From Minneapolis, MN to Maui, HI, every city we’ve brought our workshop to has been filled with fun activities and even more fun (and talented) pros. To cap off the year, we’re headed to historic St. Augustine, FL the first week of December. So, why St. Augustine? Here are 9 good reasons…
(P.S. Get your tickets for the workshop December 5th here!)
1. We’re going to live like the rich & famous of yesterday.
St. Augustine became a preferred vacation destination for the rich and famous in the late 19th century. Henry Flagler, a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company (he was like the Bill Gates of the 1800s), was famously determined to make St. Augustine THE winter getaway for the wealthy. So while we’re in town, we’ll be checking out Flagler College, the former Hotel Ponce de Leon and famous luxury resort built by the infamous Henry Flagler.
2. We’ll be lunching (and learning) at the gorgeous Casa Monica.
The workshop presentations and sit-down lunch will be at the Casa Monica Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in the United States. The decor is Spanish inspired and utterly romantic. We’ll also be staying at the Casa Monica, and extending attendee discounts to everyone with a ticket at our workshop. See reservation options here.
3. The dining along the whole coast is some of the best in Florida.
With Spanish roots and British influence, St. Augustine’s cuisine is one for the books. One of the best ways to explore St. Augustine’s multi-culturally influenced dining scene is with a food tour. If you’re staying a day or two after our workshop, local companies such as the Tasting Tours and City Walk’s Savorie Fair offer food and wine tours of the area’s restaurants with a historical flair.
4. You can snap a great photo from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
One of the attractions we’re most excited to check out is the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. It happens to be one of the most of the most popular spots in the city for marriage proposals! And if you want to share your #lighthouse photo on Instagram, we’ve got you covered. Kristi Drago-Price, founder of Editor’s Edge, is co-hosting a presentation on hashtags and tips for social media at our workshop. (Score!)
6. We’ll be sipping cocktails at The Treasury on the Plaza.
Our workshop is going to be a little like a progressive dinner. After the presentations, attendees will be escorted to cocktails at The Treasury on the Plaza — St. Augustine’s first and only skyscraper (ahem, six floors!). It’s also one of the city’s most treasured and romantic wedding venues, and we can’t wait to see the historic space totally decked out by our planner Coastal Celebrations.
7. And taking a extra special trolley tour to cap off the day!
We’ll end the night with a favorite holiday tradition in St. Augustine: the Night of Lights Trolley Tour! If you’re not already in the holiday spirit, a trolley tour of the city among the all the holiday lights will definitely do the trick. And, if you happen to bring your significant other, you might check out a horse and carriage ride, available along the bayfront in St. Augustine.
8. If you’re up for a night out after the workshop, there’s something for everyone.
It might be a Tuesday night, but there are going to be plenty of options to continue networking with one another into the evening. Our trolley tour will end in the perfect spot to grab a drink and keep the conversation going. With many of the buildings restored (think: almost 40!) to their historical appearance, the city has a totally different feel at night.
9. You might spot a spirit on your way home.
St. Augustine and old city — more than 450 years old to be exact. With so much history and happenings within the city limits, you might just spot something a little spooky after dark. If you want the full experience, there are a range of guided nightly tours — from the family-friendly Ghosts & Gravestones trolley tour, to the adults only Creepy Crawl tour of haunted pubs.
10. We’ll be sneaking in a sunset sail before we leave!
Because what would a trip to Florida be without a little time on the water?! Toast the end of great workshop aboard the Schooner Freedom. The tall ship offers a completely different view of St. Augustine’s historic district – from the sea.