Amelia Island’s Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns

The Fairbanks House was all decked out in garlands and poinsettias during the 2010 Cookie Tour.

What kid wouldn’t want to spend the day tramping through town, eating cookies prepared specially by some of the best hosts and hostesses on Amelia Island?

I have to admit, I didn’t take my kids when I went to Amelia Island’s Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns hosted by The Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association. Instead, I took a kid at heart, my 80-year-old grandma, and she couldn’t have been more thrilled.

In a place where snow eludes us, this tour was THE perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Ticket holders walk at their own pace from one bed and breakfast to the next. Each is decked out in gorgeous Christmas decorations. As promised, every one of the locations has its favorite homemade “signature” cookies on hand. Not only that, but they pass out recipe cards for  those same cookies.

A balcony suited up for the holidays at The Fairbanks House.

As part of your ticket fee, you’re also entitled to horse and carriage rides that travel between the inns in downtown Fernandina Beach. The fee also covers a trolley ride to the oceanfront inns.

Every one of the stops along my tour last year was enchanting, but I especially loved Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, which served a whole smorgasbord of cookies (and an incredible bread pudding drenched in a warm sauce). Instead of one recipe card, the B & B passed out several full pages of recipes.

If you’re wondering whether you could take your child to this event, the answer is yes and no. If your child requires a stroller or needs to be carried, it would be pretty difficult to navigate the narrow hallways and steep stairs in many of the featured B&Bs. In addition, there are fragile antiques everywhere – something I know my own son’s butterfingers would gravitate to. But for older children who can handle the walking and appreciate the beautiful decorations, it’s a great way to get out and see a side of Amelia Island we locals rarely get to experience.

Here is a list of inns that were included in the 2012 tour:

Fairbanks House

Williams House

Addison on Amelia

Hoyt House

Amelia Oceanfront Inn

Florida House Inn

Blue Heron Inn

Elizabeth Point

For more information, go to http://ameliaislandinns.com/cookie-tour.

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