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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.

thumbDickens on Centre

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.


Amelia Island Museumm of History Holiday Home Tour

December 1, 2013 by theAddison

The 7th Annual Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour is coming up fast!  This is a popular event that kicks off the post-Thanksgiving holiday season with a tour of homes on December 6 and 7.  Several of the downtown Historic District homes are open to the public and are specially decorated for the holidays.  The museum really pulls out all the stops with this event and even has carolers at some of the houses.  The Bailey House (the one with the carrousel horses on the porch, kitty corner from the Addison) is even open for a special tea in the afternoon.  There is some beautiful fall weather ahead which makes a great afternoon of strolling the Historic District and getting an inside peak at some of these gorgeous homes.

Its Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas!

December 12, 2010 by theAddison

We just got a call from a young woman (we’ll call her Julie) in Wisconsin who was looking to reserve a room with us over the Christmas holidays.   Fernandina Beach has a three-night cold snap forecasted with temperatures as low as 28 degrees!  Julie told me this afternoon that they are having winds of 40 MPH, minus 29 degrees and 16 inches of fresh snow.  And I was complaining about having to cover up our ferns tonight to protect them from the frost.

Fernandina Beach PIrates Club

The guests at the Addison last night had a great treat.  We had Happy Hour in the living room last night with a nice baked brie for the snack.  After Happy Hour we went out onto the front porch and watched the lighted Christmas Parade go by right in front of the inn.  Usually the Fernandina Beach Pirates Club brings up the tail end of the local parades but in this parade it is always Santa at the end of the parade.  The attached video shows just the tail end of the parade.  Somehow I missed the first half.  Maybe I was busy topping up wine glasses.   The Addison’s guests loved the parade!   

“You Know Who” finishing off the parade

It is less than two weeks until Christmas!  It is a good thing we have a gift shop right here in the Addison (coffee mugs, robes, Christmas ornaments….) as it does save me having to drive to a store for most of my shopping.  I just have to find something nice for Shannon.  Something not from Lowes.  For some reason, to most women, a power tool does not speak “Merry Christmas”. 

Thanksgiving Leftovers?

November 27, 2010 by theAddison

Wow, what a weekend!  We not only had a full house, which keeps us hopping, but we prepared Thanksgiving dinner for all of our guests.  We had the full slate of dishes including sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey with sage-sausage dressing, ham, mac and 5 cheese casserole, green beans, Waldorf salad and a garden salad.  Thanks to Pam and Scooter who came all the way from our old neighborhood in Virginia to help out.  We couldn’t have done it without them.

Despite the fact that we had 30 people for dinner we still have some leftovers.  Last night I put together a couple of Turkey Tetrazinis, my favorite way to use up leftover turkey.  Tetrazini is easy to make and you can use up turkey bits, scrapings, white meat and dark.

How easy?  Here we go in under 100 words:

Cut up enough turkey to cover the bottom of your casserole dish, maybe an inch deep.  Add a can of mushroom soup and grated cheese (I used white cheddar).  Use as much cheese as you want.  Add a little milk and stir it all up.  Boil spaghetti and add it to the dish, stir it up.  Top with more grated cheese (Romano this time) and Parmesan.  Bake at 350 until hot and brown on the top.  Eat and enjoy!

And I still have 20 words left.

So now that Thanksgiving is over what do we do next?  Here are some of the events scheduled for the next week:

  • Holiday Home Tour.  Tour of 4 private historic homes that are decorated for the holidays.  December 3rd and 4th
  • Union Holiday Encampment at Fort Clinch.  December 4th.
  • Parade of Paws.  A parade of local pooches dressed up in their holiday finery.  December 4th
  • Artrageous Artwalk.  A chance to buy that last minute gift from one of our local artists.  December 11th
  • Land and Sea Parades.  The Land Parade will roll by right in front of the Addison.  The Sea Parade is an after-dark parade of lighted boats in the harbor.  December 11th

That should keep us busy for a couple of weeks.  Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with the leftover ham.  Any ideas?

The Christmas Pig

December 25, 2009 by theAddison

A few weeks back (see post of 6-Dec-09 for details) I requested that if anyone felt compelled to buy me a gift for Christmas that I would appreciate donations towards a pig. The pig would be sent overseas to be given to some family in need. They would raise it, breed it and eventually eat the pig.

