St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast of St. Augustine Florida

279 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Innkeeper(s): Joe Finnegan
 
  • Introduction

    Come visit the past:
    St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast

    The St Francis Inn is a historic St Augustine Bed and Breakfast with old world charm, located in the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine Florida. Individually decorated rooms and suites, many with antiques, fireplaces and whirlpools, nestled in a walled courtyard in the historic district. Swimming pool, private balconies, gourmet full breakfasts, bicycles and evening socials add to the ambiance.

    Located in St Augustine Antiqua, the restored historic district of the nation's oldest city, this St Augustine Bed and Breakfast Inn is rich in old world charm and modern comforts. The Inn has a swimming pool and provides complimentary bicycles for touring historic downtown Saint Augustine. A walk through St Augustine's historic district is not to be missed. Guests of the Inn receive complimentary admission to the Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and 50% off admission to the nearby Oldest House - one of St. Augustine's finest treasures of Florida's history.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Antique filled rooms and suites, fireplaces, kitchenettes, whirlpool tubs, balconies,
    swimming, pool, walk to everything, free parking

    The St Francis Inn B&B is unique in its location -- right in the heart of the oldest part of the city. The narrow brick paved streets offer charming restaurants, museums, galleries, antique shops, historic sites and a variety of shopping experiences within easy walking distance. St. Augustine, located on Florida's Atlantic coast, is a rich cultural center, with special events held in the old city throughout the year.

    You can ride a trolley or take a horse and buggy ride at the bayfront. St Augustine's seaside Florida location makes all types of water activities readily available, including harbor cruises, fishing trips, and boat rentals. Visit popular family attractions, such as Potter's Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Alligator Farm, the Castillo de San Marco, and many others.

    Festivals fill the calendar year-round, many celebrating historic events or offering reenactments. Enjoy arts and craft fairs, seafood festivals, colonial celebrations, chowder debates, native American ceremonies, and torchlight parades. And from November through January, Saint Augustine sparkles with white lights, celebrating "Nights of Lights" through the holiday season.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "The St. Francis Inn, a block from the "Oldest House" on the corner of St. Francis and
    St. George Streets, is filled with all kinds of collectibles and has a delightful
    little tree-shaded courtyard." - Florida TREND Magazine

    Visitors today find echoes of our colorful past in the tranquil ambiance of the St. Francis Inn's enclosed courtyard, at the entrance to our reception room. A fountained pond, fed from an artesian well at St. Augustines's historic "Oldest House", is surrounded by lush banana trees, bougainvillea and other tropical flowers.

    From the reception room through the hallway arch, guests help themselves to iced tea, inn-blend coffee and water, and always-available homemade pastries. The quaint nooks and crannies of our eclectic interior create a cozy, homey feeling in our comfortable common areas. From the upstairs hall, all guests may exit the house to the upstairs balcony.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "What greater release from life's tensions than to rock oneself like a baby, perhaps sipping a drink, amid the restful green treetops,
    hearing the splashing fountain in the courtyard below?"
    wrote Virginia Seacrist in the Gainesville (FL) Sun.

    An old city like St. Augustine was not designed for the vehicle traffic of today, but the St. Francis Inn has off-street parking for guests, conveniently adjacent to the Inn. Our parking lot is on the west side of St. George Street (which is a narrow brick paved street, one way running north to south). The parking lot is identified with a sign that reads "St. Francis Inn Guest Parking." The main Inn is across the street.

    Experience St Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast of St. Augustine, Florida yourself-
    it's a treasure two hundred years in the making!

  • Free Guest Amenities

    Breakfast

    • Our Buffet Breakfast always including two hot homemade entrees, varying from day to day, fruit salad or fruit soup, freshly baked breads, coffee and assorted teas, fresh juices, homemade granola, cereals, and a full serving of Inn hospitality. Breakfast is served:
    • Monday - Friday 7:30am to 9:30am.
    • Saturday & Sunday 7:30am to 10:30am

    Guests may enjoy breakfast in the Inn's dining room, in your own guest room, on a balcony, or in our courtyard.

