I love weekend road trips to not-so-far locations here in Florida! Jacksonville is about 45-50 minutes from Saint Augustine, FL. One of the perks of living so close to the border of St. John’s County is it’s only a 25-30 minute drive down US 1 to get to all the attractions of Downtown Saint Augustine. Last weekend, we made the trip down for a day of gallivanting around, eating and wine tasting with friends of ours. It was scorching hot but enjoyable none the less.
We headed down early to stop by a local record store we absolutely love, Tone Vendor Records. It’s located near the Lightner Museum in a small building right off King Street. You can park near the building for only $10 and it’s all day parking. You step into a room covered floor to ceiling with vinyls you could only dream of owning. They sell both new and used vinyls…I prefer the used ones. There’s something about owning a “weathered” record that makes the collection really unique.
We flipped through the Classic Rock/Prog Rock section and found a few gems: Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates of Dawn, The Who’s Who’s Next, Yes’ The Yes Album and Country Joe & The Fish.
After our record store trip we headed to lunch at Harry’s Seafood a place known for their Cajun-style fare. We stayed on St. George Street admiring the historic buildings, unique architecture while I snapped my favorite design elements: doors, windows and decor.
We headed to San Sebastian Winery shortly after our stroll through downtown for their free tour and wine tasting. San Sebastian Winery opened in 1996 and creates wine from grapes grown locally right here in Florida. Because it is so hot and humid in Florida, they had to produce Muscadine Grapes to withstand the climate for their wines.
When you arrive at the winery you are greeted and instructed to begin the self-guided tour at the bar on the first floor. Our first pour was a Chardonnay which was light and crisp. Then you take the stairs up to the second story where you cross what looks like a draw bridge to your next tasting station. Here they serve us the Rosa, a seasonal wine similar to Rose. Needless to say that was my favorite!
Our next station was inside the barrel room where they offered us the Vinter’s White, which tasted like Moscato, and Vinter’s Red, which tasted like Sangria. Our final stop on the tour was the dessert wines. One tasted heavily of butterscotch which left a funky taste in my mouth. Judd seemed to enjoy it though! On our way out of the winery we stopped at the gift shop and picked up a bottle of the Rosa.
Our day trip to Saint Augustine was very enjoyable despite the warm temperatures. If you ever find yourself with a free weekend, take a trip to Saint Augustine. Walk St. George Street, take the San Sebastian Winery tour, stop by Tone Vendor Records and buy yourself a vinyl. There is so much to do here you may just have to plan more than one visit!