Tag: Amelia Island
- Football season is almost here, along with our favorite fall pastime — tailgating. And what better way to kick off a season of barbecue, brews and ballgames than with the ultimate barbecue competition?
Fried, grilled, sautéed, broiled — we love shrimp. And at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Amelia Island Florida, you can have your shrimp and eat it too —no matter which way way you like it cooked.
- The Weekend: Kick back in Amelia Island. Amelia Island is one of Northeast Florida’s prime destinations. Miles of unspoiled beaches, scenic salt marshes and canopies of Spanish-moss-topped oak trees are the backdrop you’ll have to yourself once the summer crowds have left. Sunrise and sunset are best enjoyed the way they’ve always been: at the beach, where the shoreline’s wide, white strands are hard-packed and ideal for strolling.
Start Here: The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, anchoring the south end of the island, reopened in spring 2013 after an $85 million redo that added 155 oceanfront rooms and a whole lot more. The new infinity-pool deck is all about the sand-and-sea view, enjoyed from stadium-style lounge seating.
1. Prepare for pampering at the Plantation’s spa, now with a private relaxation room designed for two, where you can sip champagne and look out over a lagoon as you await your aromatherapy massage.
2. Dine at the Oceanside Bar & Grill (inside or seated on the pool deck) and enjoy grilled local grouper tacos with Florida citrus, green mango and scallions. Over at the resort’s shopping area, pop in Natural Slice for a top-notch pizza topped with fresh-pulled mozzarella.
3. Enjoy sightseeing with minimal effort via a panoramic 30-minute helicopter ride with Sky Coast Adventures. You'll soar above the seaport of Fernandina Beach for an overhead glimpse of the shrimping fleet moored dockside, the town’s stunning Victorian-era architecture, and Cumberland Island in neighboring Georgia.
- The Weekend: Enjoy small-town sweetness in Amelia Island. Let yourself flow into the leisurely pace of a community made for enjoying the little things in life.
Start Here: The quintessential Amelia Island experience is a stay at a B&B. Step inside the Addison on Amelia, a charming 14-room antebellum-style inn tucked away down one of Fernandina Beach’s brick streets. A welcome card with a cookie recipe on the back and rocking-chair-adorned balconies evoke a small-town vibe. Innkeepers Bob and Shannon Tidball host happy hour every evening on the veranda where you can enjoy drinks, homemade appetizers like hummus and shrimp salsa, and conversation with the innkeepers and other guests.
1. Start your weekend early by arriving on a Thursday so you can join the Amelia Island Museum of History’s pub crawl. Stories of Amelia Island’s olden days are anything but dry when you listen while sipping pirate punch at the Palace Saloon, Florida’s oldest pub, before hitting four more downtown bars. Reservations required, and admission gets you a drink at each bar.
2. Take in the view from the water with an excursion by Amelia River Cruises. Our picks: the Beach Creek tour, which takes you through the salt marsh and past the ruins of an old Carnergie family mansion on neighboring Cumberland Island, or the adult-only Twilight BYOB cruise, where you can enjoy your favorite beverage while slowly motoring through Cumberland Sound, spotting wild horses and catching a sensational sunset.
3. For dinner, enjoy a leisurely stroll over to Merge, a Fernandina Beach favorite, where the menu changes monthly and the chef keeps things creative with dishes like braised wild boar and linguine with clams accented with truffle.
- Ten days. Nineteen restaurants. Totally doable. The Fifth Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week gets cooking on Jan. 18, and it sounds totally delicious.
- Scare up the Halloween season with a walk (or ride) on the spooky side of the state's past.
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- Impressive views from the sky! Here are 5 amazing images that are truly inspiring and allow you to see these locations in a different light.
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- My stay at the serene Blue Heron Inn on a recent road trip to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island was sated with intimate coziness.