You’ve got to decide, do you want to work to live, or live to work.Owner of Les Petits Pleasures
Let’s just be clear, this post is about the French bakery Les Petits Pleasures, not the camping. But that was pretty good too. And St. Augustine is awesome, yada yada. No really, it is! It was one of the best stops we’ve had. Chad had a work conference that was held at the Embassy Suites on the beach, which was only about 3/4 of a mile from where we were staying.
November 15-21 we stayed at the St. Augustine Beach KOA, $75.96 was the cost each night with our KOA membership. There are 36 full hook up pull-thru sites 6 of these being deluxe sites which come with an outdoor glider or swing & a brazier, 25 premium sites which are along the lake with 4 of these being deluxe sites which come with an outdoor glider or swing & a brazier, 30 full hook up back-in sites, 19 tent sites, Five 1 Room Cabins, Four 2 Room Cabins, Three 1 Room Cabins Lakeside, Nine 2 Room Cabins Lakeside, 3 Deluxe Cabins and 2 Deluxe Cabins Lakeside.
Amenities include Pool, Wi-Fi, Cable, Banana Bikes, Convenience Store where you can buy firewood to use in the fire pit at each site, Gift Shop, Paddle Boats, Boat Rental, Picnic Table area, Playground, Tether Ball, Dog Park, Brim & Bass Catch & Release Fishing with artificial bait (no license required), Trash pick up between 8am-11am at each site, Planned Activities, BBQ/Grill at each site as well as Patio Table & Chairs, newly renovated Bathhouse & Laundry area, Propane, dump station. The laundry area is open 24/7 and has 3 large capacity top loading washers, $3 each load or $3.75 super wash plus an additional 25 cents for a hot water wash and 3 large capacity dryers, 25 cents for 7 minutes. Quarters are available at the office as well as ironing board & iron. There are 3 separate restrooms in the new renovated building, there are also 5 ADA separate unisex showers/restrooms and 1 non ADA separate unisex shower/restroom. There is another laundry area connected to the office with 4 washers & 3 dryers. I went to check out the women’s bathhouse connected to the office and it was being cleaned even though there was a sign posted that cleaning was from 12:30 to 1:30 and it was only 10:30. Our last morning there I went to use the restroom before we left and all 6 showers were full and someone waiting inline and it was just about 8am. I never had the chance to go back to the area near the office to see how many showers were there.
November 15 after getting set up we found a brunch place using Yelp just around the corner, Les Petits Pleasures. It is located in a small strip mall and not much parking. It is open from 7am to 2pm. Do NOT be fooled by the look of the building or area that it is in. This place has amazing food. We tried the Croque Monsieur which comes with a side salad and if you get it in a combo you get your choice of coffee or water and a bakery item. We tried the Bear Claw as well as the Peach Danish. We added an orange juice and the cost for all of it was less than $20.
November 16 we went to Castillo De San Marcos, normal cost is $15 a person but we got in free since we have an annual park pass. The parking right outside the fort costs $2.50 an hour and is limited so the earlier you get there the better. Public Parking in St. Augustine is available and there is a big parking garage but the cost is $15 flat rate which is fine if you are going to be sightseeing all day but we were not. It was fairly cold that day in fact I was wearing a winter coat, ear warmers and gloves. We did some research in advance and found that we could tour one of the cemeteries for free. The Tolomato Cemetery is open to the public every third Saturday of the month from 11am-3pm. We found public parking next to the cemetery that was free for the first 15 minutes. They were accepting donations and they had a map of the graves stones so that you knew who was buried where.
For lunch we found a place on Yelp that did not disappoint Mojo BBQ, in fact I’d say it was the best BBQ we have had since starting this adventure. We shared the 3 meat platter chose ribs, brisket, North Carolina Pork, black eyed peas and sweet potato mash for sides and it came with a choice of Texas Toast or Jalapeno corn bread. We asked for both types of bread. They were nice and split it for us and brought it out on two plates. There was so much food that we had to take about a 1/3 of it home which we enjoyed later. Chad also tried a Cheer Wine (Black Cherry soda) to drink and the cost for everything was $21.82 before tip. They had They started out as one location in 2003 and now there are 8 locations in North Eastern Florida- 3 in Jacksonville, 1 in St. Augustine, 1 in Gainesville, 1 in Fleming Island, and 1 in Ocala. We will be doing research to find out if it is as good in the other locations as it is in St. Augustine.
We saw another cemetery that was also open free to the public. The Huguenot Cemetery is located across from the historic City Gate was a Protestant burial ground between the years 1821 and 1884.
November 17th we went back to Les Petits Pleasures around 12:30 and this time the bakery items were sold out. For $1 more you can get one of their fancy desserts instead. This time we chose to share the Quiche Lorraine which came with a side salad and we chose a raspberry tart. We had coffee and juice again. Chad also decided to have a bowl of their butter squash chestnut soup. We enjoyed it especially the dessert.
November 18th Chad had to try another menu item from Les Petits Pleasures before heading off to his work conference for the day. We share the Omelette Croissant which comes with a choice of two fillings with additional fillings $1 extra. We had it as a combo and chose a blueberry Danish. We also bought a Blueberry Tart to have later since they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
November 19th we went to walk around St. Augustine and see more sights. We parked near Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church which is absolutely gorgeous. We walked around Flagler College campus and went into The Ponce De Leon Dining Hall which is beautiful. The campus made us feel like we were at Hogwarts. We then went to The Alcazar Hotel and walked around. It has a very nice courtyard and some wonderful sculptures. It is the Home of the Lightner Museum but we did not pay to go in. We also went to see the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. We were there just before closing and it has some lovely stained glass windows throughout. We then walked past a bunch of shops on our way to dinner at Harry’s Seafood Bar Grille which came highly recommended on Yelp. We actually picked up a coupon book in the dining hall area at the college which had a 10% off entire meal coupon in it. Chad had the Crawfish Etouffee and I had the Ribeye Steak with smashed potatoes. I did not want the Cajun spices on my steak so they Blackened it. We both enjoyed our meals and even had leftovers. Partly because we had two of the complimentary baskets of bread with garlic butter prior to our meal. We ate outside on the patio which had heaters. The wait wasn’t very long before our food arrived and our waitress was very attentive. It was a Wednesday evening so not as busy as it would be on a weekend.
November 20th was our last morning in St. Augustine so we had to go once again to Les Petits Pleasures for breakfast. This time we had the Quiche Florentine combo and picked the Peach Danish. Shortly after we had finished the danish they brought out another tray of bakery goods. We chose to get Apple Strudel to take with us. We ate it with our dinner but honestly it was our least favorite out of everything that we had.