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New Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate Executives

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate has had some exciting changes recently!  We are excited to announce our new office location next door to the Nature Center area and welcome three new Amelia Island real estate sales executives - Patti Cullens Burch, Pierre Guite, and Bonnie Peters! Patti Cullens Burch Patti brings 28 years of experience in the resort sales industry.  She worked at Amelia Island Plantation and Innisbrook Resort as a regional sales manager in conference sales.  Patti has lived on Amelia Island for 18 years and raised both of her children on the island.  She is active in the community and volunteers for various local organizations such as the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation and the Nassau County Volunteer Center. Patti enjoys all water sports including scuba diving, kayaking, boating, fishing and the beautiful beaches of Amelia. Pierre Guite A native of Montreal, QC Canada, after his retirement from professional hockey, Pierre focused on a career in Sales. He has had a successful 30 year history in sales including Medical Equipment, Communications and Real Estate.  Pierre has been recognized as a Sales President’s Club Member, achieved multiple Sales Rep of the Year Awards, is very active in and has been a member and officer in Rotary and St Michael’s Men’s Club. He loves Amelia Island and has been a resident since 2004.  Pierre and his wife Laurie also both volunteer for local American Cancer Society events.  During his free time you will be find him  on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation golf courses or in the fitness center. Bonnie Peters Bonnie's entire career has involved Florida real estate, from owning a small franchise firm in Jacksonville to managing a large office in Stuart. She is past president of the Realtor Association of Martin County,  and continues to serve on three committees for the Florida Association of Realtors.  After vacationing on Amelia Island for over 20 years, she and her husband Rick relocated to Amelia Island Plantation. She is passionate about helping others find a piece of paradise to call their own!   Bonnie's other treasured place is at 4,300 feet, in Maggie Valley, NC where she and Rick have a second home.  Hiking, bicycling and walking the beach with black lab, Charlotte are among her favorite leisure time activities on Amelia Island. We invite you to stop by and introduce yourself to our newest agents and tour our new offices with William Lorick, Lou Simmons, John Crawford, Mel Mandic, John Watson, or Randy Goshorn.  And don't forget to "like" us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date Amelia Island Plantation real estate news. Looking for the perfect home for sale in Amelia Island Plantation? Search the latest listings in our oceanfront community!

August 29, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Amelia Farmers Market Hosted at
The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation

The smell of fresh baked breads, the colors of fresh, organic vegetables and the sounds of local musicians, will all soon abound at the Amelia Farmers Market at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  The local farmers market recently announced the move from downtown Fernandina Beach to The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation for the weekly Saturday morning market from 9am to 1pm starting this Saturday, September 1st.  A hit with locals and guests for years, the Farmers Market will feature the same award-winning farmers, food artisans and plant growers they have hosted in the past.  The new location at our resort will help to expand the market offering green space, gazebos for seating, accessible parking, room to grow with additional vendors and a picturesque shopper-friendly setting.  The Omni Amelia Island Plantation was delighted to be approached by the Amelia Farmers Market (formerly Fernandina Farmers Market) organizer, Jan Smith, for consideration as the new location for the market. Supporting the community has always been a top priority for our resort -- participating in local events, fundraising for charities and schools, and utilizing local produce/seafood in the on-property restaurants -- and the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is honored to continue the tradition of the Amelia Farmers Market, while doubling the space available for additional farmers to participate.   "The wait list of local farmers and vendors wishing to participate in the farmers market has grown over the years," stated Jan Smith, farmers market organizer. "We've been diligently searching for a solution that would allow as many local businesses to participate as possible and chose the Omni Amelia Island Plantation based on available space, parking and atmosphere. We couldn't be happier with this new chapter for the Amelia Farmers Market and encourage the community to support their local farmers and businesses." As part of the opening celebration, Omni’s Chef Robert Reinhardt will host a hand-made Buttermilk Biscuit Bar featuring cage-free scrambled eggs, farmstead cheese, a natural breakfast meat selection and more.  Open to the public, The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation offer a variety of boutiques, dining venues and events throughout the year. Peruse the selection of fresh vegetables from local farmers, select a new tropical plant, sample a new dip then browse a selection of men's and women's fashion or discover a new bottle of wine at Marché Burette.

