Friends of the Library is offering a free presentation entitled Cuba: People-to-People Folk Arts Tour. Led by Fernandina Beach residents Dr. Peggy A. Bulger and Ron Price, this slide show and discussion will cover their experiences on a group tour of sites showcasing the folk arts, folklife, foodways and traditional culture of the Cuban people. Read more
Escape from the everyday routine to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Now through February 28th, 2017, guests receive a $100 Daily Resort Credit on the AMELIA BREAKAWAY PACKAGE. Relax with a signature spa service in The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Experience fine dining in our signature restaurants – COAST and SALT. Unwind with wine, cheese and a private chimenea under a star-filled sky.
The choice is yours when you book your return to Amelia Island this winter.
EXPERIENCE THE NEW LOBBY BAR AT THE RITZ-CARLTON
Join us on December 24th for the opening of Amelia Island’s next great culinary hotspot – The Lobby Bar at The Ritz-Carlton.
A curated list of small-batch spirits and custom infusions inspired by bourbon legends highlight the sophisticated Lobby Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The bar’s signature Smoked Old Fashioned and selection of handcrafted drinks underscore a relaxed, yet refined cocktail culture. Light bites – including freshly-prepared sushi and sashimi – and live entertainment make The Lobby Bar the premiere gathering spot.
Opening December 24, 2016
-Custom, house-infused bourbon blends served daily during “First Call”
-Reservations suggested for reserved seating – “Legends Table”
-Freshly-prepared sushi, sashimi and light bites
-Fireside, terrace seating offers ocean views
By: Wallace Pierson Travel – Have you ever wondered if you have made the best use of your children’s or grandchildren’s time over vacation breaks? While a week at the beach can be a great way to spend time together as a family, we invite you to explore some of the other available options. Read more
Amelia Island, FL – The Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) won four awards for outstanding tourism marketing at VISIT FLORIDA’s annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Read more
Traveling doesn’t have to cost too much. With a strong cash, exotic locales will offer lots of bang for your buck and an off the controlled way experience. With more inexpensive flights available than before, you can jet off anywhere exotic and still stay with a small spending budget. Whether you want a long journey summer vacation or a short Easter holiday, below are 10 places you will get the most value for your travel buck.
With affordable flights from the United States, this common vacation destination gives plenty of great deals. Sunny Beach basically does what it states on the label, a seaside hotel made for comforting and perfecting your tan without wasting much a day. There are plenty of all-inclusive so you don’t have to worry about spending any money there unless you want to go on any excursions. All-inclusive are the best way to go.
Budapest sits in all its Neo-Classical and Gothic glory on the Danube River, perfectly considered one of the best cities around the world. With its ancient castles, warm and leafy parks, peppery goulash, it is easy to love.
While many people would not think to travel here. Common with many travellers and backpackers on a budget, it is easy to explore this colorful region and live like a Raj. Visit Goa and look for great deals in the flea marketplace, swim with turtles and enjoy the shine Guesthouse for affordable private rooms and a ten minute ride to Anjuna Beach.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
There are many hotels and places to do here. Beautiful beaches, amazing food and fun what else could you ask for when wanting a luxury vacation. This is where I decided to spend my summer this year and let me tell you how amazing it was. Crystal blue waters, dance parties on the beach, flow of drinks, exquisite resorts, and the list could go on and on. While you’re there take a stop at Jimmy Buffets Magaritaville and go down the water slide that shoots you into the ocean.
The price for staying in Cambodia is very low, but it is also home to the seven Wonders around the world. You can get a bicycle for as low as $2 a day and ride to this amazing temple for the 4am sunrise.
Trying to find a city vacation with a budget twist? Riga, Latvia, is becoming a preferred vacation due to an old town as lovely as Prague, with pastel shaded buildings out of an Eastern European fairytale.
With the British pound rising against the Indonesian rupiah, Bali Indonesia is a good value long haul choice. It is one of Indonesia’s beautiful islands, full of glittering historic temples, volcanoes and a surfer’s area around the sugary beaches.
George Town, Malaysia
For people who like to try new food but are on a tight budget, George Town, Malaysia is the place to visit. The food is a mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian specialties, and local hawker stores and street-food stalls provide lots of delicious means of just $2 to 3.
If you are excited about history, culture and nourishing but cheap food, Xi’an, China must be on your list. While places like Beijing and Shanghai are becoming expensive to match their cosmopolitan level, Xi’an remains budget-friendly.
Malaysia gives lots of value for your buck. There are many activities and attractions for the entire family like water parks, LEGOLAND, warm beaches, indoor theme parks and ethnic icons like Batu Caves. English is generally spoken, local foods are delicious and cheap, and the weather is warm and comfy all through the year.
Sarah Cooley is a young writer who loves to experience life and travel. She enjoys writing about her experiences, and though she may be young, she has experienced much. Her dream is to travel every continent and write about her adventures.
Awesome is the best word to describe the seven wonders of the ancient world. People today can only marvel at what ancient builders were able to create with primitive equipment and engineering techniques; pyramids, lighthouses, huge statues…
Great Pyramid at Giza
The Great Pyramid brings to mind visions of Cleopatra and the pharaohs. Indeed, the 480-foot tall pyramid is the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu, whose subjects considered him a living god. This primarily limestone pyramid was built around 2560 BC and for centuries was the world’s tallest building. Women may enjoy shopping for a cartouche ring or pendant as they are said to bring good luck to the wearer.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was built like a fortress, but also was an amazing tourist attraction in its day. The wall was wide enough to allow two four-horse chariots to drive on it at the same time but scenic enough with its gold statues and the Tower of Babel rising above. The gardens, which were located in present day Iraq, were destroyed by an earthquake in the second century BC. Recall the aromas of Iraq by taking home a mabhara and some incense.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Greece has been hosting the Olympic Games since 773 BC, drawing athletes from throughout the region. A shrine to Zeus, king of the Greek gods, was part of the games’ site. The shrine started out simple but soon grew to encompass a 40-plus-foot high ivory- and gold-plated statue of Zeus, created by the sculptor of the statue of Athena in the Parthenon. Key chains featuring the five rings of the modern Olympic Games will bring back memories of visiting this ancient site.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The temple of Artemis, also known as Diana, the goddess of fertility, was only around for a few centuries. Still, travelers who had visited other wonders of the ancient world described it as the most magnificent of them all. The original temple was built around 800 BC; a replacement temple was destroyed by fire nearly 500 years later by a man who wanted to make history. Since Diana was the goddess of fertility, baby clothes from here would make a good gift for a pregnant woman.
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Mausolus was a king of Halicarnassus who incorporated Greek culture and architecture into his kingdom in what is now Turkey. When he died in 353 BC, his queen, who was also his wife and sister, decided to build the most magnificent tomb to honor him. In a nutshell, this is how tombs became known as mausoleums. Turkish carpets would make a great souvenir, though carpet cleaning may be needed back home.
Colossus of Rhodes
Trivia buffs may be interested in knowing the Colossus of Rhodes served as the model for New York City’s Statue of Liberty. The original Colossus stood in the harbor at Rhodes. Build around 280 BC to celebrate a war victory, the 110-foot high statue was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BC. When it comes to buying souvenirs, Rhodes is famous for its jewelry and pottery.
Lighthouse at Alexandria
The lighthouse at Alexandria was considered one of the most technologically advanced structures when it was built in the Third Century BC. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was a great port city for its day and needed something to guide ships through the busy harbor. It was the first lighthouse in the world. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1303. Packets of papyrus paper will be a surefire hit with travelers who make their own greeting cards or want special stationery.
These wonders left behind a great legacy, remnants of a glorious past. It is unfortunate that today only the Great Pyramid at Giza remains standing. This means today’s citizens must use their imaginations to visualize the greatness of centuries ago.
Author bio: Jennifer Livingston is a freelance writer who specializes on topics related to health, fitness and family. When she is not writing she likes to bake, read and travel.
Amelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has placed among the Top 10 U.S. Islands in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Amelia Island finished in the #10 spot in a list comprised of destinations such as Maui, Kauai and Oahu, and only one other Florida island – Longboat Key – in the 28th annual competition.
