Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast

146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Innkeeper(s): Joy, Ryan, Lee, Lisa, Amie, Jamie, Myra, Theo

Some Like'm Hot! 18 Sep 2016, 1:14 pm



Some Like'm Hot!
Brought to you by the pepper lovers at
Bayfront Westcott House B&B
146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine FL 32084
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Did you know that the majority of U.S.-grown datil peppers are produced in St. Augustine, Florida?Some say the peppers were brought to St. Augustine by indentured workers from Minorca. Others propose it was a jelly maker named S.B. Valls who brought them from Cuba in 1880 (the same time frame during which Dr. Westcott was building our house)!

Did you know that datil plants can grow up to 2-1/2feet fall? They can grow indoors if the seeds are started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost and planted outside after the soil warms.When planting outdoors, they grow best in hot areas offering at least 90 days of dry, frost-free weather. According to the Farmers Almanac, St Aug sports an average of 321growing days!   

Size does matter! Mature datils can grow from 2 to 4 inches long and register at approximately 100,000 SHU. As a reference point for heat index, larger peppers like bell peppers or banana peppers can grow to 8 inches and are low on the Scoville Scale (0 & up to 500 SCU), while smaller peppers like Serranos (1 to inches long, up to 25,000 SHU) and Habaneros (1 to 2-1/2 inches long, up to 350,000 SHU) are usually much hotter; thus, the smaller peppers are hotter, and depending on your palate, size does matter!  

What the heck is an SHU? 



In case you missed its very brief mention in the above video, did you know that not only are some peppers hot when you eat them but can burn your skin? Some peppers, including the datil, belong to the species Capsicum chinense. Sound familiar? Capsaicin is an topical ointment used as painkiller that burns burns burns. In this writer's experience, it burns so much it makes you forget about the real pain, sometimes for hours! Read more about this ...

Did you know that St. Augustine celebrates the datil each year with a festival? Surely you did know that; we celebrate everything with a festival! This year's Datil Pepper Festival will take place on October 1 and 2. Not on Datil Pepper Road (yes, we have one of those, a Datil Road, and wouldn't that be too perfect). It is hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Festival attendees love The Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-Off, featuring numerous datil-inspired dishes created by local chefs for which $1Tasting Tickets are available. In conjunction with the Datil Fest is the Master Gardener plant sale, with tours of the arboretum and community gardens. Food court and miscellaneous vendors will be on site. Rain barrels will be on sale!
If you are a follower of Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast, you know that we too celebrate everything St. Augustine. In honor of the Datil Pepper (and its festival), we have secured an exclusive offer for our guests (past, present, and future) with a St. Augustine-loving datil aficionado -- Old St. Augustine (OSA) Gourmet.
  
OSA's products include a spicy datil pepper ketchup; Snake Bite datil pepper hot sauce (which pairs particularly nicely with a Bloody Mary, with spaghetti, and with seafood and oysters; Sweet Heat Bar-B-Que Sauce; and a Fountain of Youth Datil Marinade. In addition to its retail platform, OSA's website features some great recipes. They even have a Gift Specialist on staff to help create that perfectly spicy gift for your clients, employees, friends, and family. If you'd rather shop in person, OSA products are available at numerous local retail spots like the Lighthouse, the Visitor's Center, the Fountain of Youth, the Alligator Farm, Pena Peck House, Panama Hat Company, and more. 

Continue to celebrate the datil pepper with us throughout October by liking the Bayfront Westcott House Facebook page. This writer will be imposing on our manager, Ryan, a Beat-The-Heat tasting challenge (to be videoed of course). Also, we will be giving OSA's Snake Bite Watermelon Salsa a whirl and plan to utilize the exclusive Westcott 15% online discount so graciously granted us (and all of you) for October purchases.

Learn more about that special offer and about this St Augustine B&B at www.westcotthouse.com. At Bayfront Westcott House, we will coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second!


Be Our Guest ... For a Great Breakfast (and more) 3 Aug 2016, 9:14 pm



Bayfront Westcott House Bed & Breakfast
Where To Stay in St Augustine FL!
 Ma cherie Mademoiselle,
It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure
That we welcome you today
And now, we invite you to relax
Let us pull up a chair
As the dining room proudly presents
Your breakfast! 



Be our guest
Be our guest
Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie
And we'll provide the rest

  Eggs du jour
Lite hors d'oeuvres
Why, we only live to serve
Try the baked stuff
It's delicious!
Don't believe me?
Ask the dishes!


