New Year’s Eve at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
New Year’s Eve galas on the First Coast don’t get any more memorable the annual celebration at the tony Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Each year, a different theme sets the mood and, often, the dress code. One recent party recreated Truman Capote’s legendary Black & White ball of 1966, with guests wearing elaborate masquerade masks. Lavish decorations, gourmet food bars, top-shelf drinks and, of course, an unrivaled midnight fireworks show over the beach. Gala-goers congregate on the resort’s oceanfront lawn, but you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the show. Locals bring blankets and beach chairs and settle into a great sandy spot.