Christmas at the St. Augustine Lighthouse

We were lucky enough to attend a free event at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. They had the grounds all lit up and a huge tree at the light keepers house, along with Santa sitting on the porch. There was a tree inside the base of the lighthouse. We were able to climb to the top to look out over the Nights of Lights in St. Augustine. There were drawings to win boats and memberships to the Florida Lighthouse Association. There was snacks and drinks to buy and a booth especially for members of the St. Augustine Lighthouse Keepers, serving free finger foods and wine and lemonade. (Yes, we are members) 🙂 The only problem with the evening was the crowd! It was worth it, but it seemed like all of Florida had came to this event. The tower of the lighthouse was packed out. There were so many people climbing up and down the spiral staircase, it was lucky to have the landings after so many steps to move to the side to let those in a hurry go on by. The weather was nice, no rain and a clear sky. But it was a little chilly, especially when we reached the top of the tower to look out over the city. Even with the crowds, it was well worth the experience. IMG_0415IMG_0414IMG_0413IMG_041220181120_21205720181120_21212620181120_21250620181120_21241120181120_213303 (1)20181120_21325520181205_18243820181120_21494020181120_21395620181120_21394820181205_18425020181205_19011720181205_19071020181205_19034520181205_20190320181205_201701Screenshot_20181206-16224920181120_213303After the lighthouse, we went to check out the display in the soap store window. Antoinette’s Bathhouse has handmade soaps of all kinds, made by talented people who make soap look like art pieces. And the ingredients they are made out of smell wonderful and are good for your skin. I love the “In Your Face” bar made from charcoal and other things that clear my skin and make it so smooth. They have bath bombs and shower steamers of all kinds. It’s a reasonably price boutique. They have the most awesome Christmas window displays each year. Last year, if you remember from our blog photos, they had a snowman in a bubble bath. This year, they have a skeleton bride and skull tree. It’s so creative and unique.20181120_21024820181120_21025820181120_21030620181120_21033120181120_21032420181120_21040920181120_21035720181120_21041720181120_21054620181120_210628During daylight hours, we went to San Sebastian Winery to check it out. They had lots of award winning wines and teas too. The one that caught my eye was their red wine in a lighthouse bottle! Part of the proceeds go to the Lighthouse to keep it up. What a great cause and an awesome bottle. The wine is semi-sweet, not bitter, but not too sweet, a great balance. And the possibilities for the bottle are endless.

We were inspired by all the lovely lights downtown and at the lighthouse, so we decked out our “front yard” (the EZ UP in front of our rig).

To complete a good holiday experience, we went for a drive on St. Augustine Beach under the bright of the moon.

From Southeastern RV Living to all of you, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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