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Jaybird’s Inn A Boutique Hotel for Active People

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
The Jaybird Inn

The Jaybird Inn

A boutique hotel for Active People  opened in July of 2013; one of St Augustine’s newest hotels.  Scott, the General Manager of the hotel, and his entire staff are dedicated to complete guest satisfaction.  “It’s wonderful working with people that have the high standards of Old Town Trolley.”Welcome to our boutique hotel, which means we’ll treat you like family and provide you the best living and sleeping experience in St. Augustine.  As an “active living” hotel we offer clean and “green” rooms and we not only encourage, but will help you be active.  We’ll show you how to tour the Old City by following our walking and biking routes (we’ll even provide FREE bikes). Also, you can work out in our “Activity Center”, swim in our beautiful new pool or we’ll arrange a variety of other activities for you.If you’re looking for a more leisurely way to see the Old City, take an Old Town Trolley Tour; and they’ll even come and pick you up with their FREE shuttle service for a wonderful excursion around St. Augustine.  After a day of healthy activity relax at the pool followed by a scrumptious meal at Jaybird’s Restaurant located next door where you’ll receive a 10% discount on all meals. Retire to your comfortable room to watch television on your 42” LCD TV with over 80 channels. Wake up to a cup of tea or Starbucks coffee in your room and then join us for a free continental breakfast in the lobby or have a full breakfast at Jaybird’s Restaurant. We are easy to find: corner of Highway US 1 and State Road 16 in historic St. Augustine.

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine’s Photo Shoot

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Historic Tours of America’s Marketing Department, Monica Munoz and Tania Alpizar joined forces with Aslyn Baringer and John Penney of Blackdog Advertising to re-shoot new photographs of the St. Augustine operations.  They spent three days (and two nights) capturing the beauty of America’s Oldest City.  Be on the lookout for new pictures in upcoming advertising.  Good Job Team!

Aslyn Baringer, John Penney, Monica Munoz and Tania Alpizar in St. Augustine following a day of busy photo shooting.

Aslyn Baringer, John Penney, Monica Munoz and Tania Alpizar in St. Augustine following a day of busy photo shooting.

St. Augustine’s Snazzy New Van

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine Guest van

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine Guest van

The folks are pretty proud of their new  guest van featuring our tours and attractions in St. Augustine.   The van is used
to shuttle the guests from the new US1 Welcome Center to Old Town St. Augustine.

“I sense something, a presence I’ve not felt since…the Easter Bunny”

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine GM, Dave Chatterton, and Darth "Bunny" Vader

Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine GM, Dave Chatterton, and Darth “Bunny” Vader






“I’ve been waiting for you, Easter Bunny. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

-Darth Vader

Patriot Service Dogs stops by St. Augustine

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Historic Tours of America is proud to have had the Patriot Service Dogs visit Old Town Trolley, St. Augustine.  Patriot Service Dogs, Inc. (PSD) is a non-profit group based in north Florida whose goal is to provide trained Service Dogs to our wounded service men and women with PTSD, mobility disabilities or loss of a limb.   This is a 100% volunteer organization.

On Nov 11th, Historic Tours of America donated $1.00 from every Trolley Tour ticket price from all six (6) cities to sponsor a puppy with Patriot Service Dogs. Patriot Service Dogs provides veterans with assistance dogs and we are proud to be partnering with them in sponsoring a dog.

The Patriot Service Dogs were at The Old Jail at 167 San Marco Avenue on November 11 to help bring awareness of their organization.  They have brought with them a few of their service dogs who are currently in training.

Patriot Service Dogs

Patriot Service Dogs

Look who stopped by!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

No sooner do we put up our new countdown clock than St. Augustine’s founder, Pedro Menendez, pops by to check on the date. Seems he’s needs a reminder to the big day.  We guess when you are 496 years old, your memory starts to fade a bit.450th Countdown Clock  Pedro

The Countdown Begins!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

2015 will mark the 450 anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Augustine by Pedro Menendez de Avilies.  As part of the city’s celebrations, a countdown clock will be installed at the visitors center so residents and visitors alike can keep track of the big day!  Old Town Trolley tours of St. Augustine sponsored the clock and our GM Dave Chatterton can wait to see it installed.

General Manager David Chatterton with the countdown clock.

