Archive for May, 2011

YouTube Contest

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

We want to see your creativity!

The King and Prince has a new contest….it’s easy, it’s fun, and something the whole family can participate in!

Submit a two minute video on YouTube of your stay at The King and Prince highlighting your favorite part of the resort.  If your YouTube video is selected as a favorite, you will win $200!

The video contest is running through the summer months and up to 5 videos will be selected at the end of each month.

The video must be at least one minute and no longer than two minutes. Post video on YouTube and email the link to us at reservations@kingandprince.com or email us the video and we will post it on YouTube.

Video Contest

YouTube Contest 2011

We have two great submissions that we would like to share with you.  Here are the links to two videos we have received:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO9dBNseB_s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75YmAeIOzZY

For more videos about The King and Prince and St. Simons Island, visit our YouTube channel!

Pool Umbrellas

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend is here and we are gearing up for summer at The King and Prince Resort! Our guests love relaxing at our resort pool area and enjoying tasty treats from the Paradise Beach Bar and Grill. However, sitting in the sun all day can be a bit much. This is why we have made an addition to our pool area to help guests escape the sun, while still enjoying the gorgeous views and ocean breezes. Numerous sun umbrellas can now be found throughout the pool area. We know our guests will love this addition and enjoy having a little relief from the hot Georiga sun!

Sun Umbrellas

Resort Pool Deck with Sun Umbrellas

Gift Basket Ideas for Your Destination Wedding at the King and Prince

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Since you won’t be able to greet all your guests personally upon arrival, a welcome bag (or peach basket on St. Simons Island, GEORGIA) is a great way to touch base with them right away.  Here are a few suggestions on what to include.

(1) A Welcome Letter.  Tell your guests how happy you are that they’ve made the trip with a short and sweet note.  For simplicity’s sake, use your computer to type and print the letters, but sign each on in ink for a personal touch.

(2) A Detailed Schedule.  List all of the weekend’s events, including any optional ones.  Be sure to mention any extra costs for activities such as tours, lessons, sports activities, and so on.

(3) Key Contact Information.  Tell your guests how to reach the people you’ve designated as go-to contacts.  Don’t include your contact info — most people won’t feel comfortable bothering you, and you’ll have enough on your mind already.

(4) Map of the Area.  The resort and the island have a lot to offer.  Make sure your guests make the most of their trip.

(5) Info on Local Transportation.  The trolley schedule and the phone numbers of local taxi companies will help your guests get around when they’re on their own.

(6) List of Local Restaurants.  Include restaurant descriptions, locations, phone numbers, and price info along with a selection of menus from places that deliver.

(7) Local Entertainment Guide.  Pick up the latest copy of Elegant Island Living and High Tide Guide for guests to be in the know.

(8) Thematic Snacks.  A taste of locally made food and drink will introduce your guests to the destination’s delicacies and help them avoid raiding the minibar.  Try to include both savory and sweet things to satisfy different cravings.  And since your guests are on vacation too, it’s nice to greet them with a celebratory drink — a bottle of wine or a beautifully labeled bottle of lemonade.

(9) Destination Essentials.  Anticipate little things your guests will appreciate having at the King and Prince:  sunscreen and a pair of flip-flops or a visor at the beach; a sweet-smelling bug repellent for the golf course; a token to pay putt-putt down at The Pier.  And no matter where you are, disposable cameras and bottled water are always welcome.

Courtesy of The Knot

Humane Society Golf Tournament at King and Prince

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in partnership with Elegant Island Living is holding its first annual Fore The Animals Golf Tournament.  It will take place on Saturday May 21st at The King and Prince Golf Course at 9 AM.  The event supports the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia.

Below is the press release for the event from American Chronicle.

By The Brunswick News, Ga.

May 18–The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia is hosting the Fore the Animals charity golf tournament Saturday at the King and Prince Golf Club, Home of the Hampton Club.

The event is a scramble format with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per player or $500 per team and includes breakfast, lunch, practice balls and green fees. Raffle tickets and mulligans will be available the day of the tournament.

All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, a 100 percent donor-funded, no-kill adoption center.

For more information or to register, call 912-222-8225.

Beach Themed Centerpieces

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Seashell Wedding Centerpiece

Beach Wedding Centerpiece

As this classic bride demonstrated perfectly with her beautiful centerpieces, you can acheive a beach wedding theme without sand and flip flops!   Inserting a lone shell into your floral centerpiece is a fantastic idea and a great way to go coastal.

