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Your Guide to the Best Day in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach

Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach

Historic downtown Fernandina Beach is known as Amelia Island’s most charming corner, decorated with ornate homes from the Gilded Age and more quaint boutiques and shops than anyone can count. This is one piece of the island that you won’t want to miss. Here are our favorite ways to spend a day moseying the town and soaking up every drop of the city’s charm.   

Find plenty more vacation inspiration in our complimentary Amelia Island Travel Guide. Discover our favorite places to eat, drink, and play to make the most of your time on the island!   

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The Best Ways to Spend a Day in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach 

Fine Dining 

Dining is one area where Fernandina Beach excels. You’ll never go hungry, and you’ll savor every bite no matter where you dine. Amelia Island is known as the birthplace of the modern shrimp industry, so you can expect an abundance of fresh seafood and plenty of other cuisines. Head over to the Amelia Island Restaurants blog to see a few of our top recommendations for guests. 

Amelia Island Museum of History 

We always recommend guests visiting the Amelia Island Museum of History. As you walk through Fernandina’s beautiful streets, you’ll be eager to dive into its history. You’ll learn all about how our Victorian seaport village began as a bustling hub for a booming shrimping industry, wealthy businessmen, bootleggers, and even pirates. It’s every history buff’s dream!   

Shopping 

You can shop ’til you drop any day here in Fernandina! It’s not hard to spot eclectic and charming boutiques to pop in along Centre Street and the surrounding area. You’ll find everything from clothing and accessories to souvenirs and décor to take home with you.   

Stroll the Streets 

Our beach town is so beautiful that even walking the streets can be quite the event. Admire streets peppered with elaborate Victorian-style homes by foot or grab a couple of bikes to peruse the town. 

Amelia Island’s Most Charming Accommodations 

Room 2 at The Addison on Amelia IslandDid you know you can stay just minutes away from all of this? One of the most wonderful parts of staying at The Addison on Amelia Island is its proximity to everything we’ve mentioned. After all, being in downtown Fernandina has its perks! You’ll be in ideal walking distance to all the area’s best shops, restaurants, and offerings. Browse our variety of guestrooms overlooking the inn’s stunning courtyard until you find one that suits your needs. Then, book your stay with us and get started planning your Fernandina Beach vacation!   

 

 

 

 

Get a Taste of These Fernandina Beach Restaurants

Bowl of seafood like you might get at a Fernandina Beach restaurants

Get ready to dive into the cuisine scene on Amelia Island! The Fernandina Beach restaurants available in downtown are abundant, but we definitely have our favorites. You won’t want to miss these eateries. Whether you’re craving hardy seafood, savory Italian, or a yummy breakfast, you’ll have no problem finding it in our beautiful historic district. 

Delicious food is an essential part of every getaway, but there’s so much more to see and do. Allow us to show you! We’ve put together an exclusive, complimentary Vacation Guide just for you. Start planning your vacation today and dream of what your Amelia Island escape could entail. Get your guide today. 

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Satisfy Your Cravings With the Best Fernandina Beach Restaurants

España Restaurant & Tapas 

Enjoy an evening of authentic Spanish and Portuguese dishes. España is known for its incredible paellas that are made in traditional paella pans imported from Spain. We recommend ordering a few things to share with the whole table. Where you try the shrimp ceviche, fried calamari, or the empanadas, you’ll want a little taste of everything!  

Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro

Relax on Joe’s charming, New Orlean’s inspired patio and satisfy your hunger with a bowl of shrimp mac n cheese. This bistro offers elevated dishes that are appropriate for both lunch and dinner. 

Le Clos

Get ready for an upscale date night at Le Clos. Enjoy French cuisine as you settle in with a generous pour of wine and take in the romantic atmosphere. Whether you select the steak and scallops or the ahi tuna, you’ll surely enjoy a wonderful evening. 

Café Karibo

Head to Café Karibo for a relaxing bunch on their beautiful outdoor patio. Between their refreshing cocktails and crab cake eggs benedict, this casual café knows how to brunch with the best of them! It offers a bit of everything, and everyone is sure to find something to devour. 

The Patio Place

There is no better way to start your morning on Amelia Island than with a scrumptious breakfast at The Patio Place. Order a cup of coffee and relax on their–no surprise–outdoor patio! This spot is known for its delicious crepes. From pumpkin and banana to veggie and sloppy joe, you’ll find sweet and savory crepes that will keep you wanting one more bite!

Arte Pizza

Arte Pizza is the go-to pizza shop on Amelia Island. This spot feels a bit like an old school pizza house and never disappoints. Order a personal size or one to share. Don’t forget to pair it with a bottle of wine!

David’s Restaurant & Lounge 

Reserve your table at David’s Restaurant & Lounge to experience the most delicious seafood and meats on the island, coupled with a romantic and elegant atmosphere. You can expect live music, artfully presented dishes, and a staff that will go the extra mile to ensure your evening is spectacular.

Stay Close to All of These Restaurants on Fernandina Beach!

Amelia Island FL AccommodationsHere at The Addison on Amelia Island, we love these restaurants are close by and easily walkable. The best part is you don’t have to lift a finger to land a reservation at any of these lovely eateries. We will gladly handle the details so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your stay. If you’re interested in experiencing all of these delicious restaurants, there is no better place to book your getaway! Check the availability of our lovely rooms, and start planning your dream vacation to Amelia Island. 

What Inspires Guests to Return to The Addison on Amelia Island?

Why Guests Keep Coming Back to The Addison

Our stunningly beautiful Amelia Island draws visitors from around the world, with its beaches, waterways, green spaces, and historic downtown. But what draws people to choose The Addison when they’re deciding where to stay on Amelia Island? More importantly, what brings them back year after year?

After buying the bed and breakfast in December 2017, Ron and I welcomed both new visitors and returning guests—many of whom had been coming to The Addison for years. When guests started traveling again and decided to return to The Addison on Amelia Island, we were pleasantly surprised to see that our percentage of repeat guests nearly doubled compared to 2019!

That made us wonder what inspired guests to keep returning to our charming B&B. Was it the upgrades and changes we’ve made since we bought the inn? Was it our for-guests-only special events? Was it the special twist we put on holidays throughout the year, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Ron and I decided to go straight to the source—we asked some of our repeat guests why they chose The Addison when they felt comfortable traveling again. Here’s what just a couple of our repeat guests shared with us:

From Len and Jodie Cyrlin of Bluffton:

Thank you for a wonderful stay last weekend at The Addison on Amelia Island. The measures you have taken at the Inn during this time, made us feel so comfortable on our first trip away since the shut-in time during the coronavirus. The way you care for your guests and have made sure there is social distancing for all during breakfast service and evening happy hour, made our stay so relaxing, while still enjoying all that your beautiful inn has to offer. I hope you know how much your guests appreciate everything you do to keep this special place safe and always up to the highest standards, especially during this uncertain time. Visitors can be certain to know that you are adhering to necessary guidelines for extreme safety and cleanliness. 

The Addison and Fernandina are our favorite destinations and we always look forward to visiting a few times each year. Thank you again, for making this stay as wonderful as always. Already looking forward to our next trip to The Addison.

From Laurie and Duncan Douglas of Atlanta:

Thank you for a wonderful visit to Addison on Amelia! The time away was just what we needed right now.

When we started talking about getting away for a long weekend to get out of the house when COVID-19 restrictions started to loosen up a bit, the immediate choice was Addison on Amelia. We discovered Addison on Amelia about 15 years ago and try to visit at least once a year.  

The B&B feels like visiting good friends and we felt very comfortable that Lisa and Ron would take extra precautions to make sure their guests were safe. It’s always great to catch up on the latest news with Lisa and Ron and we’ve met some of the nicest guests over delicious breakfasts and happy hours on the back porch overlooking a lush garden courtyard. The house has an old-fashioned Florida charm that we love, but it’s also casually comfortable. We also love the easy access to the quaint downtown and the beach. Especially now that it may be difficult to fly anywhere for vacations, driving from Atlanta to the Addison on Amelia is a wonderful, comfortable, relaxing destination where we can soak in some Southern hospitality and sunshine. We’re looking forward to coming back soon!

Southern Hospitality Shines Through

We’ve learned that our guests keep returning for a variety of reasons, but they all share a common factor: they all feel safe, relaxed, and pampered. We shower guests with true Southern hospitality, treating them like old friends returning to spend time with us. We hope to build relationships with guests as we swap stories about our lives and our families. And we provide a respite from everyday life, allowing us to take care of everything so guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy their stay.

Amelia Island Offers Safe Return

To that end, we strive to make our guests’ experience a safe one, especially in light of the pandemic. As local businesses and restaurants reopen, Ron and I have dined out to see what the experience would be like for our guests. Fortunately, most of the restaurants in the downtown historic district have outdoor dining areas so they’ve been able to provide a safe dining experience with social distancing. Wait staff are wearing masks and wearing gloves and we are doing the same at The Addison.

The executive director of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council came by Saturday afternoon to check on us. He told Ron that he and his staff—as well as commissioners—are dining at the restaurants to see which ones are being compliant. Only one so far has not been compliant. The local authorities are really taking precautions to ensure the businesses in our lovely community each do their part in making Amelia Island safe.

12-Point Safety Checklist

As for our guests, they are so happy to be out of the house and mingle with others in a safe, clean, socially distanced manner. It’s so wonderful to hear conversation and laughter on the veranda again during breakfast and happy hour.

