It sure is impressive to be such a  tiny, little island, accessible  only  by four bridges, and so narrow at the Matanzas, that you could yell “Howdy” across the ICW.  And while there is much to see and do at the beach, the best of all is ringing in the  New Year. For there is no other place to be, but St. Augustine Beach. More specifically the St. Johns County Pier on St. Augustine Beach. Thousands will drive, bike, walk and shuttle in to enjoy the many family activities, kids zone, food, music and the wonderful fireworks spectacular over the ocean.

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Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies of St. Augustine

Visitors to San Francisco have long admired the Painted Ladies, a row of homes along Steiner Street that has long been among the city’s main attractions. If you haven’t seen them in person, you have certainly run across them in photographs.

But you don’t have to travel to California to view these unique homes. You can find examples scattered all around St. Augustine.

Painted Ladies is a term used to describe Victorian and Edwardian structures painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance the architectural details of a house or building. The biggest surprise for most people who are familiar with Victorian style homes is that they come in a wide variety of colors – not the ‘painted all-white’ version most of us are familiar with.

While you won’t see a parade of Painted Ladies lined all in a row like the ones in San Francisco, you will discover a number of fine examples of homes featuring that design dotted around the Ancient City. Take a stroll, enjoy the colorful exteriors and bring your camera!

Here are a few examples of Painted Ladies you won’t want to miss:

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Alexander Homestead-
14 Sevilla St.

Now a bed and breakfast, The Alexander Homestead is located in the city’s historic district. It was built in 1888 and restored to its original grandeur in 1991. The shades of Green and the striking white accents blend beautifully with the surrounding trees and foliage making thisPainted Lady a real standout.


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Private Residence-
169 Oneida St.

Built in 1885, pretty pastels dress thisPainted Lady. Hues of yellow, blue and white blend perfectly getting her more than a few glances from passersby. Nestled among trees that act to frame the home, her colors are typical of that era.


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Upham Cottage/ Private Residence-
268 St. George St.

Decked in yellow, white and red to browns, this Queen Anne Victorian winter cottage reminds one of a gingerbread house, only more colorful. Built in1893, it’s located in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic preservation district. The home was built at a time when wealthy residents to the north descended on the city to build lavish winter homes. Colonel John Upham, a retired Civil War Military officer from Milwaukee, built the residence to escape the cold winters, but lived there only five years before he died. The building fell into disrepair, but was completely restored in the early 1980’s.


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Ancient City Inn-
47 San Marcos Ave.

This Grand Victorian home, now a bed and breakfast, is one of the younger Painted Ladies. She was built in 1910 by a local merchant whose family lived in the home more than 80 years. The lavender, white and green colored home is rumored to be haunted by the first occupants, Charles and Maude Sequi, their daughter Martha and her cat Toby. Recently renovated, it’s located in the center of the area known as Antique Alley.

Written by Deborah Boyd
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Nights of Lights from the Kingfish Grill

From the middle of November to the end of January , St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. One by one, tiny white lights make the oldest city twinkle in the night.

Selected by National Geographic in 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 448-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.

Enjoy the best seat in town from the water aboard the OSPREY!

Please have dinner at the Kingfish Grill and get a 15% discount the night of your cruise when you show your reservation.

More questions? Please see the FAQ page on our website.

Please note: We have had tons of request for the Nights of Lights Cruise to be family friendly. We are excited to accommodate. So our early Cruise will be for ages 3 and up. Our 7:30 cruise will be ages 18 and up.

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Weekday Weekend Notes
2014 Rates
(1/1/14 – 12/31/15)
$39.00 $49.00 These are our standard rates for the 2014 season. All rates are subject to change without notice.

40th Annual British Night Watch

December 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6th 2014, Government House, the Plaza de la Constitucion, Downtown St.Augustine. The Redcoats are coming! Be a part of the 40th Annual British Invasion.

The Night Watch ceremony is an impressive pageant of color and light that reflects the British customs of St.Augustine, during the British Occupation 1763-1784.   At 7:30 pm all are invited to bring a candle and follow the Night Watch Colonial Torch Light Parade down St.George Street to secure the City Gates.   Then back to the Plaza to hear the Governors holiday proclamation, Soldiers will fire a Volley of Joy to celebrate the season.    For the grand finale, Residents & Visitors sing Christmas Carols in the Plaza.

26 Cathedral Pl., St. Augustine.

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Surf Illumination

Surf Illum

The Surf Illumination will take place at the St Johns County Pier Park on Friday November 21st from 4 until 7pm. The free event will feature a visit from Santa, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting and a Bounce House for children in addition to holiday music, 20 arts & crafts vendors and Mayor Andrea Samuels will light the holiday tree at 6 pm. Visitors are reminded that parking at Pier Park is limited. Visitors can park on nearby Pope Road or on 16th Street.