Friday, November 13, 2009

Princeton Reunion on Amelia Island

Amelia Island proved to be a fabulous place for a family or college reunion, special thanks to Unique Rentals of Amelia. Last week, my wife and I hosted a 5-day affair for 24 classmates (Princeton ' 62) and their spouses.

Celebrants at the Ocean Club for dinner,  a few donning their college reunion jackets.

(Celebrants at the Ocean Club for dinner, a few donning their college reunion jackets.)

Unique Rentals housed our celebrants in beautiful oceanfront villas, two and three couples to a villa, near one another and at a remarkably affordable cost. We played golf at Amelia Island Plantation and at nearby TPC Sawgrass; and tennis at Racquet Park on the soft courts of the Plantation. We kayaked the peaceful waters of Loften Creek, biked quiet roads on the Plantation, and shopped in the quaint town of Fernandina Beach.

College buddies playing tennis at the Racquet Club on Amelia Island

Clearly, though, the highlights were a dinner cruise aboard the Miss Kaylynn from downtown historic Fernandina out to famous Cumberland Island, with fascinating commentary by Captain Kevin McCarthy about the island's history in its "wilder" heyday; and the day visit to nearby White Oak Plantation, a magical animal species conservation preserve on 7000 pristine acres with 11 miles on the St. Mary's River separating Florida and Georgia, which is unlike anything in the world.

Celebrants' spouses having a blast.

Dinners were fabulous, on the Plantation and off, relatively inexpensive, and very easy to arrange on Amelia which knows how to cater to visitors. Guests said they'll miss our beautiful island and beaches and pledged to return, either for an extended vacation or perhaps to buy Amelia Island real estate!

Ed Weihenmayer



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