Hotel at a Glance: Seaside Amelia Inn
For seven years straight, readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Amelia Island one of the the country’s top 10 islands. Sand dunes with undulating grasses line the coast here, and it’s not unusual to see people riding horseback through the surf. The Seaside Amelia Inn is nestled among large oak trees steps from the water and just a five-minute drive from Fernandina Beach, a charming waterfront village. This getaway makes a great—and romantic—holiday gift.
- Recently renovated guest rooms feature bold colors and flat-screen TVs; some units have balconies overlooking either the pool or the beach.
- Best spot to soak up the sun: the hotel’s rooftop terrace
- Complimentary daily breakfast including eggs and sausage; during the week, you can fill up on fresh fruit, bagels, and pastries
- Go fishing at the public pier or on a rental boat.
- Other popular outdoor activities: golfing, bicycling, and canoeing
- Historical attractions: Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, or visit nearby Fort Cinch State Park, home to a well-preserved 19th-century fortress.
Amelia Island, Florida: Popular Seaside Island with 13 Miles of Pristine Beach
A barrier island located about 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is only 2 miles wide and spans 13 miles from its northernmost point to its southernmost point. The island has some pristine beaches, each with a different atmosphere. Main Beach has sports and entertainment, and Peters Point is well suited for family picnics. You can even park your car on the beach at Seaside Park at Sliders.
A five-minute drive from the hotel is downtown Fernandina Beach, a Victorian seaport village filled with eclectic shops and restaurants. There are upscale spas and championship golf courses all over the island, and it’s easy to make a day trip to Savannah or St. Augustine.