I have definitely always loved to travel, and my one regret is not documenting all of my experiences. To me, there is nothing like hopping in the car and getting out of town to discover new places. I do like plane travel too, of course, but I have always loved a road trip. I love the ability to stop and check out something that we see in the spur of the moment. I also love the long, silly conversations we have in the car. My husband like to have me look up “Weird facts” and top 10 lists and read them out loud while we drive. Good times.
This year for my birthday. my husband and I took a 3 day trip to St. Augustine Florida SANS kids. I love those little guys, but it sure was nice to just relax for a few days without worrying about cooking, cleaning, and entertaining anyone but myself. We did all kinds of goofy things and just had a blast being tourists!
We stayed at the Hilton DoubleTree in the Historic District which was a great hotel- They give you warm cookies when you check in! Amazing! The nice thing was that we were close enough to walk to the downtown area… but I wouldn’t have minded being a little bit closer. I only brought my Converse sneakers and they are not good for walking for more than 5 minutes at a time and it was more like 15-20 to get to the main downtown area.
The first thing we did was go to Potter’s Wax Museum super cheesy, but fun:
That’s my husband Sean. He’s pretty awesome even though he has two favorite tee-shirts which you will see he is wearing in every.single.photo. If you don’t recognize the photo, it’s Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski”. We like to play a game where we do a shot for every time someone says “Cool shirt, man!” or just a “Abide”, but then we realize we are way too old for that sh-stuff. So we settled on some Sangria at the Columbia restaurant– so good. We actually have a Columbia Restaurant at home too but never go there. I prefer to go to St. Augustine for my Sangria!
Our first day, we pretty much walked around, had a few drinks, watched the sunset, you know, very stressful stuff.
This was right on the water by the Castillo de San Marcos– the historical fort. We actually went there the last time we were in town so didn’t go this time. Pretty cool for your history buffs. (No makeup on vacation. Hey, I don’t know any of these people.)
The next day we went to visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, and made the 14 floor climb to the top… wow, were we out of shape! We stopped every few floors to catch our breath, but we made it. One of us was not a fan of being on the top floor, but I loved it and the view!
Probably the most fun we had was renting these scooters! I couldn’t believe how far away they let us take them, all the way to the beach- across the bay. I am not experienced with driving any kind of scooter or motorcycle, so I was nervous. Sean got a kick out of my wide turns, but I said I was just being cautious! It’s a little nervewracking because you know if you put a scratch in it, you’re going to pay for it. It’s a good idea to take pictures of it before you go out- lest you get accused of “putting it down” when you bring it back you can show them which scratches were indeed there before you left the lot. Not that that happened or anything at Solano Cycle Scooter Rentals. We had a blast with those things, I think we had them for 4 or five hours and it was about 100 dollars for both of us.
We even took the bikes down for a quick obligatory walk on the beach..(you can’t take them literally down to the sand) even though we didn’t go swimming. I love the beach- so calming and peaceful!
We rode along this street where you can find the ‘Fountain of Youth’ For some reason that attraction didn’t seem to call to us. Maybe next time. This street though- the picture doesn’t do it justice. The trees- the spanish moss- I just pictured it being a great place for bridal pictures.
We went to the Collage Restaurant for my birthday dinner, which was amazing. I wanted to go someplace new and different. It’s a very small place, which I like because you know the food isn’t mass-produced. The atmosphere was calm and quiet, slightly upscale so we felt a little goofy in our T-shirts but again.. we figured, “we’re on vacation and we don’t know these people”. It was delicious and I even tried a lamb appetizer- I was not looking forward to it but it was actually pretty delicious!
The next day we stopped by Cafe 11, located right across from the beach, for breakfast- AMAZING! Such a cool place- they have a stage for performances, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also do catering. I had my standard bacon egg and cheese bagel, with a “Boba Tea”. It was pretty darn tasty! We will definitely go back there next time. And can I say- what a great husband I have to comepletely come up with this trip on his own for my birthday. I’mm usually the planner-of-all-things so this was an awesome surprise.
Well- there’s one trip in the books, but I will also be writing about our recent trips to Las Vegas, Lake Lure, NC, and New Orleans so stay tuned!