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Discover the Magic of an Authentic Victorian Christmas – The Addison on Amelia

December 4, 2019 by theAddison

Every year, the Christmas season on Amelia Island officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. Locals and tourists alike don their Christmas PJs and go shopping in downtown historic Fernandina Beach to score those Black Friday deals. It’s small-town fun at its finest, and we love to see our guests at The Addison participate in this island tradition!

Once December hits, the Christmas festivities take over the town, starting with our beloved traditions—the Holiday Home Tour and Dickens on Centre.

Fortunately, The Addison is in the heart of it all. We’re close enough to the action that guests can walk to the holiday celebrations, but far enough away that our inn provides a peaceful respite on their return. Much to their delight, Ron and I welcome guests back at night with true Southern hospitality—a glass of wine and appetizers during our evening Happy Hour.

Here’s a sneak peek of our two most popular Christmas traditions on Amelia Island.

Holiday Home Tour

       

This year’s Holiday Home Tour takes place December 6-7 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), marking the 13th year that Amelia Island Museum of History brings the Christmas magic to our community. What can you expect to see? Five Victorian homes in historic Fernandina Beach, including our next-door neighbor, decked out with holiday flair, courtesy of our talented local florists. Plan to spend about 45-60 minutes in each home for an up-close look at beautiful renovations, family heirlooms, and preserved historic elements intertwined with the Christmas spirit of a bygone era. For example, at the Maier home, you can hear the stories behind the owners’ unique collection of Santas.

Insider’s Tip: This popular tour attracts big crowds! Avoid long lines to enter the homes by going a bit later in the day and touring the homes in a different order rather than starting at the first house listed on the tour. Grab your Holiday Home Tour tickets online.

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The following weekend, Dickens on Centre takes over the historic downtown area. Ron and I look forward to the festival’s newest addition: the inaugural Dickens Illuminated Procession, which takes place on Thursday, December 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm and will proceed right in front of the inn! Then the rest of the weekend (December 13-15) is brimming with festivities!

Now in its fifth year, Dickens on Centre transforms Fernandina Beach into a charming, Victorian-inspired holiday village, complete with a full slate of activities and entertainment. This free, family-friendly event draws visitors near and far to experience costumed characters, magical holiday lights, music, theatrical performances, visits with Saint Nick, and plenty of options for seasonal gifts and holiday shopping. It’s fun to watch the locals dress up in Victorian costumes, immersing themselves in the Christmas spirit. Even pets get in on the action, with the Parade of Paws on Saturday!

Check out the complete Dickens on Centre event schedule to map out what you’d like to experience.

Celebrate the Christmas Magic

Despite being known as a beach community and a summer destination, Amelia Island transforms into a holiday wonderland that rivals Santa’s Workshop. This is honestly one of the best times of year to visit Amelia Island, and we’re lucky enough to be able to share this festive time with our guests.

If you’d like to join us this holiday season at The Addison, we’d love to have you! Our rooms book up fast at this time of year, so I encourage you to make reservations soon. Also, if you’re looking for a unique gift for someone on your holiday shopping list, consider purchasing a holiday gift card to treat someone special to a relaxing stay at The Addison on Amelia Island.

 

Thanksgiving at The Addison? Yes, please!

November 15, 2019 by theAddison

Do you love a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? At The Addison on Amelia, we sure do! But it’s a lot of work, right?

Let Ron and I lighten your load this Thanksgiving as we prepare a feast for our guests—and we hope you’re one of them! We’re all about traditions, especially when they involve making holidays special for guests at The Addison on Amelia. And Thanksgiving is no exception.

While other inns make reservations at a local restaurant for guests and attend dinner with them, we like to do things differently here. For years, it’s been a tradition at The Addison to serve Thanksgiving dinner right here at our inn, surrounded by old friends and new ones.

Since buying the inn in 2017, we’re thrilled to carry the tradition forward. We thoroughly enjoyed our first Thanksgiving at The Addison last year as we met returning guests who stayed with the previous inn owners. In fact, we received many calls to see if we would be continuing this beloved  tradition. Of course, we said yes! We look forward to welcoming returning guests and we eagerly await the arrival of new guests who will gather around our Thanksgiving table with us for the first time.

