Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast – 44 Spanish St

Bed and Breakfasts in St. Augustine are a dime or dozen but, after much research, trial and error, I have found the the best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast.

 

I love St. Augustine. St. Augustine and Savannah are my two favorite cities in the South, maybe in America. Beaches, southern hospitality, and history are a trifecta of awesome that make these places worth the visit.

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast  - 44 Spanish St

 

I have, literally, spent hours of my life searching for places to stay in St. Augustine. We’ve spent Spring Break there with the fam, hopped down for a quick weekend with the kiddos, and spent our 10 and 15 year anniversaries in the nation’s oldest city. So, I know a thing or two about accommodations in the St. Augustine.

 

Two things are important to me when I choose a place to stay in St. Augustine :

 

  • Price (obviously)

  • Location

 

Sure, you can find a much cheaper place the further you wander away from the downtown area but I’m not about that game. If I go to St. Augustine, I want to be conveniently embedded in the historic district so that I can spend my holiday on foot or on trolley. And on that note, my new favorite B & B.

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast – 44 Spanish St Inn

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast - 44 Spanish St

 

We visited 44 Spanish St Inn for our 15th wedding anniversary and I will never visit another B&B in St. Augustine. It put the one we stayed in for our 10th anniversary to shame. And it could NOT be more conveniently located.

 

There are two things I look for in a Bed and Breakfast:

 

  • Private Entry

  • Jacuzzi (cough cough)

 

We chose the Rose Room because it had a private entry.

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast - 44 Spanish St

 

Frankly, if I’m going to dole out the bucks for a B & B I don’t want to feel like I’m in a hotel or a hostel. I prefer the relative freedom and privacy that a ground floor, private entrance provides.

 

Did I mention that the Rose Room also has a very spacious and lovely bathroom? MOVING ON.

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast - 44 Spanish St

 

 

The decor at 44 Spanish St is delightfully modern and not kitschy at all – which is another thing you’ll find loads of when you’re scouring the internet for B&Bs in St Augustine. No flowery wall paper here, people.

 

There’s a lovely side patio where you can lounge during the day or dine during breakfast, as well as a separate dining building in the rear. It has all that old world, Florida charm that you hope for when visiting St. Augustine.

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast - 44 Spanish St

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There’s also front porch sitting and a second story balcony, which we took advantage of in the evenings.

 

Best St Augustine Bed and Breakfast - 44 Spanish St

Listening to the music from downtown while enjoying a glass of wine on the second floor balcony.

 

The breakfasts were fantastic, though I didn’t take any pictures. Sorry!

 

And the owners were so friendly and down to earth. One evening we both came out to enjoy our respective sides of the porch at the same time and they were very open and fun to chat with. They really seem to love and enjoy the hospitality industry.  They didn’t pay me to say any of this, btw! I’m just a happy customer.

 

Check out 44 Spanish St Inn online for availability and rates.

 

When to go

 

Weekends and holidays are substantially more expensive so consider booking a room during the week. The Rose Room where we stayed is $165 a night Monday – Thursday and $259 Friday – Sunday and holidays. So it makes a big difference!

 

If you’re looking for a romantic get away in St. Augustine this summer, I highly recommend 44 Spanish St Inn.

 

TIP: Always check Groupon deals in St. Augustine before heading to the Old City. You never know what you’ll find!

 

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Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

Cape San Blas, you guys.

 

Earlier in the year I decided that I WOULD visit The Gulf Coast before we jetted off into the South Asian sunset. I’ve been to my share of Florida beaches but despite being born and raised mere hours from the gulf, I had never been.

 

 

 

I researched endlessly (not really) to locate the closest, cheapest, and most uncrowded beach on the Gulf Coast.

 

Enter Cape San Blas. Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

 

I decided the isolated beach on this little jut of land on Florida’s panhandle was essential to our summer. And it didn’t disappoint.

 

We went at the cusp of the off season in September so I can’t speak for the atmosphere during peak season, but it was uncrowded and perfect while we were there.

 

Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas

 

The condominium complex where we stayed was isolated and laid back. It was such a relaxed, secure environment that everyone left their beach gear out in the sand each night and came back for it the next day. After observing that for about a day, we followed suit. It’s a lot easier than caring back all the chairs, etc every day!

 

It can be expensive to stay at the beach ( in case you didn’t know) but there are many properties available to rent at Barrier Dunes for varying prices. Obviously, the condos closer to the water are more expensive. It would have been great to stay right on the beach but I’ll happily save hundreds of dollars and settle for a one minute walk to the water.

 

Why you should stay at Barrier Dunes at Cape San Blas, Fl

Now I’ll let you in on a little secret – we haven’t taken a family vacation in 10 years. And even then, it was just a weekend away. It may seem like we vacate all of the time with our nomadic adventures but that’s called moving – we do it often. And it’s a blessing that allows us to see different parts of the country/world but it’s not the same as a relaxing, intentional vacation. Quite the opposite. Moving adventures are exhausting.

 

But I digress.

 

My point is, I struggle with feeling guilty for needing, affording, and going on vacation. But it was good for us. And a perfect way to end what will probably be our last summer in America.

 

Now on to the beach pictures!

 

Cape San Blas is great for kids

 

Again, the beaches at Barrier Dunes felt so safe and secure. The kids had a blast and I didn’t have to worry about them too much.

 

Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

These pictures could not sum up their personalities any better.

That little one. Oh man. “Character” should be his  middle name. These were my attempts to get a “nice” picture of him. I kept telling him to put his hands down. But the very lowest he could go was jazz hands.

Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

Also, can you say “smores on the beach at sunset”? Because seriously. Have you ever read a more perfect sentence?

 

Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

It’s legal to build fires on the beaches of Cape San Blas. So, naturally, we decided that was a thing that would happen EVERY NIGHT. Because sunset beach smores.

 

Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

 

Could you imagine happier little bohemian beach boys?

 

Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

Also, I had fun practicing with my manual settings for fun sunset pictures.

 

Why You Should Stay at Barrier Dunes in Cape San Blas, FL

Okay, I’ll quit rubbing it in now. Also, if it makes you feel any better, it wasn’t all sunsets and smores. Something totally chomped on my foot a little when I was neck deep in ocean. Which terrified me for life. I’m pretty sure I’m never going back in. Seriously, I’m traumatized. Also, our last night on the beach we suffered under the mighty hand of sand gnats. And brought a few of them home with us.

 

So balance is returned to the Force.

 



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-Jessica