Posts Tagged ‘Fernandina Beach’

Car Show Revs Up on the Island

September 13th, 2016 by David Jones

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Rev’ up your engines!  The 22nd Annual Cruiser Car Show is back!  Check out the varied vintage and collectibles cars this October 19th as downtown Fernandina Beach’s Centre Street is transformed into a car enthusiasts dream world!  Stroll along the street admiring all the beautiful and distinctive cars and trucks and speak with their owners about their dream cars.  Plan a weekend around the show by staying at the Blue Heron Inn.  The inn is just steps away from downtown Centre Street.  For more information on the show, please visit: ameliacruizers.org

Cool Thrills!

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

Plan to get soaked!  This two-person catamaran boat ride called Backwater Adventures is good clean fun!  We took our teenager out the other day and joined Matt, our guide and a few other couples.  You navigate your own boat but stay in a group with three to six other boats while the guide boat takes you through the estuaries.  The boat skims along the surface at about 30 miles per hour (or as slow as you want to go)!  Matt took us to cool spots I’ve never seen before here on the island.  We went to about 3-4 different areas were dolphins were gathering, we saw the Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island from the water (beautiful), lots of water birds (even a Great Blue Heron) and stopped on Cumberland to walk around a bit.  The ride is exciting and relaxing at the same time and the scenery is spectacular!  Best of all you catch the ride down at the Marina, just seven blocks from the Blue Heron Inn!IMG_9085IMG_9064 IMG_9067

Wedding Garden No Secret

February 28th, 2016 by David Jones

Let us help you plan you intimate, small, romantic wedding… at the Blue Heron Inn.  The idea of a  “Secret Garden” wedding area here at the Blue Heron all began with an idea from my incredibly smart husband, David.  (Of  course I had some good input, too!)  First, we moved the fence back to enlarge the area right behind the pool.  Next, we cleared out small brush to create cool pathways.  Then we added intimate lanterns, lighting and an iron arbor, found at a local antique store.  Last but not least – a fountain for the relaxing sound of flowing water. We can’t wait for you to see the final rendition…beautiful for small weddings, receptions, or just a “romantic get-a-away!”

 

Romance the Weekend Away!

February 1st, 2016 by David Jones

Beaches_CasualCouple_riding_1418172757224The Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island is offering five different Romance Packages for an unforgettable Valentine’s Weekend.  It’s not too late to reserve your time at the Blue Heron Inn, a historic bed and breakfast inn located just one block off Centre Street.  More than 30 cafes and restaurants are within easy walking distance from the Inn, not to mention countless boutiques, galleries and bars.  The Blue Heron Inn offers all guests a gourmet four-course breakfast, an afternoon “Adult Time Out” happy hour and various other upscale amenities such as luxurious bathrobes, bicycles, beach chairs and more.  Visit the Blue Heron website at AmeliaIslandBlueHeronInn.com or call 904.445.9034 to book your special stay.

Try Powered Hang Gliding!

April 6th, 2015 by David Jones

Gene took us out last weekend for some “unmatched” excitement and fun… and something we had never experienced before here on Amelia Island!  It’s called “powered hang gliding” and you fly in a super-cool flying machine called a “trike.”  After gearing up in a flying suit comparable to NASA-certified gear, we received a safety lesson from our FAA licensed pilot, Gene.  Gene was friendly, experienced and informative.  But most of all – he was in control; something I want at 1,ooo+ feet!  After donning our two-way communication headgear and helmets, we were strapped in and ready to go.  The flying excursions are designed for two people so you ride behind the pilot in the “trike.”  That enables you to relax, enjoy the sites all the while feeling completely at ease.  Gene navigated the way as I asked questions and he made sure I was doing well.  The conversation was enough to be informative but did not prevent me from taking in the beauty and splendor of the specatucular views we experienced of Amelia Island.  We could even make out the Blue Heron Inn!  If you come with more people than yourself (which we did) do not fear!  They have comfortable chairs, bottled water and a safe place to take pictures while you wait on your friends or family.  Most flights last between 30-45 minutes and take off by the Amelia Island Airport.  They will also video tape your flight if you want.  Five stars!  For more information visit www.airamelia.com.IMG_6629IMG_6630IMG_6631

