Amelia Island Plantation Blog

Nature Center Animals

Our staff is completely ecstatic over the addition of three new critters to the Nature Center. These new tenants, all reptiles by classification, consist of one Western Hognose Snake, one Banded Water Snake and one Florida Softshell Turtle. The snakes are from Southern Reptile Haven, a rescue center based in Jacksonville, FL, while the turtle was donated to us from a local home. One thing is for sure...our new friends will be in good company with the other Nature Center animals as their roommates!

December 16, 2014 - Leave a comment

Blog, Nature

2014 Amelia Island Holiday Dining

This Holiday, We'll Set The Table Looking for some fantastic culinary options on Amelia Island for the holidays? Let the chefs at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation take care of you. Whether you’re vacationing down south for the winter or you’re a local islander, our culinary team is offering a number of ways to fill your belly with good cheer. From Christmas morning brunch to dinners-to-go, we’ve got your holiday season covered.

December 11, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Amelia Island Gingerbread House

Welcome to Santa's Summer Home This holiday season, the culinary team at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort decided to amp up it's gingerbread skills. Executive Chef Daven Wardynski wanted to create "something more" than just your traditional gingerbread house, so he began sketching out ideas and brainstorming with his team as to what that something more was going to be. What they finally settled on was something festive but uniquely Amelia Island. Following 1,000 hours of planning, baking and building, the culinary team finally unveiled its creation this past Saturday in the hotel lobby. We're proud to present Santa's Summer Home. This wonderful edible arrangement features an 8-foot long gingerbread boat dock, a 10-foot tall gingerbread palm tree, a gingerbread Tiki Hut and a beach made entirely out of "Chef's Sand" (brown sugar, white sugar and cookie crumbs). Check out some of the photos below and happy holidays!

December 4, 2014 - Leave a comment

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2014 Amelia Island Holidays

  It's Been a Good Year...   Another year has nearly come and gone and we find ourselves reflecting on our favorite moments from 2014. There was the Inaugural Fish to Fork Event that brought six renowned chefs to the resort for a weekend of friendly competition. The Swingin' Medallions returned once again for this year's FL/GA Bash. Oh yeah, and we made this video...     Overall, 2014 was a fantastic year at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, but the best is yet to come! That's because we're gearing up for the 2014 holidays and this year, we've adopted a go big or go home mentality. From the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony to our very first Festival of Trees,  Omni AIP wants to be your hub of seasonal festivity on Amelia Island. Keep reading to find out all that we'll be offering this year to put you in the holiday mood.

November 10, 2014 - Leave a comment

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The 2014 Amelia Island Turkey Trot 5K

  Lace up those running shoes... This Thanksgiving, Omni Amelia Island Plantation is teaming up with the McArthur Family YMCA for their first annual 2014 Turkey Trot 5K, so you can start burning off those calories before you even start consuming them! The chip timed race will begin promptly at 8am, and will start and finish at Omni Amelia Island Plantation's serene Racquet Park. Participants will enjoy a scenic run through the beautiful, tree-canopied roads and paths of Amelia Island as they race to support the local Y.  The event, which is open to the public, invites all runners to attend.

November 3, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Trivia Night on Amelia Island

Building Your Trivia Dream Team                                                                                                         Everyone loves trivia night on Amelia Island, right? Building a solid trivia team, however, isn't always the easiest task. For starters, you're going to need a jock. Rest assured, at some point in the evening "Sports" is going to be a category and that's when your jock is going to step up to the plate. You'll also want an entertainment junkie on your team–someone who was practically raised on television and 80's power ballads. It's always a smart play to throw a bookworm into the mix as well–usually of the myopic, soft spoken variety. And don't forget to include a history buff or someone's dad (these last two are interchangeable). Most importantly, realize that none of the aforementioned matters without a great team name. You can't build a trivia empire on a shaky foundation, so if your team name doesn't elicit a few chuckles from the crowd every time it's mentioned, you'll need to head back to the drawing board.

October 20, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Fish to Fork Culinary Academy Recap

A Weekend Fit for Foodies The Omni Amelia Island Plantation recently hosted a small group of food enthusiasts looking to expand their culinary palates. These honored guests took advantage of the resort’s “Fish to Fork Culinary Academy Weekend” package, which included oceanfront accommodations, cooking classes with Executive Chef, Daven Wardynski, a private tasting at the R+T Experience, and more! Guests began their weekend with a Friday night reception and dinner at The Sprouting Project. The outdoor venue has proven to be a source of both entertainment and sustainability for the resort. Undeniably a chef’s playground, the Sprouting Project—consisting of a garden, apiary and aquaponic greenhouse, has provided the culinary team with an array of locally harvested herbs, fruits and vegetables and serves as a point of interest for many guests and members of the press. While rain did attempt to put a damper on the evening’s festivities, the show went on, much to the delight of everyone in attendance… Just finished a dinner in the gardens with the Executive Chef of @omni_aip. The fruit on this tart was... — Charlotte STYLE Mag (@CharlotteSTYLE) October 4, 2014

October 8, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Florida Georgia Football Weekend

Game on... It's baaaack! The Florida Georgia Football rivalry returns to Jacksonville's EverBank Field on November 1st for another historical face-off and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort invites you to share in all of the college football fun. As one of the most prominent rivalry games in college football (played almost every year since 1915), this year's matchup promises to be another barn-burner with the Gators looking to avenge last year's 23-20 loss to the Bulldogs. No matter who you're rooting for that weekend, Omni Amelia Island Plantation promises to be your central hub for game day entertainment. Whether you're looking for accommodations, game day transportation, or the year's biggest pool bash, OAIP's got what you need.

September 23, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Fish to Fork Culinary Academy

Fish to Fork is Back...Kind of Omni Amelia Island Plantation is thrilled to host its inaugural "Fish to Fork Culinary Academy" from October 3 - 5 and you're invited! We hope that you'll join us for an unforgettable weekend getaway featuring a fantastic lineup of culinary-centric events!

September 3, 2014 - Leave a comment

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