Our Nation's oldest city is becoming more and more popular with cruise travelers who sail from Jacksonville or who stop to visit the historic town (and shop in its expansive outlet malls) on their drive down I-95 to Port Canaveral. It's also become popular with national broadcast travel shows. In the past year, there have been at least six production crews that have visited St. Augustine to film nationally televised programs, both in English and Spanish. Two of them, HDNET's Drinking Made Easy and Univision's Despierta America!, will air this week.
The HDNet series Drinking Made Easy, features Zane Lamprey and his drinking buddy Steve McKenna as they travel the U.S. in search of the local drinks and drinking customs that have contributed to the birth, growth and distinction of our great country. In the episode to air tonight at 8pm, Zane visits St. Augustine and stops at several spots, including The Pirate Museum, where he downs grog with local pirates. Also featured are Salt Water Cowboys, Casa Monica's Cobalt Lounge (that's Casa Monica pictured above), and The Conch House.
Tomorrow morning at 10am, Despierta America, Univision's daily morning show, will feature correspondent Paola Gutierrez, touring the city and reporting about the "real" First Thanksgiving which took place in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565. The segment includes a reenactment of the Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles' 1565 landing and the meal shared between Spaniards and the native Timucuan Indians, a cooking segment featuring Michael Lugo and Chef Matthieu Landillon at The Tasting Room, and other highlights about the city's fascinating colonial Spanish history and culture.
HDNet networks are available nationally via DIRECTV and Dish Network. Univision Television Network airs nationwide and provides an extensive lineup of Spanish language programming produced in the United States and throughout the Hispanic world. Despierta America is a daily news, information, lifestyle, and entertainment program for Hispanics throughout the United States. Check your local listings for channels and broadcast times in your area.
For more information about St. Augustine, visit CruiseDiva.com's virtual tour.
Photo Casa Monica © St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau