Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ritz’s Cafe 4750

Valentine's Day Dinner at Ritz's Cafe 4750Looking for a great Valentine’s Day dinner? Celebrate your Valentine with a special dinner menu presented by the chefs and staff at Café 4750 at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island.

Menu includes:
Chilled Seafood Display with shrimp, crab claws, freshly shucked oysters
Scallop, Key Lime and Coconut Shooters
Seared Marinated Salmon Belly, pickled cucumber and dill Crème Fraiche
Marinated Seafood Salad
Florida Tomato Panzanella Salad
Ultimate Salad Bar
Chef’s selection of Artisan Cheeses and Bread

Plated Entrée – Choice of:
· Crab crusted Filet Oscar
· Butter Poached Lobster
· Vegetarian House-made Pappardella

Complete the meal with a luscious dessert station serving Flourless Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Champagne Sweetness, Chocolate Passion Fruit Mousse and more.

Enjoy the Action Station with a variety of house-made Gelatos and Toppings.

Dinner prices are $80.00 per adult, and only $32 for children ages 6-12. Dinner is served form 5:30 to 9:00 PM.

For information and reservations, please call Leisure Reservations at (904) 277-1087.

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The Ritz-Carlton Presents a Chocolate Bar for Valentine’s Day

Ritz Carlton Amelia Presents a Chocolate Bar for Valentine's DayThe Luxe Artisan Chocolate Bar will be open at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th, from 5:00 to 11:00 pm.

Executive Pastry Chef Sheldon Millett and his team of artisan chocolatiers present their Valentine’s Day Favorites. Select any combination for an intense experience that will awaken all of your senses.

Custom Chocolate Shots. Bittersweet chocolate liquid from the intense flavors of Verna Caribe cocoa bean flavored with choice of fruits, pepper spices or spikes of Baileys, Amaretto, Grand Marnier or Chambord. Experience your choice of chocolate combinations for a rush of flavors.

Italian Gelato with Chocolate Sauce. Rich vanilla gelato hand-made from the exotic Tahitian vanilla bean and then drizzled with your choice of house-made spearmint chocolate sauce, spicy Chipotle chocolate bark and Blood orange chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Fountain Galore. Rich, creamy chocolate from the world’s leading cocoa producers accompanied by house-made Passion Fruit chocolate marshmallows, brandy-infused cherries, fresh baked Madeleines and Biscottis.

Peanut Brittle Chocolate Tart. House-made caramel, salted peanuts and dark chocolate combine for a sweet and salty taste with a crunch.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cake. Tastes like a candy bar with Swiss Feuilletine, creamy hazelnut and Venezuelan chocolate.

Chocolate Macaroons. Masterfully created and inserted with flavors and dipped in chocolate.

Norman Love Artisan Chocolate Truffles. First created in France in 1895 and now perfected with single origin Peruvian chocolate combined with cream and hand painted.

The price is $25.00 per person plus gratuity. Reservations not required. Complimentary day parking.

For more information please call 904-277-1087 or visit

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Amelia Island is a Sweet Valentine’s Day Escape

Amelia Island is a Sweet Valentine's Day EscapeAmelia 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

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

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Gift IdeasOur local merchants are offering up some great deals on Valentine’s Day gift ideas for that special someone in your life.

Here are some ideas for the ideal Valentine’s present:

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Amelia Island & Fernandina is making Valentine’s Pizza. These yummy treats are sure to be a hit. They also have an impressive array of Valentine’s chocolates.

Sears St Marys-Fernandina posted this on Facebook: Men don’t want flowers, they want tools! A Craftsman 260 piece Mechanics Tool Set with 3-Drawer Flip-Top Blow Mold Chest is only $269.99. Also, they are having a Family and Friends Savings Event ALL-DAY February 14th. Get an extra 10% off almost everything including Home Appliances, Lawn & Garden Equipment, Tools, and Home Electronics.

Scott & Sons Fine Jewelry on Amelia Island: Receive a Cupid Package including a Valentine’s Day card, a flower in a vase, and a box of chocolates from Peterbrooke with your purchase of $100 or more -through February 14 or while supplies last. (904) 491-1550

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is putting on a Valentine Concert on Friday February 11, 2011, at 7:30 PM at the Amelia Plantation Chapel. Tickets are only $40.00 online at or call (904) 261-1779 for more information.

