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Celebrating the 4th of July in St. Augustine

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There’s something special about celebrating America’s birthday in St. Augustine, FL. Not only is it the first city of our great nation, but it is full of history and exciting things to do during the 4th of July weekend.

Many of our guests that come to Crescent Beach can’t wait to get their toes in the sand and enjoy the view, but during the 4th of July weekend I am often asked, “How do you celebrate America’s birthday?”

If I were a guest and wanted to truly experience the area like a local, my 4th of July weekend would be planned like something like this:

First day, I would check-in to Beacher’s Lodge and hit the grocery store for fruit, burgers, hot dogs, lots of bottled water and maybe a few adult drinks, like Fresca. We all know that America loves to celebrate her birthday with burgers and dogs on the grill and lucky for us, we have charcoal grills here on the property for our guests to use.

After I have stocked my fridge for the weekend, I would kick off my shoes and enjoy the view of the ocean and just relax before whipping up a quick meal.

Second day of my 4th of July weekend has arrived and I would be up early as I want to watch the sunrise on the beach. Nothing beats a nice beach stroll first thing in the morning. Have you ever noticed how cool the sand feels between your toes in the morning?

After eating breakfast I would grab my bathing suit, flip flops, sunscreen, floppy hat, beach chair and head for the beach. Naturally the rest of my day will be perfectly well spent in paradise as the ocean sings to me and I get a nice tan!

That evening I would travel down the road to the historic district of beautiful St. Augustine. Strolling along the cobblestone roads is kind of like being in Europe as the architecture still shows signs of years long ago. In the historic district I would do a little shopping and try various foods along the way. To end my night I would walk along the bayfront and take in the view of the Bridge of Lions and all the boats in the river. Nothing beats this view as the wind blows through your hair and the lights dance off the water.

The 4th of July has arrived and it’s all about relaxing and having fun! To celebrate the 4th, I would build sandcastles and rent a bike from Big Bill’s Beach Stuff, and enjoy a little bit of kayaking to make it a perfect day. After all, we all come to Florida to work on our tan, so being outdoors is a must. After a day of fun in the sun I’m ready to fire up the grill and enjoy a good ole fashioned 4th of July cookout, Beacher’s style! After enjoying a little dinner with friends and family we would head to St. Augustine to watch the Fireworks over the Matanzas. You can watch the fireworks from either the downtown historic district or you can watch from the southside of the Bridge of Lions. I personally prefer the area by the Bridge of Lions as it is not as crowded and yes, you can hear the music play.

For those that love marathons, St. Johns Golf and Country Club hosts the Stars and Stripes 5K every fourth of July at 8 a.m., but I am like most of our guests which means I will start the 4th of July celebration with my toes in the sand.

3/16-18: Anastasia Music Festival

Enjoy traditional and modern bluegrass music at the St. Augustine Amphitheater this weekend.  Daily passes are available.  For more information visit: http://www.anastasiamusicfestival.com/

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5/8-10: Velofest

Stay for the weekend of May 8th – 10th and get out and experience Velofest.  We are so encouraged by this event for bicycles, we want our guests to get out and make the best of Mother’s Day weekend.  Kick off the weekend with a 7 mile race, $20 for advanced entry can win a purse of $500… regardless, a 7 mile ride along A1A is sure to be enjoyable.  From adult to kids races, bike parades to mimosa’s for Mom, this is an event in Vilano Beach that the whole family is sure to enjoy.  For more information or to register for the event visit the official website by clicking here.

Mother’s Day at Beacher’s Lodge

Have you ever sat back and thought ‘Gee, my mom is so special and I don’t do enough to thank her?’

Give your Mom a day at the beach this Mother's Day!

Well, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to treat her than a nice getaway to our beautiful Crescent Beach location at Beacher’s Lodge!  With a balcony suite overlooking the beach, we guarantee you’ll be hearing the soothing roar of the ocean! Our beautiful white sandy beaches will wipe away all the stress from mom (and dad’s) daily life. Not one for sand between your toes? Beacher’s is also equipped with a 40 x 60 FT oceanfront pool!

beachers-pool-hr-3819So this Mother’s Day, give your sweet mom a chance to kick back and enjoy a view! Maybe get here early for a long weekend and send dad off to the final days of the PGA Tour’s Players Championship located in Ponte Vedra Beach’s stunning Sawgrass golf club. Velofest and the Romanza Festivale will kick off Mother’s day weekend, so there will be plenty of events to make for an activity filled weekend.  Make sure when you book your stay at Beacher’s Lodge, plan for a four night stay to qualify for our Pay for 3 Stay for 4 Special! If your plans don’t allow four nights, get your AAA, AARP, and proof of Florida residence ready for our 10% Discount! Beacher’s Lodge is located ten miles from downtown St. Augustine, so we are a convenient way to enjoy the town as well as having a quiet getaway!