On Memorial Day weekend, we were almost at 100% occupancy, so we turned guests away to ensure social distancing. All our guests complied with the six-feet-away rule we’ve put in place. Since our breakfast is served from 8:30 – 10AM, it’s rare to have guests waiting for a table to eat. In fact, they’ve been very patient as we disinfect the tables and sanitize the placemats, napkin rings, salt and pepper grinders, and sugar packet containers between guests. Noting our 12-point safety checklist, they mentioned they felt confident in our efforts to provide guests with a safe travel experience.

For all these reasons, guests feel comfortable returning to a familiar place for a much-needed get-away. If you’re a past guest, please come back soon. We miss you! If you’ve never been to The Addison before, we invite you to join our “family” of satisfied, happy travelers. Check our availability to plan your next trip to Amelia Island—whether you’re a repeat guest or a first-timer.

Welcome Aboard! These Are the Best Sunset Cruises on Amelia Island

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There’s nothing more relaxing than an evening on the water. Feel the wind in your hair and warm sun on your skin on one of our favorite sunset cruises on Amelia Island! These boat tours take guests on a peaceful ride along the Amelia River. Watch as the sunset paints the sky stunning hues of orange and pink. A sunset tour is a perfect activity for a romantic date night or bookend to your trip. Be sure to bring your camera, you won’t want to forget these beautiful sights! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our free Amelia Island Vacation GuideIt’s filled with local insight on what to during your trip to Fernandina Beach. What will you discover? 

Top 2 Sunset Cruises on Amelia Island 

1. Amelia Adventures | Amelia Island Sunset Cruise 

Amelia Adventures is our go-to outfitter for kayaking and paddleboarding. Did you know that this adventure company offers a sunset tour of Amelia Island? The Amelia Island Sunset Cruise departs from the dock about two hours before sunset, so you can fully enjoy the sunset. This option also doubles as an eco-tour, as you may spot wild horses as it passes by the Cumberland Island National Seashore. You will also pass by Fort Clinch State Park. The sunset is the star of the show, though!  

Sunset cruises are reserved for private groups of up to six guests per boat. Aside from red wine, which is likely to spill and stain, you’re welcome to bring any food and beverage you want on the boat!  

2. Sail Amelia | Sunset Sail  

Sail Amelia is another great choice for a sunset cruise off the coast of Fernandina Beach. This boat tour company recommends bringing a camera, snacks, and a light sweater on board with you. Enjoy complimentary soda and snacks or bring your own. It’s the perfect way to spend a night on the water! 

Sail Back to The Addison on Amelia Island  

Which of the sunset cruises on Amelia Island will you attend? You can’t go wrong with either. If you’re here long enough, we recommend trying both! No matter which you choose, come back to The Addison on Amelia Island afterward. Our Fernandina Beach B&B offers 15 charming guest rooms that are the perfect place to continue your peaceful night on Amelia Island.  

Consider a stay in Room 12. This guest room features a king-size bed, a comfy reading chair, and a private bathroom with an oversized jetted tub and shower. Guests can also enjoy a private entrance as well as a garden porch. The porch has two wicker chairs where you can sit and enjoy sheltered views of the on-site courtyard fountain and gardens. It’s another great place to enjoy the sunset! 

Don’t let the sunset on your dream getaway. Check our availability to start planning a trip to Amelia Island!  

12 Ways The Addison Puts Safety First

Welcome Back to The Addison 

With travel restrictions lifting and cabin fever at its peakwe couldn’t wait to welcome new and returning guests to our Amelia Island bed and breakfast. We understand that these are still uncertain times and there’s now enhanced caution surrounding traveling. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to not only ensure our inn provides a clean, safe haven for guests, but to share our efforts with you. By being transparent, we aim to build trust with travelers and instill confidence that a stay at The Addison is a safe, healthy choice. 

Continue reading to review our 12-Point Safety Checklist and hear feedback from our most recent guests. We hope that our new and improved policies and procedures give you peace of mind that The Addison on Amelia Island is a safe place to stay!

Our 12-Point Safety Checklist 

During quarantine, our staff thoroughly deep-cleaned and disinfected each room after the last guest checked out in March. Since then, we have implemented a 12-point safety checklist  to use as we reopen The Addison for guests: 