Go on, see your breakfast card
Take a glance and then you'll
Be our guest
Oui, our guest
Be our guest
C'mon, yeah be our guest, guest guest


Frit-ta-ta
Cheese souffle
A gourmet entrée every day
We'll prepare and serve with flair
A culinary cabaret

 

Come on and lift your glass
You've won your own free pass
To be our guest
If you're stressed
It's fine dining we suggest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest!

Reviewed On TripAdvisor by SandraLimehouse
We can't say enough good things about this hotel! The perfect location to see historic St. Augustine. The staff is so friendly and accommodating! The rooms are beautifully decorated, clean and the bed was so comfortable. The breakfast alone is worth the return visit.







You Can Go With This AND You Can Go With That 2 Aug 2016, 11:17 am

Bayfront Westcott House B&B
146 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine FL 32084
904.825.4602  www.westcotthouse.com





First of all, hats off to Christopher Walken, right?! And how random to capture such greatness IN A HOTEL! We probably get more joy from watching this video than the average viewer because of course we love everything hospitality oriented, and we don’t get much that is this great!

Equally great would it be if our guests felt that way about US – that they get more joy than most from reading our posts and actually staying with us because what we offer them is better than average. We can tease and tantalize with all sorts of special offers and elaborate packages (and do), but we find that the seasoned traveler, the perceptive planner, the savvy internet vacation shopper, knows exactly what they want and won’t be persuaded to purchase anything that doesn’t 100% fulfill their desires. This St Augustine B&B accommodates the flexibility to customize one’s stay at Bayfront Westcott House with a smorgasbord of complimentary luxury items.

When you stay any 2 nights at Bayfront Westcott House, the #3-TripAdvisor-ranked St Augustine B&B, be sure to add the Pick Your Pleasure package. Good luck though deciding on which complimentary luxury items to add.

You will be invited to select one item from each list – the Pampered List and the Playful List. On the Pampered List are items like breakfast in bed; sparkling champagne; chocolate-dipped strawberries; a fruit and cheese plate; and a 60-minute in-room massage (the massage counts as both selections). Items from the Playful List include a catamaran sail with St Augustine Eco Tours; tickets for St. Augustine’s Old Town Trolley; tickets for the Ghosts & Gravestones tour; and a $30 gift card to a local restaurant like The Tasting Room, Collage, or Meehan’s Irish Pub.

There are lots of fun things to do in St Augustine in August and September. Walk The Moon, Misterwives, Slightly Stoopid, Ray LaMotagne, Goo Goo Dolls, and Collective Soul with be at St Augustine Amphitheatre. There is free Music By The Pier every Wednesday evening at St Aug Beach Pier. There are free concerts in the downtown Plaza every Thursday evening. The Sing Out Loud Music Festival. The Last 5 Years at Limelight Theatre. The annual Spanish Wine Festival. Founding Day at The Mission. The Ponte Vedra Auto Show. St. Augustine Fashion Week and much more!

This offer is valid with any 2-night stay (even weekends) when you book any room at regular rate except Emma, Rachel, Alexandra, and Abigail. If you are looking for last-minute single-night stay rates, those are the rooms to watch! Pick Your Pleasure is available thru August 31, 2016, and then again from September 6-30, 2016.


At this St Augustine B&B, we will coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second! 






What is Flan? 29 Jul 2016, 10:41 am


Bayfront Westcott House B&B
146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine FL 32084
904.825.4602 / www.westcotthouse.com




Topping the leader board for the Top 10 List of Questions Asked by Our Guests is "Flan? What is flan?"

Flan is many things to many people. To some, it is a disk of metal such as one from which a coin is made. To Dictionary.com it is an open tart-like pastry, the shell of which is baked in a bottomless band of metal (flan ring) on a baking sheet, removed from the ring and filled with custard, cream, fruit, etc. To Merian-Webster.com, it is baked with a caramel glaze. To others, it is a term of endearment for their flannel jammies. Others say things like “Aw, flan, you’re the best” and “Hey flan”. Some even use it as code when referring to Buddah herb on the streets. Gamers might refer to it as the flop and failure of a LAN event.

At Bayfront Westcott House B&B, our flan presents as an egg soufflé chef-d'oeuvre, created with light and fluffy eggs and three delicious cheeses. It is served with crispy bacon and a zesty pineapple and kiwi compote. CLICK HERE for recipe.

