Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2012

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BY REGINA LYNCH-HUDSON America's oldest continually settled town, St. Augustine, then seamlessly combining it with a jaunt to Ponte Vedra Beach. Allow a week (at least) to thoroughly experience the historic discoveries in the culturally rich St. Augustine, with its charm- ing cobblestone streets, ghost-filled dwellings and magnificent forts.With a population of only 12,000, some 3-million vis- itors per year swarm St. Augustine named one of the 15 prettiest cities in America by Forbes magazine. Just a half hour North up Highway 1A is Ponte Vedra Beach, known for its seaside resorts, picturesque golf courses and luxurious spas. Over seven heavenly days I enjoyed nature, top-star restaurants, museums, and a magnificent multiplicity of resorts, cast in a setting of pristine Atlantic shoreline. And if you think I returned home exhausted think again. A stop by Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the legendary spot discovered by Ponce de Leóo, empowered me after an obligatory sip of miracle water. City Smarts: Looking for a getaway where quaint antiquity meets posh fabulosity? Nothing compares to visiting View of St. Augustine from St. Augustine Light House Black Meetings & Tourism May/June 2012: 31

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