5 Creative Girls Night Out Destinations | Amy on News 4 Jax

Did you catch me on News 4 Jax morning show this week? I chatted with Nikki Kimbleton and shared some of my favorite Creative Girls Night Out Destinations. Browse the highlights and see if there are any you may have never heard of before. You may be surprised... 

Girls Night - Out of the Box
Making memories with your best girls.

$10 cover charge
- A Dancing Destination like no other. 
- Full of Character. Like a wedding reception. 
- Perfect for everyone. 
- Every kind of music, every kind of person. 
- Affordable drinks.
- One of the best places for Bachelorette parties, or the "let it all go" girls night out

The best night in my opinion is Saturday night.
I suggest going after 10:30pm due to the more consistent dance music. Before that you may get more of the Shag music that is fun, but maybe not what you were looking for on girls night out. 
Ziggy's is all about dancing! 
$50 pp for the three hour GNO class
- Empowering class for women only
- Once a month Girls Night Out class
- Teaches self defense techniques
- Focuses on key chain defense
- Great way to take out aggression, bond with your friends, and leave feeling more confident

Push yourself beyond what you think you are capable. This class helps you get in touch with your inner Ninja. Get fierce!
Walk out feeling more confident and bond with your best girls. 
$80 pp for a two hour class
- Bring your friends for a group class
- All levels instruction, you can be a beginner who never surfed
- Individual instruction customized for each surfer
- All year around
- Brand new surf shop on 3rd St in Jacksonville Beach
Weather is always changing and so can your class time so be flexible. Make sure to book well in advance as instructors must be scheduled for your class. Last minute sessions can come with a fee.
Surfing lessons with a customized approach. 

Package deals start at $25 pp
- For the active Girls Night Out
- Rebounderz is a "fun center" that includes trampoline arena, archery, laser tag, arcade, bowling, and more
- serving food and alcohol
- Bring out your inner kid and have some fun

Don't be afraid to put that 10 year old boy on your laser tag or dodgeball team. You wanna win right? These kids know what they are doing. Trust them. 

Total Wine
$15- $20 pp 
- Beer and Wine education classes
- Wine class includes 8 tastings and a tasting sheet
- Wine classes include Fundamentals, Blind tastiness, Retional tastings and more
- Beer classes include 12 beer selections and tasting notes
- Beer classes range from Local choices, canned, IPAs and more
Make sure to check out their schedule online and reserve in advance.
Total Wine Offers Wine and Beer Education Classes for Groups

I love hearing your feedback and ideas. Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite discoveries! You never know, they may end up on my next segment.

Make some memories with your girls! 
Look for a few of these to be featured in a more thorough review, right here on Amy West Travel the Blog. 

Until then!

Enjoy the Journey!

xo- Amy West

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Jacksonville Magazine Fabulist | Amy West Travel and Jax Mag Unite

I've been a fan of Jacksonville Magazine for years. I consider myself priveledged to have graced her pages as a model, and photographed for at least one fashionable editorial. The magazine has been a staple of the community for decades, showcasing the beauty of the First Coast and standing out as the expert on all things Jacksonvillian. 

Hawkers Asian Stree Fare | Lady Who Lunches | Review, Video

Cultures Collide at this Small Plates "Street Vendor"
inspired eatery

 I cover many destinations both local and national, and always love it when friends and family give me their feedback or recommend a great place. When my good friend suggested I do a series on great lunch destinations as a follow up to my "Date Night Destinations", and "Best in Brunch" series, I was inspired and decided to explore the idea. A few teasers on social media revealed that this is indeed a hot topic amongst foodies, and as such, was all the motivation I needed to move forward. Among several suggestions, Hawkers Asian Street Fare came up. I love exploring the hot bed of excellent culinary spots our riverside surrounds. So I was thrilled to sit down with the new 5 Points resident, and find out exactly why everyone is raving. 

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel Impresses | Girls Getaways | Review, Video

Jekyll Island was a beloved childhood haunt of mine.  As an adult I've long desired to reacquaint myself with the island and discover more of the history it is so proud of. As I was researching destinations for my Girls Getaway series, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel came to mind as an ideal place to get away with my best girls and unwind in the romantic south. The Girlfriend's Getaway package boasted in room massage, wine delivered nightly, picnics, and bike rides just to get started. My friends and I couldn't wait to arrive for our weekend of relaxation. When we left, we all felt we'd just experienced the most perfect girls weekend ever

Here's why...

3 Amazing Girls Getaways | First Coast Connect Radio Segment

In the next few months I'm revealing some great destinations for the ladies. Never fear fellas, many of these spots are just as fun for you as for her, so pay attention because you don't want to miss out. In true Amy West Travel style, I kicked it all off with a visit with Melissa Ross at First Coast Connect to dish on 3 Amazing Girls Getaways you must visit!  Check out my highlights listed here, and listen to the clip from my segment below.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Amy | Secrets Revealed

I love my readers and always welcome a chance to get to know you better. I was thinking recently that many of you might be interested in some little known facts about myself. I pretty much put it all out there, but I guess there are a few mysteries that could be revealed. So here goes...

Dance Trance Giveaway | Fitness Trends | Free Week of Classes

Win a Free Week of Classes 

Read Amy's Fitness Trends review of Dance Trance Here.

