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Spooky St. Augustine Ghost Tours Shine a Light on the Dark Side of the Ancient City
Wednesday October 29, 2014 @ 8:45 am

Spooky St. Augustine Ghost Tours Shine
A Light on the Dark Side of the Ancient City

By Ama Reynolds

When you’ve been around as long as the Old City has, chances are you’re likely to have more than a few skeletons in your closet. And while ghosts and spirits and the supernatural can become an almost controversial subject of conversation, no one doubts the thrill and chill of a good-old-fashioned ghost story.  

The best ghost storytellers around--mean teenage babysitters of yore excluded, of course--seem time and again to be walking, lanterns (or ghost tracking devices) in hand, through the dark and twisted back streets of the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine.

Whether by foot, trolley, shuttle,...




Don't Miss Out on Raintree Restaurant: A Fresh and Historic Uptown Dining Spot
Friday October 17, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

Historically Delicious Dining at
St. Augustine's Raintree Restaurant

Before you reach the front door, you're already enchanted.

You've passed through the cast iron gates, and perhaps it's evening. Tall lanterns flicker. Under your feet, deep red brick. Perhaps a local musician is playing in the raised outdoor gazebo. Lively diners talk animatedly (or whisper quietly) to one another while enjoying a glass of fine wine. A woman nods her head in assent to someone's comment, all the while savoring a particularly melt-in-your-mouth and fresh-from-the-Atlantic slice of blackened flounder. 
Smiling servers expertly weave through the packed patio, carrying trays of food that, "look too good to eat," but then again, are so...




Celebrating Story at Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference:
Wednesday October 1, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

The Written Word is Alive and Well in St. Augustine

By Ama Reynolds

All over St. Augustine—all over the fair state of Florida and all over the world, for that matter—books and the people who write them continue to inform, delight, thrill, elucidate, illuminate, educate, inspire, elicit laughter, provide portals of escape, and remind us of a past we might otherwise be doomed to repeat—lest we forget, that is.

Such is the power of the written word.

Book Lovers Unite (at the Florida Heritage Book Festival)!  
  
This Saturday, celebrate that power at the Florida Heritage Book Festival in the heart of the St. Augustine historic district and most especially on the beautiful re...




In Vino Veritas: Kick Off September with the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival
Friday September 5, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas

By Ama Reynolds

The Latin phrase above translates to "In wine, there is truth. In water, there is health." Which makes our fair city the perfect spot for the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival. 
Many historians, laymen and any wine-lovers claim that in this legend there is truth: when the Spaniards landed in St. Augustine almost 450 years ago, their mighty ships were filled with more barrels of wine than water. So there's health, too. They did have water. They just happened to have more wine.

St. Augustine's 450th Birthday Is on Its Way

So the Spanish brought both truth and health to St. Augustine, which is perhaps why the city has managed to maintain its ...






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