Archive for August, 2010

Judy Wells Wishes The King and Prince Happy Birthday

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Judy Wells, writer of  the blog Travel On The Level, recounts her visit to The King and Prince.  She mentions the 75 year history, resort amenities, and her favorite King’s Tavern meals.

Happy Birthday, St. Simons Island Hotel

The King and Prince Resort

When a St. Simons Island, GA, hotel celebrates its 75th anniversary, you know it’s been doing something right.

In the case of the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, it’s been doing a lot of things right.

First there was location – on the ocean with dance floors inside and out. Then there was policy. The other hotel, The Cloister on Sea Island, was marketed to the well-to-do and the K and P opened as a private dance club. After being leveled by two mysterious fires, K and P was rebuilt and opened to the public. In the meantime, The Cloister had become almost a private club and enclave for Midwesterners. K and P’s live bands and dances were the hit of the island. Didn’t take long for K and P to be known as the fun place to go.

Delegal Room

Fancy, too. Rooms, food and service have always been important so it was where you went for those special occasions.

It still is. K and P’s grand buffets – seafood on Friday night, brunch on Sunday and breakfast daily – are famous. Lodgings have all been updated and enlarged, varying from standard rooms or oceanfront suites to one- to three-bedroom condos and individual cottages.

King and Prince Golf Course

Of course there are kids’ activities, a spa, tennis and a challenging and beautiful Joe Lee golf course at the Hampton Club. But another set of amenities makes K and P unique. You don’t often find a resort, especially in the South, with outdoor and indoor pools plus a wide swath of oceanfront beach. Actually, there are five pools, including the heated one indoors.

Best of all for Levelers, it’s on a very flat island.

Two of The King and Prince’s Five Pools

Warning: Be careful if booking a room in the hotel. Preserving yet updating and adding to the original building made for some strange configurations and passageways. Ask for a room near the elevator because avoiding stairs adds to the amount of walking you must do in the process.

Chef Robyn

I and several other travel writers were invited to K&P for a special birthday celebration which included an anniversary dinner featuring seven decades of Southern coastal cuisine. It was grand.

Executive Chef Robyn Gomez demonstrated his cooking techniques and let us in on the recipes for the resort’s popular Shrimp and Grits and their yummy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins. I’ll share these with you via posts to

So happy birthday, K and P, and many more to come!

Read more on the Travel On The Level blog.

King and Prince Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Friday, August 20th, 2010

On a recent visit to The King and Prince, Debi Lander tried the Shrimp and Grits dish in the King’s Tavern Restaurant.  Her review and recipe can be found here on her food blog.

By~Lander~Sea Food Tales

Restaurant Reviews, Recipes and Ramblings from Debi Lander

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shrimp & Grits

shrimp and grits recipe

Shrimp and Grits at The King and Prince

I’ve called Florida my home for 14 years but I’m not a G.R.I.T.- meaning  a ” girl raised in the South.”  Truth be told: I don’t even like grits. They feel grainy in my mouth,seriously– gritty is the right word.

However, while staying at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island in coastal Georgia, I attended an elegant dinner featuring Shrimp and Grits.  I’ve got to admit, the dish was sinfully luscious and I devoured it.

Chef Robyn Gomez Cooking Shrimp and Grits

Chef Robyn Gomez prepared the recipe in front of the guests and he changed my mind. Grits are worthy of royalty- at The King and Prince.

King and Prince Shrimp and Grits
Serves 6 to 8 people

Burgundy Gravy
2 ounces water
1 pound shrimp – 26-30 count
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup julienned green pepper
1/2 cup julienned onion
8 beef bouillon cubes
1 quart water
Dash of salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
4 ounces Burgundy wine

Sautee shrimp for Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Sauté onion, mushrooms, and peppers in butter.  Add wine and bring to boil.  Add salt and cayenne pepper, reduce heat.  Add shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add beef bouillon cubes and mix well, add water, and bring to boil.  Thicken with a 1/2 cornstarch and 1/2 water mixture.

Cheese Grits
2 cups stone ground grits
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese
1/4 cup water

Bring chicken stock and cream to boil.  Add grits, cook for 5 minutes. After grits cook, add the 1/4 cup of water.  Add

Shrimp and Grits

Simmer Shrimp and Grits

cheese, reduce hear, and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add butter, stir well and cook for 10 minutes.

Massage Therapies at the Royal Treatment Cottage

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The Royal Treatment Cottage at The King and Prince Resort was a featured spa on the Florida Spa Girls site and can be viewed here.

Royal Treatment at the King & Prince

Indulge yourself and pamper your friends or significant other at the historic King & Prince on St. Simons Island, GA. Allow licensed massage therapists to work the kinks and tension out of your overwrought muscles in the Royal Treatment Cottage. Choose from an array of individualized treatments: massages include; aromatherapy, sports-specific, or side-by-side for couples and custom therapies. Reflexology is also available.

Revitalize from the inside out along the shore, only steps from the sand and the Atlantic sea breeze. The historic beach cottage on the King & Prince Resort offers a tranquil experience to bathe in relaxation and rejuvenation. The front porch offers comfortable chaises where you can soak in the ambience of being treated royally with comfy robes and sandals while sipping herbal tea or juice as you forget the outside world.  Imbibe your palate with a light lunch at the cottage along with your massage treatment. They are happy to accommodate your group for customized parties; birthday, anniversary wedding shower, baby shower or graduation!

From June 12 through August 14,  The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort are offering a Royal Treatment Package.  The package includes: your choice of Resort Accommodations; (1) 60-minute massage per person, or Side-by-Side for two, (gratuities additional); more treatments may be added (for additional cost); Advance reservations for massage are required; Rates from $355/night. 1-800-342-0212 or visit their website at:

Enter to Win a Family Vacation at The King and Prince!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Do you have a funny story about a family vacation gone wrong? Become a fan of The King and Prince on Facebook, post your family vacation mishap story on our wall and you could win a 2 night stay in an Oceanfront Beach Villa! Contest ends 8/13/10. This is a $1,000 value!!!

The Ocean Front Villas offer a living/dining room combo as well as two bedrooms and two full baths.

Georgia Beach Weddings

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The King and Prince Resort has a new Wedding web page!  Take a look at all the new pictures and information on planning a dream destination wedding at the ocean’s edge.  There are pictures of all the event spaces as well as pictures from weddings.

View the web page here: The King and Prince Weddings