Take an Amelia Island vacation to escape the everyday world and find inspiration in our peaceful, relaxed seaport community. Located in northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike. Request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide to find even more things to do on Amelia Island.
Amelia Island, Florida History
Near the Cumberland Island National Seashore, Amelia Island is known as the “Isle of Eight Flags.” It has had a surprising, fascinating, and tumultuous past, characterized by its diverse cast of Timucuan Indians, pirates, shrimpers, nobles, and confederates. Amelia Island exhibits Florida’s history as few other areas can, adding to the lore and mystery brought forth on its shore by its fantastic collection of residents. Early on, the community of Fernandina Beach emerged as an important seaport, a legacy that today can be seen throughout its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. Today, the island is home to Florida’s oldest continuously operating bar, the Palace Saloon, located within a sprawling 50-block area of homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida
The Addison on Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast is located in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, within walking distance of the village’s art galleries, eclectic shops, and restaurants to suit every appetite.
The Great Outdoors
Amelia Island is a nature lover’s paradise with pristine white beaches, maritime forests, and marshlands. You can find plenty of outdoor activities on Amelia Island! There are four major state parks in the area, including Fort Clinch State Park, as well as Cumberland Island National Park. They offer hiking, cycling paths, shelling, bird watching, and more! You can also expect to find world-class golf courses, eco-tours, horseback riding, backwater, and deep-sea fishing are all available to Amelia Island visitors.
Amelia Island shopping is yet another thing that makes the area wonderfully unique. With shops ranging from the eclectic to the elegant to the sublime, there truly is something for everyone to love. The Island has antique malls, a bevy of fashionable women’s boutiques, and many small owner-operated specialty shops. These often feature designer quality articles that reflect the Island’s history. Many of the artists and artisans find their inspiration from the sea, which makes the items perfect momentoes to carry a piece of Amelia Island with you.
Amelia Island is home to many artists, some of whose studios are open to the Island’s guests, and whose works are available at many of the shops on Centre Street. You’ll have no problem finding beautiful art galleries on Amelia Island to enjoy for an afternoon. Something might even catch your eye enough to take it home! Along with numerous individual galleries, we have the Amelia Island Art Association Gallery that represents over 150 artists. On the second Saturday of each month, the galleries are open late for the Artrageous Artwalk. Visitors can enjoy the various types of art that each gallery has to offer and even meet the artists! It’s always an affair you won’t want to miss.
Bars and Nightlife
Although our island is a place of relaxation, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the exciting nightlife on Amelia Island! Several of the local watering holes offer live music programs throughout the week. The Green Turtle Tavern and Patio Place both feature live music regularly. Additionally, many of Amelia Island’s restaurants will have musicians playing on their outdoor patios during the dinner hours. Walk through the streets with your ears open, and you’ll be sure to find some music that will get your toes tapping.
Something for Everyone
Are you looking for a massage or facial? Do your nails or toes need a little polish? Try The Bearded Lady Salon and Coastal Massage located two blocks from our inn at the corner of Beech Street and South 9th Street.
Are you in the mood for fresh fruits and vegetables or some homemade pasta? The Farmer’s Market, one block from the inn, is held every Saturday morning can satisfy that craving!
If you need to cool off after a day at the beach, you can visit Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge for some homemade ice cream or go to the oldest operating saloon in Florida, the Palace Saloon for a Pirate’s Punch. There truly is something for everyone in our downtown.