Holiday Parties on St. Simons Island

July 30th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 5 months away. With the holidays comes the stress of planning not only family functions but also parties for your company or business. Let our experts help you plan a fun-filled holiday party at our beautiful oceanfront resort!

Holiday Parties at The King and Prince

December holiday parties at The King and Prince have become a tradition for many businesses who call the Georgia coast home. The entire resort is festively decorated complete with a large centerpiece Christmas tree decorated in the hotel’s main lobby. Our catering managers can help you create a specific menu for your private party or you can join in on the fun of a combined holiday party with a set menu and several different local businesses in attendance. Whatever you choose, your employees are sure to have an evening of fun! Our holiday parties have great food, good music and hours of fun for everyone.

The great part about hosting your party at our resort is that it gives your guests the opportunity to take the elevator home that night. Often times, we have discounted room rates available specifically for party attendees.

For more information on holiday parties, visit our website or give our catering office a call at: 912.268.5000.

 

 

The Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Wedding at a Resort

July 25th, 2014

Oceanfront Lawn on St. Simons Island

There are endless options when it comes to where to hold your wedding ceremony and reception. Our wedding experts often hear from couples after their wedding who tell us that they are so happy they chose to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue. Here are our top 5 reasons to hold your wedding at a resort.

5. You Can Spend More Time With Family & Friends. Think about how busy a wedding weekend can be.  Often times, family and friends have flown in from across the country to attend your special day. There is so much catching up to do…but everyone is staying at different hotels across town. But, when you hold your event at a resort, you and your guests have the option of staying at the same location, usually at a discounted rate. This means more time to spend with friends and family and more money in your pocket!

4. You’ll Avoid Hidden Catering Costs. Did you know that many catering companies charge extra for tables and chairs….and even extra fees for plates, staffing and trash removal? The per-person charge at a resort will cover all of this-and more!

3. Transportation. Remember the time that you went to your cousin’s wedding and half the guests got lost on the way to the reception? That simply does not happen when your wedding is at a resort. The reception is steps away from the ceremony location. If there is time between the ceremony and reception, your guests can go back to their room to freshen up or relax for a few minutes. Sometimes, couples will pay to transport their guests from one location to another and again, when you have your wedding at a resort, there is no need or cost for this!

2. Take The Elevator Home. When your guests are staying at the location of the reception, there is no need to worry about anyone drinking too much and driving to their hotel. It is one less thing to worry about on your big day.

1. Less Stress, More Fun. Planning a wedding is stressful and it usually stays that way right up until the wedding day. When you have your wedding at a resort, there is far less stress involved. From the moment you wake up ’til the moment your head hits the pillow that night, the resort’s wedding team is working hard to ensure that you and your guests have a great time. Hair & makeup can be done in your room, your ceremony is just a short walk from your room and the reception is just steps from the ceremony! With less stress AND saving money, you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend with your friends and family!

For more information about resort weddings, please visit our website.

The Flavors of ECHO Wine Dinner at The King and Prince Resort

July 23rd, 2014

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort’s private oceanfront Retreat Dining Room was set for the first chef’s wine dinner of the year. The event featured six exclusive Robert Mondavi wines and Chef Jarret Flake’s marvelously crafted dishes that showcased his culinary talents with a sampling of America’s most classic and treasured wines.

Wine Dinner in the Retreat Room

Wine Dinner in the Retreat Room

Local islanders and visiting guests gathered excitedly to sip chilled Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay during a brief reception before being seated for the 5-course feast. Ms. Zavi Bailey, representing Constellation Brands, narrated the Mondavi wines throughout the evening with excellent wine stories, statistics and descriptions. “Balance is the most important part of any good wine” resonated throughout her conversations and guest questions/answers.

Also present to share her wine expertise was Ms. Diane Rousakis, the On-Premise Manager of Wine and Spirits with United Distributors from Savannah. “We are so glad that The King and Prince chose THE iconic American wine producing company of Robert Mondavi. It pairs perfectly with your classic historic hotel.”

