Christmas Comes Early on Amelia Island with Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour
Saturday was a big day on Amelia Island as all eight B&B’s decorated for Christmas, baked their favorite cookies and opened their doors to over 500 visitors for the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour. The tour is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, and this time visitors enjoyed a warm and mostly sunny day. Trolleys, taxi’s and horsedrawn carriages carried visitors between Inns and fresh cookies and refreshments were ready at each stop. At Williams House we began decorating Nov. 1 and finished a day or two before the tour. We had six rooms plus the common area open for touring and everything was decorated to the max. Our cookie was a peanut butter, oatmeal variety with both regular and dark chocolate M&M’s. Thanks to our slight over-cooking, I am still enjoying a few. Carriage horses Boomer and Jazz moved between Hoyt, Williams House and Fairbanks and the trolley moved visitors from Hoyt to Elizabeth Pointe. Taxi’s took them the final leg to Amelia Ocean Front. We had an excellent turn-out that was 70% higher than last year. Apparently lot’s of folks wanted to get into the Christmas spirit or they are really serious cookie fans! A portion of the revenue will be given to Barnabus Center, our charity for 2011, and the added crowd versus last year will help us give them a larger donation. We want to thank Barabus for their volunteers who helped each B&B with stageing their rooms and guiding visitors. Our thanks from the Williams House and all the other B&B’s for public support of this tour and our charity and we look forward to even bigger results next year! We hope you enjoy some pictures from the event and the Williams House.
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