August 28, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Dining

Summer Birds on Amelia Island

This summer the Omni Amelia Island Plantation has been a great place for spoting birds on Amelia Island.  We have seen some of the most beautiful birds in the United States including several sightings of the colorful Painted Buntings.   These unique birds have a distinctive call and the Amelia Island Nature Center naturalists observed an entire family at Drummond Point Park.  Males show up first in mid-April, and sing a lot to establish territories. Females come soon afterwards, and by August the babies are fledging. Come September, we say goodbye to them as they make their way further south for the rest of the year.  Another of our colorful spring to fall inhabitants are the Roseate Spoonbills.  Both males and females have a striking pink color throughout the year from eatting the local shrimp. They use their spoon-shaped bills to sweep back and forth in shallow water, eating small fish and crustaceans that they find. This makes the marshes around property perfect hunting ground during low tide.  During high tide, they like to hang out at the Amelia Island golf course ponds.  This has allowed us to see dozens of Spoonbills and other wading birds on our Birds of Amelia tours.  You can often spot a roost of the spoonbills across the marsh from Walker's Landing on the west side of Amelia Island Plantation.  This summer was also a busy time for the Nature Center to assist in animal rescues.  Birds try to fly during summer storms and sometimes hurt their wings or just get exhausted.  Most of them end up at BEAKS, a nearby bird sanctuary, where they are rehabilitated and released if possible.  Although it's sad to see an injured animal, it does provide us with a unique opportunity to see birds that are usually hard to spot. This killdeer was found injured on our oceanfront resort.  Killdeer are know for their "broken wing" display used to distract predators from their young.  They hold one wing out and hobble around so the predator goes after them and will leave the young alone, and the adult killdeer can fly away or hide.  Somebody brought us in this bird, which none of the naturalists had seen before.  A few of us could narrow it down, but we had to go to our bird guides to correctly identify it as a Wilson's Storm-Petrel.  These birds feed on plankton and are found in the open ocean from May to August, before heading back to their nesting grounds in the sub-Antarctic.  They normally do not land during this time, but sit on the water.  BEAKS received about 30 of them in along with ours, probably due to high winds.  Those that survived were rehabilitated and released. If you're interested in viewing more birds on Amelia Island, schedule a Birds of Amelia Tour with the Nature Center!

August 27, 2012 - Leave a comment


Re-Imagination renovation update at
Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Omni Amelia Island Plantation's re-imagination is passing our nine month construction point with just over six months remaining until our exciting opening in March 2013! See below for an update on what's been happening around Amelia Island Plantation! The seventh floors of buildings A and B have been poured, topping off the two first buildings and the first floors of buildings C and D are becoming a reality The pools at the Omni resort are poured, the tiered deck is taking shape and the palm trees are in place creating a tropical ambiance   The conference center expansion is in development with the steal beams of the Magnolia Ballroom being erected and roof installation has commenced                      Exterior corridor tile flooring in the existing buildings is being replaced with a new material this fall with work starting in November The Reception Center will begin to come down the week of August 27th.  The new Heron's Cove Adventure Golf, a miniature golf course, will start to take shape this fall   The Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate Sales office moved across the street from the old Reception Center, next to the Nature Center The parking garage completion is scheduled for October Natural Slice and Bob's Steak & Chop House are scheduled for a March 2013 unveiling  Oak Marsh Golf Course work is completed with the golf practice facility reopening in mid-September and the Oak Marsh opening mid-October Omni Amelia Island Plantation Re-imagination Video Update - August 2012