General Manager David Chatterton with the countdown clock.

Meet Rob Faubion

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Rob is our Safety Officer in St. Augustine

Rob is our Safety Officer in St. Augustine




Who is the greatest love of your life?
The love of my life is my wife Andrea.  We just recently celebrated our eighteenth anniversary in May. I have been blessed to have such an intelligent, loving, and independent woman as my wife.  She stood by and raised our two wonderful daughters Ciara and Caitlyn while I was off defending freedom and democracy around the world on one of many nuclear fast attack submarines.  She would often go months without a phone call, email, or any other form of communication and yet she never complained. She is the best person I know.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having served in the United States Navy for twenty three and a half years. I attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer, successfully completed fifteen missions vital to national security of the United States of America, trained and mentored over 10,000 junior sailors, and somehow retained my sanity and sense of humor.  I had the distinct honor of traveling to the North Pole in July of 2009 onboard USS Providence SSN 719, and commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first voyage to the pole by America’s first nuclear submarine the USS Nautilus SSN 571.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Scotland.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to go there six times.  I enjoy the friendly people, the rich history of the country, and the fellowship of their local pubs over a pint or two.  I have visited Edinburgh Castle and had the privilege of watching the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Additionally,  I have been to Stirling Castle which commands the landscape for miles around. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles and a wonderful backdrop for some of Scotland’s most important history. This castle overlooks the sites where William Wallace and Robert the Bruce defeated the English in 1297 and 1314 at Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn. I intend to return to both England and Scotland in 2016 with my wife for our twentieth wedding anniversary.

Who are your favorite writers?
Writers would take more pages than are available here, but my guilty pleasures are a series of books written by St Augustine native Steven Berry.  These books are historically accurate and the stories are written in such a way that the fictitious portions of these stories blend seamlessly. The hero of these stories is the one and only Cotton Malone.  These include The Templar Legacy (2006), The Alexandria Link (2007), The Venetian Betrayal (2007), The Charlemagne Pursuit (2008), The Paris Vendetta (2009), The Emperor’s Tomb (2010), The Jefferson Key (2011), The King’s Deception (2013), and The Lincoln Myth (2014) which will be taking up some of my spare time in the near future.  Additionally, I am looking forward to reading Return to Masada (2002), The Faces of Inanna (2011), The StrathNaver Legends (2010), and Aleister Through the Looking Glass (2010).  These books are written by a man I am proud to call my friend the one and only Robert G. “Friar Bob” Makin.

What are three things you will always find in my refrigeerator?
Dezzani Italian Muscato Wine for my wife, Hard Apple Cider for me (preferably my own homebrew recipe), and vanilla ice cream; because life without ice cream is simply not worth living.


Locals Month

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Each year during September, Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine likes to say ‘thank you’ to the folks of St. John’s County by giving free admission to our tours and attractions during Locals Month. We feel it is a small gesture for all the support we get from the local community all year long. Imagine our surprise when the letter below showed up in the Letters To the Editor section of the St. Augustine Record.

Welcom Back Deputy Jim!

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Deputy Jim

Deputy Jim











Life changed at the Old Jail and for History Teller John Hunter on January 23, 2014. John had a stroke that left him with slurred speech and an impaired right side. With the passion he has for portraying Deputy Jim at the Old Jail, John wondered if he’d be able to speak clearly again or even climb the steps in the 1891 prison. Over the next three months, John endured a rigorous outpatient therapy treatment plan and worked hard at home exercises to regain his speech and mobility.

John’s friends at Old Town Trolley St Augustine rallied around him with support and love. CASTmembers Bonnie Nicol and Meghan Crawford headed up a fundraising effort for John that netted more than $2,000. I stayed in touch with John regularly throughout those weeks, always reminding him that his job was waiting for him whenever he was able to come back.

Deputy Jim returned to work in early May to the delight of his friends and our guests. John is known for his one-liners and the break room just hadn’t been the same without him. He is a favorite among our guests, as indicated by the many great comment cards he continuously receives.

As recently as May 13, here is what one guest had to say on TripAdvisor: “Upon arrival we were greeted by Deputy Jim. His 1908 appearance was spot on and my students loved his quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor. I originally thought that this tour was more of a tourist trap, but it was very informative and evoked a lot of positive reactions from my students. Jim made the whole thing worthwhile.”