As children we enjoyed Thanksgiving with our grandparents and cousins in Pennsylvania. Even though Nan’s mashed potatoes were lumpy, her recipe was the best! As we got older, my brothers and I would rotate hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our homes in Sarasota, Plant City, and Atlanta. After our grandmother relocated to Sarasota, I hosted my brothers and their families so Grammy could enjoy time with her great-grandchildren. And just like the old days, we’d gather around the table, share stories, and laugh, feeling oh-so-thankful for these special people in our lives.

At The Addison, Ron and I want to create the same kind of “warm-fuzzies” for our guests on Thanksgiving. And it begins weeks before the big day arrives. I dig through my family recipes to recreate a few favorite dishes. And I anxiously wait for my issue of Bon Appetit to arrive to see what new creations I can whip up. I plan the inn’s special menu and share it with our wine expert to create the ideal pairings. We want everything to be just perfect for guests joining us for Thanksgiving!

Beyond preparing a sumptuous feast, we take care of all the little touches that make Thanksgiving a truly festive occasion at The Addison. From the autumn-themed tablecloth and  napkins to the beautifully adorned Christmas tree in the foyer, the decorations set the stage for a warm gathering.

And one of the best parts (at least according to our relaxed guests) is that Ron and I handle all the cooking and cleaning ourselves. Our guests can linger over pumpkin pie and coffee while we deal with the “kitchen clean-up aftermath” of a wonderful Thanksgiving feast shared with friends.

If this sounds like a little slice of heaven to you, please consider joining us this year. Our Thanksgiving Package begins with a two-hour narrated boat cruise with Amelia River cruises on Thanksgiving morning. This means you’ll be cruising, having fun, and learning about the area while Ron and I are back at the inn preparing an amazing feast for your return. Our Thanksgiving dinner includes appetizers, salad, roast turkey, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, and, of course, several pies (my favorite part!), along with a wine pairing for the four-course meal. The fun continues on Black Friday, as everyone dons their Christmas PJs to go shopping in downtown historic Fernandina Beach! https://www.facebook.com/events/downtown-fernandina-beach-amelia-island/annual-downtown-fernandina-pajama-party/1010434879085010/

Ready to gather around our table this year? Join us at The Addison on Amelia and let our inn be your home this Thanksgiving.

Visit to White Oak Conservation Center

April 14, 2017 by theAddison

White Oak Conservation Center is just a 45 minute drive from the Addison. Until recently they have been closed to the general public for tours but that is changing. Lee and I took one of their tours yesterday and had the most fun (educational fun) that we have had in ages.

White Oak specializes in the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals. White Oak is home to species such as cheetah, rhinos, okapi and many more.

We toured in an open van with Randy who knows so much about the animals, why they are endangered and what is being done to protect the species. We saw cheetah (cubs and full grown), three varieties of rhino, antelope, gazelle and, my favorite, the giraffes. We got to feed the giraffes and I had my arm muzzled by a baby rhino. This is a real up-close and personal tour.

The two hour tour starts at 10:00 mid week only and is $100 per person. Lunch is an additional $25 per person if requested.  Advance reservations are a must! Check out this amazing facility at www.WhiteOakWildlife.org

Family Visiting!

January 22, 2017 by theAddison

One frequently asked FAQ question that we get is “Do you ever shut down the inn and go on vacation?”. We do occasionally shut the inn down during slow periods for maintenance purposes but once every few years family comes to visit and we close the inn to spend a little quality time with them. And paying guests here for a romantic weekend just might not find the charm of naked little grandchildren running in circles in the courtyard laughing their faces off.

Eldest son, Matt, and his family were here for most of last week. When they left their home in northern Alberta it was minus 39 so they were really enjoying the 70 degree January weather here on Amelia Island. The family got a little beach time and parents got a break from the kids while Grandma Shannon just loved looking after them.

One family outing was the Amelia River Cruise which is always fun. The picture shows Olivia (2 years old, almost 3) driving the boat while her father and Pajama Dave (local legend, far left in photo) watch on and offer advice.

We heard today that they have arrived safely back at their home after an incredibly long air journey. The Addison is back open. We have a pretty busy week ahead of us due to Amelia Island Restaurant Week and are looking forward to a full house this weekend.

Green Approach to Bug Control

December 29, 2016 by theAddison

Here we have a passive, green approach to mosquito control. Bats will eat 600 mosquitos an hour as they fly around at night. All they need is somewhere to live.

