Amelia Hotels Offer Discounts for Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff

Amelia Hotels Offer Discounts for Great Southern Tailgate CookoffAmelia Island, FL – Several of Amelia Island’s award-winning hotels, vacation rentals and inns have cooked up discounted room rates and unique packages for the upcoming Fifth Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, taking place August 22nd and 23rd. Visitors can take advantage of these specials to come enjoy the two-day cook-off event, which features free live entertainment, teams cooking up their best barbecue to win more than $20,000 in prize money and much more.

The following accommodations are offering discounts for the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off:

-Returning as the host hotel for the event, the Residence Inn by Marriot of Amelia Island is offering amazing rates and all the amenities you need for a fun weekend on the island. Enjoy rates as low as $109, as well as free transportation to and from the Cook-off all weekend, free full hot breakfast, and access to the hotel?s evening socials. Book online at or call 904-277-2440.

-Amelia Hotel will be offering a DEAL rate for that weekend with rooms starting at $119 for standard rooms. Prices on other room types will vary, visit

-Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, the only luxury resort within a two-minute walking distance of the event, is offering visitors with a 15 percent discount on all two or more night stays at the Lodge, during the Cook-off weekend. For reservations, call 904-277-4851, or visit

-ERA Fernandina Beach Reality is offering a free night to guests who stay at least three nights (applies to stays that include either of the nights of Friday, Aug. 22 or Saturday, Aug. 23). This is valid for selected properties for any new reservations. Rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees.

-The Fairbanks House is offering a Cook-off package that includes 15 percent off three nights in any room, or a fourth night free, as well as free bottle of Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and bag of Southern Slush Mix. Guests will also be treated to gourmet breakfasts and evening social hours with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This offer is available for new bookings only, may not be combined with any other offers, and must be booked online. Mention code STC14 when making your reservation.

-The Hoyt House Cook-off package includes two free tickets to the cook-off and 15 percent off any room. This offer is limited to a two-night minimum stay, and cannot be combined with any other special offer.

-Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering 15 percent off their best available rate during the Cook-off weekend. Call 888-261-6161 and reference the promotion code: cookoff. Reservations may also be confirmed online at using the same promotion code.

-The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island welcomes summer with the launch of “Weekday Breakaway” package during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, with $500 in resort credits. This offer is valid weekdays near the Cook-off event: August 17-19 and 24-28. Guests may reserve the three or more nights “Weekend Breakaway” now through August 28, 2014. For reservations, call 800-241-3333 or visit

beech-st-blues-band-fernandina-cookoff2014Don’t miss the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, serving up finger-licking-good barbeque with some of the top competitors in the country and live musical entertainment from five exciting bands including, The Dirt Floor Krackers, Swingin’ Medallions, RockIt Fly, and the local Beech Street Blues Band.

For more information about the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, entertainment lineup and each of the accommodations offering discounts, visit

Contact each hotel for reservations and any restrictions.

About Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off
The 5th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off will fire up again on August 22nd and 23rd on Amelia Island. Barbeque cooking teams from across the country will compete for cash prizes, and of course, bragging rights. The cook-off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and features professional and backyard barbeque competition teams. The cook-off features live musical entertainment, tasty food and beverage items and the VIP Pig Pub for an enhanced experience. The event is a fundraiser for the Gator Bowl Association and is held as Main Beach on Amelia Island, where the beach meets the brisket. Visit, for more information.

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Bizarre Hotel Accommodations or Unusual Overnighters

Unusual, sometimes scary but definitely memorable.

Many years ago, when I was involved in the early stages of a massive vacation development on the Canary Island of  Fuerteventura, I was invited to stay at the original Cave home of architect artist César Manrique Cabrera on the neighboring island of Lanzarotte. I remember the magnificent experience vividly, enhanced by the fact that Manrique was at the time advising Dr. Zhivago star Omar Shariff building his island cave house. It was an eye opening experience sleeping in a cave house. Maybe that’s why I figured with the tourism season starting up on Amelia island that it would be interesting to present some unusual hotel room options available around the world. Caves, Tents, Old Planes, Holes In The Ground. A collection of the World’s Most Offbeat Hotels!

