St. Augustine Journals

Delightful Historic St. Augustine

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A December 2004 trip to St. Augustine by Mary Dickinson

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Quote: Henry M. Flagler added a distinct architectural style to this city that still dominates. He intended to open Florida to tourism by offering the finest to the richest people, and it’s still thrilling to see the wonders he created.

Celebrity Resorts Palm Coast

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Hotel | "The Harbor Club at Palm Coast"

Celebrity Resorts Palm Coast Photo, Palm Coast, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:St. Augustine, the beach, and Daytona were nearby.Best Things About the Resort:All the units are circled around a large open tropical center with lots of amenities.Resort Experience:When I opened the sliding glass doors from the living room to the screened-in veranda, I first noticed the stream with little waterfalls here and there, and then I noticed the miniature golf course, the heated pool and Jacuzzi, and even a clubhouse with exercise equipment and a game room. This was a small resort and all the condos were in a circle, with the amenities in the center. It was really an excellent layout and convenient for every unit. Our unit was o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

Celebrity Resorts Palm Coast
98 Palm Coast Resort Blvd.
Palm Coast, Florida 32137
(386) 445-0637

Old Town Trolley

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Attraction | "Old Jail"

Old Town Trolley Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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When Henry Flagler didn’t like the jail being in full view of his new luxuriant hotel, he exchange building lots with the town and had the jail torn down. He had a new jail built that looked like an attractive hotel, and it was located further out of town. There was anything but a hotel inside. We paid $4 apiece (with a $1 discount, because we bought a package tour), and then we sat on a bench in front of the jail with Sheriff Joe Perry. He was nice and quiet (he was a statue), and the deputy offered to take our picture. A crowd of tourists arrived to see the jail, and the deputy told us that we were all his prisoners and had to go in the back door. On the way around back, we stopped at the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

Old Town Trolley
167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-3800

Flagler College

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Flagler College Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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It was all about mega-money, mega-power, and ambition in the hands of one man, Henry Morrison Flagler. Already wealthy beyond belief from his partnership with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, Flagler discovered how great the climate in Florida was when he went there to improve his wife’s failing health. It occurred to him that Florida might be an ideal place to visit during the winter for the rich and famous and decided St. Augustine was just the place to make it happen. Pleasing the affluent would require the finest of everything, so capitalizing on the fact that St. Augustine was an old Spanish city, he decided on Spanish Moorish architecture and hired the firm of McKim, Meade and White fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

Flagler College
74 King Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-2424

Lightner Museum

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Lightner Museum Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Phone: 904-824-2874, Website: www.lightnermuseum.org. Take a trip back in time to the once famous Alcazar winter resort in St. Augustine, Florida, today known as the Lightner Museum. A sign indicating a café and an antiques shopping mall were located in the back of the building, so, it being lunchtime, we got off the trolley and headed for them. The quaint little café, with live entertainment during lunch, was located in the former swimming pool and filled to capacity, so we signed a waiting list and browsed through the curious antiques shops situated around the outer edge of the former pool. Looking upward, we could see the balustrade opening to the center ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

Lightner Museum
75 King St.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 823-1327

Old Town Trolley

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Old Town Trolley Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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If you’ve ever visited St. Augustine, especially when the streets are crowded with tourists, you will know that parking your car can ruin the day. If you can even find a place to park, it’s expensive. Free parking is available all day at either the Exxon Station or Howard Johnson’s on A1A, north of the town, if you buy tour tickets for The Old Town Trolley - and you will get a great tour as well. The Exxon Station was also the location of the Old Jail, a fancy Spanish Renaissance building with friendly, comical guides trying to laugh at brutal inhuman justice. See and hear about the Mission Nombre de Dios and Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth as you travel back to town. On the way you will al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

Old Town Trolley
167 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-3800