It’s getting might cold here in Morgan Hill. Sure, it’s still above freezing, but not by much and this is California, damn it! But I’m starting to think a little winter break to America’s other sunshine state may be in order. Yeah, I’m talking about Florida, home of more theme parks than anywhere else in the world. But I’m not thinking of visiting Mickey Mouse in Orlando. I’m thinking of something a little more laid back. Some winter sun and surf to warm these aging bones.
Lucky for me, I came across a great deal from the kind folx down at Amelia Island. Aside from the fact that the name always makes me think of the fictional Amity Island, Amelia Island looks like a much more relaxing spot. Not only was it voted one of the top 10 islands in America by Condé Nast readers, but its Fernandina Beach was also recently named one of the top 12 vacation destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Fernandina Beach is also the only city in the United States to have been under the domain of 8 different national flags: France, Spain, Great Britain, Republic of Florida, Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, United States and the Confederate States of America.
This kind of history, in addition to being the birthplace of commercial shrimping, is more than enough to motivate me to take advantage of their 3rd night free Lodging Special. But if history’s not your thing, they’ve also got all the traditional tourist destination activities – great golf courses, shopping, incredible restaurants, hiking, biking, fishing, and, of course, miles of beautiful (and warm) beaches. What more could you ask for?