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Winter on Amelia Island with These Resort Offerings

Winter on Amelia Island with These Resort OfferingsFernandina Beach, FL – As the weather turns cooler and winter approaches, Amelia Island is celebrating the change of seasons with some exciting changes of her own. From new resort offerings and talented chefs to exciting attraction happenings, the destination features an array of exciting opportunities for visitors this winter.

Here are some of the new and noteworthy items for visitors to enjoy this fall and winter season:

Accommodation News

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island has started offering three unique Himalayan Salt Crystal Therapies. The 100-minute Detoxification Bath and Massage starts at $335 and features a bath of healing salts and Asian herbs, which removes toxins, followed by salt exfoliation and massage with specialty products. Also for $335, the 100-minute Healing and Propolis Body Treatment provides a salt exfoliation, honey mask, Vichy shower, and Himalayan shea butter massage, including paraffin for hands and feet. With 50- and 80-minute options, the Salt Crystal Massage features hand-carved salt crystal stones used to balance the body’s electromagnetic field and central nervous system.
For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation partnered with The Biggest Loser Resort to offer a new world-class fitness and wellness opportunity on Amelia Island. The Biggest Loser Resort at The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation opened on October 18 and features a results-oriented program designed to encourage and empower guests to reach their lifestyle goals. The comprehensive program provides a balanced plan that inspires and educates guests regarding lifestyle changes while also offering tools to sustain a healthy diet and maintain a realistic workout regimen post-camp.
For more information, please visit biggestloserresort.com.

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Restaurant News

David’s Restaurant has once again been honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2014. Additionally, the upscale restaurant has added several new specials, such as Monday Madness Surf & Turf for $29.95 and Wednesday’s Lobster Feast, featuring a 1 1/4 lb lobster, potatoes, seasonal vegetables & drawn butter, for $29.95. Sunday through Thursday, David’s features a Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with half off appetizers and cocktails.
For more information, visit ameliaislanddavids.com or call 904-310-6049 for more information and reservations.

Located on the South end of the island, the former Gourmet Gourmet café has a new name and a new chef. GG’s Bistro has acquired executive Chef, Ace French, renown as the former proprietor and chef at Two Dudes in Atlantic Beach. In addition, the casual but elegant bistro is offering a new, all-day menu with many healthy options including two to three fresh local catches each day, prepared grilled, pan fried or blackened. They also now feature Seminole Pride All Florida Ribeyes and Prime Rib daily.
For additional details, visit ggbistro.com.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has named Chef Andrew Yeo as Executive Chef, bringing the resort an acclaimed culinary artist celebrated for his creative cuisine and food artistry. Chef Yeo will lead the culinary inspirations throughout the resort’s lounges, banquet events, and restaurants including the AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, Salt. Additionally, Salt is featuring new items on its autumn menu including Butternut Squash Soup, Tuna Tartare, Tasmanian Salmon and Orange Grand Marnier Soufflé. Café 4750, a farm-to-table restaurant at the resort, is also offering a new autumn menu, featuring local seafood chowder, roasted vegetable pita, salmon BLT and a freshly-made vegetable burger.
Visit ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland for more information.

Located in historic downtown, Salty Pelican has launched their new winter menu. The menu features fresh items including homemade soups and chili, Wisconsin cheddar/bacon cheese curds, and beer braised short ribs.
For more information, visit thesaltypelicanamelia.com.

Attraction News

Two exciting tours have launched in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Tasting Tours is offering two options for guests interested in experiencing Amelia Island through a unique, culinary journey. The three-hour Downtown Tasting Tour will visit four to five local restaurants, with owners and chefs personally presenting delicious creations. The two-hour Mixology Tour, often described as an “on-the-go cocktail party,” takes guests to four popular watering holes, allowing them to meet fun and creative mixologists who share stories about the bar’s history as well as the art of mixing cocktails. Both tours take place on Thursdays.
Visit ameliaislandtastingtours.com for details and to purchase tickets.

Founded in 2000, Amelia River Cruises is turning 15 in the coming year. Accordingly, the attraction is celebrating birthdays in style for all of 2015. Guests will receive a free cruise on their birthday in 2015. For those lucky enough to have a birthday in the remaining portion of 2014, they are also eligible for a free cruise this year.
For more information, please visit ameliarivercruises.com.

In September, the American Beach Museum opened to offer visitors a peak into the unique history of American Beach, an oceanfront haven for African Americans during the Jim Crow-era of segregation. The museum features photographs and a filmed tour of the beach by the MaVynee Betsch, also known as Beach Lady, an advocate for the area and environmental issues. The museum is located inside the American Beach Community Center and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 1p.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests booking a fishing trip with The Anglers Mark, LLC in December 2014 or February 2015 will receive a complimentary Fly Casting Lesson. A $100 value and good for up to three people, the Fly Casting Lesson will be provided by Capt. Lawrence Piper, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and fishing guide on Amelia Island.
For additional information about The Anglers Mark, visit theanglersmark.com.

Amelia Angler is running a special, three-hour backwater redfish charter in November and December. For $300, two passengers can experience the exciting trip, and Amelia Angler will supply fishing tackle, licenses, cooler/ice and fish cleaning.
For more information or to book a charter, please visit ameliaangler.com.

