Florida’s Spirited Amelia Island

Stories of the past continue to unfold across the 50 blocks of downtown Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island’s northernmost city. Victorian architecture houses independent shops, cafés, and other haunts, like family-owned confectionery Fantastic Fudge (below, right) and the Fairbanks House bed-and-breakfast (below, left). The circa-1856 Amelia Island Williams House (above) offers a comfortable stay among antique furnishings and hand-carved fireplaces. Ornamented with fleurs-de-lis, the original wrought iron gates and fencing exemplify subtle French influences on the island’s multicultural heritage.