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REVIEW: Kenwood Inn, St. Augustine

(April 30-May 3, 2014)

The Kenwood Inn was as amazing as I’d remembered. I visited 25 years earlier – half a lifetime ago – with my mother and grandmother, so I had few distinct memories, but I did remember that we loved our time there.

The Kenwood Inn.

So, when I decided to revisit America’s oldest city, I took a chance that the Kenwood had stood the test of time. It has. The bed-and-breakfast is well maintained by the current owners, Pat and Ted Dobosz, who were hospitality executives in a former life.

The three-story inn, built between 1865 and 1886, has 13 rooms or suites and, on the ground floor, a cozy living room with baby grand piano, plus a sunroom and formal dining room. Outside, you’ll find a sparkling, saltwater pool – a rarity in St. Augustine and at B&Bs in general – surrounded by a brick privacy wall.

We stayed in the Brass Room, on the second floor, offering a view of historic Bridge Street, where horse and carriage tours could be heard clip-clopping by. The room is small – mostly taken up by the queen-sized bed – but comfortable, and tastefully decorated in burgundy and gold with dark, wood furniture.

The bathroom was a modern surprise. The owners recently redid it, adding a lovely glass vessel sink and a glass-walled shower with showerheads on both ends.

A delicious hot breakfast greeted us each morning, before we set out on cobblestone streets for a day of shopping, eating and exploring days gone by.

The saltwater pool is an idyllic spot where guests can relax and forget their troubles.

The saltwater pool is an idyllic spot where guests can relax and forget their troubles.

The Kenwood Inn’s location, only a few blocks from the center of town and the picturesque waterfront, is a major selling point. During a three-day visit, we never needed our car.

The city offers a wonderful trolley system, complete with friendly narrators; buy a three-day pass and get on and off whenever you like. Take the beach trolley to cross the Bridge of Lions and tour the 1874 lighthouse – climbing 219 steps, if you’re able, for a view of St. Augustine from the city’s oldest surviving brick structure. (There’s no shame if you don’t make it to the top. I didn’t.)

As most Floridians know, a visit to St. Augustine is a must for history buffs. The Kenwood Inn, the city’s first licensed bed-and-breakfast and its oldest continuously operating inn, serves as an ideal home-away-from-home.

Julie

(Note: I accepted no money or other compensation in exchange for writing this review, and did not reveal my intentions to the innkeepers.)

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