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4 Things to Do On Your Cape Hatteras Memorial Day Vacation


Spring has arrived and families are gearing up for the kickoff to summer 2015: Memorial Day! Families use this extended weekend to enjoy fun in the sun as well as spend quality time with the family. For families who are planning a Cape Hatteras vacation, Memorial Day weekend on the Outer Banks offers a wide variety of activities and fun. Plan a fun-filled weekend by trying out some of these great things to do while on Hatteras!

Climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Memorial Day kicks off the 2015 season for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and many of the surrounding lighthouses. Starting the Friday before Memorial Day, the Hatteras Island Visitor Center near the lighthouse will be open to the public. Visit the center and learn about the history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and pick up some souvenirs from your journey. After visiting the center, join a guided tour of the lighthouse grounds and finish by climbing to the top for spectacular views!

Attend the Shallowbag Bay Beach Music Festival

Drive up to Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo and enjoy an afternoon of fun shag music! Take a step back in time and dance away the afternoon with some of the country’s best shag bands. Bring along a lawn chair or blanket and relax while listening to music of years past. Make a day trip out of the event and explore Roanoke Island’s history, shopping and dining!

Run in the Cupcake 5k

Another great event to attend while in Manteo is the Cupcake 5k! This charity event focuses on raising money for cancer research and assistance to cancer patients. Whether you are an avid runner or just want to walk for someone, the Cupcake 5k will surely be an event not to miss!

Enjoy a New Watersport

Try out a new activity that you have been wanting to attempt! Whether it is surfing, kayaking, SUP or any other watersport make this trip to Hatteras Island the year you try it. Memorial Day offers warmer waters for water activities for the entire family to try. No Outer Banks vacation is complete without some time enjoying the beach and the Atlantic waves! Rent a few surfboards or paddleboards for the family and let everyone have a turn conquering a new sport!

These are just a few activities you can try during your next OBX vacation! Don’t see your favorite? Tell us about your favorite OBX activities that families can try during Memorial Day weekend!


5 Educational Experiences in St. Augustine, Florida

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St. Augustine, Florida is full of history. In fact, it is the longest inhabited European-founded city in the United States. It’s hard to avoid history on the sunny, narrow streets throughout St. Augustine. Places to stay are tucked throughout the city among the abundant Native, African, Greek, English, Spanish and Minorcan influences.  There is so much to learn about this confluence of new and old while on your St. Augustine vacation, here are 5 educational experiences worth checking into during your visit.

Lightner Museum: Formerly Hotel Alcazar, the Lightner Museum was built in 1887 and designed by the same architects who later went on to design the New York Public Library and the U.S. Senate office building. Its three floors hold exhibits from America’s Gilded Age and relics of daily life in the 19th century. The collection also includes stuffed birds, a small Egyptian mummy, model steam engines and a music room.

Old Town Trolley Tours: For over 30 years, this tour company has provided St. Augustine with sightseeing tours throughout the city. Narrated as you go, there is a mix of fact and trivia, as well as fun stories as the trolley winds its way through the nation’s oldest city. Among several tours available, including sightseeing and ghost tours, a perk is being able to hop on and off the bus to explore on your own time.

Castillo de San Marcos: Tour the grounds of the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States that dates back to 1672. The fort has seen its share of sieges and use including as a prison for Native Americans and later for Confederate soldiers. Visitors can tour the bastion and watch cannon firings along with historical re-enactments throughout the year.

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Venture over to Hogwarts Flagler College to experience the school’s Art Museum which offers an opportunity to view contemporary art in rotating art exhibitions. The exhibits feature artists from the area as well as international artists and hosts various programs like artist talks, readings, a film series and panel discussions.

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park: This location is the actual site of the first settlement area in the nation’s oldest city. The park offers both indoor and outdoor activities and exhibits to explore. From living history interpreters in a replica of Seloy, a Timucua Village that existed for a 1,000 years, to Spanish cannon demonstrations and a river walk that extends into a salt marsh. This is a place to spend the day with your whole family.


