Bruce Katz/Amelia Island Plantation/MC
What: Relax and soak up the sun. This 1,350-acre resort on the Atlantic Ocean at the very northeast corner of Florida is a destination unto itself. Sure, there's championship golf, fishing, bicycling and hiking under the deep canopy of gnarled oaks, tennis, and upscale shopping, but there's also a range of award-winning restaurants onsite including the elegant Ocean Grill known for its seafood dishes and the less formal Verandah, Beach Club, and Marche Burette. Later you can enjoy martinis at the aviation-themed Falcon's Nest. And absolutely don't miss the spa. With yoga, signature treatments, and workshops from everything to losing weight to quitting smoking, it's one of the best-rounded spas I've ever seen. Visit the nearby town of Fernandina for a history-laden excursion to find out why Amelia Island flew under eight flags in its early days.
When to go: It's a year 'round destination, although fall is far less crowded.
Why it's great for girlfriends: The Amelia Inn has luxurious hotel rooms, while the Villas of Amelia have 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units so that all your gal pals have plenty of space. And it's quiet, which means no thunderous city noises to intrude on your getaway.
Who to contact: Visit the website at www.aipfl.com or call (888) 261-6161.