February is coming up fast, and there are a few events that you won’t want to miss! St. Augustine always has something fun going on, and if you are planning a trip in February, you’ll want to make sure you hit all of them! Without further ado, here’s a complete list of upcoming February events you want to take part in.

Nights of Lights

Wrapping up at the beginning of February, Nights of Lights is a dazzling holiday display that covers every spare inch of the historic district! Get a view of St. Augustine that is bright, beautiful and award-winning, with trains and trolleys offering special tours that will take you through all of the highlights. But you’ll have to hurry, the last night to see the spectacular view is February 2nd.

Nights of Pints

A play on the Nights of Lights, the Nights of Pints is a bar-hopping extravaganza offered by four local breweries! The four locations are Ancient City Brewing Downtown Taproom, Bog Brewing Company, Dog Rose Brewing, and Old Coast Ales. As a bonus, this bar crawl will benefit a local wildlife charity! You’ll want to make reservations soon, as the last night to enjoy this “pint” sized event is February 3rd!

Conquer the Trails 5k Run/Walk

This is the 3rd annual run for the Conquer the Trails 5k. It is a wonderful trail through wooded and paved trails in the TrailMark community. Open to the public, awards will be presented in a variety of different categories. This is another event that starts early in the month, Saturday, February 1st.

Mindfulness and a Cup of Tea

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will be the location to be at for a Mindfulness Meditation and a cup of tea! Learn to settle the mind and the body, with a walk through the wonderful state park afterward, to guarantee full peace and serenity.

Jimmy Jam BBQ Slam & Car Show

Enjoy a weekend of fun and amazing BBQ! The Jimmy Jam BBQ Slam & Car Show is full of amazing cars, great food, and live music. There will also be raffles, vendors, and even a little location for the kids to go wild and wear themselves out. For those of you that love a great game of cornhole, there’s a competition just for you! Check your calendars as the fun is February 7th and 8th.

Valentine’s Day at Beacher’s Lodge

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like dinner for two that has been grilled oceanside by the love of your life. After grilling the perfect meal, enjoy a candlelit dinner for two on your Beacher’s balcony. If you aren’t up to making a Valentine’s masterpiece meal, take-out is just as romantic with the ocean view and gentle sea breeze through your hair as you enjoy your meal with your Valentine.

YMCA Mardi Gras 5k 2020

Here on the First Coast, we love our 5ks!  This one is hosted by the St. Augustine YMCA starting in Anastasia State Park and running along the beach! Proceeds will help the YMCA with children’s swimming programs, summer camps, and after-school programs. Open to everyone, there’s a chance to win prizes, so don’t miss out! The amazing race is held on February 16th.

Astronomy Program at Faver-Dykes State Park

Take a look at the planets from Faver-Dykes State Park! Two park rangers will be hosting a special astronomy program! Binoculars are encouraged, but aren’t necessary as guests take a peek at the stars and planets while learning about mythology! This event is on February 21st.

Cathedral Festival 2020

Last but not least, is the Cathedral Festival! Fun for the whole family, this festival boasts games, rides, raffles, food and art vendors, and even fireworks! There will be live entertainment, ranging from baton twirlers to rock bands. Don’t forget about food and beverages – there will be a fried shrimp dinner, as well as other tasty food and beverages provided by local vendors! Don’t miss out, the fun is happening February 28-March 1.

If you’re looking for the perfect vacation space, or you’re looking for somewhere that will give you an amazing staycation, look no further than Beacher’s Lodge! With a variety of different hotel rooms and suites, you are sure to find the perfect option for you within our lovely location! For a full list of all of the other events happening in St. Augustine, take a look at the local events calendar.

The holidays have wrapped up, and now it’s time to set your sights on Valentine’s Day! Getting the perfect plan together for this loveable holiday can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s meant to be a special occasion: proposal, anniversary or honeymoon. To take the weight off of your shoulders and play cupid for the time being, the team at Beacher’s Lodge has put together this guide on the best ways to celebrate love in Crescent Beach this Valentine’s Day!

Sunset Sail

Head for the open waters with this gorgeous evening idea! The Sunset Sail offered by Schooner Freedom is a two-hour sail guaranteed to offer gorgeous views of the water coupled with, hopefully, a few sightings of dolphins! This is the perfect end to a day spent together, or the right way to kick-start a night on the town. For more information on booking the Schooner Freedom or making a reservation, visit their site today.

