Monday, April 26, 2010

Conde Nast...

...has given me Dream Fever.  I already liked the name of this boat but now I have a better appreciation for the meaning.  We got the exciting news today that Fairbanks House is a nominee in the Conde Nast Annual Readers' Choice Survey Awards.  Needless to say, we're "over the moon," as my Irish friends would say.  If you've been here and you love us, we sure would appreciate your filling out the survey.  I guess that our thirteenth year really will be the lucky one.  And we thought that the rest of them were...

Fairbanks House

P.S. Almost finished with the new gardens, back to a regular blog schedule soon. Don't forget to check our Facebook page for updates too. Fans get notified of specials and prizes.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Peg Leg Pete and the Family Portrait

Peg Leg Pete has been at the center of thousands of family portraits over the years, including this clan trying to beat the Shrimpfest rush coming up next week.  I'm not sure if they tell their neighbors back home that he's a distant relative or Captain Jack Sparrow, or the truth but  he's provided much entertainment and many reasons to say "cheese" for kids and adults alike for many years now.  He's been "re-bondoed" several times over with a celebratory presentation each time, and the local pirates will show up each and every time to show their respect - and hang out at the Palace Saloon.  Long live Pete!  Arrrrrrgh...

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Azalea Clouds

The azaleas are definitely on the wane but the jasmine is on the rise.  If the jasmine is anything like the azaleas were this year, we're in for a treat.  Maybe they like a cold winter every once in awhile.  Maybe it kills the pests that ail azaleas... and other plants.  Several of our plants look the best that they've ever looked this year, which tells me that we've been planting the wrong things.  We've  got things in the garden that like it colder.  And that's not something that we normally provide around here.  And that's why I'm so excited to tell you about our landscape project going on this week.  We're replacing a whole lot of plants with north Florida native, drought tolerant, eco-friendly, wildlife attracting specimens.  We've even got a large butterfly garden going in in the back yard.  We selected three areas to transform on this project but we're so enthusiastic that Bill and I are taking on some other sections on our own.  Blisters? Yes.  Sore? Yes.  Worth it?  You betcha.  If you haven't stayed with us for awhile, it's time to come back.  Come see what we're doing.  Just in time for Earth Day.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Preserve America Community Designation

Pretty much everyone who lives here - or who visits here - thinks that Fernandina is a pretty cool place but sometimes it's nice to have that national recognition too.  The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places and many individual properties (including Fairbanks House) are on the list as well and there have been other accolades.  But the city's most recent designation was to be named as a "Preserve America Community," in recognition of the ongoing efforts throughout the city.  As an owner of a property built in the 1800's, I'll tell you that the dedication required to do this is enormous and costly so this is no small feat to have an entire community who "gets it".  We're proud to carry the moniker.  Come see for yourself.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, April 17, 2010

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Now that his friend has sold, a fish of a different color has shown up in his place.  His place, naturally, is in front of Go Fish, a fun shop on Centre Street.  Maybe he knows that there are shrimp on the way real soon.  I love these guys.  What do you think?  Should I redecorate a room with a "deep sea" theme?  Not very Victorian, but I like it.

Fairbanks House

Friday, April 16, 2010

Shrimpfest on the Horizon

You can tell that we're getting close to Shrimpfest (two weeks away) because pirates start showing up in all of the shop windows on Centre Street.  Christmas on the River has put away all of their Easter-themed ornaments and brought out the treasure chests, pirate ships and sabers to hang on the tree.  Throw in some conch shells, a couple of shrimp and a peg leg and you've got yourself a party.  And that's what it will be.  See you there.

Fairbanks House

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Circus Boy?

Not sure if his Dad is Shirtless Big Bike Guy but I enjoy the family pastime.

Fairbanks House

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Polly the Trolley

Here comes Willy with another group of passengers out for an evening tour on Polly the Trolley.  Willy offers history and ghost tours along with private group tours by arrangement.  I'm not sure which this was but when they passed by, as is his custom, Willy announced me as an island attraction.  Thanks Willy!

