Love Note: “First-Rate Quality”

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“Dear Cyndi & Staff,

This is our first B&B in FL (too many to count in Bar Harbor, Maine); Bravo to you all! This is a first rate quality property. Well preserved and updated for comfort and relaxing.

The breakfasts are food art pieces in themselves, self win service and the porches are another unique touch.

The restaurant suggestions of Collage and Perserve were both 5 stars; and the central location of Cedar House  was perfect, never took the car out once.

Two highlights that we cannot miss mentioning are the front porch and your World Series Ring, what a treat for real Red Sox fans like us.

Thanks so much for your hospitality.

Bruce and Irene McDonnell <3”

Romantic Throwback Thursday

Cedar House Guests Michele and Bill Hunter in town to celebrate their 25th Anniversary at Cedar House Inn. What makes this extra special…Every 5 years Michele wears her original wedding gown in an exceptional setting to commemorate their special day. This year they walked into breakfast and received  a round of applause from our guests then made their way to the garden to “Lock their Love” on our Love-Lock garden bench.

Congratulations Michele and Bill and thank you for sharing your amazing tradition!

We love helping our guests celebrate anniversaries!

Breakfast Bracket Tourney *UPDATE*: And The Winner Is…

The Cedar House Inn is getting some extra national notoriety this week from BedAndBreakfast.com! We submitted an amazing Tiffany Katz Photography capture of one of our most popular breakfast dishes and it was selected as a finalist in their 2018 Breakfast Tourney. It’s probably not a surprise to you if you’ve entered our dining nook to the sight & smell of our Ham & Cheese Souffle Truffle Roasted Potatoes with Dijon Hollandaise.

UPDATE [04/09/18]

Congratulations Open Gates Bed & Breakfast in Darien Georgia! It was our pleasure to be Michigan to their Villa Nova!

Thank you as well to the friends and guests who voted for us in the BedandBreakfast.com breakfast tourney! Here’s some news for you: this has inspired a new amenity at Cedar House.

Our guests have encouraged us to serve dinner at the inn for years so, beginning in September 2018, we will host occasional Pop-Up Dinners paired with local wine and distilled spirits! We’ll provide more info soon and you can start planning your next #StAugustine Adventure. Until then, thanks to all that helped us make the finals!

Xo-Cyndi

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Trip Advisor Again Names Cedar House #1 Bed & Breakfast!

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Imagine our surprise when we received the news that Trip Advisor, The World’s Largest Travel Site, has once again recognized St. Augustine’s Cedar House Inn as the overall US winner in the Bed & Breakfast category in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards for Hotels. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. That means that you, our valued friend and guest, is at least partly responsible for this honor if you’ve ever shared your opinion of your Cedar House experience with fellow travelers. I also owe a great deal of gratitude to my incredible staff, who have been mindful of your every comfort during your stay.

“This year’s Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels recognize thousands of exceptional accommodations that received the highest marks for overall experience, including service, amenities and value, from travelers worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications. “The global TripAdvisor community informed this list of winners that will inspire and help travelers find the hotel that’s right for them as they plan and book their next amazing trip.” In the 16th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide.

For the complete list of Travelers’ Choice Hotel award-winners for 2018, as well as the latest reviews and candid traveler photos, visit TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravelersChoice.

24th Annual Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour Winners

Thank you to all that joined us at Cedar House Inn for the St Augustine Historic Inns Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour!

We hope that you enjoyed our Doubloon Give Away and want to congratulate the 5 Winners who picked the coins with the special PURPLE dots! They’ll all receive a complimentary one night mid-week stay at Cedar House Inn.

But wait…there’s more! We want EVERYONE to be a winner! Hang on to your doubloon for a 20% discount on any reservation made in July – September 2018 (excluding holidays). Use Promo Code 1210 now at www.cedarhouseinn.com (offer expires Jan. 1, 2018). Congratulations to all of our attendees!

One doubloon reservation per couple will be accepted, please contact Cyndi at (904) 829-0079 for additional reservation information.

Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Cyndi and the Cedar House Team

Cedar House Is A Great Place To Ride

The Cedar House Inn was recently featured in a local business TV ad that starred a couple of our guests! Tim & Annmarie are motorcycle enthusiasts that like to experience the Florida Coast on two wheels and our Inn is their favorite stop-over during their travels. Adamec Harley-Davidson chose the two for the latest edition in the #AdamecFavoriteRides series. Keep an eye out for this ad on Jacksonville TV and on the jumbotron at the Jacksonville Jaguar games.

