Start Here: The quintessential Amelia Island experience is a stay at a B&B. Step inside the Addison on Amelia, a charming 14-room antebellum-style inn tucked away down one of Fernandina Beach’s brick streets. A welcome card with a cookie recipe on the back and rocking-chair-adorned balconies evoke a small-town vibe. Innkeepers Bob and Shannon Tidball host happy hour every evening on the veranda where you can enjoy drinks, homemade appetizers like hummus and shrimp salsa, and conversation with the innkeepers and other guests.
Addison on Amelia Island breakfast
1. Start your weekend early by arriving on a Thursday so you can join the Amelia Island Museum of History’s pub crawl. Stories of Amelia Island’s olden days are anything but dry when you listen while sipping pirate punch at the Palace Saloon, Florida’s oldest pub, before hitting four more downtown bars. Reservations required, and admission gets you a drink at each bar.
2. Take in the view from the water with an excursion by Amelia River Cruises. Our picks: the Beach Creek tour, which takes you through the salt marsh and past the ruins of an old Carnergie family mansion on neighboring Cumberland Island, or the adult-only Twilight BYOB cruise, where you can enjoy your favorite beverage while slowly motoring through Cumberland Sound, spotting wild horses and catching a sensational sunset.
3. For dinner, enjoy a leisurely stroll over to España Restaurant & Tapas, a Fernandina Beach favorite, where the authentic flavors of Portugal and Spain are served up in a lively environment.