These are fun events, run by local servers and bartenders, that focus a LOT of fun on the local bars downtown. The pub crawls occur three or four times a year, with the latest being held on Sunday, August 31st. The bars all offer drink specials and there is live music at most of the venues. All of the bars are downtown, within easy walking distance of the Addison, and include the Palace, Green Turtle, Courtyard Cafe, Dog Star, Pablo’s Mexican Cantina and a few more. What better way to enjoy a hot, sultry, August night than to rehydrate and dance at several local watering holes. Scan the box for more information!
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The Amelia Island Blues Festival is coming up soon! Get your blues on September 12 and 13th with great music, food, cold beverages and a cooling ocean breeze at main beach. The Friday night lineup is Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and the Mojo Roots. On Saturday the music starts early (noonish) with Ben Prestage. I’ve heard this guy play back in the glory days of the Dogstar Tavern and he’s good. Really good. The Matthew Curry Band, Bernard Allison, Samantha Fish and John Primer follow throughout the day. The headliner and final act on Saturday night is Curtis Saldago.
This is a great opportunity to hear some world-class blues in a fun beach environment. Ride our bikes down to the beach and you can park nice and close to this musical experience. Take a break on the beach or at Sandy Bottoms for a nice afternoon snack and cocktail.
The 4th of July is only a couple of weeks away! A big 4th is planned for Fernandina Beach this year with an entire day of festivities, music, a parade and fireworks.
The 4th is on a Friday this year tying the holiday to the weekend quite nicely. The Freedom Festival, Fernandina’s family friendly festival will be in Central Park (two blocks from the Addison) all day with games, food, live music and fun for all ages. A parade will leave Central Park in the evening, going down Center Street to the marina. After the parade will be our Sounds on Center Free Street Concert, which is held on the first Friday of each month during the spring and summer. This month Island Vibe will be playing patriotic songs from through the decades. The concert will run between 6 and 8PM and will be followed by even more live music at the foot of Center Street. Fireworks follow at 9:30.
A big day with lots of fun for everyone!
May is a great month on Amelia Island. Besides fantastic weather we have so much happening on the island. We start off with the Pirate’s parade on the first, followed by the Annual Shrimp Festival. The three-day event attracts 150,000 to 250,000 visitors to Amelia Island. We at the Addison are lucky enough to host the same roster of great guests that come back for the festival each year.
Right after the Shrimp Festival is Cinco de Mayo. If you are staying at the Addison you had best brush up on your history because, along with festive snacks, there will be a quiz at Happy Hour.
Besides the Shrimp Festival, we have the Chamber Music Festival and the Wild Amelia Nature Festival in May. Fort Clinch is hosting two major events in the month as well.
Wrapping up the end of the month, and kicking off the summer season, is the Memorial Day weekend. Even on this busy weekend there is plenty of beach to enjoy. If Main Beach is crowded there is 14 miles of sand with lots of access points each with free parking. Borrow the Addison’s beach gear and head off for a day in the sand. Don’t forget to take a towel!
This year’s musical performers for the popular Sounds on Center Free Community Concert Series has been announced and it looks like a great season ahead of us. For those of you not familiar with the concert series, the town blocks off Center Street to traffic and sets up a stage on Center Street right near the Palace Saloon doors. The concerts start at 6PM (right after the Addison’s Happy Hour!) and run through to about 8PM. The pirates are usually in attendance and people are dancing in the streets all while the sun sets over the marina. The concerts are well attended by locals and tourists and it has always been a fun evening.
This year’s line up:
April 4th. The Honey Badgers, an all Beatles music tribute
June 6th. Mike Hendrix plays top tunes
July 4th. Island Vibes playing music through the ages with a patriotic salute
August 1st. Jimmy Beats playing soulful Caribbean sounds
September 5th. The Decade Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band
October 3rd. A surprise musical guest!
Sounds on Center sounds great. See you there!
Save the date, March 29th, for the first big music festival of the Spring! On the 29th Main Beach Park will be filled with fun, food, craft beer and live music as the Slide Into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival kicks off. The festival is brought to you by the same folks who put together the Goin’ Coastal concert series last year and if you liked those concerts you’re going to love this one.
Live music will be featured all day long with Keller Williams, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the Fritz, Vagabond Swing and Herd of Watts. Sweetwater Brewing Company is a sponsor and there will be other craft brewers as well. If that isn’t enough beer for you there is a Homebrew Competition too! Lots of other activities are scheduled with a craft bazaar, art walk and cornhole tournament. Food trucks will also be on site throughout the day.
Tickets ($20) are available at www.eventbrite.com
www.BedAndBreakfast.com, the leading B&B only on-line referral site has awarded the Addison with another distinction, Top Ten Romantic Inns Winner.
We won Best of the South a couple of years and were awarded Best Top Ten Overall in 2010 but then they changed their format (one was Top Ten Inns With Treehouses / Llamas). They have changed back to a more mainstream (as in what most people want to see) format and there we are again, right at the top of the list.
These awards are important to us because they are based on guest feedback. When you post positive reviews on on-line sites like BedAndBreakfast.com and TripAdvisor.com you not only let us know how we are doing but you contribute to the voting pool for these awards.
To those of you who posted reviews on BedAndBreakfast.com last year, we thank you! You made this award possible.
Well, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care. Now they are under the sofa and there is torn wrapping paper, bits of ribbon and glitter everywhere. Christmas day is over which brings us to the next big holiday….
Happy Boxing Day! The day after Christmas, in England and some of their many colonies, is another holiday. In old timey England, the servants had to work all Christmas day looking after the lords of the manors. The day after Christmas became a day of appreciation for those workers and they would receive boxes of gifts (leftovers) from their employers. Boxing Day is still a day off with pay in many of the ex-colonies including Canada and Australia.
In another week we have the Addison’s traditional and popular New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting Happy Hour. Our guests will enjoy a selection of sparkling wines and champagne from around the world as a great start to a festive New Year’s Eve. After which, the holidays will be through for another season.
Time to start getting ready for Groundhog’s Day!
A New Year’s celebration just isn’t a celebration without champagne! We are looking forward to treating our guests to our New Year’s champagne tasting again this year. We pour a selection of sparkling wines and champagne during our Happy Hour on New Year’s eve. This is a fun (and educational!) introduction to a variety of bubbles from Italy, the US and, of course, France. This is our guests’ favorite Happy Hour, one that everyone looks forward to and a great start to an evening of celebrating another new year.