Last week, I visited St. Augustine for a media trip and it was amazing. I was able to ditch the 30-degree weather in Georgia for short sleeves and the sand of Florida. It was far too cold in Georgia for fall, including a sudden frost killing off the rest of our Spring garden.
I stayed in the oldest Inn in St. Augustine, the St. Francis Inn. A beautiful bed and breakfast that has the best amenities and recreation in St. Augustine. There were even a few ghosts to greet me right before Halloween. I was soaking in the ghost tours and spooky stories at night. Especially, with the spooky holiday looming. What do you expect from the oldest city in America though?
I have to say, my favorite aspect of the trip had to have been the food. We ate at some of the best restaurants in St. Augustine. All of the chefs I met took great pride in their work. We went on a great culinary tour one day so I was able to experience multiple restaurants all for lunch. All the restaurants gave us sampling dishes so that we got a chance to try many things from their menus.
I faced a huge fear while I was there as well. I'm slightly afraid of heights but even more, freaked out by stairs that you can see and step-thru. Well, I climbed 219 spiral, see-thru steps at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. I did it alone too! I was terrified, but I made it, took a few photos, and scooted down as fast as my legs would go. My palms were sweating, my body shook but when I reached the bottom I nearly hugged the guide standing outside! She gave me a much needed, “You did it!” Boy did my legs hurt the next day too. It's one thing to walk that many steps but it's another when you're super tense the whole time!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dove. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.
After exploring the Lighthouse I went for a stroll to the beach. It was nice being able to wear sleeveless shirts because of the weather. I also got a great look at how well my underarms look after switching to Dove Clear Tone. Which I forgot (it's always deodorant I forget) and had to grab at the local drugstore. The calendula and sunflower seed extracts did wonders for my sensitive skin. No more dryness or red marks. No need to reapply either, because it lasts for 48 hours. Since our days were jam-packed with great stuff to do and discover, I didn't have a chance to return to the Inn. I could have stayed on that beach all day, it is so beautiful.
I'm already planning another trip to St. Augustine. It's such a great pedestrian city where you can walk everywhere.