Spring Break in St. Augustine, Florida

Considering the recent upsets in our lives (food poisoning, a torn ligament, and an unexpected trip to California), our Spring Break plans fell apart. I had to work my regular hours at work, but decided to work 3 full days instead of my usual 5 half days to give me a couple of days off. I finished work on Tuesday when the little travel bug started biting. But, I knew it was already late and I had to work again on Friday, so I decided a couple of quiet days at home might be relaxing. The next morning, over delicious coffee downtown, I decided that staycations aren’t really my style. We had to head somewhere close, dog-friendly, and new; we decided St. Augustine would be the perfect spot for our spontaneous adventure. A quick Google search and suggestion from Bringfido.com later, we had a cute room at a historic downtown bed and breakfast booked. The impromptu trip was planned in under 5 minutes, bags were packed hastily and we were headed south on I-95, Florida-bound. IMG_6040 I’d never been to St. Augustine before (not counting stopping through quickly when I was a child), but I had always avoided visiting because my parents don’t like it. My husband and I are both so glad we gave it a chance, because we ended up loving it!IMG_5991 First of all, the St. Francis Inn was perfect. I’d never stayed at a B&B before so I didn’t know what to expect. The owner and staff made us feel right at home and offered us everything from free breakfast, dessert, beverages and wine to bikes and lots of great advice for seeing the city. Plus, our room was so cozy and the grounds were gorgeous. We checked in at 4 pm on Wednesday and headed into the city with the ladies (Bella and Lexi). IMG_6003 IMG_6015 There was a lovely walkway along the water at the edge of the city and lots of small cobblestone alleys and restaurant-lined streets not open to cars to explore. It was a very walkable city, St. Augustine isn’t huge, and we stopped in at pubs and shops along the way. Most of them were very open to dogs and offered them lots of love, treats and water. The historic spanish influence separates St. Augustine from Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans. I found St. Augustine to be a less showy and more laid back version of Savannah and a Charleston without the flashy wealth. St. Augustine is quaint and romantic; the perfect weekend getaway. IMG_6023 IMG_6046 IMG_6093 We got back to the B&B just in time for social hour. We grabbed a (a couple) of free glasses of wine, chatted with our fellow guests and left the girls in the room for a nap while we went out for a night on the town. It was a beautiful evening and St. Augustine was so romantic. This little city is decorated with lots of stringed lighting and was so fun. We ended up at a small cigar bar, sitting around a bonfire and swapping stories with other travelers. Time got away from us and we ended up having a late dinner at Scarlett O’Haras. IMG_6138 The next morning we woke up early and walked along the riverfront to the Castillo De San Marcos, a monument and historic symbol of St. Augustine. We also checked out the Oldest House and Lightner Museum. Coffee from Crucial Coffee was another high point of the trip and a must-see in my opinion. The trip was over in the blink of an eye, but I’m thankful for the peace and cleared mind I get from traveling. We will definitely be going back! Also, I’m so impressed with my doggies, they were so well behaved! IMG_6111 IMG_6143 IMG_6146 IMG_6115 IMG_6113IMG_6125 -A

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Anniversary Getaway

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This week the husband and I ran off to Ponte Vedra, Florida for 3 days to unwind and celebrate 2 happy years together. We decided to stay at a golf resort on the beach (avoiding screaming kiddies and coeds). It was just us, the surf, and retired folks. Very relaxing! I spent my (Wednesday through Friday) weekend sipping wine and quickly turning the pages of Gone Girl (I can’t wait to see the movie). Skipping just one day of class was totally worth it- and I only burnt the tops of my toesies.

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PonteVedra6For our special anniversary dinner we ate at a cozy family owned Italian restaurant where the wine was served in carafes and the garlic bread made me reek for days. It was perfect.

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Ponte VedraI feel relaxed and ready to be healthy- seriously our dinner tonight consisted of a variety of items we bought at Dollar General. Barf.

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Gatlinburg, TN

For spring break this year the inlaws were in town. I knew I needed to book at getaway for us all or we’d end up hurting each other, so I booked a quick little trip to Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg is a small vacation town right at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains with fun shops, bars and sights. I really REALLY wanted to go on some hikes and stay active, but I knew my knee wasn’t ready for that yet so we just explored the town and went on scenic drives. Honestly I ate like crap, drank too much, laughed too much, but in the end it was a nice little getaway.

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Beer and moonshine became the standard beginning at….let’s say 2 pm everyday.

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A quick drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park brought us to an Appalachian Trail access point. There were hikers everywhere. People resting, laughing, taking pictures, grabbing a bite, and ready for the next leg of their adventure. Everyone was decked out in full hiking attire and looked like they had really prepared for their once in a lifetime adventure. I was in flats and a cardigan. Totally underdressed, but I know Appalachian Trail, we shall meet again under different circumstances. With slightly more layers on and more appropriate shoes and gear.

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Happy Spring Break!