Farmers Market, Arts Market, and Fall Festival, Too

Saturday, October 28th, brings tons of family fun to historic Fernandina Beach including the Arts Market at the corner of Eighth and Centre Streets, the Market Place farmers market on North Seventh Street, and the Fall Festival on North Sixth Street.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market returns every Saturday with over 40 tents of edible delights, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade lotions, soaps, balms, and candles. In addition to our weekly vendors of jams, honey, dips, sauces, seafood, and beef, returning this week is Rose’s An Unbelievable Eggrolls; Me, Myself, and Pies; new vendor Oizeo and their Asian tapas, and Denise and her mom are back with Jay’s Marketplace’s chopped olive salad and olive juice. Golden Olive Press is also back in the farmers market with hand selected olive oils from Paul’s family’s native Spain, the largest producer of olive trees in the world.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is home to over 25 booths of artists and crafters who bring their hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, apparel, quilts, woodworking and much more. Joel Vendetti is a local musician and artist and he makes tie dye T-shirts, wall hangings, and onesies for the youngest (and cutest) of mankind. Unique and comfortable for all ages, these are home crafted with Joel’s own secret process. Bowls w ith Holes is another vendor who sells unique pottery. Cindy shapes these handmade bowls – with holes – and they are perfect for baking breads or giving as gifts. Individually painted in a variety of colors and themes, the bowls are displayed at unbelievable low prices. CC Jordan Jewelry is custom jewelry made by Candy Jordan. Candy sets up shop with the style of a designer showroom all in a 10 X 10 tent. Big chunky pieces are delicately designed for fashion. You don’t want to miss her display at the Arts Market.

This is also Georgia/Florida Weekend and farmers market booths will be decorated to win your votes for the Best Decorated Booth. Look for Bulldog, Gator, or Halloween themes and then vote for your favorite at the Market Place Management Tent, where you can also pick up a complimentary edition of Edible magazine.

Music will be provided by Spanish Guitarist Dennis Fermin from St. Augustine, Florida, and Community Hospice will be our Booth with a Cause.

Please keep in mind North Sixth Street will be closed to traffic because of the Fall Festival, but it will be filled with giant slides, bounce houses, an entertainment stage, and tables and chairs for dining on free hot dogs. Kids will enjoy game booths, cookie decorating, face painting, and a petting zoo!

Downtown Fernandina Beach is the place to be on the morning of October 28, 2017. Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Georgia, Florida and the Swingin’ Medallions

Georgia, Florida and the Swingin' MedallionsFrom 1986 to 2010, a favorite annual event at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation was the big Georgia/Florida (or Florida/Georgia if you are so inclined) bash thrown the night before the big game featuring the “Party Band of the South”, The Swingin’ Medallions.

The tradition ended when the property changed ownership in 2010, BUT… Omni AIP has decided it’s time to bring it back! On Friday, October 31, 2014, The Swingin’ Medallions will return to kick off the weekend festivities with a poolside party from 7-11pm on the largest poolscape in Northeast Florida, and it will be open to the public!

Tickets are $25 per person and include two drinks, with additional food and beverage available for purchase.

Tickets are available by CLICKING HERE.

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2014 Georgia vs Florida Rates on Amelia Island

Georgia vs Florida Rates on Amelia IslandGet Your Game On with Special Rates and Offers on Amelia Island During the Georgia vs. Florida Football Weekend

Amelia Island, FL – On Saturday, November 1, the University of Georgia Bulldogs and University of Florida Gators will hold their annual rivalry game at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Football fans from both teams will enjoy Amelia Island’s all-star line-up of special offers, discounts and a chance to win a three-day vacation. Located 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Amelia Island is home to several award-winning hotels, resorts, and inns offering discounted packages. Gator and Bulldog fans can turn a game day trip into a weekend getaway or enjoy watching the game from the comfort of their hotel room or favorite sports bar.

