“I have eight kids at the house. They are all running in and out with water balloons. I’ve gone through four gallons of ice cream, one pint of cherries, two cans of whipped cream and all the toppings. It’s only been three hours. It’s going to be a long summer.”
Celebrating July 4th at Omni Amelia Island Plantation is not only one of the biggest and most exciting weekends at Amelia Island Plantation, but for many, it’s family tradition! This year is no exception with an array of activities, events and family fun to celebrate the Fourth of July on Amelia Island! Click here for our full list of events!
The famous Cliff Drysdale Tennis Ladies Retreats, also known as the “Best Week in Tennis,” have kicked off this year at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The first five-day, ladies-only retreat was held in May but we have an upcoming ladies tennis retreat at Omni Amelia Island Plantation October 16-20, 2013.
Watch the video of the ladies tennis retreat at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and sign up today for our fall retreat!
There’s something to be said for our small island having an abundance of restaurant choices, but to have so many small, privately owned restaurants serving incredible food with fantastic service, is another. With nine dining options at Omni Amelia Island Plantation it’s easy to stay on our ocean front resort property for every meal and be completely satisfied. But for many guests, the highlight of Amelia Island dining is to discover the charming historic district of Fernandina Beach and the many shops, boutiques and restaurants that it offers. One such charming place that I highly recommend is Le Clos.
The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation recently had the pleasure of participating in the Mother of the Year contest with the St. Michael Academy. The students of the Amelia Island school each wrote a nomination as to why their mother should be chosen as this year’s mother of the year. With many compelling entries for so many deserving mothers it was hard from our spa director Liz Hutto to select the final winner but the honored mother was Katrina Sell, step mother to student Amber Sell.
An important part of history at Amelia Island Plantation has always been the history of the Bausch and Lomb tennis tournament held each spring. Guests and local alike love to watch the action played out at Racquet Park and if you’re one of those, you’re in luck! The Omni Amelia Island Plantation recently released we will once again welcome tennis enthusiasts to Racquet Park as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced we are hosting the fourth men’s $10,000 Futures tennis tournament, the Amelia Island Futures Championships, at Omni Amelia Island Plantation June 14 – 23, 2013.
Manatees inhabit Amelia Island’s rivers, creeks, and the Atlantic Ocean during the summer months when the water is warm. At the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Nature Center, we see them as they make their way back up north from the freshwater rivers in south Florida where they spend their winters. During the Wild Amelia Nature Festival we saw our first manatees of the season on our Nature Center kayak tour at Omni Amelia Island Plantation! As we paddled down the creek, we encountered four full grown manatees feeding on sea grasses in the shallow water.
We’re excited to share with you some of our brand new pictures of the Re-Imagined Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort… what do you think? Tell us in the comments below!
Last year when I wrote a mother’s day blog it was about my sister buying my mom the best mother’s day gift as a child. When I went to reflect on mother’s day this year I’m looking at it through the eyes of my friends who have recently had children. Mother’s day used to be about recognizing my mother for all she’s done throughout my life but now it’s also about the respect I have for all mothers. For the love they have for their children before they even see them the first time. For the instinct at knowing exactly what cry means what. For the quick hands that grab an arm before they topple over. For the life long dedication they make to their children’s lives. This year, whether you’re saying thank you to your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, step-mom, wife, or dear friends (Courtney, Melissa, Jill, Carrie and MeLissa), you can find plenty of ways to say the right thing at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
In part one of this blog I told you about how the champagne Bubble Bar was a result of chef Daven Wardynski’s culinary passion. Fortunately for the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, we have a team full of amazing chefs, cooks, bartenders, servers and associates that all have a passion for what they do. Another such example is Amelia Island Chef Chris Pickren.
Having the weekly farmer’s market in The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation is such a great asset! It’s common to see multiple Omni chefs shopping for local seafood or fresh produce each Saturday at the Amelia Farmers Market. During a recent visit with a group of journalists here to experience the newly Re-Imagined oceanfront resort, we wanted to showcase our local Amelia Island farmer’s market and all the great locally sourced food in our area, but we wanted to have some fun too. The popularity of culinary based reality TV gave us the idea to test our own chef’s creative cooking ability. We gave each person an allowance to purchase whatever items at the market that they wanted to taste that evening. We then gave chef Pickren the mixed bags of ingredients and said “prepare a meal that will wow us.”