Art and Soul- St. Augustine, Florida

Traces of artists past and present abound. Custom designed, Tiffany windows in the dining hall at historic Flagler College, down a block and a half to the inspired cathedral of Memorial Presbyterian Church, directly next door at the Villa at Kirkside with its Haint Blue ceiling in the bathroom, St. Augustine is an unexpected cultural jewel in Florida.

St. Augustine Florida Our GPS is pointed to the Villa at Kirkside, which sits on property that used to belong to Memorial Presbyterian Church, named one of America’s 8 Religious Wonders. The church is one of the reasons I hand-selected this home away from home for my birthday weekend.

“Next door” can mean a lot of things and cameras have been known to play tricks, so I was braced for a bit of disappointment. But when we pulled up after dark, my jaw slacked as we pulled into the drive. Even with my head craning out the window- I couldn’t see the beautifully lit and lovingly designed memorial in its entirety. It is almost close enough to lean over the waist-high wall and touch.

I was in love. And we were still in the car.

Click here to enjoy the full Vacation Rental Travels Spring Edition 2014. Art and Soul begins on page 34.

Vacation Rentals Travel - Spring 2014

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Beth Carson is the founder of Vacation Rental Travels magazine, the author of “Money Making Vacation Rentals” and International Living’s new online program, “Profitable Vacation Rentals Abroad.” She is a featured international speaker and consultant to vacation rental property managers and owners.

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