Spring Activities For Your Next Trip To St. Simons Island

April 17th, 2014

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather on the Georgia Coast! No matter what you enjoy, we are sure that St. Simons Island will not disappoint with a variety of activities for everyone.

St. Simons Island Outdoor Activities

Rent a Bike: Rent a bike from Ocean Motion Surf Co. and explore the island’s 30+ miles of bike paths. Take your bike from our resort straight to the heart of St. Simons Island-the village for a day of shopping, people watching and dining at one of many restaurants. Are you looking to view the beautiful scenery that the island has to offer? Take a look at our blog about specific bike paths on the island.

Hop On A Shrimp Boat: This one of a kind adventure starts in Brunswick, GA where you board the U.S. Coast Guard passenger approved shrimp boat The Lady Jane and head out on the intracoastal waterway. The 2 hour tour includes a lesson on coastal ecology by a marine biologist and a taste of Wild Georgia Shrimp. We know that whether you are young or young at heart, you will enjoy this adventure!

Try Your Hand At Crabbing: If you don’t have your own crab net, stop by St. Simons Bait & Tackle and purchase one (they are located at the foot of the pier) then head over to the pier and see if you can catch any crabs! Crabbing is a fun, interactive activity and you will catch at least one most of the time. Be sure to see what your neighbors are pulling up in their crab nets or on their fishing line.

Spend A Day At The Park: Pack a picnic, bring your friends and head to Neptune Park for a day of fun in the sun. The waterfront park has a playground for the kids and enormous live oaks for the kids to climb on, a picnic area, mini-golf and during certain times of the year they have live music and festivals at the park.

Take A SUP Tour: If you are looking to try something new, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) just might be for you! There are several companies that offer rentals at East Beach but if you are looking for a guided tour, head over to SSI SUP. With their team of pros, you can learn the basics of paddleboarding or take a sunset tour. They even have boards with lights on the bottom!

 

Creative Ways To Ask Your Friends To Be In Your Bridal Party

April 10th, 2014

He asked, you said yes….now it’s YOUR turn to pop the question….to your friends!

 

If she is lost without her cup of Starbucks…

Starbucks bridesmaid cup

Ask her with a bottle of wineBridesmade Wine Bottle

Turn your big day into good fortune with a fortune cookie

Bridesmaid Fortune Cookie

Give her a gift that she can wear for many years to come…

Pearl Necklace for Bridesmaids

Send her a card

Bridesmaid Card

Ask her with a box of chocolates

Box of Chocolates for Bridesmaids

No matter how you ask your friends, they are sure to say yes! Remember to savor the moments that you spend planning your wedding with your closest girlfriends. Are you already married? How did you pop the question to your friends?

WWII History on St. Simons Island

April 8th, 2014

History is at our doorstep! Did you know that on April 8th,  just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, German U-boats sank 3 ships off of the coast of St. Simons Island? The blast was so strong that it shattered windows in nearby Brunswick, Georgia. To learn more about this day in history, take a look at this video.

The King and Prince Resort played an important part during World War II. The resort became a U.S. Navy coast watch and training facility as well as a radar station and later re-opened to the public in 1947.

Radar Station at The King and Prince

Take Your Meeting Outside The Boardroom

April 4th, 2014

Let’s just say it. Meetings can be boring. Most of us have sat through a day or two of 9-5 meetings that lose our interest and make it hard to concentrate or retain the information we are there to learn. But who said that meetings had to be this way? Why not spice it up or better yet-get out of the boardroom for a bit! Here are some ways to increase attendee participation, retention of information and, have some FUN!

