This year, think outside the bouquet and give the mom in your life an experience she'll treasure (and talk about) forever. You'll find something for every type of mom on Amelia Island.
Take her out on the water in a two-person Craigcat boat from Backwater Cat Adventure
. 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: Instagram-worthy photo ops with dolphins, wild horses, and a variety of birds.
You only have one 'first Mother's Day,' so treat her to a one of a kind dinner at the AAA Five Diamond Salt
at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. She'll be treated like the queen she is with a dining experience that includes foie gras, Colorado lamb t-bones, locally caught seafood, and the chef special “Steak & Eggs” beef tenderloin served on a 250 million year old Himalayan salt block. Polish it all off with a decadent dark chocolate soufflé.
Amelia Island has 99 holes of stunning, world-class golf
. From undulating greens, marsh front holes and oak-lined fairways, the links of Amelia Island offer irresistible play for golfers of every skill level. Get mom out on the links to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Or, if tennis is her game, set up a session at a clinic or a private lesson at Omni Amelia Island Resort's legendary tennis courts
where the likes of Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters have all played.
ZEN (OR IN SEARCH OF ZEN) MOM
Breathe deeply. Then treat mom (and yourself) to a day of total relaxation with these Amelia Island spa experiences
ranging from the ultimate in luxury at world-class day spas to unique treatments at smaller establishments. Or, try a yoga class at Centered on Yoga
in historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Ashtanga, Gentle Flow (non-heated) classes, Restorative Candlelight, Prenatal Yoga, and Yoga Nidra are just a few of the classes offered. Ohhhm.
Moms, 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 117-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.
Amelia Island is home to an eclectic collection of local STORES, SHOPS, GALLERIES AND BOUTIQUES
, as well as some well-known retailers. Head to the Historic District and walk down and off Centre Street to discover the uniquely local shops and antique markets, all within easy walking distance and stretching up to the Beech Street Shoppes on 8th and Beech streets. On the south end, PALMETTO WALK SHOPPING VILLAGE
and the SHOPS OF AMELIA ISLAND RESORT
offer an array of options set under the live oaks with welcoming porches.
Our little island boasts restaurants-a-plenty
with a wide variety of tastes and ethnic flavors. More than 90 distinctive restaurants featuring fresh local seafood and produce, authentic international specialties, bistros, fine dining and casual outdoor eateries are waiting just for you to sample.
Start planning your getaway
now and treat mom to a well-deserved day this year!