10 Most-Popular Myrtle Beach Attractions

10 Most-Popular Myrtle Beach Attractions

A Myrtle Beach vacation is packed with activities and opportunities to create a lifetime of memories for your friends and family. Whether it’s a week-long  or a weekend beach getaway, planning what to do and your Myrtle Beach vacation rental can be overwhelming. We offer 10 popular Myrtle Beach attractions to get your gears moving.

  1. The Beach: Hands down the number one thing to do that’s really hard to top, go to the beach. You could have picked anywhere: the mountains, the desert, a coniferous forest, but you chose a myrtle-beach-popular-attractionsMyrtle Beach vacation. In fact, with 60 miles of sand along what is known as the Grand Stand, and with lifeguards on duty, why bother with a list? We’re done.
  2. The Sunrise over the Atlantic: There’s nothing quite like seeing the sun rise from the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Well, maybe paddling out in the early hours and watching the sunrise while on a surfboard. If you start your day early, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to have most of the beach to yourself before the umbrellas and coolers begin to show up. If you decide to surf, between April 30 and Labor Day it’s prohibited between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. except in designated areas.
  3. Golfing100+ courses in the area and beautiful weather makes this one of the most sought after golf destinations in the country. Whether you’re on vacation with family or friends, many of the courses are close to the beach and offer activities beyond the fairways.
  4. Mini-golf: If you’d rather be surrounded by prehistoric dinosaurs and exploding volcanoes instead of goofy pants you’re in luck because there are dozens of miniature golf courses to choose from along the Grand Stand. Sure, there are hundreds of championship fairways nearby, but why not play on the same course as the nationally televised U.S. Prominigolf Master’s National Championship?
  5. Brookgreen Gardens: This combined garden, sculpture exhibit and zoo was designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the Register of National Historic Places, it was also listed by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the top 10 public gardens in the country. Along with countless sights and activities like a pontoon boat cruise, the gardens also host classes in sculpture, horticulture, history and animals. Bicycles are welcome on the paved roads.
  6. Ripley’s Aquarium: This 85,000 square foot multi-level aquarium have interactive and educational exhibits that showcase the aquatic ecosystem just outside the doors along with around the world. There’s a glass tunnel that puts you right in the middle of sharks, sea turtles and fish and a shallow pool with touch-friendly species.
  7. Carolina Opry: Built in 1993, this 2,200 seat showplace received the Governor’s Cup, the state’s highest tourism award. If you’re on vacation in Myrtle Beach, this live show powerhouse offers everything from laser light shows to dance to song.
  8. Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel: Standing at 187 feet and just yards away from the water, the Skywheel is the largest Ferris wheel on East Coast. Each flight- three revolutions- takes an estimated 8-10 minutes and there are 42 glass-enclosed, climate controlled gondolas to carry passengers. At night, the wheelchair accessible landmark lights up.
  9. Brewery Tour: Tired of watered-down, easily accessible, bland beer from your grocery store or local pub? It’s no surprise there’s a surge in craft beer popularity over the past couple of years as micro-breweries and brewers take greater risks and specialize on variations of the beverage. While you’re on the beach, plan ahead with a designated-driver to hop-scotch over two-dozen breweries nestled along the coast. Sit with the locals, order a beer flight and tour the facilities to see the process from start to finish.
  10. Hot Summer Nights: Free nightly events along the boardwalk last from June through August. Starting with a family-friendly Boardwalk Kids Carnival, all ages can have fun with face painting, caricature artists, games, stilt walkers and much more. Later in the night, check out the “I Love Sugar” oceanfront music stage to hear local and regional acts. Cap off the night every Wednesday with a firework show along the boardwalk.

4 Outdoor Activities at Deep Creek Lake for Every Season

family-adventure-vacationDeep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest inland body of water covering nearly 3,900 acres with a 69 mile shoreline. Fun fact, all lakes in Maryland are man-made. You may not know it, however, since Deep Creek Lake has taken on an eco-system of its own with freshwater fish, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. When is the best time to visit for your Deep Creek Lake vacation? How about Spring, Summer, Fall, and, Winter.

