Amelia Island Plantation Blog

Setting New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  Do you stick to the commitment? I've evaluated how many of my own goals I completed from my list in 2012 and I did pretty good, but I realized I didn't set the bar very high for myself.  My theme for New Year's resolutions for 2013 is to focus on self-improvements, encouraging myself to discover new things and go outside of my comfort zone.  Not in the typical "lose ten pounds" and "be a better person" sort of way (although those are great resolutions and I should probably do both), but to set defined goals that I can achieve.  So I'm hoping I'll stick to my New Year's resolutions for 2013 if I put them in writing for all of you to read and help hold me responsible to my commitments?  Here goes nothing! Amy's 2013 New Year's Resolutions 1.  Learn to fly a plane 2.  Learn to shoot a gun 3.  Travel to Italy 4.  Take a risk (this is a personal multi-step process) 5.  Create a paradise yard 6.  Journal one thought or memory every day of the year If you're looking for ideas for your own New Year's resolutions for 2013, try to think outside the box. What's something you've always wanted to do?  What do you know you need to improve?  What relationships do you need to strengthen?    If you're looking for ideas, I've put together a list that you can easily do right here at the Amelia Island Plantation! New Year's Resolutions at Amelia Island Plantation 1.  Play in a tennis tournament with Cliff Drysdale Tennis 2.  Improve your golf swing with a lesson at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy 3.  Get fit at the Health & Fitness Center 4.  Cook healthier with fresh ingredients from the local Amelia Farmers Market 5.  Don't let stress rule your life, relax at The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. 6.  Spend more time with family!  Play miniature golf at Heron's Cove Adventure Golf and eat pizza at Natural Slice, both opening soon 7.  Learn something new  at the Nature Center on a variety of tours such as Segway and kayaking 8.  Shop local at The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation 9.  Make a difference, volunteer and support charity events such as Take Stock in Children at the Holiday Celebration 10.  Travel somewhere you've never been. Omni has over 50 properties in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Or become a member of the Global Hotel Alliance to travel the world! For those of you wanting to set your own New Year's resolutions for 2013, here's some thoughts on setting personal goals for yourself.  Tips for Setting New Year's Resolutions for 2013 1.  Improve your well-being through exercise and diet 2.  Enhance your financial health through saving, paying off debt, better spending choices, etc 3.  Improve your career by finding a new job, getting an education, or learning something new 4.  Do something you've always wanting to do like take a special trip, jump out of an airplane or call someone to mend a broken relationship 5.  Develop your social strength through new friends, relationships, volunteering, or hobbies 6.  Improve self by reducing stress, managing your time, stopping a bad habit, or helping others Here's wishing you and yours a healthy, prosperous and successful new year of obtaining all your dreams and aspirations, one resolution at a time!

December 28, 2012 - Leave a comment


Omni Hotels & Resorts Blog – Omni Views

If you enjoy reading our blog for Omni Amelia Island Plantation, check out the Omni Hotels & Resorts blog, Omni Views!  The Omni Hotels & Resorts blog features culinary delights, guest adventures,  elegant weddings and the local culture of Omni's 50 properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

December 27, 2012 - Leave a comment

Blog, Community

Christmas Dinner Recipes
from Amelia Island Chef Wardynski

Looking to prepare a delicious and festive Christmas dinner?  Executive Chef Daven Wardynski from the Omni Amelia Island Plantation provides some great tips and Christmas dinner recipes for preparing  a unique and tasty holiday dinner including pumpkin and fig gnocchi, lingonberry sauce and roasted vegetables with pickled concord grapes as a twist on a traditional side. Turkey Fresh turkey is always the best when available and this is the time of year.  Sourcing a good bird from the local farmers or farmer’s market is the best case scenario.  We choose a local organic farmer from Pasture Prime Farms (Summerfield, FL).  You should look for a bird that has minimal to zero saline solution injected.  If it has been injected, it will say so on the packaging.  Everybody has their own way of preparing turkey, but we like to separate the breasts from the leg and thigh and cook them separately.  I recommend brining the breasts for 6-8 hours (a whole bird would take 20-24 hours).   For the leg and thigh, I take a different preparation and confit the meat which is slowly cooking in fat.  We use a duck fat, but an unflavored cooking oil will also work.  This gives a great end product that outshines the breast by far.