“We’re proud of the year we are having on Amelia Island as our list of accomplishments and recognitions grows,” said Gil Langley, managing director of the AITDC. “It’s especially encouraging to see our efforts pay off as we continue to promote the destination to travelers around the globe who recognize the uniqueness of our little island paradise through awards such as this.”
Three of Amelia Island’s award-winning accommodators also placed among the Top 25 Florida Resorts: the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, a 446-room beachfront resort (#11); the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, a 25-room, oceanfront boutique hotel (#17); and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, a 404-room beachfront resort (#23).
Conde Nast Traveler announced the results of its 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards on October 20, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. More than 128,000 dedicated readers cast votes for more than 5,000 hotels, hundreds of cities and islands, dozens of cruise ships, airlines and airports, and in an average survey time of 20 minutes. The result? More than 1,500 of the best travel experiences in the world. The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler on newsstands nationwide on October 28, 2015.
The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.
When traveling in a foreign country, you need to stay aware of your surroundings and take a few precautions you might not need to take in your own country. In 2014, nearly 12 million people from the United States traveled to Europe. When you figure in other regions as well, there were nearly 70 million travelers from the United States going around the world. Follow these tips, and you can stay safe as well.
Simply put, you should avoid traveling alone. If you do travel alone, make sure to let people know where you’re going and check in at regularly designated times. Have a plan in place in case people don’t hear from you.
Keep Extra Cash Safe
Make sure to keep extra cash stored in an envelope with the front desk of the hotel you’re staying at, or in the safe in your room if you trust it. This is important because anything can happen while you’re outside in the world. If an ATM machine eats your card or you lose your wallet, you don’t want to be left with no way to eat. Some people use Tyvek sleeves to hide their money in a money belt that attaches to their arm. The elastic ends make it easy to access your money, while keeping it safe.
Store Critical Documents
Make a few photocopies of your passport, and keep them in a safe place along with two head shots. In the event that you need to get a new passport, this will make it much easier to issue one to you. Additionally, make sure to keep your plane tickets, bus tickets and room accommodation information in a single waterproof folder that zips shut. This helps to protect your documents, and it ensures that they don’t get damaged.
Use Your Smartphone
Even if you don’t have cellular service, you can use your smartphone to store maps of the area you’re staying in. Download maps to your phone when you have Wi-Fi, and keep an extra charging battery with you so that you always know where you are. There are also plenty of good map apps available that can make it even easier to get your bearings.
Bring a Daypack
Get a daypack and locks for the zippers, so you don’t have to worry about pickpockets. Use your discretion when deciding when and where to lock up your valuable. For example, in Japan, you could pretty much leave your wallet on the table and nobody would take it. In certain areas of Thailand, pickpockets are so prevalent that there are signs everywhere warning you to be careful.
Access to Money
Have more than one way to access your money. If your debit card gets stolen, it’s wise to have a second bank account or credit card that you keep in your apartment to cover expenses. You can always transfer money between your banks if you have two of them, and this way you can avoid some of the hefty fees associated with international transfers. Getting replacements for your cards can be very difficult abroad, especially if you are in an area that doesn’t speak English.
If you’re in a foreign country where nobody speaks your language, be wary of overly friendly locals who speak fluent English. This is how a lot of scams start. They will offer to help you get around town, and these scams usually end with you in a tourism office or a friends shop where they try to coerce you to purchase something. Keep to your travel plans, and make plans ahead of time to avoid getting taken.
Travel insurance may be an extra expense, but it’s crucial. If you get injured abroad, you may find yourself owing thousands of dollars. Getting travel insurance helps to protect you, and in many cases you’re covered if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
You may come across people asking for money on your travels. Unless you’re in an airport or a highly secure location, it’s best to avoid giving anything more than change in your pockets. Pulling out your wallet can leave you vulnerable to scams, and it requires you to expose your money.
If you are mugged, just give up your valuables. They can be replaced, and if you followed all of the steps outlined in this article, your insurance will cover you and you’ll have ways to access your money when you arrive safely back at your hotel.