Live Music

St. Augustine is known for its live music scene, and luckily, Valentine’s Day is no exception! There are over six options for live music on Friday, February 14th, ranging from a noon-time appearance from Jimmi Soldo at the Mi Casa Cafe to a late dinner appearance by Watson and Taylor at the Conch House Restaurant. The Mi Casa Cafe features a unique twist on German-Spanish foods ranging from Reuben sandwiches to tacos, and even boasting a few vegetarian options in their beer garden! The Conch House Restaurant is a beloved St. Augustine restaurant right along the water with all of the best tastes of the Caribbean available to you. Enjoy food with a view and a happy hour running from 4 to 7 pm.

Beacher’s Lodge

While there are hundreds of things to do in St. Augustine, sometimes, the most romantic getaway is one spent doing nothing! Beacher’s Lodge offers a variety of beautiful condos equipped with a kitchen to test your hand at the perfect Valentine’s day meal. Or, take advantage of the nearby restaurants such as Southbeach Grill! End the night with a stroll right along the beach, with the moon lighting your way. Romance will surely be in the air, and if you are looking to make the night one to remember, any member of the Beacher’s Lodge staff will be happy to assist in the surprise.

Before booking, be sure to reach out and ask about specials available. With a variety of suites, a countless number of nearby opportunities, and, most importantly, a wonderful view, let Beacher’s Lodge help you fall in love in Crescent Beach this February.

From the cobblestone streets of the historic district to the seemingly endless white-sand Crescent beaches, Saint Augustine has a specific character that you can not find anywhere else – especially during the Christmas season! The comfortable December climate of Northern Florida opens up a world of Christmas activities and experiences that you simply can’t find anywhere else! Here are four of the hundreds of reasons you should spend this Christmas in Saint Augustine. 

  1. Nights of Lights

There is something magical about the millions of twinkling lights blanketing the oldest city in America during Christmas time. From the historic buildings of Flagler College, to the Lightner Museum to the small businesses lining Avenida Menendez, the Nights of Lights highlight the unique architecture of the city and magic of the Christmas season.  Experience the beauty yourself from November 23rd to February 2, 2020. Enjoy the lights by foot, trolley, boat or horse and carriage!

  1. Charming Places to Stay

Rest and relaxation is key to any holiday getaway. Saint Augustine has a lot to offer when it comes to unique and comfortable places to stay.  Just a short drive from the streets of downtown Saint Augustine, and comfortably tucked into the dunes of Crescent Beach, Beacher’s Lodge offers the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day of exploring all Saint Augustine has to offer this holiday season. 

  1. St. George Street

Last-minute Christmas shopping… we all do it! There is no better place to find one-of-a-kind, unique gifts for the ones you love than Saint George Street.  Located in the heart of Downtown Saint Augustine, peruse down the alleys full of the most charming small businesses around. From Manly Toys and Hobbies to handcrafted sea glass jewelry at the House of Z, you’re guaranteed to find a little something for everyone on your list.  Wander down a side street and stop for a quick bite or a glass of wine at one of the many restaurants, cafes or bars tucked away from the hustle and bustle of St. George Street. Even kick back around a fire at Stogies Jazz Club & Cigar Bar! St. George Street and the areas surrounding are a must-do during your time in St. Augustine this Christmas season!

  1. Climate

Looking to escape the cold? Saint Augustine boasts a perfectly comfortable 69 °F average temperature throughout the month of December. Just right to enjoy a walk on the beach during the day, then a warm cup of hot cocoa by night. You can also plan a Christmas holiday to Saint Augustine with confidence knowing you will see sunny days because December is one of the least rainy months of the calendar year with only 5 days of rain on average! 

 

Switch it up this holiday season and discover the magic Saint Augustine has to offer! You will quickly realize that there is so much to do in the nation’s oldest city, especially during this most wonderful time of the year!

 

Saint Augustine is one of the most magical places to explore during the winter months. Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself! There are plenty of wonderful activities to keep you busy this December in the ancient city. From the famous Nights of Lights (which shine bright throughout the city until February 2nd) to fireworks at the pier on New Year’s Eve. Saint Augustine in December has a little something for everyone. 

