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Amelia Island

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Downtown Fernandina Beach
Cars parked in a street, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County, Florida, USA
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Downtown Fernandina Beach, a once-vibrant, Victorian seaport village is now postcard perfect with rows of shops that house a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles, as well as an eclectic assortment of boutiques and restaurants.

It is the southern hospitality that truly makes this town tourist-friendly — shop owners, tour guides and restauranteurs all go out of their way to make visitors feel genuinely welcome.

We spent only a couple of hours strolling Centre Street, but it would be easy to spend an entire afternoon. My favorite store was Twisted Sisters, located at 215 Centre Street. The boutique-like shop offers ladies apparel, home decor accessories and gifts with a twist. Another favorite was — Last Flight Out — which was filled with the unusual and quirky.

It's worth your while to take a peek down the side streets, because another nice store LaTorre's Gallery & Gifts was tucked away at 3 North 4th Street. This small shop is packed with art and even some of the owner's own framed photographs of Amelia Island.

A great place to snack would be Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge, where you can watch fudge being made the old-fashioned, traditional way — cooked in a copper kettle and cooled on a marble slab. They have pretty amazing ice cream, as well.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Joe's Second Street Bisto, but there seems to be no wrong choice of eateries in the area. We never heard anything but good things about the restaurants in town.

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