Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour of Bed & Breakfast Inns

Amelia Island is right up against the coast of Florida, but the real cookie-themed excitement is about 10 minutes inland on Fernandina Beach.

The Fernandina Beach historic district is essentially one long walk from Amelia River to the Atlantic Ocean along Atlantic Ave. This glorious and flourishing avenue makes for a perfect tour, as you self-guide up one end and back down the other visiting all the boutique odds and ends along the way.

The Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour of Bed & Breakfast Inns is filled with exactly what you would expect- tasty cookies at many of the top local bed & breakfasts in the area. Cookies and other treats are provided at participating local bed & breakfast stay in the historic town center of Fernandina Beach. A cookie makes everything better, and you can try an assortment of baked delights this holiday.

Amelia Island Cookie Tour

Where the Tour Begins and When

The tour opens up at 12 pm on Dec 9th and is expected to continue through the majority of the day, closing at 5 pm. The tour will begin at any of the bed & breakfasts on the official tour list. All the stops will be listed on the ticket and the included itinerary once they are purchased. You can find more information by visiting the website.

The Price and Where to Purchase Tickets

You can purchase tickets at any of the participating bed & breakfasts or at the Amelia Island Visitor’s Center. The Visitor’s Center is located at 102 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, and it is right at the beginning of Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. Starting Dec 1st, tickets will only be available in person at any of these locations. For the month of November, tickets are available online.

What to Expect at Each Location

Guests will find a cookie, but that is not all. Each stop along the self-guided tour is decorated with illuminating lights and other various holiday-themed decorations. The specific giveaways and perks vary by location, but you may find coupons for a weekend stay, gift cards, or ornaments, among other things.

Other Perks and Features of the Holiday Tour

Your ticket is your entrance to a number of lovely perks. For example, tour guide participants can take a complimentary horse-drawn carriage along Atlantic Ave. Carriages will be stationed along the path. Simply display your ticket and hop on board.

Trolleys will also be available if you want to get there a bit faster and can forgo the experience of going by horse (at least for a few legs of the tour).

Participants will also receive a personal recipe card. It is a special gift thanking everyone who participates, allowing them to try their best at baking the magical cookies they try on the tour.

Lastly, a portion of the sales directly helps the various local and independent bed & breakfasts, as well as the Friends of the Library group.

Tips for Enjoying the Cookie Tour

The cookie tour is festive and fun, and you do not want to miss out on getting the absolute most out of this special experience. Below are few quick tips to the Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour of Bed & Breakfast Inns.

Don’t fill up too fast. One cookie per location is the official rule, but it isn’t hard to indulge. Resist grabbing an extra.

There are six stops in total. They are all within walking distance, but it may take the whole duration to reach every bed & breakfast if you stay on foot.

Every stop will have a specific (and different) cookie type. If you don’t like one, you are certain to find another you will love. You may find white macadamia nut or mint sugar, as well as non-cookie baked goods, like cashew snowballs.

You are free to hang out. Participants can relax, ask questions, or order from the coffee bar or snack room if the bed & breakfast has one available.

Many participants have joined every year for the long-running Amelia Island cookie tour. The vacation rentals are popular for visitors who want to extend their stay or maybe even call Amelia Island their home for a season. It’s a rewarding journey and will keep the whole family on their toes for what cookie is around the corner next.