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The Community of St. Augustine is known as the oldest, continually occupied European city in the United States. The founding of the city is dated as 1565. The History of downtown St. Augustine captures tourists’ interest for days. Without listing all of the sites, one needs to explore the Spanish Fort, the Castillo De San Marcos, the oldest school house and home, the Pena Peck House, the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Trinity Episcopal Church, Memorial Presbyterian, Grace Methodist, United Methodist St. Benedict Church, Flagler College, the Alcazar Hotel and the Lightener Museum to name a few. St. Augustine has incredible European influences from the Spanish, British and French who have occupied the city in the past 400 plus years. Not to forget the influence of Henry Flagler and his industrial friends who made St. Augustine a vacation spot in the first part of the 19th century. The famous Flagler Hotel, the first hotel with electricity and a large collection of Tiffany glass preceded, what is now one of the top 50 small liberal arts colleges in the United States. Nearly 50 hotels and bed and breakfasts are located in the downtown area of the city which allows one to explore the colorful history of the oldest city and to equally enjoy the delectable restaurants, stores and art galleries. If one selects accommodations in the heart of the city, it is possible to walk and or to travel by tram most of the day. There are even historical ghost tours in the evening, boat rides exuding with facts about the city and horse and carriage opportunities to hear about the history and the past and present residents of this great city.

The weather in downtown St. Augustine is often considered mild in the winter months with temperatures between the 40s and the 50s. However, even when a cold spell blows in from our Northern or Western friends in the United States, the days are often sunny and between 50 to 70 degrees by Noon.

Now, if one crosses the Lions Bridge from Historic Downtown, you have the pleasure of seeing the St. Augustine Lighthouse and exploring miles of beautiful beaches. Again a wonderful fishing pier, fantastic golf courses such as Marsh Creek, excellent restaurants and relaxing sun and sand await you.

Travel northeast of the city along AIA and you will see the Headquarters of the PGA tour and the TPC at Saw Grass Country Club where The Players Championship is held each May. The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club an old established inn that has the ambiance of the Green Briar or the Homestead is also in this small beach community.

Go west and you will find the World Golf Village which hosts the World Golf Hall of Fame. Naturally, as with anywhere in St. Augustine, you will find well groomed and challenge fairways and greens. Just ride a few more miles west and one will witness one of the few rivers in the world that travels north, the Saint Johns River. Another important fact about this northern flow of aqua is that is produces some mighty, large, mouth bass.

Drive south and you are at the famous Daytona Speedway which starts the season with the 24 hour Rolex races and the Daytona 500. These events are followed by Bike Week and the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Race on the 4th of July holiday.

As you see, there is plenty to see when you visit your family member or friends at the Grafton House. Most of these attractions accommodate the elderly. In addition, the immediate area on Marine Street has a boardwalk and pier to stroll on and to sit. It is located in front of the Bay View Nursing Home. The River House is also a short walk. This is the new Senior Center that offers numerous activities for Senior citizens and others. The activities range from dancing, painting, practicing Tai Chi, Bridge, Bingo, and Travel to name just a few. Often some of the Grafton House Seniors participate. There is also a dining room that offers a hot lunch five days a week and the Riverhouse Café that has a delectable menu and provides a diner with the opportunity to sit on the veranda and partake in breakfast or lunch.

Come visit and see why many of us never leave. The Carmines intended to visit, moved here 16 years ago and will always consider the oldest, continuous city their home. There is always another site to see, a restaurant to enjoy, a play to watch at the Limelight theater, a concert to hear at the Plaza or Amphitheater or an event at Flagler College.




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