January Features 7th Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week

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. Continue reading

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The Saga of the Ice Maker

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. Continue reading

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What’s on the Menu for Late Summer

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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