  1. Pre-arrivalWe disinfect all potential touchpoints, replace glassware, and provide hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes for guests’ personal use before guests checkin.  
  2. Welcome letterWe place a welcome letter in each room describing what we did, along with a disinfected room key as an added effort to reassure guests.
  3. Privacy. Staff doesn’t enter the guest rooms for housekeeping unless requested. However, we’re more than happy to provide clean towels, empty trash, and replace amenities such as toilet tissue upon request. 
  4. Outdoor seating. We’ve reduced the number of dining tables on the veranda from five to three to allow for social distancing. We’ve placed the other two tables on porches adjacent to guest rooms so they can dine there if desired. We’ve rearranged seating in the dining room to accommodate four couples and allow for social distancing. 
  5. Table-tops. We disinfect glass-top dining tables before setting the tables and repeat the process between guests, and again after breakfast. We also repeat the process in preparation for hosting our happy hour. 
  6. Table-top items. We sanitize placemats, salt and pepper grinders, napkin rings, and sugar packet holders before breakfast, between guests, and again after breakfast. In the dining room, we replace placemats between guests and replace tablecloths after breakfast. 
  7. CoffeeCoffee mugs are turned upside down and placed on saucers for pre-breakfast coffee service. Disposable cups are also available. We provide hand sanitizer by the coffee station for guests to use after pouring coffee. 
  8. Breakfast and happy hour. I individually plate breakfast and Ron or I deliver it to the dining table. We also prepare individual plates for happy hour appetizers, so no buffet service. If guests prefer, we can accommodate in-room dining as well. 
  9. High touchpoints. Throughout the day, we frequently disinfect high touchpoint areas including doorknobs, light switches, breakfast bar, and guest refrigerator. 
  10. Check-in/check-out. We provide contactless check-in and checkout to ensure safety from the moment guests arrive at the inn to the moment they say goodbye. 
  11. Post-check-out. After a guest checks out, housekeeping staff puts on gloves and removes all bedding, including quilts/bedspreads, pillow shams, pillow protectors, mattress pads, towels, and robes. Staff then takes these items directly to the laundry room and places them in dirty linen baskets. Staff removes all glassware and tumblers from the guest room and takes them directly to the kitchen for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing. We store them in the kitchen until the day of check-in for the next guest. Staff thoroughly cleans and disinfects each guest room before replacing linens, towels, and bedding. We do not allow turnovers (a departure and check-in on the same day) or same-day reservations to allow time for staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect rooms between guests. 
  12. Pre-check-inIn addition to the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting process, staff spot cleans and disinfects each guest room again before the next guest checks in. This is when we place a welcome letter and disinfected room key in the room. 

For those guests looking for even more privacy and social distancing, our property’s unique layout gives The Addison on Amelia Island an even greater advantage than most B&Bs, and we encourage you to take a virtual tour of our charming inn. Of our 14 guest rooms, nine boast private entries, three have private porches, and seven have private outdoor sitting areas. This means guests can have a more secluded getaway with private access! Browse the guest rooms to pick your favorite. 

Guest Experiences 

After two to three months at home, we’re all anxious for a change of scenery. We’ve loved having guests the past few weeks! It was so good to hear conversation and laughter at our breakfast and happy hour again! Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here’s what a few recent guests had to say about their stays at The Addison on Amelia Island! 

High School Reunion 

When Barrie D. from Blythewood, South Carolina, wanted to enjoy a special reunion with her high school friend that she’d only seen twice since graduation, she booked a stay at The Addison on Amelia Island. “Of special note, we were the first guests to book after COVID-19 and felt completely secure with the cleanliness and distancing guidelines followed at the Inn,” said Barrie. “We each stayed in a room in the courtyard that had private entrances, individual air-conditioning units, beautiful decor, comfortable bedding, and lovely bathrooms stocked with everything you need.” 

Former Resident 

As a former 12-year resident of Amelia Island, Karyl Stewart couldn’t wait to visit her favorite restaurants and downtown area, all within walking distance of The Addison. “This was such a treat! Thank you, Ron and Lisa. I loved being home!” 

Memorial Day Weekend  

“Spent a lovely Memorial Day weekend with Lisa and Ron! What a well-kept, beautiful property. Everything is kept squeaky clean and decorated with timeless taste,” said guest Lina Voloshin. “Coffee, tea, water, and small snacks available 24hrs, with plenty of beautiful seating to relax throughout the property, whether you prefer a swing on the porch or the shaded courtyard overlooking a fountain and garden. They host a social for guests every evening with snacks and drinks. Guests can borrow bikes to go visit the town or fort, and the inn also provides towels for the beach. Highly recommend asking for R&L’s suggestions on where to eat. Pleasure to stay with. Toiletries were generous and I enjoyed the lovely fluffy towels and robe. Thoroughly satisfied!” 

Book a Summer Stay at The Addison 

With summer officially kicking off on June 20, come enjoy all that Amelia Island has to offer. Whether you’re taking an East Coast road trip from the Carolinas, driving somewhere from within the Sunshine State, or hopping on a plane, come stay at The Addison!  

If you’d like to book a room or have any questions about an upcoming stay, book your room online or call us at (904) 277-1604!  

Where Is the Best Lodging Near Fort Clinch State Park?

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What brings you to Amelia Island? Natural beauty is the No. 1 reason visitors come to our area each year. Amelia Island is home to hundreds of acres of hiking trails, bike paths, fishing holes, and more across nearby state parks. Fort Clinch State Park is one of our favorites! It’s also just 1.5 miles from The Addison on Amelia Island, which makes our B&B one of the best options for lodging near Fort Clinch State Park 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our exclusive Amelia Island Vacation Guide! This free resource is filled with innkeeper-selected recommendations on the best things to do during your tripEverything you need is just a short distance away when you stay at The Addison on Amelia Island. 

