Amelia Island exudes tons of charm, offering plenty of outdoor activities and family-friendly attractions. Historic downtown brims with old buildings and homes that enrich this gem of an island and a list of incredible restaurants seem to continue to multiply. Fernandina Beach rivals all other Insta-worthy beaches in Florida, with its long stretch of sand and gorgeous waters. Of course big, alluring hotels are available on Amelia Island, but true historic charm can be found by staying at an inland establishment (a couple are on the beach). Drench yourself in boutique authenticity at these inns on Amelia Island while enjoying a true island getaway.
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Elizabeth Pointe Lodge sits right on the beach, in all its 1800s Nantucket style glory. Many of the classic rooms feature views of the ocean, which provide the perfect scenery for watching the sunrise. Head to the dining area for a hot breakfast which is included in your stay, then spend the morning rocking on the expansive front porch, which feels amazingly southern, or walk the few steps to the sand to soak up the rays.
The Addison on Amelia Island is a short distance from the Amelia River and is amongst restaurants and other age-old buildings. However it’s grounds alone are enough to sweep you off your feet, be it in the garden courtyard or dining room while enjoying a three-course breakfast of mouthwatering dishes. With its welcoming antebellum aesthetics, each room has its own style unique to the time period. While the latter listing is beyond awesome, the customer service and accommodating nature of this particular establishment is noticeably elevated. The front porch is pretty amazing, too.
Florida House Inn seemingly hasn’t changed a bit since its construction in the 1800s, and it too sits near the Amelia River. The colorful interior is dotted with attributes such as fireplaces and intricate trim, while the exterior is ornate, also housing a dreamy courtyard. Constantly treat your taste buds via the complimentary breakfast, or at the onsite bar and southern restaurant. Prepare to fall completely in love as soon as you drive up to this precious establishment—its look is overwhelmingly adorable, from the detailed railings to its green outer color.
Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast is a top bed and breakfast in Florida, a traditional little establishment until it welcomes guests with luxurious touches such as complimentary cocktails, super-polished aesthetics, individualized room details, and a breathtaking pool with a water feature. Fresh cookies await to be enjoyed beside the fireplace in your room, which may even be equipped with a whirlpool. Breakfast is included, with pancakes smothered in berries and other indulgent dishes to start the day. The historic downtown is within walking distance, so we can’t think of anything else to make this place better.
You might actually want to go to school when that school just happens to be a restored 1800s building which now serves as a boutique hotel. Amelia Schoolhouse Inn captures a different niche of history on the island, and it has been beautifully done as pine floors, brick walls and original windows remain intact. They do play on the theme a bit, by having a cool bar named The Principals Office, but all other amenities scream boutique hotel, from the lovely pool to the morning breakfast. Southern Living has a swoon worth hotel collection that lives up to the brand’s luxe yet authentic reputation, and this historically rich inn is on the roster.
Veering from the Victorian and antebellum architecture of the island, Fairbanks House features a lush Italian look, which was completed in 1885–three additional cottages are available to guests as well. Expectedly equipped with stunning rooms, Fairbanks also boasts a refined breakfast for enjoying either formally inside, or in the open air on the porch, when the weather is just right. Retreat to the butterfly garden to watch colorful creatures flutter amongst flowers, or hop on a loaner bike to explore the proximal downtown area with wonderful shops and cafes.
Seaside Amelia Inn is a top-rated hotel in Amelia Island, providing a more modern option for vacationers. But the location next to the sand is perfect for those craving the sound of ocean waves right outside the window, and private access to a picture-perfect pier. Extras include a pool and delicious breakfast.
Blue Heron Inn is a big, beautiful, sky hued bed and breakfast that just feels like home. Each room features detailed furnishings from the past, and the pool space is lovely for a hot summer afternoon, or when the beach is too crowded. Breakfast is spot on, but other unique eateries are within walking distance. Charming, eclectic, ambient, warm—we could keep going.