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The Addison on Amelia Island, a seaside Florida bed and breakfast, is conveniently located in the charming Historic District of Fernandina Beach, just a short stroll to shopping, great restaurants, eclectic art galleries, and the marina. Just steps away from the Inn is something for everyone including a day at the spa, eco-tours of the rivers and marshes, shopping, skippered sailing cruises, fine dining and casual lunches, live music in the local bars, the Farmer's Market every Saturday, and so much more.
The comforts of our inn make it feel more like a home away from home than most Fernandina Beach hotels. The Inn itself is comprised of three buildings that surround a central courtyard with lush gardens, brick walk-ways, and a three-tier fountain as the centerpiece. Several rooms have porches overlooking the courtyard that offer a pleasant spot for a glass of wine or early morning cup of fresh coffee. The courtyard verandah is where your Innkeepers host the afternoon Happy Hour.
The main building was built in 1876 and was originally a private home for merchant Frank Simmons. The building has undergone several renovations but has kept the original architectural style and details that still make it a remarkable home. The historic building of this Amelia Island inn still has its original heart-of-pine floors, 11 ½-foot ceilings, and 5 fireplaces (now decorative fireplaces). The main building has had many uses during its history including private home, infirmary during the Yellow Fever epidemic, doctor’s office, rooming house for mill workers, and daycare for their children.
The main dining room, the kitchen, and the innkeeper's quarters are also located in the main house. Your innkeepers live on-site and are available to assist you at any time, whether you forgot to pack your razor, want a late night cup of coffee or just want restaurant recommendations.
The other two houses on the property were built in 1996, and the architect did an outstanding job of integrating the new buildings with the style of the original house. Each of the courtyard guest rooms has hardwood floors and individually controlled air conditioning units, and many of the rooms have a porch overlooking the courtyard. The bathrooms in these two newer buildings offer either an oversized jetted tub, one-person jetted tub, walk-in shower, or deluxe spa shower. Two of the courtyard rooms have private decks overlooking the historic homes of Ash Street and one of the rooms is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Please check out the room descriptions to see which room is right for you.
The three buildings are connected by way of boardwalks and brick pathways that flow through the meticulously landscaped courtyard. Three large oak trees provide afternoon shade for the courtyard while a large crepe myrtle tree frames the courtyard entrance.