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.

BBQ at the Beach

August 8th, 2014 by David Jones

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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.

Yoga Anyone?

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. IMG_5619  IMG_5622 IMG_5627

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.

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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.

Jim and Sue from GA

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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