About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
Historic Sites, Castles, Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Nature & Wildlife Areas
There's a lot to see and experience in St. Augustine and one of the best ways to get your bearings and cross things off your must-see list is by taking the trolley tour. Not only will you be transported to all of the main attractions, but you'll also enjoy commentary from your trolley driver. It's a fun, convenient way to get around town.
For more than 40 years, the Spanish Bakery has been keeping the flavors of the Spanish settlers alive through treats like empanadas, sausage rolls, homemade soups, and freshly baked bread. Located on St. George, it's a convenient place to grab some sustenance before continuing your tour around town.
The oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, Castillo de San Marcos is one of the most iconic historic places in St. Augustine. Located on the shore of Matanzas Bay, visiting the Castillo means soaking up 450 years of history. Join a ranger-led program to get the inside scoop, or simply explore on your own.
A collection of collections, a visit to the Lightner Museum is a chance to step back into the 19th century while keeping your head firmly in the 21st. Featuring extensive collections of costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts, plus a world-class collection of glass (think Tiffany — lamps, not diamonds), a visit to the Lightner is a highlight of any trip to St. Augustine.
Featuring fresh, creative dishes made from sustainable and local ingredients, the Floridian is a must-visit in St. Augustine. Enjoy the outdoor courtyard or sit inside and let your eyes wander over the cute, Florida-kitsch decor.
Start your exploration of the Old City with a treat from Crucial Coffee, an unassuming shack that serves up exceptional coffee. Not only do they have amazing drinks and smoothies (think Salted Caramel Latte or a Snickers Cappuccino), but there is plenty of outdoor seating for soaking up the sunshine while you sip your beverage.
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States and a trip to Old City is the best way to immerse yourself in the history of this town. From the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse to the Oldest House to the Old Jail, you can wander to your heart's content, stopping into shops and restaurants on the way.
If you're looking for a snack to tide you over, stop into The Hyppo for gourmet popsicles. These are not your ordinary 'orange, purple and red' flavors, though. Using fresh fruit and local ingredients, you'll find a wide variety of unique flavors here, like blackberry clove or strawberry datil — made with the datil peppers that are only found in St. Augustine.
It's almost impossible to explore the Spanish Quarter in Old City without strolling down St. George Street, but make sure to take your time to truly appreciate all this street has to offer. From charming cafes to shops and attractions of all sorts, no trip to St. Augustine is complete without wandering this way.
Housed in the old ice house, the St. Augustine Distillery Company makes vodka, bourbon and other spirits using local and heritage ingredients — and the results are mighty tasty. See how the spirits are made and enjoy a sample at the end of the tour. Even if you're not a tippler, it's still worth a visit for the educational tour and the historic displays here.
Housed in the ice plant that used to provide ice for St. Augustine, this restaurant specializes in handcrafted offerings, which characterize both its cocktails and food. The entire place has a vibe that reflects the building's history (the waitstaff are garbed in '20s attire), and it's one of the hottest spots in town to grab a cocktail, enjoy a full evening meal, or relax with some live music.
Fill up on a hearty, delicious breakfast at the Harbor View before tackling your final day. This small cafe is usually bustling, providing large portions of good, honest food without any pretense. Come hungry and enjoy the view of the harbor while you nosh.
More than five million people a year visit St. Augustine, and for good reason. With wide open beaches, there is as much — or as little — to do as you'd like, and the beach is a prime example. Go fishing, shelling, kayaking, paddle boarding or enjoy other water activities — or simply lie back and relax.
Where can you see exotic animals like tigers, bobcats and more in an intimate setting? Not far from the historic streets of St. Augustine lies the St. Augustine Wild Reserve — a sanctuary for animals who were kept as pets until their owners realized all the difficulties this entailed. There are many large mammals here, as well as smaller animals like deer and cavy, and a visit provides a unique opportunity to see these gorgeous animals up close.
Enjoy an incredible meal with an even better view at Cap's On the Water. Overlooking the Intercoastal waterway, Cap's lies a little way outside downtown St. Augustine but is well worth the drive. Featuring a rustic, old Florida feel, Cap's boasts deck seating as well as indoor seating, making it a perfect place to watch the sunset.