Trivia Night on Amelia Island

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Community, Dining, Other | 0 comments

Trivia Night at Falcon's Nest
Building Your Trivia Dream Team                                                                                                        

Everyone loves trivia night on Amelia Island, right? Building a solid trivia team, however, isn’t always the easiest task. For instance, you’ll need a jock. At some point in the evening, “Sports” is going to be a category and that’s when your jock is going to step up to the plate. You’ll also want an entertainment junkie–someone who was practically raised on television and 80’s power ballads. It’s always a smart play to throw a bookworm into the mix as well–usually of the myopic, soft spoken variety. And don’t forget to include a history buff or someone’s dad on your team as well (these last two are interchangeable). Most importantly, realize that none of the aforementioned matters without a great team name. You can’t build a trivia empire on a shaky foundation, so if your team name doesn’t elicit a few chuckles from the crowd every time it’s mentioned, you’ll need to go back to the drawing board.

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Fish to Fork Culinary Academy Recap

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, Dining, Events, Other | 0 comments

A Weekend Fit for Foodies

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation recently hosted a small group of food enthusiasts looking to expand their culinary palates. These honored guests took advantage of the resort’s “Fish to Fork Culinary Academy Weekend” package, which included oceanfront accommodations, cooking classes with Executive Chef, Daven Wardynski, a private tasting at the R+T Experience, and more!

Guests began their weekend with a Friday night reception and dinner at The Sprouting Project. The outdoor venue has proven to be a source of both entertainment and sustainability for the resort. Undeniably a chef’s playground, the Sprouting Project—consisting of a garden, apiary and aquaponic greenhouse, has provided the culinary team with an array of locally harvested herbs, fruits and vegetables and serves as a point of interest for many guests and members of the press. While rain did attempt to put a damper on the evening’s festivities, the show went on, much to the delight of everyone in attendance…

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Florida Georgia Football Weekend

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog, Community, Events, Other | 0 comments

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Game on…

It’s baaaack! The Florida Georgia Football rivalry returns to Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on November 1st for another historical face-off and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort invites you to share in all of the college football fun. As one of the most prominent rivalry games in college football (played almost every year since 1915), this year’s matchup promises to be another barn-burner with the Gators looking to avenge last year’s 23-20 loss to the Bulldogs. No matter who you’re rooting for that weekend, Omni Amelia Island Plantation promises to be your central hub for game day entertainment. Whether you’re looking for accommodations, game day transportation, or the year’s biggest pool bash, OAIP’s got what you need.

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Fish to Fork Culinary Academy

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog, Events, Other | 0 comments

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Fish to Fork is Back…Kind of


Omni Amelia Island Plantation is thrilled to host its inaugural “Fish to Fork Culinary Academy” from October 3 – 5 and you’re invited! We hope that you’ll join us for an unforgettable weekend getaway featuring a fantastic lineup of culinary-centric events!

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Omni Spotlight: Dana Gatty

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog, Community, Other, The Spa & Shops | 0 comments

As the Lead Therapist for Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Dana Gatty spends his days catering to others’ minds and bodies. Last year he developed the Strength Restoration Treatment protocol for The Spa in an effort to add a truly therapeutic offering for guests looking to enhance their flexibility and range of motion. The session proved especially beneficial to anyone suffering from stiffness or low back discomfort as it helps to restore balance across all major muscle groups attached to the pelvis. Incorporating active isolated stretching, Thai massage, and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), Strength Restoration helps restore tight muscles to a more healthy length and in a more effective manner than with just traditional massage. The treatment has become a favorite among golfers who particularly like the treatment’s ability to loosen their swing and add distance to their drive! We’re proud to feature Dana in this week’s blog…

 

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Name: Dana Gatty

Occupation: Lead Therapist at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Best part about your job: Our team and our guests both understand the need to maintain our bodies, minds and spirits through natural methods.

Advice for people wanting to get into your field: Most therapists have nurturing personalities and are natural born givers. As a result, many tend to neglect themselves. Taking care of our bodies and following the same advice that we give to our clients will help prolong our career.

Tips for our readers: Drink lots of water every day and remember to stretch, stretch, stretch! The older that we get, the more important it is to stay flexible and hydrated. Also, try massage yoga or acupuncture treatment before resorting to surgery.

Hobbies: Golf, fishing, hiking and music.

Favorite shows, books, movies: Big Bang Theory, the Bible, Groundhog Day

Favorite bands: Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Earth Wind & Fire

Favorite dish: Anything Italian!