Air Tour Of St. Augustine

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I love it when guests come to the Inn with a new idea for appreciating the Ancient City! Jason & Jessica recently sent me photos of their St. Augustine-By-Air tour with St. Augustine Bi-Planes. They got airborne with expert pilot Dave in his fully restored 1935 Custom Cabin Waco Bi-Plane! An incredibly exciting way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
The plane seats up to 4 passengers, so you can bring along a loved one, a pal, or bring the kiddos! The Waco is a true time machine and this is the world’s only company offering rides in a Custom Cabin Waco Biplane. If you love St. Augustine from the ground you will appreciate it even more from the air. Where else can you fly in a true piece of aviation history over one of the most historic places in the USA!

 

St. Augustine: Where History and Hospitality Meet

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Imagine, for a moment, a land where you can step back into time; where explorers roamed and legends began. Welcome to St. Augustine, Florida: the oldest European settlement in the United States. Over the centuries, many countries have fought over this city, each leaving their unique mark and story. The city offers a glance through time as a popular tourist spot today. So let’s go exploring.The settlement of St. Augustine was established by the Spanish in 1565, forty years before the English colony of Jamestown. It was settled to stop the French from moving into the area and to help secure the sea for Spanish fleets.

Both the French and English attacked and destroyed St. Augustine multiple times in its early history. This led to the creation of the fort Castillo de San Marcos in 1672. The industrious builders used a mortar made of ancient shells called coquina. This interesting mix made the fort strong and fireproof, keeping it from falling into enemy hands. Castillo de San Marcos took 23 years to build and still stands today as the oldest fortification in the U.S., and lives as a testament to the strength and creativity of those who built it.

Read more at Resnexus.com

Best of St. Augustine 2017 Readers Poll

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Do your St. Augustine memories include a particularly great meal? A delightful shopping experience? A great attraction or excursion? The voting has started for The St. Augustine Record‘s 2017 #BestofStAugustine readers poll.

We consider this poll another opportunity for our guests to share/recommend some of the local businesses they’ve encountered during their visit to the Ancient City. It’s also a great resource to include while planning your next St. Augustine getaway.
 
Cedar House Inn has been blessed to be recognized in this poll for many years and we would love to have your vote this year. You can find us in the PROFESSIONAL SERVICES category of the poll.
 
Many Thanks & Happy Summer!
Cyndi

Cedar House Inn named Trip Advisor’s #1 Bed & Breakfast in America!

Trip Advisor Travelers Choice 2017
Trip Advisor Travelers Choice 2017

St. Augustine, Florida’s Cedar House Inn Bed & Breakfast was today recognized as the overall winner in the ‘B&B and Inn’ category of the 2017 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award, ranking first in the US out of 25.

Cedar House Inn is a classic Victorian home built in 1893 which features the antiquity of the era enhanced with modern conveniences.  Located in the iconic historic district of America’s oldest city, the impressive property offers eight romantic guestrooms, wrap around porches, and a daily sumptuous two course gourmet breakfast. The Inn, situated within walking distance of St. Augustine’s many attractions and world-class restaurants, is ideally located for exploring Florida’s historic First Coast.

Cyndi Humphrey, the current owner/operator of Cedar House, credits this award to a shared commitment by a 5-star team dedicated to creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for their guests as well as the guests who have contributed reviews to TripAdvisor.

“I’m thrilled that the Cedar House Inn has been recognized as another feather in the cap of our historic, beautiful city. We’re privileged to carry on the legacy of the previous owner’s vision for the inn and proud to be part of a business community that makes the City of St Augustine an incredibly popular place to live and visit,” says Humphrey, a former executive of The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons, and SVP for a major league baseball team owner.

“TripAdvisor relies on the experiences and opinions of our travel community to determine the winners of the Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travelers planning 2017 trips can find inspiration for some of the best places to book around the world from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations.”

Cedar House Inn’s accolades also include the St. Augustine Record’s “Best of St. Augustine, Bed & Breakfast” for the past 8 years.  Historic St. Augustine, Florida is known for its history & romance, boasting 26 unique bed & breakfasts as well as numerous attractions, events and activities.

To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Cedar House Inn go to bit.ly/2iK7Dv5

For all of the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Hotel winners, visit tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels

Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.