Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Best Surfing spots in St. Augustine

We're avid surfers and water sport enthusiasts at the Peace and Plenty Inn and have been surfing the breaks for years. Winter is the best time for waves but there can be great summer swells depending on conditions and storms. We recommend:

St. Augustine Beach Pier - Anastasia Island: Tends to get a bit crowded on good days but is wealth worth it.

Anastasia State Beach Park: Just up the way from the pier on Anastasia Island, the park offers great campgrounds and interesting historical information as well. There is a small fee for entrance but the waves are better in some spots here than most others.

Vilano Beach Point: Just on the other side of the big bridge to Vilano north of town.

A-D Streets: South of the pier near the Oasis cafe. The section of beach south of the pier is hit and miss but is worth checking.

For daily surf reports, check out http://www.blueskysurfshop.com/report/ for info. Blue Sky Surf Shop, Aqua East and Surf Station can also point you in the right direction. Happy Hunting!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

About the Innkeepers - The Terrell Family

Restoration of historic Victorian homes runs in the blood of the Terrell brothers, the current owners of the Peace and Plenty Inn Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine, Florida. You could say they were not born with a silver spoon in their mouths but rather a hammer. The Peace and Plenty Inn is the seventh home they have lovingly restored from the ground up. As the product of a military family, the four boys were constantly on the move. Every four years the Terrell family embraced a new location as well as a new restoration project.

This isn't to say that the boys didn't already have a full plate. The oldest of the four, Court, was simultaneously attending law and business schools after his service in the Army as an Officer. He is a graduate of Princeton University and a practicing attorney. Clay, the second oldest, was attending Florida State University at the time. He is now the General Manager and a former Marine Officer and aviator. Chris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. His interest in the boys' several restoration projects led him to earn a degree in Architecture. He is a former Army Officer and helicopter pilot and designs historical improvements whenever possible. Casey, the youngest of the four, is a West Point graduate and former Armor Army Officer. He currently is the Inn's Marketing Manager.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wedding Licenses: PEACE AND PLENTY BED AND BREAKFAST INN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ST. AUGUSTINE, FL

We think these are the latest requirements but please check with the St. Johns County Courthouse:
Both people must go to the Courthouse to obtain a Marriage License
Bring identification.
If previously married, proof of divorce is needed
If previous spouse died, a death certificate is needed
The current cost for the Marriage License is $93.50
Blood tests are not required
Florida residents have a three day waiting period. The Marriage License is required prior to the wedding
Marriage ceremonies can only be performed on or after the effective date on the Marriage License. The effective date is usually two or three days after the license is actually issued.
Non-residents have no waiting period to get their Marriage License

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Castillo de San Marcos - tour and fort information

The Castillo de San Marcos is a Spanish built fort located in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, United States. It was known as Fort Marion from 1821 until 1942, and Fort St. Mark from 1763 until 1784 while under British control. The city of St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565. Over the next one hundred years, the city was defended by nine wooden forts. Following the 1668 attack of the English pirate Robert Searle, it was decided by the Queen Regent of Spain, Mariana, that a masonry fortification be constructed to protect the city. In October 1672 construction began on the fort that would become the Castillo de San Marcos. The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a stone called "coquina", literally "little shells", made of ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Workers were brought in from Havana, Cuba, to construct the fort. The coquina was quarried from Anastasia Island across the bay from the Castillo, and ferried across to the construction site. Construction lasted twenty-three years, being completed in 1695.

Operating Hours & Seasons:
The Castillo de San Marcos is open to the public from 8:45 AM to 5:15 pm every day of the year except December 25. (The ticket booth closes at 4:45 pm.) The Park grounds are closed from midnight until 5:30 am.
Visitation is lowest from the middle of September through late November.
Visitation is highest June through Labor Day, and quite high on summer and holiday weekends when an average of 3500 people visit the Castillo daily.
School group visitation is quite high February through May. High visitation can also be expected during the December holidays, and March through April.