The Addison on Amelia Island Is the Best Lodging Near Fort Clinch State Park 

Visit Fort Clinch State Park 

It’s easy to visit Fort Clinch State Park during your stay at The Addison on Amelia Island. Our B&B in Fernandina Beach is just 1.5 miles away from this popular destination. This makes it a great option for a last-minute adventure!  

There are many ways to explore Fort Clinch State Park. For a challenge, try biking or hiking along the park’s six-mile, multi-use trail. This trail winds through the maritime forest, which gives visitors an inside look at this area’s native flora and fauna. There are also opportunities for birding, fishing, geo-seeking, and paddling. For a water adventure, try surfing, swimming, or paddling in the Atlantic Ocean. Beachcombing is another fun activity at Fort Clinch State Park, which is a goldmine for shark teeth! 

Can’t get enough of what Fort Clinch State Park has to offer? Check out a full list of our favorite Amelia Island parks! There’s endless natural beauty to be discovered in the Fernandina Beach area.  

Stay Close to Fort Clinch State Park 

Choose The Addison on Amelia Island for convenient lodging near Fort Clinch State Park. Walk, bike, or drive the 1.5 mile stretch along Atlantic Avenue to the park. Then, stop for lunch at some of our favorite Amelia Island restaurants. It’s the perfect way to fuel up after a morning of exploration! 

Rest from your adventure-filled day in one of our 14 comfortable guest rooms. Consider a stay in Room SixThis coastal-themed room features a king-size iron canopy bed, a large bathroom with an oversized jetted tub with a shower, and a cozy reading chair. Room Six is a great option for guests seeking seclusion, as this room boasts a private entrance off the courtyard. Guests can also enjoy private outdoor seating with sheltered views of the on-site fountain and lush gardens.  

Check our availability to start planning your trip to Amelia Island! 

How to Make the Most of Your East Coast Road Trip

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Where will you stop on your East Coast road trip? There are plenty of exceptional pit stops along the Atlantic Coast en route to Fernandina Beach, Florida. A few of our favorites include Charleston, Savannah, and St. Augustine! The 229 miles between Charleston and our beach town boast charming B&Bs and Inns. As innkeepers ourselves, we love staying with other small lodging companies any time we travel. Read on to discover three of our favorite B&BS and Inns that you need to visit on your road trip down the Atlantic Coast!  

When you’re ready to plan your adventure down the East Coast, access our free Amelia Island Vacation Guide. This resource is filled with local information on how to relax, explore, and more in our area!

Top 4 Places to Stop on Your East Coast Road Trip 

We love the B&Bs and Inns listed below! All of the properties below are Select Registry members and truly embody the intimacy of a small lodging experience. All the recommendations are peppered along the East Coast to help break up your road trip to Fernandina Beach!  

1. Two Meeting Street Inn | Charleston, SC 

Spend a day or two of your East Coast road trip on the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina. The Battery is one of the most popular areas for locals and visitors alike to stroll and sightsee. The Battery is lined with history, stunning homes, and Two Meeting Street InnThis B&B is a great place to stay during a pit stop in Charleston. It’s near all the city’s finest attractions and boasts the southern charm that only a place like Charleston has! 

Tour Two Meeting Street’s rooms to start dreaming about your stay in the Lowcountry! 

2. Inn on West Liberty | Savannah, GA 

Just a two-hour drive from the Holy City, Savannah boasts an elegance you can’t find anywhere else. Inn on West Liberty is no exception! This B&B is centrally located just steps away from Savannah’s most popular attractions. Whether you’re interested in history, food, or the outdoors, the “Hostess City of the South” has something for you!  

Tour Inn on West Liberty’s rooms to start planning your stay in Savannah!  

3. Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast | St. Augustine, FL 

Bayfront Westcott House Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay for a night or two of your East Coast getaway. This B&B in St. Augustine, Florida, is located a 1.5-hour drive south of The Addison on Amelia Island. So, spend the last couple days of your trip relaxing in St. Augustine’s historic district before heading home. Many of our guests have raved to us about this B&B and we can’t wait to visit for ourselves! 

Tour Bayfront Westcott House B&B’s rooms to plan your stay! 

4. The Addison on Amelia Island | Fernandina Beach, FL 

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Addison on Amelia Island during your East Coast road trip! Our B&B in Fernandina Beach, Florida, boasts more than a dozen comfortable guest rooms, premier amenities, daily breakfast and happy hour, and a desirable location less than two miles from the beach 

While you’re here, be sure to check out the Inn’s most recent renovations, like new furnishings, paint, and more. We’re constantly working hard to ensure that your stay is top tier. After all, that’s what you get when you stay at a Select Registry property!  