Most of the people who travel do so safely and come home with positive tales from their journey. Staying safe depends on your ability to plan ahead and be smart in confusing situations. Don’t feel pressured to make a quick decision abroad, and make sure you always read the fine print for any travel documents and packages.
About the author:
Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and a regular follower of SearchAmelia.com. Through workshops and various articles, he trains and teaches others on home preparation, healthy living, food storage techniques, and self reliance.
Amelia Island, FL – The Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (AITDC) has reported record-shattering numbers from its lodging partners for the month of July. According to new research, the record-breaking month saw hotels and resorts running at 86.3 percent occupancy – an almost 4 percent (3.6) increase over 2014 figures. Total revenue generated by those stays exceeded $12 million, representing a nearly 11 percent (10.8) increase over the same month last year.
“We’re having a very good year on Amelia Island,” said Gil Langley, managing director of the AITDC. “The numbers we’re generating are what you would expect in larger destinations such as Key West or Miami. And these figures don’t even include vacation home rentals or bed-and-breakfast inns, which are some of our most popular accommodators. We’re anxious to see how well those entities performed in July.”
The July performance follows a record-setting June, in which Amelia Island outperformed major tourism destinations in Florida based on reported occupancy and revenue per available room (REVPAR) figures. For the year-to-date figures, lodging on Amelia Island is at 76.3 percent occupancy, at an average room charge of $227 per night. Revenues are up nearly 10 percent (9.8) over 2014, with $68.1 million being generated in just seven months. REVPAR, an industry standard that indicates the health of the local hotel industry, is among the highest in the southeast at $173.
The AITDC also released their Second Quarter Visitor Profile, which showed 162,500 unique visitors stayed overnight on Amelia Island between April and June. A 5.9 percent increase over the previous year, those visitors had an economic impact on the community of almost $158 million. Most of the overnight traffic was from Georgia, followed by Florida and New York, with Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Orlando as the top three markets.
For the year to date, almost 313,000 overnight guests have visited Amelia Island, a 7.5 percent increase over 2014, generating $295 million in economic impact. That spending supported one in four private-sector jobs in Nassau County and generated 38 percent of the total sales tax collected.
“Tourism is clearly the economic anchor for Nassau County. We’re the largest private sector employer and generate a significant portion of state and county sales taxes,” Langley said.
“Our efforts to expand our reach into major northern markets such as New York, Boston and Chicago are clearly paying dividends,” Langley continued. “With the support of the Nassau County Commission, we’ve been able to expand our marketing efforts targeting visitors who stay longer and spend more. We’re excited about the growth of our industry, but want to move forward cautiously to insure that we can sustain this performance.”
Langley explained that while visitation in the second quarter has increased by 35 percent since 2011, economic impact over the same five years has increased by 60 percent. “We’ve been able to generate more revenue without an exponential growth in the number of visitors. Our goals are longer stays with greater expenditures by the travel party and obviously it seems to be generating good results.”
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island.
For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.
Bangkok, the capital and the most populous city in Thailand, also known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is not only a visitors’ paradise, but also renowned to be the centre for the investment boom of Asia in the 1980’s and 1990’s. As such, many multinational houses have located their regional headquarters to Bangkok making it a very important regional force in finance and business. Thus, there is always a never ending search in the reputed search engines for first class flight deals and for discounted business class tickets to Bangkok. It has become one of the most visited tourist spots – not only in Asia, but also around the world.
A very important question, from a tourist’s point of view, might be what to expect when planning a visit to Bangkok. Basically, a visit to Bangkok will be colorfully crowded, exciting, and full of ambience with an abundance of modern shopping malls. Apart from that, with a bit of time in hand, it also serves as a gateway to other important tourist spots like Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, to mention only a few.
Some tourist attractions in Bangkok can never be ignored. A few are listed below:
1. Grand Palace: If one needs to select one historical tourist spot in Bangkok, this must be it. Built in 1782, the name itself suggests the grandeur of the place as it has enough ammunitions to put the modern monarchs to shame.
2. Wat Pho: Thailand’s first University and treated as the home of pharmacy centuries ago, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as it is known in the contemporary times, is located immediately to the south of the Grand Palace. Here, one of the biggest statues of Lord Buddha can be found.
3. Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha: The East Asiatic society purchased the land around the temple in 1950 with the removal of a plaster statue of Lord Buddha being one of the conditions of the sale. But the statue proved too heavy for the cranes to lift it, and finally the cable broke, dropping the statue. After an overnight rain it was found out that the statue was actually made of 5.5 tons of pure gold and its height was to be 3.5 meters.
4. Wat Suthat: Situated adjacent to the great swing, this is one of the oldest and the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok. It is famous for its exceptionally interesting wall paintings.
These are only a few places out of many that make Bangkok a famous destination in the world.
If you are planning a trip to Bangkok you can consult the Skylux Business Experts’ first class flight deals for interesting offers regarding discounted business class airfare and start packing for one of the most memorable trips of your life.
Author Bio: This content has been developed by Alex Brain to provide an overview of Bangkok as a travel destination and helping people out with the interesting deals offered in http://www.skyluxtravel.com/special-offers.
Our own Palace Saloon in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach has make the list as seen on the site VacationsMadeEasy.com. Their writers searched the South virtually bellying up to significantly historic bars looking for the most unique and authentic experiences.
They searched Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisianna, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and of course Florida, where they stumbled into The Palace Saloon. While there was no mention of their popular specialty drink, The Pirates Punch, our fine local establishment is in the great company of other historic bars of the south.
Read the entire article by clicking HERE.
The Palace Saloon will be featuring a great performance on August 15th by the band, Blistur, a rockin’ trio from Jacksonville, Florida!
Are you planning your first trip after marriage? The honeymoon is always exciting and there are many places that you can visit to enjoy the company of each other. It can be a seaside location like Amelia Island, or a forest like Tadoba National park. You can find the best Tadoba resorts by searching online and get the best deals, if you book rooms at the right time.
There is no doubt that traveling together is an enriching experience, but when you travel with your spouse for the first time, things can be a bit difficult. After all, you don’t know how she interacts with other cultures, how much she spends on vacation, and whether she will enjoy local food of the place you are visiting.
There is no need to feel nervous though. You have just got married and want to have the trip of your life because it is your honeymoon. Here are some tips for the couples traveling together for the very first time.
1. Select the right place to visit: Couples often ask people what is the most romantic place to visit and they get dozens of ideas from their friends. The fact is, there is no particular romantic destination. It all depends on the perspective. Some locations may have better resorts and natural beauty, but that does not mean it will appeal you. Suppose you like to lie on the beach for hours and your partner likes trekking! When preferences are different, communication is the key. The honeymoon is all about planning together. Consult with your fiance’ and try to select a place that both of you will enjoy.
2. Plan together: Some husbands like to take control of everything and want the wife to follow their decisions. A honeymoon is something that both of you need to enjoy and appreciate. Once you select the location, you need to make a plan for the days you are going to spend there. If you wife loves art, let her select the museums that you must visit. Similarly, if you are a foodie, then you must pick the restaurants. When both of you participate to make a perfect plan, there is a lot of excitement. In case you are going for a long honeymoon, then you can decide day 1 plans and your spouse can decide day 2 plans and follow this style for all the days.
3. Be ready to compromise: When you are a visiting a new place for the first time, you may want to see everything that the place offers. However, sometimes time and money may not permit that. So, you need to decide what you can do or see and what you can’t. Make sure that both of you sacrifice a few places from the list. Otherwise, your spouse may think that her choices are not important to you.
4. Decide the budget: You must be frank with your partner about the budget of your vacation. Some people spend lavishly when they visit a foreign country and repent later when the credit card bill comes. Before you start planning, you must tell your partner how much money you can spend on this trip. This way, you will be able to take wise decisions as a couple. For example, if your budget is low, then you need to select the affordable resorts and book plane tickets when airlines companies offer flash sales.
5. Try to be flexible: Sometimes things don’t go according to the plan and that is the fun of a honeymoon tour. You must learn to appreciate things as it happens in your life. Planes may get delayed, food may not be that good and many other things can happen during your tour. Don’t lose your temper or sense of humor when things don’t go according to your plan. As long as you are together and enjoying each other’s company, everything is great!
