Finding new places to explore that have plenty of activities while still giving that flavor of romance is a perfect way to keep the flame alive between a couple. One such place is St. Augustine, Florida. Travel back in time and experience the flavor of Spanish influence and famous landmarks. This seaside destination has historic landmarks, seaside vistas with romantic sunsets and an impressive museum.
Castillo De San Marcos is an impressive fortress that dominates the downtown area. It is complete with the drawbridge, dry moat and steep defensive walls. Tours are available and one can even picnic on the green within the fort. It was first built-in 1672. With its unique architecture and detail, it is an amazing sight. It is the only bastion fort from the 17th century left in North America. If visual history interests you, there are even reenactments in the Colonial Spanish Quarter.
Another voyage back in time, with shopping opportunities, is the historic district. Walk along the Spanish flavored neighborhood or for a more romantic view; ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Some of the unique places to visit include staying at the Victorian House Bed and Breakfast. This wonderful 1885 Victorian Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the Historic District. If seeking a place that has that has that old world charm, a couple should book a room at the St. George Inn. It is within walking distance of much of St. Augustine’s unique charm. With its balconied rooms and courtyard setting, it is perfect for that romantic getaway.
There are many ideal choices for romantic dining. The Reef Restaurant has a spectacular seating to view the Atlantic Ocean. Another dining must is Raintree Restaurant. It has a very unique venue to offer as it is located in a restored Victorian home from 1879. If you are looking for the unique and fun, Salt Water Cowboy’s is a great choice. This Restaurant was listed in Robert Tolf’s Top 200 Restaurants in Florida. It is on the edge of a salt water marsh teaming with wildlife. The inside is decorated like an old fish camp. It is also unique in that it serves alligator tail and soft shell turtle. If you want something more traditional, they are known for their fresh seafood and barbecue.
The romantic highlight for those that like time on the water is the dinner cruises or the highly recommended Sunset Cruise on the Freedom. Watching the sunset from the view of a 76 foot tall Schooner with a glass of wine in hand meets the definition of romance. It is a chance to experience the old world feel of St. Augustine.
Dinner cruises are available on both Matanzas Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. An additional unique and romantic experience is the Riverboats. These paddle-wheels sport the unique design of historic vessels from an earlier time. For a little more fun, take a dinner cruise on the “Black Raven”. This Pirate ship re-enacts the pirate stories from early St. Augustine History.
For those with more quiet interests or for those that like historical architecture or items from the past, a must see is the Lightner Museum. Housed in the former Hotel Alcazar and across from the famous Ponce de Leon Hotel, it is easy to locate and continues the flavor of the city’s luxurious past.
This Hotel was constructed for Henry M. Flagler, a well-known man of the railroad and continues to showcase the Spanish Renaissance theme of architecture. In 1946, this site was purchased by Otto C. Lightner to showcase his collection of Victorian items and furniture. One of the most amazing rooms is the old ballroom. Another must see room in this old Hotel is the music room. The grounds are ideal for a proposal of marriage or just a romantic hand-held walk. Regardless of your tastes, St. Augustine has something to appeal to every romantic heart.