After traversing the snowy mountain of the Virginias and spending a couple of days in the genteel south of Savannah, we finally crossed the border of the sunshine state known as Florida. As our car wheels rolled across the state line we noticed that the temperature was sitting at 68 degrees.
We bet each other if it would reach 70 degrees before we reached Jacksonville. It did, for about two minutes! That was the last of the 70’s we would see for the next few days. In fact one day I even wore my winter coat!. We left Michigan for this?
Ponte Vedra, best known for the Player’s Golf Tournament held at the Marriot Sawgrass Resort was our home base for the next few days. From Ponte Vedra we looked over the Resort, The Jax Beach pier and St Augustine.
At Jax Beach pier we were fortunate enough to see a pair of pelicans up close. If pelicans could lick their lips in anticipation of a tasty morsel these two were. They were waiting patiently for the fishermen to toss them their leftovers.
After our time on the pier came to a close we decided to have a drink at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant. They have a wonderful patio area in the Penthouse Restaurant that offers an entirely different perspective than the pier, but as equally as enjoyable.
What can be said about St. Augustine? Everyone recommended that we visit and we are so glad we did. It is a city with something for everyone, from the so-called tourist traps, to a nature lover’s paradise, to museums, a fort and a historical area to name just a few.
The Lightner Museum was
The Alcazar Hotel also housed the first ever indoor pool, that has now been converted into a restaurant. I could not help but be amazed at the enormity of the pool area. This is truly a building that was well worth the time we spent here.
The Castillo de San Marcos is a Spanish style fort, built to protect Spain’s interest. So well constructed that it was never defeated in battle, and still stands today, looking much the same as it did centuries ago.
As our time ended in Ponte Vedra our next adventure took us to Blue Springs State Park and Universal Studios.
Photo Credits: Randy Heath
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