Think outside the bouquet this year and give the Mom in your life an experience she'll treasure (and talk about) for years to come. You'll find something for every style on this inviting island - plus a great selection of places to stay
while you enjoy exploring it.
: Take her out on the water in a two-person Craigcat boat from Backwater Adventure Amelia Island.
During the three-hour excursion covering 40 miles of Amelia Island's most beautiful waterways, she will take in the rich history and amazing natural beauty. Bonus: Facebook-worthy photo ops with dolphins, wild horses, and a variety of birds. (She'll see why they call Amelia Mother Nature's Favorite Child
: You only have one 'first Mother's Day,' so treat her to the Salt Mother's Day Brunch
at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on May 1oth. She'll sit down to a dining experience including lobster bisque, domestic caviar, local Mayport shrimp, Georgia quail, and Himalayan Salt Block prepared Lamb Chops. The crescendo: an array of individual petite desserts including vanilla crème brulee and banana pudding.
: The setting for "Big Break Florida," Golf Magazine named The Omni Amelia Island Plantation
's Ocean Links Golf Course
one of the “50 Best Courses for Women.” Book a tee time
and Mom can play away, catching the ocean breeze and ambling through the beauty of the sand dunes and maritime forest. Or, if tennis is her game, set up a session at a clinic or a private lesson at the resort's legendary tennis courts
. (Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters have all played them.)
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Zen (or in search of Zen) Mom:
Breathe deeply. Then treat her (and yourself) to one of the well-loved tranquility treatments (massage, reflexology, facials, meditation sessions) offered at The Dome Healing Center.
Try a yoga class at a studio in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach such as Centered on Yoga
(will arrange private or group beach yoga sessions,) or Community Yoga
(offers various levels for a range of ages and yoga experience.)
: Nanas, Grandmas, Maw-maws, and Gammys who appreciate elegance, tradition, and the sweeter things in life will have a grand time at the English Tea at the Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast
. A 115-year-old Victorian mansion is the setting for an absolutely authentic spread featuring homemade crumpets and scones with clotted cream, tea sandwiches, tartlets, and your own pot of one of the eight premium tea blends on offer.