History is not really a cup of Tea for everyone. But when we got an opportunity to learn about the very first city in the United States, we did not want to miss a chance. And what time would be better than Thanksgiving to do it.
So, Thanksgiving 2017, we packed our bags to visit St. Augustine, which is the nation’s oldest city. And lucky us, the city shines like a winter wonderland during Thanksgiving. You must be wondering how can a city in Florida be like a Winter Wonderland. I must be kidding! Right? But no, that’s not true and you will get to know about it as we go through the post.
So we started our 3.5 hours long drive to St. Augustine to reach to our beautiful Renaissance Golf Resort, which I must tell you, is a very beautiful and comfortable place to say. As we entered, we saw some amazing fall decor on the entryway.
We checked in and moved to our room, got freshened up and all. And here comes our dear rain, it rained continuously for 2 days. That is what happened to us when we went to New York as well huh! Poor us. But, we still went ahead to witness the most talked about – ‘The Night Of Lights Tour’.
For the holiday season, the entire St Augustine downtown is decked up with millions of yellow lights. It looks so festive and beautiful. To me it was more like being in a fairytale. And it does not just end there, it gets more beautiful when you hop on to the Tour Trolley with your 3D glasses and when you put them on, hey, look, you are in the Winter Wonderland.
Night of Lights – With millions of tiny little snowflakes all around you and the cheerful holiday music being played, there is nothing more you can ask for! I made it more interesting by moving my head sideways to-and-fro repetitively as that made the snowflakes dance. If you get a chance to be on this tour any time, try out my technique. Wink, wink. After the amazing tour, we were also served with hot apple cider and Cookies by elves. This was like a cherry on the cake. We loved every bit of it.
The next day we took the Old Train Trolley Tour and went to St George St.
It is a beautiful walk-only street with some amazing eateries. It had the nice untouched feel as you do not see any vehicles there. We spent most of our day cherishing the street view and enjoying the local food there.
We also went over to see the Oldest Wooden School House. It is a nice dainty place that is said to be the oldest wooden school house in the United States. I especially loved how beautiful it was. We also got a Diploma saying we graduated from the Old School, Lol!
Of which I would definitely mention Pizza Mania as it had the most amazing Pizza and Garlic Knots that I have ever had – It was loaded with veggies and the oven-baked pizza wit oozing cheese just made our day. After a long day, we went back to our hotel. It was cold outside so I and Ameeksha stayed while Amrit went back to the Old Jail for a Ghost Tour which took him to the Cemetery, the Old Jail and other such “haunted places” of St. Augustine. Amrit, as he told, really liked the spooky actors that were there on the tour.
The next day, we wanted to see Castillo De San Marcos, but Ameeksha had caught fever. So we cancelled all the plans for that day and came back home.
As much as we loved being in that town, we would never miss an opportunity to go there again to witness all the Spanish architecture and cuisine. I would definitely want to go to the St. George St once again and walk around there carefree. And not to mention, definitely eat one more time at Pizza Mania, which if I forgot to mention earlier, proclaims to have the 2nd best Pizza in the United States. P.S. I will try and figure out which is the best one and eat there as well.
All in all, it was an amazing trip. St. Augustine should be there on the travel list of anybody who wants to know more about the history of United States.
If you have any such experiences when visiting St. Augustine or have some favorites that we might have missed, please let us know in the comments section below.