 If you’re just not loving the sound of that (although we find that hard to believe), we will be happy to prepare your eggs any way you want’m. Also available are English muffins, traditional muffins, croissants, bagels, pastries, toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, dry cereals, orange juice, grapefruit juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and milk. A different gourmet entree is featured each morning. From 5:30 to 7 pm, during our daily social hour, guests enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and light nibbles, a great way to end your day or start your evening! Full menu details ... 

If you would love to do a Wednesday night stay so you can taste test the flan on Thursday morning but aren’t convinced it’s worth requesting a day or two off work, you should know that on Wednesday evenings, the social hour is hosted by a professional St. Augustine storyteller. You should also know that if you stay both Wednesday and Thursday at regular rate thru August 31, 2016, your reservation will be eligible for the Pick Your Pleasure package through which you can add two luxury items AT NO CHARGE or you can just request 50% off your second night’s room rate. 

Totally your choice, but make the right choice – get that time off, book your room, book one of those packages, and join us on the outdoor bayfront veranda for breakfast on Thursday morning! 

At Bayfront Westcott House, the #3 Trip Advisor rated St Augustine B&B, we will coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second!


Rewards for the Gallant August Traveler 17 Jul 2016, 9:25 am









The first known published lasagna recipe dates back to the year 1285 in Liber de Coquina (the book of cookery) and has become a celebrated dish throughout the ages.
Traditional lasagna is made with “lasagna” noodles, layered with either a red sauce with ground meat, onions, tomato puree, and red wine, or a white sauce, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. 

Today, there is a lasagna recipe to fit everyone’s palate and lifestyle—vegetarian lasagna; meat-lovers lasagna; cheese lovers lasagna; gluten-free lasagna; springtime skillet lasagna; roasted butternut squash lasagna; white pizza lasagna; roasted garlic eggplant lasagna boats; pesto artichoke lasagna roll-ups; pane carasau and lamb deep dish lasagna; kale, mushroom, and sun-dried tomato lasagna rolls; lasagna soup; and even pumpkin lasagna!

On July 29, lasagna lovers nationwide will celebrate National Lasagna Day, but Bayfront Westcott House guests will celebrate all month long with a special offer from St. Augustine’s Chianti Room, a Mediterranean jewel of a restaurant, featuring charming old-world atmosphere, an open kitchen, gorgeous dining areas, and a great veranda. Westcott House guests will enjoy a 10% discount on Chianti’s fabulous lasagna as well as every other delightful dish on their menu. You’ll need to present a coupon to claim that offer, and you’ll find that coupon with your check-in paperwork. That coupon cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounted offer, and depending on what day you visit Chianti Room, you just might find a better offer. The restaurant offers wine, beer, and a full bar. Regular happy hour specials include 2-4-1 alcohol drinks; a free slice of pizza with drink order; and $5 off any 10” pie.  Speaking of pie, if you don’t leave room for dessert, get it to go! Tiramisu, Crème Brule, Chocolate Toffee Mousse Cake, Cheesecake Du Jour, and Cannoli of course!  

Other special offers for Bayfront Westcott House guests in July include BOGO admission to the Spanish Military Hospital; 20% savings on retail and services at Sphere Heals; a complimentary bon-bon or truffle for you and yours at Claude’s Chocolate; 10% off food (not alcohol) at Monkey Life Grill (we always feel compelled to mention their wine smoothies); delivery charge savings from Zip It, should you decide to have food delivered to your room; 15% at Antoinette's Bath House; and a 20% savings at Blue Water Jewelers on birthstone or sterling silver purchases.

 To facilitate your having the Chianti culinary moment and being able to take advantage of the other merchant offers in July, Bayfront Westcott House is delighted to offer some great rate specials.

- The Midweek Special offers any 2 nights Sunday thru Thursday at regular rate, with a 50% discount on night 2 or your 3rd weeknight free!

- Rachel’s Room is available Sunday thru Thursday for just $139 (reg $189) per night with online booking code BBSAVE50 (also available for an August stay).

- Stay 2 weeknights at regular rate and add the Evening on the River package for just $70 more (valued at $140). Your package includes either sparkling wine or champagne on arrival OR breakfast in bed on one morning. Mingle with other Inn guests and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer on board your exclusive twilight Matanzas river cruise hosted by St. Augustine Eco Tours. Read more

- The Wicked Good Weekend Special will let you stay Friday and Saturday at regular rate and add Thursday or Sunday for just $99.

- Valid only with an August stay but worth mentioning is an extra special offer – stay any 2 night (even weekends) at regular rate and get a gift certificate valued at $175 to be used for a future stay for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Click here for details!

