Things To Do

Easter Sunday 2014 - April 20

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Photo Courtesy of The Church at Vilano, Inc., Facebook

Celebrate Easter Sunday in St. Augustine FL
Just some ideas!

Start the day with the sunrise service on the beach with the Church at Vilano and Christian Communion of St. Augustine/Vilano as it hosts the 14th Annual Vilano Beach Easter Sunrise Service. Beginning at 6:45 a.m., this 45-minute worship service will include songs, scripture readings, a brief message, and interpretive dance. Guest singers include Kevin Beckam, Josiah French, Anastasia Spiecker, Lauren Veihdeffer, and Jamilia Wells. Kjarstie Corry will dance to “In Christ Alone” by Keith and Kristyn Getty. The service will be a blend of traditional music and contemporary music with the message of living life with joy and hope found through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who conquered death on a Roman cross. Experienced teams will help park cars and protect the sand dunes, saving some space for those with handicaps. The tide will be low. Free parking will also be available on the street and at Publix, and restrooms are at the beach pavilion. Attendees may want to bring chairs, blankets, sunglasses, cameras and friends. Ocean baptism will follow. CLICK HERE to see photos of last year’s service. There also is an outdoor mass at 7 and 10 am at the Rustic Altar at Mission Nombre de Dios (27 Ocean Avenue).

Be at the Plaza by 12:30 when locals and tourists will show up in their Sunday bests and promenade. The famous Easter Parade, with its marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Easter Bunny, the Royal Family, and the city's carriage horses wearing their Easter hats, will hit the Downtown streets at 3 pm.

Raintree Restaurant hosts a fabulous Easter Sunday Brunch and breakfast bear from 9:30 am- 2 pm, featuring assorted breads and muffins and delectable like three-cheese polenta; lobster and sweet red pepper bisque; warm apple with Greek yogurt crepe; bacon and Swiss crepe; ham and cheese omelet; Eggs Blackstone; baked veggie and smoked Gouda tart; Eggs Benedict; etc. Lunch entrees (11 am – 2 pm) include a mixed green salad, starch and vegetables, mixed green salad with pepper, parmesan or raspberry vinaigrette dressing; roast leg of lamb served with mint jelly; prime rib au jus served with horseradish sauce; chicken Zingara; and baked salmon with cilantro mango sauce. To see what is in store for dinner and the full Easter menu, view the PDF menu below or CLICK HERE. The dessert bar alone is worth a visit (some of the best desserts in St. Augustine) -- warm chocolate dome cake with banana ice cream and macadamia nut brittle; Reese’s peanut butter cookie sandwiched with cappuccino ice cream, caramel, and chocolate sauces; Bourbon Street bread pudding; floats, made-to-order crepes).

The St. Augustine Jazz Society will present “The Jazz Jam and Spring Fling”, a lovely afternoon of afternoon of entertainment, food, and dancing at Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. with an Easter luncheon, followed by “Dancing With Our Stars” and “The Many Faces of Lorri Gill” -- a one-woman musical comedy show; music and dancing with E.T. Swing Band; a Jazz Jam; and a best Easter Parade Hat contest. Fund raising will close out the day with selling the raffle tickets for some great prizes: Hotel stays, dinner at local restaurants, cash prizes and many more wonderful prize donations. Tickets are $20; reservations are required and must be made by April 12 by calling 904.471.8641.

Consider staying on Monday too for the Third Monday Beach Art & Merchant Walk on the Boulevard from 5 to 7 pm, featuring local artists and live music in the parklets and shops along the way. There is a free trolley from FA Café at 303 A1A Beach Blvd to The Sunshine Shop at 645 A1A Beach Blvd, with stops in between so you can get to your favorite shop.

Of course we hope you’ll consider this romantic bed and breakfast for your St Augustine lodging! When you stay both Sunday and Monday at regular rate at Bayfront Westcott House, you could add to your already-fabulous itinerary our Sail Away To Romance package for just $60 (regularly $120) in addition to your room rate. With that, on arrival you’ll find in your room a chilled bottle of champagne and a chocolate sampler from our local chocolatier Claude’s and tickets for a sunset sail for 2 onboard the Schooner Freedom.