Visit the sweet attraction in St. Augustine! The Whetstone Chocolate Factory is a family-owned confectionary that specializes in making small-batch chocolates. What started as a small ice cream store has transformed into one of the most beloved stores in town for visitors and locals alike. Find out what you need to know to take a Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour during your stay with Agustin Inn!
A Brief History on the Whetstone Chocolate Factory
The Whetstone Chocolate Factory started as a passion project for Henry and Esther Whetstone. After the success of their ice cream parlor, Tedi’s Olde Tyme Ice Cream (which is still open to this day!), they started experimenting with selling their homemade fudge. The industrious couple took a methodical approach to their confectionary ventures. They decided to learn as much about chocolate, from the cocoa beans onward, so that they could create the best possible product. It worked! Since opening, they have had to move locations twice to keep up with the demand.
Today, Whetstone Chocolate Factory continues to be a family affair with Henry and Esther’s daughter, Virginia, running the factory. With her experience in the factory and vast knowledge, Virginia has maintained the standard of excellence that we’ve come to expect. Visitors can head to their 10,000-square-foot factory to enjoy a tour and some samples of the famous chocolate.
Take a Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour
Whether you’re a dedicated chocoholic or you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, you’ll garner a new appreciation during your tour. The Whetstone Chocolatiers will take you through the chocolate-making process before teaching you just how to taste and appreciate an expertly made piece. You’ll enjoy a four-tiered tasting which includes dark, milk, and white chocolates. The tour is just $8 for adults and $5.50 for children. You can reserve your spot, which we suggest if you’re visiting over the weekend as these tours are often fully booked. If you’d prefer a more private experience, we recommend that you visit during the week. You’ll have an easier time reserving a spot. The tour is accessible to guests who use wheelchairs or mobility aids.
Stay at the Agustin Inn
What’s even sweeter than the chocolates you’ll taste while on the Whetstone Chocolate Factory tour? Spending your vacation in a gorgeous historic bed and breakfast smack-dab in the center of St. Augustine. Agustin Inn has the amenities, guest rooms, helpful staff, and convenient location needed to make your stay with us one that you’ll remember for years to come. Add on to that a delicious daily breakfast, a 24-hour coffee station with tea and hot chocolate, and sweet treats available in our lobby, and you may never want to leave!
Consider adding our Classic Romance Package to your booking. Just in case you didn’t get enough sweets, our package includes a half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries, as well as a half-dozen assorted roses, a private horse and carriage ride from the Inn, and a gift certificate to one of the best restaurants in town.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.