Floral Design:  Edward on St. Simons//Photography:  Brooke Roberts

St. Simons Island – Patti Davis Blog Post #1

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Patti Davis blogs about her travels to St. Simons Island in 4 parts on Anatomy of a Dinner Party.  She has numerous pictures and wonderful descriptons.  Here is part 1.

St. Simons Island – Mayberry By The Sea

Written by Patti on April 11th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I would say that mine is a charmed life. That very fact was confirmed when I was invited to visit St. Simons Island for four days last week. In fact, it was so fantastic that I have deemed this to be St. Simons week on Anatomy of a Dinner Party!

Arriving after the five hour drive from Atlanta, I entered the lobby of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort to the heady aroma of chlorine. Now that might sound funny to some, but to me that is the smell of childhood, of a spa, of…..an indoor pool right in the lobby! Just one of four pools the resort boasts.

I dropped my luggage in the room (oceanfront!) and donned my Wellies (it was a blustery day) for a trip on the island trolley with my 17 journalist companions for the next four days. Destination – The Coast Guard Maritime Museum.

The King and Prince Resort pools

View of my room

Saint Simons Island Trolley

Miss Leigh, our host and Mr. Dick, our trolley driver

St Simons Island Museum

Coast Guard Maritime Museum

I loved hearing the history of this marvelous building and loved touring it even more. There are films to watch, quizzes to take and relics to pore over. Mr. Curt Smith was a wonderful host and guide and just knows everything about this treasure.

Saint Simons Island Maritime Center

Mr. Curt Smith

Inside the St Simons Maritime Museum

Ollie, The Coastie and me

St. Simons gifts were starting to unfold. Next up was a trip back to the resort to freshen up and then time for a very special coastal dinner in the Solarium with Chef Paula and Chris Baker, Director of Food and Beverage.

My room was so beautiful. Appointed in all navy blues and buttery yellow, it immediately soothed me. The king size bed was whispering to me, but it was time for dinner. And you all know, dinner is going to win every time!

Oceanfront accommodations

In The Solarium, we were greeted again by our lovely host for the trip, Leigh Cort, Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales and Marketing and Michael Johnson, General Manager. You might think that one in charge of such a stately resort would put on airs, but no. Bud, Michael, Angela, Chris and everyone else associated with the property were the warmest most genuine folks I have ever met. It was my delight to visit with each of them personally during my trip. I promise if you treat yourself to a visit to The King and Prince they will treat you with the same hospitality I so enjoyed.

On to the food! Chef Paula whipped up shrimp and grits in a demonstration as we sipped wine and asked questions. It was also a great time for my fellow writers and I to get to know one another. What started out as 17 strangers, turned into 17 friends before we would leave on Saturday.

The King's Tavern

My place at supper

Dining at The King and Prince Resort

New friends Chuck and Dena, from Tampa

Bud St. Pierre from The King and Prince

Bud, welcoming us all

Director of Food & Beverage at The King and Prince

Chris, Director of Food & Beverage, introducing Chef Paula

Chef Paula Murphy

Chef Paula Murphy. Love that Killer Smile!

Paula answered all our questions, and we had many! The dining room was filled with the most incredible scent as our gracious servers brought around a chopped caprese salad on bread and more wine was poured.

caprese salad

Chopped caprese salad on italian bread with melted mozzarella. Yum!

shrimp

Can’t you just smell these fresh Georgia shrimp sizzling?

shrimp & grits

It was almost too pretty to dig into. I said almost! lol

Between the entree and the dessert, everyone got up to introduce themselves to the group and reveal their favorite travel destination. It was so much fun learning about my brand new friends.

I was at an advantage, having my friend and fellow Atlantan, Ava Roxanne, from My Skin Concierge on the trip with us. She answered a quiz about the resort and won a stay in the Tabby Cottage! We would later retire to her cottage with some bubbly and giggle the night away. But first, dessert.

And what a dessert it was! Oh my goodness. Promise me you will visit The King and Prince and order this. Peach cobbled topped with Praline Ice Cream. It will make you the happiest person on earth. Seriously. Have I ever lied to you? Of course not. Take a look.

Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler topped with praline ice cream. You have got to try this!

What’s better than dessert? Sharing with a new friend!
Dining at The King and Prince Resort

Miss Leigh and I dig in!

