An easy island escape for two off the northeastern tip of Florida.
Historic, high Victorian Amelia Island is a chance to experience the Florida that so beguiled Americans in the Astor-Vanderbilt era. More than 13 miles of sand ring the state’s northernmost barrier island, making it an idyllic urban-beach escape. Explore it all at your own pace or in the cozy backseat of a horse-drawn carriage.
When you’re not lounging on the crystal sand here, stroll around the tiny town. Built in the 19th century, it’s full of ornate, lovingly restored Victorian manses; pick up a handy free driving map with highlights from the chamber of commerce.
This 100-year-old family-owned restaurant dishes up hearty Southern grits-filled lunches.
Grab a drink at this atmospheric 1878 saloon, with its carved mahogany bar and tin ceiling, claims to be the oldest bar in Florida.
Frisky Mermaid Bar & Grille
The Southern restaurant does excellent grits and hash, but its shrimp-garnished Bloody Marys are the true draw. Enjoy live jazz weekends at the beachy and relaxed casual Café Karibo (try the chili prawns).
Enjoy live jazz weekends at the beachy and relaxed casual joint (try the chili prawns).
Florida House Inn
The charming inn (1857) is the state’s oldest hotel. The veranda-rimmed Cracker-style building houses 22 individually decorated en suite rooms, half with working fireplaces. There’s also a camellia-heavy garden.