Check our availability to book your stay at The Addison on Amelia Island!  

Why Staying at The Addison on Amelia Island Is a Safe Choice

The Future of Travel

Leisure travel is on hold for now while we band together to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic. We’re all yearning to travel and, soon enough, we’ll be able to. In the meantime, many are asking what traveling will look like in our post-pandemic world? And what needs will have to be met in terms of travel safety?

Not surprisingly, travel industry experts predict that people will choose to drive to their destinations instead of flying once restrictions are lifted. Still wary about coronavirus, many people aren’t yet ready to stand in long security lines at crowded airports or sit close to others on a packed flight. This is welcome news here at The Addison on Amelia Island, since most of our guests do drive here when they stay with us.

Also, travelers will want to stay somewhere they’ve been before. They find comfort in knowing the property, the hosts, the area, and the food. Again, great news for our past guests who have stayed at The Addison. They’ve eaten a homemade breakfast at our dining room table, asked us for our recommendations of what to do on Amelia Island, and shared a glass of wine with us during our inn’s nightly social hour. We’re like old friends!

Why B&Bs Are a Safe Lodging Choice

I recently participated in a conference call with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to keep abreast of the latest industry news and the impact of COVID-19 on Florida travel. The experts shared that they think bed and breakfast inns will have a distinct advantage because our properties are smaller compared to big hotels. Plus, with B&Bs, guests won’t be standing in long lines of people checking in. They won’t be walking down long hallways where they could come in close contact with dozens of other guests on the same floor. And they won’t be packed into elevators trying to get down to the lobby from the sixth floor. Bigger isn’t always better, especially with post-pandemic travel.

Why Staying at The Addison Is Especially Safe

Ron and I believe The Addison on Amelia Island is at an even greater advantage than most B&Bs because of our property’s unique layout. Of our 14 guest rooms, nine have private entries, three have private porches, and seven have private outdoor sitting areas. You can have your own secluded getaway with private access!

If you prefer in-room dining for breakfast, we can accommodate this special request, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful weather and our lovely courtyard. Takeout meals can also be accommodated with the sitting areas on our private porches or directly adjacent to your room.

While we typically love to see guests socializing with one another, we’re also aware that times are different right now. Therefore, we’ve adjusted our dining tables on the verandah and in the dining room to provide six-foot social distancing.
We’ve always been responsive to guest requests—perhaps even more so these days when it comes to safety concerns. If there’s something that would make you feel safer during your stay, please let us know. For example, we plan to provide small refrigerators in a couple of guest rooms and stock them with snacks and beverages so guests don’t have to come to the dining room.

Another plus of staying at The Addison on Amelia Island? We’re a member of Select Registry, which was part of our inn’s transformation over the last few years. Known as the industry’s quality seal of approval since 1972, Select Registry membership means we submitted to a 250-point checklist as part of the evaluation process. Many of the member approval criteria focused on cleanliness, and our guests consistently compliment us on this aspect of our B&B.

Our Inn’s Cleaning Practices

Speaking of cleaning, we recently wrote a lengthy blog post detailing our inn’s cleaning practices. Throughout our entire property, we’ve always followed a consistent, rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing routine. We’ve stepped up our efforts even more, especially with our linens, furniture, and high-touch surfaces in common areas and guest rooms. Plus, our periodic “deep clean” takes our level of cleanliness up a notch, as we tackle chores like cleaning ceiling fans, flipping mattresses, vacuuming baseboards, washing windows, blinds, and drapes, and steam-cleaning rugs. We want to reassure guests that The Addison on Amelia Island offers a clean, safe lodging choice when they’re ready to travel again.

For reassurance, we’ll be placing a note in each room indicating when the last guest checked out, what we did to clean and sanitize the room, and the date it was completed. Again, it’s just a small thing, one you won’t find at big hotels. But we add these personal touches at The Addison because we want guests to feel safe and comfortable during their stay with us.

Plan Your Staycation on Amelia Island

With, you might be thinking about planning your next trip—but wanting to stay closer to home. Please know that, as soon as we’re able, The Addison on Amelia Island will reopen for business and would love to host you during this challenging time. For the latest COVID-19 information for Amelia Island, visit Amelia Island Tourist Development Council website.

In the meantime, cure your cabin fever and get inspired by exploring all that Amelia Island has to offer. Plan your trip itinerary! Whether it’s biking through the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, spending time in nature, golfing, strolling along the beach, or eating at one of our island’s fabulous restaurants.

If you’d like to book a room or have any questions about an upcoming stay, please call us at (904) 277-1604 or purchase an Addison on Amelia Island gift certificate.

Staying Clean and Safe at The Addison on Amelia Island

As the coronavirus has temporarily brought daily life to a screeching halt and disrupted travel plans, we want to reassure future guests that The Addison on Amelia Island is clean, safe, and will open for business as soon as we are able.

