Historic St. Augustine Getaway
HOW TO REGISTER
1. Fill Out the Registration Form
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2. Return completed registration form along with a check for the non-refundable payment of $500 per person.
Mail the form and a check to the CIHS office address indicated on the Registration Form.
If you prefer to make payment by credit card, email the completed Registration Form : firstname.lastname@example.org
Then call our office at (239) 472-2323 with your credit card information.
3. Book your room.
A block of rooms has been set aside at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa at the special rate of $199 per night, plus fees.
Upon receipt of your registration form and payment you will be provided details on how to book your room.
Transportation to and from St. Augustine is the responsibility of the individual.
TRIP PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS
Historic Casa Monica Resort & Spa
Lodging for this getaway will be at the historic Casa Monica Resort and Spa. From its ornate chandeliers to exquisite tapestries and extraordinary art galleries, the Casa Monica will immerse you in the rich history and storied secrets of the famed Florida hotel. Originally built in 1888, this iconic hotel is nestled in the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District and within walking distance to popular such as the famed Nights of Lights and Castillo de San Marcos. The hotel will be serving a complimentary Continental Breakfast each morning.
Private Historic Tour
A private tour of the historic Casa Monica will be one of the scheduled activities.
Unique Cocktail Party
There will be an opening reception and cocktail party at the historic Casa Monica the night of our arrival with a historic St. Augustine character.
Private Tour of Flagler College
We will learn about Henry M. Flagler, Standard Oil co-founder, railroad tycoon and Florida’s “Father of Tourism" during our personal tour of Flagler College, the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, built by Flagler in 1888. It was the most luxurious hotel in the country at that time. The hotel was built during the gilded age and features Tiffany stained glass windows, a 68-foot domed ceiling, Edison electricity, and
of course, ghosts. In St. Augustine - one of the oldest cities in the United States - no historic building is complete without a ghost or two. Among those said to haunt the former hotel is Flagler’s mentally ill wife, Ida Alice, who stares at a panel wall that used to display a portrait of her husband. A suicidal mistress of Flagler’s is said to dangle from a chandelier on the fourth floor of the girls' dormitory and of course, Flagler himself, are said to stroll the corridors and surprise students from time to time.
Nights of Lights
Location of our hotel is in the center of the city’s Nights of Lights. Merely walk out the hotel door to view what National Geographic calls the most impressive holiday lights display in the world. The Annual Nights of Lights dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district from November through the end of January. The city of St. Augustine has been celebrating this event for 26 years. Nights of Lights in St. Augustine traces its origins back to the traditional Spanish practice of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays.
Private Trolley Tour
We have arranged a one-of-a-kind trolley tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. An on-board historian will describe the buildings of the past and share the local legends.
Cruise the Waters of Historic St. Augustine
We will be taking a seventy-five minute scenic boat cruise to experience a unique water view of the city and its historic land marks. The cruise takes in the historic waterfront, lighthouse, Castillo de San Marcos and much more.
Cocktail Supper at Villa Zorayda Museum
We will enjoy cocktails and a menu of heavy appetizers in the stunning Villa Zorayda Museum, a historic Guilded Age masterpice built in 1883 by Franklin W. Smith as his winter residence. Smith implemented Moorish Revival architecture inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. In addition to the museum's dazzling architecture its the home to an impressive and unique art collection original to the museum, with over 109 years of family ownership (1913 – 2022). An informal tour will be conducted.
Legends & Liars Tour
A custom historic tour with individual guides taking smaller groups to approximately 10 historical locations in old town. After presenting a short history of the site the guide will state a “fact” and the participants record whether they think it is true or false. At the conclusion of the tour the groups gather back in the hotel lobby and determine which group had the most correct answers. Prizes may even be involved.
OTHER FEATURES TO EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN
Castillo de San Marcos & Spanish Military Hospital Museum
There will be time on your own to visit the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, constructed from 1672-1695, when Florida was under Spanish rule. You can also visit the Spanish Military Hospital and learn about early Spanish colonial medical practices and how the colonial herbs have become the basis for many modern-day medicines.
Historic Religious Sites
Religious sites of a variety of denominations can be found in St. Augustine, and many come with a lengthy history of the early settlers who founded them. Some came here in hopes of a better life, looking to establish their own beliefs freely. Others came to proclaim the faith in far off lands and serve the people. Sites like the Methodist church, Jewish temple, Greek Orthodox shrine and the Catholic Cathedral Basilica which dates back to the late 1700s, offer a glimpse into the lives of these early pioneers. Tour these religious sites and get a feel for their devotion and dedication to St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
The 165 feet tall working lighthouse is the "front porch light" for the nation's oldest port. Yes, weather permitting, you can climb the 219 steps and walk out on the observation deck and look into the lens room.
St. Augustine Distillery
Located in the old ice plant built in the early 1900’s. Rum, gin, vodka and bourbon are distilled in the building and they offer free tastings.
In St. Augustine - one of the oldest cities in the United States - no historic building is complete without a ghost or two. Learn about mysterious hauntings that have plagued the old city for centuries.
There’s many walking tours to choose from, either guided or self-guided, for a history-filled experience.