Florida Tesla Enthusiasts enjoy a Weekend Getaway in Historic St. Augustine (Public)

November 01, 2018 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It is located  on Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine.

Florida Tesla Enthusiasts enjoyed a relaxing weekend getaway in historic Saint Augustine from October 26 to November 3, 2018. This event was structured such that each family could spend one, two or three days (Friday through Sunday) to suit their schedule. 

We arranged for group hotel rates at the Holiday Inn St. Augustine-Hist. District and Best Western Historical Inn, St. Augustine.  Both hotels had Tesla Destination Chargers and were conveniently located in the historic district of St. Augustine.

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On Friday, we had a casual reception at the bar at the Holiday Inn, followed by dinner at the nearby MOJO Old City BBQ. Great BBQ!

On Saturday, morning we arranged to have Old Town Trolley Tours pick us up adjacent to the Holiday Inn for a private guided tour of portions of historic St. Augustine. Our group fee included unlimited self-guided, hop on/hop off the continuing trolley route for a total of 3 days. 

The trolley tour conveniently dropped us off at the St. Augustine Distillery where we had a fascinating tour followed by free tastings.

After the distillery tour we had a delicious brunch/lunch at the Ice Plant Bar located in the same building as the distillery.  

The distillery and bar are located in the historic Florida Power & Light Ice Plant building. Built as part of St. Augustine’s first power and ice complex in 1907, it was the first of it’s kind to make commercial block ice in Florida over 100 years ago. The building was lovingly restored and brought back into service as a distillery and and restaurant/bar. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

After brunch/lunch members were free to jump on and off the trolley route at their own pace to continue to tour historic St. Augustine.

Saturday evening we had a truly lovely private group dinning experience at the Raintree Restaurant In addition to providing fine dining, the restaurant is located in a stately 129 year old Victorian house.  It is one of the last survivors of a period of development that began in this part of St. Augustine after the end of the Civil War. 

Here's some photos of our members enjoying themselves.

At the MOJO Old City BBQ:

Hanging out at the Holiday Inn Bar

Tyna, the trolley lady (second from right) distributes tickets.

Our merry group poses with our driver at the Distillery Tour stop.  

At the Ice Plant Bar.  They had a delicious and distinctive menu.

At the Raintree Restaurant.  Causal, yet fine dining in a 129 year old Victorian home. 

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Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

Email:       lfchanin@gmail.com 

Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

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