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If there is one thing we are able to enjoy here in Crescent Beach it’s charm. Whether it’s the laid back atmosphere of beach side bar and grill vibes or it’s the dreamy creamy scoop of ice cream from across the street, Crescent Beach has just enough charm to keep you content.  During this time of the year, it’s enough to remind us to be thankful for the efforts of this small community to keep life simple and enjoyable.  We hope that you will pay a visit to our neighbors while you are staying here with us on Crescent Beach.

M.F. Robinson’s Barbershop & Salon

If you are looking for a way to treat yourself or your man to a fresh face, stop by and see Mary Faith Robinson at her Barbershop and Salon. It is now open Monday – Friday, 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm. They specialize in men’s cuts and beard trims. Enjoy a nice hot towel and a neck shave, or treat your fella when you are here getting ready for a night out.  Send him over to Mary Faith Robinson and she will clean him up right!  904-495-8736

Crescent Beach Bar & Grill

We are so thankful for good food and good vibes, so we recommend filling your belly at the Crescent Beach Bar & Grill. Our staff members have enjoyed their lunchtimes a little more since this restaurant opened across the street. Take a look at their menu on their website: www.crescentbeachgrill.com Enjoy Happy Hour from 3pm – 7pm and then you can wander back to your suite at Beacher’s Lodge. Catch live music every Wednesday and Friday nights. If trivia or karaoke are more your scene, check them out on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. For our little area, Crescent Beach Bar and Grill is a great chill spot.

Island Ice Cream & Coffee

For those of us who live on caffeine and sugar, Island Ice Cream & Coffee is that perfect treat when nothing else sounds right. Indulge in some of their funkiest flavors or stick to an all time favorite, either way you are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth at this little shop right across the street from Beacher’s Lodge. You can keep up with them on their social media page ww.facebook.com/islandicecreamcafe/ or just hop on over across the way and see what is happening. There are muffins and croissants, but if you want our suggestion, try the Honey Island (hot or cold) it is always the right decision! Delcious!

Tony’s Pizza

If you’ve stayed at Beacher’s Lodge, you probably are familiar with Tony’s Pizza. We have been so fortunate over the many years to enjoy a slice of pizza or a calzone just across the street. Tony’s is a very kind neighbor and has always taken very good care of our guests and visitors when they are in the mood for a quick bite. When you don’t feel like heading out, Tony’s will deliver in, which is enough to make us all thankful every once in a while. Just give them a call and they will be on their way to your condo with a delicious pie! 904-471-8660

We see a new tattoo shop in the plaza now too, so if you are really in the mood to make your visit to Beacher’s Lodge last a lifetime, then you can check them out… we are not quite sure if you will always be thankful for those decisions, but it’s certainly a way to make a memory here in Crescent Beach.  Over the years, we have seen several shops open and close and we are always thankful for the businesses that open their hearts and their doors here in our Crescent Beach community.  Get out, enjoy the neighborhood and be THANKFUL!

St. Augustine has it all – wonderful history, great views, and hundreds of ways to enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds the city. With the seasons changing, and some of the heat dying down, now is the perfect time to soak up all of the sun and sand that the area has to offer. With so many different events and happenings, it can be hard to narrow it down. This is why Beacher’s Lodge has put together this handy guide to showcase the best of the best nature events.

Cycles of Nature

Held on Tuesday, October 1st and Friday October 4th, this free sunrise beach walk will allow nature lovers to enjoy the sunrise while learning about the cycles of nature and how to preserve these cycles from human impact. Starting at 7:30 am, these Cycles of Nature events are perfect for those looking for a way to make a difference, or a way to teach children the importance of climate preservation. Reservations are required, and can be made on their event page.

Full Moon Stand Up Paddle

Want to paddle board by the light of the full moon? With this event, you can! Held the weekend of October 11th to 13th, there are two different tours that can be chosen from. They both depart from the boat house at Lighthouse Park. One of the tours will take you north to the Conch House, and the other tour will take you to the mouth of Salt Run. Cost of the trip is $40 and bookings are required! Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Guided Beach Exploration

Held on the third Saturday of every month, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve will lead a two hour guided beach hike to take participants around the Guana South Beach location and teach them all about local plants and animals! The event is free, outside of a $3 parking fee, but reservations are required and can be done by visiting their page.