August 22, 2012 - Leave a comment


Local Chef’s Dinner Benefits
Katie Caples Foundation

Enjoy an evening of culinary delights and inventive cuisine at the Chef's Dinner benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation on Sunday, September 30th. Raising awareness about  organ donation, the Katie Caples Foundation Chef's Dinner will features hors d’oeuvres at the silent auction, offering private dinners with our featured chefs. Then guests will dine on a spectacular 5-course dinner with wine pairings showcasing the superb talents of our local culinary masters. Two Omni Amelia Island Plantation chefs, Chefs Christopher Pickren from the Ocean Grill and Brennan Pickren, Garde Manager & Pastry Chef, will be featured during the special event. Other local chefs for the evening are Jaime LeBlanc, Director of Dining Services at Osprey Village; Michael Gass, Owner & Chef for Kelley’s Courtyard Café; Donna Reilly, Owner & Chef of My Personal Chef; and Dale Ford, the Executive Chef at Omni Richmond.  Sunday, September 30 Osprey Village 5-8:30pm $75 per ticket Cocktail attire; Gentleman, jackets preferred For ticket information contact Lance Jones at (904) 310-5864 or

August 22, 2012 - Leave a comment


Amelia Island Blues Festival

Living on Amelia Island provides a great array of festivals, special events and activities year round.  From the annual Amelia Island Shrimp Festival to the Garden Show or the Jazz Festival to the Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff taking place this weekend, Fernandina Beach plays hosts to a great variety of music, food and beauty! The second annual Amelia Island Blues Festival is scheduled for September 14-16 at the oceanfront Main Beach on Amelia Island with a magnificent line up of world-class blues musicians!  Drawing blues music enthusiasts from around the world, the three-day event will feature the headlining new Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland and MC Roger "Hurricane" Wilson.  Monster guitarist Shane Dwight will headline the Friday session, preceded by Duane Truck’s Flannel Church. Saturday is a top heavy day which brings back Roger “Hurricane” Wilson as performer, MC and Blues in Schools program coordinator; 16 year old guitar sensation Alex Ivanov; the Nouveau Honkees; J.P. Soars and the Red Hots, Sean Chambers, and Albert Castiglia.  Blues sensation Shemekia Copeland will headline the Saturday night line-up of top-tier talent. On Sunday we’ll look forward to a nice afternoon mix of Beth McKee’s  Cajun blues; Bill Sheffield magnificent walking blues; Kim Reteguiz and the Black Cat Bones, winners of the Battle of the Blues competition;  guitar fireworks from Blistur; and the smooth magnificent BB King plays Stevie Ray Vaughn tones from Detroit based David Gerald. Advance Tickets for the event include a 3-Day Pass for $40; Friday Pass for $10, Saturday Pass for $25, Sunday Pass for $15 or VIP Pass for $75. Tickets are available at

August 21, 2012 - Leave a comment


Amelia Island Spa Hosts Healthy Open House

Did you know the origin of the term "spa" dates back to the early fourteenth century to the city of Spa, Belgium?  The town of Spa was known for its healing mineral streams which became synonymous for locations that visitors frequented for medicinal healing or relaxation through out the coming centuries.  We chose to care for our health and wellness through proper nutrition, exercise and physical care, but there are also many health benefits you can gain from spa services such as those offered at our Amelia Island spa. The Spa & Salon at Omni Amelia Island Plantation will be hosting a complimentary "Treat Yourself Right" open house on Thursday, September 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Open to the public, guests can join the Amelia Island spa team to learn the medicinal values of spa services; analyze your body composition with body mass indexing by the McArthur YMCA; screen your blood pressure with Amelia Urgent Care; optimize your diet with a health coach from Healthy Fit Generations; and enjoy complimentary wine, cheese and chair massages. Guests will also receive a special 10% discount on retail or future spa services booked that evening!*  And from now through December 31, 2012 The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering a special discount to locals!  Nassau and Duval county residents receive 15% off Spa services on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday! If you're looking to release tension in your muscles, encourage a state of deep relaxation, improve your complexion, increase circulation, revive tired feet or just find a calming escape, come join us for the September 13th open house at The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation . We're miles from stress, but footsteps from the sea!™ See a list of our spa services. *Can not be combined with other discounts.

