Archive for April, 2010

Conde Nast…

…has given me Dream Fever.  I already liked the name of this boat but now I have a better appreciation for the meaning.  We got the exciting news today that Fairbanks House is a nominee in the Conde Nast Annual Readers’ Choice Survey Awards.  Needless to say, we’re “over the moon,” as my Irish friends […]

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Peg Leg Pete and the Family Portrait

Peg Leg Pete has been at the center of thousands of family portraits over the years, including this clan trying to beat the Shrimpfest rush coming up next week.  I’m not sure if they tell their neighbors back home that he’s a distant relative or Captain Jack Sparrow, or the truth but  he’s provided much […]

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Azalea Clouds

The azaleas are definitely on the wane but the jasmine is on the rise.  If the jasmine is anything like the azaleas were this year, we’re in for a treat.  Maybe they like a cold winter every once in awhile.  Maybe it kills the pests that ail azaleas… and other plants.  Several of our plants […]

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Preserve America Community Designation

Pretty much everyone who lives here – or who visits here – thinks that Fernandina is a pretty cool place but sometimes it’s nice to have that national recognition too.  The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places and many individual properties (including Fairbanks House) are on the list as well and […]

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Now that his friend has sold, a fish of a different color has shown up in his place.  His place, naturally, is in front of Go Fish, a fun shop on Centre Street.  Maybe he knows that there are shrimp on the way real soon.  I love these guys.  What do you think?  Should I […]

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Shrimpfest on the Horizon

You can tell that we’re getting close to Shrimpfest (two weeks away) because pirates start showing up in all of the shop windows on Centre Street.  Christmas on the River has put away all of their Easter-themed ornaments and brought out the treasure chests, pirate ships and sabers to hang on the tree.  Throw in some conch […]

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Circus Boy?

Not sure if his Dad is Shirtless Big Bike Guy but I enjoy the family pastime. Fairbanks House

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Polly the Trolley

Here comes Willy with another group of passengers out for an evening tour on Polly the Trolley.  Willy offers history and ghost tours along with private group tours by arrangement.  I’m not sure which this was but when they passed by, as is his custom, Willy announced me as an island attraction.  Thanks Willy! Fairbanks […]

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Kelley’s Courtyard Cafe of Fernandina is Now Open

Nope, not Kelley, but this is Devin, one of the fine servers at Kelley’s Courtyard Cafe which opened a couple of days ago.  Locals and visitors alike may recognize this spot as the former La Bodega Courtyard Cafe that closed last year.  By all indications on the menu, prices will be reasonable and they’ll be […]

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Bailey House in Bloom

The always-beautiful Bailey House is especially striking this time of year when the azaleas are out.  The carousel horses just dance along the flower tops from bush to bush to bush.  For those of you unfamiliar to the area, the Bailey House was an Amelia Island bed and breakfast until about five years ago when […]

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