Seafood Ceviche Paired with Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc

Fresh Seafood Ceviche Paired with: Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc

 

Sweet Red Leaf and Oak Leaf Salad with Granny Smith Apple  and Walnut Dressing

Sweet Red Leaf and Oak Leaf Salad with Granny Smith Apple & Walnut Dressing Robert Mondavi Napa Chardonnay 2011

 

Seared Scallops with Fennel Slaw and Lemon Curd

Seared Scallops with Fennel Slaw and Lemon Curd Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay

One of the most influential and meaningful courses of the evening was the intermezzo. Not your predictable grapefruit, berry or fruity palate freshener ~ but instead a bright red Surprise! It transported the diners from the Mondavi ‘whites’ into the robust ‘reds’ that were to invade the dinner with full-bodied lush. It was a brilliant segue that smoothly transitioned everyone from one style of wine to the next.

Roasted Red Pepper & Balsamic Granita

Roasted Red Pepper & Balsamic Granita

 

Osso Bucco With Aged Gouda Risotto and Baby Zucchini

 

Dark Chocolate Dipped Black Cherries

 

When we sipped our final wine, the Robert Mondavi Napa Merlot, it was comforting to know that the two red wines were very carefully chosen for each specific dish. The Cabernet had the structure to stand up to the venison and the full-bodied merlot with its beautiful plumminess had the fruit-forward power to ‘balance’ the dark dipped black cherries.

As the dinner brought people together to enjoy and explore the bonding between fine cuisine and classic wines, everyone acknowledged the complement of both persuasions of the meal ~ drawing attention to the lively, evolving delicious food culture at The King and Prince.

 Our chef will plan more wine dinners throughout the year. For more information about these and other special events, please visit our website.

Sweet Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

July 18th, 2014

In today’s society, dogs have become part of the family. So, it makes perfect sense for many pet owners to include their dog in their nuptials and the celebration. Here are some tips from our wedding experts on how to include your dog for your big day!

 

The Proposal: 

Dog with Engagement Ring

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Engagement Photos & Save The Dates:

Save the Date with Dog

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Wedding Announcement with Dog

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Wedding Announcement with Dog

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The Ceremony: Include your dog by having them walk down the aisle or sitting next to you during the ceremony!

Dog Walking Down Aisle

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Dog with Bridesmaid

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Dog in Wedding Ceremony

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The Reception: Pet-themed table numbers and cake toppers are just a few ways you can tastefully include your dog in your big day

Dog-themed Table Numbers

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Dog-themed Wedding Reception

Bride and Groom with Dog Cake Topper

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Dog Cake Topper

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Thank You Cards: Have your wedding photographer take photos of you with your dog at the wedding to use for your thank you cards.

Dog Thank You Picture

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History is Alive on St. Simons Island

July 17th, 2014

History is Alive on St. Simons Island

Our quaint island paradise is the perfect place to relax on the beach or do some shopping…but did you know that you’ll find history around every corner while you are on St. Simons Island? Home to Ft. Frederica, Christ Church, The St. Simons Island Lighthouse and several trolley companies, there are many ways to explore the rich history of the island.

Fort Frederica- This centuries old fort is located at the northern end of the island was established in 1736 and still stands today as a testament to the dreams, struggle, victory and defeat of the early colonists. If you visit the fort, there are ranger-led tours and re-enactments that take place throughout the year. While learning about the history of the fort, you will take in breathtaking views of the marsh and see many coastal birds. The fort is open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm except for certain holidays.

Christ Church- In 1763, John & Charles Wesley (the fathers of the Methodist church) began holding services under the live oak trees on the property. The church as it stands today, was built by Anson Phelps Dodge, Jr. as a memorial to his late wife. From the beautiful gardens to the interior of the church, to the love story that it tells, this church is a lovely place to visit for an afternoon during your trip to St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse- The lighthouse is one of only 4 active lighthouses in Georgia. Climb the 129 stairs to the top for a spectacular view of the village, St. Simons Sound and Jekyll Island. While you are visiting, be sure to spend some time at the attached A.W. Jones Heritage Center where you can learn about the coastal heritage of the island. The lighthouse is open daily. View their website for information on specific days and times.

For more information about historic tours and sites as well as trolley tours, visit our website.