Fluid Kinetics is offering Yoga for couples as a special event for $35.00 on Sunday, February 13, 2011, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Call (904) 849-7357 for more information.

Nassau Range posted this on Facebook: Need a Valentine’s Day present for your sweetie? Pink GOT AMMO? shirts have finally arrived. Just in time for V-DAY. Come see us, Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 7, Sunday 12 – 5. See ya Shootin’!

Cleansweep Charters is offering a Valentine’s Special of a 4 hour Largemouth Bass Fishing Charter for only $295.00. Contact Captain Jim at (904) 753-0882.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering a complimentary Gourmet Chocolate Tasting at the Marché Burette from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on February 12, 2011.

Picante is featuring a 4 course Valentine’s Menu with a complementary glass of champagne to celebrate you and your sweetheart. This special goes from Friday the 11th until Monday the 14th of February. Special arrangements can be made for flowers to be delivered right at your table. Call them at (904) 310-9221 for reservations. The menu is available here:

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is offering oceanside romance with the ultimate Valentine’s Day Package – a two night getaway at Amelia Island’s only boutique hotel. This amazing package includes champagne and strawberries in room upon arrival, wine and hors d’oeurvres each evening, a room with a sunset view, a dozen romantic red roses, a box of very special melt in your mouth chocolates, dinner at one of Amelia Island’s finest restaurants, a bubble bath in one of Elizabeth Pointe Lodge’s oversized soaking tubs and breakfast in the charming oceanside dining room. The perfect red letter day all packaged for a weekend to remember. $850 all inclusive. Oceanfront room rates also available.

Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering two romance packages during the weekend of Valentine’s.
-The Hearts & Flowers package starts at $395 plus tax and includes overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room for two nights, dinner for two at the Crab Trap Restaurant, rose petal turndown adorning your room, chocolate-covered strawberries, chilled champagne, and keepsake flutes.
-Starting at $380 plus tax, the Victorian Romance package includes overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room for two nights, private horse and carriage tour of historic downtown Fernandina Beach, round-trip taxi service to carriage tour, keepsake throw blanket and a bottle of wine.
Both packages include the family-owned property’s standard amenities such as complimentary daily, Hot and Healthy breakfast, parking, high speed Wi-Fi and fresh-baked cookies.

Other local lodging specials can be found at

Valentine’s Day Chocolate

Valentine’s Day Chocolate

Valentine’s Day Chocolate

As one of the many traditions of Valentine’s Day, chocolate is given as a token of love. Sales of chocolate soar in February as men buy chocolate for their wives and girlfriends. According to some industry statistics, women purchase about 75% of the chocolate candy sold each year. However, about 75% of chocolate candy purchases in the days before Valentine’s Day are made by men buying it for women.

Over $1,000,000,000.00 of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day. This is in addition to their Valentine’s Day purchases of flowers and jewelry for the ladies in their lives.

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!
Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

Chocolate has been considered divine, valuable, and decadent since it was first discovered. The first chocolate candies were concocted by Cadbury in the 1860s. They were also the first to put them in a heart shaped box for Valentine’s Day. In a survey conducted by Debra Waterhouse, author of Why Women Need Chocolate, the data found: 97% of women reported cravings, 68% of which are for chocolate, 50% would choose chocolate over sex, and 22% were more likely than men to choose chocolate as a mood elevator.

Elaine Sherman, aka ‘Madame Chocolate’, once wrote, “Chocolate is heavenly, mellow, sensual, deep, dark, sumptuous, gratifying, potent, dense, creamy, seductive, suggestive, rich, excessive, silky, smooth, luxurious, celestial. Chocolate is downfall, happiness, pleasure, love, ecstasy, fantasy… chocolate makes us wicked, guilty, sinful, healthy, chic, happy.”

On Valentine’s Day, nothing says “I LOVE YOU” more clearly than a box of chocolates.

Some of the best chocolate on the island is found at our local Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Be sure to check out what Sandy Carroll has created for Valentine’s Day. Peterbrooke is located in the Publix Shopping Center on Amelia Island.

The Heart is a Muscle that Needs Conditioning

A Wild and Excited Heart Beat

A Wild and Excited Heart Beat

I promise you after Valentine’s Day I will not bore you any longer with more stories about the heart, heart health and sexual relationships. It’s just that this week the papers, magazine and internet can’t seem to get enough of abusing poor old Valentine for every sales effort in the Love Book. Especially when it comes to making dubious claims in the name of Valentine, I get a bit annoyed.

