Retreat to the calming seaside pleasures of sandy shores, romantic inns, and vibrant shops in Amelia Island, Florida.
A hidden treasure among more popular vacation destinations in the Sunshine State, the Victorian seaport of Amelia Island beckons with an enchanting array of attractions to suit every taste. The barrier island, just off the northeast coast of Florida, offers pristine beaches, thrilling outdoor adventures, and abundant wildlife amidst panoramic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Within this shimmering setting, the quaint village of Fernandina Beach boasts a registered Historic District brimming with tempting boutiques, cafés, and bed-and-breakfasts. Whether lulled by the rolling waves or captivated by the isle’s rich heritage, guests leave this memorable getaway reluctantly, eagerly anticipating their eventual return to the blissful strands of Amelia Island.
The Fairbanks House, an 8,000-square-foot Italianate villa built in 1885, operates as a welcoming bed-and-breakfast.
With two Fernandina Beach locations, The Dove Cote Brocante showcases a delightful selection of antiques and ephemera.
A narrated tour aboard a vessel from Amelia River Cruises & Charters provides a bird’s-eye view of the area’s vast scenic beauty.
Popular excursions include nearby Cumberland Island—Georgia’s largest barrier island and a storied playground for generations of the Carnegie and Kennedy families.
To explore more of this Florida haven, see “The Coastal Comforts of Amelia Island,” on page 23 of the May/June 2014 issue of Victoria magazine.