Twelve Days of Christmas in Two?
2 Days - 25 Inns - 25 Restaurants - $25!
A charity event you won’t want to miss!
Dec 8 & 9, 2012, 1-5 pm
Justin Bieber may be too busy for Christmas this year, but there is no excuse for anyone within a 50-mile radius of St. Augustine! The St. Augustine Historic Inns (SAHI) association is proud to present to you Twelve Days of Christmas, in just two!
December marks the 19th consecutive year for the Annual Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour. Over the years, the tour has become a much-anticipated highlight of the city’s Nights of Lights celebration (touted in National Geographic’s 2011 Top 10 List of Places to See Holiday Lights) and features 25 historic inns, each uniquely decorated for the holiday season. This year’s festivities will celebrate the age-old English Christmas carol Twelve Days of Christmas, with each Inn putting its own spin on its favorite verse of this can’t-get-it-out-of-your head holiday ditty!
On Saturday, December 8, in the courtyard at Casa de Solana, the St. Augustine Belly Dancers will represent Nine Ladies Dancing with performances to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You. The girls will be giving belly dancing lessons, and the audience will vote on their favorite belly dancer and favorite student! Casa will also be hosting an exclusive and complimentary pre-tour reception for the first 50 people who reserve their spot. Reception guest will enjoy a glass of Solana Sangria and other holiday treats as well as a story-telling session and tour before the crowd arrives! These 50 guests may purchase their tour tickets at Casa so as to avoid the will-call line at the Tour booth! To claim your spot at this exclusive holiday reception, call 904.824.3555! Only ticket holders will be admitted.
Making its Holiday Tour debut this year is the Ximenez-Fatio House on Aviles Street (just across the street from Casa). Currently a historical landmark and popular museum that depicts early tourism in Florida, Fatio House was one of St. Augustine’s very first Inns owned and operated by a woman, opening its doors to travelers in the early 1800s. The distinguished Colonial Dames of America purchased the property in 1939 and have been absolutely meticulous in its true-to-form renovations and furnishings. For the tour, the House will emulate an 1800s Florida Christmas, the décor of which will include Spanish moss, various types of citrus, sea shells, magnolia leaves, Florida sand pine, and plants native to the period.
The partridge in Victorian House B&B’s pear tree is uber-popular St. Augustine singer, Amy Hendrickson, who will be performing Christmas music live at the Inn on Saturday.
Just a few blocks away at the very popular St. Francis Inn (whose theme verse is Six Geese-a-Laying), you’ll find a big golden goose egg by which to register for a free night’s stay!
As in years past, each Inn will pair up with their favorite local restaurant, meaning that you will be privy to a different and distinguishing tasty treat at each inn you visit.
The tour is self paced and self guided. Tour time on both days is 1 to 5 pm. You will receive a map of Downtown that shows which inns to tour on which day. Most of the Inns are grouped closely together, which facilitates easy walking; however, a tour shuttle will be available. Tickets are $25 per person, are good for both days, and can be purchased online at www.staugustinebandbtour.com.
Partial proceeds of this year's tour will be donated to a new education program for area homeless. Operated by First Coast Technical College, the Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program will provide training that will lead to certification from the American Culinary Federation and local and national health departments.
So come join the fun! If you can’t remember all the verses to the carol before the tour, you’ll be singing it for days after; you’ll have some excellent food; you’ll be more than entertained by all the themes and theatrics; and all the hype, the happy, and the hospitality will leave you breathless and super excited to bring in the holiday season!