We needed a beach in the worst possible way. So, we headed out to Amelia Island, Florida for a few days of soaking up the sun. This trip was on the heels of a quasi-family reunion with Anita’s family in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Ready for a slow-paced escape with a romantic vibe, we couldn’t resist staying at one of our favorite B&Bs, Hoyt House. Recently, the house has undergone a change of ownership, and we were pleased to meet the new innkeepers, Jamie and Todd. Staying here brought back memories of our last visit a few years ago when we celebrated our anniversary.
Kingsley Plantation represents that uncomfortable truth that we, as Americans, need to learn about the enslaved individuals who helped build America into what it is today. This plantation focuses on Zephaniah Kingsley, a Quaker Englishman, who moved to this area with his Senegalese wife, Anna in 1814. By then, she had been freed, and assisted in the management of the plantation.
His approach to enslavement—specifically, the task system—required the people he enslaved to raise crops in their own gardens. These products could supplement their plantation rations or be traded or sold. The grounds are well maintained by the National Park Service, and include several structures, including a barn, a kitchen, and an enclave of cabins that served as housing for the enslaved people.
Later that night, we strolled over to España, the best restaurant in the historic downtown district of Amelia Island. Unlike the last time we were there, we actually took pictures of our delicious meal of shrimp Mozambique, mussels, and seafood paella. Superb! And the service was equally as friendly and personalized as it was the last time we were there.
The next day, we departed Amelia and headed up to Jekyll Island, Georgia for the day. The expansion of the island, with the addition of some great hotels, made for a fun visit. A stop for lunch at the Jekyll Island Club Resort, a historic hotel built in 1888, and then we were back on the road, headed home.
Check out the vlog and see photos below of our fun on Amelia and Jekyll islands.