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10 Tips for the Holiday Cookie Tour

Posted on December 09, 2015 |
Amelia Island’s classic inns and charming bed and breakfasts are dressed in their best holiday finery and you’re invited to visit on December 12th and sample a signature cookie from each. You’ll even learn a historical tidbit or two as you peek inside, and you’ll see why so many make the Tour a part of their holiday tradition.  Here are 10 morsels you won’t want to miss:
  1. A limited number of VIP Cookie Tour packages are still available online.  Each includes a gift certificate for a one-night midweek stay (Sun – Thurs) at an Inn of your choosing, including breakfast and other fine Inn amenities, “Sunshine Mornings at the Inns of Amelia” our newest association cookbook featuring recipes from all the Inns and cookie recipes from tours past, two  complimentary tickets for the 2015 Holiday Cookie Tour. Priced $150 (plus shipping/handling fee of $9.75 and tax of $10.50)  You may purchase online and pick them up at Fairbanks House on Tour day. Makes for an exceptional gift and is a great value.
  2. The Addison on Amelia is serving White Chocolate Coconut Cookies. Look for the nutcracker collection and the tree bearing hundreds of ornaments.
  3. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available in the Historic District for your enjoyment between downtown Inn stop.  (Stops are marked on your ticket.)
  4. The Hoyt House will offer Snickerdoodles.  The door to each room will have a unique wreath, don’t miss the amazing holiday centerpieces.
  5. Cashew Snowballs are on offer at the Blue Heron Inn, featuring especially romantic decorations in keeping with its renown as a spot for weddings and special getaways.
  6. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and cookbook sales will benefit Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library, a local non-profit charity. 
  7. Dark Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookies will be the feature at The Fairbanks House, where the mantelpiece decorations are a favorite of photographers. 
  8. Serving Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Florida House Inn has a courtyard that is a favorite gathering spot.  With the weather forecast predicting temperatures in the 70s, it's sure to be a festive place to enjoy refreshments.
  9. The Amelia Island Williams House has gone back in time for their recipe for Hermits, the 1880’s most popular cookie (contains spices from the Indies and went to sea tucked in many a sea chest.) Come meet the House's new owners, Chris and Maria Page.
  10. Tickets are $25 each (for all ages) and can be purchased at any of the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Inns, the Amelia Island Visitors Center, and the Fernandina Beach Library, the Chamber of Commerce gateway office.  Tickets will be available at the door day of the tour.  
If you go:
Date: Saturday December 12, 2015
Time: 12 pm-5pm
Place: Begin the tour at any of the six bed and breakfast inns on the tour. 
Take home:  Recipe cards for each cookie will be available at all the inns.

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