We know that when you visit Saint Augustine you are looking for that really cool out of the way place. That place that only the locals know about or can give you insight about. We’re going to give you a list of our top 5 picks for St Augustine’s great out of the way, off the beaten track, must see places in St. Augustine!
A special note that some of our Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns actually fit this bill. Try some of our inns that are a little out of the way. You won’t be in the middle of the hustle and bustle and you’ll find that romantic getaway that you are looking for. Even if you are here for just a relaxing vacation you’ll find what you want at one of our Bed and Breakfast Inns.
Let’s start our countdown to the number one Hidden Gem in St. Augustine!
Number 5 on our list is taking a Food Tour in the city. There are a few that are available and you may want to check out the differences to see what might be the best for you. Try the St. Augustine Food Tour, offered by St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours, that runs 5 days a week with different stops each day. Enjoy a fantastic way to learn the history of the city and get a taste of some of the fabulous restaurants in St. Augustine. They also offer an optional wine or beer pairing to add another aspect to your food experience in St. Augustine. The Tasting Tours offers a couple fun foodie options. Vittles and Vino is a food and wine tasting tour on a horse drawn carriage and Corks and Forks is a walking food and wine tasting tour. Both have 4-5 stops with 3-4 wine samples and are a great way to sample the city. There is also the Savory Faire from City Walks. This is a walking food tour that also gives you history along the way with wine and beer pairing available at an extra cost. You’ll have a great time on all of these tours and we recommend each and every one of them. See their websites (links above) to find out which one is right for you.
Number 4 is La Floridita the latest addition at the Floridian Restaurant. A great Latin-inspired breakfast and lunch counter that is located directly behind The Floridian, La Floridita is their sister cafe, offering juices, smoothies, empanadas, breakfast burritos, arepas, bocadillos, plate lunch and more. All crafted with as much local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients as possible. A must try on your relaxing visit to St. Augustine.
Number 3 is Café Alcazar is an elegant eatery situated in the space of the Lightner Museum originally designated for the largest indoor swimming pool. Their chefs take pride in creating truly unique dishes made from the freshest ingredients, local and organic. They are open daily for lunch and offer a monthly dinner service on the First Friday of each month from 6PM to 9PM. First Friday is a reservation-required event each month and a great addition to your St. Augustine weekend getaway. This next weekend, October 4, 2014 is the next First Friday Art Walk.
Number 2 is the Ice Plant and St Augustine Distillery. Let’s start with the Ice Plant. The décor is that of the early 20th century. Think of Henry Flagler’s time and you’re there. You’ll be amazed by their unique drink choices and the difference in the ice that makes the drink. This is a must do for a great date night in St. Augustine. The food options will not disappoint you either with grass-fed beef and burgers, local seafood and vegetarian options available. There are daily specials as well. Downstairs from the Ice Plant is the St. Augustine Distillery. Take the free tour of thia handcrafted, small batch spirits distillery. They also offer cocktail classes each Saturday. Check their Facebook page for more information on classes. At present they offer the Florida Cane Vodka and New World Gin for purchase. What a great memento of your visit to St. Augustine to share with your friends back home.
And now our Number 1 Hidden Gem in St. Augustine is Aviles Street! Aviles Street offers so much and happens to be the oldest planned street in the United States. Artifacts found here date back to the early 1600s. Here is a list of all of the wonderful places that you can experience on Aviles Street starting from the North end and ending at Bridge Street
- Centro Restaurant & Piano Bar – World Cuisine
- Spanish Military Hospital Museum and Gift Shop
- Antuques & Uniques Collectibles
- Nonnas Trattoria – Italian Cuisine
- La Herencia – Featured on PBS for their Cuban Cuisine
- Cellar 6 – American small plates & main dishes. Live Music & full bar.
- Restaurant & Café Sol – Brazilian Cuisine
- Plum Gallery
- Gaufrés & Goods – Polish & Greek Cuisine
- Amiro Art & Found
- Georgia Nick Gallery
- Joel Bagnal Goldsmith
- Aviles Street Gallery
- Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
- Father O’Reilly House Museum
This next weekend, October 3-5, 2014 is the 5th Annual Fiesta de Aviles with live music, flamenco dancers, art exhibits and a special “Running of the Bulls” that proves to be a fun time all weekend. Sunday caps off the weekend events with Sangria Sunday, a sangria contest with tasting and voting by the general public of alcoholic and non-alcoholic samples so that the entire family may enjoy this festive and tasteful event. This is a free event.
Be sure to check with your innkeeper for more information and special discounts from many places have just for our St. Augustine Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn Guests.