In 2013, this St Augustine bed and breakfast (located in the historic district) celebrates 250 years! Casa de Solana takes its name from the original owner, Don Manuel Lorenzo Solana, a member of one of the city’s first Spanish families. He was 23 years old when the British claimed St. Augustine in 1763 and was one of only eight men (all Mounted Dragoons of the Spanish Army) permitted to remain in St. Augustine after the British took over. He built a tabby house on the property that year and soon after married London-born Protestant Mary Mitchell (with whom he had 2 children). Not recognized by the Catholic Church, that marriage later dissipated. With his second wife, Menorcan Mary Mastres, he fathered 11 more Solanas! Their house was well known to offer haven to Native Americans, injured soldiers, and any traveler in need of respite. Despite the harshness of the times, the Solana Family did persevere, clinging to the love. Today, Casa de Solana is a 10-room, full-service St. Augustine bed and breakfast, with that halo of love and residual energy still abound! Casa de Solana -- where old-world charm meets with modern amenities and epic romance begins!