Join me tomorrow for day 2! I’m hoping you will fall in love with St. Simons as much as I did.

xoxo, Patti

St. Simons Island Discoveries

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Sheila Gaspers writes a second article about her St. Simons trip on her blog, Tango Diva.  She writes about local eateries and activities on the island.

St. Simons Island Discoveries – Coastal Georgia

April 20th, 2011 by Sheila

My love affair with St. Simons Island, Georgia is renewed with each visit.

Living the island life is about exploration & experimentation.

Here are a few delightful ”Off the Beaten Path” Recommendations:

  • Sandcastle Cafe & Grill - Local DIVE Extraordinaire for over 20 + years! You have hit the mother lode when you have opted for the breakfast buffet. I found myself drowning in ecstasy over a plate of biscuits and gravy…no easy task for a northern gal. Owners, Tim and Melissa Wellford take pride in serving up a hearty and wholesome meal for under $10.
  • Palmer’s Village Cafe – a hip newcomer to the Island Dining Scene. Chef John Belechak, hailing from Tennessee’s jewel – The Inn at Blackberry Farm, brings his prestigious culinary experience and love of innovation to his new special seaside kitchen. Customers are treated to unique flavor combinations with every dish. Oversized whimsical and colorful paintings by island artist, Cathie Parmelee, brighten the walls and frame the open kitchen giving the eatery its artsy bistro ambience. The cafe is a hometown hit. You know it’s good when the locals are lining up on Mallery Street with visitors to partake in Palmer’s signature plates. The Hooch, a spicy cheese omelet dressed with fried onions and served with grits; Mary’s Chicken Salad Sandwich, a toasted hoagie filled with rich ricotta cheese and red pepper and Palmer’s rock’n Reuben Sandwich are notoriously popular! Expect a wait; the word on the street – “it doesn’t get any better than this”. Open for breakfast (served all day) and lunch with monthly themed dinners to be added to the mix by September. Reservations accepted for larger parties.
  • Saltwater Cowboy – Good Down Home Island Grub…with a touch of the big city. Give me a great burger or serve up a juicy T-Bone steak, grilled tuna, low country boil …and, I am liv’n the St. Simons’ dream. Enjoy that extra cocktail, Saltwater Cowboy is just around the corner from the resort….so skip the car, relax and take carefree moonlit stroll back to your island sanctuary.
  • Halyards - Fine Dining Far from Ordinary! Chef Owner, Dave Snyder excels in opening up his kitchen and the minds of guests to innovative cuisine that focuses on simple pleasures. His talent and generosity runneth over! Chef Snyder loves to share – his expertise, his recipes and his local finds. He seeks out only the best ingredients and harvests from the nearby coastal area whenever possible – local fish, shrimp and farm fresh products – to deliver an authentic regional dining experience. Halyard’s “Catch of the Day – Your Way” – Asian, Almondine or Nola/Cajun with a variety of sides – gives frequent diners a chance to mix it up and experiment. Or indulge in a mouth-watering favorite dish from the main menu – Almond Baked Trout, Braised Short Ribs, or opt for the Mustard Glazed Pork Chop. Whatever the entree, you will not be disappointed. But no meal would really be complete without a taste of Halyard’s Creamy Blue Crab Bisque; be forewarned, during the holidays faithful customers flock to the restaurant for carry out containers of the hearty homemade recipe – so it may be sold out! For a limited time, you can dine and save with Halyard’s fixed menu special - 3 for $33 -available most weeknights. Love Italian… then cross the courtyard to Tramici, Halyard’s sister restaurant next door. Expect the same great friendly service with casual Italian fare at affordable prices.

So much to see and do! You will need more than a weekend to enjoy all that the island has to offer!

Lady Jane Shrimp BoatSt Simons Island DessertsSaint Simons Island Trolley

Saint Simons Island boatingSaint Simons Island Maritime CenterSaint Simons Island biking

