Area Attractions

The retreat center for The Purple Cottage is just twenty minutes from Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, Florida. Downtown Fernandina Beach includes a charming historic district filled with gorgeous Victorian homes and a downtown shopping district, Centre Street, chock full of wonderful art galleries and shops. If you’d like to extend your stay in the area, just let us know and we’ll be happy to suggest some activities and accommodations for you based on your individual needs. Included here are links to get you started on your visit to Amelia. (Photo credit: Best of Amelia


Amelia Island Living eMagazine

Amelia Island Pottery

Amelia Island Things to Do

Amelia SanJon Gallery

Amelia Today Gallery Listing

Best of Amelia Island

Blue Door Artists Gallery (a personal favorite!)

Island Art Association

Waterwheel Gallery

Just south of the retreat center is Jacksonville, Florida, geographically the largest city in the United States. Jacksonville has everything from gorgeous beaches to riverfront activities on the St. Johns River to inland camping and forestry activities. It’s also home to a vibrant arts community. Below are just a few artsy links and general information links for Jacksonville. We're also happy to give you some tips from the natives! (Photo credit:

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Cummer Museum

Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Beaches

Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art

Reddi Arts

Riverside Arts Market

Visit Jacksonville

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