A Romantic Staycation: The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens

The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens (2018), Sponsored by The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens

Romans 12:11: Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.

We’ve been to St. Augustine several times, both with kids and without, but something about this overnight trip to the historic city felt extra special. We were so excited to experience The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, a set of nine buildings repurposed from historic homes dating back to 1790.

We are so blessed to have my parents as snowbirds from New Jersey who take our kids overnight for us here and there for a much needed break. Logan and I feel very strongly that we have to put our marriage before our children to really be able to parent our boys in the way that we believe is best. So, we let the staycation begin!


 Located less than twenty minutes from Nocatee, we arrived to The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens and started to explore the property. We found this adorable pink wall to take a snuggly pic on for starters (because if it’s not on social media, it didn’t happen!)

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I look just a little excited!

On the first Friday of every month, the Inn hosts First Friday Art Walk which is a super romantic vibe of live music and artistry all while enjoying a cocktail by the fire pit.

The Well, The Collector’s signature bar, was one of the most unique bar atmospheres we had ever been in! We enjoyed delicious original bourbon cocktails, handcrafted by the bartender himself, while he explained more about The Well to us and how he sourced his local, fresh ingredients. This unique setting was originally St. Augustine’s first ever two-car garage!

If you can’t score a staycation (perhaps maybe you can’t get someone to watch the kids overnight) or you’re just not ready to leave them for that long, do yourself a favor and book your next date night for drinks at The Well. We loved every second of it!

Before we hit the streets of St. Augustine for dinner, we got ourselves settled in our home for the evening. We stayed in the Howell House, although there are nine different buildings, all with unique styles and features. All the more reason to come back! {Also, their beds were insanely comfortable, so much so that I called the front desk to see where their mattresses were from!}

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Although we typically enjoy St. Augustine so much, we couldn’t wait to get back onto this beautiful property. It felt almost like an escape from real life – almost like a fairytale! So we whisked back to The Well, and to our new favorite local inn, and enjoyed the settings in the evening.

After a wonderful night of rest (8:00am alarm clock time! Super late for us!), we felt refreshed and ready to learn more about The Collector.

We enjoyed a European continental breakfast, which is included with every overnight stay and joined the complimentary Property Historical Tour. Miss Melissa, the sweet tour guide who poured her heart, soul and endless volunteer hours into the property, shared so many interesting facts about Kenneth Dow, the former owner’s, collection of antiques and why each building is named and decorated as it is today.

Here were just a few of the views that we experienced while on the tour, all serene, romantic and charming:

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One beautiful feature of The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens that we did not get to experience (but will next time!) is their heated pool. Grab a signature cocktail from The Well and enjoy the views from the pool! (Also, be sure to join Miss Melissa’s historical tour to learn what may be buried near the pool ground ;))

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My favorite of the nine buildings on the property was the Murat House. The pink cement walls and brick-lined paths were super charming and sitting in that courtyard felt a bit like a woman’s (relaxing) dream!

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All guests of The Collector Inn, after check-in at this charming yellow building, will be given full access to ride bikes around the property and St. Augustine! The inn is sandwiched between Cordova St. and St. George St. so the main streets of St. Augustine are walking distance and very accessible! King St. is just a stones throw from the buildings at the inn.

Apparently, we need to save the grandparents from our kids and head home! What a wonderful stay we had at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens. I don’t know what we expected, but this exceeded our expectations.

We will never be able to fully experience the serenity, tranquility and wonderful Southern hospitality that we experienced at this inn.

But for now, we’ll see you at The Well!


Trek Difficulty Level: (0): How easy of a romantic staycation this location was! From Nocatee, we literally took US1 straight about 15 minutes until a few turns took us to paradise. We will very easily pop over there soon just for a drink, too.

Trek Budget: $350; for an overnight stay, drinks and a dinner out in St. Augustine, you could easily achieve all of that for around $350. Check out some of these offers, including a FL resident discount rate for Sunday-Thursday travel.

3 Trek Must-Dos: 

  • Valet park! We were very worried about parking because it can be really tough to find in St. Augustine. The Collector has a simple valet system that ran perfectly smoothly while there. Highly recommend it.
  • Plan your evening back at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens: there was nothing quite like sitting at the fire pit with my hunny. This makes the perfect setting for a romantic date night or an overnight stay.
  • Find the popcorn! Jamesin’ for a midnight snack? They may just offer some caramel or parmesan popcorn in the General Store, in the lobby, for that sweet or savory tooth.

Landon’s Trek Tip: n/a – he wasn’t invited!



Trek Sponsor: Thank you to the wonderful staff at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens for our stay. We truly feel that this is the perfect spot for an overnight date (or even just a an evening getaway to The Well!) that all local couples would love.

xo, Logan ❤ Meg

“Oh my heart is the wick
Your love is the flame
And I wanna burn for Your name” – The Wick, Housefires

 

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