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ucked away among St. Augustine’s ancient coquina-
crafted buildings, cobblestone streets and carved-wood
balconies are plenty of modern fnds in the form of eats,
sleeps and beats. The 442-year-old city offers everything
from upscale hipster hangouts, to breezy beach town
B&Bs, enchanting Spanish-style castles, and Mediterranean
revival-style architecture. It’s Old Florida at its best mixed
with nouveau amusement.
Much Ado About Noshing
Each morning in the heart of the city’s historic district the
aroma of pastries and fresh breads fll the air thanks to The
Bunnery Bakery and Cafe where chocolate croissants and
cinnamon rolls top the menu. For a quick lunch, it’s hard
to beat Santa Maria, where feeding the fsh tableside is
encouraged. Come dinnertime, The Columbia Restaurant,
which has been around since 1905, cooks up scrumptious
favorites like Paella Campesina, a luscious combination of
Valencia rice with tender bits of beef, pork chicken and
chorizo, and the 1905 Salad which is mixed tableside with
tender baked ham, olives and a blend of cheeses.
Invest to Impress
The fashion-focused crowd shouldn’t skip Rochelle’s in
uptown St. Augustine. Outside: the renovated warehouse
could easily be something you’d pass up. Inside: it’s
surprisingly edgy with clothing lines ranging from Free
People to French Connection. Other stops worth adding to
the itinerary are the boutiques along King Street — one of
the main commercial boulevards of the city’s historic district
— where you’ll fnd unique jewelry, hand made soaps and
personalized stationery.
Road Trip to St. Augustine
A delightful mix of colonial-city charm and 21st-century convenience.
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With 43 miles of white strands, St. Augustine boasts water
sports galore. Extreme Kites rents a wallop of thrills in the
form of kayaks and standup paddle boards. Or kick it up a
notch with kite boarding lessons. When you are completely
worn out, unwind with a no-nonsense Wull Stone Therapy
massage at Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon.
This trendy hideaway provides of all the
spa amenities that you know you need
(facials, power peels and, of course, the
standard Swedish massage) and some you
didn’t (eye lash tinting or pressotherapy, a
process that improves oxygen fow through
the body).
Places to See
Across the bridge back into town is the Castillo de San
Marcos National, which used to protect St. Augustinians
from invading British troops. From here you can peek across
the bay at the palatial Anastasia Island mansions. At night,
join the Augustine Haunted Pub for a spooky storytelling
excursion through downtown.
Sleep Tight
If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to stay at an
1888 Moorish revival castle, here’s your chance. The
Casa Monica Hotel, part of the Kessler Collection, boasts
eclectic interiors, 138 rooms, two restaurants and an eyeful
of artwork. Rates range from $189 to $379. For hibiscus
martinis and espresso plus Mediterranean-
and Moroccan-inspired dishes, hit 95
Cordova and Cobalt Lounge, the hotel’s own
glamorous eatery. Or stay at the Casablanca
Inn, a restored 1914 Mediterranean revival
bed and breakfast with sweeping views of
Matanzas Bay, whirlpools, private porches
and sundecks. Conveniently attached to
the hotel is the The Tini Martini Bar where
there are 32 vintages by the glass and 28
distinctive brews. Grab a seat on the porch for some prime
people-watching. If you choose to venture out instead, try
the upper deck of Panama Hatties for tiki torches and a
breeze. But be prepared to shake your rump. It transforms
into a dance club after hours. u
By Sarah Sekula
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from upscale hipster
hangouts to breezy
beach town B&Bs”

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