The Inn around 1958

June 5, 2013

Fletcher Ave, long before it became Florida’s A1A was still a sand trail when this picture was taken sometime around 1958. I got it from our neighbors across the street, who found it as they were restoring the house across from the Inn. Rod and his wife Cody, or miss Cody as we call her, moved into the house that was build by the same architect/builder as the Inn, in 1958. Mr. Rod, recently passed away in his mid nineties, but Ms. Cody at 92 is still sharp as a tack.

On special and other occasions we bring her a dessert from the Inn which she consumes with much gusto and we listen to her stories from days long past. Just to imagine living on that paradisical spot for 55 years is incredible. She has seen much of the area’s development over those years as her direct neighbor’s house burned down, because fire trucks were few and far away. She remembers Fletcher Ave getting paved. She remembers the ups and down of the Inn as family home, women’s shelter, guest house and B&B. She remembers the construction of Katie’s Light and the Ocean View sub-division being build en when a previous owner brought the Mermaid Fountain in and she has stories about it all.

In this picture you can “clearly” see that at one time boulders rather than dunes kept the ocean at bay and what today is called Egan’s Creek was right up to her back porch.

I’m planning to go up in one of the ultra lights they operate from the airport these days and take pictures of what it looks like today, just to mark a point in time for comparison and reflection.

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Nature on and around Amelia Island

May 30, 2013

Marshes around Amelia Island FloridaFall is a magical time to visit our beautiful local state parks and do some hiking and biking on the trails. We have Fort Clinch less than a mile away with its many nature trails and natural dunes http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/. Another highly recommended day trip is the ferry to Cumberland Island to our north, which features the ruins of Dungeness, Playgrounds of the rich and famous in the early 20th century, magnificent nature and wildlife.

To the south, inside of a 20 mile radius, you can visit all seven of the parks, which officially comprise of Talbot Islands State Parks. Locally we know that all these attractions are accessible via a stretch of Florida’s A1A coastal road, immortalized by Jimmy Buffett’s 1974 album of that same name. From the North part of Jacksonville, the road comes up as Heckscher Drive, where it meets up with the Mayport ferry Service connecting to Jacksonville Beach. This stretch of A1A is surrounded by state parks and many other attractions such as Kingsley Plantation and Huguenot Park.

The seven parks are Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park , Amelia Island State Park ,Fort George State Park, George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park , Little Talbot Island State Park , Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park and Big Talbot Island State Park .

For an eco-friendly experience you won’t soon forget, sign up for a guided tour of Fort George Island on a cross terrain Segway withEcomotion Tours. This 2 hour tour departs from the historic Ribault Club and visits the Kingsley Plantation while traveling along more than 3 miles of maritime forest, abundant with plant and animal life. No experience necessary, but advance reservations are required so please call 904-251-9477 for more information.

These parks abound in natural settings and many animals and birds,  representative of the typical barrier island. Whether you are into Kayaking in the marshes or hiking, biking or birding, Amelia Island is the place for you year round.

Also at a short distance from the Inn is one of the entrances to the Egans Creek Green Way, a 300 acre protected nature preserve with a network of trails for hiking and biking. Guided walking tours are held every third Saturday of the month and every 4th Tuesday of the month. Admission is free but participants are requested to register at 904 277 7350 And when you come home from your daily wanderings, you can enjoy the ocean views, frolicking dolphins, flocks of pelicans skirting our roof and walk on the beach when it is not as hot as in the summer.  You even might enjoy reading a good book on one of our beach loungers with the spoils of a good vacation at your finger tips.

Egans Creek Greenway Map

Egans Creek Greenway-Map Amelia Island Florida

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What You See is What You Will Experience

May 23, 2013

The Beach at Amelia Oceanfront B&BWhen guests walk into their suites we often get the remark that our suites are actually what they see in the pictures on the website. I think they are a bit surprised, as it seems they have experienced other places who hire professional photographers who fluff the rooms up beyond what they normally would look like. I do not believe in doing this, since it can only lead to disappointment by the guest and you only get one chance to make an impression. We strive to make it the best one possible.

