Amelia Island is one of those quaint areas you want to return to again and again. Although the island offers the Ritz-Carlton and the Amelia Island Plantation, my preference is to stay somewhere close to the historic district and small marina of Fernandina Beach. I like to be in walking distance to quaint shops and restaurants, and explore historic downtown areas.
The Bed & Breakfast Experience
For something different, we decided to give our first Bed & Breakfast a try. I chose the 1856 Williams House in the historic district. Although a bit pricey, the house itself is beautiful.
Within the house you can reserve which particular room you want to stay in. Each room has a theme of some sort relating to the house and its history. I chose the most colorful room I could find, the Isle Santa Maria.
We met the other house guests at the wine and cheese social from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Interestingly, all were from Florida – Plant City, DeBary and Melbourne. Our evening in Fernandina Beach included eating at one of the local Italian restaurants, and enjoying live music at O’Kanes Pub and Restaurant. A fancy breakfast and self tour of the house and grounds the next morning topped off the experience. I could easily become a fan of the B&B lifestyle. The next time I want to take a unique relaxing weekend getaway, this is the way to go.
A few of the shops in the historic downtown area sell fossilized Megaladon sharks’ teeth, all sizes up to 7 inches or so. Matt has found several of these while doing some dangerous diving off the coast of North Carolina, and has an incredible collection.
Fort Clinch State Park
The next day we explored Fort Clinch State Park. We walked the full length of the fishing pier, then walked along the edge of the water looking for small sharks’ teeth. This is an incredibly beautiful area. The beach, the pier, the camping areas, and the fort itself. Spending an hour or a day here is worth much more than the $6.00 park entrance fee.
Amelia Island is a fantastic spot to explore, for a day or a weekend. And it is an obvious add to my List of 50 Things to Love About Florida.