***UPDATE*** TICKETS AND SWEET DEAL PACKAGES ARE NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. NO MORE ARE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE. THERE WILL BE NONE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR EITHER. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR EARLY ENTHUSIASM THIS YEAR.
If you are planning to come to our Cookie Tour next Saturday, December 9th, we urge you to get your tickets now. We are approaching a sellout. As of today, December 2nd, there are a very limited number of tickets left online. All remaining tickets for purchase in person have been collected from all outlets and taken to the Visitors’ Center in the railroad depot at the foot of Centre Street. No tickets will be available at the door, and we will most likely be sold out very shortly. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup on the day of the Tour at the Visitors’ Center. As of this morning, there were three Sweet Deal Packages available. This exceptional value package includes two tickets for this year’s Cookie Tour, our Association’s cookbook, and a gift certificate for a future midweek stay at an inn. As of this morning, there were two packages remaining for the Florida House Inn and one for the Amelia Island Blue Heron Inn. You can purchase tickets or your Sweet Deal Package online here. If your selected item does not come up in the gift shop list, it is sold out.
After visiting the inns on the Cookie Tour, be sure to save time for Dickens on Centre, a weekend-long festival that rolls back the clock on Fernanadina featuring characters in period costume, carolers, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Come for the Tour, stay for the Dickens! See you next week.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns on Saturday, December 9th – benefiting the Friends of the Library. Ticket prices go up the closer that we get to the Tour, so the time to buy is now. Tickets purchased before November 1st are $20, gradually rising to $30 in December. Have you considered a Sweet Deal Package? The bargain price of $150 will get you two tickets to this year’s Tour, a copy of Sunshine Mornings at the Inns of Amelia Island, the Association’s cookbook, and a gift certificate for a future midweek stay at your choice of inn. There are only three Sweet Deal packages available for each inn – and some are close to selling out – so get yours now. If the inn doesn’t show up in the list, there are no Sweet Deals left for that inn, but you may select a different inn.
With the inns all decorated in their holiday finery – and sending wafts of freshly baked cookies into the air – the Tour is always the place to find your holiday spirit. Tour six Historic District inns on foot, or catch a ride on the carriages and trolleys that will be rolling by – rides between inns are included with your Tour ticket. Sample a different cookie at each inn, and take the recipe with you. Docents will be available at each inn to regale you with the history of each of these grand dames, as well.
Make a long weekend of it to enjoy the four-day Dickens on Centre, an event that has quickly become an island favorite. It’s a Christmas festival celebrating days gone by, sure to bring out the child in everyone. It all begins with a lighted Christmas parade on Thursday, the 7th, and goes through Sunday afternoon, so you’ll have time to see it all. Book your favorite B&B now.
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The 2016 Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns was a resounding success. Thousands of cookies were baked – and eaten – many trees and tens of thousands of lights and ornaments were put up, dozens of volunteer docents came to help, and over 1000 of you came through to view our inns…. whew! With your help, we were able to present a check today for $4600 to Micah’s Place, the Domestic Violence Center for Nassau County. That is quite an impact. The Executive Director of Micah’s Place, Heather Jones, indicated that the organization readying their plans to add four more rooms for families to the building. None are happy for the need, but we’re all happy that an organization like Micah’s Place exists for those in crisis. We thank you all for your ticket and Sweet Deal Package purchases that allowed us to make this donation. We hope that you enjoyed this year’s Tour, and will mark your calendars for our next Tour on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Also be sure to mark your calendars for July when our tickets go on sale online at deeply discounted rates. Thank you all for coming!
The halls are decked, the lights are strung, and the scent of freshly baked cookies are wafting through our inns – all in anticipation of your arrival for our annual Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns. In a happy “first” for us, our online allotment of tickets are sold out, but you can still buy your tickets in person at any inn, the Visitors’ Center in the railroad Depot on Centre Street, the Fernandina Beach Public Library, the Chamber of Commerce office in the Gateway Center as you come onto the island, or the resale shop for Micah’s Place – Purple Dove, in Yulee. Tickets purchased in person today – Friday – will be $25. If you’re unable to get your ticket today, you can rest assured that you can still get them at the door tomorrow. The price on the day of the Tour will be $30.
Plan on spending some extra time here this weekend with the wonderfully festive Dickens on Centre event, inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol”. Carolers, storytelling, Victorian characters, roasting chestnuts, twinkling lights, festive shops, and even a pet parade will greet you this weekend. Mother Nature is even cooperating by sending us some “Christmas Sweater” weather, a perfect low 60’s daytime high. Be sure to join us for one of the best weekends of the year. Visit each of our inns’ webpages for online availability.
