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Marriott International

August 16, 2013 10:33 ET

Amelia Island Hotel Offers Family-Friendly Vacation Packages

Residence Inn Amelia Island Caters to Parents, Kids & Pets

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL--(Marketwired - Aug 16, 2013) - Summer is almost over, which means it's back to school for kids across the country. To send summer off with a bang, the Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering family-friendly hotel deals in Amelia Island.

From now through the end of August, studio king suites are starting at just $119 a night, leaving plenty left over to spend on back-to-school clothes. August also hosts the 4th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, one of the biggest events happening near this Amelia Island hotel. On the 23rd and 24th, more than 50 amateur and professional barbecue teams will face off for the title and a $20,000 prize. Don't miss the People's Choice Contest, where visitors can sample the goods and vote for their favorites! With free admission, free parking, and free transportation provided by this Amelia Island hotel, there is plenty to love about the 4th weekend in August!

Those who miss out on the big barbecue can still enjoy tasty treats during their visit. The Residence Inn Amelia Island has its own Sno-Cone and popcorn machines, and guests are invited to rent a bike from the front desk and pedal over to the beach, or hop on the complimentary shuttle, available from 9am to 9pm, to any point on the island. Return to a complimentary evening social, held 2-3 nights a week, and enjoy light dinners and refreshing beverages at no extra charge!

The Residence Inn is also one of the only pet-friendly hotels in Amelia Island, and those traveling with furry friends are given first- or second-floor suites, making it easier to take pets for a walk and offering privacy for those guests who prefer not to be around pets. The island caters to pets, too, allowing those on a leash access to the beach and the historic district's courtyards and Saturday Farmer's Market. The local horse-drawn carriage company also allows smaller dogs to join their families on a fun ride around the historic district!

In addition to its special summer rate, the Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering two family-friendly packages. Let's Beach It! includes a beach bag with two customized beach towels, lip balm with SPF 15, discount offers to Amelia Island's Sun Gallery (sunglasses/tanning shop), two bottles of water, and two beach chairs and an umbrella (set up from 9am to 5pm). Those who want to experience the area's attractions will love the Historic Sunset Tour package, which includes a $25 dining voucher to three of Amelia Island's favorite restaurants plus two tickets to their choice of a horse-drawn carriage tour through the historic district, a family-friendly sunset Amelia River Cruise or a ghost tour by trolley!

About the Residence Inn Amelia Island
A few days at the beach is always nice, but how about a week or two? The Residence Inn Amelia Island caters to those in town for both, offering extended-stay accommodations just 2 blocks from the area's beautiful beaches. Getting to that perfect spot of soft sand, the historic downtown area, Fort Clinch State Park and more is easy, as this hotel in Fernandina Beach offers a complimentary area shuttle and bike rentals. Accommodations cater to every type of traveler and are available in studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. Each offers a pull-out sofa, complimentary high-speed Internet access, at least one 37-inch HDTV and kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher and coffeemaker; two-bedroom suites include a full oven. Breakfast is always complimentary, and many evenings feature a complimentary social hour with food, beer and wine. Stay active with the fitness center, putting green and outdoor pool, and explore Egans Creek Greenway. Host up to 100 clients, family members or friends in a dedicated event space.

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