St. Augustine: More Than a Landmark Part One

new-picture-1St. Augustine’s slogan is “the ancient city” and rightfully so. This richly historical town was founded in 1565 and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known historical landmarks— like the Castillo De San Marcos constructed in 1695 and Flagler College, originally built in 1888 as a luxurious hotel. However, various local restaurants, museums, and art galleries reveal that there is much more to this 451 year-old city than just it’s ancient beginnings. Fountains Vacation Club members staying at the Fountains of St. Augustine resort will be able to take a stroll down some of the nation’s oldest roads, dine on coastal waters, visit museums, and tour art galleries— all in the comfort of Northeast Florida’s year-round mild temperature.

Yet, what makes this city so desirable to Motorcoach owners is how it’s perfectly situated near some of Florida’s premiere vacation destinations. Every RV’ers favorite thing to do is travel, and the quintessential location of St. Augustine allows you to do just that. Members can visit places like Winter Park, Jacksonville, and Anastasia Park while still making it back to the resort before sunset, proving that you don’t need a beach or mouse ears to achieve the sunshine state of mind— all you need is your RV.

Shop, Dine, and Experience Winter Park

Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park, Florida is located a little over an hour and a half south of The Fountains of St. Augustine— and it is well worth the drive. Park Avenue’s numerous dining options—like Luma, The Ravenous Pig, and Prato to name a few— range from casual to formal. For those who would rather new-picture-2get a quick bite to eat or drink, there are cafés and wine bars, too. After dining at one of Park Avenue’s restaurants, you can go shopping at over 100 shops that range from elegant boutiques to salons and jewelers. At Park Avenue you will be able to shop ‘til you drop before filling up your RV to the brim with unique purchases.

For art connoisseurs and rookie Da Vinci’s alike, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art— located five minutes north of Park Avenue— is a must-see. This art museum houses the world’s largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s work, including his well-known jewelry, pottery, and various art and architectural object. At Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, museum goers can truly experience Breakfast at Tiffany’s in a redefined way. Every month the museum showcases different exhibits, which can be found on their calendar. Admission starts at $5 and the hours of operation vary daily.

Date Night for Two at Times Union

The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Jacksonville— located just thirty minutes north of The Fountains of St. Augustine— will be the perfect place for you and your spouse to enjoy an elegant date night. Following your relaxing day at the Fountains, spend your evening at the Time Union’s symphony hall or either of it’s two theatres, seeing performances like Cirque Du Soleil, Bob Dylan, or the Celtic Women. Ticket prices start at $60.

Date night isn’t complete without fine dining and Times Union is conveniently located near some of Jacksonville’s top-rated restaurants, like award-winning Matthew’s Restaurant. This elegant restaurant is complete with a wine cellar featuring over two-thousand bottles along with an extensive menu full of five-star quality dishes. BB’s Restaurant and Bar is another one of Jacksonville’s top rated restaurants that features a classy, yet less formal atmosphere than Matthews.

Daycation at Anastasia State Parkanastasia-state-park

The Fountains of St. Augustine will be a luxurious resort with spacious one, two, or three bedroom Casitas, yet sometimes it will be nice to get away for the day. Anastasia State Park—located 20 minutes south of the Fountains— is the ideal place to spend an adventurous, yet relaxing, day outside.

For just $8, you can experience Anastasia’s numerous activities; all of which are perfect for any type of RV’er! For those who prefer being on the water, there’s kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and fishing— all included in the price of your admission. For those RV’ers who’d rather stay on land, there’s biking and trails that you can either bike or walk on. Biking prices depend on the length of rental, but the views on the trail are priceless.Anastasia State Park also has a four-mile-long pristine beach that’s ideal for shelling, bird-watching, or book reading.

Anastasia State Park is only open until sunset, but because of it’s prime location to the Fountains, you can spend all day at the park and still make it back to the resort in time for supper.

Enriching Your Love for Travel

The thought of traveling while on vacation might seem like a chore to some, but for RV’ers it’s the complete opposite. RV’ers know that the best vacations involve traveling and seeing the world through a myriad of journeys. Traveling from St. Augustine to various Florida destinations is guaranteed to lead to multiple unforgettable journeys. From date night, to museum tours, to beaching and shopping, your Fountains of St. Augustine vacation will be more than just lounging by the pool. Experience what makes St. Augustine’s destination so ideal for Class A
Motorcoach owners by becoming a member of the Fountains Vacation Club today.