This past winter, my friends and I took a short trip out to Amelia Island which is in Nassau County, Florida. I meant to put out a post as soon as I came back from my trip but life happened, I was traveling a lot and I got sidetracked. Anyway, the good news is that I had journaled all about it so a few tweaks in and here it is.
The plan was to leave Thursday night and yes miss our regularly scheduled TGIT viewing and spend 3 days in the glorious Florida sun as NY was getting colder by the second. It wouldn’t be fair for me to move right on over to the time we spent in Florida without going into our trip getting there. I always say the journey is more fun and interesting than the destination and we weren’t disappointed!
The girls getaway started with G and I taking the flight from Newark to Charlotte without any hiccups except that our flight was slightly delayed and there was a bit of confusion with the gates and people routing us back and forth. A little workout at the airport never hurt anyone! Piyu was to join us at Charlotte from Cleveland and then we were to take the flight to Jacksonville together and drive down to Amelia. Piyu is a worrywart but completely justified as she always gets into a spot with her flights. Luckily she managed to catch the flight with us though she had delays as well. Once we landed in Jacksonville, we picked up our car keys from the rental and looked at each other rather smugly. We had rented a white Ford Mustang and we were super excited to drive it. Since we were driving around midnight to Amelia which was a short 30 mins away we decided to keep the top down mainly since we err didn’t know how to operate it. Also we were rather relieved that it was not a stick shift since none of us had driven one in years and we didn’t want to have any embarrassing attempts at it. Turns out that that was the least of our concerns. After about 15 seconds we figured out that we just had to hit start stop button to start up. Great! But why on earth wouldn’t the car start or make any noise? The gear wouldn’t budge. So now we didn’t know how to operate an automatic car either. G tried with all her might to move the darn thing but in vain. I did the next best thing: you-tubed it of course! The only problem was that nothing came up for something so basic. We called a friend well past midnight for guidance too. Finally we swallowed our pride and marched right up to the rental guy after 45 mins of trying and asked him about it. He smiled and asked us to keep holding the start button while holding down the brake until the engine booms into life. Mortified, we went back and voila what do you know we had a running car! We decided not to tell a soul about this rather embarrassing turn of events – except of course I’m blogging about it for whoever cares to read ! Over the next 2 days,we did have other technical difficulties with the car due to our own lack of knowledge. The top got stuck, the sides wouldn’t close just as it started to rain but we figured it out eventually!
We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites located in the heart of the historic downtown of Fernandina Beach. The inn itself is very colorful on the outside and the lobby is quaint and charming. Our rooms were huge and overlooked the waterfront.There was a cheerful breakfast room with a great
spread of baked goods and eggs. I really appreciated this it is a given in most places that include breakfast that you don’t expect it to be good at all.
But we were pleasantly surprised that it had a more B&B kind of atmosphere.
Amelia island is dotted with cool boutiques, ice cream parlors and my favorite- a huge fab bookstore! Of course, the main attraction – the food was a plenty.
Tons of bars and restaurants all around. Restaurants to definitely try out are The Salty Pelican, Sandy Bottoms, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro and Sliders Seaside Grill which is an oceanfront tiki bar and restaurant. Fantastic Fudge is a must and it goes great with wine! Just saying.
We visited the stunning Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and there were beautiful private houses on the property. The resort offered segway tours and after a short lesson, away we went touring the property and listening to our guide. When we reached the beach front, we stopped to take pics and also admire the golf course that overlooked the water. We noticed some of the golfers didn’t look pleased to see us. The guide mentioned that the golfers were very unhappy with the segway tours as it was a distraction and also that they were worried if they would accidentally hit someone with a golf ball! Everything was going well and we enjoyed our segway tour until the very last moment when poor Piyu lost her balance on the downhill and bruised herself quite badly. She was a great sport about it and after a group effort of cleaning up her bruises, she waited while G and I decided to go biking. However these were European bikes and I’m sure as you know you need to pedal backwards in order to brake. G and I were a bit wobbly so after a few attempts we decided to err cut it short.
We bought tickets for a fun bar crawl that night, sampling different wines and having a few appetizers at each place. We mingled with really cool and interesting people on the way and eventually we ended up at one of the clubs where there was to be an after party. G for some reason assumed this to be akin to a Golden Globes After Party and was super excited. The club played some really cool songs and we danced late into the evening and had a fabulous time.
On our last day of the trip, we visited Fort Clinch State Park and had a nice walk down one of the nature trails.
It was such a fun little trip and I am looking forward to my next girlfriends getaway!