Whether it’s for the day, a weekend or a week, Deep Creek Lake is located close to many cities in the central-east and has options for people wanting to just dip their toes in outdoor adventures, to weekend warriors, to weathered granola heads. Countless Deep Creek Lake rentals offer a central location so you can have access to it all.


Mountain biking: There are several options in the area for mountain biking and even more for road cycling. Hailed as one of the best single tracks in Garrett County, Margoff is a 5.5 mile loop with rolling hills. Another trail system with varying degrees of difficulty and maintained by Garrett Trails is Fork Run Trail System. This area offers 7 miles of wooded trails open from sunrise to sunset.

Horseback riding: Hire a guide to take you on a private and personalized trail riding experience along undeveloped mountain trails and into the woods.

Golfing: Want something a little more tame? Try golfing at one of these nearby courses.personalized trail riding experience along undeveloped mountain trails and into the woods.

-Lodestone Golf Course

-Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club

-Waterfront Greens Golf Course

-Fantasy Valley Golf Course

Hiking: It’s definitely a year-round adventure, but Spring and Fall are on the more mild side as far as weather goes. Kick aside those winter blues with a spring hike or peep some leaves in the fall. Either time is not too hot or too cold for a walk in the woods. For beginners wanting a several hour hike, try Meadow Mountain Trail. For more experienced hikers, try the quick Fire Tower Trail.


Kayaking: Ever see videos or photos of paddlers launching off waterfalls or ‘playing’ in water that most people panic when they’re even close to? If you’re 12 years of age or older, you can get a taste of those thrills in a controlled environment or in the wilderness with Adventure Sports Center International. They offer introductory paddling courses for beginners and private instructions for more advanced. In fact, the ASCI course was host to the 2014 World Canoe Slalom Championships.

Swimming: While the lake is on average 10-15 degree cooler than surroundings cities, temperature from June through August can still be warm enough to make a dip necessary. Most of the visitor services are located on the State Park Road which includes approximately 1 mile of shoreline. Tables, grills shelters and restrooms are available and lifeguards are on duty at the designated swimming areas from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Boating: Bring your boat or rent one. Whether you’re looking to relax on a pontoon or try wakeboarding or water skiing behind a motorboat, several local businesses have packages worth checking. You can even rent a jet ski.

Junior Ranger Program: Focused on Maryland and what makes the state unique, the six-session program explores the natural and historical features of the park. Ages 7-14. For more information, visit the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources.


Topwater fishing: Just after dawn, before the lake waters warm from the sun is the best time for topwater fishing on Deep Creek Lake. Bluegills, Yellow Perch, trout and bass. If you’re planning to use the park boat ramp, be prepared to pay a small service charge.

SavageMan Triathlon Festival: Triathlete Magazine named it the hardest race on earth in 2010. Ready for a triathlon? We’re not either. But the environment surrounding race day can be fun and contagious. Head out to cheer competitors on or start training now to join them September 19-20, 2015.

Geocaching: Using a GPS, a little imagination and some wilderness skills, your goal is to locate a ‘cache,’ usually found in a waterproof box. A cache could be hidden under a pile of leaves just off trail, or stuck in a tree far out of reach. ASCI has over 10 new caches for all skill levels.

Rock climbing: Primarily a sport climbing area, there are overhangs and most routes are from mid-5.11s. For more moderate routes, check out a section called Tea and Crumpets Wall. Climbing season ramps up beginning in mid-March and peaks in May before tapering off until late summer into late fall.


Snowboarding/Skiing: Wisp Resort offers a 700 foot vertical drop to shred. With 34 runs, the longest being 1.5 miles, they receive an average of 100 inches of snow each year. Can’t make it to the Northeast or out West but have an itch that needs scratching, Wisp is right up your alley for a weekend getaway. Want to try something new? It’s never too late to learn to ski or snowboard. Just remember to lean forward.

