Saint Augustine

Updated January 1st, 2020

We recently celebrated Diana's birthday and our Eleventh Anniversary with a short trip to St. Augustine

We stayed at a quaint Bed and Breakfast called the Old City House Inn and Restaurant.   The building was built around 1857 as a carriage house for a mansion that has since burned down. It is located at 115 Cordova Street behind the Casa Monica Hotel and next to Flagler's Alcazar Hotel; now the Lightner Museum.

The image is from a post card with a photograph by Addison Fitzgerald
The Old City House is circled with the Casa Monica Hotel on the left
and the Lightner Museum on the right

The Old City House Inn and Restaurant has seven bedrooms , a room with a bar and a small restaurant, and a patio with umbrellas (smoking permitted).

A complimentary wine (or beer) and cheese hour from 5:00-6:00 is part of the room rate!

The restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner.  Room guests normally get their choice of table and times for dinner. The food and the service
are outstanding!

The Old City House owner, Juan, cooks a complimentary two course breakfast and his son serves the guests.

The Old City House Inn and Restaurant Website

As I had recently been released from the hospital and had some mobility issues, we requested a first floor room. We were able to park in the Old House parking lot (free), check in to our room, enjoy the wine and cheese, have dinner, go to the patio for after dinner drinks, coffee and a cigar, retire to our room, and enjoy the complimentary breakfast all on one floor!

Our room was the Augustin.  It had a queen four poster bed, antique armoire, jacuzzi tub/shower and plenty of room.

We got a great rate because we stayed on a Thursday night.  Weekend rates are considerable higher.

You can make your reservation and choose your room online. But make sure you follow up by phone with the owner, Juan. In our case, he gave us an upgrade to the Augustin.

As Diana and I had been to St. Augustine several times and also do to my lack of mobility, we decided to not attempt to go to St. George Street or other tourist attractions.  As neither of us had been to the Lightner Museum and the fact that it was right next door to the Old House Inn, we decided to concentrate our "tourist" time there.  We got permission from Juan to leave our car in the parking lot at no charge and go next door to the Lightner Museum for lunch and a tour.

The Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum was built by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel in 1888. Today, the building consists of a mall arcade with shops and the museum in the rear. The museum has the finest collection of 19th Century art in the country.
 The entrance fee is $15 ($12 for seniors. There are many incredible exhibits in the museum. This large malachite veneer and gold vase is a replica of one that is displayed at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersberg, Russia. The Alcazar Hotel was famous for the largest indoor pool in it's time. There is now a cafe at one end of the pool.  You can enter the cafe for lunch either from the museum or from Cordova Street.

The Lightner Museum Website

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