First Friday Garden Walk

Starting at 10am on the first Friday of every month, this guided tour through Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a 45 minute walk full of history and nature! The Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a 425 acre coastal preserve that contains a multitude of live oaks, magnolias, and coastal scrub! There are park entrance and parking fees, and more information about those fees can be found on their website.

Second Saturday Plant Sale

If you’re looking for something tropical to remind you of your Florida vacation, visit the Second Saturday Plant Sale! Also hosted at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, the park will offer rare plants for sale from 10am to 2pm. Park entrance and parking fees will again apply, but guests can enjoy the beauty of the parks before or after visiting the plant sale!

While there are so many other events, these are the best of the best nature-lovers’ events that are coming up in St. Augustine! For a list of other events going on at the same time, take a look at the St. Augustine webpage. For a wonderful place to stay, don’t forget to check out the specials available at Beacher’s Lodge.

St. Augustine has something for everyone. For those looking for relaxation, there are wonderful beaches to soak up the sun and sprawl out to enjoy a good book. The rich history of the city is perfect for those looking to learn more about the past while they wander streets filled with forts and colonial quarters. St. Augustine is also perfect for those sports and outdoor lovers looking for a way to spend as much time in nature as possible. There are events year round perfect for this purpose, but here are five events in October guaranteed to please any of the sports inclined.

Oldest City Red Trout Classic Tournament 2019

Back for the 18th year, the Old City Red Trout Classic Tournament will be held Wednesday to Friday, October 9th to 11th. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of North Florida. For those worried about impacts from fishing, no worries, this tournament is catch-and-release! Each team of two fishermen will have a local fishing guide to lead them throughout the tournament. For more information, or to register, visit their webpage! They have, so far, raised $21,250 of their $50,000 goal.

Saltwater Fishing 101

For those who aren’t of the tournament fishing variety, there are free – that’s right, free – fishing clinics being offered on five Wednesdays in October. Held from 9:00am to 11:00am in Vilano Beach, these clinics will help anyone learn the ins and outs of saltwater fishing. While the clinics are free, it is important to register which can be done on their webpage. It is “bring your own gear,” but the clinics will cover everything from buying the right rod and reel to how to fight a fish, and catch and release techniques.

St. Augustine Amateur Golf Tournament

Returning for the 16th year in a row, the St. Johns Golf Club will host its annual amateur golf tournament from October 11th to 13th, Friday through Sunday. Tee times start at 9 and run to 11, with the course formatted for 54-hole stroke play. Registration and entry fees can be found on their website.

Unity Pink Motorcycle Ride 2019

Unity Outreach has organized the annual Unity Pink Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, October 12th, starting at 8:30! The event is free for those who just want to watch, but those who want to ride will pay a $25 registration fee. This includes a bag, a T-shirt, and lunch! The event is geared towards all ages, with live music, food, a raffle and a silent auction.

Jail Break 5K 2019

October 26th at 8am will see the start of the 4th annual Jail Break 5k! Presented by Old Town Trolley Tours and Investing in Kids, the 5k will start at the Old Jail, hence its name as the Jail Break 5k, and will culminate in racing across the Vilano Beach Bridge. Runners of all ages are welcome, and everyone is encouraged to dress up for the occasion however they see fit! Registration is $25 per person, and includes a race T-shirt, a goody bag, and a finisher’s medal.

While there are hundreds of things to do in St. Augustine to enjoy nature and stay outdoors, these are the top five can’t miss events that are sure to make the transition from summer to fall a reason to celebrate!

Fall is right around the corner, and for those of us that don’t want to give up the sweet reprieve of summer, it can be sad – but it doesn’t have to be! St. Augustine is the perfect place to be in fall, especially right now with a huge variety of fall festivals guaranteed to make those season-changing blues fade away. From the SAiRA Food & Wine Festival, to the Creekside Festival, we’ve put together all you need to know about the biggest events of the season.

SAiRA Food & Wine Festival

This festival comes with a guarantee of fun, but also with the promise that your money is making a difference! This festival, thrown annually by the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association, raises funds for the St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club. This festival will take place on October 6th at the elegant and historic River House. There will be a beautiful collection culinary specialties coming from a variety of St. Augustine’s best restaurants paired with wines from around the world.