Amelia is also running the “Gridiron Getaway” contest in which one lucky fan will win a three-day, two-night stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and two tickets to the Florida vs. Georgia football game on November 1 as well as round-trip transportation to the game. To enter the contest, visit www.floridageorgiaweekend.com.

The following packages and specials are available:
-Stay at the Amelia Hotel at the Beach with a special starting rate of $149 and enjoy a Manager’s Reception on Friday evening (Oct. 31). Sunday’s breakfast for guests will also include $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys. ameliahotel.com

-Amelia Rental and Management Services is offering a 10 percent discount on stays of three or more nights at their popular rental properties located on Amelia Island Plantation, Summer Beach Resort and Surf & Racquet Club, during the Georgia vs. Florida Football Weekend. ameliarentals.com

-The 11-room Amelia Island Williams House is providing Gator and Bulldog fans with a 15 percent discount. Guests can enjoy the inn’s daily breakfast and evening social. williamshouse.com

-ERA Fernandina Beach Realty Vacation Rentals, along with Amelia by the Sea, Oceans of Amelia and Amelia South, is featuring a 15 percent discount for the Georgia vs. Florida Weekend. The discount will apply to stays between October 29 and November 1 on select properties for reservations made on or after August 18. Ameliavacations.com

-The Hampton Inn at the Beach is offering a special $1 rate for Sunday, November 2 for guests who stay Friday and Saturday night. Rates start at $159 plus tax, for Friday and Saturday nights and include complimentary breakfast each day. Offer is only available by calling the hotel directly at 904-321-1111. ameliaislandhamptoninn.com

-The Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Fernandina Beach is featuring guests a festive Bulldog and Gator welcome reception on Friday, Oct. 31. The reception, held from 4 to 7 p.m., will feature complimentary beer and wine, as well as an assortment of food and game day paraphernalia. hamptoninnameliaisland.com

-The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering fans of both teams a special overnight package, including luxurious accommodations, transportation to and from the Georgia vs. Florida game, tickets to the property’s Georgia vs. Florida Bash, and arrival amenity with tasty treats representing each state. The property will also be offering a number of special events during the weekend, including a pumped up bash on Friday night, spa services tailored to devoted fans, and a special sale at The Shops. omniameliaislandplantation.com

-The Residence Inn Amelia Island is gearing up for the return of one of the biggest college football rivalries with rates starting at $159 per night. Guests will receive all the Florida and Georgia fan party favors they can handle, an invitation to a Kickoff Cookout on Friday night, as well as the hotel’s full, hot complimentary breakfast, free island shuttle, evening socials, and more. Must visit http://bit.ly/1lRXTGV or call 866-245-6099 to book. residenceinnameliaisland.com

In addition to the packages, guests can celebrate before the big game by participating in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Florida-Georgia Bash. Taking place on Friday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m., the event will feature live music from the Swingin’ Medallions, costume contests, food, drinks and more. Please visit www.flgabash.com for more information.

About Amelia Island:
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers on Conde Nast Traveler, 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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Georgia vs Florida Weekend at Omni AIP

Georgia vs Florida Weekend at Omni AIPAmelia Island, FL – The Omni Amelia Island Plantation invites Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators to celebrate the biggest weekend in college football with a special GA vs. FL Tailgate package at the oceanfront resort including game day transportation and drinks as well as a plethora of parties, specials and football celebrations!

From the Nature Center excursions to the annual GA/FL Boardwalk Bash or Falcon”s Nest Jagermeister After Party to a Game Day 5K, spa services tailored for the devoted fan and a special sale in The Shops.

The GA/FL Tailgate Package features luxurious accommodations in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort and free round-trip transportation with tailgate beverages starting at $299 per night. And guests can book either the Georgia Bulldogs or Florida Gators package.

To round out the weekend, a full calendar of football events include:

Thursday, October 25
Okefenokee Swamp at Night
4pm, Nature Center
Take an adventure to the Land of the Trembling Earth with spectacular views of the sunset over the swamp by boat while searching for emerging alligators and roosting wading birds. Includes a southern style dinner and transportation.

