Elizabeth Pointe Lodge looks as if it had been built 150 years ago for a seafaring captain from New England. In fact, the charming inn was built by David and Susan Caples in 1992 and operated by them until 2014, when they sold it to Jim and Gay Dunlop, who previously owned the Hamilton Turner Inn in Savannah. The Dunlops and their son, Brandon, purchased Elizabeth Pointe when Jim and Gay moved to Amelia Island. Jim and Gay are now retired from both Elizabeth Pointe and Amelia Island Vacations, and Brandon and his wife, Tarah, run the businesses.
The inn is cozy and warm, with a coastal ambience, and the guest rooms are charming and comfortable. The inn, located on the ocean near Main Beach, has a spectacular porch overlooking the beach that is perfect for morning coffee or an afternoon cocktail. The Pointe Restaurant offers dining on the broad wraparound porch, and it is open to the public every day for breakfast and lunch. A special Sunday Brunch is offered one Sunday each month. Guests may order picnic lunches for outings on the island.
Brandon, who worked in risk management for HSBC Bank, says it was natural that he and Tarah would transition to the hospitality business, given his family background. He and Tarah love owning the inn and managing 40 properties for Amelia Island Vacations Property Management Service. The couple is active in the community, and Tarah serves on the board of the Amelia Island Museum of History.