When an Innkeeper Takes a Vacation – St. Augustine, FL

After Savannah, we headed on to Maitland, FL, to stay with at the Thurston House in Maitland, FL, with innkeeper Carole – with whom I have corresponded but never met. More on that next post. On the trip down we stopped in St. Augustine, FL, for lunch, as we have never been there and it was a good mid-point. We picked up a few free guidebooks along with a complimentary orange or grapefruit juice sample at the bustling Florida welcome center. We decided on lunch and a stop at the Love Tree for our short visit. We parked near the Love Tree cafe, but you can save some $ by parking at one of the city parking lots closer to the center of town. We were in a hurry and so paid the $6. What a racket! The Love Tree is a palm tree growing with an oak tree wrapped around it – kissing under it will seal your love for eternity. We had a couple of kisses just to make sure it took. I’m thinking of planting something similar at the Inn for a future tourist attraction.
We walked down towards the center of town to stretch our legs and sightsee along the historic/shopping streets that parallel the inlet. Lots of tourist shops, many restaurants and a restored living history tour of Spanish culture – main attraction for hordes of schoolkids – are all along the way. At 1 King Street, across from the Bridge of Lions (currently under construction and lion-less) we made our way upstairs to the A1A Ale Works for lunch and another city’s home brew. We were seated at a perfect table for two overlooking the water – nice luck for us because the pub was hopping. A Red Ale for Jim and A1A Root Beer for me, along with two delicious lunch specials of grilled sesame tuna with crispy spinach (!) and cilantro flounder with garlic mashed potatoes. The tuna was cooked just the way I like it – rare – and Jim loved his fish dish. We highly recommend it if you make a trip to St. Augustine.

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