As owners of our cozy bed-and-breakfast inn, Ron and I thought it would be a good idea to share our cleaning practices. While we usually are very thorough, we’re taking extra precautions these days to ensure our guests have a safe and healthy stay when they return to The Addison on Amelia Island.

How We Are Staying Clean and Safe at The Addison on Amelia Island

Before COVID-19 made its way to Florida, The Addison on Amelia Island always put the health and safety of our guests first, following a regular, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing method throughout the property. Now, we’ve stepped up our efforts even more.

We continue to follow our daily practices of sanitizing all china, glassware, and utensils with a commercial dishwasher/sanitizer used in the preparation and serving of breakfast and happy hour. When our guests sit down to enjoy a home-cooked meal, we want them to focus on the delicious food we’ve prepared. Ditto for the snacks and beverages we serve during our evening happy hour. Just like a restaurant, our bed-and-breakfast must follow the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation about cleaning and sanitizing china, glassware, and utensils, as well as food preparation and serving.

Common Areas

Throughout the rest of the property—in both interior and exterior common areas and individual guest rooms—we practice a regular cleaning schedule to ensure the health and safety of our guests. (If you haven’t stayed with us before, we invite you to take a virtual tour so you can see what our inn looks like inside and out.)

From the very first day that we opened the inn, we’ve had housekeepers on board to help us keep our bed and breakfast spic and span. Every day, we clean all glass tabletops before and after use, as well as all kitchen surfaces. Housekeepers also sanitize high-touch areas, including light switches, doorknobs, indoor and outdoor glass tabletops, faucets, and anything that a hand will touch in a guest room and common area.

Guest Rooms

Housekeepers (with guests’ permission) refresh guest rooms daily, making the bed, providing clean towels if requested, emptying trash and recyclables, and cleaning bathrooms. Upon departure, all bed linens and towels are removed and replaced with fresh linens and towels. All furniture surfaces are cleaned and sanitized, glassware is removed and replaced with clean, sanitized glassware, trash and recyclables are emptied, the bathroom is cleaned and sanitized, and floors are vacuumed, mopped, and sanitized. As with daily cleaning, all surfaces that come in contact with guests, staff, or visitor hands are cleaned and sanitized. 

A Periodic “Deep Clean”

Periodically throughout the year (minimum of twice a year), we “deep clean” each guest room and common area. All bedding, including liquid-repellent mattress covers (bladders), pillow bladders, and pillow protectors are removed and cleaned, as well as shower curtains and liners. We flip the mattresses and vacuum and polish the bed rails. We polish all furniture, clean glass tabletops, ceiling fans, dresser drawers, armoires, and vacuum all baseboards. Additionally, bathrooms are sanitized, jetted tubs and showers are cleaned, and outdoor cushions and chairs are vacuumed. All floors are vacuumed, mopped, and sanitized. Rugs are vacuumed, and steam cleaned. Windows and window sills in the courtyard rooms are cleaned, and window blinds are vacuumed and cleaned. As with routine cleaning, all surfaces that come into contact with hands are sanitized.

Please keep in mind that, while The Addison on Amelia is your home away from home, Ron and I live here full-time. This is our home. We want to stay safe and healthy, too. Ron and I are taking the coronavirus very seriously, for our sake as well as yours. We would never put our guests and staff at risk, and we would never put our own health and safety at risk.

How Can You Help?

Adhere to the “shelter at home” orders, practice social distancing, maintain a healthy diet and exercise program, so we overcome this and have you back as our guests. In the meantime, please think about buying a gift certificate for a future visit for yourself or loved ones. Call us at (904) 277-1604 or visit our website to purchase an Addison on Amelia Island gift certificate. A gift certificate to The Addison on Amelia Island doesn’t expire. It will also give you something to look forward to after we can all return to a normal life following this pandemic. Plus, it will help support us as small business owners. Ron and I would really love to see you!

7 Ways to Enjoy Sustainable Travel on Amelia Island, Florida

There are plenty of ways to enjoy sustainable travel on Amelia Island! With such an abundance of natural beauty, the community strives to follow sustainable practices to protect our beloved beaches and wildlife. The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was recently recognized as a Leader in Sustainable Tourism. It was acknowledged for its collaborative efforts that aim “to protect the island’s pristine beaches, sea turtles and other wildlife through community education, awareness efforts, and legislation.” Here are some of our favorite ways to embrace a sustainable lifestyle while vacationing on Amelia Island.

Ways to Embrace Sustainable Travel on Amelia Island

Check Out Our Locally Sourced Produce

We love shopping at the Fernandina Beach Market Place for locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Every Saturday, we head to the farmers market to stock up on the seasonal ingredients we need to create our wholesome, made-from-scratch breakfasts we prepare fresh daily for our guests. We encourage our inn visitors to peruse the weekly farmers market themselves. Besides selling fresh produce, a variety of vendors sell freshly baked breads and pastries (a sweet treat now!) and jams, sauces, honey, and plants (great local souvenirs to take home).

