Our Story

Saltmarsh Hospitality Group was created to offer a collection of Amelia Island’s grandest historic properties and estates, faithfully restored and transformed into exquisite venues for special events. We believe in creating memorable experiences. Our first-class team is committed to making your event extraordinary with unrivaled service and professional expertise. Whether a formal wedding, lively social reception, seated dinner, or classic Lowcountry oyster roast, your unforgettable occasion begins in Amelia Island’s most distinctive historical settings.

Founder & CEO

Ernie Saltmarsh has a background in banking & finance, real estate investment, construction & development as well as the ownership and management of many hospitality businesses. He has a passion for restoring historic structures and has won numerous awards for his preservation efforts. Ernie resides in Amelia Island, Florida, where several of his businesses are located. 


Ernie Saltmarsh has an extensive background in the commercial real estate industry and spent 10 years at one of the world’s leading brokerage houses. Prior to joining Saltmarsh Hospitality Group, Ernie assisted in building the Northeast Florida Retail Investment Team and brokered over $145M in sale and lease transactions. Ernie will be involved in all aspects of the company and will also play a role in the operation of some of the businesses located within Saltmarsh Hospitality venues.

Director of Sales & Marketing

Megan Chism is an Amelia Island native and will serve as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Saltmarsh Hospitality Group. Megan began her career in the hospitality industry with one of the Island’s premier resorts and brings over 10 years of experience in catering to clients private event needs, including several Fortune 500 companies. Megan will manage our special events and assist as the Creative Director for the brand.  

Director of Food & Beverage

Chef Matthew Kennedy, a native of Fernandina Beach, began his career in the hospitality industry with one of the Island’s premier resorts. The opportunity to showcase his creative side as the head chef of the Florida House Inn and Down Under was a dream. Matt now serves as our Food & Beverage Director as well as the Executive Chef of our collection. Matt has a passion for creating custom menus based on our client's needs and vision for their special day.

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