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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Message in a Bottle – Will You Marry Me!

December 21st, 2013 by David Jones

IMG_4205That was the message that Kristen found along this stretch of beach when Donnie proposed to her.
He planned everything from the message in the bottle, WILL YOU MARRY ME written on the beach sand and the
Champagne conveniently hidden nearby.  How romantic is that!
We enjoyed celebrating their engagement with them and can’t wait to see them return.

 

 

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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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Try Beating this Record!

November 17th, 2013 by David Jones

Our returning guests, Jim and Sue from Atlanta, GA have just attended their 54th consecutive Bulldog/Gator game.  They also celebrated their 52nd Anniversary and shared many funny stories with us at Happy Hour.  We look forward to helping them celebrate the 55th game and the 53rd anniversary next year.

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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.

 

Discover the Flavors!

January 12th, 2013 by ameliaislandblueheroninn

Experience a culinary delight the next two weekends on Amelia Island!  Twenty unique restaurants, all located here, are offering  three-course, prixfixe menus in celebration of Amelia Island Restaurant Week, January 18th-27th.  Menus range from $20.13 to $30.13 per person and include appetizer, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage.  The following participating restaurants are located in the historic district and within walking distance from our inn: 29 South, Bonito Grill and Sushi, Brett’s Waterway Cafe’, Crab Trap, Cafe’ Karibo, David’s Restaurant & Lounge, Espana Restaurant & Tapas, Le Clos, Lu Lu’s at the Thompson House, Marina Seafood Restaurant, Merge, Salty Pelican Bar & Grill.  Join us and Bon Appetite!

 

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Brett’s Waterway Cafe’

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Cafe’ Karibo

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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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Fresh Seafood at its Best!

August 27th, 2012 by David Jones

Love fresh seafood?  Then don’t miss the recently opened Timoti’s Fry Shak!  In addition to offering daily specials, Carlin Catanzaro, manager, says the grilled fish and shrimp tacos and the fried shrimp baskets are some of the more popular items on the menu.  She adds that Timoti’s supports the local community by buying fresh produce from the downtown Farmer’s Market, local wild shrimp, and even local beers (try the Intuition line brewed in nearby Jacksonville)!  Located in the heart of the historic district (and within walking distance from the Blue Heron Inn), Timoti’s is a great place to hangout for a good bite or cold beer.  Even the kids can enjoy their own magical ship!

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Manager Carlin Catanzaro and Chef Brian McCarthy

Fresh Daily Menu