So, you’re looking for some romance in the nations oldest city! There are great ways to make that Baby-Moon, Mini-Moon or other Getaway Weekend into the most Romantic vacation ever. In this article we’re going to give you some great ideas on how to plan your very own romantic getaway for you and your lover.
To start with you need to find a wonderfully Romantic Inn. You are in luck! We have great ones right here.
Look for an inn that is just your style. There is everything here in St. Augustine from Victorian to Contemporary. Take the time to call and talk to the Innkeeper. They can tell you more about the inn and also help you with surprises for this Romantic Getaway!
Now that you have your Bed and Breakfast Inn all squared away, let’s look for some romance in the Old City! After checking in you will be in search of a romantic dinner. Here are a few places that we’re sure that you will enjoy. Be sure to ask your innkeeper about your choice. They may have a discount coupon for you as well.
Collage – The chef’s creations here are wonderful. Find one of your favorites on the menu, this is one not to be missed. Be sure to make reservations as they stay quite booked up.
Centro Restaurant & Piano Bar is a chef driven steak, seafood, and World cuisine restaurant located in the heart of the historic area in downtown St. Augustine. Check with your innkeeper for specials just for St. Augustine Historic Inn guests.
Old City House has received a number of recognitions over the years. They offer a delicious blend of old world cuisine with a Mediterranean flare, using only the finest ingredients in every course. Be sure to make reservations when dining here. Check with your innkeeper for specials here as well.
La Pentola – This hidden gem is located on the street just behind the bay front. When you find Charlotte you’ll find a beautiful courtyard that is lit by tiny white lights in the evening. Mediterranean Italian cuisine.
Michael’s Tasting Room – Spanish Tapas or full dinners are available with wonderful music to set the fantastic ambiance. Their wine selection is incredible.
Aviles Restaurant in the Hilton – Fine dining with an excellent chef. You can’t go wrong here. Give them a call and ask about specials. They do an excellent job and it’s one of the smallest fine dining restaurants in town.
Meehan’s Irish Pub (upstairs outside) – Meehan’s is a gastro-pub. This means that they serve a wide variety of food, from steak to oysters to fish & chips. There is something for everyone and the upstairs patio area is wonderfully romantic.
Rhett’s Piano Bar – Small, intimate and lovely. The food is wonderful and the ambiance is just what you are looking for on a romantic vacation.
Caps on the Water – If you’d like a dinner with a view, this is it. The sun setting over the intercoastal waterway is a wonderful way to finish off a romantic day in St. Augustine. Fabulous food and an equally fabulous view.
After dinner there are a few romantic things that you may want to try. So, any of these things can also be done at another time on your romantic getaway weekend. A sunset cruise on the Schooner Freedom or St. Augustine Eco Tour’s Stilettto catamaran might be a great way to start. Drinks may be included. Call each to check what they offer and what you can bring along. For those of you on a Baby-Moon, check for soft drinks, juices and snacks for the mom-to-be.
If you’d like to see a little of the city, try a romantic tour on a horse-drawn carriage or you might try one of the St. Augustine Pedicabs. These are bicycle taxis that are just made for two. You can pick these up all over town or give them a call. It’s a fun way to see the city. If you’d like a special “Lovers Tour” you can check out the Tasting Tours. “The Lovers Tour!” is a 45-50 minute tour that includes a bottle of boutique wine, two glasses and a romantic carriage ride through the city.
That was a fun evening. Let’s move on to the rest of your romantic weekend. If you happen to book your Mini-Moon or romantic holiday during a full moon, you can take advantage of the St. Augustine Lighthouse’s Sunset. Moonrise Celebration. This is a wonderful chance to watch the sun disappear behind historic St. Augustine while the full moon rises from the Atlantic horizon. Complimentary champagne from local San Sebastian Winery and hors d’oeuvres are served. You can order your tickets in advance from their website.
Maybe you’d like something on the beach? How about horseback riding on the beach? Country Carriages offers one hour guided rides on the beach.
If you’d like something a little more private… speak to your innkeeper about organizing a couples massage right in your own room at your romantic bed and breakfast inn.
A romantic picnic is also a great time to connect with your sweetheart. Talk to your innkeeper about ideas for your picnic. Many of our restaurants in town will help you with fun ideas. Your innkeeper might even have a great basket that you could borrow. Go around to the backside of the Castillo de San Marcos (the fort) for a more secluded area for your picnic. The Mission de Nombre de Dios is also quite secluded and beautiful. You may just want to find a place on the bay front or in the plaza or even at the beach. Some of our Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns even have quaint gazebos and back garden areas that are perfect for a romantic picnic.
One of our most romantic legends in St Augustine is that of the Love Tree. What is a Love Tree, you ask? It’s two trees that have grown together that they are so tightly entwined that they must embrace forever or they both die. The legend says that if you kiss your loved one under a love tree, you’re love is sealed forever. Here is a fun Scavenger Hunt to find all of the Love Trees in St Augustine from Simply St. Augustine and you should kiss under all of them!