The King and Prince Golf Course

  • Team Building Activities: Create a scavenger hunt around town or around the resort. If you are planning a destination meeting or convention, this is a great way for participants to tour the area and connect with other participants at the same time. No time for a scavenger hunt? Save a little time for a fun game during the day. Our favorite is “Minute to Win It”.
  • Sample The Local Cuisine:  For small meetings, we recommend that you go off property once for lunch or dinner. Ask the resort’s sales team or concierge to give you some recommendations on area restaurants. Our recommendations for St. Simons Island are Crabdaddys, Delaney’s Bistro and Southern Soul Barbeque.
  • Hit The Golf Course:  Spend the morning at the local golf course (or, if you are at The King and Prince, head out to The King and Prince Golf Course). Create a little competition and have a tournament. If you don’t have time for a full 18 holes, cut it down to 9. Either way, the fresh air will do you good.
  • Get In Touch With Your Inner Chef: Spice things up for your attendees with a cooking demonstration from a local chef. It might get their creative juices flowing and the best part? You get to taste the finished product.
  • Create Some Friendly Competition: Put together a game of softball or volleyball. Give the winners a trophy and bragging rights for a year! Next year, they can fight to keep the title. It will give everyone something to look forward to for next year and a little friendly competition is good.

Recap Of A Taste Of Glynn

April 3rd, 2014

A Taste of Glynn was a huge success this year. Thank you to all of the restaurants and businesses who participated as well as everyone who came out to support The Glynn Community Crisis Center. This event would not be successful without everyone coming together for this great organization.

Here are the winners for each category:

Starters
1st - Zachry’s Seafood & Steak
2nd - Harris Teeter

Main Seafood
1st - Straton Hall Events
2nd - Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Main International
1st - Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
2nd – Jekyll Convention Center

BBQ
1st - Straton Hall Events
2nd - Southern Soul Barbeque

Dessert
1st – Zeppelin Cafe
2nd - Wee Pub North

People’s Choice
1st – Straton Hall Events
2nd – Zachry’s Seafood & Steak

Tablescape
1st - King & Prince Seafood
2nd – Harris Teeter

Tast of Glynn at The King and Prince Resort

Silent Auction Items at Taste of Glynn

Chef Jason at Taste of Glynn

 

Zachry's at Taste of Glynn

 

Tast of Glynn at The King and Prince

Say “I Do” With A Brooch Bouquet

April 2nd, 2014

Brooch Wedding Bouquet

A brooch bouquet can add a touch of sophistication and elegance to any wedding. But why would you want to use a brooch bouquet? Here are a few pros and cons:

Pros: Unlike flowers which will eventually die and dry up (and can only be preserved for a certain amount of time) a brooch bouquet can last forever.

You can walk down the aisle with family and friends who cannot be there for the big day (by using their brooches in the  bouquet).

It is a thoughtful way to remember loved ones who have passed on. (Again, by using their brooches in the bouquet)

You can make the bouquet at home (with the help of friends and family) and it can be a fun project for everyone.

Cons: They are heavy! All that metal really adds up to some extra weight.

The big question -How do you go about making a brooch bouquet? The easiest way to start is to ask the women in your life for help. Ask your mom, your aunt, your grandmother, your mother in law and your friends to see if they have any brooches to contribute to the bouquet. It can be something small and inexpensive that they found at a store or it could be a family heirloom that has a lot of meaning and sentiment. Ask each person to write a little something about where the brooch is from (is it from an antique store down the road or from your great, great grandmother who bought it in Rome?) It will be nice to read the stories of how these brooches made their way into your life and it is a nice keepsake to have from the wedding.

Pressed for time? That’s ok. You can order one of these beauties online! View our Pinterest page for more classic brooch ideas. **Brooch bouquet photo used from Etsy (AnnaSinclair) here are more of her beautiful creations.

Using Pantone Colors For Your Spring 2014 Wedding

March 28th, 2014

Pantone colors 2014

Planning a wedding can be very stressful but don’t let picking out colors get you down! Remember that you are planning a happy and very special occasion. Choose colors that will accent your personality and your special day.

The colors for spring 2014 balance soft pastels of purple and green with vivid shades of blue and yellow. Whether you are looking for your bridal party to wear something soft and elegant or bold and daring, there is a color for every taste! Let these colors be your guide to help make your wedding planning a bit easier.