Flying Fish Adventures on Amelia Island is now offering a Wednesday guided tour on jet skis from Fernandina Beach to Ft. George Inlet and back. The clear water and white sand beaches at Ft. George Inlet are spectacular at this time of year. The three-hour tours depart every Wednesday from the downtown Fernandina Beach Marina and lunch is provided. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the backcountry waters, birds, and other wildlife on this guided jet ski tour.
For more information or to book a tour, please visit flyingfishfun.com or call 904-310-5999.

EcoMotion Tours is offering a Sea Island Cotton Plantation and Nature Tour at Kingsley Plantation. Historic Kingsley Plantation features many original structures, including the remains of slave cabins, hand-made from oyster shells taken from pre-historic Indian shell mounds. Guests have the unique opportunity to explore this waterfront site with local experts. Tours can be arranged for groups of four or more, at $25 per person.
For information, contact EcoMotion Tours at 904-251-9477 or visit EcomotionTours.com.

Located in Yulee, White Oak is a new home for six, young South African white rhinos. The 7,400-acre conservation facility, is working to assist in strengthening the population of the white rhinos living in North America. Conservation experiences are available at White Oak for individuals and groups.
For more information, please visit whiteoakwildlife.org or call 904-225-3396.

Awards and Accolades

Amelia Island is ranked #13 in LINKS Magazine’s “Top 25 Islands for Golf” listing and the Ocean Course was ranked as the best course on the Island.
The Amelia Island CVB was recognized by Smart Meetings with the 2014 Platinum Choice Award. This prestigious award recognizes the “best of the best,” with only 140 hotels and 52 convention and visitors bureaus, or destination marketing companies, chosen across the country. The nominees were voted on by meeting professionals, the Smart Meetings editorial team and readers.
The Harbor Front Hampton Inn and Suites-Amelia Island was recently awarded its fifth consecutive “outstanding” designation for Hilton Hotel’s Quality Assessment, the hotel chain’s highest award for cleanliness, service, and guest satisfaction. The assessments are conducted semi-annually; thus the 122-room historic downtown property has achieved the classification for the past 2 ½ years.
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation was recently selected #5 in 10best.com’s “Best 10 Hotels in Jacksonville” ranking. The resort was also awarded the 2014 Gold Key Award by Meetings and Conventions magazine.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island was recently awarded the Gold Tee Award by Meetings and Conventions magazine.
The Salty Pelican won “Best Restaurant on Amelia Island” and “Best Neighborhood Bar” from Folio Weekly.

-Amelia Island Convention & Visitors’ Bureau-

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.

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Ten Ways to End Summer 2012 on Amelia Island

Ten Ways to End Summer 2012 on Amelia IslandThe Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers adventure, relaxation and everything in between so you can make the most of these final days of the summer season, 2012.

Skip a jet ski along the Florida coast, paddle the waves on a stand-up board or hit the surf with a rod and reel. Those are three ways to end summer at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Florida’s premier luxury resort on its northeastern coast.

Here are seven more:

1) Fish and Dine with a Chef. Spend up to four hours ocean fishing with a charter boat captain and one of our chefs. Catch your dinner and the chef will prepare a four-course meal around your bounty. Dine on the terrace at the resort’s Café 4750. Price for 4-6 people, $2,500.00

2) Tour Amelia Island on Jet Skis with a Private Guide. Hop on a jet ski and ride around the island with a private guide who will share local history and help you discover secret inlets and marshes. Price per person, $135 per person for two hour excursion.

3) Dine or Dance by the Water. Dine on local fish and shrimp (Amelia Island is known as the birthplace of the modern shrimp industry) at the Ocean Bar & Grill or relax poolside to the rhythm of a Calypso band. Sandwiches, Salads, Tacos, Burgers and tropical drinks in the $15.00 range.

4) Take Your Taste Buds on an Adventure. Let Chef de Cuisine Rick Laughlin prepare a unique four-course dining experience at Salt, the luxury resort’s AAA Five Diamond restaurant. $175 per person or $275 per person with paired wines includes an apron to roam kitchen and group shot with Salt chefs.

5) Unwind and Relax at the Spa. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island offers a rejuvenating Sea Creation Spa Experience with sea shells and extracts of pearl sea-silk to protect the infinite beauty of your skin. Or melt your cares and distractions away with our signature treatment Heaven in a Hammock. 90 minute facial $250.00.

6) Let a Princess and Pirate Tuck in the Kids. Finish the day with a princess and pirate (and the resort’s mascot Macaw) who will read your little ones a bedtime story and serve a snack of chocolate chip cookies and milk. (The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island also offers special treasure hunts and Ritz Kids programs throughout the year.) $50.00 per child.

