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The Beauty of a Beach Vacation
Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 10:12 am

The Beauty of a Beach Vacation

Spend a Hassle-free Holiday at La Fiesta

By Nancy Moreland

If you’ve always heard, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey,” you haven’t stayed at La Fiesta Ocean Inn and Suites.

“People arrive here planning to see and do everything in St. Augustine. Then they check in and they don’t want to leave Anastasia Island,” said Rich O’Brien, owner of La Fiesta. Stroll around the property and you'll understand. Who could ignore the siren song of the beach, a short walk from the Inn? There's also a sparkling, solar-heated pool and 2.5 lushly landscaped acres to relax in.

Even the Inn’s A1A location lends itself to a hassle-free holiday. Shops, rest

Three Places to Celebrate Earth Day in St. Augustine
Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 11:04 am

Three Places to Celebrate Earth Day in St. Augustine, Florida

Outdoor Recreation in the Old City

By Nancy Moreland

St. Augustine may be the nation’s oldest city, but it’s keeping up with a contemporary concept: eco-friendly tourism. April is an excellent time to get outside to enjoy our naturally beautiful surroundings. Here are three places to visit in honor of Earth Day, April 22nd.

Hiker Heaven

If you want to imagine what St. Augustine looked like before it became a popular tourist destination, hike Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve's nine miles of woodsy trails or five miles of unspoiled beaches. With 73,352 acres, the GTM Research Reserve offers plenty of room for hikers, cyclists, fishermen and birders.

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An Enlightening Experience in the Heart of St. Augustine
Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 11:11 am

An Enlightening Experience in the Heart of St. Augustine

The Lightner Museum and Reflections Bistro

By Nancy Moreland

Standing on the corner of King and Granada Streets in downtown St. Augustine, you bear witness to the magnificent obsessions of two powerful men. Both sides of King Street reveal the results of Henry Flagler’s ambition: the Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) and the Alcazar Hotel (now the Lightner Museum). Step inside the Lightner and you enter the world of a passionate collector. Some might say that Otto Lightner’s obsession for collecting was a hobby that got out of hand. In his lifetime, the wealthy Chicago publisher acquired thousands of objects – so many, that in 1946, he purchased the Alcazar to house his collection. From the exquisite to the strange, it’s

Colonial St. Augustine Comes Alive at Government House Museum
Friday March 21, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

Colonial St. Augustine Comes Alive at Government House Museum

Exhibit puts 21st Century Spin on 16th Century Town

By Nancy Moreland

Colonial St. Augustine pushed the “multiculti” envelope centuries before it became a buzz word. The fledging settlement was a melting pot with interracial marriages, slaves who bought their freedom and mulattos who became prominent landowners. Old City culture evolved from Spanish, Native American and African influences, but Catholicism was the great leveler. For Spaniards, religion was more important than skin color or social status.

That’s the message of “First Colony – Our Spanish Origins,” the current exhibit at the Read More>>

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