Amelia Island

Jax Beach to Fernandina: The A1A Ocean Islands Trail

A1A Ocean Islands Trail, Florida Scenic Highway, Amelia Island Plantation, Photo courtesy of Amelia Island Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Along the A1A Ocean Islands Trail Jacksonville’s Beaches | Mayport | Broward House | Kingsley Plantation | Big Talbot | Downtown Fernandina Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina | The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina | American Beach: Under the Blue Bottle Tree with Marsha Dean Phelts | Amelia Island Culinary Academy | Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour | The First Coast’s Only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant: Salt at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island   Every place has a story, stitched together with humble beginnings and historic figures to create a living narrative. In very few places can you travel along a timeline of a region’s history as it unfolds before you. The …

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Celebrate Independence Day! 🇺🇸 14 Ways to See Fireworks & Other 4th of July Events Around Jacksonville

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS ON THE FIRST COAST July 3rd Independence Day Celebration at the Ballpark The are proud to give away patriotic Jumbo Shrimp caps to the first 2,000 fans through the gates! Stick around post-game for the largest fireworks show of the season. Secure your tickets NOW because this game will sell out! You can purchase online, or avoid fees by purchasing over the phone (904-358-2846). Tickets start at $5! July 4th Throwback Baseball Game The tradition carries on July 4th, 4-7pm, as the Westside and Eastside (of the ) battle it out on the baseball field for bragging …

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Phantoms of the First Coast: The Faces Behind Northeast Florida’s Most Haunted Tours

Phantoms of the First Coast: The Faces Behind NE Florida’s Most Haunted Tours

With several thousand years of civilization under its belt, the First Coast has experienced its share of trials and tribulation. Ghosts are big business for the curious and thrill-seekers alike, and October’s reprieve from the oppressive heat puts many in the mood for a haunted history lesson. One need not look far to find a ghost tour. As you board a trolley or prepare to walk along darkened cobblestone streets, consider for a moment the storyteller’s tale. Four local haunted tour guides shared their story and personal experiences with EU Jacksonville. Whether you’re a supernatural enthusiast or a diehard skeptic, …

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Explore Our Roots with Ranky Tanky, Bringing Gullah Music to the Ritz Theatre and Museum

It’s been a whirlwind year for Ranky Tanky. Named for the Gullah phrase meaning to “get funky,” the rising stars of the low country released its debut album in October 2017 in homage to the Gullah culture of the region. Just two months later, they were topping jazz charts and touring the country. EU Jacksonville spoke with Clay Ross, guitarist and vocalist of the Charleston-based quintet about the band’s meteoric rise, infusing modern jazz with lowcountry flavors and a shared history with the First Coast. “It’s definitely been kind of a big breakthrough year for us. We released our album …

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The First Coast’s Only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant: Salt at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Salt at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Chilled White Asparagus Soup, Lobster Salad, Purple Asparagus, English Pea Sorbet

If you’re in Jacksonville and you want to impress your date, take them to Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. It’s one of only three AAA Five Diamond restaurants in Florida. The beach views are unmatched and the food at Salt is extraordinary. I sat down with Executive Chef Richard Laughlin to talk about everything food. What made you want to be a chef? Was it your parents’ cooking? A dish you had? Somewhere you worked? It was totally my parents’ cooking. Especially my mom. She was always throwing down in the kitchen. What was the defining moment when you …

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Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour: Four cocktails, 13 strangers, and One Blast of a Bar Crawl

Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours holds mixology tours every Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm–7:30pm. Priced at $45, each tour includes four local bars (different every outing), where attendees (no more than 14 per group) sample one cocktail per venue. For more information and to book, visit You know that mixing vodka, gin, and rum may not be a smart idea. But you do not let that thought linger; you are about to have a good time. You stroll into the homey ( in downtown . The owner, Marisol—last names are a needless formality in this tight community—beams from behind …

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Getting to Know Fernandina Flavor: Amelia Island Culinary Academy

Amelia Island Culinary Tour

Getting to know an area is as much about the local food as it is about the history and landmarks. That’s a concept that the Amelia Island Culinary Academy thoroughly embraces. Before his market tour class arrives,  has already been to the Farmers Market on Center Street in Fernandina Island. It’s just five blocks from the , which is tucked down the same side street as 29 South and the Mermaid Bar/Florida House Inn. He’s cutting Florida-grown strawberries from the market, doing the last of the prep work before the class arrives, when I find him. “Of course I go …

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The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina

Petanque, Amelia Island, Downtown Fernandina Beach

Feeling a little French? Amelia Island is the home of largest pétanque club in the nation. Have some pastis then head to the pétanque courts in Downtown Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Boules Club holds pétanque pickup games Saturdays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 3:30pm at the Fernandina Beach pétanque courts at the south end of the downtown marina on Front Street and at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue between 11th Street and 14th Street. The French Provençal game of was virtually unknown in northeast Florida before Philippe Boets introduced the game to . Boets relocated his company Pétanque America from …

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Drink It Local: Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina

  This month I sat down with the head distiller at Fernandina distillery Marlin and Barrel, Wyatt Griesemer, to talk about the history of the distillery and where it’s headed in the future. Previously a bartender with Restaurant Orsay, Griesemer has been working at Marlin and Barrel for over a year now. The distillery itself is fairly new, having only celebrated their two-year anniversary in March. He says that there are currently four full-time employees and that the basic practice is, “making booze in back, selling it in front.” It is a philosophy that seems to work out pretty well …

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American Beach: Under the Blue Bottle Tree with Marsha Dean Phelts

Marsha Dean Phelts, American Beach

The tranquil American Beach breeze blows into Marsha Dean Phelts’ front lawn. It rattles the blue bottles stacked along a palm tree. Phelts says the beach is much quieter now than it was in its heyday. She recalls a time when, she says, “There was always a party going on. American Beach was a place everybody could enjoy and feel a sense of belonging.” For as long as she can remember, has vacationed at on . Until the Civil Rights Act’s passage in 1964, North Florida’s beaches were segregated. American Beach was the among the largest and most frequented black-only …

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