Best thing about Amelia Island: The peaceful and quiet nature of the island. Not to forget downtown Fernandina Beach!

One thing our readers should know about you: I’ve been happily married for 25 years this September. My wife and I have three wonderful children and five grandchildren (with a sixth one on the way).

Experience the benefits of Strength Restoration Treatment for yourself. Call The Spa (904-432-2220) and schedule an appointment with Dana today. Your body will thank you for it!

 

Labor Day at Amelia Island

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Events, Other | 0 comments

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Labor Day 2014

Labor Day is a bittersweet time for most Americans. Declared a federal holiday in 1894 by Grover Cleveland and observed on the first Monday of every September, it celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers but also signifies the symbolic end of summer. Every year, Labor Day tends to sneak up on us and we’re left wondering what happened to the previous three months. Fortunately, for those of us living on Amelia Island, the season tends to hang around a little longer here. One thing is for sure–if you let that vacation that you were daydreaming about all season come and go, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to book a stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and salvage what’s left of summer!

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Omni Spotlight: Levi Welling

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog, Community, Nature | 0 comments

When you work for Omni Amelia Island Plantation, you’re family. Perhaps nobody knows this better than Nature Center Supervisor, Levi Welling. As part of the Recreation team here at the resort, Levi has the pleasure of working with some of his best friends day in and day out. He even met his lovely wife, Marilou, here. Hired as an Environmental Interpretation Intern for the Nature Center in 2010, Levi approaches everything he does with a smile on his face and a level of enthusiasm that is literally infectious. As the Nature Center Supervisor, he consistently strives to ensure that all of our tours, the retail shop and the Nature Center all run as smoothly as possible. We’re proud to feature him in this week’s blog…

 

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Summer Packages

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog, Other | 0 comments

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Paradise Awaits You…

You’ve been wistfully dreaming about that vacation all summer long, pinning travel photos and scouring the internet for the best hotel rates. At this point you’ve probably weighed your options and whittled down your list of possible destinations to five or less, but you’re still not set on any one place. After all, you know that it’s not a dream vacation unless the whole family considers it a dream vacation. Although a week of poolside lounging and spa treatments might sound ideal to you, the spouse is going to need a few tee times and the kids are going to need to be entertained as well. If only there was a location that could please all parties for one great price…

Oh but there is.

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The Sprouting Project at Amelia Island

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Other | 0 comments

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Introducing…

What was once just a seedling of an idea in the head of Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Executive Chef, Daven Wardynski, has now blossomed into the resort’s newest offering. “The Sprouting Project” consists of a state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse, an expansive organic garden, a large collection of beehives and a soon-to-be completed smokehouse. Chef Wardynski heralds the conception of the greenhouse as his “legacy to Omni Amelia Island Plantation.” In his desire to bring the freshest products possible to guests he has managed to create a “chef’s playground” while remaining true to his “Michigan farm boy roots.” Unveiled in May 2014 with the completion of the aquaponic greenhouse, The Sprouting Project is still in its infancy but is quickly becoming a guest favorite.

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July Fourth on Amelia Island

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Community, Events, Other | 1 comment

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The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is declaring a state of fun for the upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend! Sure, we’re the place to be year-round, but when Independence Day rolls through, we tend to kick it up a notch. Maybe that’s why Travel + Leisure decided to list us as one of America’s Best Towns for July 4th. And if you’ve ever spent an Independence Day at Amelia Island, then you know why we made the cut. For a full rundown on all of the activities we’ll be hosting at the resort over Independence Day Weekend, click here. Or just keep reading…

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Amelia Island Photo Contest

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Blog, Community, Other | 0 comments

Amelia Island is blowing up. Our tiny paradise, just 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, has been garnering quite a bit of (well-deserved) attention from the press lately. For instance, we just played host to the last season of the Golf Channel’s Big Break Florida, we were recently featured as one of Travel + Leisure’s Favorite American Beach Towns, we took the #5 spot on USA Today’s list of 10Best U.S. islands, and we were even mentioned as one of the eleven Florida towns you need to visit by BuzzFeed. It’s safe to say that the rest of the world is falling for our Isle of Eight Flags. And what’s not to love? With the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway to one side of us and the shimmering expanse of the Atlantic on the other, it’s plain to see what’s so enchanting about our little island oasis.

From dawn to dusk, Amelia Island always seems as though she’s ready for a photo op. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that most of us, locals and tourists alike, have stood outside the Salty Pelican at some point or another snapping pictures of the sunset with our iPhones (see below).