Friday, October 26
Camp Amelia (9am-4pm, Nature Center **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Kid’s enjoy special adventure day camp while parent’s explore their own beach vacation. Available as a full day for $70; Half day from 9am-1pm for $55; or 1-4pm for $45.

Just For Kids (6:30-9:30pm, Nature Center **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Nighttime themed kid’s dinner party for resort guests, the perfect evening of fun for the youngsters while the parents attend the Boardwalk Bash. $55 per child, includes dinner.

GA-FL Boardwalk Bash (5-9pm, Marché Burette at The Shops)
Football boardwalk bash featuring bounce house, crafts and tennis for kids; football toss and corn hole games; and live music with DRB from 6-9 pm featuring swinging arrangements from the ’40s to the sizzling top hits of today with a wide variety of music including big band, blues, funk, pop, rock and country. Full bar and sampling of food including grilled gator, pizzas, pork sliders, burgers and more will be available!

Movie Under the Stars (9pm, The Shops)
Grab the family and bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a complimentary family friendly flick under the stars.

GA/FL Jagermeister After Party (9pm-1am, Falcon’s Nest)
Continue the pre-game celebration with the Ron Perry Connection playing live outside on the deck from 9pm-1am with a blend of classic rock, dance favorites, acoustic music and current hits. Specialty cocktails, giveaways and prizes, full bar, and sampling of food including pork sliders, wings, burgers, and more will be available.

Saturday, October 27 – GAME DAY
Game Day 5K (9am, Racquet Park)
Benefiting Relay for Life, run or walk in your team colors at the Game Day 5K! $20 pre-registration for adults, $10 for children with a $5 increase on race day. To register email kakelly@omnihotels.com.

Camp Amelia GA/FL Special (11am-7pm; Nature Center **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Kids are busy with a day of recreation extreme fun while the parents attend the GA/FL football game! $95 includes 2 meals & snacks. 24-hour pre-registration required. Camp will begin 30 minutes prior to game bus departure and end 30 minutes post return.

Falcon’s Nest Game Day Specials (9am-2am, Falcon’s Nest)
Join us for an early pre-game breakfast from 9am-12pm featuring a Southwestern Breakfast Burrito, Scramble Egg Platter, Breakfast Sandwiches, Florida Sunnyside Combo, Georgia Pancake Platter and more! From 12-6pm catch football specials on our tailgate menu including Fried Gator Bites and Bull Dawg Bites. Regular menu and drink specials available after 6pm.

Game Day Transportation (12pm, Racquet Park)
Starting October 13, guests that are not booked on the special GA/FL Tailgate Package can purchase any remaining game day transportation tickets on the bus for $75 per guest including 3 tailgate beverages per guest. Buses will park in stadium tailgate lot and return 30 minutes after end of the game. Call 904-261-6161 to book your seat after October 13th.

Beach Fire (7-9pm, resort beach **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Wrap up the game day celebrations with a relaxing beach fire under the stars.

Sunday, October 28
Naturalist Brunch Kayak (9:30am, Nature Center)
Take a two hour paddle with the naturalists through the tidal marsh creek at walkers landing. After the relaxing paddle, enjoy lunch at the picnic tables along the waterfront while viewing the spectacular scenery. Choose from a variety of options on the menu. $75 adults/$65 children

Spa Specials
Relaxing 50-minute services for just $99*

    -Gator Scrub – Enjoy our three tea, ginger and sugar scrub. This treatment rids the body of old skin cells, while enhancing its elasticity and replenishing lost moisture.
    -Bulldog Rub – Relax with a gentle rhythmic massage designed to relax the body, reduce muscle tension and increase circulation.

*Available October 21-31, 2012. Specials can not be combined with any other discount.

The Shops Sale
Receive 15% off anything with red, black, orange or blue in it at Harrison’s Mercantile and Amelia’s Signature Shop. Sale valid October 26-28, 2012.

