If you would like the benefits of a vacation without all the stress and costly travel, you may want to opt for a “staycation”! Popularity of the staycation – a leisurely vacation spent close to or at home – has increased since the economic recession and folks are now realizing they can have just as much fun and relax more than they tend to do on an expensive, long distance jaunt.

Luckily, we live in a city that is a popular destination for tourists and offers an abundant array of options for vacationers. No matter your vacationing style – rugged and outdoorsy all way to tranquil and relaxing – planning a staycation in St. Augustine is incredibly easy! Here are some staycation ideas for all.

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10
 

Most of us have found ourselves wandering around endless stores asking ourselves, “What in the world should I get him for Father’s Day?” Well, break out of Brookstone. Lose Lowe’s. And say “good bye” to Best Buy. Brick and mortar is old news; the internet is best place to find the ideal Father’s Day gift. But shopping for gifts online doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful! Here are some stress-free online gift ideas that will fit any budget.

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For many of us, Mother’s Day is all about greeting cards, bouquets of carnations, and breakfast in bed. While these gestures are all appreciated, why not surprise Mom this year with an unexpected present that matches her personality to a tee? We’ve compiled some ideas for gifts that will suit almost any type of Mom. Let’s start by considering what she likes. My Mom likes to …

… get outside and break a sweat!

Help your health-minded Mom keep track of her daily activity with a no pressure gadget that is simple to use: an activity tracker! There are many on the market, but the most affordable and highest rated trackers are the Fitbit and SYNC Fit brands. These tiny devices count steps, distance, and calories burned. They also sync wirelessly to Mom’s laptop so she can use online tools to set goals and track progress. No need to worry though; even the lowest tech Mom can use the simple, one-button device! They sell online for less than $100.

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So many of us consider our dogs to be part of the family. In fact, almost 40% of U.S. households own at least one dog (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2012) and we are more and more likely to include our pooch in family vacations, events, and even our weddings. So, it is only fitting that our community has created ways to include our furry friends in everyday activities.

Thanks to sites like BringFido.com, an online dog travel directory, it is easier than ever to find hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are pet friendly. Thanks to St. Augustine’s fantastic weather and reputation as a tourist destination, businesses have opened their doors to the millions of Americans who travel with their dogs. Here are just some of those local businesses.

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Ready to begin your next house hunting adventure? Great! Before you hit the pavement, Troy Silhan of Bank of England has some sage advice: Be certain you understand your pre-approval!  It is vital that home buyers recognize what a pre-approval is – and isn’t – as well as the differences between the various pre-approval processes and documents.

We recently caught up with Troy to discuss pre-approvals and clear up some lingering misconceptions about this important step in the purchasing process.

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Jul
 
16
 

As many of my fishing buddies and World Golf Village neighbors know, our area offers a wide variety of ramps to get your boat in the water. I have a 22-foot Nautic Star Bay Boat with a Yamaha 150-4 stroke outboard that enables me to fish a variety of locations within the Intracoastal and bottom fish in the ocean. I love spending the day on the water with some friends and grabbing lunch or dinner at some of the best eateries in town.

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Jun
 
7

For the Love of Fishing

Posted by: Sam Davidson in Local Activities, Nature, Tips
 

One of my favorite things about living in St. Augustine is the multitude of fishing opportunities in our area. Because we have vast bodies of water surrounding us including the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, there are a variety of opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. We are also very lucky to have local fishing stores that are more than happy to help with tackle and local knowledge. Not to mention, local forums offering information and insight on both fishing locations and equipment.

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This Davidson Speaker Series event is a must whether you are a company owner, entrepreneur or business professional! Make sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, November 15th at 7 pm to get great tips from the experts at RedFin Group located in Jacksonville. The RedFin team will discuss numerous topics including internet do’s and don’ts, social media, internet marketing, websites, digital trends, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and key words.

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When fire or smoke unexpectedly damages your home, the first steps you take could mean the difference between a small cleanup and a more costly and time consuming restoration.  Knowing when to call in a professional can save you time in getting your life back to normal and money by preventing further damage.

What to do BEFORE disaster strikes:

  • Read your homeowner’s policy and review it annually to be sure you are adequately covered.
  • Keep important documents, policies and documentation (pictures or videos) of the contents of your home, outside your home in a safety deposit box.  Keep a second key with a friend or neighbor in the event your key is destroyed.
  • Keep copies of the contents of your wallets in your lock box.
  • Keep a spare or duplicate credit card in your lockbox.

What NOT to do if you have had fire damage:

  • Do not touch anything with your bare hands.  Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.
  • Do not wash walls.  Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

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CottagecareWhen my husband and I were house hunting for a home in Jacksonville some years back, we started to notice a trend.  The cleanest houses always made it to the top of our list!  Shortly after when we decided to rent out our home in Louisiana and become landlords for the first time, the tenant we chose won us over when she proudly announced, “I’m a clean freak!”. We knew that she would help protect the value of our biggest investment – our home.  Recently when I asked several Davidson Realty Agents, each and every one of them confirmed what I suspected all along: Clean homes show better, sell faster and command higher prices. 

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