December 21, 2012 - Leave a comment


White Oak Plantation tour
with Amelia Island Nature Center

Did you know that the Nature Center at Omni Amelia Island Plantation offers a White Oak Plantation tour to discover the unique Conservation Center? White Oak is truly a one-of-a-kind place located near Amelia Island on 7,400 acres of wetlands and forest. Owned and operated by the Howard Gilman Foundation, their mission is to promote endeavors in wildlife conservation and also the arts. On our unique White Oak Plantation tour, you can get hugged by a huge polar bear and even see Geronimo's vest on a tour of the Big Game room and conference center. Then take a few dance steps at the Mikhail Baryshnikov Dance studio that's attached. Next, enjoy a guided tour on a trolley through the Conservation Center and see some of the rarest wild animals including cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes and more. White Oak is an important international center for research, breeding, training, education and field programs. They are one of the largest breeding facilities for Cheetahs and Okapis in the U.S. They breed and are home to three species of rhinos, giraffes, zebras, birds, several species of antelopes, and more wild animals. The last stop on our tour is the gift shop with unique treasures to complete your trip. Check out some of the animals we saw on our recent visit: To plan your tour to see and support this refuge for animals, people and ideas, call the Nature Center at (904) 321-5082. Prepare to have an experience that few have had and you will never forget!

December 17, 2012 - Leave a comment


Shop Local at Amelia Farmers Market, Prepare “At Home” in The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation

Everyone has memories in the kitchen, it's the natural gathering place for friends and families. Whether standing around the kitchen while someone prepares a meal, sitting at the breakfast bar talking, sharing stories at the dining table or quietly enjoying company while you clean up...the kitchen is the heart of a home. Staying at The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation allows families and friends to enjoy home-like accommodations on your beach vacation with a kitchen to gather in to create new memories. To top things off, when staying at The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation, you can easily find everything you need to prepare a home cooked meal at the Amelia Farmers Market or the gourmet market Marché Burette and then cook in the comfort of your own kitchen in your home-away-from-home.

It’s a Wonderful Life on Amelia Island

I have always admired people who could act.  If I had the opportunity to be something other than myself, one wish would be to experience the life of an actress because having no fear of center stage is something I find profoundly impressive.  For me, the mere thought of being under that kind of microscope brings butterflies to my stomach.  But this blog isn’t about my relentless fears.  It’s about talented stage performers and the wonderful holiday spirit on Amelia Island. Recently I had the pleasure of attending my first Amelia Community Theater production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Best known by the 1946 film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, this touching story is about George Bailey from Bedford Falls, NY, a community man who gives up his dreams to help others, and whose consideration of suicide on Christmas Eve brings forth an intervention from his Guardian Angel, Clarence Odbody.   Clarence helps George see the impact his life has had on others in this classic holiday film.  The movie was nominated for five Oscars and has been recognized as one of the top 100 best American films ever made by the American Film Institute.

December 13, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate
Joins the Multiple Listing Service

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate is pleased to have officially joined the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Multiple Listing Service (MLS) this month.  For years, we have been members of the Nassau County Board of Realtors, but we are excited to add the additional exposure provided by MLS to our owners Amelia Island real estate listings to help promote, market and sell their one-of-a-kind listings in Amelia Island Plantation. By joining MLS, our broad range of targeted marketing strategies, exclusively aimed at selling homes, homesites and villas within Amelia Island Plantation, will be enhanced.  Our Amelia Island Plantation real estate listings will now be available on, which averages 13 million searches by potential buyers each month. Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate continues to focus exclusively on the listing and selling of properties within Amelia Island Plantation and communities developed by the original Amelia Island Company including Brady Point Preserve, Marsh Lakes as well as The Residence, The Retreat and the Sanctuary.  Remember, we are the only company whose sole purpose is listing and selling properties in Amelia Island Plantation.  Over the last two years, as well as the previous 40, we have listed  and sold  more properties in Amelia Island Plantation than all other real estate companies combined. If you're interested in learning more about us please call us at 904-277-5980 or visit  And you're always invited to stop by our new office located directly across the street from our old location at 10 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, FL 32034.

December 12, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Gator Bowl Package
at Amelia Island Plantation

It's that time of year again!  No, I'm not talking about Hanukah, Christmas or New Year's Eve but none other than college football bowl games!  Join Amelia Island  Plantation in celebration of the annual Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL when the Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Northwestern Wildcats! What better way to continue your Amelia Island New Year's Eve celebration than going to the Gator Bowl?  The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation is offering a Gator Bowl package complete with luxurious accommodations on Amelia Island plus two tickets to the Gator Bowl starting at $239 with booking code PKGGAT! 

December 10, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

Seven Tips On Staging a Home For Sale

I remember when my parents put their home up for sale after 30 years!  It was an adventure with advice coming from everyone on  staging a home for sale.  My first thought was the house is awesome, who wouldn't want to live there? I grew up in that house and have many wonderful memories from birthday parties to igloos in the yard to walking home from the bus stop.  Staging a home for sale can be stressful so here are seven tips on how to prepare your home for sale by Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate. Seven tips on staging your home for sale: Disassociate Disassociate yourself from your home!  Letting go of your home can be emotionally difficult and if you can't say "this is no longer my home, it is just a house," then the next tips will be hard to achieve.   Go into each room and say goodbye and  look toward the future, not the past.

December 6, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

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