This was to be no ordinary pig. This was to be a terrorist fighting pig. To paraphrase a friend of mine:

To eliminate terrorism we have to elimiate the roots – poverty and lack of education – all of those things that lead to fear and hopelessness. To get a peacefull world we must fill people’s basic needs so that they stop fearing survival and start thinking, and participating in, a constructive society. If we do this then those who sow hate will gradually fade because they won’t be able to find constituents.

The response was overwhelming and my friends and family donated enough to buy almost two pigs. For those who contributed, I thank you. I’ll top up the donation list so that two full pigs will be ready to go fight terrorism. A half a pig isn’t much of a fighter.

The pigs will end up at some poor family’s farm, maybe in Honduras or in Thailand. The people will feed it rotten yams and garden scraps and the pig will thrive. Some day a few years from now they will kill the pigs and eat them. And the world may be a better place. Thanks again to those who contributed.

Bob Wants a Pig For Christmas

December 6, 2009 by theAddison

I get e-mails practically every day from guests, relatives and friends asking me “What does Bob want for Christmas?”. This year I actually have an answer to that question… a pig. Yup, Bob wants a pig for Christmas.

We don’t actually have room at the inn for a pig so it will go to a needy family in some far off land. They will raise it, fatten it up and probably eat it. If the pig has been a good pig maybe they will breed it. The key point is that the pig will make somebody’s life better and Heifer.org is going to look after the details.

Don’t get me wrong. Please DO NOT send me a pig. Instead you can log on to my Gift Registry at Heifer.org and contribute to my pig. The whole pig is $120 but you can buy a share of the pig for $10. Just $10 to enrich some poor family’s life. Sounds like a good deal to me.

So, fire up your laptop, log on to heifer.org and buy a share of a pig. You don’t even have to wrap it and schlep down to the post office to wait in line. You can do it, make the world better one pig at a time.

Pass it along! http://www.heifer.org/myregistry/bob_on_an_island is the place to go to get a piece of a pig.

Post script:

I invited friends to buy a piece of the pig and received this e-mail from Eric. He knows of what he speaks.

“I like this and plan to contribute. This is right in line with what I am writing about professionally – that to eliminate terrorism and warfare we have to eliminate the roots of them – poverty, lack of education… – all those things that lead to fear and hopelessness. It is a simple thing of looking at Maslow’s hierarchy to understand what it takes to get a peaceful world – fill people’s basic needs so they stop fearing survival and start thinking, and participating, constructively in society. If we do this, those that sow hate will gradually fade because they won’t be able to find constituents.”

This year a pig, next year a water buffalo!

Decorated for Christmas

November 23, 2009 by theAddison

The inn is all decorated for Christmas. I know, it is way too early to be decorated for Christmas, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. The Amelia Island B&B Association has a tour every year just before Thanksgiving. We invite everyone to tour the inns, sample cookies and collect cookie recipes from each of the inns. We like the inns to be fully decorated for the tour so that people can get some decorating ideas and start getting that Holiday feeling.

The Holiday Cookie Tour went well this year with a few hundred people in attendence. A portion of the proceeds went to our local library so the Friends of the Library helped us out a lot. They sold most of the tickets and provided people to help the tour at each of the inns. We couldn’t have managed the crowds without them.

Of course the big draw for the Cookie Tour is the cookies. Shannon spent the better part of the week preparing the Ginger Snaps that were a big hit with the crowd. We baked some the night before but really put the oven to work on tour day. She was still baking cookies as the tour went on so that everyone got nice, fresh cookies.

Shannon baked about 600 cookies. We have a few left and I have been dropping off bags of cookies around town, some at the Tourism Office downtown, some at the Green Turtle. Artie The One-Man Party, daytime bartender at the Palace, will be getting a bag today to share with the regulars. I’ll put the recipe up on the website for you so you can try them out at home, too.

The whole inn, including the guest rooms, is decorated. Any room big enough to have a Christmas tree has a Christmas tree. I don’t have the artistic flair that Shannon has for the decorating so I get to hang lights and snowflakes outside. The whole courtyard is rimmed with the icicle lights and it looks great at night.

