Things To Do

Proposals, engagement celebrations, vows renewals, elopements, just-because romantic getaways. Whether you have been to the Ancient City oodles of times or are coming for the first time, February is a great time to visit St Augustine FL. The weather, this week in particular (mid 60s), will leave the heat-generating up to you, and here are a few hot ideas for a romantic retreat in the Nation’s Oldest City.

You’ll find romantic impressionism in February at Cutter & Cutter Gallery. Husband and wife team Mikhail and Inessa Garmash are considered to be two of the finest romantic impressionists of our day. The couple met while Mikhail was serving in the army, and he was so taken with Inessa’s beauty, that he painted her image around her hometown at night. The two were married shortly thereafter. The couple did not begin painting as a team until several years into their marriage. Mikhail was working on a painting of their two-year-old daughter, Polina, and she decided to add her own creative element to the piece when her father was away. Not wanting her husband to be upset, Inessa tried to fix the painting using her own artistic training. The painting was praised as Mikhail’s best work, and the two have been working together ever since. Music of the Streets; On the Terrace; and Long Lasting Sounds of Memory from the 2014 Collection are on display, and on February 14 and 15, a large number of new originals will be unveiled along with a very special private collector's party and reception. The significance of two artists working in unison is understood and has amazed those who love and enjoy the paintings of M & I Garmash. Contact the gallery at 904.824.0844 to RSVP.

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Rembrandt Charms, Coast Diamonds, Lorenzo, Brazil Boutique, Sethi, Cargo Hold, LeStage, Richard Krementz Gemstones, Simon Golub and Sons, The Touch, Steven Douglas, and Citizen Watches – the caliber of bling waiting for you at St. Augustine’s Neff Jewelers at 7 Rohde Avenue. Dan Neff is a goldsmith with a degree in metals from the University of Illinois and has 30 years’ experience as goldsmith. Jan Neff has been appraising fine jewelry for 18 years.

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Everyone says coming to St. Augustine is reminiscent of a trip to Europe. Well … meet fifth-generation Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard (member of the exclusive Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, a French fraternity of only 100 members led by legend Paul Bocuse, a French chef based in Lyon famous for his upper echelon restaurants and innovative approach to cuisine). At Chef Poinard’s Le Bistro’s de Leon, you’ll find dishes like roasted camembert served over new potatoes with lardon and walnuts; original Lyon’s gratinated onion soup with croutons and Swiss cheese; and escargot a la bourguignonne. Chef has created a lovely Valentine’s Day menu to include such choices as chive avocado mousse; an arugula shooter; billy bi soup (saffron and fresh pei mussels); warm pistachio and roasted almond goat cheese salad with pomegranate vinaigrette; ginger caramelized duck breast over baby asparagus; cool fish poached in a flavorful broth of coriander, cumin, and roses, with raisins, carrots, and zucchini served over couscous; chocolate bananas foster; and champagne. Breakfast and lunch are also available at Bistro, and the bakery offers the best baguettes, pastries, and sweet treats! UPDATE: Bistro de Leon closed its doors in spring 2015.

What romantic holiday would be complete without even just a bite of chocolate? From France to New York to Historic St Augustine, Chef Claude Franques Blends brings more than forty years of culinary experience to create his exceptional chocolates. Each piece is handcrafted with premium Belgium chocolate and a palette of the finest fruits, nuts, and spices from around the globe. Be sure to pop in to Claude’s Chocolate at 6 Granada Street.

Friday is Date Night by the Bay!
Presented by Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate Valentine's Day on the beautiful bayfront with the 2007 movie, P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, and Harry Connick Jr., a story about a young widow who discovers that her late husband left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

The screen will be behind the Bayfront Mini Golf at the City Marina. Ripley's Red Train will provide shuttle service to and from the venue from the Visitors Information Center and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum from 6 to 7 pm and then from 8:30 to 9:15. The movie begins at 7 pm.

The first 200 attendees will be treated to free hot cocoa and popcorn!

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Of course you won’t find a more romantic B&B than Bayfront Westcott House. Each guest room features hypoallergenic microfiber sheets (comparable to a 600 thread count); plush (ecofriendly) bath towels, and HydroSpa bath products.

Located on Avenida Menendez in St Augustine FL, this St Augustine bed and breakfast, Bayfront Westcott House, was built in 1880 as a private residence for Dr. John Westcott who was well known for his prominent military career, interests in transportation and politics, and research efforts in the cause and cure of yellow fever. He was a land surveyor for the St. Johns Railroad (whose tracks spread from the San Sebastian River to Tocoi) and was a heavy hitter in the development of the Intracoastal Waterway that links the St. Johns River to Miami. The house changed hands a few times over the years and saw its fair share of soirees amongst St. Augustine’s elite. In the 1970s, it was converted into a guest house and has been entertaining tourists and travelers ever since!

Today, Bayfront Westcott House is a 16-room, full-service bed and breakfast. Most rooms have a Jacuzzi tub, electric fireplace, and outdoor sitting area. In every room guests enjoy hypoallergenic microfiber sheets; plush but ecofriendly towels; and HydroSpa bath products. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning (served inside or out as well as in bed upon special request) complimented by fruits, croissants, bagels, juices, teas, and coffee; water, tea, coffee, and sodas throughout the day; wine and beer as well as cheeses, dips, spreads, and a variety of hors d'ouevres each evening during social; and exclusive coupons for complimentary desserts at select restaurants.

There are still a handful of rooms available at this romantic B&B, so CLICK HERE to check availability and reserve your room now!