We took our first Gilded Age trip recently and went to Amelia Island, which is about 45 minutes north of Jacksonville, Florida. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton.
Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the valets and shown our way to the reservation counter. The staff were exceptionally friendly, and we were checked in quickly.
The room was unremarkable, but the view of the Atlantic was fantastic.
This shot doesn’t come close to doing it justice.
We settled in for some cocktails at the concierge bar, along with some snacks. A couple drinks later we decided to go back to our room and order room service. The food was absolutely restaurant quality and we really enjoyed it.
We spent the next day relaxing and had a light lunch from the concierge table. For dinner we went to David’s, a highly recommended local restaurant. Our meal was fantastic.
There were some hiccups. The first night I had terrible back problems getting to sleep. We asked for a room with a firmer mattress. They explained that there was a pillow topper that they’d remove and we could stay in our room. That did the trick.
We had hoped to stay one more day to try the hotel’s restaurant, Salt, but when we woke up the fringes of the hurricane had moved in, and the weather was terrible. We decided to call it quits and head home.