Apply these suggestions when you plan your honeymoon and you will surely be able to have a memorable trip.
EDM festivals take place in some of the best cities in the world. If you haven’t planned to visit some of these EDM cities this year, it’s time to contact your travel advisor to make your bookings. Your travel agent may also recommend you visit eventravelers.com, and their guide on EDM festivals.
Below are five of the best EDM festivals that you should plan to attend:
1. COACHELLA, California, USA, April
Paul Tollete founded Coachella festival in 1999 and it has grown to be one of the most popular and most profitable festivals in the USA. In 2014, 579,000 fans attended the 6-day festival.
The festival gets its name from its host destination, the Coachella Valley, which is a desert in California. Though EDM is played at the festival, you will also get to experience other genres such as rock, hip hop and indie music.
2. EXIT Festival, Serbia, July
During the 2014 EU festival awards, the exit festival officially received the title of the best major festival in Europe. It beat 360 festivals from 34 countries, including Tomorrowland, which has been famous for the longest time as the holy grail of electronic music.
The venue for Exit, the Petrovaradin Fortress, is one to behold. It is located on the Danube River, and overlooks the city of Novi Sad.
Exit takes place over 5 days, starting on the 2nd Thursday in July and has an estimated attendance of at least 200,000 people.
Attendance for ADE is 350,000 every year, making it one of the most highly attended EDM festivals in the world. DJs such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Paul Van Dyk have featured performances at ADE.
4. KAZANTIP, Georgia, August
Kazantip EDM festival launched in 1992 and takes place for 2 to 3 weeks in August. This is perhaps the longest EDM festival to be held anywhere in the world. Kazantip is held in an open air 15 acre piece of land, where 300 DJs play on 14 stages.
The festival is themed to mimic a republic (called republic Z), complete with a president (spelled preZident) and military guards. There are many sculptures on the grounds to go with this theme. Attendants are called ‘paradiZers’ and they need a visa (spelled viZa) to enter into the republic.
The venue for the festival has moved from Crimea to Georgia due to the instability in Crimea, so it is quite safe to attend.
At least 100,000 paradiZers attend each year. You should attend this party and be a part of this amazing republic. Make sure you prepare for a good time by reading creativetimes.co.uk’s guide on rock concerts.
5. Stereosonic, Australia, November and December
The first Stereosonic festival took place in 2007. This event is indeed so popular that in 2013, it attracted the attention of SFX entertainment, an EDM giant from the US, to purchase the company that organizes the festival.
Stereosonic takes place in November and December in five Australian cities. The event has received major awards since its inauguration, such as the 2013 award for Best Major Festival, awarded by In the Mix.
In 2012, the attendance for the festival, which took place in Perth, was at over an estimated 30,000. Each year, the lineup of performers keeps growing, and it will keep growing as the demand for the festival continues to increase.
Amelia Island, FL – Amelia Island is continuing to invite travelers to enjoy its popular “Free Night, Any Night” deals throughout 2015. Visitors can choose from 20 participating island accommodators including celebrated bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, and family-owned and popular chain hotels, each offering a free night to guests who book a qualifying stay. The year round offer allows visitors to use their free night with their current stay or during a return visit.
The participating accommodators include:
*Third Night Free
Amelia By the Sea
Amelia South Condominiums
AmeliaVacations.com by ERA Fernandina Beach Realty
Oceans of Amelia
Summer Beach Resort
*Fourth Night Free
Amelia Hotel at the Beach
Amelia Island Williams House
Amelia Surf & Racquet Club
Blue Heron Inn
Days Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island
Hampton Inn, Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach
Residence Inn – Amelia Island
Seaside Amelia Inn
Summer Beach Resort
Additional information is available at www.ameliaisland.com/free.
*All free night deals are based on availability and include restrictions and black out dates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Prices vary. Please contact individual hotels for more information or to book a room.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.
