Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Vacations and Travels to St Augustine Beach, Great Restaurants and Art Galleries
St Augustine Light House
acrylic on birch panel
wired and ready to hang unframed.
shipping 15.00 or pick up at my studio
I have fallen in love with St Augustine Beach. I was lucky to spend a few weeks there this fall. It is one of the best east coast beach towns. Small and cozy but large enough to have adequate shopping and businesses, so you don't have to travel to the mainland if you don't wish to. It is just a hop and skip from Jacksonville to the North, and South to wonderful Marineland and Washington Oaks State Park. Anastasia State Park is right in St Augustine Beach and it is one of Florida's loveliest ocean front parks.
I recommend several restaurants right on A1A:
The Oasis for an excellent breakfast and great seafood.
The Sunset Grille for great seafood and excellent service.
The Sea Oats Cafe, a tiny cafe with a great breakfast and outstanding biscuits and sausage gravy.
The Cafe' 11, a quirky menu which is good, and Wireless Internet.
The A1A Ale House, downtown in St Augustine with outdoor seating and view of the tourist and carriages as the go by. Very good diverse menu with excellent service.
There are dozens of galleries in the City but the two I like the best are both beach side:
Island Fine Art just north of the 206 Intercoastal bridge on the west side of A1A in the Island Center (You can see my work there through December in a group show)
Rachel Thompson Gallery in the Town Center on A1A.
St Augustine Beach has lots of condos available for rental. My favorite is the St Augustine Beach Racket Club 880 A1A. They are really lovely and very secure with a 24 hour security guard and a locked gate to the beach. Beautifully landscaped too with exceptional dunes.
There are lots of nice hotels along the beach including the Garden Hilton, Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Comfort Inn and others.
St Augustine Beach is a relaxed easy going lifestyle. There is a new library at the Town Center, a large outlet mall nearby, lots to do in the old city and lots of beautiful, very clean white sand beaches. You will never be bored there.