Thursday, January 27, 2011

8 North Clothing Company

There's a new shop in Fernandina called 8 North Clothing Company.  Located next to Pablo's on Second Street, they feature lots and lots of fun stuff including these cowboy boots that I spied through the front window.  They opened at the end of the year and seem to be offering a unique variety for the area.  They've got several items from their inventory pictured on their Facebook page if you want to check them out.  We've seen several new stores come into town recently and our guests - and locals - are loving every minute of it.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Pubs of Fernandina - Indigo Alley

Ahhh... Indigo Alley:  speakeasy, wine bar, coffee house, hippie bar, jazz club.  All of these monikers fit one of my favorite (if not THE) favorite pubs of Fernandina.  Mike and Sherry Garbarini have done a fabulous job of creating a pub with a really great vibe.  Just about every night, you can wander in for some great music by local musicians, easy conversation and a nice selection of beer and wine.  There will be an occasional film or CD release party too, and it will always feel "just right".  You can find their entertainment calendar for upcoming events here.  If you're a musician or a cigar enthusiast, you'll find a small retail area inside to cover your cagar and guitar needs too.  When you go, save a seat for me at the bar and have them pull me a Killian's Red.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Windows Across America Window Cleaning is Back!

Our favorite window cleaner, Sean Allison, is back!  Every year around this time Windows Across America - in the form of Sean - arrives on Amelia Island to clean all of our many, many windows (and our chandelier) inside and out.  There is no window too high and no space to small for Sean to work his magic.  He actually cleans the windows of most of the B&B's here and has been doing so for many years.  Some of the local residents have also hired him for their Victorian houses, large and small, but you should check out his website to see some of the more unusual structures that he's worked on.  He's been cleaning our windows for six or seven years now.  He travels with the seasons, tries to stay warm and dry, and works a region for a couple of months.  If anyone is interested, he tells me that he'll be in Florida through the middle of February - and we can give him an unqualified recommendation.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Pubs of Fernandina - O'Kane's Irish Pub

Where can I get a drink in this town?  Ahhh... the mantra of the weary - or worldly - traveler.  Fear not; the pubs of Fernandina await.  As I was thinking about all of the new things that have opened in our 12+ years here, I realized that we've got lots of great options to just kick back with friends or your significant other.  O'Kane's is certainly a favorite and has been here for quite some time.  It's not the oldest - that would be the Palace Saloon - but it's the second oldest in town.  They've got a great selection of beers and a full liquor license if you're looking for a mixed drink.And if you're in the mood for pub food, I recommend the cream of potato soup.  You can get is served in a French bread bowl so you can hear it land.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Amelia Island Artist Co-op

Our Amelia Island artist co-op had added a nice new extension, complete with garden and grand entrance gates.  If you haven't been by yet to see it, circle your calendar for this Saturday when they'll be a featured stop on the monthly Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk.  We have so many great and diverse artists here that you can find great art thoughout several galleries downtown.

While you're at it, you can circle your calendars for some other great upcoming events:

January 23-30 Restaurant Week
February 4-5 Amelia Blues Fest
February 18-19 Book Island Festival
February 24-27 Amelia Island Film Festival

See you soon?

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Sunday, January 2, 2011

January Blooms

How are these for January blooms?  A little Rudbekia, anyone?  These plants really, really struggled to get established over our extremely dry summer but just a little bit of winter rain and mild temperatures seem to have done the trick.  And, yes, those are Christmas lights - proof of timing.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The First Sunset of 2011

Happy New Year everyone.  Let's make it a good one, shall we?

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island