We could all stand to learn something from Mr. Rogers. I mean, the man knew a thing or two about community. Well in the spirit of such, let Omni Amelia Island Plantation start by saying thank you. Thank you, fellow islanders for being our neighbor and for helping us support this wonderful community. That’s why we’re offering a very special “Love Our Locals” event at The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation. Join us from Friday, December 13 until Sunday, December 15 for a weekend of discounts and specials on items throughout our shopping village along with an $89 room rate (plus tax)…just in time for the holidays! Enjoy a 50-minute Swedish massage at the Spa for only $99 and receive a 10% discount on all retail items. Shop at Harrison’s Mercantile, Amelia’s Signature Shop, Natural Slice, or Marché Burette and receive a 20% on all merchandise. Additional Specials include…
I’ll admit, sometimes it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit, especially when those around you have had visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads for months on end now. I’m sure we all know someone who’s had Christmas tunes on repeat since mid-September (Mom) or who insists on injecting peppermint flavor into anything that’s edible (Mom, again).
This Thanksgiving, Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering a very special deal to all residents and guests on the island. Haven’t got the time to prepare a full on Thanksgiving feast? Let our chefs do the work for you…
If you live on Amelia Island, you’ve probably got a lot of things to be thankful for this holiday season. For starters, you live on an island. And not just any island. Try #5 on Travel + Leisure’s 2013 list of America’s Favorite Towns (although we’d argue it’s more like #1). From downtown Fernandina to Felix the Peanut Guy, there’s plenty to love about Amelia Island. So much in fact, that it can be hard to leave.
If you’re anything like me, you live for finding hidden treasures at garage and yard sales. In fact, some of my most-valued possessions have come from these weekend bargain hunts and may or may not include a Prince album or two. This is why I’m pretty excited about Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s upcoming estate sale on November 30th, from 9am-1pm down at The Shops. Sure, there might not be any Prince vinyls available for purchase, but trust me, I’m good in that department. What the estate sale will include, however, are a trove of antiques and collectibles that the Plantation has accumulated over the past forty years.
Does it seem that we go straight from the end of summer to Christmas these days? We celebrate Halloween with pumpkin carving, a quick day of costumes and over indulging on candy, but then we fly straight into December festivities. But that skips one of my favorite holidays! The holiday where people aren’t distracted by decorations. The day where it’s all about the food, and the fellowship. The day where we slow down and reflect on what we’re truly thankful for. You know, before we spend the next month buying presents, over-decorating, and not appreciating the little things because we’re too distracted creating the perfect holiday season.
Don’t get me wrong, I am usually at Black Friday bright and early and have been known to have my Christmas tree up and decorated before others awake from their tryptophan slumber. But I feel bad for the forgotten holiday. I think we need to celebrate and give thanks for everything, and everyone, in our lives and allow that thanksgiving to catapult us into the holiday season. So this year, don’t rush from Halloween to December. Celebrate Thanksgiving. And if you need some help with your Thanksgiving plans, so you can focus on your thankfulness and those around you, then celebrate Thanksgiving at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. You’ll find we’re taking care of everything, and that is something you can be thankful for.
It’s no secret that Amelia Island is amazing. Our little barrier island was just selected as one of the Top 25 Islands in the World in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. One of the things that makes our 13 mile island so unique, besides the beach, the southern charm, the wildlife, etc, is the variety, quality and charm of our Amelia Island restaurants! Whether you’re looking for a small chef-owned restaurant with an outdoor courtyard or you’re dining on fresh seafood by the ocean, the options of Amelia Island restaurants is endless. Sometimes it’s just too much to choose from! But there’s one night a year, where you don’t have to pick, where you can put on your best cocktail attire, and nibble on the best selections from many of our island’s best restaurants. And that night is just a month away at the 22nd annual Taste of Amelia Island!
It’s baseball playoff time (go Red Sox!), but some of you can’t see past football season once it begins! Jaguars fans have the privilege of getting to see their team play every week (well maybe that’s not a privilege recently), but if your affiliation lies with another team – say, for instance, the Patriots, you’ll be hard-pressed to watch them play from your living room every glorious Football Sunday. The Falcon’s Nest understands your dilemma.
When I first visited Amelia Island Plantation, I knew this community was something special. And that something special needs to be shared! I started as director of real estate sales and marketing in September and knew right away we needed to host a Fall Tour of Homes to allow guests, locals and potential real estate customers, the opportunity to view our Amelia Island Plantation real estate community and a variety of our listings. I am excited to announce our first Fall Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
A “Toast for Katie”, the 3rd Annual Chef’s Dinner benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation, will showcase the talents of five local culinary masters on Sunday, October 13 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and champagne followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Raising awareness about organ donation, the Toast for Katie Chef’s Dinner will feature a great selection of silent auction items but the real gems to bid on are the private dinners with the featured chefs.
My perception of what a great tennis coach is has changed drastically over my 12 years of coaching. At first, I thought it was the coach who gave the greatest technical advice and who also played the best. This eventually shifted to the assumption that if you were coaching an unbelievable tennis prodigy, that must mean you were also a great coach. Recently, however, my thoughts on this have shifted again. Sure, you need to be technically proficient and of course you have to want the person you are coaching to get better, but there is also something more. After all, every coach has given the same set of instructions at some point in time. Players need to be told to bend their knees, or to hit higher over the net, or to get their ball toss higher. But with this in mind, what separates a good coach from a great one?