My Top Picks

  • The Coast Guard Maritime Museum and Lighthouse. You will not want to miss St. Simons’ native historian, Mr. Curt Smith’s engaging and enlightening personal tour.
  • A Trolley Tour c/o St. Simons Lighthouse Trolley. If you are lucky, a colorful narration awaits by trolley owner and island ex-commissioner, Cap Fendig, a charming southern gent with stories that could fill a lifetime. On the weekends, Cap offers a wonderful 90 minute river tour exploring the inland waters around the island where playful Dolphins and Alligators are often spotted. Each tour is a special adventure.
  • An Island Bike Ride – 11+ miles of incredible natural beauty. Ocean Motion Surf Shop, just one block the resort’s entrance, offers affordable flexible rentals.
  • Shopping on Mallery Street in the Village. Fabulous Fashionista Finds!
  • Dancing and Drinks at The Village Pub, a fun local watering hole. Good music and good people that make for a GREAT time!
  • Shrimp Boat Experience on the Lady Jane. A perfect way to spend an afternoon! Learn about the shrimp industry firsthand and discover the wonders of the coastal eco-system brimming with sea life from onboard marine experts – horseshoe crabs, turtles, fish, squid, shrimp and more. A fantastic family outing!
  • A visit to the Left Bank Art Gallery and an informal chat with owner and island icon, Millie Huie Wilcox. Relish every moment as Millie shares personal stories and intimate insights of the art and the island.
  • A Chocolate or Cupcake Fix at St. Simons Sweets – a candy emporium of homemade treats, ice cream and confectionary delights. Sharon. the owner, tells me it is all about a special mother’s touch. Her mom, Mary often acts as quality control in the kitchen while baking away behind the scenes daily to deliver decadent and delicious memories. Mom’s specialty Orange Cupcakes are outrageous…be sure to snag a few for the road trip home.
  • Soak in the Sunshine with a morning jog or walk on the beach then lounge with a good book poolside at the King and Prince Resort.
  • Sleep In with the balcony doors wide open welcoming a cool ocean breeze and the hypnotic sonata of the surf.

It is hard resist the charm and beauty of the island.

Visitors always seem to find their way back…bringing extended family and friends in tow.  And then, of course, there are those lucky few…who come to vacation…fall in love…and simply choose to never leave.

Whether for a day, a week or a lifetime, St. Simons will capture your heart!

Before you go:  You will not want to miss the Tango Diva Special Profile on the Island’s top rated oceanfront property,The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

For all your travel planning needs, visit the Brunswick-Golden Isles Tourism website or call 800-933-COAST.

Relax, Reconnect, and Rejuvenate

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Patricia King’s article describes the King and Prince in great detail from its accommodations and dining to the relaxing amenities.

Relax, Reconnect, and Rejuvenate at the King and Prince

Posted on April 12, 2011 by savvytraveling

The King and Prince Beach Resort

An aerial view of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is the only luxury hotel on beautiful and charming St. Simons Island, GA, located 60 miles north of Jacksonville, FL; 65 miles south Savannah, GA. It is situated at the southeast end of St. Simons Island, where the island’s best beaches are. There’s so much going on at King and Prince that their activities merit a separate article.

Now in its 76th year, the King and Prince is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America.

Guest Rooms

On arrival, we were greeted at a hotel reception desk and shown to our room.  The room was spacious and very well furnished with a comfortablesofa, coffee table, a work desk with two chairs, a big flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a room safe and a bed, of course. The bathroom was huge and the toiletries provided were beautifully presented in environmentally friendly packaging.

There was also a small balcony with two chairs and a table. This was very

oceanfront room

King Ocean View Room

comfortable both for snacking and for being able to use our computers outside. The resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout so this was very handy, as it enabled both of us to go online at the same time.

For those who don’t take their own computers everywhere with them, the resort also provides a business center where guests can go online using the resort’s computers, which are equipped with printers in case you need to print anything out.

During the check-in process we were given an attractive map of the resort to help us get oriented. As well as the guest accommodation, there are several public areas for guests to eat, drink, and play, or just sit quietly enjoying the superb views of the white sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.

There is an array of guest accommodations (including seasonal and special discounts) for every style and budget:

  • Resort Guest Rooms Located in the historic buildings with ocean, partial ocean or resort views, the resort’s most economically-priced guest rooms offer one king or two queen beds, yet offer the luxurious décor.
  • Beach Villas and Guesthouses:  These two- and three-bedroom villas offer a patio or balcony with either an ocean front or partial ocean view, combining living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen with place settings for eight. Both the North and South Villas include their own pools and separate gated parking areas. 
  • Resort Residences:  The King and Prince presents these seven gracious Guest Homes, each with its own highly unique ambiance and features.

The resort has three swimming pools:  A heated indoor pool and hot tub, and two outdoor pools.

