Since returning from my whirlwind girls' beach trip to Amelia Island, Florida, I've compiled some of my favorite spots we discovered. Here ya go!
Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge featuring Working Cow Ice Cream: Downtown Fernandina
Locally owned and operated old school candy and fudge shop; also featuring local ice cream by Working Cow. Need I say more? I felt weak in the knees just from walking in the shop; the smell of chocolate and peanut butter swirled around me as we stood there trying to maintain consciousness and decide on some ice cream. Naturally, we walk in 10 minutes before they close and begged the high school girl to serve us up some sweet relief. And she replied, "Oh don't worry; people will keep coming in until after 10pm." So relived we focused again on the ice cream case, knowing we were going to pick out chocolates before returning home.
Lemongrass: This super cool boutique is relatively new on the scene in the Fernandina/Amelia area having been open just a few years. I loved the atmosphere is the shop; there was something to see everywhere you turned- beautiful clothes, vintage furniture, travel books, and exotic rugs. They have a great mix of merchandise featuring shoes like Tom's and Olukai; eyewear by Tom's, Maui Jim, Ray Ban; and clothing from Johnny Was, One of a Kind pieces, and Free People.
Eight Flags Antique Market: This place is the ultimate vintage emporium in the downtown Fernandina area. They had vendors with every type of antique you could imagine. Add this to your list of places to go when you visit!
Espana Downtown: This restaurant was recommended to us by several people so we had to try it on our last night. Worn out from another long day of beaching and shopping, we decided to order takeout. We chose a little bit of everything to please everyone, and the person taking our (very large) order was so accommodating and helpful. I must say the stars of the meal were the traditional paella and the calderada de mariscos (portuguese firsherman's stew).
We were sad to leave our beach bungalow but we had a fabulous time!