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. 

Director of Sales & Marketing
Megan Chism is an Amelia Island native; her current role is 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 client's private event needs, including several Fortune 500 companies. Megan will manage our special events team and oversee creative projects from concept to execution 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.

Director

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 play a role in the operation of some of the businesses located within Saltmarsh Hospitality venues.

Catering Sales Manager 

Taylor Swinford has joined the team as our Catering Sales Manager. Prior to joining SHG, Taylor managed all events at our newest venue, The Ocean Club of Amelia. During her time there, Taylor had the opportunity to sell and execute events including corporate meetings, company outings, galas, weddings, and cultural gatherings of all types. She brings passion and an extensive knowledge of special event management to her new role. Taylor will be supporting our Director of Sales & Marketing, Megan Chism, on all events. Megan is looking forward to tapping into her creative spirit and keep her running from one great event to another.

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