Halloween is right around the corner, and in St. Augustine, it is guaranteed to be a hit! There are so many events and activities coming up that will absolutely make your Halloween better than you could have ever dreamed! With everything from pumpkin patches, to the Creatures of the Night and the St. Ambrose Fall Festival, Beacher’s Lodge has put together this guide of 5 events that cannot be missed this Halloween season.

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin carving, or pumpkin painting, is an essential part of the Halloween season! Get in the spirit by purchasing a pumpkin from the First United Methodist church daily from 10am to 7pm. The Shores United Methodist Church pumpkin patch is also open 12pm to 7pm on the weekends, and 2 pm to 5pm during the week! Pumpkins can also be purchased at the Sykes Family Farm, Ancient City Baptist Church Fall Festival, and the St. Ambrose Fall Fair.

HOLLER-ween Fest

The HOLLER-ween fest will be held the last two weekends in October, the 18th to the 19th, and 25th to the 26th. The fest, held at the Florida Agricultural Museum will feature a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, trail rides, and more, including bounce houses, story times, and loads of refreshments. Tickets are $15, but discounted tickets are available here!

Creatures of the Night

On October 25th, 26th and 27th, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park is hosting a Creatures of the Night experience! While mostly geared towards kids, this event can be fun for all ages with trick or treating, creepy insects on display, and alligator feedings for the more adventurous!

Sykes Family Farms Crop Maze

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the 27th, the Sykes Family Farms Crop Maze is full of wonderful fall activities ranging from hayrides and a teeter totter to a children’s play area, a cow train, and even a cow milking station. They also have an abundance of pumpkins, sunflowers, and fresh produce!

Halloween Costume Contest

Ancient City Tours will be hosting their own Halloween costume contest on Sunday, October 28th from 2pm to 5pm! The costume contest will be held in the North St. George Street Area, with trick-or-treating available at participating shops afterwards!

With so much to do, the Halloween season is guaranteed to be a howl of a time! Make it one to remember by looking into all of the Beacher’s Lodge specials, and celebrate Halloween seaside this year.

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! 

 

St. Augustine is the place to be in the summer, and the Sing Out Loud Festival is part of the reason why! This free – you read that right, free – festival runs from Friday, September 6th to Sunday, September 29th. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there are fantastic new acts to see spread out through the beautiful city of St. Augustine, and we have the inside scoop on where to go, where to eat, and how to make the most out of this fantastic event.

Eating

With multiple venues each weekend, it can be hard to pick where to go. While some restaurants are hosting the concerts, others are not, so we have put together a handy little guide on the nearest places to eat for the venues that pop up most on the schedule. 112 Riberia Street, home of the St. Augustine Distillery, is a venue every weekend of the festival! The closest eatery to the venue is the renowned Ice Plant Bar, which boasts a menu from soft baked pretzel bread to umami watermelon-tomato salad, local fish, and half pound burgers.

77 Bridge Street is another repeat venue, with the wonderful Preserved Restaurant just down the street. Fine dining for a very reasonable amount, treat yourself there to Mayport shrimp and grits or a mouthwatering creme brulee. Near the Colonial Oak Music Park, you can find two great venues – the No Name Bar which has a small but mouth-watering menu of burgers, fish sandwiches and tacos, and the Taberna del Caballo, a restaurant with a wonderful variety of Spanish food ranging from nachos to tacos, to carne asada.

Anastasia State Park, home of the St. Augustine Ampitheatre, has Island Joe’s – some of the best fresh daily food with wonderful new specials every day. Sarbez! and Shanghai Nobby’s are both repeat venues that double as eateries. Enjoy some wonderful, quality dinner along with fantastic music!

Parking

Parking can be difficult, so we’ve put together a list of the nearest parking to take some of the pressure off. For parking near the St. Augustine Distillery, check out the 90 Riberia Street Parking. It’s nearby, and leaves a few blocks to enjoy the nice weather. Near 33 Saint George Street, you have the Tolomato Metered and Permit Parking. 1-45 Washington Street Parking is perfect for parking near 77 Bridge Street, or park near Preserved Restaurant to do all your parking for the night in one fell swoop. Parking for Sarbez!, Shanghai Nobby’s and the St. Augustine Ampitheatre are all available at the establishment themselves, or at nearby establishments.

Lineup

With an incredible lineup, the Sing Out Loud Festival boasts over 300 acts, ranging from big names like Kacey Musgraves to a variety of local and regional bands! Support local bands and see some of your favorites by checking out the lineup, and the schedule.

With so much to see and so much to do, St. Augustine’s Sing Out Loud Festival is the perfect place to be to soak up the last bits of the summer and make the most of the weekends. Book your favorite Beacher’s Lodge suite today for a music-filled weekend getaway, and don’t forget to check out our rental specials!

