St. Augustine, Florida: First Time for Everything
My hubby and I share a birth month. Our birthdays fall within one week of one another. This year he took the reigns and planned a weekend getaway to St. Augustine, Florida for us. We stayed at the Casa de Solana Bed & Breakfast. It was our first experience at a bed & breakfast (B&B).
The Secret Garden
Getting to the B&B was no small feat. The area in which it is located is one narrow one-way street after another, which is pretty challenging when you’re riding in a full-sized pick-up truck. All of the skillful maneuvering and the scraped side view mirror were worth it though. Once we pulled in, the first thing that struck me was the garden. It was so lush and serene! There were fountains, greenery, flowers, ample seating, and the fragrance of jasmine lingering in the air. I was instantly put to ease by the tranquil garden.
The decorum of the room really wasn’t my style. It was decorated in a palm tree motif complete with monkeys in action! The walls were a cheery pale yellow. The room had a jetted hot tub, a mini refrigerator, a seating area, a fireplace, a bay window, and most importantly, a complimentary sampling of cream sherry. The excitement over the sherry was in part because we had just done a self-guided tour of the San Sebastian Winery before we checked in.
St. Augustine City Life
There was more than enough to do, in fact, there was too much for us to do in the short time that we were able to spend there. We did, however, manage to go out to eat, on a self-guided tasting tour of the San Sebastian Winery, bike riding, and strolling through the very European-esque side streets and shops located a short distance from the waterfront and Bridge of Lions. Wheeew! We squeezed a lot into the short amount of time that we were there.
San Sebastian Winery
I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the breakfast part of the B&B. In a word…delicioso! I had cream cheese-stuffed blueberry french toast topped with granola, bacon (which I didn’t eat), scrambled eggs, and orange juice. We also had some very good company compliments of a very mature, seasoned married couple. They told us of their travels abroad to many different countries as we enjoyed our wonderful breakfast.
Overall, St. Augustine was a great experience. Would I visit again? I have to, but next time, we’d plan to spend more time, drive a smaller car, and ride the bikes to dinner instead of walking. Although the B&B’s style was not suited to my taste, the customer service was great, the room was clean, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the grounds were inviting. I think that the next time we go, we will try a different B&B. Who knows, we may keep going back until we’ve stayed in them all! If you have stayed in a B&B, I’d love to hear about your experience.