Car Show Revs Up on the Island

September 13th, 2016 by David Jones

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Rev’ up your engines!  The 20th Annual Cruiser Car Show is back!  Check out the varied vintage and collectibles cars this October 15th 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

All that Jazz!

September 13th, 2016 by David Jones

jazzThis year’s Amelia Island Jazz Festival promises to explode with exciting swinging jazz played with passion and soul and expertise by many of today’s leading jazz artists.  This year’s headliners are Jazz Sax Legend, Houston Person, exciting Trumpet and Vocal sensation Bria Skonberg as well as the dynamic Les DeMerle Band with Bonnie Eisele.  In addition, the exciting hot Latin band, Trio Caliente  returns.  More than eight events are scheduled and staged at various venues over the island between Sunday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 9th.  Come to one or all of these fabulous events!  This year’s talent roster promises the best line-up ever!  Prepare for not only extraordinary jazz but many other guest surprises as well!  For more information call the jazz hotline at 904-504-4772 or visit AmeliaIslandJazzFestival.com to buy tickets online.

Cool Thrills!

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

Plan to get soaked!  This two-person catamaran boat ride called Backwater Adventures is good clean fun!  We took our teenager out the other day and joined Matt, our guide and a few other couples.  You navigate your own boat but stay in a group with three to six other boats while the guide boat takes you through the estuaries.  The boat skims along the surface at about 30 miles per hour (or as slow as you want to go)!  Matt took us to cool spots I’ve never seen before here on the island.  We went to about 3-4 different areas were dolphins were gathering, we saw the Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island from the water (beautiful), lots of water birds (even a Great Blue Heron) and stopped on Cumberland to walk around a bit.  The ride is exciting and relaxing at the same time and the scenery is spectacular!  Best of all you catch the ride down at the Marina, just seven blocks from the Blue Heron Inn!IMG_9065IMG_9064 IMG_9067 IMG_9085

Fun Day on the Ferry

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

If you haven’t ever taken the Mayport Ferry, also known as the Saint Johns River Ferry, across the St. John’s river from Fort George Island to Mayport — do it — you’re in for a trip!  David and I had a couple hours to kill (and we didn’t want to work) so we drove about 30 minutes south from the Blue Heron Inn down A1A to catch this car/passenger ferry.  It leaves about every 30 minutes so we didn’t have long to wait once we arrived.  I’ll have to admit it was cool watching all the cars and motorcycles loading up for the ten minute ride across the river.  Once we got across we hopped into Singleton’s Seafood Shak for a shrimp burger and delicious fried onion rings and conch fritters.  We sat outside on their docks and watched the pelicans do their thing.  There is also another cute seafood restaurant before you board the ferry called the Sand Dollar.  That’s for next time! IMG_9058 IMG_9057 IMG_9055

Wedding Garden No Secret

February 28th, 2016 by David Jones

Intimate, small, romantic weddings… at the Blue Heron Inn.  The idea of a  “Secret Garden” wedding area here at the Blue Heron all began with an idea from my incredibly smart husband, David.  (Of  course I had some good input, too!)  First, we moved the fence back to enlarge the area right behind the pool.  Next, we cleared out small brush to create cool pathways.  Then we added intimate lanterns, lighting and an iron arbor, found at a local antique store.  Last but not least – a fountain for the relaxing sound of flowing water. We can’t wait for you to see the final rendition…beautiful for small weddings, receptions, or just a “romantic get-a-away!”

 

Romance the Weekend Away!

February 1st, 2016 by David Jones

Beaches_CasualCouple_riding_1418172757224The Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island is offering five different Romance Packages for an unforgettable Valentine’s Weekend.  It’s not too late to reserve your time at the Blue Heron Inn, a historic bed and breakfast inn located just one block off Centre Street.  More than 30 cafes and restaurants are within easy walking distance from the Inn, not to mention countless boutiques, galleries and bars.  The Blue Heron Inn offers all guests a gourmet four-course breakfast, an afternoon “Adult Time Out” happy hour and various other upscale amenities such as luxurious bathrobes, bicycles, beach chairs and more.  Visit the Blue Heron website at AmeliaIslandBlueHeronInn.com or call 904.445.9034 to book your special stay.

Don’t Miss Restaurant Week!

January 23rd, 2016 by David Jones

Tantalize your tastebuds and come be our guest!  Restaurant Week is in full swing and continues through January 31st here on Amelia Island!  This culinary showcase features the finest as more than 20 island restaurants and cafes offer visitors prix-fixe menus including a $12 lunch option and either a $19 or $31 dinner option.  All come complete with appetizer, entree, dessert and more.  Make it a weekend and stay at the Blue Heron Inn, located in the heart of the downtown historic district.  Most participating restaurants are located within a block or two from the inn.  The Blue Heron Inn features room discounts through the end of January.

Cookie Tour Moves to December

September 2nd, 2015 by David Jones

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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!

Take in a Little Theatre

August 18th, 2015 by David Jones

wasat_Theatre_MasksYou 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

 

BBQ and Tailgating Hit the Island

August 18th, 2015 by David Jones

imagesKick 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.