When I called the Inn to make our reservation, I mentioned that I was sensitive to wheat and dairy--I did not expect them to make special considerations for me, but I didn't want them to count me was an eater when they determined how much bread or cheesy eggs they needed to make. I was pleasantly surprised when the Innkeeper on the other end of the phone said, "oh! sure! I will tell our chef, he knows all about that; is it celiac sprue you have?"
I do not have celiac, but am quite intolerant of wheat and dairy. That the Innkeeper knew knew what celiac was gave me peace of mind, that I might be able to eat at the Inn afterall!
My boyfriend an I arrived at the inn to delightful champagne and chocolates in our room. We we went to the dining area for Social Hour, the Innkeepers addressed us by name before bringing to our table a special dish of hummus (so, dairy free) and gluten free crackers. Later that night, the Innkeeper pointed out to me the dessert which wouldn't treat me badly. For breakfast, I could eat hard boiled eggs and cut fruit from their bountiful buffet--the highlight there, definitely, was the incredible fresh squeezed orange juice!!
Everything was delicious, but the real treat was feeling so taken care of. When you have to be so careful what you eat, traveling can be tricky business. Nothing makes me feel more wonderful than when someone feeds me safely.
Beyond the food, the accommodations were comfortable and beautiful, the Innkeepers helpful, the location convenient and the other other guests friendly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St Francis Inn is an historic bed and breakfast with Old World charm, located in the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. Individually decorated rooms and suites grace the inn, many with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and antiques. The peaceful walled courtyard garden is a favorite place to unwind. Gourmet full breakfasts, private balconies and porches, swimming pool, bicycles and evening socials add to the ambiance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. Francis Hotel Saint Augustine