See Updated Video of The Inn on the Beach

April 23, 2012

The Amelia Oceanfront Bed & Breakfast is a charming, historic house nestled in the sands of the Atlantic shoreline on Amelia Island, the first barrier island in North East Florida. The inn offers six spacious beautiful oceanfront guest suites decorated in eclectic beach cottage style. The Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast is different from other B & B’s in that the innkeepers live caddy corner across the street from the Inn, rather than in inhouse quarters, giving guests complete privacy.
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You can spot shrimp boats on their daily haul from our oceanfront deck or you can take a energizing sunrise walk on the beach and enjoy the search for seashells and sharks teeth. The beach is just steps away from your door.

For more fun off the beach you can explore the wonders of Amelia Island:  the historic district, the shrimpers, golf, tennis, fine dining, and so much more. Learn about the late Victorian era through a walking architecture tour in downtown Fernandina Beach. Bicycling around out lovely barrier island can be the perfect way  to see everything! Fort Clinch  State Park offers a historical tour and a great view of the lighthouse  as well as trails through the magical beach forest, dunes and sea marshes.

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Turtle Season 2015

April 16, 2015

Tiny TurtleYes even though the weather is still iffy, the 2015 turtle season is coming in rapidly. We have shared the following information from the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Gainesville, Florida, to update you with the latest legal considerations and suggestions.

In addition to Florida being a great place to enjoy the sun and surf, Florida’s beaches are important nesting areas for sea turtles, and the sand dunes are home to many unique plants and animals.

During a visit, please help protect Florida’s sea turtles, other wildlife and the coastal habitats upon which they depend. The sea turtle nesting season in Florida runs from March through October on the Atlantic coast, and from May through October on the Gulf coast. During the sea turtle season, please remember a few simple things to help protect these magnificent creatures and their habitat.

• It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by both the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act.

• If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone. Please be prepared to answer the following questions: What is the exact location of the animal? Is the turtle alive or dead? What is the approximate size of the turtle? Is the turtle marked with spray paint? (This indicates that the turtle has been documented.) What is the location of the closest access point to the turtle?

• Avoid going to the beach at night, especially at he change of tides. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography. The light may cause the female to abort the nesting process, or other sea turtles nearby may be discouraged from nesting if there are lights on the beach.

• Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Many coastal counties and cities have lighting ordinances that help reduce beachfront lighting. Please make sure your beachfront lights are in compliance with the law.

• While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.

• When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.

List of organizations that have been permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct public turtle watches.

Sea Turtle Watching Tips by SEEturtles.org

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January Features 7th Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week

January 7, 2015

Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its seventh annual Restaurant Week from January 16 through 25. The ten-day, culinary showcase of the small barrier island’s top restaurants will offer visitors and residents the opportunity to try new restaurants and enjoy old favorites.

This year 30 of the island’s popular dining hotspots are participating in Restaurant Week, with a new feature that includes lunch as well. Both lunch and dinner will offer a special fixed menu.

• The lunch option will be priced at $12 and includes an entrée and a drink.
• The dinner option (priced at either $19 or $29 per person) includes three courses and a beverage.

During the 2015 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, two Amelia Island resorts are offering special events to celebrate the destination’s dining attributes. On Thursday, January 15, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will kick-off the week with “A Tribute to Modern Southern Cuisine” event. Starting at 6 p.m., the event will feature a wine tasting and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner featuring cuisine from several of Amelia Island’s phenomenal chefs. The dinner will feature a course from chefs from The Salty Pelican, Espana, 29 South, and two chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Tickets for the dinner are $68 and available by calling 904-277-1087.

On January 24, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will close Restaurant Week with an exciting four-course dinner paired with wine. The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Sunrise Cafe. Tickets are $69 per person and can be purchased through opentable.com or by calling (800) 684-9999.

Restaurants participating include:

29 South – 904 277-7919 – Dinner
Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar -310-6620 – Dinner
Brett’s Waterway Cafe -261-2660 – Dinner
Cafe Karibo 277-5269 – Dinner
Ciao Italian Bistro 206-4311 – Dinner
Crab Trap261-4749 – Lunch and Dinner
Cucina South 432-7920 – Dinner
Espana Restaurant & Tapas261-7700 – Dinner
GG’s Bistro261-8973 – Lunch and Dinner
Halftime Sports Bar & Grill 321-0303 – Lunch
Hola! Cuban Cafe321-0163 – Lunch
Horizons 321-2430 – Dinner
Jack & Diane’s321-1444 – Dinner
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro321-2558 – Lunch and Dinner
Leddy’s Porch (904) 261-7251 – Lunch
La Mancha 261-4646 – Dinner
Le Clos 261-8100 – Dinner
Lu Lu’s at the Thompson House432-8394 – Lunch and Dinner
Marina Seafood Restaurant261-5310 – Lunch and Dinner
Oceanside 491-4113 – Lunch and Dinner
Pate Sucree Restaurant626-1677 – Lunch
PI Infinite Combinations432-8535 – Lunch
PLAE277-2132 – Dinner
Sandy Bottoms 310-6904 – Lunch and Dinner
Sliders Seaside Grill 277-6652 – Dinner
The Courtyard Pub & Eats 432-7086 – Lunch
The Salty Pelican 277-3811 – Dinner
The Surf Restaurant & Bar 261-5711 Lunch and Dinner
Verandah 277-5958 – Dinner

