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International Fine Dining at La Cocina Restaurant at Beach Boutique Hotel Castillo Real
Thursday November 20, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

What’s a girl to do but get as warm in heart as though she were falling in love. There are no troubles in here. Gold light and wrought iron. Thoughtful, tasteful, and passionate art--unobtrusive but finely curated, just enough of a fire-heart vitality to offer not comfort necessarily, but ease and a stirred spirit. Deep wood doors offset glittering crystal--your wine glass, your water glass glistening in the firelight.

While we are here for the full fine dining dinner experience, La Cocina serves breakfast and lunch, too. Castillo Real guests are really in for a treat, here. This is no run-of-the-mill hotel restaurant. Not by a long shot. In fact, it’s a local beaches favorite.
Sit down breakfast features eggs benedict, butter...




Light Up Your Holiday: A Guide to St. Augustine's World Famous Nights of Lights Celebration
Thursday November 20, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

Light Up Your Holiday: A Guide to St. Augustine's World Famous Nights of Lights Celebration By Ama Reynolds

BEFORE "NIGHTS OF LIGHTS," WE WISHED YOU "FELIZ NAVIDAD"

Once upon a time, festooned in lovely white lights, bannered across the beautiful Bridge of Lions, visitors and locals on the downtown side of town were greeted with Feliz Navidad, streetlights and lamp posts swirled with lights and green garland. 
Wreaths with red ribbons lined the streets. And tiny white lights glittered hither and yon, lighting up the bay front downtown, upon anchored boats in the bay, across some of the city skyline’s main buildings facing the bay. Modest. But beautiful nonetheless.


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...






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