If you don’t have any plans yet this February, check the following events this month that might interests you. Jacksonville is a very lively city and there will always be an event that will keep you entertained. Whatever your interests are whether it be music, cars, beers, or traditional games, there are events that will suit your taste.

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
First Baptist Church|1600 S 8th St Fernandina Beach, FL
February 6, 8, 17 2017

Almost everyone loves good music. Whether you are a music lover or not, this event will be an interesting one for you. There is no need to travel to other states because there is a music festival right here in Florida. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has been an annual event for more than ten years. The festival brought together the best musicians of the chamber. The purpose of the event is to promote music by organizing free concerts throughout several weekends. The concert is diverse as it will feature different instruments, genre, and styles. The audience will experience the beauty and diversity of music.
Jacksonville International Auto Show
Prime Osborn III Convention Center|1000 Water St Jacksonville, FL
February 17-19, 2017

This event is a haven for petrol heads, but non-car enthusiasts will enjoy it as well. Different car companies will exhibit their new cars for guests viewing pleasures. The Jacksonville International Auto Show will showcase both imported and domestic cars. Different vehicles will be featured in this event such as cars, hybrids, trucks, crossovers, and sport utility vehicles. Experts will also be available for consultation. Representatives from dealers and car manufacturers will also be present to offer advice. Window shoppers, car enthusiasts, and serious car buyers are all welcome in this festival.

Riverside Craft Beer Festival
Riverside Arts Market|715 Riverside Ave Jacksonville, FL
February 25, 2017

Beer lovers especially the microbrewery enthusiasts will be excited about this event. If you are tired of the taste of mass produced beers from popular brands, this festival is perfect for you to take a break from a typical beer. The Riverside Craft Beer features more than 60 beers from national and local breweries. Craft beers of different taste, texture and flavor will be available for you to taste. Pleasure your palate as well because food pairing will be available. The festival will also help a good cause as it will raise funds for Jacksonville school’s programs to fight childhood obesity.

Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival
Clay County Fairgrounds|2497 State Rd 16 W Green Cove Springs, FL
February 25, 2017

You don’t have to travel to Scotland to experience Scottish games as you can experience it here in Florida. Get a kilt and go to Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Experience a piece of Scotland as the event will feature bagpipe competitions, whiskey tasting, hole-in-one contests, and live performance of Scottish music.

Setting up a dance studio in Jacksonville is not something that is achieved from one day to the next, surely you already know that. In order not to fail, the business plan must be delineated in detail, leaving nothing to chance. In this document, you will need to clarify certain issues, such as classroom curricula.

This is vital, so you have already determined what musical styles or classes you want to offer in school. Now, you must organize the schedules so that the classrooms are available and there is a greater comfort for the students and teachers.

If a style of music requires specialized equipment, such as classical dance, which requires a bar on the wall, leaves that room especially for classes of that style. That does not mean that you can not use it for other classes, but they will have priority if they need that element.

When managing a dance studio in Jacksonville, you have to organize the schedules about the availability of the teachers. In most cases, they give classes in several academies and therefore it is necessary to know well which is the time that they are available. Ask each one on the date of the interview or start to chart the schedule.

Another issue that you don’t have to forget is to offer different alternatives to students. Not everyone can attend a class as early as ten o’clock in the morning. In most cases, evening and evening schedules are the most requested. Try to organize in such a way that at the end of one class is that you have the opportunity to start another if you do not have too many classrooms or workspaces.

The issue of finance should not be left unregulated. After setting up a dance studio, you will probably have many expenses for the initial investment you have made. Determine how much students are required to pay for that money to reach you to pay the bills, the salaries of teachers and make a profit. Maybe during the first months is not so much what you win, but the idea is that a business of these characteristics is in the medium or long term.

Another tip for managing a dance studio has to do with advertising or how you become known. During the early days, only those who are family or friends will know about your venture. The idea is that more and more students are part of the dancing trend, especially during some events or festivals.