For more information visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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2011 Georgia Florida Football Classic

2011 Georgia Florida Football ClassicGeorgia Bulldog and Florida Gator fans are showing their colors all around Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. From flags on cars to banners hanging from balconies, signage and school spirit can be found everywhere.

Florida is the home team, which rotates each year as does the name of the game with the home team being the first name in the title, however for a Georgia fan like me, it is always The Georgia/Florida game.

This classic rivalry, which has been held in Jacksonville every year since 1933, except for 1994 and 1995, when the contest was held at the respective schools’ campus stadiums due to the reconstruction of the current Jacksonville Jaguars stadium, is always a great time here on Amelia Island and the surrounding areas, and everyone seems to be predicting a close game; one Amelia Island could use. Fernandina Beach becomes a sea of red and black and when the Bulldogs win those tourists will stay in town through Sunday. If they lose, they tuck their bulldog tails and head back home.

The Bulldogs lead the overall series with a 47–40–2 overall record by its reckoning, and 46–40–2 by Florida’s count. Florida has compiled an 18–3 record in the series since 1990 (Georgia winning in 1997, 2004 and 2007), following a 15–5 streak by Georgia in the 1970s and 1980s. Granted, I went to Georgia during that time frame so it is hard for me to deal with the past 20 years!

This year my beloved Bulldogs (right now) are 2.5 point underdogs, but in this game you never know what will happen.

Prior to the game there will be lots of great things to do so if you are a fan of either team you need to indulge yourself in all that Amelia Island has to offer!

    -Second Amendment Outfitters lets you shoot a gun at your rival’s target and enter for a chance to win a gun.
    -Amelia Liquors will have the Jose Cuervo Girls at their South Store to take your picture in front of your favorite teams logos and colors. You can also create a label to put on a bottle of Cuervo tequila to show your team spirit to all your friends, and they will be available for personal photos as well. This all takes place from 4 till 6 on Friday. Their North Store also has a wine tasting and more, so get out and enjoy our paradise.

Friday night the island is buzzing with colorful fans, but come Saturday morning they start heading to Jacksonville to tailgate at the World’s Largest Cocktail Party, leaving the island all but deserted.

I will be staying at home this year to watch this most important game in the sanctity of my own man-cave so I can scream and imbibe in a few adult beverages with family and a few friends. When I was in College I witnessed this game in person many times so I feel I deserve to do it my way now!

Many locals throw parties, the grills are fired up and near kick-off time there is a noticeable reduction in traffic and especially male shoppers out and about.

My early prediction: Georgia 30, Florida 24 in a squeaker.

Go Dawgs! Sic Em Woof Woof Woof!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

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Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Georgia Florida Weekend is Upon Us

Aaron Murray

It is Georgia- Florida football weekend here on Amelia Island and the town is a buzz with football activity and partying! The fall air has come back to us and the weather is perfect for locals and tourists alike. One of the great things about this weekend is that there is so much to do surrounding the game. Unfortunately for some of us there is too much to do sometimes.

As many of you know I am a fan of football (OK, a football fanatic) and have a passion for Georgia football(OK- I am a diehard Dawgs Fan!!!). Having graduated from The University of Georgia in the early 80’s, (I just gave away my age didn’t I?) I have followed this game from the Hershell Walker era through Tim Tebow’s dominance and now into a new decade of SEC football where everything this year so far has been topsy turvey. Each week brings a whole new dimension to college football which makes it very interesting.

As SearchAmelia has grown it takes us in many different directions, often with so much to do we sometimes wonder if we can actually sleep-in or stay at home and watch a movie. Most of the time this is not an option with our family, but I pride myself in taking my Saturdays to watch college football and my Bulldogs grind it out each week. Last week I actually watched my first Dawgs game on my laptop live streamed from ESPN3.com. It was great!

I have been to what is now Everbank Stadium numerous times to see this game live, but now prefer to sit in my own living room, with my own cooler and witness every play multiple times, and rewind or pause the game if I so desire since technology is now advanced enough to do such things.

