Your visit at the Addison can be as active or as relaxing as you would like. The following is an example of a great Amelia Island itinerary for a 4-night stay as one of our guests.
Suggested Amelia Island Itinerary
Check-in to the Addison at 3pm. Lee greets you and takes you on a tour of the inn before showing you to your room. You have time to unpack, freshen up and take a stroll through the Historic District of Fernandina Beach before Happy Hour starts at 5pm. You get back just as the other guests are gathering for Happy Hour. Bob, your innkeeper, is pouring glasses of beer and wine for the other guests. Lee has prepared bruschetta on creamy goat cheese served with toasted garlic baguette for the Happy Hour snack.
The bruschetta whets your appetite so you look through the Addison’s book of menus from local restaurants. You select Espana and Bob makes a call to ensure they have a table for you. Espana is just three blocks from the inn so you walk down and enjoy some tapas before sharing a steaming plate of paella. Their sangria is the perfect drink to go with your meal.
After dinner you walk through town before heading back to the inn. You slide in between those creamy cotton sheets, put your heads on the big feather pillows and say goodnight.
You’re up early so you go down to the Addison dining room and get some coffee. You take the coffee and the newspaper onto the front porch while waiting for breakfast. Shannon is cooking up Stuffed French Toast (stuffed with cream cheese, apricot preserves and pecans) this morning but all you can smell right now is the smell of bacon wafting through the house. You enjoy breakfast on the courtyard verandah while chatting with some of the other guests that you met at Happy Hour yesterday.
After breakfast you walk 10 minutes down to the marina and take the 10:30AM Amelia River Cruise. The cruise takes you along the Cumberland Island Shore and you see wild horses, wild pigs, dolphins and lots of different birds. Being on the water gets you hungry again so once the boat docks you wander through town looking for a bite of lunch. The restaurants all look great and you select the Happy Tomato on 3rd Street for pulled pork sandwiches. After lunch you spend some time wandering through the shops and art galleries of Fernandina Beach’s Historic District. At 3PM you head back to the inn for a soak in your oversized jetted tub and a nap before Happy Hour.
The Happy Hour snack tonight is freshly made hummus served with grilled pita. The pita has just enough red pepper flakes sprinkled on it to kick up the taste a bit. You have a glass of wine with the other guests and as they tell you about their day you get more ideas for your stay here. After browsing through the menu book again you select something lighter tonight and head off to Arte’s Pizza for brick oven pizza and a big salad to share. As you walk home to the inn you hear the band playing at the Green Turtle so you stop in for a couple of beer as the band finishes off their set. Then it is back to the inn for another night of sleeping in those glorious sheets.
You sleep in this morning and come down to the verandah for a late breakfast. Shannon is serving a breakfast Panini this morning with a fried egg, deli ham, spinach and a tomato-sweet chil chutney to kick up the flavor. Pan-fried potatoes are on the side along with a wedge of fresh, juicy watermelon. The Peruvian coffee wakes you up and you’re ready to roll. After breakfast you borrow a couple of the Addison’s sun cruiser bicycles and head to Fort Clinch State Park.
The road through the park is covered with a tree canopy and the ride is nice and cool. You stop and look at the lighthouse which is on the highest part of the island across the marsh from the park. You get to the Fort and wander around the ramparts enjoying the breeze and the view. Some locals are fishing by the rock jetties and you watch them for a while. The Fort’s re-enactor today is busy cooking his lunch over an open fire so you listen for a while as he talks about life in the fort. You leave the fort behind and wander along the beach for a while looking for seashells and shark’s teeth. Then it is back on the bikes and back into town.
It is hot and you’re thirsty so you stop in the Palace Saloon for a glass of their signature drink, the Pirate’s Punch. Johnny, the bartender, is also the town’s mayor! This is definitely a local’s place and you listen for a while as they discuss local events. Felix comes in and plays a few songs on his harmonica so you buy a bag of peanuts from him. The punch goes right to your head so it is back to the inn for a soak in your jetted tub and a nap before Happy Hour.
Lee has cooked up a Brie and Onion Dip served with a variety of crackers and crostini for the Happy Hour snack and it hits the spot. You have been here for a few days now and the new guests that just checked in today are asking you what you have been doing. Bob has arranged a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district for you and announces the horse’s arrival by giving you a baggie of carrots for the horse. The carriage ride takes you through the scenic streets of the district and drops you off at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro just in time for your dinner reservation. You enjoy a great meal on their outdoor patio and share a bottle of wine.
There is nothing like a walk after a filling meal so you head down to the marina to check out the boats. On the way back you stop at Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge, the ice cream shop on 3rd Street. There is a line up but you wait anyway because their ice cream is so good. Then it is back to the Addison to slip between a fresh set of those sheets!
You are up early because Bob has arranged a special treat for you. No sleeping in today because Captain Carol will be taking you on an eco-tour through the local rivers and you don’t want to miss that. You come down for breakfast and take your “usual table” on the verandah. Bob serves up a fresh fruit salad with lemon yogurt and Belgian waffles covered with fresh berries for your breakfast. One last sip of coffee and you’re on your way for a brisk walk down to the boat dock by Atlantic Seafood.
Captain Carol is on board and ready to go. She takes you on a two-hour tour on her 26 foot, center console Panga through the rivers and marshes that are between Amelia and Cumberland Islands. You see spoon-billed roseattes, alligators, dolphins, egrets and if you’re lucky, some manatees. You go up Beach Creek where you can see oyster beds and the chimney tops of the ruins at Dungeness.
The two-hour tour goes by quickly and you arrive back at the dock, windblown and a little sunburned. You wander through town for a while and check out some of the art galleries. Once again, being out on the water has made you hungry but you’re looking for something light and you head into Timoti’s Fry Shak for some shrimp tacos. After lunch you walk back to the inn, get a couple of bikes and ride to the beach. You walk along the beach, looking for shells but really just enjoying the sound of the surf.
You ride the beach cruisers back to the inn just in time for Happy Hour. Today we are serving crostini topped with a gorgonzola cheese spread, pecans, fresh rosemary out of the garden and a honey drizzle. Bob is pouring glasses of wine and beer and all of the other guests want to hear about your eco-tour with Captain Carol.
You decide that you have been eating way too much so you head off to Café Karibo, the island’s only brew-pub, for sandwiches and a salad for dinner. After dinner you wander down to the marina and sit in the rocking chairs at Brett’s Restaurant. You enjoy a shared bottle of wine and watch the sun set into the marshes.
One more night in those dreamy sheets!
Where has the time gone? It is your last day and there is still so much to do. You never did sit on the front porch rocking chairs and read your book, go for a Segway eco-tour, go horse-back riding on the beach or play a round of golf. The Eagan’s Creek Greenway will have to wait for your next visit as will dinner at Le Clos and the kayaking trip through the creeks of Talbot Island. So much to do, so little time!
Breakfast this morning starts off with strawberry shortcake. Shannon was up early baking the shortcake and it melts in your mouth. The shortcake is followed by a Spinach-Gryere Quiche with Bob’s Potatoes Gratin on the side. After breakfast you say goodbye to the friends you have made here and get ready for your trip home. Don’t forget that last check of your room for small things like cell phone chargers! You decide to buy a pair of Addison coffee mugs as you are checking out. One last request from you and Bob is ready to take a couple of photos of you on the front porch swing.
Whether you can come for four nights, a week or just a couple of nights please be sure to contact your innkeepers before you arrive so that our Amelia Island concierge service can make reservations and arrangements for you. You don’t want to miss a thing while you are here and advance planning with an Amelia Island itinerary really helps, especially during the busy seasons!