Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Baskets Abound

The flowering baskets of Centre Street change with the seasons, and the winter baskets are currently featuring ornamental cabbage, capsia, a few pansies and a bright red bow.  They'll all last through surprise freezes like last week's through the seasonal 70's that we'll be enjoying starting tomorrow.  Okay, the bow might get changed out after Valentines Day but everything else will most likely be standing fast.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas at the Fernandina Courthouse

Our Fernandina (Nassau County) courthouse is so beautiful that it's always a treat to linger over the architectural details, but the extra touches of garland, wreaths and bows makes the lingering last longer.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

An Amelia Island Christmas Comes to a Close

Bill and I, and our staff, Peg and Stephanie, would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and thank you all for supporting us throughout the years.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, hoping to see you all very soon.  If you'd like to see the rest of the photos from our Fairbanks House Christmas celebration, you can go to our Facebook page (no need to be a member), and if you want to see the rest of the videos, you can check out our YouTube Channel.


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Breakfast at Fairbanks House

Our Christmas breakfast was quite the feast.  Even though some of our guests were still a bit sleepy, they were wide awake by the end of the meal.  Bill's pumpkin pancakes are worth the price of admission alone.  Come find out next year.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

We Have the Best Christmas Guests on Amelia Island

With holiday spriit like this, whou can doubt that Fairbanks House guests are the best Christmas guests on Amelia Island?  Can't you just feel the happy?  I don't know how we get so lucky every year but Father Christmas has smiled on us again.  And those of you who closely follow my blog, you may think that I'm just running last year's photo, but we're lucky enough to have several returning guests from prior years.  And... based on this group's chemistry, we're hoping for a full return next year.  There will be a fuller report of the festivities tomorrow.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Fallen Soldier Comes Home

Last night, in a thick, thick fog, Fernandina honored one of its own, Spc. Kelly Mixon, recently killed in Afghanistan.  A very large police motorcade brought him back to the island where locals lined the streets with candles, flashlights, iPhones and anything else that could put out a beam of light to honor his memory.  May his family, and all of our other military families find peace, particularly at this time of year.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Florida House Inn Reopens

We're all so pleased that the Florida House Inn reopened about a week and a half ago.  They were locked up when I went by to say hello so I haven't had a chance to look around yet but I understand that the new owners have done quite a bit of maintenance to the building.  It certainly looks good from the outside.  I'm told that they'll be reopening the pub and restaurant as well.  We wish them much success and thank them for their investment in the community.  We hope to be sending our Fairbanks House guests down for drinks and music soon.  They've certainly enjoyed it in the past.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Santa vs Peg Leg Pete

Poor Santa.  His tent was a little bit empty while the kids lined up to get their picture taken with Peg Leg Pete instead.  I guess that the kids know that this was just one of Santa's helpers and that Peg Leg Pete is the real deal.  Oh well; the big guy's pretty busy this time of year so I'm hoping that he didn't mind the rest.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fernandina Christmas

This just has to be one of the most magical real towns anywhere.  Christmastime rolls around and Fernandina puts on the dog.  We already have a storybook setting, but simple wreaths with red bows hung on beautiful street lamps make you just feel like you're in a Christmas movie.  You might find one of Santa's helpers wandering around - sometimes with a pirate in tow - or a little brass band or a shopkeeper in antlers, but you'll always find a slower pace and lots of friendly smiles.  We've always done just about all of our holiday shopping here on Centre Street because it's a joy to be in this atmosphere, instead of jockeying for a parking position.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

The Grinch and Max

I got down to Centre Street too late to see the Pet Parade on Saturday but I did manage to see a few of the entrants making their way back home.  I thought that the Grinch and Max were pretty special but they told me that they didn't win anything so I can only imagine what I missed.  The annual Parade of Paws fundraiser for the Nassau Humane Society is always great fun and very well attended.  While not restricted to dogs (in the early years there were rabbit and hamster entrants) they're the ones most accustomed to their daily walks, so the owners just strap on some antlers, scarves, tutus or bells... and off they go.  I think that Max here (aka Lucy) was a great sport.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Racoon

Each year, round about this time, Fairbanks House seems to get an abundance of visits from the Christmas raccoon.  He shows up when the Christmas lights come on, climbs up the side of the front porch, finishes off all of the food from the cat bowls and then just enjoys the decorations.  When I shoo him away, he doesn't go very far, and then comes right back up on the porch to enjoy the view.  And who could blame him?  There's actually a gang of three raccoons that follow the trail of the cat food bowls set out by neighbors for feral cats, but this seems to be the only one that stays for the show.  We've always known that we're providing a community service by putting out such a nice light display, but I've never realized how broad the community reach is that we've achieved.  Merry Christmas, Ricky.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island