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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!

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.