This year however so much is going on that my preferred viewing preference may not be an option. Starting with Thursday night’s Shiny Badges A Night of Laughter, and a great Halloween Party Friday night, things just keep getting interesting. On game day our favorite rock and roll trio Blistur is having their CD release party in Jacksonville shortly after the game and since we are heavily involved with them I will not be allowed the luxury of watching the whole game in the privacy of my home, instead I will video the band during their concert for their DVD and that will be a blast!!!

As for this Georgia- Florida game I am extremely optimistic, due to the fact that GA and their fine group of players, Aaron Murray, AJ Green, Washaun Ealy, and Caleb King are on top of their game, as well as our defense. Most of my FL fan buddies are not as optimistic as I am about their chances. Even Arlene Rowland-Scott of Rowland’s Upholstery pleaded the fifth and would not talk to me about the outcome of this game.

My Prediction…

GA 34, FL 21

Go Dawgs Sic Em Woof Woof Woof

Georgia Florida Hotel Specials on Amelia Island

Georgia Florida Hotel Specials on Amelia Island

Georgia Florida Hotel Specials on Amelia Island

With the Georgia Florida football game just around the corner, you cannot put off making your hotel reservations on Amelia Island any longer to attend what used to be known as the World’s Largest Cocktail Party.

Two great hotels (and sponsors of SearchAmelia.com), located within a short walk of the prestine beaches and the Atlantic Ocean on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, are offering great specials for this incredibe weekend of tailgating, football and Halloween fun!

… and because we can, here are our Shameless Plugs:

Amelia Hotel at the Beach

Attention Georgia vs. Florida Fans! Stay at the AMELIA HOTEL AT THE BEACH on Amelia Island a take advantage of our prepaid special rate. Call today for reservations: 877-AMELIA-U or (877.263.5428).
30 minutes to Jacksonville – 30 seconds to the Beach!

Hampton Inn at the Beach

GEORGIA vs. FLORIDA – SPECIAL – Football Game Weekend, buy 2 get 3rd night FREE. Only $139.00 per room per night, based on availability. Complimentary Breakfast Bar.
Pet Friendly

Georgia Florida Halloween Weekend at Wicked Daveys

Wicked Davey's Fernandina Beach

Wicked Davey's Fernandina Beach

Kick off the Georgia Florida weekend with fun, fans and a fantastic time at Wicked Davey’s on 2nd Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Friday enjoy drink specials and live entertainment by the band, “Lights Out.”

Saturday afternoon the game is on, but don’t come for the TV at Wicked Davey’s, come for the fun! There will be Georgia Florida drink specials during the game in the bar or outside on the deck.

Saturday evening is Halloween, Trick or Treat, adult style – with a costume contest and late night fun! Come party with the locals and make new friends. As an extra bonus, the clocks are set back one hour, so you get one extra hour of sleep to recover from this exciting weekend of football and phantoms!

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Georgia Florida Frat Bash

Georgia Florida Football

Georgia Florida Football

On October 30, 2009, The Grand Pavilion at the Amelia Island Plantation will continue the festivities by hosting a Frat Bash from 8:00pm until midnight and this is open to the public!

This is a great place to kickoff the weekend and groove with the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions. Tickets are $55.00 per person in advance, but after 5:00 PM on the day of the party they go up to $60.00. Enjoy an open bar, grilled chicken sandwiches, saut√©ed gator tail, hot dogs and more! Call 904.491.4646 for transportation or party information.

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Georgia Florida Festivities at the Amelia Island Plantation

Georgia Florida Festivities on Amelia Island

Georgia Florida Festivities on Amelia Island

Yes, it is Georgia Florida Week and activities are beginning to be in full swing. From noon to 5:00 PM on October 30th, the Spa and Shops of Amelia Island Plantation are kicking off the Georgia Florida Football Classic activities with a pre-party.

There will be complimentary beer, wine and frozen drinks followed by the Dawgs/Gators Boardwalk Bash at 5:00 PM. The Bash will feature $1.00 beers, live entertainment and more.

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