Where do you Live? Amelia Island, Florida
Why did you choose the city / state you now live in? Amelia Island, Florida has the best of all worlds. It has all of the benefits of being a beachy island in The Sunshine State, while maintaining the most gracious traditions of the Old South. Hospitality is extended to all, charm drips like honey from every street – slowing the pace, the pulse and the purpose – and there’s enough eye candy in the Historic District, to take a horse-drawn carriage tour that lasts for days.
What do you love most about where you live? Amelia Island is a combination of all of the best things in life; it has a 52-square block historic district on the Intercostal Waterway, 13 miles of Atlantic white-sand beach just a mile and a half from the river, palm trees, soaring Magnolias, Live Oaks with dripping Spanish Moss, a past that involves pirates, titans, and statesmen and the friendliest locals on earth.
What is your favorite restaurant in your town? There is so much good food on Amelia Island that our restaurants routinely end up on Jacksonville’s top 25 lists, a city 25 miles away. We just figure out our mood and go eat.
What is your Age Group: 46-59
What is your favorite All Time Movie? Oooh…. Depending on mood: Waking Ned Devine, Gladiator, The Bourne Trilogy
Do you have any Pets? While no animals are allowed inside the inn, we care for feral cats. Davey and Billy have owners’ quarters privileges (in an outside cottage), Georgia and Shaggy are scarce and untouchable, Shadow… stays in the shadows, and Malomar is a blue-eyed blonde liar who tries to convince guests that she’s allowed inside. She’s not, but she’s quite “pettable”, particularly when offered innkeeper-supplied treats.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Walk through the Historic District taking in the sights, ending up at the riverfront and gazing at the sunset while sipping an adult beverage at a local eatery.
What is your favorite season and why? I love the autumn. When I lived up north (Maryland), the colors were spectacular and the air was crisp, but now that I’m on Amelia Island, the weather is just amazing; it’s 80 degrees every day and 60 degrees every night. And the fall festivals here are great: wine, food, art, cars, football, cookies.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Have a great big party for all of our guests who have supported us in our 16 years of innkeeping.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Quantum physics.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? The day that the world lays down its arms because it has recognized the futility of war.
Which celebrity do you get mistaken for? Kate Upton… no, no no… Sarah Ferguson, the (ex) Duchess of York
Where do you work? Really? At Fairbanks House
What is your title? Owner/ Innkeeper
How long have you worked there? 16 years
What do you love most about your Job? We get to help nice people have a good time. What’s not to love?
What is your Experience and Background in the Travel Industry? Prior to buying Fairbanks House, I had no “travel” industry experience but had worked around banquets, country clubs and health clubs for many years – before landing in the field of biometric identification.