|The Tini Martini lit up for the holidays.|
We needed one more night in a Marriott brand from hubby to keep his Platinum status for the year, so we decided to take an overnight trip to St. Aug, a place we've been a couple of times already.
Fairfield Inn - We usually stay outside the city, and this hotel is a good option. Clean rooms, newer hotel, and continental breakfast to prep for a day of walking around. It's a good affordable option.
The Back 40 Urban Cafe - I found this little gem on Trip Advisor a couple hours before leaving for St. Aug. You will need a car to get here since it's a little outside of the old city downtown. They have a happy hour hour each day from 3-6, and it's a hot spot for locals. While we were eating, a couple about our age came in and ordered. We asked them if they had been there before, and she said that they are there a couple times a month. Hubby had the wet burrito, and I had the tacos, both with jerk chicken. So good! Lots of food for the money and a really great stop before heading into downtown.
Pizza Time - This was a quick stop for lunch before heading home. We both ordered calzones, and while the crust was perfect and the portion was huge, there was way too much ricotta cheese and very little meat. Next time we go we'll probably try the pizza instead. For the money, it's a good bet.
The Tasting Room - We were ready for drinks after walking around looking at Christmas lights and we found this place. The wine list is extensive, and there is a fair selection of small plate options along with regular dinners. They offer a 4-course dinner option on the menu, which was about $50. Adding a wine pairing is an extra $24. We both agreed that if we were going to spend that kind of money on an option like this, we'd much rather go back to the Chef's Table in Winter Garden. In any case, we chose a Monday Funday special Spanish wine for $30, an order of truffle fries (good but we had better at a place in Napa), and the best Creme Brule I have ever had, hands-down - Coconut. It was absolutely delicious and so creamy!
|Coconut Creme Brule and San Cristobal red blend @ The Tasting Room|
Spanish Military Hospital Museum - The historical home we wanted to visit was closed for Christmas so we toured the hospital instead. The guide, even talking at break-neck speed, was really informative. My favorite part involved the history of the apothecary and use of certain herbs. Very fascinating. At $6 for a 40-min tour, this place is worth a stop! So much interesting history to learn while visiting the oldest city in the US.