Amelia Island

SO I have to admit, when I found out I was going to Amelia Island, at first, I thought it was in Georgia. Yea, yea, I know … but I was confusing Sea Island (which I have yet to visit) with Amelia. And to be fair, it is the most southern of the Sea Islands and barely rests over the FLA/GA line so I wasn’t all that off. Of course there was also its name … Amelia … how could one not think it had something to do with the famed pilot who disappeared over the Atlantic in 1937? Well it doesn’t … even though a lot of people think it does. (The island was in fact named after the daughter of George II of Great Britain, Princess Amelia.)

But enough with the history. Here’s what I know about the island and her beautiful land.

For five days, I called The Amelia Plantation home. Part of the Omni Hotel chain, the resort spreads down the coastline with various levels of accommodations: villas, suites and standard hotel rooms. We stayed in what the plantation calls a residence—and it was beyond expectations. It was just two of us in the room but there was plenty of room for six if you included the pullout sofa. The bathrooms were plenty large and the kitchen area, though small, was well-equipped. Each residence building has its own pool, but I opted to spend my sun hours at the main pools and on the beach—which offers plenty of sand for long strolls in either direction. One thing to note, we stayed on the side that had recently underwent a remodel and from I what I gathered, we had one of the nicer and newer residences. My advice, when booking at the resort is to request accommodations on the north side of the resort.

One of the best things about this resort, I can run for hours! Literally. Not only is there a long winding path that lines the front of the resort both to the north and south, but there are small offshoots within the resort that wind you past the golf course, shops, water, and privately-owned bungalows and mansions alike.

During out time at the resort, we ate at a number of the restaurants—and the casual poolside eateries are fantastic—but my favorite is Verandah, a southern-style seafood joint that serves everything from fish and chips, to fried green tomatoes and fried chicken AND has variety of sustainably-caught fish which you can order simply grilled served with roasted brussels sprouts and seasonal mushrooms.

Bottom line, The Amelia Plantation is a lovely resort, one that I might not have stumbled on had it not been recommended to me … and one I hope to return to soon with my family … and next time, I will explore more of the coast … maybe even take my mermaid north up to Sea Island—you know, the one in Georgia : )

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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