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.
April 6th, 2015 by David Jones
January 5th, 2015 by David Jones
Calling all foodies! Restaurant Week is returning to Amelia Island for its 7th annual debut January 16th through 25th. This delectable time period allows you to choose from more than 70 different and distinctive restaurants, all with an enticing array of dining options sure to please every palate. The majority offer prix-fixe menus and many offer amazing and tantalizing specials during this time period. Make it a weekend or even a few days and stay here at the Blue Heron Inn. Most of the participating restaurants are located in the downtown Fernandina Beach historic district and are just a few walking blocks away from the Blue Heron Inn. For a complete listing of restaurants participating go to ameliaisland.com/yummy. Bon appetite!
December 19th, 2014 by David Jones
Love books? Love to read? Love Amelia Island? You can appreciate all three this February 19-21 when the Amelia Island Book Festival returns to Fernandina. Now in its 14th year, this upcoming Festival (AIBF) promises many new and expanded offerings as well as some favorites! The festival begins Thursday night with musician/author Zara Phillips. Workshops start Friday morning and last through Saturday afternoon, highlighting everything from historical fiction to publishing to readings and lots in between! A major highlight of this year’s festival is the one-two punch of keynote and featured special event speakers, Carolyn Curry and Bill Curry. This husband-wife team offer different perspectives on life and the art of writing but also complement each other wonderfully. Mark your calendars and reserve your room here at the Blue Heron Inn today!
December 8th, 2014 by David Jones
Theatre tickets make great Christmas presents! We are so lucky here on Amelia Island to have three wonderful and talented community theaters! Amelia Musical Playhouse is a theater in the round here on the island and offers live music venues. Playing this month is “Peter Pan” and “The UnXmas Story”. The rock musical “Hair” kicks off the 2015 season on January 8th. Just down the street from the Blue Heron Inn is the Amelia Community Theatre. Playing through December is “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol” and kicking off the new year is “Grease” opening in February. Also within walking distance from the inn is the Fernandina Little Theatre. Modeled on the popular “black box” and Equity-waiver theater spaces of Los Angeles and New York City, this theatre stages diverse and engaging productions in an intimate space. “Love Letters” will start the season there in January. Why not consider packaging up your tickets with a weekend stay at the Blue Heron Inn? Who wouldn’t enjoy such an entertaining and fun-filled gift? For complete season and show information please visit each theatre site: www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org; www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.
December 4th, 2014 by David Jones
Thanks to everyone for making this year’s Cookie Tour so successful! More than 700 people came out on a beautiful Saturday last month to tour six inns and bed and breakfasts in the downtown Historic District, sample a delicious homemade cookie and collect the recipe to take home! All the inns were gussied up in their holiday finery which provided ample opportunities for guests to get inspired and collect decorating ideas. Participants could hop on the trolley or enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride as they strolled from inn to inn. A fun part of the tour is seeing former guests return and welcoming new guests for future visits! But perhaps the best part of the Cookie Tour is the fact that the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association donates a portion of its profits to benefit a local charity. This year’s charity was Micah’s Place, a a local center helping to prevent domestic violence.
September 23rd, 2014 by David Jones
Blue 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
August 25th, 2014 by David Jones
The 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.
August 8th, 2014 by David Jones
Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off
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.
July 28th, 2014 by David Jones
The minute you enter the door and walk up the steps of Centered on Yoga in downtown Fernandina Beach your mood changes. Suddenly you notice the way the light magically dances on the wall from the large star-kissed lights hanging in the stairwell. You begin to smell the gentle relaxing aromas as you make your way up the stairs to the studio.
Once inside, as you unroll your mat,you take in the beautiful view of live oak trees dancing outside the windows.Butwait …. there’s more to come! In addition to the relaxing benefits (both physical and mental) yoga has to offer, be prepared for a good physical workout! Centered on Yoga, almost a year old, is located in the quaint historic district of Fernandina Beach, just steps away from the Blue Heron Inn. They offer classes for beginners and the seasoned “yogies”. Elizabeth and Dan McCranie have made the studio an oasis in which to unwind and escape! They compliment all that with achieving a sense of purpose and balance. Expect to leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed! For more information you can visit them at centredonyoga.com.
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.