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  • Spend the Afternoon at Castillo de San Marcos

    January 09, 2017

    Castillo de San Marcos is a long time staple of St. Augustine and a must see while you are visiting the area. The fort is just a short walk away from The Collector Inn; you will find yourself strolling along the Matanzas River until you inadvertently walk directly into Castillo de San Marcos.

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    The fort was built in the 17th century by Spanish settlers to protect St. Augustine from other invaders. The structure itself is built from coquina, a material similar to concrete but made out of shell particles, it is commonly found in Florida. The fort is open daily with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is the perfect family-friendly activity for the afternoon, while also expanding your knowledge on the history of the United States. 

    Castillo de San Marcos

    One South Castillo Drive

    Saint Augustine, FL 32084

    Open Daily from 8:45 AM until 5:00 PM

  • Tour the Town by Trolley

    December 05, 2016

    The beauty of St. Augustine can be seen from all over the city, one of the top ways to explore, is on the Old Town Trolley. This hop on hop off trolley system is perfect for a day out on the town. The open air trolley stops at twenty-three different locations, including the Fountain of Youth and Castillo de San Marcos, where you can get off and explore on your own with the guidance of the knowledgable trolley drivers. 

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    Throughout the tour you will be told enchanting stories about the oldest settled city in the United States. If you love history and spending your time in the beautiful breezy weather, you will absolutely love this outing - and it is perfect for the entire family. The Old Town Trolley is the most relaxing way to see the St. Augustine; it is definitely one of our favorite ways too!  

    Website: https://www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine

  • Local Spirits at the St. Augustine Distillery

    November 07, 2016

    Like everything in St. Augustine you can’t go anywhere without touching a little bit of history. FP&L’s historic Power and Ice plant was brought back to life just a few years ago and turned into an incredible small-batch distillery. A sense of pride for the community, this nineteenth century building was snatched up by a couple of locals who've since introduced the first bourbon made in Florida since Prohibition.

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    If you’re feeling adventurous, make sure to pop in for a distillery tour and a sample (or two) of these hand-crafted spirits like Florida Cane Vodka and New World Gin! The distillery offers free, 30-minute tours Monday through Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. All ages are welcome to experience this unique St. Augustine attraction, however you must be 21+ to have a taste. The St. Augustine Distillery offers a little fun for everyone — bottoms up!

    St. Augustine Distillery
    112 Riberia Street
    St. Augustine, Florida 32084

  • Strolling the Streets of St. Augustine

    October 17, 2016

    The Collector sits on some of the oldest settled soil in the United States. Claimed by the Spanish in the seventeenth century, St. Augustine has long captivated visitors of varied interests. Whether you are a history buff, art lover or simply seek to explore street after centuries-old street, there is something to do for everyone. This city is perfect for a family vacation or a weekend getaway with your sweetheart.

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    A romantic horse and buggy ride is the perfect way to wrap up your evening, after an incredible dinner at one of the many restaurants around town. Low-hanging Spanish moss and cobblestone streets make you feel like you are taking a step back in time while wandering this historic coastal city. You will quickly realize that St. Augustine is truly one-of-a-kind, ensuring many return visits.

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