I recently traveled with The PGA Tour for THE PLAYERS Championship – the Tour’s crown jewel golf championship that takes place each March in to Northeast Florida. Lucky for me, they arranged for a little downtime in St Augustine, a short 30-minute trip from Ponte Vedra Beach along the historic A1A highway. Here’s a recap of all the amazing things I explored.
Known for its Spanish colonial architecture, this Atlantic beach town is straight up gorgeous. I began the day with my friends over at Florida Water Tours for a Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise. We ended up spotting three pods of flipper friends, several marshland birds and got a coastal view of some of the city’s most famous landmarks. It was the perfect way to start the day; I highly recommend it!
On a personal note: the staff here is straight up amazing. I had a little trouble getting an Uber after the tour, so they welcomed me inside their office, gave me their wifi password and offered to even drive me themselves if I couldn’t get my app to work. Sending a special thank you to their team for being so accommodating. A wonderful example of Southern hospitality.
Next I headed over to St. George Street. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is lined with several restaurants, local shops and pubs. Definitely a gem within the heart of America’s oldest city. The team over at Florida Water Tours recommended that I have lunch at Prohibition Kitchen, so that’s exactly where I went.
This vintage gastropub features seasonally inspired dishes made with local ingredients.
I ordered a Negroni to start while I browsed through their menu. It’s an impressive mix of fresh seafood, upscale bar food, build-your-own burgers, and hearty mains. I knew I’d be eating my way through the city, so I decided to go with a leafy entrée. The Super Bowl Salad immediately caught my eye: baby kale, avocado, asparagus, quinoa, snap peas, cucumbers, pickled eggs, toasted pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts with green goddess dressing. I also added grilled chicken breast for some extra protein. It was deeeeelish. I’m definitely going to try and remake this at home in the near future.
After my tour, I headed upstairs to check out Ice Plant Bar.
We grabbed a table outside and ordered a couple appetizers.
The presentation here is lovely, and the flavor combinations are spectacular.
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My day spent in St Augustine was organized and sponsored by The PGA Tour, THE PLAYERS Championship and Florida’s Historic Coast.
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