Saturday, December 14, 2013

St. Francis Inn Preview

Happy Weekend, everyone! As you can probably tell, I'm back from vacation! It's taking me a few days to adjust - on the day I flew home (Wednesday), I woke up to 81 degrees, and arrived home to 18! I'd like Florida back, please! I've been unpacking, doing a ton of laundry, and cuddling my cats, but also missing my friends and sunshine and palm trees!

I'm working on posts about my whole trip (there will be several!), but I wanted to do a bit of a teaser post about my getaway to St. Augustine! Although I lived in central Florida for 3 years, I'd never been there before, so it was fun to do something totally new!

I spent my night in St. Augustine at the St. Francis Inn, which has been around since 1791! I knew that I wanted to stay at a Bed and Breakfast, and this one won me over for several reasons.

exterior walled courtyard at st francis inn

First, I liked the location - Most of the accommodations in St. Augustine are located among the shops and restaurants, but this one is in a more residential area. You can still get to all of the sights within a 5-10 minute walk, but being a bit away from it all makes it much quieter!

Second (and this will shock no one who has read my blog for very long) - they have a cat. If I'm going to be away from my own cats for over 2 weeks, I want a kitty I can cuddle on for the day!

Third, I like the design of their rooms. The interior design is simple and relaxed, a lot like a guest room in someone's home. They're not the overly flowery, kitchy designs you might expect in some Bed + Breakfasts. (I always think of the episode of Gilmore Girls where they stay in one and are convinced that the flowers on the wallpaper have multiplied overnight.)

The inn has 17 rooms, each with its own name and style. I stayed in the Garden Hideaway, which is in a separate building from the main house. I'll have my own photos up soon, but for now here's a peek at it from their official website photos!

Garden Hideaway

See? Clean, bright, kind of beach-y. Love it!

Finally, the inn has great amenities! I'll cover them in detail when I write about my trip, but let's just say that being able to order delicious handmade seasonal lattes totally influenced my decision on where to stay! When I was telling a friend about my upcoming visit, I think my exact words were "They have free wine, gingerbread lattes, wi-fi and a cat. I may never leave."

Given that I'm blogging from home, I obviously did leave eventually. Are you curious yet about if the place lived up to the hype I just built up? Check back soon for all of the details! If there's anything specific you're curious about, let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to cover it!


Katie said...

It looks adorable!

Elena said...

Looks like a nice place!