Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sweet Little Pocket Park

Over the last couple of years, Fernandina has been putting in a few "pocket parks" - little vacant spits of land between buildings that have been a bit of an eyesore in the past but are now quite lovely.  They've added grass, trees, benches and sometimes sculpture by local artists.  This one on Centre Street is between Christmas On the River and Lemongrass, a new clothing and accessories store "radiating a vintage surf shop motif".  (for those of you a bit familiar with the area, this shop has replaced Last Flight Out.)  This little park is actually shaded most of the day so it's a great place to take a break from shopping... with an ice cream cone in hand.  Nice job, Fernandina.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Flowering Baskets of Centre Street

Most of the lovely flowering baskets on Centre Street have recently been updated with the change of season.  This particular one outside of the Marina Seafood Restaurant caught my eye - and you can see why.  Nothing says "summer" like blazing orange impatiens.  I'm not sure how long they'll hang in there in that direct sun but they're certainly a welcome sight right now.  Just beautiful.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

We remember.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Egret and Me

This beautiful egret and I were the only ones out during my early morning walk.  It's such a peaceful time:  before Fernandina rises for work, before the tourists get up from their sleep-in and before any cars have hit the street.  There's also no traffic on the water - or the docks - so the birds are still wallowing in their time to enjoy the river, as well.  There are lots of early morning beachwalkers but in town, its just the egret and me.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Easter Egg Cottage in Spring

From time to time, I like to check in on the Easter Egg Cottage (my name for it) to see what garden treats they have on display for the season.  As expected, a glorious abundance of  pastels is being featured for your eye-candy pleasure this Spring.  A basket here, a birdcage there, a chair, a flowering basket, a shrub or a fence post topper; if there's a place for color, she's got it covered.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Big Fish - Little Girl

I love to watch the little kids when they discover the koi "pond" in front of the Ship's Lantern on Centre Street.  They get so excited that I've seen a few of them almost take a header straight into the moat.  And, if truth be told, lots of the parents are pretty excited to see these big, friendly fish up so close too.  One of the joys of being in a small town is that there are ample opportunities like this to remain innocent just a little bit longer.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sounds on Centre - May Version

What a crowd for Sounds on Centre tonight!  Tonight, Big Vic and the Screaming Deacons played "sock hop" music for the First Friday Concert on Centre Street.  Poodle skirts, bobby socks, cats-eye glasses and more were on display at this event sponsored by the Doo Wop Diner.  For those of you who don't know, this street party takes place every first Friday of the month from March through October.  As you can tell by the crowd, this free event is definitely worth putting on your calendar.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pepper's - New Fernandina Mexican Restaurant

Downtown Fernandina now has two Mexican restaurants: Pablo's, a guest favorite, and now Pepper's, a resstaurant that has relocated from the center of the island.  Many of our guests will remember the old Bank of America building at the corner of Centre and Sixth, but this is what it looks like now.  Local businessman, Don Shaw, bought the building a couple of years ago, put a good bit of money into bringing it in line with bricked look of the rest of Centre Street, and split it into two sections that now house some fine casual eateries.  The General Store deli opened late last year, and now Peppers has opened featuring casual Mexican dining inside and out.  We're grateful to all investors for their efforts and our guests are happy that they now have two more choices within a couple of blocks of Fairbanks House.  And the neighborhood smells sooooo good.  We now have nine restaurants within two blocks of the inn.  Yum.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival 2011!

What a perfect weekend it was for the 2011 Amelia Island Shrimp Festival!  There was a threat of rain for the parade Thursday evening but it cleared up the instant that things got underway.  After that it was blue skies, pirates, shrimp, art, music and 150,000 people

We always have a great crowd for Shrimpfest but this year we had five couples who had stayed with us before and five couples who used to live in Fernandina.  We've always felt that Shrimpfest is Amelia Island's Homecoming, but this year the evidence was clear.  And you're all welcome to join them next year.

Monday, February 21, 2011

What a Perfect Amelia Island Weekend!

A military elopement, a perfect sunset, a Fairbanks House favorite couple three-peat, a warm sunny farmers market, a "hot" chili cookoff, and another great girls' weekend. It just doesn't get any better than that.