Did you miss the half price sale for this year’s Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns? You’re still in luck if you act soon. Tickets are $10 off the regular price of $30 each until November 1st. You can get the tickets online or at any of the six bed and breakfasts on this site, at the Purple Dove Resale Center in Yulee, at the Visitors Center in the railroad depot on Centre Street, at the Fernandina Beach Public Library, or at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Gateway office park.
There are still some Sweet Deal Packages available (as of September 4th), but hurry to get those because there are only three available per inn. Some inns are already sold out. You can check for availability of this package for your favorite inn on the Cookie Tour page on this website. We’re expecting a very good turnout to support Micah’s Place this year, so we hope that you can join us.
Tickets for the December 10, 2016 Cookie Tour of Inns are now available – online only. They will be available in person beginning in September. Jump on the earlybird rate of $15 each until August 31st. Tickets will start at $15 each, and rise to $30 by the Tour, with stops at $20 and $25 along the way. The full schedule of rates can be found on our Cookie Tour page on here. Sweet Deal Value Packages are also available now. Only three are available from each inn. They must be purchased online as they are inventory controlled and available on a first come – first served basis. At $150 each for two tickets to this year’s Tour, a cookbook from the Association, and a gift certificate for a midweek future stay at your selected inn, it’s hard to imagine a better deal.
This year’s Tour beneficiary will be Micah’s Place, the domestic violence center for Nassau County. Shown in the photo are the innkeepers of the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association presenting the check from last year’s Tour to the Friends of the Library. We look forward to presenting the check to Micah’s Place after this year’s Tour.
It has just been brought to our attention that a recent article in the Palm Beach Post included an incorrect date for the Cookie Tour. They will be printing a correction, but if you are in the process of making your plans for the Tour now, please note that the correct date for this year’s Tour is Saturday, DECEMBER 12TH, and the time is from noon to 5pm. You’ll also want to note that the holiday offerings of our Historic District will be greatly enhanced by a new happening: Dickens on Centre. With a nod to our Victorian origins, you’ll find carolers, characters, and Claus greeting you all week long. Make your plans now and buy your tickets soon. See you on the Tour!
Smart folks and cool kids shop early for the Cookie Tour every year. If you’d like to count yourself among them, get your tickets for this year’s Tour by the end of September to get the lowest possible rate. Tickets are available for $15 each until the end of the month. They will go to $20 in October and $25 in November. You can purchase tickets at your favorite Historic District bed and breakfast, the Fernandina Beach Public Library, the newly-renovated visitors’ center in the railroad depot, the Chamber of Commerce office in the Gateway business park, or online here. Please note that if you pay by credit card, a service fee will be added to allow us to make the highest possible donation to the Friends of the Library, this year’s Tour beneficiary.
Even smarter folks take advantage of the limited number of VIP Packages offered for the Tour each year. Each inn starts with five VIP Packages – and once they’re gone, no more are added. These packages consist of a donated gift certificate for a future midweek stay, two tickets to this year’s Tour, and a copy of Sunshine Mornings at the Inns of Amelia Island, the Association’s cookbook. VIP Packages are available online only. If your selected inn does not show up in the list, all packages for that inn have been sold. Please read the details of each inn’s certificate before purchasing the package.
Tickets and VIP Packages purchased online will be mailed beginning in October. Don’t forget that the date for the Tour has changed this year; it will be Saturday, December 12th, from 12 pm -5 pm. We look forward to seeing you all there. Be sure to get by the Amelia Island Williams House to greet the new owners, Maria and Chris Page.
We’ve moved the date of our annual holiday tour and we’re bringing the cookies with us! Habits are hard to break, but we’re hoping that you’ll come along with us as we change the date of our annual Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns to the second Saturday in December. We’re excited to be a part of the inaugural Southern Elegance Christmas event on Amelia Island by anchoring the event on the final weekend. The event will run from the Amelia Island Museum of History’s Holiday Home Tour on December 4th and 5th to our Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns on December 12th, with lots in between. Plans are still being formulated for specific events, but we’ll fill you in as soon as details become available. Make your plans now to find some holiday magic on Amelia Island this year.
The Holidays have traditionally been a time for giving, and the Amelia Island Association of Inns was able to do that in a big way – thanks to all of the wonderful guests who came through on the 2014 Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns. Through your purchase of tickets, cookbooks and VIP Packages, we were able to present a check for $3500 to Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s domestic violence center. Needless to say, they were quite pleased with the donation. Tour Chair, Deborah McCutcheon (r) and Co-Chair, Julie Jones (l) presented the check to a very surprised Elaine Coats and Marianna McIntyre, of Micah’s Place.All of the decorations are down now, and many inns have been sprucing things up this first part of January in anticipation of the busy and fun year ahead. Make your plans now to visit your favorite inn on our lovely little island. First up will be Restaurant Week (and a half), January 16th – 25th. With the fixed price values and many of the island’s restaurants, and some off-season values at your favorite inn, it’s a great time to be here. See you soon!