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!
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.
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.
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
[UPDATE: This offer has ended, but thanks SO much for everyone that even considered a summer stay with us. Keep an eye on our blog for more special offers like this one.]
Today I celebrate my 8th anniversary as the owner of Cedar House Inn!
It has been an amazing eight years…I have welcomed hundreds of fantastic guests, cracked thousands of eggs, and gathered plenty of evidence that as your host, I am the luckiest person on earth! As a special “Thank You”, I have created an exclusive summer opportunity for those treasured guests who have joined me at the inn time and time again.
Through the end of June, you can book a new 2-Night reservation between June 15th – September 30th (excluding Labor Day and 4th of July Weekends) and it will be my pleasure to provide one of the nights “On The House”! Call me or use Promo Code [EXPIRED]when making your reservation and we’ll take care of the rest!
My repeat guests have always been my best resource for ideas on fantastic things to do when in town. Looking for things to see / do / eat / drink while in St. Augustine? Check out these recommendations from our guests.
Our repeat guests have always been my best resource for ideas on fantastic things to do when in town. Suggestions abound for locations within walking distance where you can enjoy a delicious and innovative meal, visit one of our distinctive art galleries or historic attractions, and partake in a once in a lifetime experience like zip lining over alligators!
The “Guest Favorites” links listed below represent why so many visitors continue to make their way to the beautiful City of St Augustine again and again. Some are well known, and some are hidden gems, but all have been endorsed by Cedar House visitors and will make for the perfect additions to your “To Do” list this summer.
With Spring in full bloom and the addition of the fresh herb and vegetable garden at the inn, it’s time to get creative! In the next few weeks we will experience a micro harvest of pepper varietals, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, and greens. That bounty will inspire new breakfast dishes for my favorite guests…
This week we introduced a new “Farmhouse Strata” featuring homemade parsley/basil pesto straight out of the garden, topped with heirloom cherry tomatoes, smoked paprika, Dijon béchamel, and a prosciutto crisp! We will post the recipe, but better yet come visit and I’ll make it for you!
Traveling to St. Augustine may not be at the top of your dream vacation destinations, but it should probably be higher up on that list.
It’s a really easy getaway and if you’re a fan of history, architecture, beaches, food & genuinely nice people, you’ll really enjoy yourself. Please visit our reservations page to start your planning and make sure you’re enjoying the very best accommodations while you’re here.
We have plenty of other suggestions for things to see & do while you’re here. Click here to see more!
Unlike much of the country, we don’t need to put our gardens “to bed for the winter.” In st. Augustine, it’s a great time to tend to our flowers and we take full advantage of shorter days, less intense sunlight and fewer insects and diseases around to attack plants. This allows cool weather seedlings and transplants the luxury of growing slow and strong to maturity. Our beautiful city offers a unique year-round climate that provides most flora (plant life) with what they need, warm sunshine and life giving rainfall.
When you arrive at Cedar House Inn, our plants offer a welcoming respite, a resting place… reminding you of the complexity and continuity of life. They bring comfort with childhood memories of time spent with nature. Our herb garden provides life giving edibles we share as a part of your hand crafted breakfast.
The wonderful colors and patterns that transform with the seasons provide an ever changing masterpiece to be enjoyed from the front porch of The Inn. However, as with the uninvited visitor Hurricane Matthew, the seasons can also provide challenges for plant life to which some may succumb. Fear not; they are often replaced by an even stronger survivor, Keeping Calm and Carrying On!
We invite you to join us in 2017. You might spend your days and/or nights exploring this amazing ancient city and all its wonders & history and, at the end of your travels, commandeer a rocking chair on our front porch with a cup of coffee or a sip of port and commune with nature’s glory. You might also decide that the focus of your day should be devoted to the relaxing respite of that very same rocking chair skip the tourism part. You’re always welcome to enjoy the Cedar House Inn at the pace that suits you.