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February is for Festivals

February 8, 2014 by theAddison

Amelia Island is host to three festivals throughout the month of February that highlight a wide platform of artistic endeavors.

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has concerts on February 9th, 11th and 15th as part of their WinterFest program.  This are advance presentations with the main concert series running in May.  These concerts are followed by the Amelia Island Book Festival on the 21st and 22nd.  The Book Festival hosts writers , workshops, a readers workshop and the opportunity to meet authors like David Baldacci.

Our third festival in February is the popular Amelia Island Film Festival featuring six award winning feature films, a documentary series, international film series and an Oscar night party.  The Film Festival runs from February 27th through March 2nd with films being shown in venues all over the island.  Check out their website and order your tickets early.

The festivals offer something for everyone, all month long!

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

January 24, 2014 by theAddison

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has expanded well beyond the main concert series in May.  The festival is now offering concerts throughout January and February as part of their Winterfest concert series.

Besides offering a great series of concerts the Festival also offers some great savings on tickets.  When you buy concert tickets just give them your confirmation number from your Addison reservation and you will get half off of the ticket prices.

The WinterFest concerts include:

  • Natasha Paremski – Chopin and Franck on January 27th
  • the Vega String Quartet – Beer and G-Strings on February 9th
  • Trumpet Invasion – Chamber Pops I on February 11th
  • Chee-Yun, Andres Diaz and Wendy Chen – Romantic Virtuosi on February 15th

Don’t forget to reserve your room at the Addison before buying your concert tickets so that you can save 50% off of the ticket price!

Amelia Island Restaurant Week Coming Up!

January 2, 2014 by theAddison

Amelia Island Restaurant Week is coming up at the end of January!    Starting on January the 17th and running through the 26th, the island’s restaurants will be offering special menus at a fixed price.  You can spend the week touring some of Amelia Island’s finest restaurants while dining on a variety of both traditional and eclectic menu offerings.  This is a fun event that everybody enjoys.  We all get to try new menu items at the island’s top restaurants and their chefs get to stretch their culinary skills by preparing special dishes.
This will be a busy week for the restaurants so be sure to give us a call well before your stay at the Addison so that we can make dinner reservations for you.

Amelia Island Museumm of History Holiday Home Tour

December 1, 2013 by theAddison

The 7th Annual Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour is coming up fast!  This is a popular event that kicks off the post-Thanksgiving holiday season with a tour of homes on December 6 and 7.  Several of the downtown Historic District homes are open to the public and are specially decorated for the holidays.  The museum really pulls out all the stops with this event and even has carolers at some of the houses.  The Bailey House (the one with the carrousel horses on the porch, kitty corner from the Addison) is even open for a special tea in the afternoon.  There is some beautiful fall weather ahead which makes a great afternoon of strolling the Historic District and getting an inside peak at some of these gorgeous homes.

3rd Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off

July 12, 2012 by theAddison

Main Beach will be smokin’ hot on August 24th and 25th with the 3rd Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off.  This is one of my favorite events each year and it has really grown into a great weekend.  What can be better than BBQ, live music, hot weather and cold beer all rolled into a beachy historic seaside town?

We will be hosting Robby and Stephanie of the Rescue Smokers BBQ Team.  They have had a great year on the competitive circuit and hope to win again at this event.  We support most festivals in town by hosting competitors or performers.  By hosting competitive teams we get a chance for a good look into the competitive BBQ world and the team gets a hot shower and a comfortable bed instead of having to sleep in their trailer.     

I’m really looking forward to the weekend and so is Maggie Doone.  Where there is BBQ on a plate, there is bound to be some on the ground for a small dog with fast moves!

Amelia Island Restaurant Week Coming Up Fast!

January 17, 2012 by theAddison

Amelia Island Restaurant Week starts January 22nd and runs through the 29th.  The Fourth Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week will feature three-course price-fixed menus at 23 participating restaurants. Make your plans today to enjoy an old favorite restaurant or try something new, or both, during Amelia Island Restaurant Week!  

We have a new restaurant in town and I’m really looking forward to trying their Restaurant Week Special. The standard format for the restaurants is a $19 or $29 price-fixed menu option. Our new restaurant? Tasty’s Burgers. The burgers are great and I love their fries but how are they going to come up with a $19 or $29 meal? This new restaurant could really surprise us!

Be sure to ask for the Restaurant Week menu wherever you go for dinner this week.  We dine well on this island and we really dine well on Restaurant Week.

Amelia Cruizers Car Show Coming Up!

September 30, 2011 by theAddison

Jim was out cruising in his 65 Corvair the other afternoon.  He has this car in such great shape he’s thinking of entering it in the Amelia Cruizers Car Show that is coming up on October 15th.

