Amelia Island Travel Guide
Ahoy, Mateys! No, it's not National Talk Like a Pirate Day (that were the 19th o' September, me hearties), and we haven't changed our Facebook language settings, either. But, it is time for another hotel snapshot—this here holiday oddity courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.
That's a gingerbread pirate ship you see above, constructed in time for the holidays as "a tribute to the legends and lore of ... Amelia Island." And how'd they do it, you ask? Here are the whopping stats for the painfully sweet creation:Ingredients
* 1,200 pounts of flour
* 900 pounds of sugar
* 3,000 eggs
* 435 egg whites
* 300 pounds of shortening
* 15 gallons of milk
* 14 pounds of special holiday spices
We seem to be missing the rest of the recipe, but you just know it's something like: pour into biggest soaking tub in the hotel, whisk, beat, and, er, bake.
We're still stuck on that ingredient list. Even butter-happy Paula Deen would blanch at those numbers. Holy sugar coma, Batman.
While the rest of the country flocks to Washington, D.C, this January for the presidential inauguration, we can think of more than a few D.C. residents who’d rather be somewhere – anywhere! – else. They might look to Amelia Island off the coast of northeastern Florida for their escape route.
That’s because seven island hotels have unveiled discounts just for residents of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, good Jan. 18 through Jan. 22. And unlike those Washington hotels jacking up their prices in the name of democracy, Amelia Island’s rates are actually affordable. Plus, it’s warm there. And there won’t be four million people threatening the city’s infrastructure.
See the list of hotels after the jump.
As we are all slowly adjusting to the horrendous nature of checked baggage fees on major airlines, hotels on Amelia Island are trying to ease the pain a bit.
In an effort to get more visitors to Florida in what is typically called the off season, Amelia Island has created a "Pack Your Bags for Amelia Island" program that includes a room credit up to $80 for checked baggage fees.
The "Pack Your Bags" program is being offered at several of the island's hotels, resorts and bed-and-breakfast inns, and is available through September 30, 2008 on stays of three or more nights at the participating hotels.
At check-in, guests must show the original receipt from the airline, proving the amount they paid in checked baggage fees.
Go here for the full list of participating hotels.
Off the coast of Northeast Florida, just 25 miles from Jacksonville, you will find the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton.
Now, you won't be able to call the front desk and reserve a room for Super Bowl weekend, but if you sign up for Us Weekly's Wedding Chic giveaway, you just might win yourself a stay at the Ritz.
Turns out US Weekly does more than take photos of celebrities getting their groceries--yeah, shocked us as well.
While the contest sign up may look a little daunting, it is worth a shot if you want to win a weekend at the Ritz.
You must enter by January 19,2005.