Thingsto do in July include free music at St Augustine Beach and movies on the bayfront on Wednesdays; free concerts in the Plaza downtown on Thursdays; Cherokee demonstrations; Rob Thomas at the Amphitheatre; Reggae Sundays at Conch House Marina, and more.

Remember … great Italian food in St Augustine at Chianti Room and great rate specials at this St Augustine B&B!

Never Stayed at a B&B? Get $175 When You Stay Here in August! 11 Jul 2015, 12:56 pm










Bayfront Westcott House Bed & Breakfast
146 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine FL 32084
904.825.4602  /  www.westcotthouse.com
Read thru to bottom and watch our latest video!
Never stayed at a B&B and on the fence as to whether you should try one?
 
This St Augustine B&B, rated on TripAdvisor as one of the Top 3 B&Bs in the nation's oldest city, wants to help you jump over that fence! 

We are confident that you will be pleasantly surprised by your stay. And truth be told, these days, a lot of local hotels charge almost as much as does this B&B, without all the complimentary extras or the service that you get at Westcott House. Stay any 2 nights, in any room, at regular rate in August 2015 at Bayfront Westcott House and receive a complimentary gift certificate valued at $175 for a future stay for yourself or as a gift to someone else. Read more ...




The first thing you will love is our convenient location and fabulous check-in experience!

Pull up right out front (on the bay front), and park temporarily in the loading zone between our white house and the yellow building next door. Leave your bags in the car and come on in. After your welcome and introduction, we will determine your parking scenario and retrieve your luggage from the car and take it to your room.

Our staff is well versed on how to start off your St Augustine getaway on the right foot!
Operation “Coordinate Your Every Wish and Spoil You Every Second” begins now! You will be greeted by one of our personable but professional hospitality staff and offered a beverage of your choice (room temp or chilled bottled water; soda; coffee; iced tea or hot tea, regular or one of our signature hebals); wine; or beer). We will share with you all the information you need with regard to your Westcott stay, parking, attractions, tours, exclusive merchant offers, getting around town, and St Augustine in general. We will refer you to the best restaurants and attractions based on our experiences and your interests, and we would be delighted to make reservations for you, right there on the spot or later, after you’ve had time to think about how you wish for your St Augustine getaway to take form. As soon as you are confident with how to move forward with your vacation, we will retrieve your luggage, and escort you to your room.

The next thing you'll fall in love with is our in-room amenities!
In your room you will find period antiques, a flat-screen television with standard cable, perhaps an electric fireplace, and luxurious bedding. Our bedding is from the Comphy Company sheet line, featuring breathable, hypoallergenic microfiber sheets, comparable to a 600 thread count, with an extra-fine weave that helps protect against allergens. You can even take a fresh set home; we have them on sale at the front desk, so see your innkeeper if interested!

In your private bath (whether shower or jetted tub and shower), you will find the luxurious William Roam “Float” collection of bath products. This line features liquids that are specially formulated with certified Hawaiian deep seawater from Kona, Hawaii. Pulled from 3000 feet below the water's surface, this pollutant-free ingredient is full of vitamins and minerals that leave the skin healthy and radiant. That bath experience is complimented by the plush Monarch Green Earth towels, made from super-fine, Extra-Long Staple (ELS) cotton (160% bulkier and more absorbent than traditional combed cotton towels).

WiFi is available throughout the inn, but as in your home, it is stronger in some areas more than others. Always feel free to ask your innkeeper to Google and/or print something for you! Your innkeeper also has a binder full of current restaurant menus, and there are dozens of local attraction rack cards located in the parlor. 

At this St Augustine B&B, your best reference indeed will be your innkeeper! If we don’t know the answer to your question, we will find that answer, promptly! We exaggerate not; read what everyone else has to say about our innkeepers!

Another thing you'll love is our "Ask and You Shall Receive" policy!
Wondering what to do, where to go, or how to get there; ask, and you shall receive the answer! Need towels or an umbrella for the beach; ask and you shall receive what you need! Have a pre-Westcott addiction to coca-cola or coffee or a newy-acquired taste for one of our signature herbal teas or our brownies or cookies . . . numerous times . . . throughout the day . . . that just . . . must . . . be satiated; ask and you shall receive, without having to pay extra for it and no questions asked! Need a fresh change of towels because you forgot to remove the “Privacy” sign from your door earlier today; ask and you shall receive! Need a re-print of something we printed for you yesterday; ask and you shall receive! Want an extra set of those fabulous William Roam bath products because you’ve taken three baths already, have none left, and just . . . want … more … but are embarrassed to ask? Don’t be silly; just ask, and you shall receive! Whatever it is, don’t be shy; just ask, and you shall indeed receive! You would be surprised by what people ask for, and receive; read about some of those things here . . .

