.
Explore the local art scene
With the beautiful architecture, historic sites, and tranquil nature, St. Augustine is an artist’s paradise. Artists flock to our unique city to find inspiration and share it with others. As a result, art galleries are scattered throughout St. Augustine. Each artist and studio have a story to tell, and you might even see an artist at work in their gallery!
One of the most recent artistic venues to open in our creative community is Collaborative District, a renovated fabrication shop opened by local artists which hosts their businesses as well as other area makers. They host unique events to highlight local talent. They also participate in First Friday Art Walk, a community-wide event highlighting the latest exhibits, music, entertainment, and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries of The Art Galleries of Saint Augustine.
Enjoy festivals and cultural events
St. Augustine is a prime destination for diverse festivals and events for crowds of all kinds. No matter the time of year, there is always something going on. Festivals and special events are an interactive way to explore new experiences together. Some of St. Augustine’s most beloved annual events include the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival, and the annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival.
Have a Girls Night Out
Get all dressed up and get ready to hit the town for dinner, drinks, and music for a classic Girls Night Out!
As you walk the streets of St. Augustine, smells from the many restaurants, bars, and cafes are sure to catch your attention. No matter what your group is craving, there is a place to fit everyone’s tastes. There are restaurants people come back to time and again like the Columbia House and O.C. White’s Restaurant along with new hotspots such as The Ice Plant which was rated one of the top ten bars in the South by Garden and Gun Magazine and The Floridian, which was has been featured in Southern Living Magazine.
After a nice meal, check out one of the many nightlife venues for a drink and live music. Cellar 6, the San Sebastian Winery rooftop bar, and Prohibition Kitchen all boast great venues for live music and delicious drinks. If you’re looking for a drink with a view, check out the Tini Martini Bar, one of St. Augustine’s most iconic spots set along the Bayfront.
Take advantage of the B&B packages
If you’re new to staying in B&Bs, you might not know that many B&Bs offer packages and specials to make your stay even more special. The variety of packages differs depending on the inn. Packages offered by St. Augustine inns range from private massages and birthday celebration to eco-tour packages and beach getaways.
Whether you’re coming from afar for a long weekend or want to plan a relaxing ‘staycation,’ St. Augustine is just the place to get away from it all.