Elegant Island Living “Best Of” List 2015

June 30th, 2015

Elegant Island Living Best Of issue

Local island magazine, Elegant Island Living has published their “Best Of” issue for 2015 and we are happy to be named with the best of the best! The publication’s faithful readers have named us “Best Of” in the following categories:

Best Hotel: The King and Prince Resort

Best View From A Restaurant: ECHO St. Simons

Best Restaurant With A Beach Vibe: ECHO St. Simons

Best Golf Course: The King and Prince Golf Course

We would like to thank all of our guests and restaurant patrons. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. We look forward to many more wonderful years on St. Simons Island!

5 Unique Wedding Registries

June 30th, 2015

Top Wedding RegistriesWhen we think of wedding registries, we often think about the usual places like Macy’s, Target, Bloomingdales and Bed Bath & Beyond. But what about expanding your horizons and registering for not just household items but also experiences, art or even to help others? Here are our top 5 picks for unique wedding registries that you will want to check out!

Add some culture & art with a registry through The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. You’ll be able to register for beautiful reprints from your favorite artists as well as unique lamps, stunning vases, tea kettles, flatware, candles and more! You’ll be able to add items from artists like Keith Haring, Frank Lloyd Wright and Henri Matisse.

Simplify your life with a registry from Zola. Through their site you can register for housewares, honeymoons and lots of other fun things to  make your new life together a great adventure! It is a one stop shop which will make things much easier for not only you, but your wedding guests too!

Support small businesses with an Etsy registry. You’ll be able to decorate your house with some uniquely beautiful items like this abstract painting or a custom family name sign.

Say “I do” to giving to your favorite charities with The I Do Foundation. For those couples that want to help others when they get married, this registry allows you to choose your favorite charities for your friends and family to donate to in lieu of giving gifts to you. Your guests can learn about the charity, their mission statement, how they help others and even their financials so they know that their gift is going to a legitimate cause.

You can’t go wrong with a registry from Amazon! Tried and true, Amazon remains one of America’s favorite ways to shop! You can find (and register for) pretty much anything under the sun and it can be shipped to their door….or yours! Can’t find what you are looking for? Did you know that you can add items from other websites to your Amazon registry?

For more wedding tips or to learn about oceanfront weddings at our resort, visit our website!

Alissa & Kyle’s Springtime Wedding

June 19th, 2015

Alissa & Kyle chose a late spring day to get married on our beautiful oceanfront lawn with the Atlantic ocean as the backdrop. Their friends and family were able to witness them say “I do” before they partied the night away to the sounds of “Trotline” in the historic Delegal room. Stout Photography captured their special day.

Bride and Groom on Beach

Wedding Ceremony on Oceanfront Lawn

Bridesmaids on Beach

 

Wedding Party on St. Simons Island

 

Dancing at Wedding Reception

Groomsmen Dancing at Wedding Reception

Wedding Grand Exit

Wedding Grand Exit

 

Bride and Groom on Beach St. Simons Island

ECHO Restaurant is the Hottest Place on St. Simons!

June 18th, 2015

ECHO Restaurant Bar

ECHO has quickly become a favorite spot for both locals and visitors of St. Simons Island. The oceanfront location means you can take in the expansive view and enjoy the ocean breeze while you dine on some of the freshest cuisine on the island! The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating as well as seating near the bar for those looking to grab a drink and a bite. The restaurant often has live music in the evening. Check their schedule to see if your favorite local band will be playing soon!

ECHO Restaurant Outdoor Seating

Need another reason to visit? Once a month, the restaurant offers “Paint & Play” which is a fun painting event for adults! Get Your Muse On hosts this girls night out event where you are given step by step instructions to paint your masterpiece on canvas! The cost of the event includes drinks, appetizers and all painting supplies. Visit ECHO’s Facebook page for more information and pricing.

Paint and Play at ECHO

Meeting Planners Review Our St. Simons Island Resort

June 16th, 2015

Oceanfront Meeting Space

The comfort and contentment of our business and leisure guests is of the utmost importance to us. We know that everyone has a choice of where they want to stay and we are thankful every time guests choose to stay at our oceanfront resort. After a group or association meets at our resort, we ask the meeting planner to give us feedback on their meeting and visit.

Here is what meeting planners are saying about their meeting or event at our resort:

“Impressed with banquet staff & bell staff. Very courteous!” K.R.

“The King and Prince is a fantastic hotel. My group loved it and we wanted to stay longer.” J.J.

“Our conference setting was excellent, as usual.” C.C.

“We were very pleased with everything. Trina in sales was great!” M.I. 

“Outstanding people, very accommodating. We would love to host another event at your resort!” N.R.

“The event was absolutely wonderful!” S.D.

“The whole experience.The golf course was in excellent condition. Rick Maddox & his team do an excellent job.” A.L.

To learn more about groups and events at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, visit our website.

How To Prepare For A Wedding Venue Site Visit

June 14th, 2015

Wedding Reception at The King and Prince

Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming. Add to that the fact that most brides who are planning their big day have no experience, and it can make for some major issues on the wedding day. We asked our experts for their tips on questions brides need to ask on a site visit and here is their advice:

When you go to your site visit, be prepared! Have your questions written out ahead of time and bring a pen and paper so you can write down answers and take notes. Also, don’t be afraid to snap some photos of the space. When you are looking at multiple venues, you can forget details about a location or size of a room. Photos can also help when you are planning the layout of the reception space and decor.