Fees:
The Castillo de San Marcos is considered to be a "walk-in" park. The entrance fee applies to each individual.
Adults (Age 16 and above) entrance is $6.00 – valid for 7 days.
Children (age 15 and under) are admitted free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult.
The Golden Access and Age Passports; the Castillo Annual Pass; and the Interagency Access, Annual, and Senior Passes are honored for free admission in accordance with the terms specified on the card.[caption id="attachment_46" align="alignleft" width="800" caption="Castillo de San Marcos"]Castillo de San Marcos[/caption]

Monday, March 9, 2009

Restaurants & Dining Historic St. Augustine, Fl: PEACE AND PLENTY BED AND BREAKFAST INN

Dining in Historic St. Augustine is second to none. Here at the Peace and Plenty Bed and Breakfast Inn, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, Fl., we take our recommendations very seriously and send our guests only where we eat ourselves. We've come up with a brief list of our favorites:

Cafe Alcazar: 25 Granada Street, inside Lightner Museum Antique Mall, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 824 7813 Lunch Only

Cortesses Bistro & Flamingo Room:172 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-825-6775

The Bunnery Bakery & Cafe:121 St. George Street, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-829-6166

A1A Ale Works: One King Street, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-829-2977,

Raintree Restaurant : 102 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-824-7211


Salt Water Cowboys Restaurant : 299 Dondanville Road, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32084, 904-471-2332

Columbia Restaurant : 98 St. George Street, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084,  904-824-3341


Collage: 60 Hypolita St. Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-829-0055

LaPentola: 58 Charlotte St. Historic Downtown St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-824-3282

Harry's: Aveneda Menendez, Historic St. Augustine, FL 32084,904-824-7765

95 Cordova: 95 Cordova St.,Historic Downtown St. Augustine, Fl 32084, 904-810-6810

Opus 39: 39 Cordova Street, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, Fl 32084, 904-824-0402

The Tasting Room: 25 Cuna Street, Historic Downtown St. Augustine, Fl, 904-810-2400



more to come later!

Nightlife in Historic St. Augustine, Fl:PEACE AND PLENTY BED AND BREAKFAST INN

St.  Augustine offers some of the best nightlife in the area and at the Peace and Plenty Inn, we strive to offer the best recommendations we can for your evening.  Whether enjoying a quiet dinner or cocktails with friends, St. Augustine offers a uniquely historic atmosphere few can duplicate.

Just a few:

JP Henley's - 10 Marine Street · St. Augustine, FL · 904-829-3337

A1A Ale Works - 1 King Street, St. Augustine, FL - 904.829.6824

Scarlett O'Hara's - 70 Hypolita St, St Augustine, FL - 904.824.6535

Cellar Upstairs Wine & Jazz Bar - 157 King St, San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine, FL - 904.826.1594

Cobalt Lounge - 95 Cordova St, Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine, FL - 904.810.6810

Tradewinds Lounge - 124 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL - 904.829.9336

Come back to our blog for more local spotlights and recommendations.

Fishing in Historic St. Augustine, FL: PEACE AND PLENTY BED AND BREAKFAST INN

St. Augustine offers a variety of fishing opportunities for avid to recreational anglers. North Florida offers a unique environment where both fresh and salt water fishing are within mere miles of one another. The St. Johns River and Atlantic Ocean are sure to delight. We recommend:

Camachee Island Sport Fishing
105 Yacht Club Drive | St. Augustine, FL 32084
Ph. 904.825.1971 | Fax. 904.808.0431
Email. info@camacheeislandfishing.com

Channelmaster Sport Fishing
4544 Third Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32095
904-825-1968

The Avid Angler
2101 North Ponce De Leon Blvd
St. Augustine, Florida
904-824-8322

Don't forget both the ocean and river are only a few miles from us!

Weddings at the Historic PEACE AND PLENTY BED AND BREAKFAST INN

The Peace and Plenty Bed and Breakfast Inn offers a variety of
wedding packages.  Our elegant 1890 Victorian offers
charm and grace that only an historic St. Augustine Inn can provide.  
Call 1-877-468-3651 today to plan you special day.

JUST THE TWO OF US: $550 PACKAGE
Monday through Thursday Only:
Serenity Suite one night stay
Garden or Parlor Wedding Ceremony
Notary
Cake
Champagne
2 Champagne Glasses
$50 Gift Restaurant Certificate

JUST THE TWO OF US PLUS: $400. PACKAGE
Room Rate is additional
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Weekend Two Night Minimum Stay
Garden or Parlor Wedding Ceremony
Notary
Cake
Champagne
2 Champagne Glasses
Private Carriage for Two
Additional guests can also be accomodated with a champagne toast:
Total of six including the bride and groom: $600
Total of seven to twelve including the bride and groom: $850

There is a $200 non refundable deposit for weddings

Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome! At the Peace and Plenty Inn, we strive to make your stay as welcoming and enjoyable as possible. Please visit our blog regularly to check out our specials and additions to the Inn. Thanks again for visiting...come back soon!