Google+

Cupid is Calling: Lover’s Wanted for St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

Gabriel Hernandez and Catalina de Valdes were the first two people to officially record their love for each in St. Augustine – they were married here on January 24, 1594. More than 400 years later, romance continues to be a major attraction in the oldest city, along the surf-kissed sands of St. Augustine Beach and at the luxurious resorts of Ponte Vedra. With Valentine’s Day, star-spangled nights, great dining and cozy accommodations, February is the perfect month to find romance in this unique Florida destination.

For example:

St.Augustine Chocolate Tour: Step aboard an Old Town Trolley and be whisked away on a decadent tour drenched in chocolate delights. Each Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 6 thru Feb. 28, the One and Only St. Augustine Chocolate Tour departs at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Avenue. Each trolley stop is guaranteed to delight chocolate lovers of all ages – enjoy a chocolate confection at the Hilton Bayfront’s Aviles Restaurant – sample a special chocolate fondue at the historic Casa Monica Hotel – taste exquisite creations while you learn the “art” of artisan chocolates at Claude’s Chocolates – further your chocolate studies with a lesson from St. Augustine’s original Chocolate Family, Whetstones Chocolates, and experience their chocolate fountain – and for the grand finale, indulge in an entire chocolate buffet of sinfully-good pastries at the award-winning Raintree Restaurant. Tickets for the chocolaty tour are $60 (Valentine’s Day gift certificates available.) For more information, call 904.829.3800.

The Love Tree: Looking for a lasting romance? Seal the deal with a kiss in front of St. Augustine’s legendary Love Tree. A slender palm tree wrapped in the loving embrace of a stately live oak, the Love Tree promises to insure love will last forever for any couple who kiss in its presence. Located at 6 Cordova Street, just south of the courtyard between the Historic Downtown Parking Facility and the Visitor Center, the chance at romantic immortality comes at an attractive price – it’s free!

Horse-drawn Carriages: Experience the romance of an earlier time with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the oldest city. The clip-clop of horses’ hooves on the ancient, brick-paved streets of St. Augustine and the leisurely view of authentic Spanish Renaissance architecture bring the romance of Old Spain to happy couples. These memorable tours depart throughout the day and evening from the bay front along Avenida Menendez. The cost of a narrated, 45-minute tour for two or four people is $85. Carriage rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 904.826.1982 or click HERE.

Couples Massage: Together, enjoy the pleasures of a relaxing massage in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach at the luxurious and Zen-inspired Spa at Sawgrass or the opulent Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. In St. Augustine, Small Indulgences European day spa offers couples massage treatments in a historical Victorian home setting. All offer Valentine’s Day specials for the month of February.

Weddings: For generations, this special area of northeast Florida has served as the setting for memorable weddings that are the starting pointing for enduring romance. From elegant Ponte Vedra resorts and a beautiful cathedral, to fun-filled weddings on the beach, the destination offers dozens of intriguing and distinctive venues. The best place to begin plans for a fairy-tale wedding is located HERE where you can find a detailed listing for every wedding need.

Romance and Fertility? For those who want to celebrate their romance with pregnancy, February is the ideal time to visit St. Augustine. Just back from a three-year world tour, Ripley’s Famous Fertility Statues will be on display through February 21 at the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. More than 2,000 women have reported that they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statutes. Many of the women had been told my doctors that they would never conceive. On display in the lobby of the museum at 19 San Marco Avenue, would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business. For more information, call 904.824.1606.or click HERE.

Horseback Riding On The Beach: Create a signature scene from your own romantic epic with a special horseback ride at the edge of the sea. For an unforgettable ride along Vilano Beach just north of St. Augustine, call Country Carriages at 904.826.1982.

Noche de Gala: On February 27, travel back in time to experience a romantic 16th century masked ball celebrating the 491stbirthday of St. Augustine’s founder don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés – portrayed in unbelievably authentic detail by Chaz Mena, an award-winning actor of stage, film and television (NBC’s Law and Order and Third Watch). Guests will be escorted to the festivities at the Lightner Museum by re-enactors in period clothing. A cocktail reception and dinner will be followed by dancing to contemporary tunes in the museum’s beautiful ballroom. Attire is 16th century costume or black tie. Admission is $185 per person for the gala or $50 per person for the cocktail reception. Proceeds benefit the City of St. Augustine’s historic preservation efforts. Reservations are a must. For more information, call 904.825.5033.

The Proposal?: Culminate your romantic February in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches with a trip to the most popular spot for wedding proposals in all of northeast Florida – the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse! On February 28, a special sunset/moonrise viewing event, complete with champagne toast and light refreshments, will take place atop the lighthouse tower. The event takes place from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and reservations are required. For more information, call 904.829.0745.

Dining and Lodging: From intimate cafes to seaside restaurants and from cozy bed and breakfasts inns to elegant resorts, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra and The Beaches offers accommodations and dining options to meet any taste and budget. For full details, including Hot Deals on a wide variety of accommodations and attractions, check with the Visitors & Convention Bureau or call 1.800.653.2489 to receive a free, full-color, 64-page guide to planning your visit.

Entertainment

Spectacular Disaster Flick Depicts Real-Life Events Surrounding BP Oil Spill

  Deepwater Horizon Film Review by Kam Williams Spectacular Disaster Flick Depicts Real-Life Events Surrounding BP Oil Spill On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded when high-pressure methane gas blew out the drill pipe. 11 members of the crew perished in the ensuing fiery inferno which engulfed the platform. The accident also caused the worst oil spill in U.S. … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

More Than a Score

  ACRONYM TO FOLLOW by Peter Brav   Finally Our Day has come There’s a Day for everything For doughnuts, siblings, eight track tapes Grilled cheese, daughters and sons to work Encouragement, Alzheimer’s Coffee, math, chewing gum Blasphemy, yo-yos And now finally One for us Truly a Day to celebrate National Don’t Shoot An Unarmed Brother Doctor King Not Seeing Progress George Orwell Laughing It Is So About the … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE XS Series Bow Sights

  Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE XS Series Bow Sights By Brad Fenson As an avid bowhunter, I’m always looking for a sight to not only help me acquire a target accurately and quickly but provide adjustability while being lightweight. It might be a lot to ask for but with a wide array of hunting situations, you have to be selective in your equipment to ensure you are always successful in the long run. The Apex Gear ACCU•STRIKE™ XS was … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

There Are Superheroes Among Us

  There Are Superheroes Among Us by Amy Lignor   This story truly proves that a superhero does not require a cape, tights, or the ability to fly. In a world where all headlines seem to be centered around who shot who, who is being put upon, who’s “getting away with it” – all the way to who is getting divorced and who may or may not be kneeling at NFL games – negative stories seem to be the only ones covered anymore by the media. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two New York, NY (August 10, 2016) — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published in the U.S. and Canada by Scholastic has sold more than 3.3 million copies in North America to date.Scholastic announced a first printing … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

  Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky” by Amy Lignor   Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Doing Our Part

  Doing Our Part by Amy Lignor   There are books being published as of late – wonderful books telling the stories of amazing wildlife rescues, as well as neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. that have taken on projects to save the wildlife in their own surrounding areas.   We always talk about these “success stories,” yet never actually give information on exactly how these “problems” turned into “victories.” … [Read More its Good for You...]