A simple question that brides often forget to ask is: How many hours are included in the rental? Also, once you decide on a venue, this information should be in the contract.

Are there restrictions on alcohol, volume or decor? Remember that based on location, each spot may have different restrictions for alcohol and noise/volume of music for a late night reception. The last thing you want is for the DJ or band to have to quiet down because neighbors are complaining of loud music when there is a noise ordinance in place.

Many historic buildings will have restrictions on decor. Make sure you are able to hang lights from the ceiling or hang flowers/decor from the chandeliers. Another thing to keep in mind is that you may want to think a little about decor before you choose a reception venue for this exact reason.

What is included in the site fee? Does the fee only cover rental of the event space or does it include set up and clean up from their staff? Does the fee include any equipment? Make sure it is all written out in your contract.

Where are the parking facilities and is there a fee?

Where are the restrooms located and where are they located in reference to the event space? This is especially important if you have anyone with mobility issues attending your wedding.

If you want candles at your reception, make sure the event space allows for candles. 

Our final words of wisdom: Remember that the more information you have, the better. Always, always, always bring someone with you when you are scouting a place out. Often times, you will forget to ask certain questions or may overlook an issue with the space that your friend/mother/fiancee may catch. Once you decide on a reception venue and you are ready to sign the contract, make sure you are comfortable with everything that is in the contract. If you are not, ask for them to revise it until you are satisfied and comfortable with the terms.

The ABC’s of St. Simons Island, Part 5

June 12th, 2015

 

St. Simons Island has so much to offer and we want to share it with you! This is the final installment in our popular “ABC’s of St. Simons Island” blog series. Click the links to view The ABC’s of St. Simons Island Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

W. Whimsical– There is no place like St. Simons Island. Residents and visitors will tell you this time, and time again. The Tree Spirits on the moss-draped oaks and the island’s love for the arts are just a few of the ways the island will show you it’s whimsical side.

X. RelaX–  Ok, so we know it doesn’t start with the letter “X” but who can deny the feeling of relaxation that you get as soon as you step foot onto the island? Hit the beach, pull up a chair and listen to the waves lapping at the shore. Need some more R&R? Head over to The Royal Treatment Cottage for a massage!

Y. Youth– Whether you are  young, or young at heart, St. Simons Island will bring out your younger side. Get back to the basics, turn off your electronics and take a bike ride past coastal creeks, try your hand at crabbing by the pier or try skim-boarding.

Z. Zoom!– Zoom and zip your way around the island in your own (rented)  golf cart. It is the best way to see and experience our coastal town. High Tide Carts offers 4 and 6 passenger carts for rent from 1 hour up to 7 days!

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the ABC’s of St. Simons Island as much as we have enjoyed writing about it. To find out more about the island, hotels and activities, visit our website.

5 Bridesmaid Dresses Perfect for a Beach Wedding

June 9th, 2015

Bridesmaid dresses are one part of your wedding that your best girlfriends will either love or hate. Usually there is no way to make them all happy, but we know that these dresses will impress even your most picky friends. Not only are these dresses gorgeous and flattering for many different body types, they are also the perfect dresses for a beach wedding!

This “Kylie” silk chiffon A-line one shoulder dress from J.Crew is simple but sophisticated. 

Silk Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress from J. Crew

www.jcrew.com

 

“Laura” by Donna Morgan is a strapless silk chiffon dress with a sweetheart neckline with an empire waist. 

Silk Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by Donna Morgan

www.donna-morgan.com

 

We absolutely adore this fun, flirty dress from designer Lula Kate! “Sassy Stripes” has a strapless sweetheart neckline with a cocktail skirt….and of course, fun stripes! 

Sassy Stripes Bridesmaid Dress by LulaKate

www.lulakate.com

 

We cannot say enough good things about this versatile dress from Two Birds. It consists of one dress that can be worn 15 different ways! 

Wrap Bridesmaid Dress from twobirds

www.twobirdsbridesmaid.com

 

Who said that everyone has to wear the same dress? Designer Vatana Watters will prove everyone wrong with “Mix & Match” dresses for your bridesmaids. 

Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses from Vatana Watters

www.watters.com

 

All New Menus For Your 2015 St. Simons Island Event!

June 3rd, 2015

Our oceanfront resort prides itself in providing guests with a wonderful experience during their stay. For our meeting guests this means complimentary Wi-Fi, a business center with printing capabilities, top-notch customer service, delicious food and a comfortable place to lay your head at night.

We know that when you attend a meeting, sometimes the food can be sub-par, but not at The King and Prince! Our culinary team has created new banquet menus to showcase our delicious, fresh cuisine!

St. Simons Island Venue Menu

In addition to these delicious buffets, we offer plated meals, lighter fare and boxed lunches. For more information about special events and group banquets at our resort, visit our website or call us at 912-638-3631

 

 

Celebrating Five Years of Excellence from TripAdvisor

May 27th, 2015

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

 

We are pleased to announce that we have been added to TripAdvisor’s 2015 “Hall of Fame” for receiving the “Certificate of Excellence” five years in a row. TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from their members. We would like to thank all of our guests who have reviewed our property and given us feedback.

To plan your getaway to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, visit our website!