Where To Stay
We stayed at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Now, if you’ve read my blog before, you know my biggest tip for traveling with kids, is to get a room that has a separate space for them to sleep in. I don’t want to mess up our routines, or have kids that stay up too late and are grumpy the next day. I also love being able to relax with The Hubs after they go to bed. I was really impressed with the Omni’s selection of rooms that fit the bill, from suites in the main building to a variety of villas. We ended up with a 3 bedroom villa with an amazing view, in a building away from the hotel’s main building. It was perfect for our family!
The main building was absolutely gorgeous, with restaurants, poolside cocktails, hammocks by the ocean and my kids favorite…the froyo shop!
We went to the beach right in front of our villa and I literally couldn’t believe how empty it was. A lady I was chatting with at the pool was telling me that because the beaches are private, they’re really never crowded, which is amazing. I can’t tell you how happy Lincoln was to run free!
While this resort itself is very luxurious, there was so much for kids to do. And not just things to occupy time. You can tell that they really thought out making this place perfect for the whole family. One of my favorite things was the splash pad. My kids were so happy in there and I was on cloud nine since I was sunning on a lounge chair with a cocktail about 6 feet away from them.
I had grand plans to check out downtown Fernandina Beach, but we had so much to do and didn’t even get to it all! The resort also offers shopping, fishing, bike rentals, beachside fire pits and so much more.
For dinner one night, we ate at Verandah. The menu looked delicious so I called to see if they were kid friendly. They had the most impressive kids meals I’d ever seen! The restaurant was on the quiet side, but there were other children there and everyone was very accommodating.
As we were finishing our meal, they brought over nitrous popcorn, which they give everyone before they leave. It was impressive and my boys thought puffing the smoke out of their mouths with every bite was very entertaining!
Drive before daylight – We like to leave by 5 and then the kids will sleep for the first 2-3 hours. It makes driving so much easier!
Relax – Maybe it’s having 3 kids, or the 9 years of motherhood, but I’ve really noticed when I don’t get uptight about vacations with planning and rushing around, our entire family has a better time. We did very little planning while we were there and just lived in the moment. I think that’s perfect way to vacation on a southern plantation!
We have the boys rate each vacation on a scale from 1-10 and they gave this one a 10. Well actually a 400. But it was a trip loved by all and a destination that we will be visiting again!