Fairbanks House

Monday, April 12, 2010

Kelley's Courtyard Cafe of Fernandina is Now Open

Nope, not Kelley, but this is Devin, one of the fine servers at Kelley's Courtyard Cafe which opened a couple of days ago.  Locals and visitors alike may recognize this spot as the former La Bodega Courtyard Cafe that closed last year.  By all indications on the menu, prices will be reasonable and they'll be open every day but Sunday.  We sure do miss Lisa from La Bodega but we're grateful for the Kelleys' investment in the community.  Best wishes for much success and I'd appreciate it if you'd save me some of that glazed teriyaki salmon.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bailey House in Bloom

The always-beautiful Bailey House is especially striking this time of year when the azaleas are out.  The carousel horses just dance along the flower tops from bush to bush to bush.  For those of you unfamiliar to the area, the Bailey House was an Amelia Island bed and breakfast until about five years ago when it was converted to a private residence.  I'm told that, on occasion, people still knock on the door looking for a room.  I'm hoping that those folks eventually find their way up the street to us.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Great Boat Name

As regular blog readers will know, I "collect" great boat names.  Here's another of my favorites that enjoyed some time in our friendly marina.  I think they've got just the right idea.

Fairbanks House

Friday, April 9, 2010

Man's Best Friend

What a loyal dog... This guy was sitting on his master's boat, unwilling to be distracted by the woman behind him with the camera, eyes fixed across the way where said party was visiting with some friends.  Good dog.

Fairbanks House .

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Last Flight Out of Amelia Island

I meant to upload this the other day when I saw Harry, but I got distracted by  all of the beautiful flowers and forgot all about him.  "How could you do that?" you ask. "He seems like enough to distract you from everything else".  You'd be right.  Harry often distracts me on my walks and after three hours of discussing the ins and outs of the island we part ways having solved nothing but also having spent an enjoyable three hours trying.  So if you'd like some interesting discourse on anything - anything at all - just stop into the excellent Last Flight Out shop on Centre Street and say "hello" to Harry.  Tell him I sent you.  Buy something while you're there.  He'd like that.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Felix Draws a Crowd

Our Fernandina ambassador and harmonica player extraordinaire packs 'em in wherever he lands.  Tourists and locals, alike, always appreciate the show.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Filtered Light at Sunset

I love the filtered sunlight that's unique to early spring here.  The trees are just starting to fill in, the leaves are a brilliant green and the sun has a place to trickle through to green up the ivy and shrubs below.  The temperatures are just right this time of year for the filtering effect; later on, we'll appreciate the deep shade that's coming.  The "spring green" crayons were never big enough for me... always one of my favorites.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Flowers - There's a Whole Lotta Bloomin' Goin' On on Amelia Island

There's a whole lotta bloomin' goin' on this Easter Sunday on Amelia Island.  Feast your eyes on wisteria, roses, dogwoods, Easter lilies and azaleas.  Happy Easter everyone.   Fairbanks House

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fish for Easter?

It was just a fabulous day to fish,bike, walk, plant, sail, you name it and it looks like this couple selected the former.  I'm hoping that their catch is in a bucket somewhere because the spoils of their labor aren't evident here.  Maybe it will be the traditional ham after all.  But it doesn't really matter because if they were out on a boat on a day like today, they might've even forgotten to drop a line in.

Fairbanks House

Friday, April 2, 2010

Baby Bunny

Don't know who's going to be wearing this but whoever it is will be the cutest little Easter bunny that ever was.  If you're interested, you might be able to snag it in time; it's in the window at Twisted Kidz on Centre Street.  And if you buy it, please sent me a photo.

Fairbanks House

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good Neighbor Peg

These are our neighbors, Peg and Big.  We frequently pass on our respective walks (you may remember Peg's lovely umbrella from a couple of weeks ago), and Big was anxious to get going tonight but I got them to sit still long enough for a portrait. Peg and her husband, Charlie, are renovating one of the island cottages across the street from us on Sixth.  The beneficiaries of the bed and breakfast association Cookie Tour will be animal charities this year and, as a fellow animal lover, Peg has agreed to help me with the planning and legwork.  We might be on slightly opposite teams though because we'll be featuring a cats vs dogs theme, but I bet that there will be lots of cooperation among the species.  Look here for more announcements regarding the Tour in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, save the date of November 20th 1pm - 5pm.  Woof.  Meow.

Fairbanks House