For anyone who has never been, I highly recommend you pay a visit to St. Augustine, Florida... the country's oldest city! One of my best friends parents have an absolutely gorgeous house down there, so planning the trip is always a breeze for us... and basically a no-brainer, especially in this harsh Boston winter! It's a great city to just walk around and explore because there are so many hidden shops and restaurants tucked away on side streets, not to mention some great Spanish architecture to feast your eyes on. The people are absolutely some of the friendliest beings I've ever encountered and the locals take you in as if you're a local yourself. This was my third time going with two of the best childhood buddies... Melis and Katie 🙂
The last time we took this trip Missy's parents took us to a restaurant called Zhanras (pronounced Genre). The concept of this place is great. They have artists' work hanging around and also have artists in action creating their masterpieces, so you can stand around them and watch and interact with them. The front wall as you enter reads "zhanra-genre noun: A category of artistic composition characterized by a particular style, form or content"
108 Anastasia Blvd (Just East of the Bridge of Lions)
St. Augustine, Fl 32084
The following night we met Missy's parents and her brother Mark at the Tini Martini at the Casablanca Inn! First of all... love the name. Second of all...you can sit outside, right across the street from the water and have a great view. Third and most importantly, the martinis are terrific and creative!
24 Avenida Menendez
St. Augustine, Florida 32084 904.829.0928
Now it's time to talk about my all time favorite place, not only in Florida but on the east coast. It's called Simple Gestures. If you're an artist or you like Etsy you will be in love, love, love with this store. We make it a must to come here every time we take this trip because everything sold is so unique because it's all handmade by artists, lots of them even local artists. On our way out, the owner of the store, Sue, gave us each a strand of love beads that matched our outfits. So adorable. They don't have a website up quite yet, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it to keep you posted!
4 White Street E
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
Next up... The Conch House! The home of Reggae Sundays, which we were lucky enough to be there for this year's first one! Tons of people crowd the docks, sip some fruity drinks, sun bathe, and listen to a live reggae band play all day. Talk about lazy Sunday!
57 Comares Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
• If you're of age... be sure to check out Panama Hatties and Dunes Cracker. I've never had food at either place but they're good for "night life". If you head over around 10:30-11pm...they're pretty ridiculous hang out spots filled with locals, new music, and an eyeful of craziness!
• On our way home we got stuck at JFK airport in New York because naturally, there was a storm in Boston. Our JetBlue flight was delayed a few hours... and let me tell you, if you EVER have to get stuck in an airport, pray that it's the JetBlue terminal at JFK (terminal 5). It's like a mall and I was incredibly impressed by it! There were a good amount of stores such as Lacoste, and there was a full food court in the center of the terminal with a ton of REAL restaurants, not that typical unappteizing airport food. I got sushi at a restaurant/lounge called Deep Blue. Also, as we sat in the food court with my laptop thinking I'd either have to pay to get online or not go online at all I saw that JetBlue was courteous enough to have JetBlue hotspots with free high speed wireless internet. HELLO, geniuses. Why can't more airlines think like this?
• Since we're on the topic of airlines and flying... 36 channels of in-seat DirectTv on JetBlue flights plus extra leg room for my giraffe like legs??? That's all that needs to be said about that!