Amelia Island Plantation Blog

Labor Day at Amelia Island

Labor Day 2014 Labor Day is a bittersweet time for most Americans. Declared a federal holiday in 1894 by Grover Cleveland and observed on the first Monday of every September, it celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers but also signifies the symbolic end of summer. Every year, Labor Day tends to sneak up on us and we're left wondering what happened to the previous three months. Fortunately, for those of us living on Amelia Island, the season tends to hang around a little longer here. One thing is for sure–if you let that vacation that you were daydreaming about all season come and go, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to book a stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and salvage what's left of summer!

August 19, 2014 - Leave a comment

Events, Other

Omni Spotlight: Levi Welling

When you work for Omni Amelia Island Plantation, you're family. Perhaps nobody knows this better than Nature Center Supervisor, Levi Welling. As part of the Recreation team here at the resort, Levi has the pleasure of working with some of his best friends day in and day out. He even met his lovely wife, Marilou, here. Hired as an Environmental Interpretation Intern for the Nature Center in 2010, Levi approaches everything he does with a smile on his face and a level of enthusiasm that is literally infectious. As the Nature Center Supervisor, he consistently strives to ensure that all of our tours, the retail shop and the Nature Center all run as smoothly as possible. We're proud to feature him in this week's blog...  

August 5, 2014 - Leave a comment

Blog, Community, Nature

Summer Packages

Paradise Awaits You... You've been wistfully dreaming about that vacation all summer long, pinning travel photos and scouring the internet for the best hotel rates. At this point you've probably weighed your options and whittled down your list of possible destinations to five or less, but you're still not set on any one place. After all, you know that it's not a dream vacation unless the whole family considers it a dream vacation. Although a week of poolside lounging and spa treatments might sound ideal to you, the spouse is going to need a few tee times and the kids are going to need to be entertained as well. If only there was a location that could please all parties for one great price... Oh but there is.

July 23, 2014 - Leave a comment

Blog, Other

The Sprouting Project at Amelia Island

Introducing... What was once just a seedling of an idea in the head of Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Executive Chef, Daven Wardynski, has now blossomed into the resort's newest offering. "The Sprouting Project" consists of a state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse, an expansive organic garden, a large collection of beehives and a soon-to-be completed smokehouse. Chef Wardynski heralds the conception of the greenhouse as his "legacy to Omni Amelia Island Plantation." In his desire to bring the freshest products possible to guests he has managed to create a “chef’s playground” while remaining true to his "Michigan farm boy roots." Unveiled in May 2014 with the completion of the aquaponic greenhouse, The Sprouting Project is still in its infancy but is quickly becoming a guest favorite.

July 8, 2014 - Leave a comment


July Fourth on Amelia Island

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is declaring a state of fun for the upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend! Sure, we're the place to be year-round, but when Independence Day rolls through, we tend to kick it up a notch. Maybe that's why Travel + Leisure decided to list us as one of America's Best Towns for July 4th. And if you've ever spent an Independence Day at Amelia Island, then you know why we made the cut. For a full rundown on all of the activities we'll be hosting at the resort over Independence Day Weekend, click here. Or just keep reading...

Amelia Island Photo Contest

Amelia Island is blowing up. Our tiny paradise, just 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, has been garnering quite a bit of (well-deserved) attention from the press lately. For instance, we just played host to the last season of the Golf Channel's Big Break Florida, we were recently featured as one of Travel + Leisure's Favorite American Beach Towns, we took the #5 spot on USA Today's list of 10Best U.S. islands, and we were even mentioned as one of the eleven Florida towns you need to visit by BuzzFeed. It's safe to say that the rest of the world is falling for our Isle of Eight Flags. And what's not to love? With the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway to one side of us and the shimmering expanse of the Atlantic on the other, it's plain to see what's so enchanting about our little island oasis. From dawn to dusk, Amelia Island always seems as though she's ready for a photo op. In fact, it's probably safe to assume that most of us, locals and tourists alike, have stood outside the Salty Pelican at some point or another snapping pictures of the sunset with our iPhones (see below).     And enough of you have taken up amateur photography since moving here to form a Facebook group. And why not? The island is ripe with imagery and the opportunities to capture a picture perfect moment are limitless. That's exactly why the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council has decided to host a photo contest. The contest, open to both locals and tourists, features both Amateur and Professional categories along with various photo themes. Each photographer is allowed to submit up to twenty images of their choosing with prizes being awarded to each category and theme and one overall grand winner in each category. Winners will receive over $4,500 in prizes, including cash awards, hotel and bed & breakfast stays, a digital camera, and a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Final winners will be announced in early August and selected winning images will also appear in the fall issue of Atlanta Magazine. Visit here for the full skinny on the Amelia Island Photo Contest. Then dust off that camera lens, get out there and start shooting. But make haste! The contest ends on July 31.  

June 11, 2014 - Leave a comment

Blog, Community, Other

The Animals at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

It's no secret that the staff at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort's Nature Center loves their wildlife. A few of our resident critters have even been around since the Plantation first opened way back in 1972! We recently wrangled up the Nature Center's collection for a photo op and while some were a little more cooperative than others, we were able to nab some pretty great shots. While the Nature Center features creatures of all sorts, check out some photos of our friends who weren't shy about coming out of their shells at all. Who knew that so many different types of turtles existed? If these pictures happen to pique your curiosity, be sure to stop by the Nature Center for a tour! Each week they hold a number of "Featured Creature" hours where they'll spotlight one of the animals and you'll get to get up close and personal with them. Check out the schedule on our Weekly Resort Guide.

The Bluebird Project

Everyone needs a hobby, young and old alike. Hobbies engage us, they help build character and provide us with a sense of accomplishment. At the very least they give us a release from the stresses of everyday life. In his 1889 essay entitled, “The Pleasures of Fly Fishing,” W. Holberton writes, “A man without a hobby is a much-to-be-pitied individual.” And perhaps one of the greatest things about having a hobby is that whatever your current interests are, it’s never too late to discover a new one. Just ask part time Amelia Island resident Candace Bridgewater.  A few years ago, Candace attended a meeting for the Amelia Island Plantation Garden Interest Group. However, on this particular day, the meeting didn’t revolve around green thumbery. Rather, that afternoon Candace listened to a man named Bill Pennewill talk passionately about Sialia siali or what is more commonly referred to as the Eastern Bluebird. As President of the Florida Bluebird Society, Mr. Pennewill has devoted much of his time to the conservation and protection of Bluebirds in the state of Florida. And apparently his efforts are working. Increased environmental awareness among the general public combined with years of research have resulted in a steady increase in the Eastern Bluebird population over the last decade…

Fish to Fork is Coming to Amelia Island

Omni Amelia Island Plantation is proud to partner with the James Beard Foundation, Jackson Family Wines, Bacardi USA and Amelia Angler for its premiere culinary event of the year. Fish to Fork invites six renowned chefs from across the nation to participate in a weekend of fishing and friendly competition from May 16-18, 2014...and you're invited to take part!

April 30, 2014 - Leave a comment

Blog, Community, Dining, Other

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