This complex world of ours offers many alternatives to the standard issue hotels and motels alongside the highways. The fact that I still think about it 30 somewhat years later tells me that the experience counts more than any stay in the Waldorf Astoria, I enjoyed in later years. Want to stay somewhere you will talk about years from now? Consider these unique rentals.

Capsule Hotels Tokyo

Capsule Hotel Rooms

• Tokyo, Japan is home to tiny, long cubicles just big enough for bedding, a small television, and a guest. These units are supposed to be quite a bargain which in Tokyo probably means only twice the price you were hoping. The price includes luggage storage. That special slab at the morgue feeling is free.

• Entire resorts seem to have been carved into the rock cliffsides of Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey. Cave rooms for that Flintstone’s vacation you always dreamed of. Yet inside the cave rooms in Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey you will find plush accommodations lacking only windows and natural light.

Cave Hotel Cappadocia

Crazy House Dalat Vietnam

Yurt Nayrn Kyrgyzstan

Treehouse Hotel Vancouver

• The Hang Nga Guesthouse in Dalat, Vietnam has become known much more commonly as the Crazy House Hotel. Of course this is the country known for Civet Cat Coffee!

• Kyrgyzstan and other places in Central Asia offer the opportunity to stay in a genuine yurt. Which is like paying money to sleep in a permanent tent.

• Beautiful sphere shaped treehouses dot the old growth forests of Vancouver, Canada and can be taken for the night.

Crane Hotel in Netherlands

Crane Hotel Interior

• In Harlingen, The Netherlands accommodations can be found in a huge crane on the harbor that has rental rooms in the control booth area. The rooms are sleek and modernly appointed and give a heck of a view of the harbor traffic!

• A forest hut that could pass for a hole in the ground is offered for a very low price in Kolarbyn, Sweden. Food supplies are extra, the kitchen is a fire outside. Or you could just make your own “hotel” in an hour or two.

• The world famous Icehotel. That’s right, a hotel made out of blocks of ice, can be found in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. This one is tough on the pocketbook and the guest. The high prices of several hundred dollars per night are matched by the below freezing temperature in the rooms. Heavy duty sleeping bags are required and bathroom breaks are no fun!
The Icehotel even features an amazing chapel.

• Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm, Sweden is located inside a refurbished 747 jet aircraft. You can even rent a room in the former cockpit. (I wonder if the cockpit is the honeymoon suite?)

Hut In the Woods

Ice hotel Luxury Suite

The 747 Jumbo in Sweden

• If a fancy jumbo style jet is not to your liking than Waitomo, New Zealand offers lodging in a plain old cargo plane.

• Survival pods were designed for oil rig workers to drop from the rigs in the event of some dire emergency. Some old ones float in The Hague, The Netherlands and make great floating rooms.

• Perhaps the most bare of all the accommodations would be the Null Stern Hotel in Switzerland. Minimal furnishings in a bare bones former fallout shelter. If war breaks out the night you are there you can stop envying all those folks lounging in the pool at the Hotel Intercontinental.

New Zealand Plane Repurposing

Platform Rescue Capsule Rooms

Bare Nuclear Fallout Shelter Rooms

• Oxford Castle once housed an immense prison but now has been transformed into a hotel and shopping mall.
Enjoy a night of prison accommodations, but in style, like you run the cell block or something!

• Bolivia offers the Salt Hotel built entirely of you know what. I don’t mean to sound negative but of all the hotels here this one does the least for me. I can feel my skin drying and cracking already!

• Sweden has more than it’s share of odd places to stay. Utter Inn is a hotel room that is actually towed out into the center of Lake Malaren. The room is half submerged and offers you a fancy red topside hut and a room that is actually below water level. Sleep with the fishes, but in a good way. Unless it springs a leak…perhaps!

Oxford Prison Hotel England

Salt Hotel in Bolivia

Floating Hotel Room

• Austria appears to have surpassed even the tiny morgue-like slots in Japan and Sweden’s hole in the ground. Roomier than the morgue slot, plusher than the hut, but now you will always know that you paid to spend the night at Das Park Hotel, constructed entirely of concrete sewer pipes!

Das Park Hotel in Austria made out of Concrete Sewer Pipes