Inn on Charlotte Pays Tribute to St. Augustine's Colorful Celebrities
B & B Hosts “Legends” Escape
… Paying Tribute to St. Augustine’s Colorful Celebrities
St. Augustine, Florida (MAY 2008) What connection could the following characters share –American tycoon, renowned naturalist, Pulitzer-prize winning author, iconic American Artist and a woman of determination? The romantic and luxurious Inn on Charlotte in historic St. Augustine, Florida pays tribute to 8 famous legends with a connection to this city by naming each of 8 bedrooms in their honor.
Inn owner Lynne Fairfield recognizes the guest appeal that her newly named accommodation creates. From June 1 – October 1, 2008 the Legends Escape will include adventures in St. Augustine that reflect these famous individuals:
LEGENDS ESCAPE: $99 for two + accommodations
• 3 Nights in any room or suite (Sunday thru Thursday at prevailing seasonal room rate)
• Two 3-day passes on the Old Town Trolley
• 2 tickets to St. Augustine Lighthouse
• Tour of Flagler College
• 2 admissions to Fountain of Youth
• 2 admissions to Ripley’s Believe it or Not
• 2 admissions to the Lightner Museum
• A copy of ‘Daring Daughters’ – St. Augustine’s Feisty Females from 1565 - 2000
Through extensive research, each person below had a profound impact on and relationship with ‘America’s Oldest City’. The rooms and suites feature memorabilia and pieces of history as a tribute that brings the select legends to life.
The cleverly appointed rooms pay homage to:
MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS – Pulitzer prize-winning author of ‘The Yearling’ owned a 19-bedroom mansion – the Castle Warden Hotel - where she entertained internationally prominent guests and continued to write at her nearby beach cottage
DIAMOND LIL –Louella Day McConnell’s nickname – a spirited woman sporting a glistening little diamond embedded in her front tooth. She created the famous Fountain of Youth leaving an indelible imprint on St. Augustine
LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY – The iconic American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau movement. As light filters through the brilliant Tiffany stained-glass windows in Flagler College’s dining room today, one is reminded of his influence on American decorative style and St. Augustine.
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON – One of America’s most revered and treasured nature artists – who explored Florida on foot, including a walk through St. Augustine on the old wooden bridge that crossed the Maria Sanchez Creek in the center of town. “We refreshed ourselves with the first orange tree that we met” (circa 1834)
HENRY MORRISON FLAGLER – A prominent railroad tycoon who transformed St. Augustine into a grand & elegant tourist destination with the opening of the Hotel Ponce de Leon (1888). His love affair with the City through America’s Gilded Age inspired his contribution the art movement, architecture, history and style of each ‘neighborhood’.
ANNA MARCOTTE – The ‘St. Augustine News’ and the ‘Tatler’ devoted its columns (for 17 years) to describing the charms of the City and activities of the well-heeled winter visitors during the 1890’s. Marcotte was Editor and ‘gossip gatherer’ keeping a register of visitors, connecting people to each other during the winter ‘season’ for 10-cents a copy. A woman of determination, perseverance & industry.
MARIA ANDREU – As the first female light keeper in Florida, she took the position after her Lighthouse Keeper husband, Joseph Andreu, plummeted to his death in 1859. Maria Mestra de los Dolores-Andreu served from 1859-1862 receiving $400 salary annually. Today, the lighthouse is St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure.
MARY LILY KENAN – Together with husband, Henry Morrison Flagler, she lived an abundantly lavish life – inheriting most of his grandiose estate – added to her own family’s wealth. As a university benefactor, she built a legacy of educational leadership in America. The first electric hotel clock is still in operation in the elegant parlor where she and Flagler entertained – inside Flagler College.
Inn on Charlotte
52 Charlotte Street
St. Augustine, Fl 32084
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