The inn is all decorated for Christmas. I know, it is way too early to be decorated for Christmas, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. The Amelia Island B&B Association has a tour every year just before Thanksgiving. We invite everyone to tour the inns, sample cookies and collect cookie recipes from each of the inns. We like the inns to be fully decorated for the tour so that people can get some decorating ideas and start getting that Holiday feeling.
The Holiday Cookie Tour went well this year with a few hundred people in attendence. A portion of the proceeds went to our local library so the Friends of the Library helped us out a lot. They sold most of the tickets and provided people to help the tour at each of the inns. We couldn’t have managed the crowds without them.
Of course the big draw for the Cookie Tour is the cookies. Shannon spent the better part of the week preparing the Ginger Snaps that were a big hit with the crowd. We baked some the night before but really put the oven to work on tour day. She was still baking cookies as the tour went on so that everyone got nice, fresh cookies.
Shannon baked about 600 cookies. We have a few left and I have been dropping off bags of cookies around town, some at the Tourism Office downtown, some at the Green Turtle. Artie The One-Man Party, daytime bartender at the Palace, will be getting a bag today to share with the regulars. I’ll put the recipe up on the website for you so you can try them out at home, too.
The whole inn, including the guest rooms, is decorated. Any room big enough to have a Christmas tree has a Christmas tree. I don’t have the artistic flair that Shannon has for the decorating so I get to hang lights and snowflakes outside. The whole courtyard is rimmed with the icicle lights and it looks great at night.
With the decorating and Cookie Tour we have had a busy few weeks. We have two days this week where we only have a few guests with us so we can rest up before Thanksgiving weekend. We still have a couple of rooms available for Thanksgiving so if you’re looking for a weekend get-away now is the time. The weather is great, the whole town is lit up and there is lots going on.
If we don’t see you this weekend then have a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey and the relatives that you don’t get to see enough of during the rest of the year.