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Jacksonville, being a popular tourist destination doesn’t come short of luxury hotels. If money is not an issue with you, these are some of the hotels that you can visit.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy | Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-5501

The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island with its 446 rooms and a wide array of facilities will sure be able to accommodate and provide entertainment and relaxation for you and your family. The resort boasts a number of amenities such as a par-72 golf course, kids club, game room, and in-room treats to name a few. Their excellent staff will also make sure of your comfort and will address all of your concerns. Food is also something to look forward to with their award-winning Salt restaurant. The hotel also has rooms with ocean view and you can even enjoy it from your room’s private balcony. Rooms are also equipped with high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs. Aside from their rooms, facilities, staff and amenities, the resort also hosts a number of activities such as surfing lessons and paddle boarding.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
200 Ponte Vedra Boulevard | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-1810

The seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach is famous for its luxury resorts. The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is one of the best hotels in the area. The hotel boasts spacious accommodations with different types of amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Satisfy your appetite for seafood at the Seahorse Grill. The restaurant also has a scenic view of the ocean which adds to your dining satisfaction. Not only the hotel has a seafood restaurant that will your craving for seafood, it also has a pastry chef on staff that offers different sweets such as homemade ice cream. The hotel also has one of the largest spas in the region with its 30,000 square feet spa. The experience won’t be complete without the friendly and accommodating staff of the hotel providing excellent customer service.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
39 Beach Lagoon Road | Amelia Island, FL 32034

This is another resort that is located on Amelia Island. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a 1350 acre resort located at the tip of the barrier island. The resort is another gateway to paradise as you will surely relax and enjoy your stay in the resort. The hotel resort has 404 rooms, a family-friendly pool, an adults-only pool, spa, salon, tennis courts, fitness center, bike rentals and golf courses. The hotel will always have a facility that will keep you busy and entertained.

The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach
607 Ponte Vedra Blvd | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-2782

The Lodge & Club is a Mediterranean-themed, boutique hotel located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This hotel is another perfect place for couples in honeymoon and young families alike. The hotel also provides excellent customer service with their professional and friendly staff and luxurious facilities and accommodation. The hotel’s oceanfront rooms have private balconies to enjoy the scenic ocean view. You can also relax at their heated swimming pools. Satisfy your palate at the three restaurants. However, the hotel has a smaller area compared to other resorts, but its nearby sister hotel, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers the same excellent service.

The first thing to know is that in life there is no such thing as free lunch, and most things that are cheap usually cost you other things. For example, the cheapest hotels will normally be on the outskirts of the city, may not be as clean or do not have all the services you need.

Having said that, you have to be aware that you are both willing to sacrifice in comfort to find a cheap hotel. This does not mean that you actually have to sacrifice it, but at least be aware that you may have to do it.

So if you compare 2 and 4-star hotels and you would like to find a good and cheap hotel you will have to find or sacrifice some of the following things:


The cheapest hotels will usually be located in remote places of the tourist area. In small cities, this may not make a difference but in large cities, where your travel represents a one-way trip of 2 or 3 hours, it may not be so convenient.

Access to Public Transportation

Before you start looking for hotels you must have an idea of what is the most efficient way to move in the city where you will be. If the hotel where you plan to stay does not have a good access to public transport then what you save per night in the hotel will automatically transfer to the cost of transport that you will have to pay to move.


Whether the hotel serves a breakfast or not is another factor to consider to consider in selecting a hotel. The first is the type of food served in the hotel. However, breakfast can be a Russian roulette. Sometimes it will be a buffet and others only cereal, sometimes you will have an excellent breakfast a la carte and in others, you will prefer to skip it because you have no idea what it is. This factor depends on your taste. If you paid it but you do not like it, there is no point in eating it.


Make sure you have a good restaurant for dinner or lunch. There are places where you travel where the best restaurant in that city is the hotel. In big cities finding good restaurants will not be a problem. However, you must always take it into consideration.


Some hotels are cheap because they cut operational costs by employing less staff such as maintenance and cleaning personnel. If you are particular with cleanliness or you are allergic or sensitive to an unclean environment, check the maintenance and cleanliness review of the hotels where you are planning to stay.

Free Internet

If you can’t live without a constant internet connection, check if the hotel offers free and stable internet connection. Some hotels have rooms with LAN cable connection aside from hotel Wi-Fi for guests that requires a constant internet connection for their job. If you only plan to use the internet to check emails and send greetings, you can skip this point.

Size of the Room

There are times when a cheap hotel translates into a large room, you can have an exceptional cleanliness, an amazing breakfast, be in an unbeatable area but chances are that if it is cheap it is because your room is going to be small, very small.

Staff Treatment

There are hotels where they will never tell you, thank you or they will tell you where the elevator is. For many people, this plays a decisive role in whether to stay there or not.

Broadly speaking these are the factors to consider to find a great hotel with a reasonable price.