In St. Augustine's early days, St. George Street was the main thoroughfare, and today what is now a pedestrian-only shopping mall is still considered the heart of the historic city and the hub of tourism. It is here our guests find historic buildings and some of our many restaurants, galleries, bakeries and shops for which the city is certainly famous for. This is all just steps away from our front door. However, no trip to the Nation's Oldest City would be complete without time spent canvassing some of the roads less traveled.
St. George is just one of many enchanting streets that make up the city's historic downtown district. Also, sticking just to St. George Street would mean missing out on the city's must-see attractions located outside the one pedestrian alley. To ensure you see all that's beyond simply ask our friendly staff for a downtown map and guide as well as what to see and do. We are happy to extend our hospitality and ensure your stay is most memorable!
When considering a step away from the central downtown area, consider the Old Town Trolley, which covers an 8-mile historical route, 500 years of narrated history, mentions of over 100 points of interest and on/off access at 23 different designated stops at every single attraction the city has to offer with pickups at each stop 15-20 minutes apart. Purchase your ticket once and receive two additional days of use free of charge. See the innkeeper for details.Tickets can be purchased right here at the inn for your convenience and stop number 8 at the corner of Hypolita and St. George is directly behind the inn for boarding with your ticket.
Either venturing out on foot or by trolley you'll reach San Marco Avenue – an antiquer's heaven. The road is lined with antique shops and great restaurants such as Raintree Restaurant and LePavillon both intimate restaurants offering delectable specialties like escargots de Bourgogne and rack of lamb. San Marco Avenue is also where you'll find the serene Mission of Nombre de Dios, the site of America's first mission and our city’s founding site 450 years ago. A walking tour of the beautiful grounds will bring you by a 208-foot, stainless steel Great Cross, a church built in 1965, a bronze statue of Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales (celebrant of the first Mass here), as well as the small, Spanish-style chapel of Our Lady of La Leche.
Also off San Marco Avenue, on beautiful, nationally-acclaimed Magnolia Avenue, is the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, where visitors can drink from the very spring that Ponce de Leon thought was the sought-after fountain of youth. Heading back toward downtown, pick up Cordova Street at Orange Street. Lined with art galleries, quaint ornate Victorian houses, Cordova is also where you'll find the historic Tolomato Cemetery and the architecturally stunning Grace United Methodist Church.
In the mood to splurge for dinner yet? We recommend the amazing five-course tasting menu at none other than Michael’s Tasting Room – our next door neighbor and Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour partner! Also nearby is the happening pub, Scarlett O'Hara's located in one of the city’s oldest Cracker Houses in the district.
At the corner of King Street, you'll see Flagler College, housed in eye-catching buildings that used to be the luxury resort, the Ponce De Leon Hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1888. Across the street is the Lightner Museum, also housed in a former luxury hotel called the Hotel Alcazar, and also built by Flagler in 1888. Besides its galleries of decorative art, the museum buildings house several antique shops. Walk west on King to find more art galleries, shops and the Zorayda Castle, a 1/10th replica of the Alhambra, Spain's famous castle. One thing's for sure: no matter which way you turn in St. Augustine, you're bound to find lovingly restored historic structures, one-of-a-kind shops, welcoming cafés, romantic restaurants and impressive art and cultural attractions. We look forward to your stay with us and welcoming you to one of the most amazing travel destinations in the United States.