Greyfield Inn is located on Cumberland Island, the 19th century retreat of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie who built Greyfield in 1900 for their daughter, Margaret Ricketson. The home was converted to an inn in 1962 by Margaret’s daughter, Lucy R. Ferguson, and her family. The Carnegie family still oversees the Inn, which exudes the romance and luxury of a grand hotel with the hospitality and charm of a family home.
Greyfield Inn’s private setting boasts 200-acres of unspoiled land spanning marshland on the west and ocean to the east. On Cumberland Island, guests set off for adventure each day. Their hours of escape onto the island can be spent birding, swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, observing the island’s wild horses, and strolling along the immaculate white sand beach.
The Greyfield Experience
Greyfield Inn’s overnight rates are all-inclusive. Our package rate for single or double occupancy includes your room, three full meals daily (Southern breakfast, picnic lunch, farm-fresh dinner, and hors d’oeurves hour), access to bicycles and kayaks, naturalist-led guided tours of the island, and Natural History Truck Tours. Other tours and massage services are available with advanced arrangement.
Other items inclusive in our room rates are as follows:
- Round-trip ferry boat transportation
- Sparkling non-alcoholic beverages and sodas
- Unlimited use of sports, fishing, and beach equipment
- Parking at Florida Embankment
Greyfield Inn is accessible via Fernandina Beach, Florida. Here, you’ll take a private ferry across the Cumberland Sound on the “Lucy R. Ferguson” which takes approximately 45 minutes. The boat is partially open, so please dress for the weather. The ferry departs two times daily. View the map and schedule here.
From the North:
Take Interstate 95 to Highway A1A (Exit 373). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp. Then follow A1A East for 14.8 miles to Centre Street. Turn left onto Centre Street and go to the waterfront. Drop off your passenger and/or luggage to meet he Boat Captain at Dock 3 next to the “Lucy R. Ferguson” sign on the dock rail. Follow the directions on your parking pass to the parking area, then walk southwest across the train rail to the boat.
From the South:
Take Interstate 95 to Highway A1A (Exit 373). Turn right at the end of the ramp. Then follow A1A east for 14.8 miles to Centre Street. Turn left onto Centre Street and go to the waterfront. Drop off your passenger and/or luggage to meet he Boat Captain at Dock 3 next to the “Lucy R. Ferguson” sign on the dock rail. Follow the directions on your parking pass to the parking area, then walk southwest across the train rail to the boat.
Shuttle Service from The Jacksonville Airport
- Bobcat Limo • Contact Bob Smith: 904.866.5948
- Amelia Transportation Group • Contact Justin Carroll 904.838.9686
- Amelia Island Transportation • Contact Vic Garvin 904.753.6480
Greyfield Inn Ferry Schedule (Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island, Florida Embarkment)
Fernandina Beach Departures: 9:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
Cumberland Island Departures: 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
Please be at the dock 15 minutes ahead of your departure time.
What to Expect
Cumberland Island is an undeveloped national seashore. Appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes are necessary. Here are a few tips to inform your trip planning.
- There is limited cell phone service and no Wifi at Greyfield Inn (however, for guests who require Internet, data service is generally available through most cell phone carriers). We invite you to detach from your devices and reconnect with your loved ones, and kindly ask our guests to respect the island’s tranquil environment.
- Greyfield Inn is air-conditioned. During the winter months we keep fires burning in the living room and dining room, making for a warm and inviting atmosphere.
- Dress is casual during the day. At dinner, jackets are required for gentlemen and comparable attire is suggested for ladies.
- There are no stores on Cumberland Island. Greyfield Inn Shop provides a limited selection of essentials including sunscreen, books, clothing, medications, and insect repellent.
- Salt water fishing is good at the dock/river in the sound or in the surf on the oceanside. If you wish to fish while you are here, some equipment is supplied but you may want to bring your own pole and tackle.
- As a licensed liquor establishment, private liquor may not be brought onto the property. Greyfield Inn has a fully stocked bar and wine cellar.
- Luggage should be light and limited. Due to our unique location, luggage is handled many times by different staff members, so we greatly appreciate suitcases and bags that are 25 pounds or less.
- The inn provides the following items: bathrobes, beach towels, irons, hairdryer, and other amenities.
We ask that you please refrain from smoking indoors and respect fellow guests by smoking away from the house, either in the front yard or near the marsh. Tables and chairs are provided in both areas.
Greyfield Inn is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America.