Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Fun Day on the Ferry

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

If you haven’t ever taken the Mayport Ferry, also known as the Saint Johns River Ferry, across the St. John’s river from Fort George Island to Mayport — do it — you’re in for a trip!  David and I had a couple hours to kill (and we didn’t want to work) so we drove about 30 minutes south from the Blue Heron Inn down A1A to catch this car/passenger ferry.  It leaves about every 30 minutes so we didn’t have long to wait once we arrived.  I’ll have to admit it was cool watching all the cars and motorcycles loading up for the ten minute ride across the river.  Once we got across we hopped into Singleton’s Seafood Shak for a shrimp burger and delicious fried onion rings and conch fritters.  We sat outside on their docks and watched the pelicans do their thing.  There is also another cute seafood restaurant before you board the ferry called the Sand Dollar.  That’s for next time! IMG_9058 IMG_9057 IMG_9055

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.

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

Soulful Blues Return!

August 25th, 2014 by David Jones

images copyThe weather is cooler and the music’s even hotter! The sounds of the Blues will return to Amelia Island on Friday and Saturday, September 12th & 13th, with the 4th annual Amelia Island Blues Festival. Located on the Main Beach in Fernandina Beach, the 2014 Amelia Island Blues Festival takes place just blocks from the Blue Heron Inn.  The festival will feature a melting pot of Chicago Blues, Mississippi Delta Blues and Blues / Rock artists. Legend greats include: Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, Matthew Curry, The Mojo Roots, Curtis Salgado, John Primer, Samantha Fish, Bernard Allison and Ben Prestage.  Bring your chairs to enjoy the sounds!  This event is for all ages. Visit www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com for more information and photos from last years event.  Tickets are now on sale.

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.

November 2013 Holiday Cookie Tour

August 18th, 2013 by David Jones

IMG_4956IMG_4942IMG_4824IMG_4875IMG_4901IMG_4968WOW!  More than 700 people visited our inn this past weekend for the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Holiday Cookie Tour.  The Blue Heron Inn was decked out in its best holiday finery and offered visitors terrific decorating hints and ideas.  Visitors sampled our delicious and much-raved-about “Decadent Dark Chocolate Turtle Cookie Bars” while touring the inn and relaxed by the backyard pool with cookies and cranberry spritzers.  The B&B Association was able to donate $3,000 to “Friends of the Library,” a non-profit group seeking to enhance and modernize Amelia Island’s beautiful historic downtown library.  If you missed it, don’t worry – there will be delicious cookies and recipes again next year!IMG_4873 IMG_4883IMG_4862

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Love and Play Package

February 2nd, 2013 by David Jones

You Have My Heart, Sweet Valentine LoveLove romantic comedies?  If so, you won’t want to miss Almost, Maine, a hilarious yet touching celebration of love at the Amelia Community Theatre throughout February.  Set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, this play, with its large cast of 19, presents nine different stories of couples who fall in and out of love in unexpected and surprising ways, all on the same cold, clear, moonless night.  Lead director Geoffrey King, enjoyed being able to show a slice from so many different relationships, each dealing with different characters and different circumstances.  You’ll meet “love-lost, love-found, love-rediscovered, and love-appreciated.”  A quirky part of the play involves a woman demanding that her boyfriend “return” all the love she has given him.  In another part, a woman carries her broken, hardened heart around in a sack as she keeps watch for the Northern Lights.  Director Laura Swaim believes everyone can relate to most of the scenarios.  Shows run the weekends of Feb. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 and at 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 17.  The theater is just a few walking blocks from the Blue Heron Inn.  Let us arrange a romantic dinner for you before the show! Come celebrate your special romance with us at the Blue Heron Inn.

For more information on Almost, Maine please visit http://www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org/.

For this event we are offering two complimentary tickets to the play Almost, Maine with a two night minimum.  Advance reservations for this offer must be made by calling 904-445-9034.

 

Boneyard Beach…Cool! No Bones About It!

January 7th, 2013 by David Jones

The area around Amelia Island is just brimming with natural wonders!  Take Boneyard Beach, for example.  Don’t let the name scare you – it’s not full of bones – just salt-washed skeletons of live oak and cedar trees that have fallen onto the beach due to beach erosion.  They remain there until the tide takes them out or they become fully eroded.  What you have is a fascinating display of super-large driftwood and a photographer’s dream!  Boneyard Beach is located at the northern most tip of Big Talbot Island, about a 20 minute drive from Amelia Island and a perfect place for a picnic lunch.  There are many cool trails to explore there that provide diverse habitats for bird-watching and nature study.  After exploring on foot consider launching a boat from the north end of the island to fish and tour the salt marshes.  Or consider renting a kayak and taking a guided tour with Kayak Amelia (888) 30-KAYAK.  Kayak tours require advanced reservations.

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