What I would not have given to have stepped off the train in 1887 and checked in to the new luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel…and even more so on the morning of Day 8 of the Great RV Camping Adventure 2021! But Day 8 saw me recuperating from 8 days of camp food in the tiny Aliner, with Rosie and Jaime keeping me company while cuz beach combed the salmon pink sands.
By early afternoon, I was up to a jaunt into the historic city of St. Augustine. We parked on King Street and the first thing visible was the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, built by the Florida railroad magnate, Henry M. Flagler between 1885 and 1887.
In 1968, the hotel building was converted to the Flagler College for Women. It is now coeducational. The building was closed to the public while we were there, but there was enough visible to appreciate the grand architecture of Spanish Renaissance style, and the occasional student or faculty member emerged through the entrance gate.