TOP 5 Getaways for End of Summer

September 23rd, 2014 by David Jones

IMG_4192Blue Heron Inn is now in the top five places for end of Summer beach locations.  Please read the article in Visit South Travel magazine.  http://visitsouth.com/lifestyle/article/top-7-end-of-summer-beach-getaways

BBQ at the Beach

August 8th, 2014 by David Jones

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August 22nd and 23rd Amelia Island hosts the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off at Main Beach!   Visitors and residents can enjoy free entertainment and barbeque samplings from some of the top competitors in the country. The Cook-off will feature more than 30 professional teams and backyard amateur teams. Some of the areas greatest bands will be here including Dirt Floor Krackers, Swingin’ Medallions, Rockit Fly, Beech Street Blues Band and Bama Gamblers.  Gates open at 3:00 pm Friday. There is plenty of free parking with complimentary shuttles just a couple blocks from the Blue Heron Inn.  Bring your appetite beach chairs, umbrella and sunscreen!  For more information about the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, including registration details and entertainment schedule, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.

Sailing Anyone?

February 19th, 2014 by David Jones

“This is the only place in the world where you can see a trident nuclear submarine and wild horses at the same time,” says Tony Jones, owner of Windward Sailing on Amelia Island.  Tony has four sailboats in the Marina here in Fernandina Beach that he operates for both his sailing school and private charters.  Tony always knew he loved sailing but when the Windward Sailing School went up for sale, (not sail) Tony knew he had that one chance in a lifetime.  Well, maybe his wife, Cindy did because she’s the one that told him to  “Go for it!”  That was nearly nine years ago.  Today, Tony divides his time pretty much equally between teaching sailing and running charters.  Popular charters include a two-hour sunset cruise and a three- or four-hour day cruise.  Recently his “St. Mary’s Lunch Cruise” has become very popular.  This five hour charter includes a two-hour sail to St. Mary’s, Georgia; a one-hour layover lunch at one of the popular marina restaurants there; and a two-hour sail back to Amelia Island.  The sailing school appeals to sailors of all levels.  If you’re just wondering what sailing is all about, the Introduction to Sailing, a three-hour course, might be right for you.  But if the sailing bug has already bitten, then you have several options to choose from: Basic Sailing, Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Chartering.  All three separate courses award the American Sailing Association Certification and last two and half days each.  Participants spend some time in the classroom but according to Tony, most of the learning occurs right on the water.

And the best part of owning and operating Windward Sailing?  “Meeting people” and “introducing people to the love and thrill of sailing.”  You can read more about Tony and see more of what Windward Sailing offers by visiting windward sailing.com.  The Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island offers sailing excursion packages with Tony and is just a short 7 block walk from the marina where Tony teaches.  Visit ameliaislandblueheroninn.com for more information.IMG_4946IMG_4605

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PJ day downtown!

December 3rd, 2013 by David Jones

IMG_4117IMG_4112Blue Heron Inn guests donned their stylish bathrobes and slippers and headed for the Historic District this past Friday for shopping, shopping, and shopping!  Downtown stores offered discounts and treats for those dressed in their PJs from 8 am until noon.  The men took to T-Rays, a local breakfast/burger joint known for its down-home cooking, for breakfast and then headed off for an afternoon of fishing.  They caught everything but fish…Crab, Stingray, Shark.
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So.. who do you think had more fun?

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Searching for Shark Teeth at Fort Clinch

August 28th, 2013 by David Jones

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Julie and I spent about an hour near the fort to look for shark teeth that get deposited on the beach whenever the Corps of Engineers dredge the channel between Amelia and Cumberland Islands.  We were lucky to find three teeth and our guests have found many more.

 

 

 

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Many people don’t realize that our tiny little island hosts a beautiful, award-winning state park, Fort Clinch.  This 10,000-plus acre park boasts the title, “National Gold Medal Winner” and is America’s only two-time winner.  Not only is it home to the Great Florida Birding Trail and other floral and fauna, you can bask on its pristine beaches, search for rare shells and shark teeth, and take in some history there!   This park provides a critical habitat for numerous wildlife such as white tailed deer, bobcats and raccoons!  With its numerous hiking and biking trails, don’t be surprised if you run into one!  The first weekend of every month the park holds its Civil War Fort Garrisons.  History comes alive as costumed soldiers and civilians recreate life as it might have been during the War Between the States.  Activities include artillery and medical demonstrations, soldier drills, and duties from the Fort’s laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter’s shops.