 

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And enough of you have taken up amateur photography since moving here to form a Facebook group. And why not? The island is ripe with imagery and the opportunities to capture a picture perfect moment are limitless. That’s exactly why the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council has decided to host a photo contest. The contest, open to both locals and tourists, features both Amateur and Professional categories along with various photo themes. Each photographer is allowed to submit up to twenty images of their choosing with prizes being awarded to each category and theme and one overall grand winner in each category. Winners will receive over $4,500 in prizes, including cash awards, hotel and bed & breakfast stays, a digital camera, and a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Final winners will be announced in early August and selected winning images will also appear in the fall issue of Atlanta Magazine. Visit here for the full skinny on the Amelia Island Photo Contest. Then dust off that camera lens, get out there and start shooting. But make haste! The contest ends on July 31.

 

The Animals at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Blog, Nature, Other, Recreation | 0 comments

It’s no secret that the staff at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s Nature Center loves their wildlife. A few of our resident critters have even been around since the Plantation first opened way back in 1972! We recently wrangled up the Nature Center’s collection for a photo op and while some were a little more cooperative than others, we were able to nab some pretty great shots. While the Nature Center features creatures of all sorts, check out some photos of our friends who weren’t shy about coming out of their shells at all. Who knew that so many different types of turtles existed? If these pictures happen to pique your curiosity, be sure to stop by the Nature Center for a tour! Each week they hold a number of “Featured Creature” hours where they’ll spotlight one of the animals and you’ll get to get up close and personal with them. Check out the schedule on our Weekly Resort Guide.

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The Bluebird Project

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Blog, Community, Nature, Other | 0 comments

Everyone needs a hobby, young and old alike. Hobbies engage us, they help build character and provide us with a sense of accomplishment. At the very least they give us a release from the stresses of everyday life. In his 1889 essay entitled, “The Pleasures of Fly Fishing,” W. Holberton writes, “A man without a hobby is a much-to-be-pitied individual.”

And perhaps one of the greatest things about having a hobby is that whatever your current interests are, it’s never too late to discover a new one. Just ask part time Amelia Island resident Candace Bridgewater.  A few years ago, Candace attended a meeting for the Amelia Island Plantation Garden Interest Group. However, on this particular day, the meeting didn’t revolve around green thumbery. Rather, that afternoon Candace listened to a man named Bill Pennewill talk passionately about Sialia siali or what is more commonly referred to as the Eastern Bluebird. As President of the Florida Bluebird Society, Mr. Pennewill has devoted much of his time to the conservation and protection of Bluebirds in the state of Florida. And apparently his efforts are working. Increased environmental awareness among the general public combined with years of research have resulted in a steady increase in the Eastern Bluebird population over the last decade…

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Fish to Fork is Coming to Amelia Island

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog, Community, Dining, Other | 0 comments

Omni Amelia Island Plantation is proud to partner with the James Beard Foundation, Jackson Family Wines, Bacardi USA and Amelia Angler for its premiere culinary event of the year. Fish to Fork invites six renowned chefs from across the nation to participate in a weekend of fishing and friendly competition from May 16-18, 2014…and you’re invited to take part!http://ameliaislandplantationblog.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

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Omni Amelia Island at Fort Clinch

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, Dining, Events | 1 comment

Omni Amelia Island Plantation teamed up with PRI Productions yesterday to host the BAM event at Fort Clinch State Park. With over 120 attendees, the function was a huge success, featuring Civil War reenactors, a cigar-roller, a musical trio, firing of the cannons and a fireworks show.

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Easter Weekend at Omni Amelia Island

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, Events, Other, Recreation | 0 comments

There are loads of activities going on this Easter weekend at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, so join us for a vacation you won’t forget!  From our annual Bunny Hop 5K, to our Easter parade and carnival at Racquet Park, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of fun things to do at our wonderful resort. The festivities begin Thursday, April 17 for all of our early arrivals…

 

Celebrate Easter the Island Way

 

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The Rum + Tequila Experience

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog, Dining | 0 comments

We’re constantly coming up with new ways to make your stay at Omni Amelia Island even more enjoyable. With over 1,300 acres to explore, 3.5 miles of pristine beaches and the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida, many of our guests couldn’t ask for much more when it comes to their perfect vacation. We’re not really into settling, though—which is why we also offer ten different restaurants on property, along with a luxurious Spa & Salon and a fully-staffed recreational team that provides daily kayak, paddleboarding and Segway tours. But that’s not all…

 

