Pleasant if a bit weatherbeaten

fountain 2“Pleasant if a bit weatherbeaten”. I was staring at the title of our latest guest review on Tripadvisor, as my left eye developed a nervous twitch. I was not used to “so so reviews”, and especially not from someone I had been going out of my already highly elastic way to meet every (even whimsical) wish.

From the day TJ and I took over in December of 2011 we worked hard to overcome the few previous negative comments on Tripadvisor up to that point. The previous innkeepers had to overcome the problem of living at a considerable distance from the Inn and had little experience in running a hospitality business, hence some negative reviews had painted the Inn into a corner.

TJ’s and my mission statement for taking over was anchored in providing the best affordable sleeping accommodations possible and a breakfast experience that would resonate with all previous and future guests. Within two months of taking over, Tripadvisor was starting to show steady 5 star reviews, which hasn’t stopped since, even though we have not actively encouraged guests to leave comments on Tripadvisor for the past year. But that’s more because we have discovered Tripadvisor’s acquisition policies to be commercially slanted and manipulative.

But then…. a couple of weeks ago the following review from a guest from Statesboro Georgia appeared on the screen: Continue reading

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Amelia Island Events in February and March 2014

In January one day the temperature is 74°F and lightly overcast and the other day it’s in the mid thirties with the northeast wind blowing and a clear blue sky for as far as the eye can see. North Florida has seasons, but the beach is always welcoming. Here on Amelia Island we usually rest up a couple of days after the New Year’s Eve Fireworks and champagne and than we do what we do best: we organize events, celebrations, festivals and activities our visitors love.

February

A Book festival headlined by David Baldacci and many other famous writers, a quilting festival and the Amelia Island Film Festival on the last weekend of February. 4 Days of 6 Feature Length Films, 30+ Short Films, 3 Documentaries Films, a International Short Series, and the First Student Film Competition all showcased at 4 great venues located in Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL. Along with showcasing great films, there will also be a Masked Mardi Gras Ball, Red Carpet Events, River Cruise for VIP Pass Holders, Jet Ski Rides for Students, and an Oscar Theme Party.

March

Once again the island will be buzzing with car engines when the first weekend in March comes around and the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island will be hosting the Concours d’Elégance Vintage Car Show and Auction and the Omni Amelia Island Plantation hosts the Festivals of Speed. The second weekend in March will feature a Main Beach BBQ Festival and the 3rd weekend will showcase a Carnival in Central Park and the last weekend of the month of March will bring The Slide into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival. This is the first event like this to hit Amelia Island. It offers an a mazing combination of both delicious craft brew with world class music. Over a dozen breweries will be on hand for the masses to sample their finest flavors. In addition, one of the best music line-ups to hit Northeast Florida this spring will take the stage. Herd of Watts, Vagabond Swing, The Fritz, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and headliner Keller Williams will play from 12:30pm until 9:00pm. There will also be an art walk, interactive kids zone, food trucks, craft bazaar and much more.  Brought to you by the City of Fernandina Beach.

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Longing to get away from the hustle and bustle

Amelia OceanFront B&B is an oasis of rest and relaxation on the beach of one of the most beautiful American barrier Islands, where service is an honor and hospitality a trait. Come and we’ll let you forget your daily grind, even if it is just a moment in a lifetime. Amelia Island is just now awakening in the minds of America with a truly spectacular 13 miles of sandy beaches, a real historic town district, loaded with interesting history and a wide choice of dining experiences that rivals much better known vacation destinations. 6 comfortable Suites on a ‘private’ beach guarantees vacation fun.

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