January 26, 2021
Located just 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport, Amelia Island is an unparalleled corporate retreat destination with diverse meeting space and stunning vistas at every turn. So stunning, in fact, that these top six venues are located in the great outdoors where fresh air inspires and creative juices flow to create truly Island Inspired Meetings. Who says that all meetings must take place indoors? Let your imagination run wild and consider one of these conference venues for a truly memorable and unique occasion.
Picture yourself and your group on a blanket of green grass overlooking a bluff of dunes and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The Oceanfront Lawn of The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island is just such a place and is the perfect backdrop for networking, casual meetings, or even a sunrise yoga session. Located on the southern side of the resort, the Oceanfront Lawn is waiting for your next group meeting in a stunning setting. Feeling inspired? More outdoor ceremony and reception venues at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island can be viewed here.
There are few places that can stimulate all of the senses at the same time. Walker’s Landing, located at beautiful Omni Amelia Island Resort, is that place. Accommodating groups of up to 150 people, Walker’s Landing is nestled next to the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway and hidden amongst the palmettos and live oaks. Countless corporate events, dinner parties, evening receptions, and even afternoon kayak tours have taken place in this unique conference venue. You’ll be swept away in this canvas of nature. If you want an outdoor space closer to the resort’s hotel, check out the Magnolia Garden & Terrace, just across from the hotel and right outside the conference center. All of Omni’s outdoor spaces can be viewed here.
For a truly unique venue that screams history and nostalgia, set your sights on Fort Clinch where history and nature collide. Recognized as one of the “most well-preserved 19th century forts in America”, the grounds of the old fort are a great place for large events where folks can step back in time and just feel 1864 garrison life all around them. It doesn’t hurt that the views from the top of the fortress overlook the St. Mary’s River and Cumberland Island, just across the border in Georgia. Who would have guessed that you could rent meeting space to plan out your future while stepping back in time?
For an adventure or corporate retreat like no other, why not consider an Amelia River Cruise and brainstorm on the water! Whether it’s a wedding or reception, birthday party, corporate team-building event, or one-of-a-kind sales meeting, Amelia River Cruises can set you up on an cruise that attendees will be talking about for years to come. With 49-passenger and 80-passenger vessels, there is plenty of space to tailor-make your event and make it one for the books.
Go big or go home! So you really want to impress your attendees? For your next corporate event, why not plan an island take-over? Set up a block party or epic street party in historic downtown Fernandina Beach where the cobblestones and quaintness of bygone days mix with the modern hipness of today. Smaller, more intimate gatherings can be held at many of the downtown’s outdoor restaurants, bars or breweries. History buffs will love gathering in the courtyard and gardens of the Florida House Inn, the oldest hotel in Amelia Island as well as the state of Florida. The sky is the limit in this meeting venue in historic downtown Fernandina. Consider what it would be like to have the run of our island town!
Take it down to the beach! When it comes to Northern Florida beaches, there could be no better back drop for a get together than the gorgeous Atlantic ocean on one side and sea oats and dunes on the other. From dinners with extravagent decor to themed teambuilding events, these are just a couple of ways you can incorporate our pristine beach into your meeting agenda to make for a memorable island inspired meeting. The only problem you may have is paying attention to anything other than the breathtaking scenery before you.
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We’re not sure if it’s the elite meeting facilities, impeccable service, award-winning restaurants, laid back island vibe, or southern hospitality that keep meeting attendees coming back to Amelia Island time and time again. You decide.
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