On January 24, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will close Restaurant Week with an exciting four-course dinner paired with wine. The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Sunrise Café. Tickets are $69 per person and can be purchased through opentable.com or by calling (800) 684-9999.

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The Saga of the Ice Maker

November 12, 2014

The ice-maker had been sitting in an alcove niche in the kitchen ever since we walked in in December of 2011. Quaint and functional, it allowed guests to walk into the kitchen at any time of the day or night, grab a bucket with plastic liner and a scoop and help themselves to ice for cocktails and cold beverages. Perfect and needed, especially during hot Florida summers. The ice-maker had been sitting there since probably when it was bought new in 2009 and when it started to show some strain early in the year (many guests forgot to close the lids over night) I had the technician come out and add some freon and clean it up a bit. But then in June I walked in one morning to prepare breakfast and was welcomed by an ankle deep pool as the water intake kept pulling, but the ice coil had given up.

Calling the appliance company the ice-maker was bought from I learned, that there were exactly 4 days left on the comprehensive warranty but I had to get a technician out for the repairs. Chadox Refrigeration in Jacksonville. The technician would come up to the island after the weekend, exactly on the day the warranty was expiring! You get where this is going, don’t you! Continued…

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What’s on the Menu for Late Summer

July 31, 2014

Summer is coming to an end and a lot of you (teachers and children) will be going back to school. BUT…., that doesn’t mean we can’t have a couple of last hoorahs!!!

On August 16th, Main Beach will be the place to be when the Dunes & Tunes Festival will take place. There will be a sand sculpting competition from 12pm – 3pm and then festival gates will open at 3:00pm with art exhibits, interactive play zones, giant waterslide, food trucks, concessions and amazing live music!!!Find more information Here.

Then, just a week later, on August 22 and 23, the 5th Annual Great Southern Tail Gate Cookoff will kick off on Main Beach with dozens of competing BBQ trucks and great live music. On Friday the gates will open at 3pm and music starts at 3:30pm with the country performers “Dirt Floor Crackers”, followed by southern party band “the Swinging Medallions”. Saturday morning the gates open at 10am and live music starts at 10:45am with “Rockit Fly”, followed by local favorites,”the Beech Street Blues Band” and closing by the “Bama Gamblers”. For more info go to www.gstailgatecookoff.com

And then another 3 weeks later the famous Amelia Island Blues Festival will kick off on September 12 and 13 with a number of national and international blues giants on the roster. Since your innkeeper is one of the original founders of the festival, we always make this weekend special with music on the beach and BBQ in the courtyard. There are still some openings in our schedule for all 3 events, but they will go fest once the publicity machine starts.

AND REMEMBER…all three events are on Main Beach, walking distance from the Inn.

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TJ’s Big Sigh of Relief

June 24, 2014

tj and han wedding vow renewalsOn Monday afternoon May 26, a lovely couple from Kansas announced their arrival at the Inn ready for check in. The problem? We had no reservation received (and certainly not confirmed), but fortunately we had a suite available. A 2 day trip by car had exhausted them a bit, so we quickly accommodated them into the Sea for Two suite, which happened to be the only suite available for several nights, a rarity as soon as Memorial Day has hit the calendar.

While pulling the luggage in Lawson pulls me aside and asks what is needed to get a marriage license on Amelia Island. Turns out that they had planned a last minute elopement wedding and his bride to be, who’s name is Amelia, wanted to get married on Amelia Island. After I tell Lawson the legal essentials, he tells me they would like to get married the next day, Tuesday the 27th in the late afternoon. No problem I say in my usual optimism as I grab the phone to call my friend Ronnie Stoots to make sure he is available to officiate the wedding. Ronnie doesn’t pick up so I leave a message detailing time and what is needed.”No worries” I tell Lawson, “I am supposed to see Ronnie tomorrow afternoon anyway for some business thingy, so I know he’s available.” Continued…

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The Summer of 2014 Has Started

June 16, 2014

After an unusual stormy and often cold winter up here in North Florida’s First Coast, we just by-passed Spring and went straight into Summer weather. Continued…

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