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Annual Florida-Georgia Football Rivalry Kicks Off on Amelia Island with Contest, Deals

AMELIA ISLAND (September 17, 2013) – As the University of Florida Gators and University of Georgia Bulldogs begin their march toward the annual rivalry game on November 2 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Amelia Island is executing its own game plan to give football fans an all-star line-up of special offers, discounts and a chance to win a three-day vacation.  Just 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Amelia Island is home to numerous award-winning hotels, resorts and inns offering discounted packages for Gator and Bulldog fans looking to turn a game day trip into a weekend getaway or those who prefer to watch the game from the comfort of their hotel room.

 

Amelia is also running the “Gridiron Getaway” contest in which one lucky fan will win a three-day, two-night stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and two tickets to the Florida vs. Georgia football game on November 2 as well as round-trip transportation to the game.  To enter the contest, visit either www.ameliaisland.com/gators or www.ameliaisland.com/bulldogs.

 

The following packages and specials are available:

 

The Addison on Amelia recently launched a Fall Free Night offer. Guests staying for at least four nights between November 1 and December 21, 2013 will receive one of those nights free. The offer is valid during Florida vs. Georgia football weekend, but cannot be combined with other Specials and is not applicable on reservations that include Thanksgiving Day. To book, visit www.AddisonOnAmelia.com or call 904-277-1604.

 

The Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering a Manager’s Kick-off reception with hors d’oeuvres and raffle giveaways, as well as Dueling University of Georgia and University of Florida drink specials all weekend long at the lobby bar.  Visit www.ameliahotel.com for information.

 

The Amelia Island Hampton Inn at the Beach is offering a Florida/Georgia Football Game Weekend Special. Guests staying Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 will receive a special Sunday night rate of only $1. Rates start at $139 per night. The offer is based on availability and only available by calling 904-321-1111 through November 4.

 

The Amelia Island Williams House is offering a $25 per night discount on room rates for guests who book two or more nights. Guests will also receive a full, two-course breakfast, complimentary snacks and beverages, and an evening social wine hour. Guests must call the Inn at 904-277-2328 to receive the discount.

 

Beachside Motel is offering Florida and Georgia fans accommodations starting at $99 per night during the exciting football weekend. To book the offer, guests must call 877-261-4236.

 

The Blue Heron Inn is offering Bulldog and Gator guests a special “BOGO” Florida vs. Georgia Game Package. All guests will receive a team-affiliated welcome gift basket and a Buy-One-Get-One gift certificate for a future night stay (not valid during FL/GA weekend). Certificates have some restrictions and are valid for one year from purchase.  The Blue Heron Inn will also honor the “Stay Three Get Fourth Night Free” offer during the game. Call 904-445-9034 to book a room.   

 

ERA Fernandina Beach Realty is offering a 20 percent discount on selected vacation homes and condo rentals for the FL/GA football weekend. This includes the Oceans of Amelia, Amelia South and Amelia By the Sea condominiums. The discount will be based on published rates and will be available October 28 through November 4. Visit www.ameliavacations.com or call 800-741-4011 and mention the Florida/Georgia Game offer.

 

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is celebrating the biggest weekend in college football with a special FL vs. GA package, which includes luxurious accommodations and two tickets for game-day transportation, including tailgate beverages. Guests traveling with kids can utilize the extended hours game-day kid’s camp. Package starts at $249 and can be booked by visiting www.omniameliaislandplantation.com.

 

The Residence Inn - Amelia Island is offering a free tailgate Welcome Reception at the beach, including beer and wine, at check-in on Friday, November 1.  Additional information is available at www.residenceinnameliaisland.com

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is offering fans the opportunity to be the “title” sponsor of the game. Dawg and Gator fans will decide if the game is the Georgia vs. Florida or the Florida vs. Georgia by booking the package with the name they prefer.  Whichever team books the most game weekend packages will be named the official “title” sponsor at the property. In addition to supporting their team, visitors will receive overnight accommodations, breakfast for two at Café 4750 each day, valet parking and a special amenity from the pastry chefs. Packages start at $439 and are valid through November 2. The winning team will be announced at Eight Burger and Sports Lounge on Saturday, November 2 at noon. For more information call 904-277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

 

In addition to accommodation packages, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will be offering a number of exciting events during Florida vs. Georgia Game Weekend. On Friday, November 1 from 5 to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy a Block Party with food, football toss, bounce house, live music and more. The after party continues at the aviation themed Falcon's Nest at 10 p.m. On Saturday, November 2, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering game day transportation for $80 per person, including three tailgate beverages per person. Guests can book game day transportation through September 15. Kids can stay for an extended Camp Amelia program (during the game) for only $115 per child, which includes lunch, dinner and snacks. The after party continues with music at Falcon’s Nest and Seaglass Lounge.

 

The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering a choice of relaxing 50-minute Gator or Bulldog service for $99. The Gator Scrub includes the tea, ginger and sugar scrub, designed to rid the body of old skin cells, while enhancing its elasticity and replenishing lost moisture. The Bulldog Rub features a gentle rhythmic massage designed to relax the body, reduce muscle tension and increase circulation. These services are only available on Florida/Georgia Weekend and cannot be combined with any other discounts. Visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com for more information.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island is also offering a weekend of Florida vs. Georgia themed treatments. Fans can show their team spirit with Game Day Spirit Temporary Tattoos ($10). The spa is also offering a “Get Game Day Ready” Spa Package for $210, including a 90-minute manicure and pedicure featuring your choice of Georgia or Florida nail art, 60-minute Game Day Shampoo and Style (with a choice of team-spirit hair accessories), glass of wine and voucher for lunch. Those needing a little TLC following the game can enjoy the Day After Detox treatment, which included a detoxifying wrap, and healing scalp massage. The 90-minute treatment costs $225.  Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland for additional information.

 

 

-Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau-

About Amelia Island:
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty.  Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers on Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters.  Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts.  The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries.  Forget the everyday getaway; Come make memories on Amelia Island.  For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.

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