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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.,None - Drink from the Fountain of Youth, climb the lighthouse, learn about pirates, walk through the Castillo de San Marcos, there are countless options to explore the vast history of the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine.
WSBTV.com spent the week in St. Augustine to discover what the city offers vacationers. Included in the trip was the City Walks Savory Faire Food Tour.
"Most of the restaurants in St. Augustine are very small," City Walks tour guide Mia Bain told wsbtv.com. "They are very intimate, so you're not going to go into a huge restaurant. You're going to get that personal one-on-one with the person that is waiting on you. Sometimes even the chef comes out and serves your food. It just depends on where you are, but you'll get really good food here, great service and I would put it up against any big city."
Mia Bain from City Walks was our tour guide for the trip. It was a two and a half hour walking tour that explored the historical and cultural influences on the tastes of St. Augustine throughout the centuries. Over the course of the afternoon, participants sampled on Greek, Cuban and Polish foods; explored one of the area's most famous landmarks; and finished the tour off with some French chocolate.
"It was a great way to learn about the different people that were here, the different cultures that have left influences on the city and just to get an idea of the layout on places you might want to go back to shop or to eat or enjoy a drink or another meal at," tour participant Kim Bottalico said. "It was a great way to learn about the city and experience it."
There are different food tours so vacationers can take tours in consecutive days, but won't visit the same spots. City Walks also offers a pub crawl, creepy crawl and "History, Mystery, Mayhem and Murder Tour." Each tour offers visitors a chance to explore spots off the beaten path that vacationers might not come across exploring the area on their own.
"You get to have a good time, really," participant Bruce Kaffenberger told wsbtv.com. "You get to meet new people, have a little dinner (and) drink a little wine. It doesn't get much better than that."
This story is sponsored by FloridasHistoricCoast.com.