Snowshoe to Muddy Creek Waterfall: Beginning at nearby Swallow Falls State Park, you’ll snowshoe 1.25 miles through a 300 year old Hemlock forest. Cutting through the silent trees in the stillness of winter, the snow creaking under your feet, you’ll reach the state’s highest waterfall that typically freezes in the winter, all 53 feet.

Dog sledding: A learning experience with a thrill, spend a few hours with a team of mushers learning about huskies, harnessing, and sledding. Then hold on as you’ll be driven through winding hillside trails and through wooded forest logging trails and open pastures.

Cross Country (Nordic) Skiing: For $20 a lesson, you’ll get a pair of skis and 90 minutes of instruction to send you on your way to experience a work out through nature. Be sure to bring a backpack because once you get going through Herrington Manor State Park, those layers will start coming off.

For more information about outdoor activities around Deep Creek Lake check out the Garrett County Adventure Guide (PDF). For trail guides, calendar of events and other resources can be found on Maryland Department of Natural Resources Website

Destin: A Shopping Guide to Florida’s Emerald Coast

destin-things-to-doSo you’re in Destin, Florida with 3.6 million of your closest friends. You booked a Destin vacation beach getaway in an area U.S. News & World Report ranked as one of the top 5 beaches in Florida. But you’re burnt to a crisp from the sun bouncing off the beautiful white sands lining the Gulf of Mexico. Or maybe you dropped your sunglasses while wrangling the biggest fish anyone has ever seen. Sure, we believe you. After all, tucked along the Emerald Coast, Destin is known as the world’s luckiest fishing village. Take a break from your sun-soaked sandy paradise or go look for new glasses and head to some of the many shops this destination vacation hot-spot has to offer.

Waterfront Shopping at Destin Harbor: Destin Harbor is historically known as the heart of the area and a gathering place for celebrations and daily activities. Centrally located near countless Destin vacation rentals and along the water, the boardwalk is dotted with unique stores like Kitty Hawk Kites, upscale boutiques, restaurants, as well as booths to book a number of activities. The area is home to Florida’s largest charter fishing fleet, so there’s plenty of fresh seafood or options to catch your own. From morning to night, the boardwalk is a constant buzz of life and entertainment. And with free parking, it’s easy to access and allow yourself to get lost exploring the area.

Between dolphin cruises, charter fishing, boat rentals, and the countless festivals taking place year-round on the Destin Boardwalk, there is never a dull moment amidst activities or entertainment while popping in and out of the shops.

Head to Destin Commons for over 90 stores: Located outside and centered around a tiered fountain, Destin Commons features all the name-brand stores and more. Voted ‘Best Place to Shop,’ by Emerald Coast Magazine readers, the open-air mall features more than 90 stores and dining options. From Aldo and Earthbound Trading Company to BassPro and Books-a-Million, a wide range of shopping for any taste is available. Lucky with the fish but not with the weather? Head to AMC Destin, a 14-screen movie theatre with stadium seating, to wait out the rain. Have a restless child? Swing by the soft playground or interactive water fountain. Have a restless spouse? Drop them off at the new World of Beer.

Or maybe you all need a change of scene from retail therapy? Take a tour on the miniature train that offers a trip down South Street and Center Plaza for $4. The commons also has free Wi-Fi.

The county offers access to Destin Commons from a number of areas via a drop-off and pick-up service on the Okaloosa County Transit Shuttle. Call (850) 833-9168 for more details.

Buy local, be local

Destin Harbor Farmer’s Market: Just about a year old, the year-round farmers’ market is open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. You’ll find everything from gourmet olive oils, grass fed beef, fruits, hot sauces and popsicles to handmade goods. There are also vendors with food inspired from around the world.

Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village: Check their website before you go, but the MKAF hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year including the annual Festival of the Arts, where you can pick up some unique pieces while supporting local artists.

Harbor Docks: Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or some fresh seafood to bring back to your rental after a day shopping, Harbor Docks Seafood Market are advocates for buying local and getting the fish you pay for. In operation since 1981, Harbor Docks plays a key role in supplying quality, guaranteed fresh seafood locally and internationally while supporting the local fishing industry.

