December 3rd, 2013 by David Jones
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.
August 28th, 2013 by David Jones
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.
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.
February 2nd, 2013 by David Jones
Love 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.
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!
Brett’s Waterway Cafe’
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.
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!
Manager Carlin Catanzaro and Chef Brian McCarthy
Fresh Daily Menu
May 14th, 2012 by David Jones
Flowers Abound on Greenway
I felt like a first grader on a nature walk! Venture out to Egan’s Creek Greenway on Amelia Island and you are sure to get lost in your surroundings. . . in a good way! Around every bend you are in for surprises. From native fauna to local birds and wildlife, this natural setting with its grassy trails is a designated stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Native Birds Abundant
View of Marshland on Greenway
Rangers have developed and marked two trails, a red trail and a blue trail. Maps are available to help guide your walk or bike ride. Depending on the season, visitors can see a variety of birds and wildlife within the 300-plus protected acres.
February 24th, 2012 by David Jones
Please read this blog from writer Susan Friedman of Florida travel Life about her recent stay at the Blue Heron Inn.
Elegant Dining for Breakfast