This bat house was just installed on the back of one of the Addison’s courtyard buildings where it is out of sight. It is a deluxe 2-hole house. Apparently if you put up a 1-hole house all you get is bachelor bats. A 2-holed house attracts breeding bat families. The local bats must be pretty small as the slot for them to climb up in and roost is only 1/2 inch wide.

The mosquitos haven’t been too bad this year. I have been sweeping citronella pellets through the cracks in the decks to keep mosquitos away but that just moves the problem to another area. Having a few bats flying around town at night should really cut back the flying bug population.

A big thank you to our local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for paying for the bat house and it’s installation.

Build it and they will come!

Chilly Outside!

December 20, 2016 by theAddison

It is a little chilly outside this morning so I put the fire on in the living room. Yesterday we were running the air conditioning, this morning the heat and fire. Yesterday everyone ate breakfast out on the courtyard veranda.  I’m pretty sure that won’t be the case this morning.  This will be our coldest day this week with a high of 56. And it isn’t even winter yet!

The first day of winter is tomorrow and it is also the anniversary of our purchasing the Addison. We’ve been running the inn for nine years now. We attract the nicest guests with many returning to us for special events year after year. Over half of our guests last night are repeat guests. One young woman first came to stay with us as a solo traveler, returned with a friend for a girl’s getaway weekend, then on her honeymoon and now is here celebrating their first anniversary.

Nine years. The time, she flies.

32nd Anniversary

December 7, 2016 by theAddison

We have a lot of guests at the Addison who are celebrating wedding anniversaries so you’d think we would be in tune with our own. Funny story about our recent anniversary….

Shannon and I were married 32 years ago on November 30th. On December 3rd, Shannon walked into the kitchen and asked “Guess what we forgot?” I was in the middle of breakfast prep so I’m thinking I forgot the potatoes or to squeeze juice but it turns out we both forgot our anniversary. I guess with all the excitement of Thanksgiving, the B&B Cookie Tour, Christmas decorating and preparing our list of grievances for Festivus we just got run over by the holidays and forgot.

We made up for it tonight with a nice dinner at Le Clos, where we usually go for our anniversary. I had the sea scallops (lousy photo but great food). with pasta and a delightful, light sauce. We ate (we both cleaned our plates), we laughed, we remembered 32 years.  It was good.

Petanque Tournament Wrapping Up

November 13, 2016 by theAddison

The US Open Petanque (Pay-tonk) Tournament is just winding up and by all accounts it has been a great success. Three days of sportsmanship, fun and international relations. This event grows each year and they had 172 teams entered this year from all over the world. 26 of the American states were represented and international teams came from as far away as New Zealand and Mongolia.

Petanque is a little like Bocci and a little like horseshoes. It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. They sure were having fun at the tournament today with live music and food trucks available to all between games.

The next big event on Amelia Island? Thanksgiving, coming up fast!

Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

October 14, 2016 by theAddison

Thank you all for your e-mail, posts and calls about our situation on Amelia Island. Truth be told…. we have no situation on Amelia Island, we are pretty much like we were last week before Hurricane Matthew. The island is in remarkably good shape considering we just had a Cat 3 hurricane off the coast. Some of the piers in the marina suffered some damage but the restaurants are open, the Addison is open and fully operational, the downtown looks great and I think there is more sand on Main Beach than there was before the storm.

There was tragedy though. The power was out long enough that the ice cream supply at Fernandina Fantastic Fudge melted. The ice cream was stacked outside today waiting for pickup and replacement. So sad but we move on.   We are looking forward to a great weekend for the Amelia Cruizer’s 8 Flags Car Show!

Jet Ski Tour With FlyingFishFun.com

September 22, 2016 by theAddison

Shannon and I took a jet ski eco-tour with FlyingFishFun.com yesterday and had the most fun we have had in ages. Neither of us have ever ridden a waverunner before but it was easy to learn and great fun to drive. Tourguide George took us along the Amelia River to Cumberland Island with several stops along the way to watch the wildlife.

First stop was a sunken shrimp boat, one of the last wooden-hulled shrimp boats. Along the way to Cumberland Island we stopped and checked out a sea turtle, a tree full of egrets and a couple pods of dolphins. Then a quick trip up Beach Creek (or Go Really Fast Creek to people on jet skis) to see some wild horses and the ruins of Dungeness Mansion.

Equal parts educational eco-tour and having fun racing jet skis along the river. Definitely a tour worth taking. www.FlyingFishFun.com 904-310-5999

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