The Honey Pot & The Honey Pot Cafe: Not only are they the owners of the café serving breakfast and lunch, but the father and son team are bee keepers who produce 100% treatment-free Destin honey for products that include soap, candles and skin care.

Scenic Highway 30A: Destin is centrally located to the beaches, harbor access, along with Scenic Highway 30A, a stretch of nearly 30 miles that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline. A drive down 30A east from Destin reveals art galleries and unique, locally-owned businesses that dot the landscape.

Want to tap into the community a little more and see what’s going on with those who call Destin home? Visit the Destin area Chamber of Commerce community calendar

5 Must-Try Watersports for Your Topsail Island Vacation

topsail-island-rentalsTopsail Island is home to a classic coastal North Carolina landscape. As a barrier island, it offers watersports lovers just about everything they could ask for. The waterways on the west side of the island are made up of various marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway. On the other end of the spectrum is the beach side of the island. Warm summer time water and fun waves create the perfect location for an excellent day spent at the beach. There is a lot to do when on Topsail Island, especially if you and your family enjoy spending time on the water. Discussed below are some of the best watersports this classic North Carolina beach destination has to offer!

Tour the Island on Kayak

The marshlands around Topsail Island are home to a diverse array of wildlife including birds, fish, and mammals that are unique to the region. One of the best ways to see this wildlife and the landscape in which they live is to navigate the island via kayak. You can bring your own watercraft or rent one from one of the local outdoor shops.


SUPing (stand up paddleboarding) has grown increasingly popular over the past decade, and for good reason. It is a sport that delivers a low-impact workout that watersport lovers of all ages can enjoy! The various bodies of water that surround Topsail Island create the perfect recreational area to stand up paddle. If you prefer a relaxing cruise, simply paddle along the waterway on the west side of the island and take in the scenery. Looking for a bit more excitement? Try surfing the waves of Topsail beach on your SUP to put your skills to the test!

Go Surfing

Learn to surf when spending your vacation in Topsail Beach. After all, Topsail Island is home to Surf City! The water on Topsail Island often hangs around 80 degrees during the summer months and the waves common to the area are perfect for beginners. Furthermore, there are a variety of surf schools in the area! If you are looking for an awesome surfing experience with friendly surf instructors, book a lesson with Surf City Surf School. They will teach you how to have as much fun as possible while learning one of the coolest sports in the world!

Jet Sking

Like many of the other watersports you can enjoy when vacationing on Topsail Island, the calm waterways also make for great Jet Skiing! The areas of water which are protected by land create calm surface conditions, ensuring you get the smoothest ride possible when on the water.


Perhaps the simplest form of wave riding, bodyboarding gives those who are new to the ocean the awesome thrill of wave riding. Bodyboards are relatively inexpensive and great for kids to use. Don’t miss out on this fun water activity during your beach day!

No matter how you choose to spend your time on the water when hanging out on Topsail Island, the beautiful surroundings will make your watersports experience very enjoyable. Come see for yourself why families have been booking Topsail Beach vacations for generations!

Best Places to Ring in the New Year in the South

new-year-events-southLooking to ring in the New Year somewhere special in the South but not sure where to head? Get the most out of the occasion with a vacation to one of the following places, which offer a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday in your own way.

Myrtle Beach

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach is Broadway at the Beach, one of the most popular tourist attractions on the entire Grand Strand. Always a good time for any occasion, and New Year’s Eve is no exception at this “megaplex” of entertainment, shopping and dining. Fun for the whole family or for a romantic night out to ring in the New Year, no matter what you’re looking for, the festivities at Broadway at the Beach will send off the last night of 2014 with a bang. The fireworks extravaganza will light up the sky beginning at 8 p.m. overlooking Lake Broadway. When the show is complete, head to one of the many bars, restaurants, or nightclubs if you want to celebrate until the ball drops!


The quaint town of Boone boasts romantic getaway opportunities in abundance, and what better time of year for a romantic excursion than at New Year’s? Cuddle up by the fire in your private Boone vacation rental or hit one of the nearby towns for a mountain adventure to ring in the New Year.

St. Augustine

Looking for something to do with the entire family for New Year’s? If so, St. Augustine’s Beach Blast Off 2015 might be just what you have in mind! Voted the best family New Year’s event in Florida, the Beach Blast Off features a day full of live music, food vendors, kids’ activities, beer and wine tastings, and an evening of live entertainment to head right on into the New Year. This event with any St. Augustine vacation makes more a memorable New Year! For more information, click: here.

Outer Banks

With a multitude of restaurants along the beach that know how to throw a New Year’s Eve party, an Outer Banks vacation getaway for the holiday! Settle down at one of the many bustling locations or hop around to see them all. If it’s nightlife, but at a laid back pace, that you’re looking for, the Outer Banks might be your ticket to a good time and a happy New Year.

There’s a lot to do and see to ring in the New Year in style in the South, so check out one of these destinations above and head into 2015 on the wings of a memorable vacation

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Holiday Events on the Outer Banks

outer banks holiday eventsHoliday cheer and seasonal fun for the entire family abounds on the Outer Banks at this time of year. As an area already immersed in history and culture, the Outer Banks presents visitors with a one-of-a-kind holiday experience intertwining the past with the present, woven with a wild spirit native only to the Outer Banks. The beautiful landscape, delicious local restaurants, unique activities, and laid-back atmosphere make the OBX an enjoyable place to spend the holidays with your family. Check out some of these activities to get you in the holiday spirit and enjoy a seasonal getaway on the Outer Banks.

Kites with Lights

A beloved annual tradition here on the Outer Banks is Kitty Hawk Kites’ annual Kites with Lights event! Not every year do you get to experience a Christmas extravaganza on the nation’s tallest natural sand dune, but if you head to the Outer Banks this holiday season you can! Get the entire family up and out of your Outer Banks vacation rental and head to Jockey’s Ridge State Park as the sun sets into the sound, turning visitors into silhouettes atop the dunes and beneath the dancing, illuminated kites. It’s truly a spectacular sight to see. The kids love this event, as Santa always makes an appearance in hopes of trading his sleigh in for a hang glider. “Hang with Santa” and have the kids’ pictures taken to remember the special evening. Kites with Lights will be held on November 29. For more information, click: here.

Festival of Trees

Come enjoy the Outer Banks in the off season and really get to feel what it’s like to be a part of a small island community. The Festival of Trees, this year in its 26 season, is a holiday event that will welcome you like a local!  With a holiday bazaar, musical performances, children’s activities, a holiday party for grown-ups, and much more, this weekend-long event is a must see during your holiday stay on the Outer Banks. The Festival of Trees will be held at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills on December 13. More information can be found: here.

Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend

Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend takes place the first weekend in December and provides visitors the rare opportunity to get a glimpse at some of the remarkable historic homes and sites we have here on the Outer Banks, with proceeds supporting a good cause! Take the tour and get some inspiration for holiday decorating for your own home as you and your family explore some of the most unique homes on Roanoke Island. For more information, click: here.

With plenty of unique things to do and see for everyone in the family, and a beautiful island atmosphere in which to take it all in, an Outer Banks vacation this holiday season might be just the ticket for you!

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Holiday Events in St. Augustine

holiday events in st. augustine, flIt’s hard to deny that St. Augustine is a welcoming retreat to take at any time of year! As the oldest city in the country, St. Augustine offers visitors unparalleled historical sites, not to mention gorgeous beaches and a mild climate well into the chillier seasons. That is one of many reasons it’s a favored spot for holiday travel. Check out the following events going on this holiday season to make your St. Augustine vacation a magical one!