7) Come for the “Comfort You” Summer Escape. The resort is offering a unique “Comfort You” Package which includes accommodations, breakfast for two and a $75 in resort credit per night. To book the Comfort You Package, please call 904-277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

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Vacation in Your own Back Yard

Amelia Island Vacation

Amelia Island Vacation

Amelia Island, FL – Local residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy a vacation experience! Amelia Island Plantation offers many resort activities and events open to the public presenting locals with the ability to vacation in their own backyards this summer! From shopping in boutique stores or enjoying a treatment in our holistic Spa to dining on fresh seafood at the Verandah or events such as wine or gourmet food tastings, Amelia Island Plantation is a great destination for locals and visitors alike! Our unique Segway experience tours, family or youth Nature Camps, tennis clinics or the aviation themed night spot the Falcon’s Nest, are great ways to escape and rediscover the destination we call home.

The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, located on the south end of Amelia Island, are always open to the public to explore. Boutiques such as Chico’s, Amelia’s Signature Shop for logo souvenirs and Shoe Visions for the latest footwear and accessories are awaiting local shoppers. Harrison’s Mercantile features current trends for men and women and labels from Brighton to Polo. Resort to Home showcases everything decorative to take the resort home with you. Marche Burette is an old-fashioned gourmet food market also serving coffee and breakfast; a lunch menu made of up of deli sandwiches, wood fired pizzas, salads and organic specials; or Cooper’s Handmade Ice Cream and Desserts!

After a morning of shopping and lunch at Marche Burette guests can move over to The Spa & Salon to enjoy an array of services at our full service, holistic spa. Bordering on decadent, our services range from our signature Himalayan salt stone massage to an organic ladies facial or a sweet sugar glow body treatment. To soothe tired feet from the morning shopping spree, locals can try reflexology or aqua chi. The Salon provides manicures, pedicures, spray tanning and hair care and makeup from jane iredale. The Spa also offers a unique yoga experience in our tree house overlooking the Spa’s meditation garden and offers a Nassau County resident discount. Even the kids and teens can visit us for treats like a Princess Pedi or a Make-up Application and Lesson for teens.

Spa and Shops of Amelia Island

Spa and Shops of Amelia Island

This summer is packed with events in the Spa & Shops area from gourmet food or wine tastings, outdoor Movies Under the Stars for the family, art lessons or our weekly Boardwalk Bash. The Boardwalk Bash, held every Friday night from 5:00-8:00 in the summer, boasts $1 beer, live entertainment and other drink specials. The Bash is the place to be for Happy Hour on Fridays!

For a spectacular dining experience amidst the canopy of live oaks and the courts of Racquet Park, the Verandah restaurant offers fresh seafood, southern delicacies and mouth watering desserts. The house specialties include The Verandah Red House Grouper topped with a soft blue crab crust and finished with a sauvignon blanc butter sauce or the Amelia Island Mud Pie with chocolate ice cream, flavored with Kahlua, brandy and Tia Maria in an Oreo cookie crust, topped with fudge.

Amelia’s Wheels extends guided Segway tours to all guests to explore the property of Amelia Island Plantation in a unique way. A variety of tours travel throughout the maritime forests, past the Atlantic ocean, under the canopy of live oaks and to the marsh side of Amelia Island. Tours include junior or family experiences and a Segway Nature tour guided by one of Amelia’s naturalists. The Falcon’s Nest is an aviation themed pub with fascinating memorabilia from the aviation world including a replica of The Songbird, a Cessna 310B flown by America’s favorite flying cowboy of the 1950’s, Sky King. With pub fare, a martini menu and great atmosphere, the Falcon’s Nest is the perfect place for locals to “fly by” for a good time with friends.

Amelia Island Golf

Amelia Island Golf

Golf swings can be perfected at the Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy. Located at the prestigious Long Point Golf Course, the Golf Academy program is developmental as well as corrective to improve your golfing career. And locals can improve their tennis game with a scheduled private lesson or group tennis clinics at Racquet Park.

Residents from Jacksonville, Georgia or Nassau County are close enough to enjoy a vacation experience at Amelia Island Plantation while still enjoying the comfort of their own bed by night!

Amelia Island Plantation, Florida’s natural island destination is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Amelia River, just 29 miles northeast of Jacksonville International Airport.

New York Radio Contest Awards Amelia Island Vacation

New York Radio Contest Awards Amelia Island Vacation

New York Radio Contest Awards Amelia Island Vacation

This was brought to my attention this morning. There is a radio station, Fresh 102.7 in New York City, that is airing a contest for the chance to win a trip to Amelia Island. How exciting! Amelia Island is getting great publicity in a large city with appropriate demographics.

Amelia Hotel at the Beach is hosting the winner and a guest for a three day, two night stay in one of their standard rooms. This is unbelievable publicity for the cost of airfare and the room. I don’t know who is paying for the airfare, but according to the rules if the winner is chosen and later found to be ineligible to win, no alternative winner will be selected.

That is not likely to happen, so it appears someone from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut will be spending some time with us before the end of 2010. I love to hear about publicity and marketing campaigns that reach deep into our community. We already know the winners will stay at Amelia Hotel at the Beach, but where will they shop, where will they dine and what local activities will they choose to do? Better be on your best behavior neighbors because we also do not know what impact someone visiting our community could have back in the New York area when they return home. They could plan a convention here, or a wedding or a family reunion. We do know when people visit Amelia Island they simply fall in love with our seaside community.

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