Blue Heron Inn
The Jones innkeeper team can arrange many fun activities for guests and offer several packages. For sunny beach days order up one of Julie’s popular picnic baskets. She’ll whip together some homemade chicken salad croissants, pasta, fresh fruit, chips, homemade cookies and drinks, wrap it up in a vintage basket and send you out with the towels, beach chairs and bikes available to all guests. Kayaking through the salt marsh estuaries, biking along Egan’s Creek Greenway, and carriage rides along streets lined with charming southern homes can also be arranged. The equestrian sort will appreciate a horseback ride along the beach or wild horse spotting during charter sails around Cumberland Island. Culture seekers can stroll through the quaint shops, galleries and boutiques, head to one of the festivals happening at any given time or dine at charming cafes off Center Street.
The Jacksonville Continental Club
With an on-site restaurant and pub featuring an over water deck as well as pools, tennis and gardens one doesn’t have to go far to find something to do. Take lunch out to the patio overlooking the upper lawn half-encircled with a pretty balustrade or take the stairs down to the lower lawn and picnic by the river. Watch the turtles scurry about in the front courtyard garden. The St. Johns offers many activities as well including water sports and tour operators. Anglers can schedule a trip with Big River Fishing Charters and catch a spotted sea trout or flounder on the river, largemouth bass on freshwater fishing trips to Green cove springs, or giant black drum in the Mayport jetties.
St. Augustine Beachcomber Cottages at Vilano
Between Vilano and across the bridge in St. Augustine, there is no shortage of things to do during this staycation. An in-room massage is a great way to start the vacation completely relaxed. In addition to the cute town center that is within walking distance, the area features some great restaurants like Caps on the Water and the Reef. There is also a sunset celebration the first Saturday of each month which is located on the Vilano pier and showcases artists, vendors and live music. Hop over to St. Augustine and use your free parking privileges to explore the architecture, museums and art galleries of the oldest city. Treat the kids to some pirating fun with a tour of El Galeon or the Nao Victoria, two reconstructed Spanish colonial ships or gaze upon the elaborate displays at the new Pirate Museum. Take a daytime sail aboard the Black Raven complete with sing-a-longs and face painting or leave the kids at home for a rum cruise in the evening. Private sails can also be arranged with Sailtime Northeast Florida. Architecture buffs will enjoy the tour of Flagler College or marveling at the cannons of the Castillo De San Marco, while retail therapists will enjoy shopping on St. George Street or attending the monthly bazaar in the Colonial Quarter.