As visitors browse the historic district of St. Augustine, many refer to it is a tiny glimpse of Europe. The cobblestone roads are much more narrow than what most of us are used to. The old style buildings that are original in design but have had upkeep over the years take you back to an era of long ago. The feeling of this part of town not only takes you to a new experience but so does the food. After eating at the Columbia this past week, I became truly inspired to write this piece for all the past, current, and future guests of the Beachers Lodge. 

The Columbia

If you are looking for an authentic Columbian dining experience, then look no further than one of my all-time favorites: The Columbia. It is centrally located on the ever so popular St. George street. If the wait is long, which often occurs on the weekend, you can enjoy its genuine Columbian ambiance in their outdoor courtyard. They have a beautiful fountain and you can even have a drink while you wait. I highly recommend their Sangrias! Once seated, you can enjoy some of the Columbian decor – and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! It’s the closest thing to authentic Columbian food without using your passport. One more tip, be sure to stop at their gift shop on the way out. They have beautiful pottery and various ingredients for sale. I highly recommend purchasing their Sangria mix. It tastes just like the one you enjoyed with dinner. 

 

If you are up for a wine tasting after dinner, I have the perfect little spot for you. Once you exit the Columbia restaurant, take a step to your right on George Street and stroll on over to the Gifted Cork. They have delicious wines that won’t break the bank. I love heading over there for my dessert wine as their daily tastings are only $5! 

Catch 27

If you are looking for a taste of St. Augustine, then look no further than Catch 27. It’s located near the tail end of Charlotte Street. One of my favorite things about Catch 27 is how almost all of their ingredients come from either our local fisherman or a local farm, so you know it is all very fresh! Another cool thing about Catch 27 is how they have brought the native Minorcan flavor to the table. The spirit of the Minorcan lives and breathes in many things in St. Augustine, but what I love the most is the unique flavor that can be found in Catch 27’s Minorcan Chowder. The menu does change according to season. Be sure to stop by if you are here during Red Snapper season!

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Looking to spice up your dinner tonight? Look no further than Harry’s! I’ve had the pleasure of spending some time in the Big Easy, aka New Orleans and the Cajun spirit is one to enjoy. You will get a taste of the Big Easy at Harry’s. I highly recommend their Jambalaya. If that is not your cup of tea then try their French Baked Scallops. It will make your taste buds dance!!!

 

Prohibition Kitchen

If you are looking for something completely different, something you have probably never experienced before, then Prohibition Kitchen is a must! From the moment you walk in, you feel like you are in the prohibition era! Even the staff have dressed the part. You can’t go wrong with their local beers and amazing mixed drinks. My all-time favorite and must have each time I go is their pretzel! I’ve been known to have one as a meal; they are HUGE! For those of you that need more to satisfy your appetite, I highly recommend the Whiskey BBQ Burger. Your taste buds will be singing Charlie Daniels songs all night long! Not into burgers? How about their Braised Beef jus. It is to die for!!!  An extra treat is their live entertainment every night. 

 

I’ll be sure to write some more on my most favorite places to eat, but now I’ve made myself so hungry, I’m gonna have to grab a bite to eat. My taste buds are feeling a little rebellious, so Prohibition Kitchen it is! 

It is almost that time of the year when everyone gathers for one of the summer’s biggest holidays. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate the independence of our great country and spend some time out in the sun before joining together for a dazzling display of fireworks.

St. Augustine enjoys celebrating the 4th in style, so to help you make the most of your time with Beacher’s Lodge, we’ve created a guide to some of the fun things to do for the holiday.

St. Augustine has a multitude of sights to see, and the St. Augustine Sightseeing Tours is the perfect way to pick and choose where you want to go, and when! Hop on and off at any of 23 stops, from the Fountain of Youth to the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Colonial Quarter. As part of the Fountain of Youth package, you’ll also receive admission to the Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum, the St. Augustine History Museum, and of course, the Fountain of Youth. Trolley tickets are valid for two consecutive days, so if you can’t fit everything into one day, don’t fret – you can always come back the next day.

On the day of the 4th, if you’re looking for some time outside of St. Augustine, visit Palm Coast to attend the Choral Arts Society show. The show will be an hour and a half long, filled with patriotic tunes. The show is entirely free, though donations will go towards the benefit of art and music students in the form of scholarships.

If parades are more your style, check out the Fabulous Fourth Festival on the A1A Highway at Flagler Beach. Running from 10 am to noon, the parade will be filled with floats and entertainment, including the handing out of candy if you have any little ones with you, or just want to treat yourself.

Back in St. Augustine, fireworks will be held at 9:30 pm, at 1 South Castillo Drive. Prior to the fireworks, there will be an orchestra entertaining from 6 to 8 pm at the Plaza de la Constitucion, playing a mix of swing and Americana tunes! The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, but there will be a free Park & Ride shuttle on Anastasia Blvd. From 6:00 p.m. until midnight from three parking locations along Anastasia Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. The shuttle will pick up at these locations: Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South), St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340-C A1A South) and R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Dr.). For more information, click here.