There are two car shows on the island and the Cruizer show is by far my favorite.  The main reason is that I can actually attend the event!  It is held right downtown, just a block away, and I can walk through the show with Maggie Doone.  The other car show?  You have to drive to get there and the tickets are $45!

Early Saturday the 15th you’ll hear the cars coming to line up along Center Street.  Some are trailered in but a lot roll in under their own power.  There were 280 cars in last years show.  There are some classic cars but mostly cars from the 60s and 70s that guys have restored or customized on their own.  That is another reason that I like this show.  Most of these are cars that I could own some day, they aren’t $6.3 million Ferraris like at last year’s Concours auction.

Food vendors will be lining the street and there will be a DJ playing music from the 50s.  The car owners are usually with their cars and they are happy to answer any questions about them. The show goes until late afternoon when trophies are awarded, engines are started and the street empties.        

Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, Amelia Island Aug 26 and 27

August 1, 2011 by theAddison


Amelia Island will be putting on the second Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff on the 26th and 27th of August.  This event has it all with live music all weekend,  a beer tent, close proximity to the beach and of course, plenty of barbecue.  The event features BBQers from all over the country competing for prizes, bragging rights and glory.

Last year’s cookoff was the first serious BBQ event I have attended and I was really surprised at the range of cooking equipment these competitors bring to the table.  At one end of the scale is the smoker that is home-made out of an old drum and on the other end of the scale are stainless steel kitchens-on-wheels with automatic pellet feeders so the fire burns at the right temperature all night.  Walking around the grounds checking out the toys was a big part of the cookoff for me.  That and eating some great BBQ.

The Addison will be hosting Keith and Teresa Hall of the Seriously Smokin’ BBQ team.  They live in north Florida and aren’t travelling too far but when you have to be at the cookoff at 2AM to tend to your fires you like to be sleeping somewhere close by.  Last year we hosted the Cool Smoke team and our guests had a great time chatting with Tuffy and eating some great BBQ.  You can check out Seriously Smokin’ on their Facebook page.
Maggie Doone won’t be going to the cookoff this year as they have set up a no dogs policy.  She had a great time last year but will have to be content with eating BBQ at the front desk this year.
The Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff – Where the beach meets the brisket.  See you there!

Smokin’ at the Happy Tomato

July 2, 2011 by theAddison

And speaking of food….

I walked down to the Happy Tomato this afternoon to pick up the baked beans for tomorrow’s July 4th (on the 3rd) cookout.  I knew I’d need two hands to carry the beans so I didn’t take Maggie Doone or One-Eyed Louie.  Without those two beasts I had the opportunity to check out the Happy Tomato’s kitchen. 

Rich, who is the owner, chief cook and bottle washer of the Happy Tomato does some pretty amazing things with food in this smoker of his.  It was converted from a drum with a firebox attached to the side.  The smoke (and heat) runs under the cookbox to heat it up some and then flows through the cookbox and out the chimney.  The smoker you see in the photo is used for chicken, ribs, brisket and other smaller cuts of meat.  He uses another smoker for the butt which takes a lot longer to cook.

Rich entered the Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off last year and was pleased with his results in the final judging.  He learned a few things about what the judges expect and he is ready to go back at them this year.  The Cook Off is August 26 and 27.  Mark your calendars, save the date and reserve a room.  The food at the Cook Off was great last year and it is going to be awesome this year.

Back to those beans.  I should probably taste them, you know, just to check them out….

Amelia River Cruises – New Twilight Cruise

May 29, 2011 by theAddison

Amelia River Cruises is offering a new daily tour.  This is the Twilight Cruise, leaving at 7 pm for two hours.  They still do their regular sunset cruise for families, which lasts 1 hour, but this new cruise is a decidedly adult adventure.
The Twilight Cruise is a bring-your-own-bottle tour that offers live music, spectacular sunsets and a sophisticated scenic venue in which you can unwind from a long day or gear up for a night on the town.  The tour runs seven nights a week, departing at 7 pm, for a two-hour cruise that features live, local artists and views of the rustic, beautiful landscape that has made northeast Florida such a unique destination.  As an added bonus, drink specials at Cafe Karibo or at Indigo Alley are included with your Twilight Cruise ticket purchase.

This sounds like a fun way to spend an evening, especially as the days heat up.  A couple hours of cruising the river, listening to live music while enjoying a cold adult beverage is really appealing.  The dock is only a 5 minute walk from the inn, maybe a little longer coming back if you stop for ice cream at the fudge shop.  One-Eyed Louie looks ready to go cruising and he’ll be sure to want some ice cream later!
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