So this is why we take our own photos and manage our website.There is no doubt when you arrive, you will experience beach cottage themed comfortable clean suites and the photos are factual right down to the smallest details. (maybe give or take a few sea shells, as they come and go like the tide.)

Another thing they say is, “wow, you really are on the beach”. I find it rewarding that we do not have to pretend to be something we’re not and what we say or portray is what “it really is”.

The entrance is on the beach side of the Inn and we serve breakfast in suite or on the back patio. If you choose to be served outside, the patio’s short retaining wall is built into a sand dune; (or I should actually say, the sand dunes built themselves around our retaining wall) so you can eat breakfast, touch the sea grass, watch the sea oats blowing in the breeze and experience the dolphins having their breakfast too.Walk exactly two steps up from the patio, and your toes will be wiggling in the sand. We are definitely the closest to the beach than any other accommodation on the island.

All six of our suites have from 2 to 6 windows that “face” the beach and many more with outstanding beach views. There are no obstructed views or need to crane your neck to catch a glimpse of the ocean. Obviously the upstairs suites have a more panoramic view, so keep that in mind when making your reservations, but I can assure you all the suites have sweeping ocean views.

TJ – Innkeeper

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Shrimp Festival 2013 Took Off with Pirate’s Parade

April 30, 2013

Island VibeIn a widely disputed move, the Shrimp Festival committee changed a long tradition of starting the Festival of on Thursday evening with the Pirate’s Parade, to the Parade being held on the Saturday a week prior to the Festival. Continued…

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SeaEscape Suite Got a Complete Facelift

February 16, 2013

Amelia Oceanfront B&B renovates SeaEscape SuiteWe had been planning to completely renovate SeaEscape for a while, but with reservations holding up strong throughout the winter season, it became increasingly difficult to slot the time before the Spring/Summer Season starts in March. So in the week of Valentine Celebrations TJ and I decided to (once again) test our ability to work long hours together in difficult circumstances. We passed the test with flying colors and in the 10 day process SeaEscape became one of our new favorite suites. Vibrant light color schemes, new light fixtures, new furnishings in the living/dining room area, bright colorful beach scenes on the walls, a new tile floor and vanity in the bathroom and many new small decorations.

One of our particular problems with this suite was elegantly solved with a simple but very decorative wooden TV stand. Probably 30 years ago when the house was first turned into a B&B, someone decided to pull all wiring for Cable TV and telephone into this room and from there to all other rooms. With the arrival of the Internet a new set of wiring and routers was added to the nightmare of cable boxes and telephone cradles. Especially thick performance coaxial cables, you know those that never want to bend into the direction you want them too, where a thorn in our sense of perfection. Well we’re happy to report that it is now neatly tucked away.

TJ and I hi-fived each other when we closed the door to Sea Escape exactly one hour before the next guests were scheduled to check in to the Suite. Mission accomplished.

Here are some pictures: 

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Amelia Island 2013 Festival Schedule

February 2, 2013

Another year and more excitement. This year the island has planned 8 major festivals and events. If you are looking to attend any of our exciting celebrations, please make sure to book early. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are widely known for their annual Festivals and Events such as

• The Amelia Island Concours d’Elégance Car Show – March 9 and 10, 2013

• The Amelia Island Film Festival – March 21 -24, 2013

• Amelia Island Book Festival – April 26 – 27, 2013

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival – May 3, 4 and 5, 2013

• The Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff – August 23 – 24, 2013

• The Amelia Island Blues Festival – September 13 and 14, 2013

• The Amelia Island Jazz Festival – October  6-13, 2013

• Pétanque America International Open – November 8,9 and 10, 2013

and a never ending list of summer and weekend activities

 

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