    Delicious Breakfasts

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our complimentary Evening Social Hour, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm daily in the dining room or in the courtyard, allows a delightful opportunity to meet other guests. Enjoy a great selection of tasty treats, with a different specialty appetizer daily, such as our Antipasto Tray with homemade Crostini, or Zesty Homemade Hummus with House Baked Pita Chips. For your pleasure, we proudly serve local wines from San Sebastian Winery as well as our House Wines from Corbett Canyon, and bottled Michelob Beer. Other wines, beers, mixed drinks, and our Signature "St. Francis Sunset" Cocktail are also available for purchase.

    Brunch

    On Saturdays, on Sundays, and on the morning after a night when holiday rates are charged, a special extended Brunch is served. Enjoy complimentary Champagne Mimosas and make-your-own Bloody Mary's. [Beverages Menu] Please note that the Holiday Brunch is served on the morning after the evening which has been charged at our "holiday" rate; for example, the Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch is served on Friday morning for guests who stayed with us on Thanksgiving night.

    Specialty Coffee Bar & Other Beverages

    Guests love our complimentary specialty coffee service, offered daily from 7:30 until noon. Cups of espresso, latte, and cappuccino are individually made to order, and there is always a seasonal special, such as Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint Mocha Cappucino; be sure to check on the featured signature coffee offered during your stay. In addition, all day long we serve house blend regular, decaf, and gourmet flavored coffees, hot chocolate, ice tea, assorted hot teas, soda, and bottled water.

    Evening Dessert

    Served 8:00 - 9:30pm daily in the dining room, presents a delicious complimentary homemade dessert with coffee -- regular, decaf and assorted gourmet flavors. Hot chocolate, iced tea, and assorted hot teas are also served to accompany your sweet selection.

    An afternoon at the beach

    Inn guests are invited to enjoy some time at our beautuful nearby (8 miles) beach. Our Beach Cottage is equipped with beach towels, and beach chairs for a lazy day on the beach or for touring our 14 miles of Atlantic Ocean sandy beach. Please speak with your innkeeper to obtain your parking pass, key, and directional map to Our Beach Cottage.

    Guest Robes

    Plush white Inn-monogrammed terry guest robes are provided in your guest room, for you to snuggle up in or wear to the swimming pool during your stay at St. Francis Inn.

    Tour the Old City on Bicycle

    Complimentary bicycles available for inn guest use. A great way to take in all the charm, sites and history of Saint Augustine, our nation's oldest city.

    High Speed Wireless Internet

    Use your own wireless compatible laptop in your room, in the gardens- anywhere on our property. If your laptop is not wireless compatible, borrow our WI-FI loaner card to gain wireless internet access.


    The St. Francis Inn has a solar heated swimming pool. Fresh flowers and sherry greet you in every guest room. Relax and enjoy these special treats in privacy and comfort!
     

    Complimentary:

    Night-Time SnackBasket of chips, crackers, and snack bars is left for hungry guests in the lobby after the front desk closes at night.

    Private complimentary on-site parking is available to guests at the Inn.

    Complimentary admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. Our guests also receive discounts on purchases in the gift shops. The St Augustine Lighthouse is just a short drive across the Bridge of Lions onto Anastasia Island. Please speak with your innkeeper to obtain your tickets and directions.


    50% discount on admission to the nearby Oldest House - one of St. Augustine's finest treasures of local history. The Oldest House is just steps away from St Francis Inn.

    Complimentary access to the programs, services, and facilities at the Anastasia Athletic Club, a state-of-the-art health and fitness center. The Anastasia Athletic Club is just a short drive across the Bridge of Lions onto Anastasia Island. Please speak with your innkeeper to obtain your pass and directions.

    To go along with our free guest beverages, help yourself to complimentary freshly baked cookies and fresh fruit. Cinnamon-topped snickerdoodle cookies are a comfort-food favorite of our guests, and you might find other delicious cookies offered during your stay.

    Additional Amenities: Complimentary DVD Lending Library for guests to borrow for their in-room DVD player.

  • Weddings

    Intimate, unique weddings in a romantic setting, individually designed for each Bride and Groom.

    "Over the years many happy couples have begun their married life with the hospitality provided by the St Francis Inn", says Joe Finnegan, the innkeeper and owner. "Our Inn is ideal for hosting wedding parties and 'out of town' guests, the wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. Of course, the Inn is extra special for honeymoons and anniversaries, too."

