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The Changing Restaurant Scene in Fernandina Beach

May 22, 2014 by theAddison

There is another round of big changes happening to the restaurant scene in downtown Fernandina Beach  Once in a while, a business will fold and people will move on.  I love it when the new business opens up!

Luigi’s Trattoria was just a couple of blocks from the Addison and provided a great Italian meal served in their tiny dining room, the front porch or in the big open-air piazza in the back of the restaurant.  Giovanna no longer operates the Trattoria in this location and the building was looking a little rundown.

Enter Mark and Teresa of Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop.  They bake, they make cookies and cakes and they are moving into the old Trattoria.  This might just be the next bright spot in our vibrant downtown where you can enjoy fresh baked goods in the shady piazza on a sunny afternoon.

The other movers and shakers in the restaurant world?  Bonito Grill and Sushi closed last year and is soon to be re-opened as Palate.  Raw bar up front with a full menu in the back.  I know these people, they make great food.

O’Kane’s Irish Bar closed last year as well but new life is coming.  A couple of local restaurant owners have decided to expand their workload and will soon open a brew pub in the old O’Kane’s location.  Crazy people but they make great food and hopefully great beer.

With all the changes going on downtown you just have to hope, that when the music stops, everyone has a storefront through which to do business.

February is for Festivals

February 8, 2014 by theAddison

Amelia Island is host to three festivals throughout the month of February that highlight a wide platform of artistic endeavors.

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has concerts on February 9th, 11th and 15th as part of their WinterFest program.  This are advance presentations with the main concert series running in May.  These concerts are followed by the Amelia Island Book Festival on the 21st and 22nd.  The Book Festival hosts writers , workshops, a readers workshop and the opportunity to meet authors like David Baldacci.

Our third festival in February is the popular Amelia Island Film Festival featuring six award winning feature films, a documentary series, international film series and an Oscar night party.  The Film Festival runs from February 27th through March 2nd with films being shown in venues all over the island.  Check out their website and order your tickets early.

The festivals offer something for everyone, all month long!

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

January 24, 2014 by theAddison

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has expanded well beyond the main concert series in May.  The festival is now offering concerts throughout January and February as part of their Winterfest concert series.

Besides offering a great series of concerts the Festival also offers some great savings on tickets.  When you buy concert tickets just give them your confirmation number from your Addison reservation and you will get half off of the ticket prices.

The WinterFest concerts include:

  • Natasha Paremski – Chopin and Franck on January 27th
  • the Vega String Quartet – Beer and G-Strings on February 9th
  • Trumpet Invasion – Chamber Pops I on February 11th
  • Chee-Yun, Andres Diaz and Wendy Chen – Romantic Virtuosi on February 15th

Don’t forget to reserve your room at the Addison before buying your concert tickets so that you can save 50% off of the ticket price!

Amelia Island Restaurant Week Coming Up!

January 2, 2014 by theAddison

Amelia Island Restaurant Week is coming up at the end of January!    Starting on January the 17th and running through the 26th, the island’s restaurants will be offering special menus at a fixed price.  You can spend the week touring some of Amelia Island’s finest restaurants while dining on a variety of both traditional and eclectic menu offerings.  This is a fun event that everybody enjoys.  We all get to try new menu items at the island’s top restaurants and their chefs get to stretch their culinary skills by preparing special dishes.
This will be a busy week for the restaurants so be sure to give us a call well before your stay at the Addison so that we can make dinner reservations for you.

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.

3rd Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off

July 12, 2012 by theAddison

Main Beach will be smokin’ hot on August 24th and 25th with the 3rd Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off.  This is one of my favorite events each year and it has really grown into a great weekend.  What can be better than BBQ, live music, hot weather and cold beer all rolled into a beachy historic seaside town?

We will be hosting Robby and Stephanie of the Rescue Smokers BBQ Team.  They have had a great year on the competitive circuit and hope to win again at this event.  We support most festivals in town by hosting competitors or performers.  By hosting competitive teams we get a chance for a good look into the competitive BBQ world and the team gets a hot shower and a comfortable bed instead of having to sleep in their trailer.     

I’m really looking forward to the weekend and so is Maggie Doone.  Where there is BBQ on a plate, there is bound to be some on the ground for a small dog with fast moves!

Going Sailing on a Bonus Day!

January 7, 2012 by theAddison

Whenever we get days with weather like this I call them Bonus Days.  It is the first week of January and the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 70s.  Days like these are why people move to Florida.

We took full advantage of a Bonus Day yesterday and went sailing.  Our two sons, Matt and Dan, are visiting the Addison for the first time and we thought a sailing trip might be a good way to see some of the waters around the island.  We booked a half-day sail with Captain Tony of Windward Sailing and away we went.

We sailed out the Saint Mary’s River, past Fort Clinch and out into the Atlantic where the wind picked up and we headed south along the Amelia Island.  We weren’t far enough off shore to see the Right Whales that are here this time of year but we did see lots of dolphins.  On the way back to the marina we sailed along close to the Cumberland Island shore looking for wild horses.  We had a great day and Lee even got to steer the boat!


A Peck of Pickled Pepper Eggs

November 20, 2011 by theAddison

The Amelia Island Bed And Breakfast Association, of which the Addison is a member, just launched their new cook book.  We contributed several recipes, mostly egg based, to the cookbook.  When I say “we” I mean Shannon.  Shannon does most of the creative work at the inn including menu development and recipe testing so she was a natural for contributing to the cookbook.

I personally did not contribute a single recipe to the cookbook but would like to share one of my favorites with you.  Pickled eggs are easy to make, taste great and keep forever.  The bars back in Ontario used to keep jars of them on the bar unrefrigerated for months. 

Start with hard boiled eggs.  You can skip this section if you know how to hard boil an egg.  Fill the bottom of a pot with chicken eggs still in their shells, cover them with water, put the lid on the pot and turn on the gas.  As soon as the water starts boiling move the eggs off of the heat and just let them sit, still with the lid on, for 20 minutes. At the 20 minute mark pour out the hot water and add cold water a few times.  This cools the eggs down and stops the cooking.  Peel the eggs.

Put the peeled eggs in a jar.  Cover the eggs with half white vinegar and half water.  Cover and refrigerate for about a week before eating.  The batch I just made (see photo) has some dill from our herb garden and a sliced jalapeno pepper in the jar as well.  I’ve also added garlic in other batches.  You can herb it up as much as you want or just leave in plain vinegar and water.

PIckled eggs make a great snack day or night.  Maybe you could experiment with some spices (crushed red peppers?) or herbs and let me know how it turns out?

Amelia Cruizers Car Show Coming Up!

September 30, 2011 by theAddison

Jim was out cruising in his 65 Corvair the other afternoon.  He has this car in such great shape he’s thinking of entering it in the Amelia Cruizers Car Show that is coming up on October 15th.

There are two car shows on the island and the Cruizer show is by far my favorite.  The main reason is that I can actually attend the event!  It is held right downtown, just a block away, and I can walk through the show with Maggie Doone.  The other car show?  You have to drive to get there and the tickets are $45!

Early Saturday the 15th you’ll hear the cars coming to line up along Center Street.  Some are trailered in but a lot roll in under their own power.  There were 280 cars in last years show.  There are some classic cars but mostly cars from the 60s and 70s that guys have restored or customized on their own.  That is another reason that I like this show.  Most of these are cars that I could own some day, they aren’t $6.3 million Ferraris like at last year’s Concours auction.

Food vendors will be lining the street and there will be a DJ playing music from the 50s.  The car owners are usually with their cars and they are happy to answer any questions about them. The show goes until late afternoon when trophies are awarded, engines are started and the street empties.        

Twilight Cruise on Amelia River

August 24, 2011 by theAddison

Amelia River Cruises now offers a 2-hour BYOB Twilight Cruise. The boat leaves the Fernandina Marina and goes over to Cumberland Island and up Beech Creek to where the ruins of Dungeness Mansion lie.  That is me in the picture with Maggie Doone as we set off on the cruise.  Maggie loves going on the boat. 

The big difference between this cruise and their other cruises is that there is no narrated history on this cruise but there is live music being played by local musicians.  And you can bring your own bottle of wine or 4-pack of cold PBR.  We shared the boat last night with a bunch of people who were celebrating a birthday.  That is Captain (and owner) Kevin McCarthy driving the boat.     

The cruise left the marina and headed up Amelia River to Cumberland Island.  We went up Beech Creek looking for dolphins but got a spectacular look at the sunset instead.  Shannon, Maggie Doone and myself love getting out on the water but don’t get out often enough so this was a real treat. The weather was perfect and the sun set right where it was supposed to.  There were just enough clouds in the sky to make the sunset interesting.  Check out our Facebook page for the full photo gallery.

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