Medieval Times | Family Escape Series | Photos Recap, Video

Whose got tickets? This girl! 

I remember when I was a kid, and first learned of the mystical land called "Medieval Times". A place where history played out right in front of your eyes, and knights fought for the hand of a fair maiden, all while dinner was served. On top of that you had to eat with your hands!
When I planned a "Family Escape" to Orlando this summer, I was so excited to learn that my childhood fantasy yet thrived in the humid climes of Central FL. Here's our photo journey through that memorable experience, as I saw it through my own little ones eyes. 

4 Summer Skin Savers | Image Skincare Trend Report | Product Review, Photos

I've bragged about Image Skincare's benefits for years. However given this sunny season where we all want to be outdoors soaking up the sun I thought it would timely to name four of my favorite Summer Skin Savers! These items are nothing short of miraculous and stand out among their peers. If you are aiming to keep that youthful glow while everyone else is turning a bright shade of raspberry, I fully endorse the products below. 

Family Cruise Photo Recap | Family Escape Series | Photos, Video

Sunrise at Sea

We've been back from our family cruise for a week now and let's just say we are almost fully recovered. If you follow me on social media you may have read that we suffered a bit of a blow on this trip with an unexpected health crisis hitting us on the third day. It was unfortunate, especially because this was a "Big" family cruise with my whole family, my parents, and six siblings. This was to be our giant family Christmas present. There couldn't have been worse timing for illness to hit, however I will say it could have been much much worse. We are grateful for the blessings we had, and the great memories we captured before we were sequestered to our cabin.
Here is a little photo recap of all the fun parts;) 

3 Juicing Recipes You Will Love | Fitness Trends | Recipes

Cashew Milk

Ever since I did my 3 Day Juice Cleanse with Pulp San Marco,  something just clicked. I want fresh juice every day and crave whole foods more. Of course this was the idea all along so again, I couldn't be more pleased with my experience. Since then I've broken out my juicer at home to experiment with favorite recipes. I've been posting them a lot online through instagram and I've received a lot of interest in my recipes and what juicer I use. By popular demand here are three juicing and (milking?) recipes I love. More are sure to come! Enjoy;)

5 Reasons to Love Jamberry Nails | Trend Report | Review, Video

Nail Wraps - Why I Love Them

Confession. I am the worst at keeping up with my nails. Maybe it's my background as a spa professional and the need to always have clean nails, maybe it's my experience as a model and the need to always have natural toned nails, or maybe it's the fact that I'm a busy mom on the go and manicures just simply don't last with the hands on work I do. Whatever the case may be, it's certainly a weakness. I may know how to dress, do my hair, and makeup and be ready for "the scene" but sadly my nails tell their own tale. So when I heard about a new solution for fashionable nails that was affordable, trendy, and lasts way longer than a manicure, I had to check it out for myself and report back to you with my "Trend Report". 

Mid Year Recap #3 | Fabulous Destinations | Reviews, Video

This year I have also been able to bring you coverage on some fabulous destinations. From Boutique Hotels, to Five Star Resorts...here are a few I've been proud to cover.

Mid Year Recap #2 | Fitness Trends |Reviews, Video

My "Fitness Trends" series has been incredibly popular this year. I'm pleased to bring my readers new experiences and my take on some of the most popular ways to stay fit.

So far this year we've covered....

Mid Year Recap #1 | Food | Reviews, Video

I'm off on another adventure! In the meantime, to celebrate the midway point of 2014 I thought we'd take a stroll down memory lane and look back at what we've covered this year. Starting with food.

This year we have had two very successful dining series....

Reunion Resort Getaway Video | Family Escape Series

Magic Memories!

I am absolutely IN LOVE! with this amazing video recapping our experience at Reunion Resort in Orland, Fl. Follow us as we discover all the family fun Reunion has to offer.

3 Reasons Pure Barre Will Surprise You| Fitness Trends | Review, Photos

Amy at Pure Barre Jacksonvilld Beach

Long, lean, graceful figures stretch and lengthen their elegant limbs, flowing through delicate movements to the soft rhythmic melodies of dance. 

This is what I expected from the trendy Pure Barre methodology. What I experienced, was a much more fierce work out than I could have imagined. Let me explain what surprised me most about Pure Barre Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Foodie Freebies | Social Media Dining Incentives | News Segment

Watch Amy on News 4 Jax
If you caught News 4 Jax morning show this week you may have seen me dishing on some really exciting social media trends. Here's the recap on some great ways to earn free food at your favorite local foodie spots all by using social media.

Brunch on the Radio | Best in Brunch Series | Video, Photography, Media

Another day, another fantastic reason to brag about the terrific brunch destinations we have in North East Florida! Enjoy this clip from my recent visit to NPR radio show First Coast Connect where I discussed my "Best in Brunch" series just in time for Father's Day!

3 Reasons You'll Love Wantable | Trend Report | Review, Photos

Amy discovers a "beautiful new thing" 
from Wantable

I've been a fan of the subscription box company Wantable since their inception several years ago. In just a few years the company has gone from offering makeup boxes to accessories, and now intimates. In the past I have received both makeup, and jewelry boxes and loved them both! Since it had been a year or so since my last box, I decided to check out one of their makeup boxes again for a seasonal refresher. I had so much fun discovering what was inside... then determining how creative I was going to get.