2014 was an amazing year full of adventure and new experiences. It was rich in life with plenty of ups and downs and I’m so proud to say that the Amy West Travel brand grew tremendously thanks to you my faithful followers. Thank you for being a part of the journey and for always staying in touch through social media and in person. I am excited for some great new discoveries this year, and more predicted growth. Hang on, 2015 is going to be fun! Even though it’s already halfway through January I wanted to relive some highlights from this year as a reminder of how far we’ve come.
The Best of 2014
In January I began my regular travel and lifestyle segments on News 4 Jax.
I’m excited to say I’ve been on air monthly with the station since last December with the travel and lifestyle segments beginning in January. It is on the station I launched my first big series “Date Night Destinations
” featuring great reviews, photos, and video
of some of Jacksonville’s most exclusive date night spots. I loved tasting the best Jacksonville has to offer and have been proud to sing the praises of these restaurants many times since.
February is always full of fun because it’s my birthday month as well as my daughter’s and of course Valentine’s Day. This month I began my rounds for my “Fitness Trends
” series where I would eventually go on to review everything from stroller strength to pole fitness. I really loved this series because it helped me get out of the box of my usual fitness comfort zone and try some things I never knew I would love.
With March came the spring and the perfect time to getaway. Getaway we did for a lovely night in Amelia Island at the Ritz-Carlton
. A must do for any couple.
On the heels of my success with Date Night Destinations I began my “Best in Brunch Series
” where I dished on the best places for brunching.
In June things heated up at the Yelp
Moonbeam Bash at MOSH. Then we cooled off on the family cruise
that went… mostly good.
After the big holiday festivities I took off in July to the Golden Isles and visited The Jekyll Island Club Hotel
with three of my closest gal pals for a weekend to remember.
In August I became the Jacksonville local expert for 10best.com
. This was a great honor to achieve and I’ve been grateful to shed more light on some of Jax’s best destinations. We paid a visit to one of our favorite destinations, The Horsestamp Inn
for a relaxing night away. Then we took a fun three night getaway to The Epicurean Hotel
in Tampa and had a foodie feast to remember.
September brought cooler temps and school back in session. I also began my “Lady Who Lunches
” series to round out my restaurant reviews for the year.
In October we headed off to Tennessee for a fall wedding
like no other. Munchkin was a flower girl, and the man a groomsman. Then Jax celebrated the opening of Nordstrom
at the St. John’s Town Center which I was happy to report on.
November was probably my favorite month of the year as this lead me on a nine day Caribbean adventure
first to St. Lucia where I hosted in room videos for Coconut Bay Resort. Then I met my other half in the British Virgin Island for a romantic escape to Scrub Island Resort, Spa, and Marina
. Upon my return the munchkin and I journeyed up to the Golden Isles of GA to model for their tourism print campaign, keep your eyes peeled!
In December I began my weekly travel and lifestyle contributions to The Chat
talk show and reported on Travel Secrets, The Best Light Displays, and the Best Restaurants in Jax. We had a family overnight at the Horse Stamp Inn and then headed to Kentucky for the holidays to visit with family wrapping up the year with lots of warm fuzzies.
Thank you for being a part of this terrific year. There is a lot in store for 2015 and I hope you will join me as we continue this journey and discover what adventure awaits.
Enjoy the Journey!
xo- Amy West
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