Friday (5 November) is travel day. Folks travel to northeastern Jacksonville, Florida and check in the Meet Hotel. The Meet Hotel is the Aloft hotel, 751 Skymarks Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. This is our base of operation for the 2021 Fall Meet. Click the following link to make reservations. Discounted Room Rate for Morgan Owners Group South Breakfast is an unknown at this time. They may have something, they may not. According to the hotel COVID changed certain things so I would assume the worst case and plan on finding breakfast somewhere else. There are lots of restaurants serving breakfast in the area.
The Hospitality Suite is at the hotel’s bar. There is no separate room available to serve as our Hospitality Suite this time!!
At 10am (Saturday, 6 November) we gather up at the front door of the hotel, and travel as a convoy to Amelia Island, Fl along FL-105, Heckscher Road, A1A, Fletcher Road. This drive should take us about an hour and a bit. This is a wonderful Morgan drive as it skirts the St Johns River with its scenic bridges, watery vistas, marsh grasses and lots of marine activity. No doubt the local folks will be out fishing and boating as we go by.
Once onto Amelia Island we will pass by some exquisite housing areas, exceptional golf course and fine hotels. This is the home to the famed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, in my mind the finest Concours d’Elegance on the east coast. We will follow the ‘round abouts’ along the coast road (A1A / Fletcher Road) and across the various islands to the quaint town of Fernandina Beach, FL. We will all park downtown Fernandina Beach (parking is a challenge so it will everyone for themselves!) and spend a few hours perusing the shops and boutiques. Lunch is on your own so find something appealing at one of the many restaurants in town. Just make sure you don’t miss the boat, leaving from 1 N. Front St, Fernandina Beach, FL (Yes, it is on the water!) at 3:30pm.
We will all board a few minutes early, at 3:15PM. The Cumberland Island Tour Boat has been chartered just for MOGSouth folks and will cost only 20$ per person. Again, MOGSouth is subsidizing the costs of this boat charter, so you can feel good about getting your money’s worth for your 2021 MOGSouth dues!! (Wait a minute! We didn’t have any dues for 2021?)
The Charter will provide us with a leisurely tour of Cumberland Island and take about an hour and a half. It will be fully narrated by a knowledgeable guide, giving us the back stories as well as a great sense of the island’s interesting history. At this time of year there is also a good possibility of Right Whales sightings or sightings of other wildlife as we motor along!
After the tour, but no later than 6PM, we will all gather at one of the Fernandina’s great restaurants for a group dinner. (Note: we are still working the specifics of the dinner, so standby for more information.)
The dinner should end around 7:30-8PM and we will all gather back up and convoy, again along Fletcher Road, A1A, FL-105, Heckscher Road back to the Hotel in northeast Jacksonville. Again, there is no separate room for the Hospitality Suite so those interested in continuing to visit will gather in the Hotel’s bar.
Sunday is check out day and the time to travel home.