The story starts as follows:
Your heart swells, sings, skips a beat, races, goes pitter patter… oh yes, that feeling of effervescent love and its physical effects on the body. The month of February is used to teach us a lot about matters of the heart, how it feels to fall in love, and what to do to stay in love, as if we have not heard this already a thousand times, let alone experienced it ourselves.

So now there is a new angle introduced, albeit with very low scientific proof. The question is “what about the health of the heart and it’s effects on your ability to express that love? Viagra anyone?

The first pseudo scientific claim makes me shudder: “Studies have shown that happy relationships can improve heart health”. Not much new there when the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction announces that it has found a link between healthy people and their frequency in sexual activity. No kidding.

Wow, now it’s time to sit up and pay attention as the article continuous by stating the same old stuff about how sex:

-Boosts Cardiovascular Health by getting the heart beating, lowering blood pressure, and, I’m trying to be delicate here, Dutch scientists found that ingesting the result of oral sex has a strong protective effect on preventing preeclampsia (high blood pressure) in pregnant women.
-Minimizes Stress, both emotionally and physically;
-Relieves Pain, thanks to the oxytocin and endorphins released during orgasm;
-Decrease Prostate Cancer risk for men who regularly ejaculate;
-Healing Cuts and Wounds another effect of the oxytocin said to help heal wounds faster, helping to regenerate skin cells.

But the root for my annoyance stems from the fact that science can’t seem to nail down (no pun intended) if healthy people are more sexually active, or if sexual activity improves health? A bit like the chicken or the egg, but somewhat more personal.

Until science gives us a clear proven statement I can only suggest that your heart is a muscle, and like with any “muscle” in your body” the more conditioning it gets, the stronger it gets, the healthier it gets.
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.

Valentine’s Day is a Hoax

Valentine's Day is a Hoax

Valentine's Day is a Hoax

I have always thought that Valentine’s Day was a hoax! No more than a Hallmark Holiday designed for the American consumer to spend money on greeting cards and frivilous gifts. No, Hallmark is not alone in this conspiracy theory, chocolatiers, florists and the inventor of satin boxer shorts are all in on the scheme!

I am not Catholic, so I did some research on Saint Valentine and found there were at least three celebrated martyred Saints named Valentine or Valentinus. I always thought Valentine’s Day was named after Rudolph Valentino. He was the sex symbol in the early 1920’s known as the Latin Lover and gets no credit whatsoever for the holiday!

I grew up in public schools where boxes of Valentines were a required purchase each year and then individually addressed to everyone in my class, including my teacher. All of the pretty girls got extra cards or especially fancy Valentines from those carrying crushes. Some had candy, some did not. From the time I was six years old, I wanted to skip that day of school.

Held on February 14, this holiday celebrates love and affection among couples, and causes depression and often heavy alcohol consumption in those who are single. According to Wikipedia, the holiday was originally established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, but it wasn’t associated with romantic love until the Middle Ages.

Now though, it is a day of guilt. Where those involved in a relationship must spend money they don’t have to throw away on items that die or generally add inches to the waistline… all in the name of love!

The Valentine, a written expression, has been traced back to the 1400’s, though it likely lacked hearts and cupids.

Around 1600 Shakespeare penned the following:

“To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.”

-William Shakespeare , Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

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Happy Valentine Picnic in Fort Clinch

Valentine Picnic in the Park

Valentine Picnic in the Park

OK guys, you know it and I know and she knows we both know it.  Valentines day is today and this is a reminder just in case you were oblivious to all the advertising.  Now I don’t know about your wife, girlfriend or significant other, but I will be willing to bet you a dollar to a dozen doughnuts that she is expecting something for today set aside for cupid and love.

If you are like most men today you are more concerned with just how you are going to pay the bills this month then what you are going to spend on a Valentine’s gift, right?  If you go out to dinner the first thing you will encounter is long wait lines at most restaurants and about seventy five to one hundred dollars before it is all over.  For most of us today that is just not in our budget.

