Fernandina 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:
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.
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.
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.