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Long Weekend: Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island Plantation; 800-874-6878.
Length: 6,108 yards. Par: 70; Slope: 134.
Cost: $90 to $130 with cart for resort guests or members (limited public play for an additional $25).
Characteristics: Bobby Weed's creation features five oceanfront holes and another ten with lagoons or marsh wetlands in play.
Pros: The sheer beauty of the ocean holes. Plus, if you're a straight hitter, length is not a demand.
Cons: On almost every hole, sacrifice distance for accuracy. Leave the driver in the bag.
T&L Golf Rating: ****

The Amelia Inn (800-874-6878), built two years ago, is the Amelia Island Plantation's hotel, offering more than two hundred rooms, six restaurants, spa services and, of course, easy accessibility to Long Point, Ocean Links or Oak Marsh. The Golf Club of Amelia's clubhouse is a wedge shot away from the front door of the Ritz-Carlton (904-277-1100). Rooms run more than $200, but various packages can reduce that figure. Of the half-dozen bed-and-breakfasts in or near the historic district of Fernandina Beach, try these standouts: The Williams House (904-277-2328) or the Bailey House (904-261- 5390).

Seafood is the way to go here. And the Golden Grouper (904-261-0013) makes seafood in the traditional style (fried, broiled or baked) or with a cajun twist. For something funky, order the crab burger. Brett's Waterway Cafe (904-261-2660) offers good seafood with the best view in the Intracoastal Waterway. Or check out the Marina Restaurant (904-261-5310), annually named as one of the area's ten best.

Night Life
Two ocean-side clubs, Sandy Bottoms (904-277-0814) and Sliders (904-261-0954), offer live music. For the neighborhood bar scene, there's O'Kane's Irish Pub & Eatery (904-261-1000), and the Ritz (904-277-1100) offers nightly entertainment from small jazz combos to big-band orchestras.


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