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Maggie and Louie Visit Santa

December 11, 2011 by theAddison

Well, its that time of year again and Christmas is just around the corner. The inn is all decorated, outgoing gifts are in the mail and the Christmas cards are still on the coffee table waiting for someone to write them. The only other thing left to do is take the kids to see Santa!

Santa was down at the old railway station yesterday.  It was a bit of a handful between two dogs. a line up of children and a camera but we managed to get a decent photo.  Neither dog wanted to get up in his lap or really showed much interest at all. The dogs both just had birthdays and Louie is 7 now and Maggie is 5.  Maybe they are getting too old for Santa?

Dog Days of Summer

August 7, 2011 by theAddison

The dog days of summer are here with every day hitting at least 90 and nothing but sunshine.  Summer in the City, the Loving Spoonful song, keeps running through my mind “All around people looking half dead, walking down the sidewalk hotter than a match head”.

Even Maggie Doone is feeling the heat.  Our morning walks are getting shorter and she stops at each corner to see if we are turning around and heading back to the inn.  Here is a photo of One Eyed Louie hiding from the heat.  Both dogs seem quite content to relax in the air conditioning either here at the Addison or down at the Green Turtle.  Those cool tile floors at the Turtle must feel great on Louie’s belly.
Just like that Loving Spoonful song though, the evenings are quite pleasant, just right for strolling through the historic district and grabbing some ice cream at Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge Shop.  A frozen yogurt shop is opening soon on Center Street giving you another option for cooling down.  Our guests have been listening to some great live music all through downtown once the sun sinks into the west.  A few of them even braved the heat to attend the SunSplash reggae concert down at the beach this weekend.  
As hot as it gets here we take comfort that we have cooler weather than a lot of places.  We are 10 degrees cooler than Jacksonville and way cooler than south Florida, Atlanta or the metro DC area.  We also have these ocean breezes that keep the air moving.  We are still running our Dog Days of Summer Free Night offer right through to the end of the summer.  Escape your heat, stay with us for 4 nights and one of the nights is free!
And Babe, don’t you know its a pity
That the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city.

Spa Days

February 28, 2011 by theAddison

Somebody loves my Shannon so much (that would be me) that he bought her a spa package at a nearby resort for Valentine’s Day.  I have to admit, it wasn’t totally my idea.  My idea was very different but I had expert advice from Lee.  Shannon loved it!.  Two nights with a full day of spa treatments in between.  She came back refreshed and renewed. 

Shannon and I have travelled extensively both for pleasure and for business.  One thing that just annoys me is being nickle and dimed for everything at a lodging property.  $4 for a bottle of water?  $3 per hour for bicycle rental?  Valet parking even though no other parking option is available?  C’mon!  Fortunately we purchased an all-inclusive package for Shannon but they still tried to charge her for these “extras”.  I once stayed at a property that insisted they could charge me for parking as an extra even though I had no car!  Bah!

My other special girl recently had a day at the spa as well.  Maggie Doone is quite the hairy beast and needs a regular shearing.  If you let her hair grow she gets a full skirt and a mane.  With the warmer weather upon us she really needed her own spa day!

The picture you see here is the aftermath of Maggie Doone’s haircut.  It looks like there is enough hair here to build a whole new dog!  Maggie quite enjoys a day at the spa and it takes years off of her attitude.  After a haircut she prances around town showing off what a pretty dog she is.

Shannon and Lee enjoy spa treatments at Magna’s Aveda Salon.   Magna’s is in the Historic District, just a short walk from the Addison and features a full line of massages, facials, hair cuts and everything else you would expect from a full-service day spa.  You can check them out at www.MagnaSalon.com.

I don’t have a good picture of the recently shorn Maggie Doone.  She is so dark that it is hard to get a good picture of her.  You’ll just have to stop by the inn to see her.  She’s at the front desk during the day and would love to see you!

Maggie Doone Goes For A Cruise

November 23, 2010 by theAddison

Maggie Doone went on a cruise with Amelia River Cruises last week.  She had a great time and even got to bark at the horses on Cumberland Island.  Here’s a picture of Maggie sporting her life jacket. 

Maggie Doone Goes on a Cruise is her 5th video.  Her first one, Maggie Doone Goes for A Walk was featured at an Amelia Island Film Festival screening.  You can check them all out on our website or on YouTube by searching Maggie Doone.  Here’s a link.

Meanwhile, Maggie is resting up for her next big adventure.  There is a new skydiving service out at the airport…. 

Talk Like a Pirate Day Wrap Up

September 21, 2010 by theAddison

Arrr, another Talk Like A Pirate Day has come and gone.  It was quite a festive event here with the Fernandina Beach Pirate’s Club out in full force for the afternoon and children scurrying about town on the Pirate Scavenger Hunt.

Our own One-Eyed Louie looked quite dapper in his pirate hat.  If only we could keep an eye patch on him but it was hard enough keeping the hat on him as he is a great flapping beast.

Maggie Doone had her own pirate gear on and was quite set for the day with puffy-sleeved shirt and bandanna.  We were sitting at a bar, minding our own business, when a woman came up to us and announced that my dog was spoiled.  I asked “whatever gave you that idea?”  Apparently it had something to do with Maggie sitting on a bar stool and wearing clothes.  Hey, I could never afford to spoil my kids when they were little, why not spoil the dog?
The day was such a success that we just had to make another in the Maggie Doone series of videos.  This is the story of a small pirate dog in a small pirate town, hanging out with fellow pirates and saying Arrr-ooo!  Enjoy!  Maggie Doone Talks Like a Pirate
What is next for the town of Fernandina Beach?  The Amelia Island Jazz Festival runs October 1st through the 10th.  We have Steve March Torme, one of the headliners at the festival, staying at the Addison.  The Amelia Island Autumn Fine Arts Festival is back on October 9th and 10th.  My favorite car show is on October 16th when the Amelia Cruizers Car Club take over downtown with a great display of hot rods.  Before you know it we’ll have Florida-Georgia Football Classic Weekend, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
The year, she flies, my friends.  Grab a piece of it while you can.  Our Fall Specials have discounts up to 25% from October 1st right through December 21st as we encourage our guests to “Fall In Love With the Addison”.  Pick a Festival, pick a room and give us a call.  We hope to see you again soon!      . 

Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19th

September 7, 2010 by theAddison

Arrr! It is that time of year again, me hearties! Talk Like A Pirate Day, my favorite holiday, is rapidly approaching. Every year on September 19th people all over the world add a little swagger to their step and a little more whimsy to their wordage.

The Fernandina Beach Pirates Club has just announced that they will be out in full force on the 19th. The club has promised that it’s members will be in the streets, in the alleys and in the shops to help people with the Treasure Hunt that they have put together. The Pirates Club is a fun bunch. They are in every parade, they take over the town during Shrimp Festival and you can usually see one or two of them down at the Palace Saloon on any given Saturday.

You don’t know how to talk like a pirate? Lucky for you there is lots of good free advice on the world wide internets. You can check out the official Talk Like a Pirate Day website for a start. If that doesn’t help there is a video on YouTube that goes over the all-important 5 “A”s of talking like a pirate; Ahoy, Avast, Aye, Aye Aye and Arrr.

Maggie Doone, although not a member of the Fernandina Beach Pirates Club, will be dressed for the occassion in full pirate regalia. Watch for her new video “Maggie Doone Talks Like a Pirate”. Arrrr-oooo!

Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off Wrap Up

August 29, 2010 by theAddison

The first ever Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off BBQ contest is over. The winners have been awarded, the coals have been extinguished and the professional teams have moved on to other contests. Were you there? What did you think of it?

The Addison was happy to host Tuffy Stone and his wife Leslie of the Cool Smoke BBQ Team for the weekend. Tuffy is currently ranked around 11th out of over 4000 pro teams in the US.
Tuffy was kind enough to give me a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive side of pro-BBQ and, I tell you this my friends, it can be quite intense. Don’t let the laid back attitude fool you. While their meat is cooking and the smoke is slowly curling put of the stacks you will see a lot of guys puffing away on cigars, enjoying an adult beverage, relaxing in chairs or just nodding off next to their smokers. But when it comes time to finalize their presentation these guys are all business. There is some decent prize money at stake for the pros as well as bragging rights for the backyard (amateur) teams.
Tuffy was kind enough to provide BBQ for our Saturday Happy Hour. Our guests enjoyed samples of chicken, pulled pork, ribs and brisket. We all thoroughly enjoyed the BBQ and the chance to talk with Tuffy and Leslie about life on the road as a pro BBQ team.
One last photo. This was taken of a local team’s grill. I didn’t get a chance to sample what they were cooking but it sure did look good.
I woke this morning around 3AM to the sound of torrential rain. What a difference 24 hours makes! If the rain had come a day earlier it would have drowned out all of the BBQers who were just getting their fires stoked for a day of smoking. As it was we had great weather with cloud cover and quite a bit cooler than we have had the last few months.
My trusty sidekick, Maggie Doone, came with me to the Cook-Off. Here is a video of her day at the cook-off. Don’t let that last little bit of her eating some chicken fool you. As any of you who know Maggie will know, that dog ate all day long. The people in this town have spoiled our Maggie!

Maggie Doone Doesn’t Go To Fort Clinch

August 10, 2010 by theAddison

The “Maggie Doone Goes….” series of videos hasn’t quite taken the internets by storm as I had hoped. There are a respectable number of YouTube views of “Maggie Doone Goes For a Walk” and “Maggie Doone Goes To The Beach” but not in the hundreds of thousands.

The next video was destined to be an instant internet sensation. “Maggie Doone Goes To Fort Clinch” was promised to be promoted by the local Tourism Bureau (Thanks Bretta!) but we ran into a small glitch. Dogs aren’t allowed in the Fort! Or on the Park’s beaches or boardwalks! So instead of a great video of Maggie at the Fort we have here a classic photo of Maggie not going anywhere.

Our next video projects will have Maggie touring the Egan’s Creek Greenway and we have a couple of good guest videos in the works as well. Hopefully I will be able to post something in the next couple of days. Meanwhile, I am finishing off my submittal package for the Amelia Island Film Festival. The package is almost complete. They want head shots of the production crew (that would be me) and the cast (Maggie Doone). It was a toss-up between Maggie Doone Goes To The Beach and Maggie Doone Goes For a Walk and I can’t make up my mind. Let’s put it to a vote! Let me know which video you like the most and I’ll submit that one to the Film Festival. Votes submitted by August 20th will be counted. There were over 600 films submitted to the festival last year so pick a good one!

A Great Morning at The Beach

July 14, 2010 by theAddison

All of the Addison’s guests came down early for breakfast today so at 9:30 I decided to take Maggie Doone down to the beach before it got too hot outside for her. She LOVES going to the beach!

We only spent a half an hour walking the sand but what a half hour! The sand was nice and clean, the surf wasn’t too noisy (Maggie doesn’t like the noisy surf) and there weren’t too many people around. That is one of many really nice things about our beaches… even when they are crowded, they aren’t. If Main Beach has too many people for you just go to the next beach access and you’ll likely find wide open sand.

I took my new toy, the Flip, and made another video of Maggie. You can easily find all of Maggie’s videos (both of them) right now on YouTube. Just fire up YouTube and search for Maggie Doone.

The local Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new toy too. They just turned on their second live beach cam. The first one is at Sandy Bottoms and shows the beach where Maggie and I walked today. The second one is down on the south end of the island. You can catch the live scene at Amelia Beaches.

What am I going to do with Maggie’s videos? The Amelia Island Film Festival is coming up in February and they are going to start taking submissions soon. I’m thinking they would love to see Maggie Doone enjoying the island and the active, natural and charming lifestyle we have here. Lights! Camera! Crazy Dog!

Maggie Doone Goes For A Walk

July 8, 2010 by theAddison

After much research, debate, hemming and hawing, and failed attempts at purchasing, I bought a Flip Camcorder. I tried to buy one earlier this week at Staples but discovered they were out of stock after waiting about 20 minutes. So I tried to buy one at WalMart but no luck there either. I was in the store for 20 minutes, could see the Flip sitting in the locked glass case but could find nobody with a key to the case.

This morning, right after breakfast was served (Blueberry – Peach Tort and Breakfast-In-A-Boat!) I left the island and drove to Best Buy. I ended up buying two cameras but I’ll tell you about the other one later. So, I bought Flip before lunch, shot footage this afternoon and put together a nice little video right after Happy Hour. This thing is easy to use, let me tell you this my friend.

Here’s the plan. I bought the Flip Camcorder to loan to our guests so that they can video their experiences while on Amelia Island. Segway tours, hiking, fishing, whatever they get into they can now video! I can either burn them a CD or e-mail them the video but the cool part is that their videos will be part of an ever-expanding guest-generated library of what to see and do on Amelia Island.

Here is my first attempt at a Flip video. It is a bit shaky and I haven’t figured out how to do voice-overs yet but for a first attempt I’ll be happy. Maybe I’ll put something together for the Amelia Island Film Festival. I can hardly wait to see what some of our guests come up with!

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