With its impressive wine and beer list, elegant tapas menu, and urbane atmosphere, Cellar 6 enchants sophisticated wine enthusiasts and casual café crawlers alike. Fermentation fans can sip on more than 45 wines by the glass and more than 100 wines by the bottle. A fruity glass of Rex Hill Pinot Noir ($14) makes for a pleasant accompaniment to catching up with an old friend or catching strep from an old man. Cellar 6 also hosts more than 30 beers from American craft breweries and far-flung international beer agencies. Blackened fish tacos ($12) and the Mediterranean chicken flat bread ($12) top a menu of inviting tapas, burgers, and more, and set up mouths for a crème brûlée ($8) or a molten bundt cake ($7) knockout. While guests indulge, local musicians keep ears from developing tongue jealousy. Warm tones predominate the restaurant's brick and wood interior, and outdoor bistro-style dining pleases fresh-air lovers and bipedal palm trees.
Vino Del Grotto harbors wines for sipping by the glass or carting home. Like homesick stomach butterflies, more than 20 wines by the glass flutter down tongues during tasting flights, tantalizing each guest with three 3-ounce portions of grapey goodness in customized selections such as Yosemite View chardonnay or German-imported Valckenberg dornfelder. Peach-apricot chardonnay and green-apple riesling sate fruit-partial palates, and sips of sparkling Belle Jardin brut bubble upon taste buds, giving them the effervescent feeling of flight that ostriches only dream of.
For three days each year, Francis Field overflows with the sounds of Greek music and the aromas of classic dishes such as grilled lamb, pastitsio, dolmades, and spanakopita. Simultaneously traditional and contemporary, The St. Augustine Greek Festival shares with visitors the foundations of Hellenic culture. In a self-described authentic outdoor marketplace, more than 100 vendors showcase a wide variety of modern arts and crafts. An adjacent kids' center, meanwhile, brims with carnival rides, games, and budding loukoumades jugglers. To keep festival-goers fueled, staff at a traditional kafenio serve coffee and pastries, while those at the taverna fill cups with imported Greek beer and wine. The Hellenic Band sets the weekend's score with traditional Greek music, and they sometimes provide the rhythm for traditional Greek dance troupes who attendees can enjoy watching perform and even join in after the show.
A grizzled sailor adjusts his eye patch as he leads his entourage down a winding street. A pirate with feathers in his cap breathes life into the history of a Spanish mansion. Tour Saint Augustine Inc.'s guides, always garbed in period dress, bridge the gap between St. Augustine’s past and present, recounting the city’s history through stories of early European colonists, famous local architects, and civil-rights activists.
Walking tours and hop-on, hop-off motorcoach tours begin in the Flagler-era historic district at the company's office. On foot, the guides follow a set tour path or tailor excursions to their group's interests as they travel to the past via a wormhole beneath the city’s gates. Their drivers also steer visitors down quaint side streets in historical horse-drawn carriages, and National Park Service–sanctioned guides lead guests into the bowels of the Castillo de San Marcos fort.
Mile Marker Brewing's beermasters swirl hops and yeast into towering kettles within the sprawing St. Augustine brewery. Inside the on-site tap room, barkeeps pour 5.5-ounce samples of Mile Marker's three signature brews straight from the barrel (a $5 value), each of which is named for the coordinates of bars frequented by Hemingway's beard. Mile Marker 1565, a nutty Irish red ale with hints of caramel, offsets the light, citrusy flavors of Mile Marker Zero, a German summertime ale. Centennial and Sterling hops lend subtle bitterness to the IPA Mile Marker 82's floral flavors. After selecting a favorite beer from the flight, patrons can follow up with a full pint (up to a $5 value) and bask in the tap room's cool blue light, which illuminates retro console video games, dartboards, and an elevated fish tank. Mile Marker Brewing also leads free tours through the brewery itself, where large steel and copper kettles slosh with foaming yeast and piquant hops as master brewers stir, read bedtime stories to, and generally supervise each effervescent batch.
Ken and Kelly, the owners of Flagler Beachfront Winery, used to run a certified organic vineyard and winery in Ohio. One fateful day, they realized something was missing: the beach. In 2012, they moved to their current location in Flagler Beach and converted the property's trademark "little blue building" into a fully functioning winery.
Here, grapes are gathered from hand selected growers and handcrafted on-site into rich, robust, and fruity wine selections for guests to carry onto the beach—you can enjoy a panoramic vista of the Atlantic as you sip. Guests can fill their glasses or tightly cupped hands with six types of wine from the taps, including cabernet, pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, red zinfandel, and riesling. The winery also hosts special events such as barrel tastings, wine pairings, and live music on the oceanfront patio.