Want some some great holiday decorating ideas? Love sampling tasty cookies? Curious to peek inside Amelia Island’s gorgeous bed and breakfast inns? Tickets for this year’s Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association Annual Cookie Tour, Saturday December 12th, are now on sale. Your ticket allows you access to all six classic inns located in the heart of the downtown historic district. While touring each inn you will sample a signature cookie offered by the inn and collect each recipe. Trolly and carriage rides will assist guests as they stroll from inn to inn. A portion of the proceeds this year benefits the Fernandina Beach Friends of the Public Library. This tour is being offered in conjunction with other holiday events as downtown Fernandina Beach is transformed into a “Dickens on Centre” holiday theme. Look for additional information soon but book your weekend now with the Blue Heron Inn. Rooms this weekend won’t last long!
September 2nd, 2015 by David Jones
September 2nd, 2015 by David Jones
Rev’ up your engines! The Annual Cruiser Car Show is back! Check out the varied vintage and collectibles cars this October 17th 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.
August 18th, 2015 by David Jones
You can take in two terrific performances here on Amelia Island in the next two weeks. The Amelia Island Musical Playhouse is featuring the show “Gypsy” on the weekends of August 21st and 28th as well as Sunday matinees. The award-winning performance is about the story of an ultimate stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include “Let Me Entertain You,” “All I Need is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and more! The Amelia Community Theatre (ACT) is presenting “I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change” the same weekends. This small-cast musical comedy is a celebration of the mating game — what it involves and what it may lead to: dating, love, marriage, in-laws, and children. Presented in a revue style, it pays tribute to those who have found the courage to ask, “What are you doing on Saturday night?” Plan a weekend to stay at the Blue Heron Inn while taking in either one of these great performances! For more information you can visit ameliamusicalplayhouse.com or ameliacommunitytheater.com
August 18th, 2015 by David Jones
Kick off the football season and celebrate the art of tailgating here in a beach setting on Amelia Island August 21st and 22nd. This annual event will highlight the collegiate team spirit of those who enjoy the game through the Southern Schools Tailgate Challenge. Teams can represent their school to be judged on the originality and quality of tailgating food selections, beverage choices, tailgate decor, team spirit and more! Gates open Friday at 5 pm with pep-rally style entertainment by great bands from all over. The fun continues all day Saturday until 9 pm. In addition to all-day entertainment the festival will offer various food vendors highlighting traditional tailgating fare, craft beer tasting, a Kids’ Zone, VIP Lounge and more! Book your reservation now at the Blue Heron Inn! For more information, visit greatsoutherntailgateclassic.com.
June 7th, 2015 by David Jones
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.
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.