    Imagine a horse-drawn carriage transporting you along a historic cobblestone street, a private walled garden courtyard arranged for your storybook wedding, a superb dinner reception capped by a delicious and beautiful Inn-baked wedding cake, and the final send-off as you walk to your comfortable honeymoon suite. The St. Francis Inn will make your wedding day perfect!

    Please contact Janice Leary janicel@stfrancisinn.com to discuss the details of how we can host your upcoming wedding by email or at 800-824-6062 or 904-824-6068.

    "The wedding was wonderful -- much better than I'd hoped, and an absolute triumph given that so much of the planning had to be done over the telephone and Internet. The wedding cake in particular was beautiful and delicious -- many of the guests have told me how much they liked it! As for the other food, the zucchini boats were a particular favorite of mine...." - Jayne, a May bride at the Inn

  • Meetings & Groups

    The perfect destination for your next meeting, retreat, seminar, or workshop.

    "The St. Francis Inn is a meeting destination where personalized service and providing a relaxed, refined ambience are our highest mission. We pride ourselves on genuine caring staff and comfortable historic accommodations that guests return to time and again. We pledge to fulfill the unexpressed wishes of our guests while maintaining our professional and friendly style" - Joe Finnegan, Owner/Innkeeper

    Impeccable service, comfortable historic accommodations, and amenities that executive travelers expect… that's why St. Francis Inn is the ideal choice for your small retreat or meeting. We're a small, quaint inn where your gathering will be the only group event taking place.

    We can help you personally design every facet of your meeting, including professional site inspections and custom-designed adventures. We watch your budget, with the added value of complimentary full buffet breakfast, a social hour (5:30-6:30pm)with wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary onsite parking. Your attendees will discover Old World charm permeating our rooms and suites, many with private balconies and porches, fireplaces, and whirlpools. And St. Augustine's semi-tropical climate allows us to extend meeting and breakout spaces to tranquil courtyards with lush gardens throughout much of the year.

    We provide refreshment breaks and are able to cater lunch breakouts. We will customize a menu to your individual taste and budget; we have no set menu package plans. 

    Small Retreats and Meetings at St. Francis Inn Are Accommodated With:

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on the entire Inn property
    • The latest audio visual equipment available
    • Complimentary full breakfast, social hour, and evening dessert
    • Free onsite parking
    • Swimming pool and complimentary bicycles

    Meeting space is conveniently located adjacent to the main Inn, in the historic Llambias House, one of St. Augustine's (and America's) oldest original buildings, circa 1763. It's a national historic landmark, with a comfortable meeting space adaptable to many configurations, plus nearly a square block of enclosed garden for a private reception.

    The “main attraction” of our Inn is St. Augustine itself, and we are in the heart of its charm, culture, festivities, and international flair- yours to explore! The oldest city is teeming with superb restaurants, just blocks away from the Inn, presenting a variety of cuisines - French, Italian, New Orleans, Spanish, German, British, Cuban and Southern - as well as exceptional fresh seafood.

    Suggested off-site activities:

    • Golf
    • Eco-Tours
    • Deep-Sea Fishing
    • Harbor Cruises
    • Trolley Tours
    • Narrated Horse & Buggy Tours 

    Space for breakouts:

    • Llambias House Courtyard
    • St. Francis Inn Suites (4)
    • St. Francis Inn Dining Room
    • St. Francis Inn Courtyard
    • The Cottage at St. Francis Inn 

    Suggested nearby points of interest:

    • The Castillo de San Marcos (1672)
    • The Oldest House Museum (1700s) *
    • St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum **
    • "Nights of Lights" from Nov-Jan
    • Potter's Wax Museum
    • Ripley's Believe It or Not
    • Alligator Farm Zoological Park

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    * St. Francis Inn guests receive 50% discount on admission to the nearby Oldest House Museum
    ** St. Francis Inn guests receive complimentary admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Our guests also receive discounts on purchases in the gift shops.