Of course, breakfast is a big event!
A fair but incorrect assumption – that our breakfast can’t be complimentary AND fabulous! Breakfast is served between 8 and 10, you say when! You can sit anywhere you wish, either in the dining room, on the bayfront veranda, or in the courtyard. For an additional fee, we will deliver the very same divine breakfast to your room. We serve a different signature entrée each morning—a full gourmet presentation, whether it be our famous baked French Toast; Ham, Egg, Onion, and Artichoke Casserole; Five Cheese and Sausage Casserole; Baked Egg and Cheese Flan; Country Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions, Served with Cheesy Grits; Eggs Benedict with our very own Heavenly Hollandaise Sauce; or our Eggs, Bacon, and Asiago Cheese Potato-crusted Quiche. If our entrée of the day does not appeal to you, also available to you will be eggs to your liking, bacon, sausage, English muffins, traditional muffins, croissants, bagels, pastries, wheat toast, white toast, fresh fruit cup, yogurt, dry cereals, orange juice, grapefruit juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and milk. During the check-in process, you will be given a breakfast card on which to place your orders for each day (due in to the front desk by 8 pm the night before). Order as much as you like; ask, and you shall receive! Click here to see the full menu.

What? There is more? Indeed!
We offer daily stay-over service (unless you display a Privacy sign on the outside of your door) during which we make your bed and replenish your bath with fresh towels. Each day, guests enjoy a complimentary early-evening social hour from 5:30 to 7 pm. Wine, beer, gourmet cheeses, dips, hors d'oeuvres. AND … the Monday and Wednesday events are hosted by a professional St Augustine storyteller from 6 to 7 pm!  

Anything Else You Desire?
Attraction tickets? In-room wine service? Take-out food delivery service? A cab to take you to a special event? A room reservation for your return trip back through St. Augustine? Whatever it is, ask, and you shall receive.

Check-Out
Official check-out time is 11 am. Just drop off your key at the front desk. If you added anything to your account during your stay, we will settle up at this point. If you’re not leaving town quite yet, we will store your luggage for the afternoon and you can pick it up on your way out of town!

We WILL Coordinate Your Every Wish and Spoil You Every Second!
Your St Augustine getaway will be the best getaway you've had in a long while!

Google Arranges for Complimentary Photo Shoot of Popular St Augustine B&B 9 Jun 2015, 10:44 pm


We'll coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second!
146 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine FL 32084


St. Augustine, Florida, recently made #4 on Livability.com's Top 100 Small Towns 2015 list!According to that article, "In 2015, St. Augustine, Fla., celebrates its 450th birthday. No other city in the U.S. can put that many candles on its cake. In the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the U.S., historic preservation is paramount. St. Augustine's historic downtown pulses with intimate cafes, bars, and shops, all nestled along narrow, cobblestone streets."




This popular St Augustine B&B (Bayfront Westcott House) has great everything -- location, rooms, linens, food, parking, and staff -- so say 670+ reviewers on TripAdvisor. From Comphy brand luxury linens to William Roam's Float collection of bath and body products to their signature herbal teas, at this St Augustine B&B, they do indeed coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second!

No matter the time of year, you will find a room and a rate that fits your budget at this high-end St Augustine B&B, especially when you consider the luxurious amenities, the fabulous food, the stellar customer service, the very clean rooms, the luxurious linens and bath products, the on-the-house FOOD and DRINK, and the VIEW!




Looking for love? You won't find a more affable / affordable romance package than this St Augustine B&B's "I Love You" package. Guarantee your room rate, even at a discount, and add this wonderfully romantic package for an additional $99. A small amount to pay for that which is proven to facilitate romance -- keepsake signature flutes with chilled champagne and fresh berries and a gorgeously seasonal floral arrangement, lovingly situated in your room just-prior to your arrival!


These are likely but a few reasons that Google decided to call up this St Augustine B&B and offer them a promotional photo shoot. At any rate, you will not be disappointed if you decide to stay here. They really will coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second, with a smile, with hospitality love, Westcott knowledge, St Augustine expertise, and the utmost love and confidence in their ability to assure you the best St Augustine B&B and Oldest City experience!