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Florida’s Northeast

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Florida’s Northeast Region

St Augustine Lighthouse Florida Postcard Style PhotoNortheast Florida, known as “Florida’s First Coast,” combines America’s oldest European settlement with one of the nation’s leading modern seaports, with a collection of small up-and-coming towns adding to the local color and natural beauty. Encompassing Atlantic beaches as far south as Flagler County and inland rural communities west to Palatka, the region offers travelers timeless adventures through mysterious 17th-century forts, vast prairie lands and wide beaches lined with sand dunes.

Off the state’s northeastern-most corner, Amelia Island provides a refreshing change of pace. On this small island, families will find blocks of old mansions, miles of beaches and lots of seafood. Fernandina Beach, the island’s only town, showcases more than 50 blocks of restored Victorian neighborhoods, including a collection of grand, sherbet-hued mansions, called the “Silk Stocking District.”

One of the nation’s fastest growing and most modern cities, Jacksonville is situated along the banks of the state’s longest river, the St. Johns River.

To the south lies the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States — St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown, St. Augustine has diligently preserved much of its rich heritage along a 144-block downtown historic district that offers a history lesson with proven kid appeal. Regardless of their age, visitors are bound to feel young again as they stroll narrow brick streets to discover the Oldest House, Oldest Jail, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Oldest Store Museum.

Southwest of St. Augustine, along the banks of the St. Johns River, Putnam County offers quiet, unassuming historic sites which tell the story of Putnam County, including the impact of the Civil War, the advent of steamboat travel along the St. Johns River and the gilded age of the Flagler Railroad.

When traveling to the northeast you will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn nearby.

Countdown to Shrimpfest!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Amelia Island Shrimp Festival pirate

Watch out for pirates during the Amelia Island Shrimp Festival, May 4-6, 2012.

The countdown to Shrimpfest has begun!

Each year, the Shrimp Festival celebrates the humble shrimp and all shrimp has brought to Fernandina Beach. The modern, motorized shrimping industry has its roots here, and shrimp remains critical to the economy of the town. At night, lights from shrimp boats glimmer on the water. During the day, those same boats are moored in Fernandina Harbor. Day after day, locals and visitors alike dine on fresh, local, wild-caught shrimp. Life is good.

Shrimpfest is one of the biggest events of the year on Amelia Island (it has grown considerably since the first celebration in 1963). Thousands of visitors come to enjoy the live music, the crafts and antique fairs, fireworks, and the Shrimp Festival Parade. Visitors expect to be invaded by pirates (all in good fun), and to consume shrimp just about any way it can be prepared.

The Amelia Island Shrimp Festival takes place the first weekend in May; this year, that’s May 4, 5, and 6. Book your Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast soon. See you at Shrimp Festival 2012!

Additional festival events can be found at Shrimp Festival.

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