  • Comments & Quotes

    "St. Augustine's oldest continually operating hostelry, the bed-and-breakfast St. Francis Inn is a standout in a town of good B&B's. Amenities include passes to a local gym, free bicycles for touring the old city and an evening social hour." - The NEW YORK TIMES, September 5, 2003

    "If you want to mix in St. Augustine, try the wonderful bed and breakfasts like the St. Francis Inn." - John Latta, The Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    "Trapezoid rooms, the scent of baked muffins,"Enya" vibrations: these three ingredients create some of the uniqueness of the St. Francis Inn." -Virginia Seacrist, The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Florida

    "Looking for a quaint, yet elegant place to stay in the oldest city in America? One need look no farther than St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine." -Jacob Bembry and Mary Ellen Greene, Madison County (FL) Carrier

    "Great breakfast and yummy coffee (very important)" - guest Lauren Cain

    "The breakfasts were unique and most tasty, as well as being full meals. The room was just as pleasant and complete and comfortable as described in your brochure. We will not hesitate to recommend The St. Francis to our friends." - guests Dennis and Kelly Thompson

    "Your hospitality was great! We liked the small details -- mints, sherry, fresh flowers, etc. Thank you for a great place for peace and quiet." - guest John Morris

    "The room was very comfortable and the Inn was charming." - guests Angie and Ray McGinnis

    "We used your B&B as a place for our pre-wedding photos and location for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready. Your courtesy was beyond expectation. You provided an impeccable location for photos in your garden. Thank you so much."

  • Area Attractions and Activities

    As one of the "Ten Most Walkable Cities in North America", according to AAA travel editors, St. Augustine allows visitors to absorb the personality and essence of the city on foot. The 144 square block historic district, within which St. Francis Inn is located, features 29 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While staying at St. Francis Inn, guests can easily walk through over four centuries of history along the ancient narrow streets leading to the Plaza de la Constitucion, established by royal decree in the 16th century. The magnificent hotels of the Henry Flagler era, dating from the end of the 1800s, represent the very best Spanish Renaissance architecture in the U.S., preserved today as Flagler College and the Lightner Museum. Quaint boutiques, dozens of art galleries, and a wide range of restaurants featuring local cuisine provide tempting diversions to the museums, churches, and numerous historic points discovered on every stroll through the Oldest City.

    Our Historic Neighborhood

    From the Inn, you will often hear the "clip-clop" of horse-drawn carriages, touring the neighborhood's narrow brick paved streets. The Inn is just one block away from "The Oldest House" (50% off admission for our guests), the St. Augustine Historic Society, and numerous other notable homes, churches, and museums. The Llambias House and its gardens, directly across St. Francis Street, is a lovingly maintained restored historic home, and host to many weddings and functions of St. Francis Inn guests.

    Old St. Augustine

    St Francis Inn is in the Historic Old City district of St. Augustine, Florida -- our nation's oldest continuously settled city. The city reflects its Spanish heritage, dating back to 1565, with its central plaza, tile roofs, and native coquina-stone buildings. The Castillo de San Marcos -- St. Augustine's historic bayfront fort -- offers a unique look at the past. A 20-year period of British rule greatly affected the look of St. Augustine today, as the British settlers added wood clapboard second floors to the existing Spanish homes, with balconies overhanging the roads.

    The old city is a vibrant historic place, with year-round events and festivals, ongoing reinactments, and historic preservation areas where homes and businesses exhibit ways of life from past centuries. Learn how the Spanish, Minorcans, British, other European nationalities, and Native Americans have contributed to the developement of our city.

    Feel the blast of a cannon firing at the fort, join a candlelight procession through the old city streets, or experience the daily life of early settlers. Gaze through Tiffany windows at Flagler College, built by Henry Flagler as the elegant Ponce de Leon Resort in the late 1800s. Hear an organ concert in the Memorial Presbyterian Church, which Flagler had constructed by Italian artesans in memory of his daughter. Hunt for antiques in shops lining a hall originally built as the first indoor resort swimming pool. Hear ghostly tales as you walk old city streets at night. History lives in St. Augustine, and you can be a part of it!