Greek Festival 2019

The following weekend, October 11 – 13th, will be the annual Greek Festival! This wonderful celebration boasts traditional Greek dances and music interspersed with phenomenal food and drink. Designed to highlight the importance of Greek influence on the historical city, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church creates a Greek village to allow for residents (or visitors) to get a taste for the islands. Admission is $5 for adults, with children and active duty military getting in for free! With everything from Greek coffee and wine to moussaka, dolmades and spanakopita, there is something for everyone.

Creekside Festival

If bluegrass and arts and crafts are more your style, head on over to the Creekside Festival on October 12th and 13th! Their schedule is jam-packed with bluegrass artists on two different stages, with acts ranging from Seminole Ridge and Remedy Tree to wildly talented local artists. You can also witness historical demonstrations, enjoy a beer garden with free samples, and taste your way through a selection of food trucks. For those with little kids, there are a variety of kid-friendly activities including free face-painting.

St. Augustine Songwriters Festival

For those interested in music, the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival will be the highlight of fall! This festival highlights the songwriters behind all of your favorite songs, allowing them a stage on which to speak about their inspirations and the process that brought the song to life. Starting Friday October 25th and running until Sunday the 27th, this festival will be a crowd-pleaser with drinks, food, a silent auction, and the songwriters!

With so much to do, there shouldn’t be a dull moment in your fall schedule! More information on other things to do in St. Augustine is available on our blog, and there are always deals shown on our specials page. Don’t miss out on a minute of the fun with an October visit to Beacher’s Lodge, the perfect fall festival and a unique oceanfront suite just right for the occasion!

Summer is winding down, back to school events are starting up, and fall is right around the corner… but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Though there are hundreds of reasons, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 reasons why you should fall in love with fall in St. Augustine.

1. Live Music

Live music is a quintessential part of St. Augustine living, and it doesn’t end when summer does! Enjoy live music every day of the week from Meehan’s Irish Pub, to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, to the Salt Life Food Shack. For a full list of what establishments offer music, check out the calendar!

2. Historic Events

St. Augustine has a rich history, and the fun historic events sprinkled throughout the city are a guaranteed good time, especially in the wonderful weather that the city has to offer in the fall. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, witness a real cannon firing at the Castillo de San Marcos complete with reenactors in period dress and living historians willing to explain the incredible history behind the fort. 

3. Sing Out Loud Festival

Sing Out Loud Festival is running every weekend in September with a variety of musicians, ranging from Kacey Musgraves to talented local acts. The Festival is being hosted at a variety of different establishments, and the best part is that the festival itself is completely free. 

4. Founder’s Day

St. Augustine is turning 454! Help the city celebrate with this wonderful event that includes fun activities such as a first Thanksgiving meal reenactment and weapons demonstrations. Check out more details on the event page!

5. Greek Festival

One of many festivals that St. Augustine has to offer, the Greek Festival, will run Friday to Sunday from October 11th to the 13th. There will be a large array of Greek food and drink available to the public, all served up in St. Augustine’s Historic District!

6. Halloween Events

Halloween is one of the best days of the year; St. Augustine is known for its love of the holiday! Enjoy a pub crawl and walking tour through some of the most haunted sites in St. Augustine, or enjoy some family fun at one of the city’s pumpkin patches.

7. Saint Benedict the Moor Blues Festival

This event is all about blues and BBQ! According to the event page, there will be plenty of beer and brisket, and they encourage guests to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the atmosphere. 

8. Moses Creek Kayak Trip

Enjoy a guided kayak trip around the area while you enjoy the phenomenal weather! These trips will be running from September 12th through the 15th and are a wonderful experience for the whole family.

9. Amphitheatre Farmer’s and Flea Market

Enjoy local fresh produce and handmade crafts at the St. Augustine farmer’s and flea markets! There are even bounce houses and small rides and games for the little ones at the flea market. The farmer’s market is every Saturday, and the flea market every Saturday and Sunday.

10. SAiRA Food & Wine Festival

This event raises money for the Boys and Girls Club. This is the 10th annual festival, and is hosted bayfront at the River House. Enjoy a showcase of the best that St. Augustine has to offer.

St. Augustine is a treasure year-round, but fall is a very special time to visit. Enjoy the music, see the sights, experience the history, and make the most of the weather. When looking for the perfect place to stay, don’t forget to check out Beacher’s Lodge specials and let us help you fall in love with Fall in St. Augustine!