Amelia Island Plantation Blog

Coaching “Animal Strong” Junior Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

My perception of what a great tennis coach is has changed drastically over my 12 years of coaching.  At first,  I thought it was the coach who gave the greatest technical advice and who also played the best.  This eventually shifted to the assumption that if you were coaching an unbelievable tennis prodigy, that must mean you were also a great coach.  Recently, however, my thoughts on this have shifted again.  Sure, you need to be technically proficient and of course you have to want the person you are coaching to get better, but there is also something more. After all, every coach has given the same set of instructions at some point in time. Players need to be told  to bend their knees, or to hit higher over the net, or to get their ball toss higher.  But with this in mind, what separates a good coach from a great one?

October 7, 2013 - Leave a comment


Verandah Restaurant Serving Up Specials

Tourist season is slowing down, which means many of Amelia Island's part-time residents are coming home or for full-time locals, it's time to act like a tourist yourself!  If you're searching for a special night out at an Amelia Island restaurant, then look no further than the Verandah restaurant at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  We've got some pretty amazing specials that you won't want to miss!

October 1, 2013 - Leave a comment


Build a Burger in 30 Seconds with Chef Daven Wardynski

Omni Amelia Island Plantation's Executive Chef Daven Wardynski created a gourmet burger for Jacksonville Magazine's upcoming Home Edition.  Check the stands for the fall issue to get the recipe for this massive, southern-inspired burger complete with pimento cheese, fried pickles, ham and a corn-scallion relish!  For now, watch Chef Daven build a burger in 30 seconds!

September 20, 2013 - Leave a comment


Meet Amanda Clark, Amelia Island Nature Center Manager and Avatar

Buddy.  Baby T.  Speckles.  Pancake.  All of these creatures call the Nature Center their home.  So if Amanda Clark is the manager of the Amelia Island Nature Center, does that make her their mom?  Whether or not she goes by mom, Amanda Clark recently received the title Manager of the Quarter at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for her dedication and work at the Nature Center. Under her leadership, the Nature Center has expanded their programs including the addition of paddleboarding and the opening of Heron's Cove Adventure Golf.  Her supervision has also increased the Nature Center's revenue and the impact on our local community through a variety of animal rescues and educational programs.  Amanda started as a concierge at Amelia Island Plantation before becoming a nature aid at the Nature Center. From there she became a full time naturalist before being promoted to Nature Center Manager in the summer of 2012.  You can often find Amanda in a kayak, on a paddleboard, riding a Segway™, walking the beach, fishing in a lagoon...we don't feel sorry for Amanda when she's in the "office", but we're proud of her accomplishments and wanted to introduce her to you!

September 13, 2013 - Leave a comment


Amelia Island Jazz Festival Returns to Omni Amelia Island Plantation

This weekend on Amelia Island the air will be filled with the sultry sounds of blues during the annual Amelia Island Blues Festival.  But you don't have to be blue when the blues festival is over because the 2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival is just a few weeks away!  The eight days of action-packed, dazzling jazz will be held October 6-13 at venues throughout Amelia Island including our oceanfront resort, Omni Amelia Island Plantation!  Celebrating it's tenth anniversary, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival delivers a variety of jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary.  The Amelia Island music festival includes performances from jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent.  The headliners for the 2013 jazz festival include the smooth jazz sax sensation Mindi Abair and the hot retro swing band Royal Crown Revue!

September 11, 2013 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

Florida Georgia Weekend on Amelia Island

If you follow the rule of the fashion world, you don't wear white after Labor Day.  Well, except for winter white, which is basically the same thing just on heavier fabric, and for whatever reason this makes it acceptable.  Most people have given up on this old tradition, but I still can't help but feel like I'm performing a fashion faux pas when I slip on a pair of summer white jeans in September. There is, however, one weekend every fall when I wear white merely as a sign of neutrality and I simply don't care if it breaks all fashion rules.  It's the weekend when four colors take over Amelia Island in competition to own the island. It's the famous Florida Georgia weekend on Amelia Island!

September 2, 2013 - Leave a comment

Community, Events, Other

September Amelia Discovery Deal ADDs Fun to Your Fall

Having first introduced the Amelia Discovery Deal in August, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is reaching out to local residents again with another special bundle of discounted activities and dining credits for the month of September. Come discover all the fun that can be had right in your own backyard and ADD a little enjoyment to your fall! Our September ADD includes a one-hour tennis clinic with Cliff Drysdale Tennis professionals, your choice of  massage or facial; and lunch at Marché Burette, all for $110.

Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championship

With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, may people start to think about all things FALL - from cooler temperatures to everything pumpkin-flavored to the long-awaited return of football season.  But for tennis enthusiasts, something else is also on the horizon.  The Amelia Island Women's Tennis Championship is returning to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation September 22-29th! Presented by Emanon Records, the women's professional tennis event is coming back to Racquet Park for it's fourth year.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit event  has quickly become a fixture on the local tennis calendar, providing great spectator opportunities for tennis enthusiasts.  The Amelia Island event features rising women competitors contending head-to-head on the tennis resort’s 23 Har-Tru courts over a week to crown a champion.

August 26, 2013 - Leave a comment

Events, Tennis

Labor Day at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

If you're looking for some end-of-summer fun this Labor Day weekend then you're in for a treat at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation!  From live music and a Shrimp Boil to family activities and a golf scramble, we have lots of fun lined up this Labor Day at Omni Amelia Island Plantation to finish off your summer and send you into the fall dreaming of your next summer vacation. On Thursday, August 29th kick things off with our dance party to learn the famous Tanner the Turtle dance by the pool and then treat your self to a traditional Shrimp Boil at Marché Burette from 5-8pm with local shrimp, corn, potatoes, onions and sausage.

August 22, 2013 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

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