Spend Time Relaxing in Our Courtyard

Our lush gardens in the courtyard and landscaping in the front of the property remind guests of Amelia Island’s beautiful native plants and flowers. We work hard to preserve the natural landscape in our little corner of Amelia Island, providing our guests and our neighbors with a lovely visual treat.

Philip Standifer, landscape architect and owner of Rockstar Gardens, strives to stick to an organic or as simple and clean as possible nutrition process. For nitrogen, we use quick release blood meal and Milorganite for slow-release nitrogen to stimulate overall strong green foliar growth. Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) is added regularly during the warmer months to ensure healthy root and tissue growth. Magnesium sulfate strengthens the cell wall of plants allowing nutrition to enter and promote overall vigor and growth. Our soil amendment where needed is Mushroom Compost, a Vegan soil conditioner for binding sandy soil and added nutrition. Our weed killer is a Pure-Gro product called Weed Crush, an organic essential oil liquid spray. Insect and disease are limited in our healthy, vigorous landscape; however, when apparent, they are removed or treated with natural essential oils in Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner.

The plants are a mix of locally successful subtropical plants that can be utilized for botanical art displays in rooms or vases in the common areas. We have planted lemongrass along the sidewalk in front of the inn. It has mild insect repellent qualities, is aromatic, and can be used for teas and recipes or ground for an organic addition for a calming therapeutic bath. All of our decisions are carefully considered for the environmental impact, especially runoff into our freshwater, as well as the effect on local wildlife, including shrimp and oysters harvested locally.

Spend the Afternoon Biking Around Town

This is our favorite way to embrace sustainable travel on Amelia Island! One of the wonderful things about our area is how easy it is to get around! Not only can you walk to almost anywhere you might want to go, but hopping on a bike is also a fun way to explore Fernandina. Lucky for you, our inn provides complimentary bikes that you are free to use for a relaxing bike ride through the historic district, to the beach, and wherever else your heart desires!

Donate Gently-Used Goods to Charities

You can rest assured that the items you use at our inn won’t go to waste. We try to find a good home for some of the inn’s gently used items by partnering with a few local charities in Fernandina Beach. For example, we donate household goods to Second Chance Resale, which benefits the Nassau County Humane Society. We also give gently used sheets and towels to Purple Dove Resale Center to help Micah’s Place, our local domestic violence survivor shelter.

Additionally, when we replace our old appliances with more energy-efficient ones, we donate the old to Nassau Habitat for Humanity. Ditto for when we upgrade our fixtures! Besides keeping materials out of the landfill, we support the excellent work of our community organizations. No matter where you travel across the world, it never hurts to search for lodging that shows a little extra love to the planet and the local community! 

Reduce Single-Use Paper and Plastics

We take small steps, too, as every little eco-friendly practice makes a difference. We serve coffee in our inn’s beautiful ceramic coffee mugs rather than cardboard to-go cups. We don’t use plastic straws at the inn and instead serve our social hour beverages in elegant glassware. We also use cloth napkins instead of paper, which provide both an aesthetic appeal and an eco-friendly benefit. Later this spring, we’ll replace the plastic water bottles we put in guest rooms with more eco-friendly insulated water bottles. This will enable our guests to avoid single-use plastics while they explore the island. Instead of throwing away a one-and-done plastic bottle, guests can grab their insulated water bottles and refill them throughout their stay to keep hydrated. These efforts will reduce the waste that gets sent to the landfill and help maintain our coastal environment and marine life.

Install energy-efficient lighting

We’ve left the traditional, energy-draining incandescent bulbs behind and switch to the more energy-efficient LED bulbs. This will allow you to vacation with ease, knowing that we have already taken steps to reduce our carbon footprints.

We Encourage Recycling

As you walk throughout our bed and breakfast, you’ll notice that we place recycle bins in all the guest rooms, laundry room, dining room, and kitchen. This encourages and our guests to recycle the paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, and glass items used at the inn. With hundreds of guests staying at The Addison every year, the amount of materials we regularly recycle genuinely makes a difference!

Commit to Green Lodging Practices

Here at The Addison on Amelia Island, we proudly join with the community’s efforts to minimize our negative impact on the environment. In fact, our “going green” initiative is evident throughout our property as we incorporate eco-friendly solutions. We strive to balance the needs of our guests with the wellbeing of our environment. We aim to deliver exceptional comfort to our guests as we incorporate newer products and eco-friendly “green lodging” practices that ensure the health and safety of our guests. Our commitment to be an environmentally friendly bed and breakfast means that we can help preserve the natural beauty of Amelia Island for future generations. 

 

 

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