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Your Guide to the Best Day in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach

August 27, 2020 by theAddison

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!   


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!   





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

June 12, 2020 by theAddison

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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!  

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