On the eastern coast of Florida lies America’s oldest city—St. Augustine. Steeped in gorgeous architecture and an exciting culture, this vibrantly tropical destination stands out from the other tourist towns that dot the state’s coastline, if for nothing else then it’s intriguing history and incredible views.
An excerpt from “At the Corner of History and Vacation“
Voluminous yellow pots host happy plants and flank a standalone shack of sorts at the corner of Cuna and Charlotte Streets in Saint Augustine, Florida. This rustic hut is home to Crucial Coffee Cafe, where bright red benches and lovingly frayed tablecloths of the same hue invite summer tourists to sit down and indulge in a cool treat or a morning cup of joe. A chalkboard menu suspended from the ceiling announces the daily offerings and flavors of ice cream and Italian ice.
“A scoop of watermelon ice, please,” I request to the woman at the counter, and she bends down and around to reach the freezer in the tiny kitchen space. Perched on a metal chair with a pillow cushion, I savor spoonfuls of chilled sweetness as the breeze floats in through the windows and a set of double French doors painted fire engine red. With its cobblestoned streets, Spanish Renaissance Revival-style architecture, and outdoor dining everywhere you turn, sun-soaked Saint Augustine is the picture of Floridian bliss—with a rich history to boot.