A Florida hidden gem & where to eat!
Just below the Georgia state line is a sort of hidden gem among the North Florida coast. Amelia Island displays lush greenery with stunning ocean views. A new tradition we started a year ago is to visit Amelia Island and the Omni Resort and Plantation at least once a year. We stayed only for a short weekend, but it was just enough to get the good vibes and relaxation in before the week ahead. The Omni has everything you'll need, from food, drinks, golf, pools, spas, and so much more. If you ever get a chance to dive into a piece of Florida life, you'll find it all here!
We arrived at the Omni, around 8pm and needed a bite to eat. Remember when we said they have everything you'll need? The concierge gave us a few names of restaurants at the resort and we just happened to be right next to one of them. We decided on Oceanside, a restaurant right on the water and also by the pool, inside and outside seating available. Lacey was craving a hamburger and she got just what the dr. ordered! The burger was absolutely delicious. If you need a quick bite to eat, this is your place. There are about 10 restaurants in total at the resort, click here to check them out.
Saturday brought good vibes. We started the day by biking around the resort, stopped to relax by the ocean and eventually made our way to the pool. Everyone should spend a day like this! It's so good for the soul. After laying around all day in the sun, exhaustion and hunger swept over us, so we decided to get away from the resort and check out the downtown area for a second wind and a good place to eat. There's something about being on an island that makes us crave seafood, so we decided on Timoti's Seafood Shak. A casual seafood restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating. The seating is first come first serve and is limited, so we recommend going during slower business hours, we had a hard time finding a seat. You stand in line to order and when the food is ready, they will call out your name. The food is worth the line wait!
What we had -
Jacob's order: Blackened shrimp basket with a mahi taco
Lacey's order: Clam strip basket with a shrimp taco
What better way to digest your dinner, than to feast yourself upon some delicious ice cream afterwards?? We couldn't help ourselves, ice cream was just calling our names. Just a short walk from Timoti's, Fantastic Fudge looked like the place to be! There was a line going outside the door and we didn't have any where else to go, so we thought why not?! Be prepared to wait and the lines aren't organized. As you walk in, you pull a number and then wait for your number to be called. TOTALLY worth it. The ice cream was excellent, even better on that hot summer day. The massive chalk board inside makes it easy for you to read the menu from anywhere, so you'll be ready to order when the magic number is called.
Our last morning, we decided to go to the same breakfast place we went to on our last trip to Amelia, Ms. Carolyn's. A cute southern breakfast restaurant featuring the most delicious breakfast menu you could want! A little off the path towards the Omni, but definetely worth the extra drive. Be prepared to wait a little, especially on weekend mornings.
What we had -
Jacob's Order: Lumberjack
Lacey's Order: Eggs Florentine
For being a small Island, there are quite a few options for dining and drinking. Here's a list of a few places we didn't go, but are on our list for next year:
Have you ever been to Amelia Island?