Don’t want to head into St. Augustine for food? We have three restaurants adjacent to us! Tony’s Pizza, Paula’s Beach Side Grill, and South Beach Grill! If those don’t fit your tastes, then when you stop by for check in grab a copy of ‘The Restaurant Times’! It will include the most popular restaurants in St. Augustine along with some helpful information on them. Whatever you do, don’t forget Mom’s big weekend, treat her the way you always want to… with a special Beacher’s Lodge getaway!  (Gift Certificates are available should timing be an issue)

 

            We look forward to your stay!

            Sincerely,

            Beacher’s Lodge Staff

St. Augustine and the Sea

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St. Augustine is a city graced with many spectacular attributes. The vibrant culture, deep history, and beautiful sandy beaches are only a select few. St. Augustine is a coastal gem, plain and simple. A gem which had not been for the brave explorers of the early seas would remain undiscovered. Throughout the centuries St. Augustine has evolved into the wonderful city that we here at Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites know and love today. This is thanks to those pioneers of the sea, St. Augustine is at its heart a coastal town, plain and simple. For hundreds of years countless numbers of marine vessels have visited our shores, from the grandest Galleons to the smallest dinghies. This October the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation is celebrating the inaugural festival celebrating the rich maritime history of this city. The festival begins October 25 and runs through the 27th and features live entertainment, a bar tending challenge, food, crafts, model boats, kid’s zone, dog agility, and finally a “quick and dirty” boat building competition and race! The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., will host the three-day Viva Florida 500 festival including The festival will be open each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is included in the regular admission to the Fountain of Youth. Tickets are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors (60 and older); $8 for children ages 6-12; and free for children 5 and young. St. Johns County residents will ID also are admitted free. A VIP reception will be Friday night. Tickets for the VIP reception are $45. The festival is a fundraiser for the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation and will support the completion of the 16th Century Longboat Chalupa. Call 904-829-3168 or go to staugmaritimeheritage.org or www.fountainofyouthflorida.com. Visit us here at Beacher’s Lodge and celebrate the true nautical history of St. Augustine!

The Gentlemen of the Road Tour


St Augustine AmphitheatreCalling all music fanatics! If you have not yet heard, a very exciting venue is stopping off here in the nation’s oldest city. The Gentlemen of the Road will be dropping in September 13th and 14th for a two day festival extravaganza. The Gentlemen include very popular acts such as Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fun., and many more! Tens of thousands of visitors and local residents alike have already sold out the show, however, tickets may still be available through third party vendors.

Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites still has quite a selection of rooms for your festival weekend. For those of you reading now with tickets in hand, practicing your air guitar, wondering how you will get back and forth from Beacher’s to the venue, have no fear! A Shuttle service will be running both days from 10 am – 3am, and Beacher’s is the very first stop in Crescent Beach. Parking at Beacher’s Lodge is guaranteed only for hotel guests. To purchase the Shuttle services wristband which allows unlimited shuttle access for both days visit GOTRstaug.com, wristbands are currently $22.50 until September 4th and go up to $30 after September 5th. Wristbands will also be available for purchase here at the Beacher’s Lodge Lobby. For all the information you need for the venue visit www.GOTRstaug.com! Rock Out and Enjoy!

Time to Relax


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That inevitable time of the year has yet again reached our shores. Summer is winding down, and the kids are going back to school. As the season of bustling crowds and hot sun recedes like the waves, a great opportunity to enjoy the beach again presents itself. Here at Beacher’s Lodge the few weeks before the Labor Day are the best to spend a few nights recharging for the upcoming school year. Treat yourself, or even the entire family to a getaway with the sole purpose of relaxing. This is the time not to stress about planning for school, but rather a period of reflection about the great experiences that have occurred this summer. Just sitting on the beach with the sole purpose of doing nothing, can be one of the best therapies. Provide yourself and your family with a stress-free weekend and stay here with us at Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites. Allow yourself one final period of summer respite before the Labor Day holiday and usher in the Fall season with a more calm and peaceful state of mind. Remember the ocean is the best healer!