Day 1: Sunday, March 5
Members of our group arrive at Amelia Island for an informal car show and welcome dinner. Then we’ll overnight at the Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Harbor Front. This comfortable, highly rated inn is located in downtown Amelia Island, walking distance from the downtown harbor and historic shopping district.
Day 2: Monday, March 6
Morning highlights include the beautiful beaches of North Florida and a ferry ride across the St. Johns River. After a stop in Ponte Vedra for a waterfront view, we’ll sample some scenic roads and open up our throttles a bit as we journey to St. Augustine, one of our nation’s oldest cities. We’ll end the day’s driving at the historic Casa Monica hotel, arriving early enough to check out iconic St. Augustine sights like Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in America, or perhaps quirkier fare like the alligator farm. Dinner will be at the famous Columbia Restaurant. It’s located near the hotel so afterward we can easily stroll the old town and take in its unique bars and shops.
Day 3: Tuesday, March 7
Our morning drive leads south along the beaches of Highway A1A and then through the oak hammocks sheltering Bulow Creek. After a stop at the Classic Motorsports headquarters for a quick tour and coffee break, we’ll drive to a lunch overlooking the Indian River. Then we’ll head back inland for a stop at one of Florida’s manatee havens, Blue Springs, and enjoy a boat ride. We’ll wind our way through rolling hills to Howey-in-the-Hills and the Mission Inn Resort.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 8
Breakfast is an old-world treat from the European stone-slab ovens at Yalaha Bakery. Then it’s on to even hillier country–and some of the best driving roads in the state–en route to a stop at the exotic Bok Tower Gardens. We’ll eventually make our way to Fantasy of Flight, the collection of aviation enthusiast Kermit Weeks. All of these aircraft are operational–if you’re feeling adventurous you can opt for a ride in an 80-year-old biplane! The rest of the day is unscheduled, so you can choose to relax at the resort, enjoy a round of golf, or visit nearby Mount Dora to sample its many shops and restaurants.
Day 5: Thursday, March 9
We’ll start with a quick jog north to Ponce de Leon Springs to enjoy a hands-on breakfast at The Old Spanish Sugar Mill. How hands-on? Each dining table features a built-in griddle so you can cook your own pancakes right there! We’ll then travel through the back roads of the Ocala National Forest and finally return to Fernandina Beach, the quaint village on Amelia Island. We’ll end our week ready to start the Amelia Island Concours weekend fully rested, with hotel rooms arranged, tickets in hand, and a unique perspective on driving Florida by classic car.