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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Just in case exploring the Ancient City doesn’t help you achieve your target heart-rate, we have neighbors that will welcome you to work up a sweat. Anastasia Fitness is an outstanding member of the St. Augustine business community and they’re just great people. They don’t call their facility a gym, rather a health club that uses fitness, relationships and camaraderie to connect you to our community and inspire you to succeed in every aspect of your life.