Dining

The historic Delegal Dining Room, famed for its stunning stained glass window murals and ocean vistas, hosts the resort’s “Southern Charm Sunday Brunch” as well as the Legendary Friday Night Seafood Buffet and other holiday buffets.

The other restaurants:

  • The Atrium Café Opens daily at 6:30 a.m., featuring Freshly Brewed Starbucks Premium Coffees, Tazo Teas, fresh fruit, pastries, juices and energy drinks. Allowour baristas to assist you in your wake up process each morning;
  • The King’s Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers the only ocean front dining on St. Simons Island. Offering a delicious selection of fresh local delights, dine ocean side choosing from chef inspired soups, salads and sandwiches or try the signature Low Country Shrimp & Grits,
  • Paradise Beach Bar and Grill Open daily at 11:00 a.m. March through October weather permitting.  This is where island time truly begins and where food and fun become one. This is ocean front dining at its best. Enjoy an ultra-casual lunch with a wide variety of choices, as well as their signature cocktails like the King & Prince Lifesaver or the Confusion in Paradise.

The Royal Treatment

 

Spa on st simons island

The Royal Treatment Cottage

massage on st simons island

Massage at The King and Prince

For those who like being pampered there is the award-winning Royal Treatment Cottage, which offers a wide variety of treatments.  Most of the treatments are derived from traditional Eastern traditions dating back thousands of years and given a contemporary take. You can choose from the custom cottage, Swedish, therapeutic or sports-specific treatment, as well as reflexology and aromatherapy.

The setting is an historic beach cottage on the resort grounds just steps from the sands and seabreezes of the Atlantic. Here an intimate seaside retreat has been created where the utmost attention is given to experiences that soothe and treatments that rejuvenate.

The front porch with its comfy chaises invite you into the calming atmosphere inside where the casual warmth and refreshing decor of a quaint beach cottage are right at home with its indulgent and therapeutic elements. A fireside relaxation lounge, changing cabanas and quiet treatment rooms all ensure a tranquil experience. And while at The Royal Treatment Cottage for their treatments, guests enjoy the use of robes, sandles and totes for personal belongings. Complimentary bottled water is provided with juices and teas available.

As you can see, the resort has everything for those seeking tranquility and, as you’ll also see from my next articles about leisure activities and dining at the King and Prince, there’s lots to do. However, it’s worth a mention that the resort does not only cater to vacationers. You can also do business in this amazing environment.

There is more than 10, 000 sq. ft. of ocean front meeting, conference and function space, with premier catering, wedding, and special event services. The Sydney Lanier Ballroom can accommodate 70 to 350 people and offers teleconferencing, as well as state-of-the-art audio and video facilities.

Finally, it’s definitely worth mentioning the staff. The staff was truly excellent. They did everything they could to ensure the comfort of their guests, and I really couldn’t praise them highly enough.
I had spent four days at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, GA, fine dining at a fantastic hotel restaurants, touring the island and making new friends with the local residents I met in the village.  My nights were spent in the newly renovated room cushioned in a king-sized bed in the resort’s Oceanfront Building featuring dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the resort’s pools and the Atlantic Ocean.

On this last day I sat alone on the steps leading to the beach on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.  In the pre-dawn darkness, a cup of coffee in hand, I anxiously waited to greet the day.

st simons beach

St. Simons Island Beach

The clear, starry sky had whispers of clouds.   The air was absolutely silent, but filled with the salty smell of the sea.  The deep purple night gradually gave way to shades of red.  Day was at last beginning.

As the sun rose, the first sight was the arc of yellow shimmered on the ocean like an impressionist’s painting.  Sea birds and people seemed to show up at the same time.  I caught sight of baby dolphins coming up for air as they made their way out to sea with the ebbing tides.  Flocks of geese made their way north in their famous v-formations.  It was the perfect end to a perfect vacation.

All in all, if you’re planning a luxury holiday in the Georgia Sea Islands I suggest you look a bit further than the usual well-known haunts and give St. Simons a try. And if you do decide to visit St. Simons, then where better to stay than the King and Prince Resort?

In a Nutshell:

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

201 Arnold Road

St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522

Reservations: (800)-342-0212

Direct: (912) 638-3631

 Getting There:

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is located on historic St. Simons Island in Georgia and is easily accessible by either car or air. Island exits from I-95 are just 15 minutes from St. Simons. The Jacksonville International Airport is just 60 miles away and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is less than 70 miles away. Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is a quick 20-minute drive, with three incoming Delta Connection flights daily.