Fernandina Old Florida Elegance at Hoyt House

A prime example of “Golden Age” splendor, the Hoyt House is one of the treasured inns in Fernandina’s downtown historic district.

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If our recent weekend stay is any indication, Hoyt House is a magnet for very nice people with diverse backgrounds. Besides the inn’s lovely accommodations, we had a great time meeting the other guests and enjoyed cocktails at the social “hour” held daily 5 to 6 pm. However, we hung there chatting until we left for dinner around eight.


For those unfamiliar with the layout of the city of Fernandina and the island, Hoyt is ideally situated for those who want to park and ditch the car, as the inn sits at the threshold of the main corridor of Fernandina’s Victorian-era seaport where Atlantic Avenue turns into historic Centre Street. So, it’s about as good as it gets for the walkability factor, with lots to explore along the 8 block-long Centre Street at its doorstep – restaurants, shops, antiques, art galleries. Plus, it’s the hub of history tours, whether you want to hop aboard a trolley, roll slowly through the district in a horse-drawn carriage, or be led by a knowledgeable Amelia Island Museum docent on a walking tour. But Amelia Island’s beautiful beaches are nearby, too.

From Hoyt House at 804 Atlantic Avenue (flanked by sidewalks), it’s an easy straight route to Fort Clinch, Egans Greenway preserve (bird watching, nature observation, hiking and biking) and Amelia Island’s Atlantic coast shoreline, just 2 miles across the island (and complimentary bicycles are available at the inn for those who’d like to pedal.)

By W.B. Lawson

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