If you want a fancy place to stay that has historical ties to the city, the AAA Three Diamond
Casa Monica Resort & Spa is a beautiful choice. Oil man Henry Flagler dreamed of making St. Augustine a winter getaway for well-to-do Northerners, and while his dream didn’t quite pan out, he left a lasting mark on the city. Flagler purchased the hotel in 1888, and it stayed open until 1932. The property, restored in 1999, has since reopened with a luxurious Moorish theme and has an art gallery, 1920s vehicles, gold accented décor and imported furnishings.