Posted May 22, 2009 by Kate Hamman
St. Augustine's rich heritage dates back to the Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th century, and now embraces a melting pot of cultures. Enter the historic district and find Victorian artifacts, Spanish-Cuban food, and English hospitality.
Lightner Museum: Filled to the brim with Victorian artifacts, the Lightner Museum takes you back to daily life in the 19th century. Costumes, music instruments, and furniture from America's Gilded Age fill within the museum's three floors. Built in 1887 as the Hotel Alcaraz, the Spanish-inspired building is now a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafe area that once served as the indoor swimming pool. Admission costs $10.
Columbia Restaurant: Located on historical St. George street, the Columbia Restaurant serves elegant Spanish-Cuban inspired fare. Grab a seat on the balcony overlooking the street, and sip one of the restaurant's famed tableside-muddled mojitos before digging into a dish of Paella.
Penny Farthing Inn: For good old English hospitality in the heart of the historic district, the Penny Farthing Inn, built in 1897, thoughtfully combines Victorian-inspired decorations with modern-day amenities. Many personal touches welcome you, including a bottle of sherry in each of the eight rooms, free soda and wine throughout the day, desserts at night, and evening social hours. Rooms start at $129 for weekend stays, including breakfast. Rates are lower during the week.
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(Photo: Columbia Restaurant)
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