With the decorating and Cookie Tour we have had a busy few weeks. We have two days this week where we only have a few guests with us so we can rest up before Thanksgiving weekend. We still have a couple of rooms available for Thanksgiving so if you’re looking for a weekend get-away now is the time. The weather is great, the whole town is lit up and there is lots going on.

If we don’t see you this weekend then have a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey and the relatives that you don’t get to see enough of during the rest of the year.

Its Beginning To Feel a Lot Like Christmas

November 25, 2008 by theAddison

I know, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet but we’re decorated for Christmas. We had the Holiday Cookie Tour last Saturday and Shannon wanted the decorations ready for the tour. We had over 200 people through the inn for a look at the decorations, a cookie and a the cookie recipe. By all accounts the tour was a success.

The town crews have been stringing lights in the trees along Center Street and yesterday they put up the City’s Christmas Tree down by the marina. Today there was a group of little kids dressed up as pilgrims and native Americans on the front steps of the Post Office. They were singing and drew quite the crowd of people.

The nutcrackers in the house spooked Maggie Doone at first but she is getting used to them. She is coming up 2-years old and this will be her first real Christmas. Last year we bought the inn on December 21st and spent Christmas painting the kitchen.

There’s always something going on in Fernandina Beach. December 5th and 6th is The Christmas on Center with tours of private homes and outdoor train sets. Dec 6th os the Parade of Paws, a chance for all the dogs to show off their holiday finery. The big kick-off for the Christmas season is the Christmas parade on December 13th followed by the Lighted Boat Parade in the evening. I’m really looking forward to the boat parade. There will be a great view from Brett’s and if we get there early enough we can grab a couple of their rocking chairs and share a bottle of wine as the boats go by.

So, one month to go and Christmas will be upon us. We’ll be doing a Christmas dinner for our guests and we’ll have to come up with something special for Boxing Day Happy Hour.

Dec 2, 3:45 PM: Breaking news, just announced from the Palace Saloon…..

The Palace Saloon is hosting a “12 Days of Christmas Movies” in their event room. All shows are free and will begin at 7 p.m. Popcorn, soda and a full bar will be available for purchase. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. The remaining schedule includes: Dec. 2, Elf; Dec. 3 – Home Alone; Dec. 4 – The Muppet Christmas Carol; Dec. 8 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Dec. 9 – White Christmas; Dec. 10 – Claymation Christmas Cartoons; Dec. 11 – It’s a Wonderful Life; Dec. 15 – Polar Express; Dec. 16 – The Santa Clause; Dec. 17 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas; and Dec. 18 – A Christmas Story.

Autumn Weather

October 5, 2008 by theAddison

The Autumn weather is here and it is absolutely gorgeous. The humidity has fallen off, temperatures are hitting highs under 80 degrees and there is plenty of sunshine to go around. We first came to Amelia Island this time last year and just loved the island. We spent one night here in September, two in October and then bought the inn in December and haven’t looked back.

Our guests are still hitting the beaches. The days are still sunny but nobody is coming back sunburned this time of year. The beaches are practically empty and are great for long walks and shelling. We had a couple leave today who spent all 4 of their days here on the beaches. They started at Main Beach and worked their way south to Little Talbot Island. Reading and relaxing. There’s nothing like sitting on the beach to draw the stress out of your system. As every wave recedes back from the sand it takes a little bit of the crappy part of your life away with it and you end up feeling almost rubbery all over.

The horse-drawn carriage rides have extended their hours now that the cooler weather is upon us. We like to make sure we greet the horses with apples or carrots when they pick up our guests for the one-hour tour of the Historic District. Boomer (biggest, whitest horse you’ll ever see) has gotten to the point where he will stare at our door and stomp his feet if we don’t come out with a treat for him.

The farmer’s Market (see previous posting) is in full swing this time of year. There was a table full of pumpkins and gourds this week reminding us that Hallowe’en is just around the corner. We also have the Fall Decorating Tour of the local Bed and Breakfasts coming up on October 11th. Tour participants can see the fall decorations at the seven member inns on Amelia Island and sample pumpkin-related treats at each inn. Shannon is going to make Chocolate Zucchini Loaf as well as some other treats. We’ve done some decorating and here are some photos of the work in progress.

It gets kind of chilly here in late December so if you want to enjoy some fantastic Fall weather without a bunch of leaf-peepers clogging the roads, come on down. And don’t forget to bring your bathing suit.

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