If being a little further from the action is more your style, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum will allow for a view of the fireworks from almost 170 feet in the air! The cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children under 12. Move quickly, there are just a few tickets left!

No matter what you choose to do, spending your Independence Day in and around the Nation’s oldest city is sure to give you a wonderful patriotic experience!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and some of us are not sure what we should do for dad on his special day. Should you get him a tie, or a weekend at the beach grilling steaks in the BBQ area at Beacher’s Lodge?

Naturally we think a weekend getaway for dad is much better than a tie and we bet dad will agree. Not only can he grill his favorite BBQ burgers or steaks, but there’s lots to do with dad in the  Crescent beach area.

Just south of St. Augustine, Crescent Beach boasts some of the best sun and sand that you can find. Gorgeous beaches are surrounded by history and top-rated restaurants, making this the perfect place to spend a day with Dad.

Fort Matanzas National Monument

An excellent place to start the day would be at Fort Matanzas National Monument. Consisting of a fort that has been standing since 1740, as well as 100 acres of salt marsh and barrier islands, this national monument stands as a symbol of protection. The history of Coastal Florida is filled with major conflicts as everyone sought to control the New World, and this Fort is part of what is left of that history. The fort today serves to protect the barrier islands and the plants and animals that have lived there for hundreds of years.

Kite Surfing

Also on Matanzas Inlet, there are long stretches of beach prime for kitesurfing, something that can be arranged with help from Kiteboarding Florida. Whether you want to stay on Matanzas or take a short trip to somewhere like Porpoise Point, they will help you organize the outing by pointing you in the right direction.

South Beach Grill

A morning of kitesurfing is sure to work up an appetite, and South Beach Grill is one of the top-rated restaurants in Crescent Beach. With a variety of menu options from vegan to gluten-free, burgers to tacos, healthy bowls to fried gator tail, there is surely something on the menu to please any palate.

Moses Creek Conservation Area

To work off your delicious lunch, take dad on a trip to the Moses Creek Conservation area, and walk along a variety of trails, or explore the bluffs within the area. Moses Creek is a wonderful place to picnic, fish, and take a glimpse of the wildlife around you.

Head back to Beacher’s Lodge to add to the comfort and ease of an exciting Crescent Beach getaway – where there’s always a wonderful selection of suites. Spend the evening on the ocean front balcony and have one of those heart to hearts with dear Ol’ Dad. Give the king of the castle the weekend he deserves, and start making memories with us at Beacher’s Lodge.

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that the sentiment behind the holiday has to end within twenty-four hours. Whether you wanted to avoid the crazy rush the day of, or try to save your sanity in the days leading up to it, Beacher’s Lodge has all the details for a Mother’s Day Getaway.

Whether you want to have a mommies day out with your other mom friends, or you want to spend quality time just you and your mom, there’s a place that’s perfect for you. Nothing starts off the morning the right way more than a trip to the spa. Luckily, there’s quite a few options right in the St. Augustine area, each offering something different to make sure that you get what you want most.

Small Indulgences Day Spa has a wide variety of options for services, ranging from facials, to hair treatments, to massages. They even offer various different packages, from all day packages ( for those mommas that desperately need that rest and relaxation ) to a sample package that will give you the quick refresh you need before you head out the door to your next location.

If the morning at the spa works up your appetite, there are plenty of food options in the area to satisfy those cravings. Michael’s Tasting Room, considered one of the premier special occasion dining choices, has a wide variety of seasonal fish and steakhouse cuts, any of which could be followed with a classic Florida Key Lime Pie. However, if your stomach is screaming for a wonderful sandwich, The Ice Plant is the place for you. With a menu dedicated to unique flavors handcrafted from local ingredients, the farm to table cousine and cocktails are sure to hit the spot!

At the end of your St. Augustine adventure, nothing rounds out the perfect girl’s day out like a trip to the award winning San Sebastian Winery. Tours and tastings run about forty-five minutes, where the wonderful tour guides take you around the wine production facility before letting you taste the wine and see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Once you have had a fun and exciting day in downtown St. Augustine, be sure to enjoy a glass of wine from the bottle you bought from the San Sebastian Winery as you watch the waves roll in and sing you a lullaby from your Beacher’s Lodge balcony. No matter the time of year, watching the day settle into the night is always breathtaking.

Mom getaways are the perfect way to get the rest and relaxation all moms need while staying at their home away from home. So whether you’re in the area or coming in from out of town looking for the perfect Mother’s Day weekend getaway, be sure to check out the specials on Beacher’s Lodge to find the best option for you.