The Rum + Tequila Experience


The Rum + Tequila Experience

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Big Break Florida Coming to Amelia Island

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog, Events, Golf, Other | 0 comments

Big Break Florida is Coming…

 
We love our reality television don’t we? Season after season, shows like “Survivor,” “The Apprentice” and “Real Housewives” have attracted huge audiences. It’s a tried and true format. Show “real” people overcoming “real” challenges and you’ve got yourself a #1 show. Enter the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” series. Premiering in 2003, the show placed contestants in a series of golfing challenges, with the weakest performer eliminated after each challenge. The last man standing received a cash prize along with exemptions into top professional golf tournaments. Big Break ended up a success, providing a huge boost to the Golf Channel’s ratings and its subscriber base.

11 years and 21 seasons later, Big Break is still going strong.

 
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Valentine’s Day on Amelia Island

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog, Dining, Events, The Spa & Shops | 0 comments

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Hearken back to those days of yore, when you first fell in love. How fond are those first memories that you shared with your loved one? Dinner dates and movie nights happened on the regular and your Valentine was constantly showered with tokens of your affection. It was a budding romance, made up of mix tapes, handwritten notes, and lingering kisses. You pictured yourself spending the rest of your life with this person, growing old together, starting a family…

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Verandah Crab Cake Recipe

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Blog, Dining, Other | 3 comments

LUCAS2America has a long-standing history with the crab cake. The actual term dates back to 1930 in Crosby Gaige’s New York World’s Fair Cook Book, where they are referred to as “Baltimore crab cakes,” but historic American cookbooks make reference to “fried crabs,” “dressed crab,” “crab patties” or “crab croquettes,” proving that similar crab recipes have been around since the colonial days.

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Oceanside and Sunrise Café Open to the Public

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Dining, Events | 2 comments

Amelia Island is a foodie’s paradise. But if you live here, you already knew that. In fact you’re probably already well-acquainted with goat cheese-stuffed fried green tomatoes and you certainly don’t find anything weird about visiting a rundown gas station for a burger. And don’t even get me started on truffle frites…

As a recent D.C. transplant (and lover of all things epicurean), I can certainly attest that this little island holds its own among the top food cities in the U.S.  For a location that’s only 13 miles long and two miles wide to be filled with so many chef-owned, foodie-friendly venues…well that’s nothing short of amazing. Let the few extra inches around my waist be a testament to that.

Since Omni Hotels & Resorts acquired Amelia Island Plantation in 2010, they’ve worked hard to enhance the local food culture. Their extremely talented culinary staff, led by Food & Beverage Director Chris Walling and Executive Chef Daven Wardynski, has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, overseeing the successful launch or complete overhaul of eight, yes, eight restaurants on property.

While quite a few of the restaurants have been open to the public from day one, (Verandah, Marché Burette, Falcon’s Nest and Natural Slice) other venues were decidedly taken off the market, to be enjoyed exclusively by guests and members of the resort community.

Well that’s all about to change…

 

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Natural Slice Pizza Now Offering Delivery

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Blog, Dining, The Spa & Shops | 0 comments

Think about some of the defining moments in our history…there was the fall of the Berlin Wall, Prince’s first album, Ross & Rachel tying the knot. Yes, the list goes on and on. We can only speculate for the most part about what great achievements will take place in 2014, but we can attest to at least one triumph of humanity that has already occurred. That’s right kids, Natural Slice Pizza and Surf Shop is now offering delivery (as if you didn’t already know). This is big news, especially to the folks living on the south end of the island, who have been plagued by a pizza draught for years on end now.

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Holidays at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Dining, Events, Other | 0 comments

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‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, and while you run around,
Looking for last minute presents, your head starts to pound.

There’s so much preparing to do, with so little time,
The dreaded in-laws are coming, and they’re going to whine.

With so many dinners to make, and gifts to be wrapped,
Your spirit’s running on empty, and you’re feeling sapped.

Well there’s no need to worry, don’t pull out your hair,
Omni Amelia Island, will always be there.

We’ve got the holidays covered, with events galore,
Because enjoying the season, shouldn’t be a chore.

So please join us this season, as we spread some cheer,
And from our family to yours, we hope to see you here.

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Love Our Locals at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Community, Events, The Spa & Shops | 0 comments

Amelia Island restaurantWe 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…

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Annual Holiday Celebration on Amelia Island

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Community, Events, The Spa & Shops | 0 comments

 

Holiday CelebrationI’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).

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Thanksgiving-To-Go at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

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Felix the Peanut Guy

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. 

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