Amelia Island, FL – Drawing on her many irresistible charms, Amelia Island is luring a new flock of lovebirds to her shores for a romantic Valentine’s Day escape. In addition to the year-round appeal of moonlit strolls on the beach, sunset sails, soothing spas, and quiet cafes, a number of Amelia Island hotels, inns and resorts are offering some sweetheart deals to make a Valentine’s Day getaway as affordable as it is romantic.
The selection of packages and special rates currently offered by Amelia Island accommodators for Valentine’s Day 2015, include:
Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering a Hearts and Flowers Package for Valentine’s Day, available February 1 through 22. The package, which starts at $438, includes a two-night stay in a premium view room, champagne with keepsake flutes, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petal turn down, and fresh baked cookies in room before arrival. To book the package guests must use code HFBN and reserve the room at least 72 hours prior to arrival. The package is based on limited availability and some restrictions apply.
The Amelia Island Williams House invites guests to wow their valentine with their special Will you be my Valentine Getaway. The getaway includes a bottle of chilled champagne and chocolates in room upon arrival, horse drawn carriage for two, and dinner with a special menu at the upscale David’s Restaurant. The package can be added to any two-night stay for $195 from February 6 to 28.
Located in the historic district, Fairbanks House is offering upscale, adult-focused packages for both Valentines couples and Valentines friends. The Be My Valentine Package includes lodging in luxurious accommodations, a bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, roses and a dinner voucher for a local fine-dining restaurant. Packages are available from two to seven nights and start at $525 for two. The My Friends Are My Valentines Package includes lodging, for up to five ladies, in a large private cottage or 1,600-square-foot private floor in the mansion, hot fudge sundaes, chocolate chip cookies, souvenirs from the gift shop, and concierge service for spa appointments, dinner reservations and tours. Rates start at $79 per person per night. Both packages include daily gourmet breakfasts, complimentary use of bikes, beach equipment, pool and more.
ERA Fernandina Beach Realty is offering a Hearts & Chocolates Valentines Package from February 13 through 16. The offer includes a 10 percent discount and a box of chocolates. Valid on stays of two nights or more, rates start at $145 per night. Rates are subject to taxes and fees.
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering a special romance package certain to entice guests for Valentine’s Day. The Couples Connection package, which is available through April 2015, offers luxurious oceanfront accommodations, welcome amenity of specialty massage oils and lotions, private in-room “Bubble Bar” with fresh fruit extracts to flavor your champagne and $100 recreation credit. The package starts at $289 per night, with a minimum of two nights required. Additionally, the resort is offering a Pamper Your Partner Couples Spa Service throughout February. The 80-minute spa service includes a 50-minute couple’s massage followed by 30 minutes of customized massage instruction. Each partner will learn how to massage the other and will be tailored to their specific needs. Couples will also get 30 minutes in the Couples Relaxation Room and will receive a massage oil and golf ball massage tool as a parting gift. The spa package is available for $400 plus gratuity.
In addition to their accommodation and spa packages, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation has several dining opportunities available for Valentine’s Day weekend. The Verandah is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $69 per person, Oceanside is offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $59 per person, and Sunrise Café is offering a specialty menu for $49 per person. These special dining opportunities are available February 13 and 14. To make reservations, guests can call 800-654-9999 or go to opentable.com.
The Residence Inn – Amelia Island is offering a You and Me by the Sea Package, available from February 12 through 16. The package offers accommodations, box of decadent Godiva Ballotin chocolates and two splits of red and white wine, along with two stemless glasses. Each additional night booked will offer additional chocolates and a choice of wine or champagne. Guests staying during Valentine’s weekend will be able to participate in the hotel’s many planned activities. To book the package, guests must use promo code D60.
Starting at $409, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is offering a Romance Package for Valentine’s Day. Available February 12 through 15, the Romance Package includes American breakfast for two daily at Cafe 4750 or In Room Dining, chocolate covered strawberries and Champagne upon arrival, valet parking, late checkout at 2 pm, and a rose petal turndown service. Guests can also add on a Luxe Artisan Chocolate Bar for an additional $25 per person on February 13 and 14.To book, guests must visit the package section on the website.
All packages are based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discount. Restrictions apply based on individual property. Contact individual properties for restrictions and to book a package.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; Come make memories on Amelia Island.
For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.