Fernandina Beach’s Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is one of the most acclaimed bed and breakfasts in the South, but did you know they also have a menu available to guests and the public alike, 24 hours a day?
Their delicious light lunches and desserts are always ready to be served. They also welcome the public to their daily breakfast buffets.
Elizabeth Pointe was the first place I took my family to eat after my daughter was born. I was still taking care to keep her away from strangers and germs, but I felt safe in the fresh air on the New England-style building’s wraparound porch. I rocked my little girl in one of the beautiful wooden rockers, looking out at the ocean while my husband, toddler and I ate. It’s not a bad place to sit: in fact, USA Today named it one of the 10 greatest places to sit on a porch.
I always order the same dessert: a warm, homemade brownie with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce. My husband tells me their other desserts are also fabulous, but I just can’t give up that rich brownie to try anything else. The bed and breakfast’s baked goods are absolutely top notch. In fact, everything at Elizabeth Pointe is top notch, so much so that they host seminars for others who want to open B&Bs.
Their breakfasts are very generous, with homemade baked goods, meats, eggs, pancakes, fruits and more. It’s served buffet-style in the oceanfront sunroom. Sometimes, they make the eggs to order.
Their guests typically don’t have children, but they’re nevertheless very accommodating and gracious when little ones are there. They have a little basket of toys in the lobby area, and they always make a point of fussing over my little guy when we come in. They’re happy to offer him a glass of lemonade or a cookie in exchange for a friendly conversation. He’s always happy to oblige.
If you want to go:
Where: 98 South Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL
When: Light lunches and dessert served all day, breakfast in the mornings
Tips: Elizabeth Pointe’s dining room has one wooden highchair. If you’re coming with young children or a large group, it would probably be a good idea to call first – especially if you’re coming for breakfast. Also, the dining area is purposefully quiet, so I try to bring my children when they’re not bouncing off the walls.