Special rates for August!
August 2nd, 2013
Great Summer Getaway
Rates as low as $175.00 per night including 2 course gourmet breakfast, social hour with complimentary wine and appetizers, snacks and beverages, complimentary wi-fi, cable TV, beach chairs and much more.
Save the Date for the 2013 Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns!
August 4th, 2013
Innkeepers are busier than Keebler Elves right now trying out new recipes for the 2013 Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns. This year’s Tour will be deliciously presented Saturday, November 23, from 12-5 pm. Visitors to this annual event will enjoy a festive kickoff to the holiday season by way of a self-paced tour of seven beautiful bed and breakfast inns, widely recognized as some of the most striking structures on Amelia Island. The interiors of these gorgeous buildings are usually reserved for overnight lodgers, but this is a chance for all with a ticket to experience the intricate details of these fine inns.
In a twist from other years, visitors will find two different types of holiday decorating for inspiration: Thanksgiving and Christmas. On tours past, all inns were decorated in fine Christmas fashion. Since the Tour is held on November 23rd, some inns will light a spark for decorating your Thanksgiving table the following week. Even if you’ve been on the Tour before, you’ll see some different looks this year. As always, it will be a treat just to see the striking details of these inns and the beautiful room decor that abounds.
In keeping with tradition, the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association has partnered with a local not-for-profit organization and will donate a portion of the sale price of every ticket and cookbook sold for the Tour. Our partner for 2013 is theFriends of the Library group, and advocacy group who is currently tasked with fundraising for a new, improved and contemporary library for Fernandina Beach.
In addition to donations from standard ticket sales and cookbooks, 100% of the sales price of VIP Gift Packages will go directly to the Friends of the Library. These gift packages include a gift certificate for a future midweek stay at one of the seven participating inns and a copy of the Association’s $20 cookbook, Sunshine Mornings at the Inns of Amelia Island. As a “thank you” for purchasing the package, you will receive two tickets to the Tour. At only $150, these gift package represent considerable savings over regular room rates at our luxury inns, plus you’ll receive the cookbook and tickets! And did we mention that all of the money goes to the library? Each inn has donated five gift packages, so be sure to purchase one from your favorite inn soon.
Tickets and VIP Gift Packages may be purchased online beginning August 15th. They will be mailed out in October. Reserve yours now! Friendly innkeepers are awaiting your arrival.
Our Holiday Cookie du jour this year will be the “soon to be famous” Williams House Mississippi Mudslide! Mmmm, chocolate and other goodies in this delectable treat – need we say more than chocolate?
Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off! August 23-24th
August 5th, 2013
Get ready to get your barbeque on! Less than a month till the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off.
Lots of music too! Lead singer of “Boston” will be there playing the oldie goldie’s as well! Staying at the Williams House for this event will be “more than a feeling…” Hehehe!
Check out the event schedule at ;
“Old Town” Fernandina History
August 6th, 2013
The late 19th and early 20th century wood frame buildings of the Old Town Fernandina Historic District on the northern tip of Amelia Island belie the Spanish origins of the town. The northern end of the island has been occupied by Europeans since the 17th century.
In 1696 the site was the location of a Spanish mission and fort, and the British occupied the island in the 18th century. Following the Revolution, Spain regained control of the area and by 1811 officially established the “Town of Fernandina” named in honor of King Ferdinand VII of Spain. Fernandina was the last town established by Spain in North America and was intended to stop U.S. territorial expansion. Fort San Carlos was constructed in 1816 to protect Spanish interests in Northern Florida.
In the following years Fernandina was captured and recaptured by a succession of renegades and privateers. U.S. troops occupied the town until 1821 when Florida was ceded to the U. S. However, Fernandina failed to thrive. The construction of Fort Clinch in 1847 led to the abandonment of Fort San Carlos. In 1853 the town site was moved further south, due to the construction of a railroad line and subsequent tourism boom. The original town plan and regular street grid planned by the Spanish remain.
Fernandina Neighborhood Whimsy
August 7th, 2013
Thanks to Ronald Broome at Florida Native Photography for the capture of a little taste of Fernandina and it’s quaint nooks and crannies!
This is one cool little house in Fernandina Beach, FL. It’s still occupied and being well taken care of. It’s located across the street from the Episcopal Cemetery which, in my opinion, makes for a great bunch of neighbors.
August 8th, 2013
Since 1736 the site where Fort Clinch now stands has been occupied off and on by troops because it sits at the entrance to the St. Marys River and the Cumberland Sound.
Construction of a fort, later named Fort Clinch, was begun in 1847 after the end of the Second Seminole War. The actual compound is pentagonal in shape, with both inner and outer walls, and consists of almost five million bricks. There are corner bastions and embrasures in the outer walls and several structures in the interior courtyards, including a 2-story barracks. The fort was named in honor of General Duncan Lamont Clinch after his death in 1849. General Clinch fought in the War of 1812 and was an important figure in the First and Second Seminole Wars.
Confederate forces seized the fort in early 1861. It then provided a safe haven for Confederate blockade runners during the first year of the Civil War. However, rifled cannon had rendered its brick walls obsolete and in March 1862 General Robert E. Lee ordered its abandonment, preferring not to tie up scarce troops in its defense. Federal troops re-occupied it in early 1862. This gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts and the fort then served as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War.
The fort was placed on caretaker status in 1869 and remained so until 1898 when the Army again garrisoned it during the Spanish-American War. However, the Army abandoned it again in September of the same year.
The Civilian Conservation Corps began restoration during the 1930s, and in 1935, the State of Florida bought 256 acres that included the then-abandoned fort and the surrounding area. Fort Clinch State Park including the fort, opened to the public in 1938. The fort itself was closed to the public during World War II and used as a communications and security post, but re-opened after the war ended. The fort was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. State Park personnel reenact military life at the fort, which is open from 8:00am till sundown, year-round.
Paddle Boarding on Amelia Island
August 10th, 2013
Some of our more adventuresome guests like to take advantage of Kayak Amelia and try out the paddle boarding experience. On your next visit you might want to give it a whirl, eh?
Not to mention just plain ole’ KAYAKING too of course!
Kayak Amelia here can make any of the above happen for you! Lots of fun things to do here on the island!
Squall out on the Ocean…
August 15th, 2013
Well, the wind is blowin’ harder now
Fifty knots of there abouts,
There’s white caps on the ocean.
And I’m watching for water spouts
It’s time to close the shutters
It’s time to go inside.
Thanks to Paul Krom for the great shot of the squall tonight! And ,,, Thanks to Jimmy Buffett for the lyrics!