The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is set for March 7-9 at the Ritz Carlton and Amelia Island Golf Club. This year’s featured car is the McLaren which celebrates its 50th anniversary. This event has grown to be one of the best in America rivaling the west coast version at Pebble Beach. We always enjoy the guests for this event as they are all car enthusiasts and there is a lot of “car talk” thru out the weekend. There are auctions Friday and Saturday, test drives, dinners, and a variety of car related opportunities. On Friday morning a select group of entrants begins a tour of the Island ending in downtown Fernandina Beach with Centre Street closed off to showcase 30 or more of these fabulous vehicles from the larger group that will be shown at the event on Sunday. Sunday morning all the cars will be on display at the Amelia Island Golf Club, spread across two fairways. We are once again full for this event and it seems to be booked earlier each year. Repeat guests are fun and we enjoy hearing their stories of how they became car “nuts” as they call themselves. The cars are fantastic since it is by invitation only that a car can be part of this event. The event is also a large contributor to charities and that provides another incentive for people to attend and participate since it helps give back to those in need. If you aren’t booked for this year….try to get scheduled to be apart of next year’s festivities where another vehicle brand will be honored and more great antique and specialty cars will be on display. Or if you live near enough, you should still be able to get tickets for this year’s event. For more information on the event visit www.ameliaconcours.org.
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AMELIA ISLAND, FL–(Marketwired – Oct 23, 2013) – Amelia Island, Florida has placed among the Top 25 Islands in the World in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Amelia Island finished in the #24 spot in a list comprised of destinations such as Bora Bora, Santorini and the British Virgin Islands. For the seventh consecutive year, Amelia Island was also voted among the Top 10 US Islands in the Readers’ Choice Awards, finishing #10 among other popular US islands destinations such as Maui, Nantucket, Kauai and Hilton Head.
“It’s always an honor to be ranked among the top destinations in the U.S., but to break into the Top 25 Islands in the World this year is especially gratifying,” said Gil Langley, President of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. ”It’s encouraging to see our efforts pay off as we continue to promote our little island paradise to travelers around the globe.”
The awards are based on the results of the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Survey, in which nearly 80,000 travelers voted this year. The destination was ranked based on scenery, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging, activities and beaches. Winners will be published in the November issue of the magazine.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; Come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.
December 5, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.
The Williams House is beautifully decorated for Christmas and there’s no better way to enjoy or prepare for the holidays than to sip a cup of tea, taste some holiday treats and make a Christmas Card to send to someone special. All supplies needed to make your card will be provided. We will be using Close to My Heart supplies and stamps.Cost is $18.00 per person. Reservations are required. Please call the Inn to book. 904-277-2328
Going to be perfect weather for the kick-off concert at Amelia Park, Sunday Oct. 6,
4-6pm…TGIF U.S. Navy Jazz Band! Bring your chair & get some of those new BBQ egg rolls from Sonny’s!
Headliners for the AI Jazz festival….Mindi Abair & Royal Crown Revue…..both concerts followed by Jam sessions (included with your ticket!! Purchase tickets online (thru Facebook) get discounts & free stuff!!! www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com
THE AMELIA CRUIZERS – 17th Annual 8 Flags – CAR SHOW
Downtown, Centre Street – Fernandina Beach, Florida
Saturday October 19, 2013
Lots of fun to stroll down Centre Street and view the cars of lore, some of the cars ( pertaining to a FEW us of a certain age!?!) we used to view in the parking lot of High School in the 50′s through the 70′s and MORE! All free and a great afternoon and plenty of sales going on in the stores and gallery’s as well! Not to mention surrounded by the best restaurants on Amelia Island AND all within easy walking distance from the Williams House! It will be a great weekend and we hope you join us!
Thanks for the photo’s as always Scott Moore!
Saturday October 19, 2013
||Saturday October 5th is the 5th Annual COFB Butts and Brisket Competition. We currently have 35 teams registered to compete and that means there will be at least 35 different recipes you can come out and buy. Event opens at 11:00am with our other vendors opening up, kids xzone cranking up and the yard games ready to be played. Plates of the team recipes go on sale for $10. Plates include pulled pork and brisket, sides and tea. Island Vibe will take the stage at 12:00pm and the Brian Absher Band will follow at 1:30pm. We will also have a cornhole tournament at 1:00pm. Sign-up at the event beginning at 12:30pm. $10 per team… winner takes all!!! Award for the competition will be held at 3:00pm. And dont forget the Goin Coastal Music Series Concert featuring the Lee Boys, Parker Urban Band and Spred the Dub that night beginning at 5:30pm!!!!|
On November 2, the University of Georgia Bulldogs and University of Florida Gators will once again go head-to-head at Jacksonville Everbank Field. And just 45 minutes from the field, Amelia Island Williams House has long been a popular home base for rival fans looking for a place to stay for the annual football match-up. We are offering a $25 discount on room rate per night, for guests who book two or more nights. Guests will also receive a full, two-course breakfast, complimentary snacks and beverages, and an evening social wine hour. Guests must call the Inn at 904-277-2328 to receive the discount.
Some of our more adventuresome guests like to take advantage of Kayak Amelia and try out the paddle boarding experience. On your next visit you might want to give it a whirl, eh?
Not to mention just plain ole’ KAYAKING too of course!
What to do in Fernandina on your next visit to the William’s House? A visit to Fort Clinch is a must!
Thanks to Ivor Stephen Jones for the photo!
Construction of a fort, later named Fort Clinch, was begun in 1847 after the end of the Second Seminole War. The actual compound is pentagonal in shape, with both inner and outer walls, and consists of almost five million bricks. There are corner bastions and embrasures in the outer walls and several structures in the interior courtyards, including a 2-story barracks. The fort was named in honor of General Duncan Lamont Clinch after his death in 1849. General Clinch fought in the War of 1812 and was an important figure in the First and Second Seminole Wars.
Confederate forces seized the fort in early 1861. It then provided a safe haven for Confederate blockade runners during the first year of the Civil War. However, rifled cannon had rendered its brick walls obsolete and in March 1862 General Robert E. Lee ordered its abandonment, preferring not to tie up scarce troops in its defense. Federal troops re-occupied it in early 1862. This gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts and the fort then served as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War.
The fort was placed on caretaker status in 1869 and remained so until 1898 when the Army again garrisoned it during the Spanish-American War. However, the Army abandoned it again in September of the same year.
The Civilian Conservation Corps began restoration during the 1930s, and in 1935, the State of Florida bought 256 acres that included the then-abandoned fort and the surrounding area. Fort Clinch State Park including the fort, opened to the public in 1938. The fort itself was closed to the public during World War II and used as a communications and security post, but re-opened after the war ended. The fort was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. State Park personnel reenact military life at the fort, which is open from 8:00am till sundown, year-round.