Is it Spring yet? Almost – and if you need evidence, visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on Friday, March 3 for a guided garden tour.
Washington Oaks is a place of astonishing beauty. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Matanzas River to the west, with a live oak hammock running through the center, it offers Florida’s best natural wonders. It is also home to a 20-acre botanical garden. See azaleas in full bloom and check in on the other flowers, including roses, birds of paradise and camellias. Curving among the plant life is a watercourse fed by an artesian spring. And rising above it all are the 200-year-old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. It will be difficult to get a bad photo.
For the one hour Garden Tour, meet the park ranger in the garden parking lot at 10 AM. Comfortable shoes are required. The tour is free with park admission, which is $5 per car.
The beautiful Washington Oaks was once owned by a relative of George Washington. After the tour, stick around the park for awhile and explore the tidal pools on the ocean side, or do a little fishing along the river. Or take a hike on one of the pathways and look for further signs of Spring.
But don’t just focus on the future – make the most of your present by spending the weekend at Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast. The Tanzanite Room is done in lovely shades of violet, with a romantically-placed rainhead shower and an antique king-sized bed with a pillowtop mattress. We’re right in the heart of the Historic District, an easy walk to St George Street, the Distillery, and countless restaurants and shops. Upon your arrival, we’ll sit down with you and recommend places to eat and things to do. We have coffee, tea, soft drinks, and three kinds of wine at your disposal all day long. And in the mornings we’ll serve you a luxurious breakfast that will please your heart and soul. And stomach.
Whatever the season, enjoy the best of the region: Washington Oaks State Park and Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast.