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INKEEPERS NOTES

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Elizabeth Pointe had the pleasure of hosting the lovely sister duo, Palm Beach Lately, while they were visiting Amelia Island writing a Guide to Amelia for Flamingo Magazine.  Here is a highlight from that article with a link to the full article below.

 

With only 30 minutes remaining of a five-hour journey from our home near Palm Beach to Amelia Island in Northeast Florida, the monotonous four-lane highway finally eased into a winding two-lane beach road, at times surrounded by endless marshland and at others canopied by old oak trees and wrapped in pine forest. A few remnants of Hurricane Irma piled on the roadside reminded my sister Beth and me just how severe the monster storm had been only one month earlier. But on this afternoon, the sun was shining, and a barely-there October chill in the air suggested a wonderful autumn weekend ahead in one of the oldest parts of our state. Any stress built up from our busy routines blogging and juggling family life flew out the window as Beth and I approached our destination for the weekend, the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, a gray wood-shingled inn nestled among the sand dunes on a quiet stretch of beach.

The sisters’ matching trunks at the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge; Photography by Iris Moore
Beth and I had come to Amelia Island for what we like to call a “sistercation,” a tradition we started years ago to take stock of our sisterly bond and reconnect in adventurous new ways. It’s not easy for us to interrupt our blogger-meets-mom rhythms that we love so much, but we always return from these jaunts to our jobs and our kids feeling refreshed and inspired. Past getaways have taken us to more familiar South Florida locales, but this time we decided to head north, beyond Palm Beach County and past Orlando, to the northernmost reaches of Florida to experience the area’s natural beauty and soak in the history, culture, and a little rosé, too.

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BLACK FRIDAY AND BEYOND

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Beyond on Amelia Island

Big box stores are already releasing their ads for deals the weekend following Thanksgiving—but many quality deals may be found in the heart of Amelia Island. From Black Friday all the way to Giving Tuesday, and up through Christmas, find the perfect gift for each person on your Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa list on Amelia Island!

Here are some of the many specialty stores Amelia Island has to offer, but by far is only a selection. Be sure to check out all the special boutiques while you're exploring the Island!

To kick off your Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza, consider joining in on the Black Friday Pajama Party, held by Pajama Dave's, begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Last year's event included live music, a costume contest, miniature golf, and appearances from Santa Claus himself! You won't want to miss this annual event! Visit facebook.com/pajamadaves for more information.

Lindy's is located at 110 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, priding itself in original designs. It's the perfect place to visit for a one-of-a-kind selection. Visit lindysjewelry.com for more information.

Robison Jewelry, located at 217 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, keeps a broad collection of jewelry, ranging from eclectic to classic styles. Each piece of jewelry is hand-set by this locally owned and operated business. Visit robisonjewelry.com for more information.

Villa Villekulla is the go-to spot for toy purchases in Fernandina. Toys to play with outside or inside, toys to engage critical thinking, toys for every occasion. You'll find something for more than just the kids on your list at this store. Visit villavillekullatoys.com for more information. Villa Villekulla is located at 5 S. 2nd St. in downtown Fernandina Beach.

Would it really be Christmas without a visit to Christmas Shop on the River? Located at 110 Centre St. Amelia Island, this specialty store boasts all things Christmas. Right now, the store has a 20 percent discount on ornaments.

The Book Loft boasts a huge collection of rare and/or signed books, as well as a special pirate book collection, a selection of historic Florida and Georgia books, and a kids section. Located at 214 Centre St. Amelia Island, The Book Loft is two stories of great titles for every person's wish list.

And last but not least, you can't forget to find something for the furry friend on your Christmas list. Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique will show your four-legged friend you truly care. The freshly-made dog treats are baked with fresh and healthy ingredients.  The perfect stocking stuffer for your Fur Baby!

THANKSGIVING ON AMELIA ISLAND

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If you don’t feel like cooking a full-course turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, Elizabeth Pointe serves a special Thanksgiving menu to guests as well as to the public.  Enjoy ocean views and relaxed dining at the Inn from 11-1.  For other options, look no further than one of the many restaurants serving meals at Amelia Island.

For a casual meal, visit Barbara Jean’s. Barbara Jean’s boasts traditional southern cuisine. Golf Club of Amelia will also host a casual-style dining experience at their clubhouse. The Golf Club of Amelia is located at 4700 Amelia Island Parkway.

For less-traditional feasting, visit Pablo’s Mexican Grill or Horizons. Pablo’s will have Mexican cantina fare and an outdoor courtyard for patrons to enjoy. Horizons has options for the vegetarian food enthusiast and offers seafood. Pablo’s is located at 12 N. 2nd Street and Horizons is located at the Omni on First Coast Highway.

For a fine dining experience, the Island offers many venues. David’s Restaurant, and the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island will offer patrons a sophisticated, fine-dining experience. David’s is located at 802 Ash Street, and The Ritz is located at 4750 Amelia Island PArkway. Check these locations ahead of time to ensure a seat at their tables.

To work up an appetite, consider running in the Turkey Trot 5k. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at Racquet Park at Omni Amelia Island Plantation (102 Racquet Park Drive), this event is open to all ages. There is a $25 fee for adults to race and a $15 fee for children 10 and younger. The race is time-chipped, beginning and ending at Racquet Park. Part of the proceeds from the race will benefit the McArthur Family YMCA.

DINING AL FRESCO ON AMELIA ISLAND

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The perfect way to spend an evening on Amelia Island is dining al fresco in one of the many restaurants that offer delicious cuisine in the open air. While many of our guests choose to stay at the Inn to dine oceanfront at The Pointe Restaurant, there are other wonderful outdoor dining options.  Here are a few of our favorites.

Fresh seafood and entrees with a local flavor are served in a private brick patio courtyard at Joe's 2nd Street Bistro. The shrimp and grits are always a great selection. www.joesbistro.com

The newest addition to the downtown restaurant scene, 801 Kitchen and Bar serves up Southern comfort food with a new twist.  Enjoy your meal and perfect handcrafted cocktail under the stars on the brick patio. www.801kb.com

The Salty Pelican is a local drinking hole with the best sunset view on the island.  A casual atmosphere with fresh local seafood and an extensive drink menu and views of the harbor that can't be beat, this is a place to relax and take in the authentic Amelia Island experience. www.thesaltypelican.com

At Burlingame Restaurant in historic downtown, Chef Chad creates seasonally inspired, modern American food with a twist and an upscale outdoor dining option. A bottle of wine and beautifully perfect entrees, this is a wonderful option for a special night out on the island. burlingamerestaurant.com

On the south end of the island, Bar Zin, an American bistro, offers patio seating and an extensive wine menu. www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com

A favorite of locals and guests alike, España Restaurant & Tapas serves Spanish and Portuguese flavors in a beautiful outdoor garden setting. Be sure to order the house made sangria to enjoy with your meal. espanadowntown.com

Café Karibo’s offers two patio areas to enjoy casual eclectic cuisine and craft brews.  The sangria and salads are local lunch favorites.  www.cafekaribo.com

Authentic crepes and world cuisine are offered in a beautiful large patio at The Patio Place wine bar and bistro.  This laid-back spot offers brunch, lunch, and dinner with an extensive wine menu and live music in the evenings. patioplacebistro.com

SHOP AMELIA ISLAND STYLE

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There is something for everyone on Amelia Island and while this is the place to come for the beach and relaxation there are some fabulous boutique options for people who love to shop!

Lori+lulu is one of the premiere boutiques on the island. Boasting brands such as 360 Sweater, Alice & Trixie, Analili, Bittersweet Designs, Calypso St. Barth, CP Shades, David Cline, Elisa Cavaletti, Fresh Laundry, Genetic Denim, Goddis, Gypsy 05, Gypsy Global Jewelry, Hale Bob, James Jeans, Johnny Was, Judy P, Krazy Larry, Liebeskind, Lisette, MiracleBody, Mododoc, Mystique, Planet, Sorrelli Jewelry, Susanna Monaco, Theia Jewelry, Three Dots, Tolani, and Young, Fabulous & Broke, Lori+lulu carries luxury designer clothing for women. Located at 213 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Lori+lulu is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.. For more information, visit lorilulu.com.

An offshoot of Lori+lulu, Pearl Boutique is a women's luxury boutique that sells ladies' apparel and accessories. Located at 503 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina, the store also carries lingerie and ladies swimwear. Hours of operation for Pearl are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Featured brands include Lily Pulitzer and PJ Harlow loungewear.

JJ Cooper, a men's apparel store located at 216 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina, is the perfect spot to pick up fashionable clothing and accessories for the man in your life. JJ Cooper's hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Featured brands of this store include Peter Millar, Barbour, Bugatchi, Fish Hippie, Filson, Paige Denim, DL1961 Denim, Hiltl, Lucchese Boots, Smathers & Branson, Brackish Bowties, Collared Greens, SAXX underwear, SWIMS shoes, Aftco, Mizzen+Main, Happy Socks, Moore & Giles leather goods, A Fish Named Fred, Wolf & Shepherd, Col Littleton. For more information, visit jjcooper.net.

Twisted Sisters is an eclectic clothing shop located at 402 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina. The store boasts its eclectic clothing and home décor items. In this whimsical store, pets are welcome to help you decide on the perfect purchase. Twisted Sisters is open Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TwistedSistersAmelia/.

Lindy's offers the trendiest accessories on Amelia Island.  From pieces handcrafted by the owner, Lindy, to unique pieces from designers like Cumberland Island's Gogo Jewelry, this jewelry store has it all. Lindy's is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  For more information visit lindysjewelry.com

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES

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Having the rainy day blues? People associate the beach with sunshine and blue skies, sometimes a rainy day will creep up. Fortunately, Amelia Island boasts many places and activities to make even the stormiest day enjoyable. Covered porches at the Inn and the library are perfect places to curl up with a book and a glass of tea on a rainy day but if you want to venture out, here are some options.

Shady Ladies Art Studios

You have to make sure to visit the Shady Ladies Art Studio on your Amelia Island visit. Located at 432 B South 8th Street, Fernandina, The Shady Ladies is composed of artists Linda Green, Amy Baker, Mary Libby, Lisa Inglis, and Susan Ryan. Upcoming show themes will include: “I Love This Place” for August, “As Time Goes By” for September, “All Our Best” for October, “Instruments and Musicians” for November, and “Holiday Market” for December. Currently, the Studio is showing “Some Like It Hot” for the month of July. “I Love This Place” is slated to open August 3. For more information about the Shady Ladies, visit shadyladiesart.com

The Amelia Island Museum of History

On your Amelia Island visit, carve out an afternoon to see the Amelia Island Museum of History. This museum boasts tours and an interactive children's center. The current showcase exhibit is “It Came from the Attic: Fossils” which displays and teaches about many fossils of animals and creatures that once inhabited the area. The museum is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit www.ameliamuseum.org.

Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum

For an eclectic, hands-on museum experience, visit the Pinball Museum. For a full experience, patrons get to play vintage and modern pinball games. The Pinball Museum is open Wednesday-Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday noon-9 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m. For more information visit www.fbpinball.com.

The Cinnamon Bear Country Store
Find the perfect Amelia Island souvenir at the Cinnamon Bear. Find whimsical gifts, old-fashioned candies, and other great gifts to bring back to family members, or just stop in for some delectable ice cream. The store is open 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is a family owned establishment. The store is located at 107 Centre Street, Fernandina. For more information, visit www.cinnamonbearstores.com.

Eight Flags Antique Market

Browse the many booths that line the large antique market for treasures of all kinds. From collectable cards to handmade furniture, this little shop has something for everyone.  The store is located at 602 Centre Street, Fernandina. 

The Book Loft Bookstore

This old fashioned bookstore is two stories filled with new releases, local authors, and old favorites.  Relax in the store to read or buy a book and head back to the Inn to enjoy!  The store is located at 214 North Centre, Fernandina. www.thebookloftamelia.com

AUGUST ON AMELIA ISLAND

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Summer is still in full swing on Amelia Island! Here are some of the Island highlights this month:

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

The Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover for kids and their stuffed animal companions. Held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. August 11, kids are invited to come in their pajamas with a stuffed animal to enjoy snacks, complete a craft, and enjoy a bedtime story. Stuffed animals will stay overnight, and their owners may come back the next morning to see what their furry friends did while they were gone. The cost of this event is $5 per stuffed animal. The event proceeds benefit the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Villa Villekulla is located at 5 S. Second St., Fernandina Beach.

Artrageous Artwalk

The 2nd Saturday of every month, the Artrageous Artwalk is held in Fernandina Beach. From 5-8 p.m August 12, the galleries located at X y z. Sponsored by the Amelia Island Arts Council, participants may enjoy appetizers as they view local art at participating galleries. For more information on the Artrageous Artwalk, visit http://islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk/.

Avenue Q at Amelia Island Community Theater

Get your theater fix by watching the Avenue Q puppet performance at the Amelia Island Community Theater. This Tony-Award winning play is suitable for teens through adults, as adult themes, language, and puppet nudity are present in the play. Come enjoy the two-hour performance on August 11-12, 17-20, and 23-26. The Amelia Island Community Theater is located at 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Performances begin at 8 p.m., and the admission fee is $25.

Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours

Three drinking-themed tours, Mixology, Cocktail, and Booze & Bites, will meet on various occasions throughout the month of August in Downtown Amelia Island. The Mixology Tasting Tour will visit four different watering holes and guests will have the opportunity to learn how to mix a cocktail while learning about each bar's history. This tour will meet on Fridays and Saturdays in August from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Guests will also have the chance to vote on the best cocktail and enjoy tastings at each location. Booze and Bites Tour will stop at two restaurants downtown. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet the owners and chefs and enjoy samples on the tour. The Booze and Bites Tour will meet every Thursday and Friday from 2:30-5 p.m. The Cocktails Tour will take guests on four stops to different Amelia Island watering holes. Like the Mixology tour, guests will have the opportunity to meet with bartenders to learn how to make different cocktails, and learn about each bar's history. Cocktails will meet each Sunday in August from 2-4 p.m., Each tour will meet at the Hola Cuban Cafe, located at 117 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach. The cost of Mixology and Cocktail tours is $45, and the cost of Booze & Bites is $59. For more information, contact Audrey Dollar at 904-330-5746 or by email at ameliatastingtours@gmail.com.

Farmer's Market Tour and Class
Farmer's Market on Amelia Island is held Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. It is held at the Amelia Island Culinary Academy, located at 25 S. 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. For just $40, you can accompany Chef Bill Thompson at the market to learn how to shop fresh produce like a chef. Chef Bill will then use his purchases to create dressings and dips. For more information, contact Thompson at 904-515-6863 or by email at chef@ameliacooking.com.

Les DeMerle Trio Jazz Party Weekend

From 6-9 p.m. On August 26, people of all ages are invited to enjoy the Les DeMerle Jazz Trio at Horizons Restaurant, located at 5472 First Coast Hwy Fernandina Beach. Jazz musician Les DeMerle is a famous drummer and the Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. For more information, contact DeMerle at 904-277-7942 or by email at ldmm@bellsouth.net.

Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents 'Always Patsy Cline'

This 2-actor play details the life of country music super star, Patsy Cline. All ages are welcome to this performance, held at 1955 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admission for performances is $20 ($15 for students) and performances will be held August 25-27.

JULY ON AMELIA ISLAND

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Summer is in full swing on Amelia Island, jam packed with activities to suit everyone each and every week this July. Here are some of the Island highlights this month:

Amelia Island Museum of History Pub Crawl

Held weekly in July, the Amelia Island Museum of History's Pub Crawl is a historic tour with a twist. Patrons will tour three historic pubs on the tour. One ticket per bar will buy patrons not only a drink, but a stein full of history. These pub tours will be held Thursdays in July (6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th) beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Marine Welcome Center and Shrimping Museum and ending at midnight. This event costs $25 per person and is limited to patrons aged 21 and older. The museum is located at 17 S. Front St., Fernandina Beach FL. For more information, contact Thea at 904-261-7378, extension 105 or by email at thea@ameliamuseum.org.

Amelia Island Museum of History Ghost Tour

On July 7, 14, 21, and 28 (every Friday) from 6-7 p.m., take the entire family on a historical ghost tour of Amelia Island. The cost of the tour is $10 for adults and $5 for students, and the tour is open to all ages. Tours meet behind St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach FL 32034. For more information, contact Thea Seagraves at 904-261-7378, extension 105 or by email at thea@ameliamuseum.org.

Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours

Three drinking-themed tours, Mixology, Cocktail, and Booze & Bites, will meet on various occasions throughout the month of July in Downtown Amelia Island. The Mixology Tasting Tour will visit four different watering holes and guests will have the opportunity to learn how to mix a cocktail while learning about each bar's history. This tour will meet on Fridays and Saturdays in July from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Guests will also have the chance to vote on the best cocktail and enjoy tastings at each location. Booze and Bites Tour will stop at two restaurants downtown. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet the owners and chefs and enjoy samples on the tour. The Booze and Bites Tour will meet every Thursday and Friday from 2:30-5 p.m. The Cocktails Tour will take guests on four stops to different Amelia Island watering holes. Like the Mixology tour, guests will have the opportunity to meet with bartenders to learn how to make different cocktails, and learn about each bar's history. Cocktails will meet each Sunday in July from 2-4 p.m., Each tour will meet at the Hola Cuban Cafe, located at 117 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach. The cost of Mixology and Cocktail tours is $45, and the cost of Booze & Bites is $59. For more information, contact Audrey Dollar at 904-330-5746 or by email at ameliatastingtours@gmail.com.

Farmer's Market Tour and Class
Farmer's Market on Amelia Island is held Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. It is held at the Amelia Island Culinary Academy, located at 25 S. 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. For just $40, you can accompany Chef Bill Thompson at the market to learn how to shop fresh produce like a chef. Chef Bill will then use his purchases to create dressings and dips. For more information, contact Thompson at 904-515-6863 or by email at chef@ameliacooking.com.

Drums are Fun Summer Camp

Held every Wednesday in July, the Drums are Fun Summer Camp is for all ages. In this series, students will be trained by Les DeMerle, a famous drummer, who is also the Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Students will learn how to hold drum sticks, how to count rhythms, and other rudimentary skills. Students will be able to apply knowledge gained from these classes to numerous musical styles, including jazz, rock, Latin Big Band, and show music. Classes meet at the Peck Center, located at 516 10th Street in Fernandina from 1-3 p.m. Each class is $25, or $80 for all of them. For more information, contact DeMerle at 904-277-7942 or by email at ldmm@bellsouth.net.

Harlem of the South

Presented by the Amelia Musical Playhouse, Harlem of the South celebrates musical stylings of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cab Calloway. The performance will take place from 7-9 p.m. on July 20-22 and will be held at the Amelia Musical Playhouse, located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Learn the foxtrot and tango! This event, held at the Amelia Musical Playhouse, located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina is open to teens through senior citizens. It is held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. July7, 8, 13, 14, and 15.

JULY 4TH ON AMELIA ISLAND

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Grab a front row seat on the beach at Elizabeth Pointe or a cozy rocker with a glass of wine on the porch to watch the fireworks on boats and private homes along the ocean.  Or if you feel like venturing out to enjoy the 4th's festivities, there are two notable events.  The Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration and the Hometown All-American 4th of July Celebration are how Amelia Islanders celebrate Independence Day.

The Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration, held at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia, boasts activities for activities for all ages such as crab races, lawn games, balloon and caricature artists, and live music by The Bama Gamblers. The showcase of the event is a barbecue buffet, filled with American coastal classic dishes. A fireworks display choreographed to music will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Admission to this event is $99 for adults, $33 for children age 5-12. A meal of seafood, bistro steak, fresh local fish and shrimp, hamburgers, salads, sides and a dessert bar are included with this experience. Reservations are requested.

For more information on the Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton, contact The Ritz-Carlton at 904-277-1100. The Ritz-Carlton is located at 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL 32034.

The Hometown All-American 4th of July Celebration is an exciting coastal festival, highlighted by a stunning fireworks display. Open to all ages, the festival showcases a pie-eating contest (because what is more American than pie?), live music, various vendors, and activities for kids. Try your hand at the Uncle Sam lookalike contest or bring rover to the All-American dog contest. There will also be an All-American bicycle ride, with both children and adult divisions.

This event lasts from 5-10 p.m. on July 4 at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina. For more information, contact Jay Robertson at jrobertson@fbfl.org or 904-310-3361.