Winter Camping: Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida

I love three day weekends, they are just long enough to get away for a few days but not so long that there is a ton of planning, packing, and traveling involved. Over President’s Day weekend, I really wanted to reconnect with my family through a winter camping trip. So, we packed a bag, hooked up the R.V. and started a road trip to Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida. While we expected that the weekend was going to be chilly – a crisp 65°, I knew that it would be the perfect weather for hiking, the farmer’s market and campfires!

Here is a little photo tour of our weekend:

Day 1: Old City Farmer’s Market + St. Augustine Beach
We were excited to hear that the St. Augustine Farmer’s Market was a nice, forested walk and just outside of the campground. Luckily, we had checked before to see if we could take Noodles (our Pug) because this was the first thing we saw when we entered the Farmer’s Market:

Isn’t that funny? The mister and Eben couldn’t get over it, because that is the face Noodles gives us whenever we tell her no. She stayed in the camper during the farmer’s market and took a nap – which I don’t think she minded. Ha!

I was super impressed with the amount of local and organic farmers and local artisans at the farmer’s market. I will be sharing my favorites in an upcoming post, so check back. Anytime we hit the farmer’s market Eben has to pick up his favorites, homemade cider donuts and fresh lemonade!

After the farmer’s market, we spent the day walking St. Augustine beach. It was cold – we were bundled up and didn’t see many other people. Anastasia State Park is a protected bird sanctuary consisting of 1,700 acres and five miles of sandy beaches. The wind was blowing sand into the foot prints ahead of us, it looks like spirits floating out to sea. Super cool. We sat on the beach, chatted, ate our lunches, admired the sand dunes and walked some more – it was so peaceful and calm.

We finished up the day as usual with a campfire and smores, it was perfect!

Day 2: Castillo de San Marco  + St. Augustine Tour

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and is located in St. Augustine. We always enjoy touring historical sites when we camp – remember a couple of years ago when we visited Mesa Verde, Colorado? It is a great way for children to get hands-on experience about subjects they have learned in school. It was neat to hear the different tidbits that Eben knew about the history of the fort and St. Augustine and he even showed me the steps involved in using a cannon. 

After visiting the fort, we decided to do a little exploring of America’s Oldest City – naturally, our first stop was Bon Ami Confections – the sign alone begged me to enter! (I will share more of this sweet little shop in an upcoming post too.) We had to grab a couple of treats for our walk – we really enjoyed the ancient cemeteries, homes, and the history around every corner. 

My only complaint and this is with most old towns that I have visited, this sweet little town has become super commercialized, because of this, we always ask locals where the best places to eat, and the must see places are – and try to avoid any tourist traps. 

That is a little peek at our weekend, you can see more photos on my instagram.
 How did you spend President’s Day weekend?

5 Responses to Winter Camping: Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida

  1. AngelaLilly March 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    fantastic and again…you keep giving me reasons to hate you! LOL JK! OMG the homemade cider donuts look AMAZING! and why no dogs? that is just mean! LOL

  2. Sweet Greens April 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Hi Angie,

    I know, right? Dogs are usually allowed at farmer’s markets! We had such a great time, we are going to try to go back for Christmas!

  3. AngelaLilly April 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    EXACTLY! I have never seen a farmer’s market that did NOT allow them!

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