Amelia Island Florida Two Night Getaway Special

January 9th, 2014

Come To Florida on a Special Escape!

January on Amelia Island in Florida is the perfect escape from winter woes ! With average daytime temperatures of 64 degrees the weather is perfect for sightseeing, riding bikes, golf or just relaxing on the wide porches at the Amelia Island Williams House. For all the folks in colder climates, we are offering a special that includes a dinner voucher ($60.00 value) for some of the best local restaurants in Fernandina Beach (our historic town on Amelia Island) included with any two night stay during January.

History, Great Food, Fun!

The Williams House is located in the historic district of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island and offers easy walking to more than thirty local restaurants and dozens of boutique shops, art galleries, antiques stores, the downtown harbor, and several bars, including the Palace Saloon-the oldest continuously operating saloon in Florida. It is an easy bike ride to the ocean (13 miles of beach), Fort Clinch State Park (pre-civil war fort), or the local museum where the history of Amelia Island can be experienced with a local docent or on your own. Cruising the harbor on one of several daily cruises and seeing Fort Clinch from the riverside adds another history lesson from experienced guides as well as views of Cumberland Island and it’s wild horses and marshlands. Dolphins often accompany the boat and some tours also show you the ruins of the original Carnegie mansion from the river. If you’re lucky, you may see a nuclear or regular submarine entering or exiting from King’s Bay Station. Guests can also take a Horse drawn historic carriage tour of Fernandina which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ride horses on the beach, experience a Segway tour on the beach or at historic Kingsley Plantation, or just take a scenic drive to neighboring barrier islands south including Big Talbot, Little Talbot and Fort George.

Island Time Rules on Amelia Island

Whatever pace you are used to in your home town, work environment and daily life, changes when you cross the bridge onto Amelia Island. Just as it is five o’clock somewhere in a famous song, it is always Island Time on Amelia. There is a relaxing atmosphere everywhere you go tugging at you to slowdown, relax and get reconnected with yourself and your special someone. Romantic, historic , quaint, quiet, peaceful, unique, relaxing, fun, and tasty are adjectives we here constantly from our guests as they experience the ambiance and friendly atmosphere on our Island. The Williams House specializes is creating the relaxing, comfortable treatment that enhances guest transformation into the relaxed state desired to break out of the routine of your life. Social interaction at our superb three course breakfast affords “get acquainted time” as well as our wine social each evening where stories, experiences, restaurant “finds” and just sharing of life experiences adds to the friendly calm. One guest shared their experience this way: “If you can’t relax on Amelia Island, you’ve got no relax in you!”

Cuisine of Every Varietal

Another thing we love about Amelia Island is the large variety of cuisine options found at our many restaurants. American, Portuguese, Italian, French, Mexican, Cuban, Fusion, Chinese, Japanese, Farm-to-Table and Brazilian are all available at our local restaurants. We hear many reviews from our guests and regularly recommend the best experiences to our new arrivals. After dinner there is Fudge and Ice Cream, frozen Yogurt, bars and live entertainment if your energy allows.

Amelia Island Restaurant Week – Jan 17-26, 2014

January 17th, 2014

With more than 20 restaurants participating in Amelia Island’s Restaurant Week, there is a taste for every taste bud and a flavor for every food lover. Beginning January 17 and running thru January 26, restaurants are preparing to wow guests with a prixfixe menu of $19 and $29 that includes a three course experience of specially selected items. Descriptions of food varieties being offered include: “eclectic, steak, land and seafood, Spanish, American, French, seafood/burgers, and Fine Dining”. For a complete menu list you can visit or call 904-277-0717. Restaurants included are 29 South, Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar, Baxter’s, Brett’s Waterway Café, Cafe’ Karibo Crab Trap, Espana, Gourmet, Gourmet, Horizon’s, Jack & Dianes, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, La Mancha, Le Clos, Lulu’s at the Thompson House, Marina, Merge, PLAE, Salty Pelican, Sandy Bottoms, Sliders, and the Verandah. Located across the Island, theses restaurants can serve a large variety of tastes and the week offers an opportunity to experience a favorite or try something new. Amelia Island Restaurant Week entices visitors to explore Amelia Island’s many choices for fine food, unusual flavors and traditions of different cultures at the many varieties offered by our local restaurants and their chef’s. We try to take the opportunity each year to explore one new restaurant and re-visit one of our favorites. So….come on and visit Amelia Island, stay with us at the Williams House and explore a wonderful dining opportunity during Restaurant Week on Amelia Island.

