December 10th, 2011 by Deborah Gold
Christmas on Amelia Island is full of warm hospitality and gracious living. Most of the island and including the National Historic District is decorated in Holiday spirit. Take a carriage ride through the area and see some amazing 19th century mansions dressed in its glory. Dining on the island could not be better with some incredible chefs working overtime to make this holiday so very special. The Ritz Carlton had a huge private ship made out of gingerbread. A must see if you come the the Island. Sit on our porch swing and enjoy some warm apple cider and Egg Nog at The Hoyt House. Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year to All!
November 13th, 2011 by Deborah Gold
Where traditions start! Join us for our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Feast and leaving the cooking to Chef Deborah. Thursday enjoy an extended Cocktail Hour in the Amelia Lounge. Shrimp Cocktail & Brie En Croute made special for the evening. Dinner buffet of Roasted Turkey & Poached Salmon, Wild Mushroom Stuffing with Cranberries, Rice Pilaf, Mashed Red Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus & French Green Beans. Come back after your nap and savor the Hoyt House Amelia Island style dessert table of Very Berry Torte, Pumpkin Spiced Pie, Gooey Pecan Pie and a Slice of Chocolate Heaven. Dessert is served at 10pm with Decaf Coffee & Tea. Perhaps a shot of Bailey’s on the rocks or Sambucca & a fresh coffee bean to finish the evening of Thanks. You will need three days to digest, so stay and enjoy all that the Hoyt House and Amelia Island has to offer. Dinner is only 55.00 pp + tax & grat and comes with a complimentary glass of our house Chardonnay or Pinot Noir house wine. You can also purchase a bottle of wine from our wine list for your pleasure. Just let us know time and day and we will take care of the rest. Rates start at 210.00 per night for this 3 day minimum stay where we will exceed your expectations.
November 1st, 2011 by Deborah Gold
The Hoyt House Murder Mystery Weekend was awesome. We had guests play there parts to the hilt. Elvis was in a full head to toe costume and Jimmy Hendrix was very cool with a plastic blow up guitar. There was laughing and screaming in the dining room and all had a great time. The stuffed Rock Cornish Hens were perfect with Asparagus & Hollandaise and Rice Pilaf. The crab bisque was to die for. If you didn’t catch this one, join us next time on January 27th-28th 2012 for what will be our 4th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner. Twenty guests arrive but only nineteen leave.
September 11th, 2011 by Deborah Gold
10 years ago today my life changed and America will never be the same. We lost over 12 residence in my hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey and Bergen County lost 100′s of men & women that day. It is almost unreal, watching the towers get hit. I clearly remember screaming as the first tower fell from the sky almost in slow motion. I must have watched the towers come down over 200 times that day. Not believing it really happened. So many lives changed that day it is hard to know someone who wasn’t effected that day. I ran to school to pick up my son, and held David so tight he could barely breathe.
I could not watch the services today or the speeches from people who lost loved ones and the towers slamming into the foundations that once supported the massive structures. People jumping, screaming, dying, surviving Countless firefighters, EMS, Police, running, saving, helping and covering bodies. It will never fade in my mind. I did not loose anyone close to me that day. But many people did and I can not fathom their pain. The nightmares must be countless and seemingly endless. My heart goes out to all that have lost loved ones, friends and family. Knowing that America will never be the land of the free as it once was is now a fact that will forever be with us. Peace
July 28th, 2011 by Deborah Gold
Amelia Island Turtle Watch is in full swing on the island. Four digs this week and visitors on the island are encouraged to help get those littleloggerhead turtles safely into the water. It truly is amazing how the process starts of the mother pulling her way up the beach to nest. Struggling to get to the beach and using almost all her strength to dig and lay her eggs. She leaves never to see the outcome of her hard work or her children taking their first swim. David & I had a blast. It is hands on and we got to hold the babies and release them into the water. One of the many things happening on Amelia Island. Nest Watch over 142 Nest for 2011 and 2,224 hatch-lings. Truly Amazing. It is a must see and should be on your Bucket List.
July 21st, 2011 by Deborah Gold
Hoyt House is serving up a Mango Martini in the Amelia Lounge. Absolut Mango Vodka, orange juice, white peach puree and a splash of Champagne. Amazing. Come home to Amelia Island where a small historic village will transcend time when life was slower and you did stop to smell the flowers and breathe the salty air of this tranquil seaport. The Hoyt House located in the Historic District is just steps aways from restaurants, shopping, fine dining and dancing. Park your car and leave it in our parking lot and use our complimentary bicycles to get around town. Bike to the beach and enjoy Sandy Bottoms. A great place to hang out on the beach and enjoy lunch and a cocktail. What ever you do stop in the Amelia Lounge and enjoy a Mango Martini.
July 11th, 2011 by Deborah Gold
English Tea at The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast is pleased to offered from 12:30pm to 3pm daily Wednesday through Sunday to the public and staying guests. An amazing and authentic menu with scones & freshly made crumpets, jams & clotted cream. A variety of tea sandwiches, petite fours and mushroom tartlets to name a few. A cheese & cracker tray with pate and tea sandwiches is also available. Choose from our eight loose teas from around the world. Enjoy an authentic Bellini Cocktail, Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Classic Champagne & Strawberries before tea even begins. Reservations are required. Monday & Tuesday is available for private tea parties for 8 or more. Too busy to have Tea here, order your scones and crumpets by the dozen. Prices vary from 10.95pp to 22.95 pp with a special Tea for Two at 39.95. A lovely affair for those who want to enjoy Tea & Crumpets in a 105 year old Victorian Mansion.
July 1st, 2011 by Deborah Gold
Amelia Island is celebrating the 4th of July with a weekend packed of activities. Cookouts, parties and family fun all in and around Amelia Island. The celebration starts in Fernandina Beach Central Park from 10am-3pm with Music and an Apple Pie Contest. Crafts & Food and Games for all to play. The Famous Fernandina Beach Parade and Concert on Centre Street starting at 8:15pm and the Fireworks at 9:15pm by the Marina. Come join us for a 4th to remember. Rooms still available at The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast.
June 22nd, 2011 by Deborah Gold
It is sometimes very hard to say good-bye to folks you only met several days before. David & Carol-Ann came into our lives as guests, but today left as family. We enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed us and the Hoyt House. Late nights sitting at the bar, discussing all sorts of things. David a deep sea diver, pilot, camera man, yachtsmen, an expert on tectonic plates formation, helped with the BP oil spill, and a black belt. He was just well amazing with a British accent to boot. His wife Carol-Ann warm, funny full of life and and adventure, looking for another career but just can’t put her finger on it. Her & I talked about well everything.
As innkeeper’s we come in and out of peoples lives celebrating moments of joy and happiness. We have a wonderful job. Love it. Thank you to all the folks that have come through our doors and allowed us to be apart of their memories.