St. Augustine, Fla. is one of the most popular six-hour drives from Atlanta and there is a lot to do in this city some think of as small and old. In fact, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the U.S.
Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine keeps getting discovered by new people each year, and it’s too bad for the Spanish explorers they didn’t have a place like The Cozy Inn to make their base for a stay in St. Augustine.
Being touristy and a popular travel destination for people that reside all over the south and east coast means prices for lodging in the area are high, especially near the historic downtown area.
No problem. With over 20 rooms, suites and townhouses, The Cozy Inn and it’s owners, Neil and Maryanne want to take care of you and your needs.
“Is there anything we can do for you to make your stay better,” said Neil as I met him in the inn’s parking lot.
Neil wasn’t just saying this to be nice, he meant it and wanted feedback.
The Cozy Inn is actually composed of five buildings, the first of which was built in 1919. Neil and Maryanne have been the owners since 1999 and what they’ve done with the properties is nothing short of a miracle. From an old condemned motel, into a new and clean vacation property that feels like home is a warm welcome when away from the comforts of home.
Full kitchens, big bathroom and comfortable living areas are what couples and families want when away from home and The Cozy Inn delivers on all counts. They also have a great location a few blocks from all the action in St. Augustine, so get out and walk a little.
The Cozy Inn’s website at www.thecozyinn.com is loaded with information and pictures that tell the story of this beautiful property. You can check room and suite availability right online and also make your reservations. Should you have a question, the team at The Cozy Inn is quick to respond to any and all emails.
“Whether you stay for a few days, for a wonderful Weekend Getaway, or for a week or more, we offer every kind of St. Augustine accommodation you would need. Where else in St. Augustine can you find a Kid Friendly and Pet Friendly hotel (nominal pet fee) that is also versatile enough to remain an extremely private and romantic Inn at the same time?”
What to do in St. Augustine:
Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine
Voted Best St. Augustine Tours. Learn culture and history with 23 stops at more than 100 points of interest. Hop on and hop off at all the attractions!
Pizza Time is located on St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine and serves great New York style pizza. This Italian restaurant creates pizza with fresh ingredients and a true New York style crust. They have been voted the second best pizza in America and with over a dozen different varieties to try, who’s to argue?
Dine on A1A. Sunset Grille has fresh local seafood and a variety of drinks, all with spectacular views of St. Augustine Beach. Located at 421 A1A Beach Blvd.
Flagler College, housed in what was once one of Henry Flagler’s most opulent Gilded-Age hotels in St. Augustine, is a private four-year college that is a National Historic Landmark. The college opened in 1968 and and now offers 32 majors, 44 minors, and two pre-professional programs. With an enrollment of 2,500 students. Tours are given twice a day, by Flaglet students.
Golf in Daytona Beach or www.daytonabeach.golf
Golf course options are a driving force behind every trip and the Daytona Beach area, home to more than 20 layouts and a short drive from many more, delivers on that account. LPGA International, home of the acclaimed Jones and Hills courses, is the area’s most high profile facility. Daytona Beach is just a hop, skip and a jump down I-95 from St. Augustine.
LPGA International has challenged the world’s best women’s golfers – World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb has celebrated a pair of victories on the Jones Course – and annually hosts collegiate national championships and the finals of the Symetra Tour Qualifying School.
Both the Jones and Hills courses are 4-star layouts, according to Golf Digest, but they are hardly alone in delivering an outstanding experience.
Halifax Plantation, which plays through centuries-old live oak trees and is one of the area’s prettiest layouts, is another 4-star caliber design that has earned rave reviews from golfers.
Spruce Creek Country Club is built around one of the world’s largest private airports, giving new meaning to the term “flyer,” on a layout that places a premium on playability and quality conditioning.
Venetian Bay Golf Club is yet another 4-star layout that offers a diversity of challenges. Golfers play through tree-lined fairways on the opening nine before facing an open, links-style design after the turn.
Enjoyable as Daytona Beach’s golf offerings are, the ability to pair them with accommodations for stay-and-play packages maximizes value and makes planning much easier for group leaders.