Saturday, January 19, 2019

Spring Break - for our college freshman

So, our daughter who is a college freshman calls the other day and tells us that she has made her plans for Spring Break in March.  Good for her I think!   Part of the plan is to take three of her sorority sisters down to stay at my parent's for two nights in florida.  They will have a blast - going to the beach and pool, enjoying my dad's awesome culinary skills etc.  (so far so good)
Then she tells me they are going to book an Airbnb in St Augustine for a few nights.  I am thinking oh can you even do that if you are under 21?  You can indeed...  Airbnb requires that you be only 18 to either have a place to list or to stay at a place.  As a side note some homes may have their own rules of their age minimum so double check as you search if you are under 21.

from airbnb's site -
You must be 18 or older to create an account  In order to use the Airbnb site and services, you must be 18 years or older. It's against our Terms of Service to create an account to travel or host unless you're at least 18 years old.

Again I say "great!".  I text her later to say please send me a link to the property since we know the area well and I have done my fair share of rentals I want to make sure it is on the up and up.

this is the text I get back in return -

IT'S A FREAKING SAILBOAT!!!!!!!!  A SAILBOAT - moored in not the best part of town.  Let's just say "it's on the wrong side of the river".  It was SUPER cheap she tells me - to which I reply, "yeah, because it looks like homeless people pee in it".  I ask her if it is ok if I take a peek through Airbnb since I kind of know what I am looking at and know the area a bit better than they do.  Some might say I am micro-managing this but I say I am just keep them safe (and bug free).  The whole purpose for writing this post is to share with you this gem I found in St Augustine.  The idea of staying on a docked boat seemed to intrigue her so I started there.   Hoping to find a docked boat on the "right" side of the river where the girls would not need to walk as far to town etc.  I found this AWESOME houseboat that I am bookmarking because I want to stay there myself in the future.  It is docked in a marina right near the St Augustine Distillery and a restaurant Chris and I just visited over winter break The Ice Plant.  The finest crafted cocktails and delicious farm to table dishes (the most incredible pretzel bread I have ever had). 

 Look how lovely this boat is - 

In the parking lot of the marina there is a food truck that gets great Yelp reviews and clean shower and bathroom facilities along with little picnic tables to sit at.
Crave - the food truck in the marina parking lot
In the end the girls chose to stay in a quaint upstairs apartment of a sweet little house they found on Airbnb.  It's super close to town.  Not a boat after all.  I think this will work out just fine for them.  I am sort of jealous I have to be honest they are going to have a great time! 

 (Chris and I will be renting the houseboat somewhere down the line I can tell you that for sure😃)

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