I may have found a solution though.  I was visiting a friend a couple of weeks ago at our very own Fort Clinch State park.  I had the opportunity to visit one of the scenic view areas along the marshes of Egans Creek on the West side of the entrance road.  The little path opened up to a very nice deck with seating, it was late in the afternoon and the sun was beginning to set.  Folks I was born and raised on this Island, other then three years with the military I have never lived anywhere else, I have tot ell you I was totally captivated by this scene.

I was thinking what a neat idea it would be to pack a small picnic basket, maybe with a little wine and take your other half for a sunset meal.  Think about it, it is totally unique and she may be the only wife who is enjoying this very romantic time with her husband or boyfriend.  She will certainly have something to share with her girlfriends the next day.  As for price?  Six dollars to get into the fort gate and whatever you spend on the basket of food and drink, that’s it.  I think you are more likely to see cupid flying around there then in a crowded restaurant.   Here’s to Love.

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A quick stop at Publix Shopping Center can make your Valentine’s Day

The final touch for a great Valentine's Day

The final touch for a great Valentine's Day

According to some real life Love Doctors (people that professionally involve themselves in ther topic of Love and Love Making), a Happy Valentine experience only requires a two shop stops. One stop at the supermarket to pick up some corn starch, tomatoes, avocados and buttermilk and one stop (obviously) at our local Chocolate Specialist Peterbrook. And here on Amelia Island we are blessed with a one stop shop in the Publix Shopping Center on Sadler and 14th Street for all five products you need for a great Valentine Day

Cialis, Alcohol, Spanish Fly, Oysters and other more warped sex enhancers are absolutely irrelevant for a satisfying Valentine’s Day they say. No need for Rhino horns’ dust, some freaky bark from an indigenous Central African tree or mixed crush pimento algae, it turns out that  the most effective aphrodisiacs are only a supermarket  and a chocolaterie away. The stuff we’re talking about is common natural products that you probably already have in your refrigerator. And if you don’t…then it’s time to go grocery shopping, because you’re going to love what these foods can do for your sex life.

Okay, the whole experience starts out with a massage. Ever felt cornstarch on your body? The first sensation of cornstarch dropping on the skin is quite sensational. Don’t be surprised if the titillating effect makes you giggle. But don’t stop at sprinkles; don’t be bashful and then take out a pastry brush and gently spread the cornstarch over your lover’s entire body. Remember that movie with Tom Cruise’s first ex Mimi Rogers? That full body massage was quite messy, although memorable. Try this with cornstarch instead. It may take a minute to get the pressure just right so that the cornstarch just flows across the skin through your fingertips, but once you do, I’m not responsible for what follows after that.

Next off to the fruits and vegetable department. Often referred to as the “apple of love,” you may wonder why would a tomato be erotic? Well First of all, the sensation of eating a fresh, fully ripened, crisp, clean, juicy tomato is sexy all on its own. Watching a pair of sexy lips nibble on this fruit will make you hungry for other things. Of course, the juicier the tomato, the more chance of the temperature get hot rapidly and secondly eating tomatoes is known to aid in sexual performance as they help calm pre-sex nerves, which can be especially helpful in a first-time-partner situation. In addition the tomato aids muscle control, if you know what I mean.

Ever cut open an advocado? What is your first impression? It’s time to prepare for the main course. The texture of the inside of this fruit is very delicate and soft and perfectly suited for eating or rubbing on each others skin In addition to its sensuous texture, the avocado also has a sensuous function. The high-quality Vitamin E content of this fruit is known for boosting every nerve sensation in your body. Of course eating advocados just for Valentine’s Day may not be enough.

Buttermilk Bath
Try a buttermilk shower. Better than a champagne bath I can tell you. The softness of cool buttermilk poured over your body can be enough to start an encore.

Chocolate – the ultimate Love Potion No. 9
It’s time to step outside Publix now and visit to Peterbrook Chocolaterie next door. There is no getting around the quality of this confectionary as a sexy natural aphrodisiac. Chocolate has it all in looks, taste and performance. Mick Jagger should have eaten some real chocolate before writing “I can’t get no satisfaction”. The thick, creamy, smooth taste of  Chocolate is sinfully indulgent and a natural source of phenyl ethylamine (PEA), the same feel-good chemical that the body naturally produces during those first moments of falling in love. Some studies even suggest that devouring chocolate stimulates the same feelings in the brain as making love. So, make sure to get some Chocolate from Peterbrook!
Okay, you’re all set now for a glorious Valentine’s Day.

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