Oldest Inn + Oldest House = Architectural Wonders
St. Augustine, Florida ~ FEBRUARY 6-7, 2013
Oldest Inn + Oldest House
St. Francis Inn ~ Oldest Inn in America’s Oldest City
St. Augustine, FL (December 2012) St. Augustine, Florida has made the list of National Geographic Traveler's World's Top 20 Places to See. The northeast Florida city, founded in 1565, is one of only four locations in the United States included on the international list. The honor also included only one historic bed and breakfast – The St. Francis Inn! Please accept our invitation to the February 6-7, 2013 media trip (2 nights). The theme is “Architectural Wonders”, including the famed “Oldest House”.
“The Gonzalez-Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. The site has been occupied since the 1600s and the present house dates to the early 1700s. The U.s. Department of the Interior designated the house a National Historic Landmark”
In 1985, Joe Finnegan and his wife Margaret bought the St. Francis Inn (circa 1791) believing “Everything you do is for your guest’s pleasure and comfort”. Nearly 30 years later, they still believe in their philosophy. The Inn and its location embody the rich history and culture of St. Augustine and is on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The media trip includes:
• Showcase of the St. Francis Inn’s illustrious history through the ages
• Tour and insights into The Oldest House with Executive Director Susan Parker
• Access to the St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library
• Dining in a selection of St. Augustine’s top restaurants including Bistro de Leon, Meehan’s Irish Pub, O.C. White’s and Café Alcazar
• Old Town Trolley Tour with emphasis on Architectural Wonders
• Chocolate tour and history with Tour St. Augustine
• Hands-on art exhibit by local architectural artist (at the St. Francis Inn)
Journalists are invited to: Experience the history and beauty of St. Augustine for 2 nights. Including: Lodging, Dining, Trolley & Tours. Note: If you are interested in joining us, please request information from Leigh Cort Publicity. This trip will have a limited number of attendees. All media must pass a selection process prior to being a confirmed attendee.
• Rental car or air transportation
• Items of a personal nature
• Trip Gratuities ~ dining, housekeeping, tour guides & trolley - $55 per person
1 hour from Jacksonville, FL
2.5 hours from Orlando, FL
2 hours from Daytona Beach, FL
3 hours from Savannah, GA.
The Inn & Accommodations:
The Inn is well-known for its 17 spacious rooms and romantic suites on quiet residential St. George Street. Only two blocks from the Bayfront view of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the famed Bridge of Lions and bustling historic downtown, guests return time and again to relax and enjoy (what they say) is their favorite historic hideaway in the City. The courtyard is a mecca for outdoor dining, meeting friends, relaxing by the koi pond or taking a swim in the secluded private pool. Unpack and enjoy fresh flowers and sherry before hopping on a sightseeing trolley ride!
Breakfast and Chef’s Culinary Creations:
Wonderful culinary surprises await the Inn’s guests. Chef Janice takes pride in the Inn’s legendary ‘farm to table’ Breakfast buffet, afternoon Social Hour hors d’oeuvres, late night homemade baked desserts, fresh fruit and cookies served all day and a Specialty Coffee Bar.
The St. Francis Inn is well known for their guest services that make every visit unforgettable – including bicycles to tour the city, private solar-heated swimming pool, admission to the local fitness club, off-street Inn parking, admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and fresh flowers & sherry in your room!
The St. Francis Inn is a perfect pairing of old-world charm and modern comforts. Joe Finnegan is proud that “We have maintained the historic ambience of this old Inn while also providing all of the comforts expected by today’s savvy travelers. We believe the Inn mirrors the Old City – It’s a vibrant historic place that grows more beloved year after year”.
St. Francis Inn
279 St. George Street
St. Augustine, Fl 32082
**2012 Winner TripAdvisor Excellence Award