August 20, 2012 - Leave a comment

The Spa & Shops

Labor Day Getaway at
Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Come visit us for your last summer vacation with a Labor Day getaway to Amelia Island Plantation!   This Labor Day, guests are invited to enjoy a 10-20-30 deal at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation! Labor Day beach-goers will receive 10-percent off a one night stay, 20-percent off a two-night stay, or 30-percent off a three-night stay to fully enjoy the three-day weekend at the oceanfront resort. The ultimate Labor Day getaway includes weekend activities with kid's Camp Amelia or  daily crafts and family activities at Recreation Island.  Enjoy the Amazing Heroes Boardwalk Bash on Friday, August 31 from 5–8pm in The Shops complete with live music, food and drink specials, fire truck tours, a caricature artist, Segway™ demonstrations, yard games and crafts, followed by a movie under the stars at 8pm! On Saturday the family can compete in a Watermelon Eating Contest, celebrate with live music poolside at Dunes Club or relax with a Luau Beach Fire with music, dancing, stargazing and s'mores! Sunday will bring an ice cream social, family game show and a fire pit fiesta on the Ocean View Terrace!  And mom and dad can enjoy the Sticks & Chips Golf Tournament on Labor Day, Monday September 3 on Ocean Links Golf Course.  Come celebrate Labor Day with Amelia Island Plantation!

August 17, 2012 - Leave a comment


Top 10 Amelia Island Bars and Nightspots

The charming and historic town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island offers great restaurants, shopping and activities but it also offers an array of local Amelia Island bars, pubs and night spots to enjoy an adult beverage, live music and socializing.  The small town boasts a wide variety of bars from the laid back Green Turtle Tavern to the traditional Irish pub O'Kanes or the new Salty Pelican where you can catch the sunset over the Amelia River with an ice cold drink and plate of fresh oysters.  Here's a list of my top ten recommendations for a night out on the town but check out the other great locations around Centre Street or ask a local for a recommendation. 1. Green Turtle Tavern Laid back beer and wine tavern with live music, deck and casual atmosphere.  One of the local's favorite Amelia Island bars. 14 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 321-2324 2. Dog Star Tavern Urban setting with full liquor bar in historic building featuring live music weekends. 10 N 2nd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-8010 3. Salty Pelican Bar & Grill Incredible sunset views over Amelia River from two-story bar and grill with pub food, refreshing adult beverages and entertainment. The newest Amelia Island bar, the Salty Pelican is quickly becoming a local hit. 12 N Front St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-3811 4. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub Amelia Island home brewed beer on site, full bar, pub grub and outdoor seating. Next door to the Cafe Karibo restaurant. 27 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-5269 5. Palace Saloon Florida’s oldest continually operating bar with Pirate Punch specialty drink, historic wood bar and two additional hotspots - Uncle Charlie’s and Sheffield’s.  History and memories abound in this Fernandina Beach bar. 117 Centre St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 491-3332 6. O’Kanes Irish Pub & Eatery Full Irish pub with resident Davis Turner band on weekends. 318 Centre St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 261-1000 7. Sliders Seaside Grill Oceanfront bar and grill steps away from the beach with tiki bar, second story ocean view bar and beachfront dining. 1998 South Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-6652 8. Brett’s Waterway Café Overlooking the Amelia River and Fernandina Harbor Marina with a refined ambiance. 1 S Front St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 261-2660 9. Florida House Inn Oldest surviving hotel in Florida, the B&B’s Mermaid Bar offers a full liquor indoor and outdoor bar and southern dining room. 22 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach • (904) 491-3322 10. Baxter’s Neighborhood bar and steakhouse on south end of Amelia Island. 4919 First Coast Hwy, Fernandina Beach • (904) 277-4503

August 16, 2012 - Leave a comment


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