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights Festival, Nov.22, 2014-Feb.1 2015

There’s nothing that gets you in the holiday spirit quite like two months of 2 million Christmas lights! Chosen by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Beginning annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving with the “Night of Illumination,” the Nights of Lights Festival kicks off as more than 2.5 million Christmas lights are set ablaze, making St. Augustine one of the most entrancing cities to visit during the holidays! Make sure to get to the Plaza by 6:30 to see the city transform, or visit the “Old City” any time during the holiday season to catch the impressive display of city-wide light! For more information, click: here.

12th annual Shut Up and Run 5K, Nov. 27

What better way to build up an appetite for turkey while raising money for a good cause than to participate in a Thanksgiving Day race? Beginning at 8a.m. at Treaty Park, this 5K, brought to you by the Ancient City Roadrunners, will benefit the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter in St. Augustine. For more information, click: here.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Luminary Night, Dec. 3

Stop by the St. Augustine Lighthouse during your December vacation to the city, and enjoy free admission from 6-9 p.m. There you will find a panoramic view of the illuminated city below from the very top of the lighthouse, accompanied by live Christmas music, including a string quartet right inside the lighthouse tower, children’s holiday crafts, hot apple cider and much more! The lighthouse Luminary Night is a special event that everyone in the family can enjoy! For more information, click: here.

St. Augustine Orchestra Holiday Concert, Dec. 12

Enjoy a beautiful holiday tradition and experience the acclaimed annual holiday concert performed by the St. Augustine Orchestra. The night will include selections from the beloved Nutcracker, as well as a special performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, sung by the St. Augustine High School Chorus. Held in the beautiful Lightner Museum, this holiday concert is sure to provide a magical night to get you in the holiday spirit! For more information, click: here.

Whether you’re looking to participate in a good cause, enjoy holiday music, or see a world-renowned display of spectacular Christmas lights, a St. Augustine vacation might be just what you need to get in this season!

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Fall Activities in St. Augustine

fall events in st. augustine oktoberfestThe fall is one of the best times of year to visit St. Augustine! The crowds have dwindled down to a casual handful of intermingling visitors and locals and the temperatures couldn’t be more perfect! The following are a few activities that you should check out during your upcoming St. Augustine vacation!

5th Annual Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast, Oct. 1-31

A month-long dining event, Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast was created to showcase the area’s incredible food, talented chefs, and award-winning restaurants. Happening all day, all over the city, the festival’s highlight will be the Top Chef Cook Off, held at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort on October 23. For more information, click: here.

Great St. Augustine Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 1-31

The city’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not locations have partnered up with local businesses for the Great St. Augustine Skeleton Scavenger Hunt where visitors are challenged to find 15 skeletons displayed throughout the city. Winners will be entered in a vacation package drawing. For more information, click: here.

OKTOBERFEST Beer Tour, Oct. 1-Nov 1.

Set out on a beer tasting adventure this fall at St. Augustine’s Oktoberfest! Featuring 34 Oktoberfest-themed beers, this tour takes you on a journey to several local venues, all the while teaching you about how beer is made, what goes into serving it, and how to distinguish between the different varieties. Become a professional by drinking with them at St. Augustine’s Oktoberfest. For more information, click: here.

Spoonbills & Sprockets A1A Cycling Tour, Nov. 2

For all of you bike lovers out there, come enjoy the beautiful A1A Scenic Byway for a 100 mile, 72 mile, or 32 mile route that will take you through Gamble Rogers State Park, Varn Parke, Marineland, and the St. Augustine Area. There is still time to register for the 36 and 72 mile runs, so check out the website: here, and then come visit St. Augustine to take part in this beautiful event.

49th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, Nov. 29-30

More than 150 artists congregate from around the country every year for St. Augustine’s Fall Arts and Crafts Festival to display their finest work. The massive art festival will take place Thanksgiving weekend behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility. For more information, click: here.

Whether it is history, entertainment, or outdoor adventure you seek, St. Augustine is a perfect fall destination for you and your family to getaway for a few days and enjoy the beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery, and exciting events that the city has to offer. Book your vacation today, and then check out one of the events above while you’re there, for an unforgettable fall vacation.

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