Lady Who Lunches News Recap | Amy on News 4 Jax Morning Show





Featured on this months "Amy West Travel" News 4 Jax Morning Segment are my favorite "Lady Who Lunches" destinations. If you missed the piece, get the recap right here. You'll find a few already featured on the blog, and a few honorable mentions that I just couldn't leave out. All of them are so darn good, you should really put them on your Lunch list Now!



A Standing O for the Epicurean | Epicurean Hotel Part 2 | Review

Poolside at the Epicurean Hotel

Recently I visited a destination that still has my mouth watering. So much brilliance in one spot, it's hard to find a starting place to describe this hotel with a culinary heart. From the moment I learned about the Epicurean Hotel I was attracted to it's Foodie foundation, and knew this was a place I would find like minded wanderers. What I didn't realize was how deep the Epicurean's roots went, and how inspired the concept would leave me.




Top 10 things you "Must Do" at the Epicurean Hotel | Epicurean Hotel Part 1

Get a Drink at the EDGE


There is so much to explore and get involved with at the Epicurean Hotel and it's surrounding SoHo neighborhood. During our recent three night stay, we tried pretty much everything. Here are our "Top 10 things you Must Do" while visiting this chic Tampa getaway.


Amy West Now Writing for USA Today's 10Best.com


After bringing you the best in Travel and Lifestyle for the last several years via my TV show Like Love Want Need and now my expanded brand and blog Amy West Travel, I'm happy to announce that I'm joining the ranks of esteemed travel writers at USA Today's 10Best.com. I'm honored to represent my hometown Jacksonville, Fl as the local expert on all things First Coast on one of the nations top 10 travel information sites according to comScore. Look for my work to begin posting in the next few weeks. I'll be keeping you up to speed as they begin to roll out. As always keep checking back here at Amy West Travel for more great reviews from all my adventures!

Best Kept "Secret" Tea Garden | Lady Who Lunches | Review, Video

On the menu:
Scones

The "Lady Who Lunches" series would not be complete without a feature on one of my very favorite lunch destinations, Ashes' Boutique and Tea Garden in Jacksonville Beach. I covered the Tea Room on my show for my "Where the Locals" go episode, and love to bring my besties, or even my business meetings to this sweet little cottage.  I've witnessed little girl birthdays, baby showers, and even engagements happen within the walls of this shabby chic hideaway. If you want to shop, or get caught up on the latest in girly gossip, you should visit Ashes... Did I mention how tasty the food is?


4 "Don'ts" That Could Save Your Life | The Women's Defense Company

Take Control


This year a conversation began on the tail of a horrific mass murder targeting young females. That conversation was #YesAllWomen. As I read through the confessions of women across the globe, I was reminded of my own vulnerability. Ten years ago I felt that vulnerability keenly, and in an effort to protect myself I signed up for self defense classes. That quickly turned into a year of martial arts that served to both humble me, and grow my confidence by leaps and bounds. After a year, I became distracted with life and moved on, but the lessons I learned stuck with me. When a local friend told me of a class she took at The Women's Defense Company, I was immediately excited. #YesAllWomen should take classes that will empower them and instill techniques that could save her life. I knew I had to do a review and share with you a taste of what you will gain. Here are my....




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... 






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...











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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....