Amelia Island Plantation Blog

Professional Tennis Returns with Amelia Island Futures Championships

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.

May 29, 2013 - Leave a comment


Manatee Encounter on Wild Amelia Nature Center Kayak Tour

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.

May 22, 2013 - Leave a comment


Mother’s Day at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

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.

Iron Chef Amelia Farmers Market Challenge

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."

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