Aspiring Innkeeper Seminar on Amelia Island – Feb. 7-9, 2014

January 17th, 2014

Aspiring Innkeeper Seminar or Innkeeping 101

Innkeeping can be both Art and Science and as the saying goes “the devil is in the details”. Potential innkeepers can learn those details in a weekend aspiring innkeeper seminar February 7-9 at the Williams House B&B on delightful Amelia Island. Whether you are looking for a lifestyle change (yes there is a different world than corporate) or investing in your own small business, this seminar invites you to understand Innkeeping from a broad industry perspective to hands- on details while staying at an operating B&B and interacting with the owners. The seminar is being led by Lodging Resource Partners, with David Caples and Helen Cook as principals and experts in the B&B and innkeeping industry. Both David and Helen are experienced innkeeper owners/operators, practice innkeeping consulting, and developed and operate the premiere inn sale website, Whether you are already seriously looking for an Inn to purchase, just beginning to consider the industry, or are just interested in learning more about this arena, your needs will be fulfilled. Seminar Highlights are detailed below and cover virtually every facet of the innkeeping activity with hands-on experiences and reality dominating the discussions and shared experiences.

Real Innkeepers/Real Inn

Your hosts for the weekend seminar are actual, real, hardworking innkeepers, Byron and Deborah McCutchen owners of the Amelia Island Williams House Bed and Breakfast. Entering their 9th year of innkeeping they will be sharing the experience of owning and operating a bed and breakfast in today’s climate of 24/7 consumer expectations and the ever changing technology of attracting and satisfying today’s guest. Experiencing this same seminar led Byron and Deborah on a five state, 20 property search that resulted in purchasing the Williams House. After significant renovations, the addition of two guests rooms, and many experiments in the evolving process of satisfying guests, the McCutchen’s have developed their own successful model based upon the concepts and principles taught by David and Helen. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to peer behind the innkeeping curtain and observe the activities needed to keep an Inn running well, attracting guests and delivering value and five star guest experiences.

Aspiring Inneeper Seminar Highlights

Lodging Industry Overview:

  • Will it Meet your Financial Goals
  • Lifestyle vs. financial Goals
  • Concepting: Creating the Product
  • Buy, Build or Renovate?
  • Business Plan Review
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Size and Site Analysis
  • 5, 10, 20 room inn Pro-forma
  • Acquisition Strategy & Tactics
  • Market and Location Selection
  • Buyer’s Evaluation Checklist
  • Valuation Techniques for a Fair Price
  • Financing Requirements
  • Keys to a Successful Inn
  • Area Innkeepers Q&A

Registration and Fees

Seminar registration fees are $95 for a single, $175 for couples. Special rates of $125-175 per night are available for participants at the Williams House. To register contact Helen Cook at 904-321-2210 or Helen will also help facilitate booking reservations at the Williams House.

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Valentine Package at Amelia Island Williams House

January 17th, 2014

Will you be my valentine?

Our romantic Valentine Package at the Williams House answers that question with certainty for guests who plan to spend the holiday at our Inn. Begin saying “I Love You” with two romantic nights in an historic yet modern room of your choice in the Amelia Island Williams House Inn. Perhaps you’ll select a large whirlpool tub or a romantic fireplace to create just the feeling you want. Experience our super soft spa Williams House robes while you primp for dinner or after a soothing bath. Enjoy chilled champagne and chocolates upon your arrival and you can find the sweet tooth and romantic side of anyone’s personality. A wine hour social is available each evening of your stay where you’ll enjoy the company of other guests or just share a glass of wine and snacks for each of you before being whisked away on your own private horse drawn carriage tour of our beautiful historic district. Next you’ll savor a romantic dinner at David’s restaurant located right next door to our beautiful Inn, which is fine dining in a romantic setting for those wanting to extend romance thru the entire weekend. The Williams House gourmet breakfast beckons each morning to continue the pampering and special treatment afforded that special person in your life. There is also just something romantic about coming to a historic quiet downtown area full of history, waterfront, specialty shops and plenty of fun dining.

Romantic Adventures?

Additional romantic adventures can be chosen as well to enhance your valentine package during your stay. How about a picnic for two to share? The Williams House can provide this extra or just visit a local deli and pick your partners favorite sandwich as you visit Fort Clinch or the beach for a lunch excursion. Weather permitting, a river cruise from the downtown harbor to view the island from the water, a horse back ride on the white sandy beaches, or a Segway tour thought the flora and fauna of our beautiful island provides a fun partner activity to make this weekend memorable. Have a real sweet tooth? How about a trip to our frozen yogurt palace (Island Time) or ice cream, assorted homemade fudge and gourmet candy at Fernandina Fudge. If you’d like an alcoholic beverage or perhaps you’d like to hear live music and enjoy a cocktail, we have several bars and places for fun and music within easy walk of the Inn. Whatever your preference you can keep yourself and that special other busy or relaxed for the entire weekend.

Make It Memorable!

Sure, you can take that special person anywhere for valentine’s day. But wouldn’t you like to stay someplace that will be a memory forever? You may not remember room 204 at the local motel, but you will remember our rooms named for historical figures in the Island’s history…and the beautiful way it was decorated for your stay. We have guests that return regularly to the room they first stayed in, got engaged in, or even stayed after their wedding. Choose one of our guest rooms to start making your memorable experience.

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