9th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Mark your calendars now for the 9th Annual Amelia Island Museum Holiday Home Tour on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Always a high point of the Fernandina Beach festive yuletide season, this year will be a Special Holiday Home Tour featuring six private beach homes located along the stunning Amelia Island coastline. These beautiful and unique homes will be decorated by professional florists and designers. Free trolley service will transport tour guests from Peters Point to the homes.
Houses on the Tour
1544 South Fletcher Avenue
Tom and Emily Roberts are the proud owners of Dovey’s Nest, which they consider a “respite from a jagged world.” Just completed in April 2015 by builder John Gorham, this welcoming, guest-friendly, beach-front vacation home includes a pool, jacuzzi and even a putting green among its considerable amenities.
1880 South Fletcher Avenue
Owner Nancy Bell has decorated this charming, 20-year old, beach-front home with art work collected from her travels as well as pieces from local artists. Beginning with the blue tones of the entry hall, this house draws you to the ocean beyond the dunes.
2865 First Avenue
Devout DIY’ers Robbie and Rebecca Crosby purchased this fixer-upper with “good bones” and the transformation began to the unique, sleek, modern home that they now enjoy. Surprising touches are everywhere from the kitchen cabinetry to the closet doors to the front entrance pool. The “Imagination Squared!” art wall in the game room is an apt description of this home and these owners.
4271 South Fletcher Avenue
Home to Rex and Melanie Milburn, this property just across from the beach dates to 1986. Local architect John Dodd and builder Pat McCarthy collaborated on renovations completed in 2012. The final result is a light, airy interior with traditional decor and punches of color. Spacious porches on two levels provide excellent beach views.
4296 South Fletcher Avenue
Sealoft is the weekend retreat and vacation home of Francis and Diane Lott. This spectacular, 5873 square feet, two-story structure designed by renowned Jacksonville architect William Morgan is truly a work of art containing other works of art including a 15-ft wide Larry Jon Davis painting and a fine art glass collection with works by Dale Chuhuly and others.
4309 South Fletcher Avenue
The driveway to the home of Peter and Barbara Smith may be marked by a hive and a sign reading “local honey”, but their 60-year old Bauhaus design house is definitely not “country”. The Bauhaus movement began in the 1920‘s and taught that function took precedence over form resulting in an open modern look, a style reflected later throughout the “International” and “Mid-Century Modern” movements. Tropical storm Fay and changes in building codes forced some renovation in 2008, but many elements of the house are original.
Tickets will be available starting the first week of October at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 South 3rd Street, online at www.ameliahometours.com and at the following Island locations:
• Amelia Island Visitors Center (Old Train Depot), 102 Centre Street
• Peterbrooke Chocolatier (near Publix), 1427 Sadler Road
• The Plantation Shop (Palmetto Walk Shopping Center), 4828 First Coast Highway
See the Tickets Tab to purchase online.
Prices: $25 before December 4; $30 on days of the tour. For more information and group rates for 10 or more guests, call the Museum at 904-261-7378 x105. Parking will be available at Peters Point with free trolley service provided to all venues.
Breakfast/Lunch with Brooke
Award winning floral designer Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist will display holiday table decor at her “Holiday Showcase of Tablescapes”. A catered breakfast or lunch will be served at her shop, 1875 South 14th Street (near the intersection of South 14th and Park Avenue). Tickets must be purchased in advance at Artistic Florist or at the Museum. Seating is limited.
Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. Price: $25
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 3. Price: $30
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Photography by Elizabeth Wilkes