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 The Addison on Amelia at 3pm. Lisa or Ron 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 5:30pm. Your innkeepers, Ron and Lisa, are pouring glasses of beer and wine for the guests and Lisa has prepared a tasty appetizer to tide you over until dinner at one of Fernandina’s fabulous restaurants.
As you sip on your beverage, you look through the Addison’s book of menus from local restaurants. You select Espana and Lisa 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 an early riser so you go down to the Addison dining room and get some freshly brewed coffee. You take your coffee along with a complimentary copy of the Wall Street Journal into the parlor, onto the front porch, or back to your room while waiting for breakfast. Lisa is cooking up Blueberry Oatmeal Streusel French Toast this morning but all you can smell right now is 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 the previous evening.
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 Patio Place for one of Amy’s savory crepes. 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.
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 beers 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 breakfast. Lisa is serving a breakfast Panini this morning with smoked turkey breast, spinach, and Gruyere cheese. Parmesan potato wedges with horseradish sour cream and freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee wake you up and you’re ready to roll.
During breakfast you decide to take a bike ride to Fort Clinch State Park to work off a few of those calories. Ron gets the bikes and helmets and they are waiting for you in the courtyard after breakfast. The road through the park is covered with a tree canopy and the bike 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 road and back into town.
It is hot and you’re thirsty so you stop in the Amelia Tavern for a locally brewed beer and a small bite to hold you until Happy Hour. The IPA 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.
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. Lisa has arranged a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district for you and announces the horse’s arrival by giving you a couple 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. Then it is back to the Addison to slip between a fresh set of those sheets!
You are up early because Lisa 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. Ron serves you freshly brewed coffee and orange juice while waiting for a fruit parfait with strawberries and blueberries from the farmer’s market. Oatmeal raisin pancakes and candied pepper bacon follow and you have one last sip of coffee before heading to the docks to meet Captain Carol.
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 Seafood Shak for some shrimp tacos. After lunch you walk through town and get back to the inn just in time for Happy Hour. Ron 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 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 Egan’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 muffins made with the strawberries from the farmer’s market. The muffins are followed by a Spinach-Gruyere Strata with Ron’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. You decide to check out the gift shop in the parlor to select a memento of your stay at The Addison on Amelia and purchase a pair of Addison coffee mugs as you are checking out. One last request from you and Ron 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!