 

Religious Retreats at The King and Prince

July 14th, 2014
Christ Church

Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

 

Our tranquil oceanfront location makes us a great option for your church or religious retreat. Over the years, our historic resort has hosted a multitude of events including couples retreats, church events, family weekends, pastors weekends, marriage retreats and much more! We are equipped for small board room style meetings up to large conferences and events for up to 300 people. Here are some facts about our facilities:

  • Take your retreat outside with an oceanfront lawn reception or worship service.
  • We have room for all attendees to stay on our property with 194 rooms ranging in size, price and view.
  • Our sales team and concierge can arrange child care for groups that want to hold an event just for the adults during the retreat.
  • On-site amenities include: 4 outdoor pools, tennis, beach access and massage therapies.

We can also arrange for your to take your retreat off-site for some relaxation and fun!

Incorporating Social Media into Your Wedding

July 10th, 2014

Social media has become a part of everyday life for most Americans. So, why not use it to your advantage when it comes to your big day? Here are some tips on tastefully incorporating social media into your wedding.

Wedding Planning: Pinterest is a dream come true for every bride to be. If you don’t already have an account with them, you should sign up (it’s free!) and start pinning. It is easy to search for what you are looking for and to keep track of ideas and inspiration by creating several boards. It is an excellent way to come up with creative, fun and even inexpensive ideas for everything from photography, bouquets, themes, reception ideas and wedding cakes.

Fun Photos:  Long gone are the days of disposable cameras on the tables at receptions. Now, everyone snaps away with their smartphones. Why not use it to your advantage? Create your own wedding hashtag that guests can use when posting photos of your wedding on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The day will be so busy and fun that you won’t have time to look at everyone’s photos but, if your guests use your hashtag, you’ll be able to look through the photos when you have time and even be able to print out the ones that you like!

Live Streaming: If you have many guests who live too far to attend the wedding, you may want to consider live streaming the ceremony. UStream is a site that will enable you to broadcast your ceremony for a relatively low price. This is also a great option for family members who may be ill or unable to travel due to age or health reasons.

Elegant Island Living Names The King and Prince in Their 2014 “Best Of” Issue

July 9th, 2014

The King and Prince has been named in Elegant Island Living's "Best Of" Issue

 

Every year, local magazine Elegant Island Living polls it’s readers for their annual “Best Of” issue. This year, The King and Prince earned top honors in 5 different categories!

  • Best Hotel
  • Best New Thing About St. Simons Island: (For our restaurant ECHO)
  • Best View From A Restaurant
  • Best New Restaurant
  • Best Golf Course: The King and Prince Golf Course
Michael Johnson & Allen Lancaster

Food & Beverage Director Allen Lancaster & Resort General Manager Michael Johnson holding the latest issue of Elegant Island Living Magazine.

The Wedding of Your Dreams at The King and Prince

July 3rd, 2014

The King and Prince provides a breathtaking oceanfront backdrop for magical wedding festivities. The resort’s venue spaces (which can accommodate up to 300 people), culinary creations, amenities and attentive staff are sure to make your day memorable!

These are photos of real weddings at The King and Prince. For more information on hosting your wedding at our resort, visit our website or call 912-638-3631. More wedding photos are available to view here.

Bride and Groom at The King and Prince

Flower Girl Umbrellas

Wedding Palm Trees

King and Prince Wedding Centerpiece

(Photo by Britt Croft Photography)

King and Prince Weddings

Wedding at The King and Prince Resort

(Photo by Peacock Photo & Video)

July 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

July 2nd, 2014

St. Simons Island July 4th Sunshine Festival: Friday, July 4th- Sunday, July 6th 10AM to 5PM- An island tradition for over 60 years, the sunshine festival is a great way to celebrate the 4th! Located in the pier village, the festival features arts & crafts vendors selling pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry! The festival also has children’s activities, live music, a golf cart parade, family movies and of course, fireworks on the 4th!

First Friday & An Old Fashioned 4th of July in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, July4th- Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings. Fireworks begin at 9PM from Mary Ross Waterfront Park.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Mason Waters & The Groove All Stars: July 6th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn- Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Jazz in the Park featuring Elisha “Atlas” Parris: Sunday, July 13th 7-9PM- Presented by the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Jazz in the Park is one of the most popular summertime events on St. Simons Island. Bring a picnic and your friends and spend the evening listening to live music next to the ocean and underneath the light house! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 are free.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, July 15th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- Guest speaker Kelly Hill, coastal resources specialist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be discussing water conservation. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots: July 20th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn- Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.