The Collector Inn & Luxury Gardens

The Collector Inn & Luxury Gardens

Just as there are countless reasons to fall in love with St. Augustine, there are dozens of reasons to make The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens your home base for experiencing this magical and historic city. Our lovingly restored inn resonates most with travelers who choose experiences over objects and believe the ultimate luxury is a spontaneous afternoon of exploring new surroundings. Whatever your passion, allow us to introduce an immersive experience.

The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is located on the site of the former Dow Museum of Historic Houses, a one-acre garden oasis comprised of nine historic homes dating from 1790 to 1910. Spanning a city block in downtown St. Augustine, this storied site has been an integral part of the city’s history, serving as a 16th-century hospital and cemetery, an 18th-century Spanish defense line, and the setting for the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation reading that freed Florida’s slave population.

Kenneth Worcester Dow purchased the oldest house on the block, the 1790 Prince Murat House, in the 1930s and had acquired all nine homes on the site by the early 1950s. A passionate collector of artwork, furniture, and antiques, Dow donated his entire collection to the Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1989. Following an 11-year restoration, the Dow Museum of Historic Houses opened in 2000 showcasing his extensive collection.


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Lightner Museum

lightnerRelics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life. The Lightner collection includes beautiful examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Historic Florida Militia

historic-militiaThe Historic Florida Militia (HFM) is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting re-created historic interpretive units and representing a number of cultures and time periods. "We are not street performers, we are educators. We are not parades, we are historic programs. This is not an exercise in free speech, this is an opportunity to educate. We are not promoting a political agenda, we are promoting the city's history through a practical and factual teaching method".

Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

cultural-centerCCPVB is a non-profit 501(c) (3) arts organization located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida dedicated to providing a place for everyone in the Jacksonville region to create, understand and experience the arts. We bring the arts to our community through art exhibitions featuring local, regional and nationally known artist; art classes and workshops for children and adults; children's summer camps; and creative events that support educational programming. Our outreach programs serve children with disabilities, special education needs, and low income families.

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College

crisp-ellertBuilt in honor of Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert and her husband, Dr. Robert Ellert, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum offers Flagler College students and the Northeast Florida community a venue for fostering knowledge and a deep appreciation of contemporary art. As an educational resource for the College, the Museum exhibits regional, national and international artists, and provides opportunities for critical engagement and exposure to a variety of exhibitions and personal interactions with visiting artists. The Museum challenges students, the Flagler community and the public to cultivate individual creativity, critical reflection, historical consciousness and respect for the free exchange of ideas. In this spirit, the Museum also hosts public programs, including artist talks, readings, panel discussions and film series that provide a platform for vital interdisciplinary dialogue.

EMMA Concert Association

emmaThe general purpose of this corporation [EMMA] is to stimulate interest in classical music throughout St. Johns County, FL and to encourage interest in and to provide opportunities in classical music for the youth of the county.

The mission of this corporation is to produce a number of quality music and dance performances every year and to offer them at modest ticket prices to the residents of St. Johns County and tourists visiting or planning to visit St. Johns County.