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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July is Family Golf Month and World Golf Village is celebrating with big savings for the entire family! Offering plenty of exercise, the great outdoors and quality time together, golf is one of the best activities you can share with your family. So pack up the clubs, sunscreen the kids and head out to take advantage of these great deals.

Slammer & Squire / King & Bear – During the entire month of July, play the Slammer & Squire for just $79 or the King & Bear for just $89 and bring up to three children (17 & Under) to play for free! Rates are available all day Monday through Thursday and after 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

If you don’t have time of 18 holes or you’re just introducing your kids to the game, take them to the driving range at Slammer & Squire or King & Bear for free! Parents just pay $10 for unlimited balls.

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Summer is full of fun, exciting outdoor activities. But, when the temperature heats up and the sun beats down, St. Augustinians find themselves ready to head inside and beat the heat. If you are in search of things to do inside, here are some fun, air conditioned destinations around St. Augustine.

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If you’re in search of an elegant, distinctive, and fun venue for your next event, your search is over. The Slammer & Squire Golf Course’s newly renovated and upgraded clubhouse opened last month to full service, and it was worth the wait! Overlooking the picturesque ninth green of the Slammer & Squire course, the clubhouse has a new look, improved amenities, and added features that make it a prominent centerpiece of its adjoining golf course.

Says Slammer & Squire General Manager Jim Hahn, “The overall look of the project is grand, rich, and of course, fresh and new. Overall, we are very pleased with the outcome and the feedback for all users has been very positive.”

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This month we are taking a closer look at Davidson Realty agent Pauline Cake’s favorite World Golf Village community, Royal Pines. Pauline is one of the many Realtors that calls Royal Pines home. As she explains in the video, Royal Pines offers lavish custom homes, privacy and a serene, natural environment.

Pauline and I happen to be experts on Royal Pines. She has lived in the community for over 5 years and I have lived there for over 10 years. Royal Pines is a neighborhood that truly stands out in World Golf Village. As Pauline explains, driving into the community feels like driving onto an island because there’s water on both sides of the community. The 40-acre lake that engulfs the community is perfect for canoeing, fishing or bird watching.

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World Golf Village residents boast a variety of backgrounds and interests, but there is one trait they share: our residents love to get involved and contribute to our warm sense of community!

A great way to get involved is through our smorgasbord of activities and groups – accessible right in our backyards. Here is just sampling of diverse activities that WGV newcomers can utilize to meet their neighbors, learn new skills, and have some fun!

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St. Augustine Academy of the Arts, the area’s premier arts center, takes the stress out of after school transportation for parents and puts the fun back in afternoons for kids. The center now provides after school pick-up and transportation to the center for several local schools, including Wards Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary, and Pacetti Bay Middle.

Says Artistic Director Tasha Wells, “The kids are always excited to get here and start moving after a long day at school. This program gets the kids here safely and also helps parents with after-school logistics.”

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conscious movementFor Phaedra and Beverly, yoga is a passion they want to share. “Yoga is a really vital part of our lives and we want to share its benefits with the community,” said Phaedra.  Their new yoga studio, Conscious Movement, is located in the West Town Place shopping center.  The public is welcome to the studio’s grand opening on Friday, September 21 from 5 to 8 pm with free yoga and snacks. 

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Carefree, Coach-Style Homes Overlook the World Renowned King & Bear Golf Course

laterra-linksIt’s hard not to fall in love with Laterra Links in the St. Augustine master planned community of World Golf Village! The 152 townhome-styled Coach Homes are located just inside the King & Bear community gate, across from Spa Laterra and overlooking the world-class King & Bear golf course. How much better can it get? Residents enjoy lakefront or golf course views (holes two through eight) at these lock-and-leave homes which are perfect for frequent travelers, busy professionals, empty nesters and others looking for a carefree home to enjoy the active World Golf Village lifestyle. 

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Couple Walking 2The singer/songwriter, Joe South, famously recorded the song, Walk a Mile in My Shoes. The commonly used refrain about “walking a mile in my shoes” refers to being non-judgmental of others. Humorously, it is often extended to “before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes – then when you do criticize that person, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes”. Some say that research shows the sentiment is rooted in old, Cherokee Indian, native-American wisdom. It remains wonderful advice – “don’t judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes”.

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