Here are a few of our picks for dresses and decor for spring 2014:

Pastel Bouquet

Mint Green Bridesmaid Dresses

Yellow Wedding Decor

Pale Orange Bridesmaid Dresses

Blue Accent Table

 

April Events in the Golden Isles

March 26th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, April 4th- 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.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: April 5th & 6th from 9AM to 5PM- Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free!

The Annual Glynn Art in the Park EXTRAvARTganza: April 12th & 13th from 10AM to 5PM- Enjoy a day of art by the ocean! This annual festival presented by The Glynn Art Association, features talented artists from across the country. The event is held in Postell Park by the Pier on St. Simons Island.

The 4th Annual Americana & Blues Festival: April 12th at 7PM- Come out for a night of live music and fun underneath the stars. This annual event is held at Coastal Kitchen and benefits Hospice of The Golden Isles. Tickets are $20.

Second Sunday at Gascoigne Bluff: April 13th from 1-7PM-  Grab your family and friends and head out to the park for an afternoon of live music underneath majestic oak trees. There will be raffles, activities for the kids and of course, lots of fun! Each month, second Sunday benefits a local charity.

Annual Spring Exhibit at The Left Bank Art Gallery: April 17th through May 31st- Celebrate springtime by viewing some wonderful art exhibits. Along with the exhibits, the art gallery will be welcoming two new artists: Catherine Elliott of Connecticut and Millie Gosch of Atlanta who have been invited to show their contemporary impressionistic landscapes. For more information, visit their website.

Keep Brunswick & The Golden Isles Beautiful Golf Tournament: April 21st from 11:30AM to 6PM at The Brunswick Country Club- This fundraiser golf tournament raises money to help keep our community beautiful and clean! Cost is $90/player or $360/team. For more information, visit their website.

Cassina Garden Club’s 8th Annual Tabby & Tillandsia Garden Walk: April 26th from 10AM to 5PM-  Tour 8 beautiful and blooming private gardens on St. Simons Island. Proceeds from the event help maintain Cassina’s historic Hamilton Plantation slave cabins  on Gascoigne Bluff. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event. For more information, visit their website.

The Perfect Backdrop For The Wedding Of Your Dreams

March 24th, 2014

The King and Prince recently underwent a massive renovation of their lobby, restaurant and meeting/wedding spaces. The result has been several brand new and spectacular event spaces for you to have the wedding of your dreams-just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Below are some photos of our renovations.

To learn about weddings at The King and Prince, visit our website. If you would like to plan the wedding of your dreams at our resort, please call us at: 912-638-3631

 

Bride Lobby

Bride Lobby Stairs

Bride Fireplace

Bride Retreat

Bride Retreat Windows

Thank you to Peacock Photo & Video for taking these photos and sharing them with us. For more information about Peacock Photo & Video or to book them for your wedding, visit their website.

St. Simons Island is for (Nature) Lovers

March 20th, 2014

Nature is alive and well on our small island. All you have to do is take a walk and you are sure to see wildlife wherever you look.

Alligators: There are many ponds where you can see alligators in their natural habitat. They can also be spotted on one of the many golf courses on the island including The King and Prince Golf Course. Just remember- don’t get too close to the alligators.

Dolphins: One of the advantages to being on the coast is the abundance of sea life right outside our door. No matter how many times you’ve seen dolphins swim by, it always feels like the first time when you see them in the ocean. Guests can sometimes spot them from their balconies at our resort and of course, from the beach. Sometimes you can see them while you are enjoying Neptune Park.

Birding: Did you know that St. Simons Island has had a Snowy Owl sighting two years in a row? Of course a Snowy Owl sighting is rare almost anywhere but we also have lots of  beautiful birds to see. White Ibis, Egrets, Marsh Wren, Whimbrel, Sandpipers and sometimes even a Peregrine Falcon or a Bald Eagle can be spotted while visiting the island.

Bird Watching on St. Simons Island

Sea Turtles: Although it is uncommon to see Sea Turtles on our shores, they are quite abundant on many of Georgia’s islands. A good place to see them up close and personal and to learn about them, is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center which is just a short drive from the resort.