    Saint Augustine Beach & Anastasia Island

    beach in St. Augustine FloridaCrossing the Bridge of Lions leaving the old city of St Augustine places you on Anastasia Island (one of Florida's many barrier islands along the Atlantic Ocean coastline). Discover one of the Florida’s most beautiful beaches, and all the amenities of a Florida seaside community. Of course, the beach itself is bursting with fun and endless activity. But just steps off the beach the area abounds with shops of collectibles, nautical themed gifts, resort apparel, beach toys (for all ages), antiques, and unusual souvenirs. Enjoy a hamburger on a deck just steps from the beach, try the local catch of the day, savor fine cuisine at a candlelit table -- the variety of fine restaurants at the beach is amazing! There are coffee shops, smoothie bars, and ice cream parlors. Rent mopeds, kayaks, windsurfing gear, boats, jet skis, and more. Play tennis, volleyball or golf nearby. Book a fishing trip, learn to surf, play miniature golf under the stars, climb the 165-foot St. Augustine Lighthouse, or visit the Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

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  • How To Find Us

    St. Francis Inn Bed & Breakfast
    279 Saint George Street
    St Augustine, Florida 32084
    Toll-free: 1-800-824-6062
    Tel: (904) 824-6068

    From the South

    1. Travel northbound on I-95 until Exit 311 (landmark: St. Johns County Flea Market)
    2. Turn east (right) onto State Road 207, following it approximately 6 miles to the intersection of SR 207 and US 1 (landmark: Winn Dixie on the right)
    3. Turn north (left) onto US 1 and travel approximately 1/2 mile to the intersection of US 1 and King Street
    4. Turn east (right) onto King Street (heading into the Historic District) and travel approximately 2/3 mile to the intersection of King Street and St. George Street (the 5th traffic light - landmark: Trinity Episcopal Church)
    5. Turn south (right) onto St. George Street and travel 2 blocks. Our parking lot is on the right side of the street, identified with a sign that reads: St. Francis Inn Guest Parking
    6. Please park your vehicle and join us in the Main Inn across the street

    From the North

    1. Travel southbound on I-95 until you reach St. Augustine's first exit - Exit 318 (landmark: Factory Outlet Malls)
    2. Turn east (left) onto Route 16 and travel approximately 6 miles to the intersection of S.R. 16 and US 1 (landmark: CVS Drugstore on right)
    3. Turn south (right) onto US 1 (Ponce de Leon Blvd.) and travel to the intersection of US 1 and King Street. Turn east (left) onto King Street (heading into the Historic District) and travel approximately 2/3 mile to the intersection of King Street and St. George Street (the 5th traffic light - landmark: Trinity Episcopal Church)
    4. Turn south (right) onto St. George Street and travel 2 blocks <NOTE: This section of St. George Street is open to vehicular traffic one-way, north-to-south>. Our parking lot is on the right side of the street, identified with a sign that reads: St. Francis Inn Guest Parking
    5. Please park your vehicle and join us in the Main Inn across the street


    GPS Latitude/Longitude: 29.88813210285928, -81.31110191345215

    For more directions & maps, please visit our website.

  • Pets Welcome

    The St Francis Inn accepts small well-mannered pets on a limited basis in certain rooms/suites by advance reservations only under the following conditions: 

    1. When reservation is made, guest must disclose their pet will also be visiting.
    2. At check-in, guests with a pet will need to sign our "Guest Pet Responsibility" agreement which guarantees and authorizes credit card payment for any damage caused by their pet.
    3. We charge a nightly pet fee of $20.
    4. This fee covers the additional time and effort needed to clean the guest accommodation after a pet visit.
    5. A "small pet" is a cat or dog which is easily held/carried by the guest, a maximum of 45 lbs.
    6. Pets may not be allowed during certain holidays, weekends, or special event periods; please check ahead for availability.
    7. Pets must be under owner's control and should not disturb other guests (barking, non-friendly manner, etc.).
    8. Since pets are not allowed in our "common areas" such as the lobby, sitting room, dining room, only certain rooms with direct access are available to accommodate guests with small pets.
    9. Daily housekeeping may be interrupted if a pet is in the room alone and not crated.

    Concerned about your Allergies? Not to worry! Most of our rooms are kept "pet free"-  Only a select few rooms are ever allowed to house pets. All our rooms are non-smoking.

 
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