Old City Celebration at Bayfront Westcott House B&B
When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations,
and pride of everyone who built it. [Hugh Newell Jacobsen]
2 tickets to the Oldest House & Museum Complex
2 tickets to the Oldest Wooden School House
2 Old Town Trolley Tickets (valid for 3 days)
$50 gift certificate to Old City House Restaurant
Celebratory bottle of sparkling (nonalcoholic) champagne on arrival
Does not include room rate
St. Augustine will soon be celebrating its 450th anniversary, and we wanted to give our guests the opportunity to learn about our nation’s oldest city with a celebration package!
Your Old Town Trolley passes will take you everywhere you need to go, but don’t be too hasty in the hops on and off, be sure to do the entire tour and learn the exciting insider details about life in St. Augustine, past and present!
The Oldest House stop is loaded with goodies; good thing you have tickets! The feature attraction is the Oldest House itself. The González-Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. The site has been occupied since the 1600s, and the present house dates to the early 1700s. Since 1893 visitors have toured the house to see evidence of the Spanish, British, and American occupations of St. Augustine and to learn how the residents lived. It is a very interesting story (especially that of Joseph Peavett and Maria Evans, occupants from 1775-1790). You’ll also tour the museum complex to include two museums, an ever-changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store.
The Oldest Wooden School House, located on St. George Street, near the City Gates, is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years ago, it was constructed of red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails. The schoolmaster and his wife lived upstairs, above the small classroom. Their kitchen was separated from the main building, because of the threat of fire and to spare the house of any excess heat during the long summers. Several of the cooking utensils used in those days are displayed here for the visitor. In the schoolhouse, related artifacts and copies of the books the pupils studied from are exhibited. This site has also been investigated by the Jacksonville Researchers Investigating The Paranormal (RIP) and Local Haunts TV Show, with some very interesting findings! Click here to watch a video clip.
At Old City House Restaurant, indulge in creative cuisine, spiced with variety, in a casually elegant dining atmosphere. Located in a beautifully restored 19th century building, the Old City House offers its guests the chance to experience a personal selection of world cuisine in a Mediterranean atmosphere. Only the finest ingredients are used and all entrees are prepared to order, featuring fresh seafood, pasta, beef, lamb, and pork. The intimate and charming dining room is conducive to a relaxed, comfortable meal served by a knowledgeable and professional wait staff. The reasonably-priced wine and liquor list is ample, and the dessert menu may include such delights as vanilla brulée or fudge brownie cake with graham cracker crust and a cream topping!
If that wasn’t enough to entice you into a visit, there is a ton of fun stuff going on in November! The St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s got it going on with HEART with special guest Shawn Colvin on November 2!
Still not convinced you need to make a road trip? Well … on November 28, the ever-popular Sunset Moonrise event takes place from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse from 5 to 6:30 pm and includes a champagne toast provided by the San Sebastian Winery and light hors d’oeuvres provided by The Reef. Tickets for nonmembers are $25, for museum members $20. Reservations are a must; 829-0745.
Be sure to check out the Things To Do page for everything happening in conjunction with the Nights of Lights Celebration, which requires an article all its own! Stay tuned!