A Family Friendly, Scenic Vacation

A few weeks ago I posted about my Bucket List Day and I wanted to share some more details of our trip to Amelia Island.  This quaint little island is located on the border of Florida and Georgia about 40 minutes north of Jacksonville on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.  The initial draw to this vacation destination was the horseback riding experience, but once we arrived I realized we had discovered a quiet little island gem.

When you arrive on the island, the first thing you notice is the lack of high-rise hotels or condos cluttering the beach.  The shoreline is dotted with lovely little beach houses and cottages.  The hotels and condos tend to be low-rise and do not obstruct the beautiful views. Doesn’t this little place look divine!


 How cool would it be to live on the corner of Ocean and Dolphin Street!


Our first night there, we discovered a beach view restaurant called Sliders Seaside Grill.  We dined alfresco and celebrated the Misters birthday!  Notice Little One photo bombing the picture from the slide.  What a concept to provide a playground for the munchkins to let loose in while they wait for their dinner!  Genius!

KyleAfter dinner, we strolled down to the beach and discovered this guy!  Lots of jellyfish and sea life to be found on this beach.


Next to the horseback riding experience, my favorite thing about this vacation was the spectacular show each morning.  What a blessing to be able to enjoy this gift God gives us each morning!  I woke up early each morning we were there and stole down to the beach to enjoy the sunrise.  Such a stunning, quiet, peaceful way to start the day.





















We had plenty of beach time for shell collecting and exploring.

408One afternoon we explored Fort Clinch State Park.  This is the view as you drive into the park, a tunnel of trees!


We spent time at the beach building our own fort.


We lingered a little too long, because we missed touring the fort which closed at 5:00, but we were at least able to get some pictures before they locked the gate.  Pretty impressive!  The fort dates back to 1847 and is 19th century brick fortress begun after the end of the Second Seminole War.


 If you ever get the opportunity, I would highly recommend visiting Amelia Island. It is a great place to get away with the family to relax and soak up some sunshine and beauty!




For those of you living here in Michigan, I want to offer you hope and a reminder of why we choose to live here!  In my opinion, there is not a more beautiful place than summertime in Michigan.  So hold on, even though it is supposed to snow again tomorrow, summer WILL arrive!  Here are a few of my favorite Michigan destinations.

Sunset at my brother’s cottage.



Mackinac Island


Pictured Rocks


Sunset on the pristine waters of Lake Superior


My brother’s dog-pure happiness!