Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ spring 2017 ] 34 GIRLFRIENDS GO I n a region characterized by temperate weather and color- ful boutique shops, female travelers will find no shortage of ideal destinations for a girlfriend getaway in the South. Before making arrangements in a more common loca- tion, planners should consider one of these hidden gems. THESE CITIES ARE PERFECT DESTINATIONS FOR WOMEN'S WEEKENDS BY S AVA N N A H O S B O U R N The patio at Elizabeth Pointe Lodge on Amelia Island is an ideal place for girlfriend groups to relax and enjoy the Atlantic coast. TRAVEL G U I D E S O U T H E R N AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA Nothing says getaway like a vibrant island with untamed landscape. Located on the northernmost point of Florida, Amelia Island features a glittering view of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and green salt marshes on the other. In between, visitors will find groves of live oak trees, sprawling grassland and looming sand dunes. In addition to offering water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding, Amelia Island is one of the few locations in the country where people can go horseback riding on the beach. Amelia's historic downtown carries the influence of Spanish, French and British rule, offering a variety of Victorian architecture, boutiques and hook- to-plate seafood restaurants overlooking the marina. "For an island, Amelia has truly exceptional food," said Kaitlin Harris, account manager at Hayworth Public Relations. Amelia Island has a long history as a shrimp fishing hot spot, so visitors would be remiss not to try a plate of fresh shrimp at one of the local eateries, such as Timoti's Seafood Shak, which is ideal for those on a budget. For an afternoon activity, groups can schedule a cooking class, such as the Farmers Market Tour and Class, at the Amelia Island Culinary Academy. "The chef is highly rated," said Harris. "He takes ladies to the farmers market to show them what ingredients to get; then they go back to cook the meal together."

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