School’s out! Amelia Island on a Vacation of a Lifetime

My school responsibilities ended for the summer on Tuesday afternoon, and by 8:25 on Wednesday morning, Warren and I were on a plane headed to Amelia Island, FL, and Savannah, GA, for our next Vacation of a Lifetime adventure. After a bumpy flight and a rainy drive to Amelia Island, we were glad to get to Fairbanks House and a warm welcome from Theresa and Bill Hamilton.

Janet and Warren outside Fairbanks House

Our room, The Kitchen Suite, had a private entrance and porch that overlooked the beautiful gardens in the back. After freshening up, it was time for hors d’oeuvres – our choice of wines, shrimp, and a corn salsa with herbs grown from Theresa’s garden enjoyed with people from different parts of Florida, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Next, we were whisked away on a carriage ride, arranged by Theresa, for a tour complete with the history of the beautiful old homes on the island. After the ride, a delicious dinner and a short walk back to Fairbanks House, we were ready to call it a day.

Bill's Pumpkin Pancakes at Fairbanks House

Thankfully, staying in the Kitchen Suite didn’t mean cooking – we heartily enjoyed the peach yogurt parfait and Bill’s special pumpkin pancakes with sausage while Theresa entertained us with her funny stories. We left wishing we had more time to enjoy Bill and Theresa’s hospitality, though luckily we had a day of exploring Amelia Island ahead of us.

Even though Warren and I were in the middle of tropical storm Andrea, we still found a lot to do on Amelia Island. After a trolley tour of the island in the morning, we toured the Amelia Island Museum of History where an enthusiastic docent told us all about the different countries who have claimed Amelia Island. After a little shopping, we headed to the beach-side bed and breakfast Elizabeth Pointe Lodge.

View of the beach from Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

Unfortunately, the storm made it impossible to walk on the beach, so we enjoyed the view from our oceanfront king room until the storm had another surprise for us – a tornado warning. We thought we had left tornadoes when we left Texas! Soon the danger was over and fortunately, no one was hurt and there was no major damage.

The next morning we were delighted to (finally) wake up to a sunny day. After a delicious breakfast buffet, we headed back to the main part of town for a two hour Amelia River cruise. We saw dolphins, cranes, osprey, herons, and egrets, though the highlight was the beautiful wild horses on Cumberland Island.

Wild Horses on Cumberland Island

We hated to leave Amelia Island but the city of Savannah beckoned, and we headed there Friday afternoon.

- Janet

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