The very Northeast corner of Florida holds a treasured island for locals and visitors alike. This not a pirate cove, but it is rather close.
Amelia Island spent quite some time being inaccessible by anything but a boat and was formerly inhabited by bootleggers, pirates, and smugglers. But, Amelia Island has never lost its island energy and vitality, even after it was opened up to vehicles.
Over the past several decades, the island has transformed into a modern island getaway with locally-inspired restaurants, art galleries, artisan shops, a variety of close-to-the-beach or beachfront Amelia Island homes for sale and many other small island town delights.
In spite of the development, Amelia Island maintains its connection with the past. Visitors often feel a sense of awe when learning about the colorful stories that shaped the island into what it is today or viewing the sites where they happened
Now, it is one of the last historic and largely pristine outdoor adventures along the Florida coast, and you can join in on the history this December. A few Amelia Island events draw in loyal and deeply intrigued visitors every year, and the Holiday Historic Home Tour stands as one of the most spectacular.
The Amelia Island Holiday Historic Home Tour
Amelia Island has many lovely homes with deep historical roost. Several of them are over 100 years old, and even the ones built in the last half of the 20th century are rich in history.
The annual Amelia Island Holiday Historic Home Tour takes you through many of these classic Florida homes, all decorated for the holidays. Some of the homes are fitted with synchronized audio and lights, while others feature home-made holiday displays that are impressively large, bright, and beautiful.
The Historic Home Tour is a fantastic entry-point and introduction to the historical aesthetics of the city, its layout, and some of the types of homes it offers.
If you are looking at a potential real estate purchase here, the tour is one way to get familiar with the area. It is a charming introduction to some of Amelia Island’s historic homes that are likely off the market, but you’ll get some unique insights on the architecture and significance of some of the other homes that might be available now or in the future.
The tour opens up the month of December. It will be held December 1st and 2nd, 2017 at the Amelia Island Museum of History from 10 am to 4 pm. The address is 233 S. Third Street Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.
All ages are welcomed to join in the history. Buy tickets ahead of time from the Amelia Island Museum of History for $25 a person or go the day-of and buy them at the door for $30 a person.
The Beach at Winter on Amelia Island
The historic tour will bring you into the center of the historic district, but perhaps you will just want to see the subdued tranquility of the beach during the winter on Amelia Island. It will only be a short distance from any of the many vacation homes throughout the island.
The temperature is likely to be about 40 to 65 degrees, which is markedly warmer than just about any area north of it, and the midday highs are quite pleasant. Bonfires on the beach are very popular, however contact the local municipality for getting a permit.
Amelia Island Events and Holiday Attractions
Shopping, restaurants, and many other events can be found throughout Amelia Island this December 2017. Fort Clinch State Park is a wildlife haven in Fernandina Beach that is always accessible throughout the year. Head out on a fishing charter or rent a boat for your own private excursion.
The Golf Club at Amelia Island is open throughout the holidays, featuring 18 holes of bliss along the coastline. The winter is perfect light jacket weather, even in the heart of December.
Pass through Fernandina’s historic district on a self-guided tour offered by the Museum of History. The Island Art Association can welcome you to all the galleries in the area, and the Amelia Island Museum features a collection maritime treasures.
Don’t miss out the Amelia Island Historic Home Tour this December if you’re a true history buff, but remember that you’ll find plenty of other things to do to fill your schedule if it’s not your cup of tea, including outdoor attractions, sports, golfing, beachgoing, wildlife viewing and so much more!