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									Scott Short | American Family Magazine™ | October 2009

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Halloween Honeymoon Idea
It finally happens. The clouds become halos as the bright autumn sun dissipates beyond the horizon. Decorated candles flicker from the breeze drifting in from the Matanzas River. Hooves heard from horsedrawn carriages silence as even the horses pause to spectate. Holding hands, you and your mate turn around inside the illuminated gazebo and a voice declares, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I now give you your new bride and groom.” A standing ovation originates from the crowd. It’s time to venture on your honeymoon in historic Saint Augustine, Florida. For those tying the knot in October, look for a place where you might see the sign “When the room’s rockin’ don’t come knockin’” — and they’re not just talking about honeymooners. The Bayfront Marin House B&B can be combined with Ghosts and Gravestones to offer a memorable honeymoon package that will keep your heart pumping throughout the night and guarantee you will embrace each other tight. A themed trolley can be boarded after a short 10-minute walk where a “dead” ghost host will be met. Hearing the shocking stories of the past, eerie presences are felt inside haunted buildings where lights go out and a disembodied voice may say, “Get out! It’s rude to be married in a place where people are buried.” Remaining in the past, but leaving the darker side, a Victorian room awaits with a scented candle, roses, a bottle of champagne, and a spacious Jacuzzi where romance can be enjoyed. Waking up to a gourmet breakfast, views of fishermen, dolphins and manatees are all possible from many rooms at the Marin House B&B. Casual seating is available throughout the courtyard and in the gazebo. Don’t tell anyone, but if you walk over to the seawall across the street, fish and other marine life can be fed. Although checkout time is at 11:00 a.m., leaving America’s oldest city is not complete without taking a walk down

Saint George Street where historical buildings such as the oldest schoolhouse in the U.S. set the scene. Shots can be heard from Fort Castillo San De Marcos where Park Rangers re-enact the civil war, which is also a must-see. The owners of the Marin House, the Graubard Family, are hospitable people that will help in any manner possible. A honeymoon with a paranormal experience is one that you’ll remember even after “till death do you part.” Editor’s Note: For travel arrangements to the Bayfront Marin House call Scott Short at 863-446-1473.

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