Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Tribe Has Spoken

And you have not been voted off the island.  In fact, the tiki torches here are inviting you to Lulu's at the Thompson House.  Some of you probably remember this restaurant as Lulu's Bra and Grill.  That version closed a couple of years ago and the folks that recently bought it decided to take things in a new direction and the reviews have been quite favorable.  Many of our long-time guests still miss the "D-Cup" desserts, but they're enjoying the new version too.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Monday, September 27, 2010

Autumn Skies

Make me happy.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Consignment Shops - We've Got 'em

Consignment shopping is a favorite activity of our guests, and for good reason.  We've got several really good ones on the island.  They each have their own "character," as evidenced in the Buy-Gones "open" sign, but they all have great bargains.  We had a guest last week overhear one of our ladies' groups that was headed out to do some consignment shopping and she'd never heard of it.  She headed out the door and came back with four full bags of bargains.  Several months ago I even made a Google map of the shops for our guests.  But someone has done a better job than me so here's a more complete version.  Just click on the map to enlarge and get the details.  See you at the shops.

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Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Friday, September 24, 2010

Roseate Spoonbill

Time after time our guests will insist that they've seen Flamingos here and we have to (gently) explain to them that what they've actually seen is a Roseate Spoonbill, our brilliant pink wading bird.  I'm told by the local boat captains that their "pinkness" is determined by the amount of shrimp that they eat; the more they eat, the pinker they get.  The Wikipedia explanation indicates that they all turn pinker as they get older but I like the shrimp story better so I'm going with it.  Whatever the reason, they sure are fun to watch.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumpkin Season

Ah, yes, it's pumpkin season everywhere, including warm, sunny Florida.  I love that our ice cream shop, Fantastic Fudge - the beacon of all who want to cool off - celebrates the icon of the season of sweaters and cooler nights.  The clash of the seasons under one roof in a sort of cosmic arm-wrestling match.  In the end, we find that co-existence is always possible when ice cream is involved.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bright Red Peppers

These beauties were in good company with all of the other fine treats at today's farmers' market.  You can see an album with more shots here.  It was a gorgeous day, and we're expecting lots more.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Orange Tree

If this one up the street from us is any indication, it's going to be a good year for oranges, at least on Amelia Island.  In fact, I've seen a several citrus trees around the area that look like they're going to try to make up for last winter.  That would be delightful.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Good Life

This is what all of our guests feel like when they come to Amelia Island.  And that's why half of them move here.  And if you can't move here, feel free to visit as often as you feel compelled to strike this island pose.

P.S.  Don't forget to check out our Facebook page every once in awhile.  More "inn happenings" there.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fernandina Shrimp

They just show up everywhere.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lovely Evening for Al Fresco Dining

And most of the rest of them for the next few months will be, as well.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hound Dog

Elvis is in the house at Faces in Time photo studio and candy shop.  Nostalgia reigns supreme among the old-time candy, collectibles and photo ops.  Several of our guests have come back with fun "saloon girl" shots and chocolate in the corners of their mouths:  two excellent vacation souvenirs.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Team Trivia Champs at Cafe Karibo

Okay, we were actually #2 but we were rookies so it was a pretty good showing.  And we had loads of fun.  Every Tuesday evening, Cafe Karibo has team trivia.  It's free to play and there are prizes to the top three teams.  We took an early lead and never looked back... but we didn't know about the "Final Jeopardy" category where you could wager your points.  So the team of six bet our team of three at the last minute, but we had a great time.  My teammates Peg and Bill are holding our second place $20 "Karibo Bucks" certificate  that we just may have to use next Tuesday... if we don't use it tomorrow night in the Petanque tournament.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Perfect Sunset to a Perfect Weekend



Saturday, September 4, 2010

Anchors Aweigh

These three little girls seemed to have the situation under control as they got ready to storm the pirate ship by way of the anchor.   There's no $75 theme park ticket required for Fernandina, but the kids seem to find a way to have just as much fun anyway.  Based on the determination in their eyes, we may be looking at the winning 2020 America's Cup team.  Set your course and forge ahead, ladies.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Weekend on Amelia Island

What a fabulous start to the Labor Day weekend.  As they do every First Friday of the month, locals and tourists mingled at the Sounds on Centre concert - this month featuring the Instant Groove band - under perfect late summer cloudless skies.  This was the second to the last of the series, wrapping up next month with the kick-off for the Jazz Festival.  If anyone's got any energy left tomorrow, they can run in the 5K Turtle Trot (for the benefit of the sea turtles) or head out to the final Sun Splash reggae festival of the season.  If it seems like our music is ending for the year, it's not; it's just that some of the current monthly events are being replaced with other regular events.  We've still got the Fall Arts Festival and the Jazz Festival at the beginning of October, the Cruizers Car show, the Atlantic Coast Triathalon, the Petanque America Open, the Holiday Tour of Homes and - most importantly - the Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns.  I'll be bringing you more information about these events in the coming weeks.  Suffice it to say, the fall is a great time to be on the island.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

High Drama Sunset Clouds

I arrived at the riverfront just a little too late tonight to catch a good shot of the setting sun - which is surprising because several of us who were looking skyward were running to get there because we could see what was shaping up - so I turned around to see this spectacular reflection in the clouds.  Just one more reason to love this island.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island