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Georgia Day Trip: To The King and Prince & St. Simons Island

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Leigh Cort writes an article for Old City Life about a trip to historic St. Simons Island and The King and Prince.

Day Trip

By Leigh Cort

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

View from the Oceanfront Building

Only a two hour drive from Saint Augustine, run away to a Georgia island that will take your breath away.  Expansive vistas along a 5-mile causeway leading to St. Simons Island from the mainland will compel you to roll down the windows and exhale the saltwater marshes and exhale the stresses of life.  Drive under massive live oaks creating canopied tunnels that Eugenia Price immortalized as the setting for many of her romantic novels.  When you arrive at The King and Prince Hotel that oozed Southern hospitality, you might feel like a kid again on your first beach vacation.

A member of Historic Hotels of America, The King and Prince has hosted dignitaries and celebrities for 75+ years when it was a retreat for the ‘rich and famous.’ There are numerous lodging options (14 styles of rooms, suites, cottages or villas). For romance, choose a Cabana Room, in the historic center of this Mediterranean beauty.  It’s perfect for a quiet getaway with a large beautifully decorated bedroom, cozy sitting room and one smaller step down to an oceanfront verandah.  Uber comfort is important when it’s a ‘romantic’ getaway.  The peaceful blues/yellows and tons of extra pillows are all you need to let the cares of the world drift away.  For a family affair, select a 2-bedroom villa with oceanfront balcony, 2 baths and full kitchen.

If you visit for a day, take a stroll around the Hotel and enjoy lunch or dinner in the only oceanfront restaurants on the island.  Featuring southern coastal cuisine, tour The Delegal Dining Room with historic stained glass windows that depict the Island’s histoy.  Through the decades contemporary additions to the King and Prince maintain the same historic feeling ~ from the original building of rooms and suites ~ to the pristine indoor pool and four outdoor swimming pools.  Front desk staff and lobby concierge are ready to make any stay wonderful, arranging a suneset cruise, kayaking, bicycles to explore the island or directions to the famous St. Simons Lighthouse.

If you visit for an overnight, there is no hurry to catch it all.  Perhaps a ride on The Lighthouse Trolley can begin your island exploration.  Making stops along the island to specialty shops in The Village or Sea Island Shops where there are numerous art & antique galleries, boutiques and restaurants-the trolley continues to Christ Church, Fort Frederica and stops throughout St. Simons Island with historic makrers dating to the 1600s.

Return to the Hotel and indulge at the Royal Treatment Cottage.  With a smorgasbord of revitalizing services choose a treatment where “the mind and body can relax.”  They offer very individualized attention that might include Aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish or side-by-side massage for couples.  Any visit to St. Simons Island must include driving along 16-mile Frederica Road, which begins at the southend pier and Village-culminating at the north end and the King and Prince Golf Course at Hampton Plantation.  Resort guests and day trip visitors can enjoy a spectacular day of golf on a course that is owned by the Resort.  Renowned for its ancient forests, vast salt marshes and four spectacular signature hotels that are gently carved from small coastal marsh ‘islands’, the course bends around towering oaks, across lakes and lagoons.  Lunch at the clubhouse is open to the public too (365 days a year).  Their innovative 3-D graphic transports viewers to each of the 18 holes via hole-by-hole flyover.

Hotel guests often visit with a list of ‘must do’s on the island’ while visiting.  It’s a great idea to be an organized traveler and maximize vacation time but the Resort has done some of the work for you:

Live History: Climb to the top of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Trace the archaeological remnants of Ft. Frederica where Georgia’s fate was determined is 1742, Hop aboard The Lighthouse Trolley for an Island history tour.

Nature Bike Rides: Don’t Forget Your Camera. St. Simons Island has 17 miles of bike paths that traverse the Island past centuries old trees, historic markers, ocean and marsh vistas complete with native wildlife.

Art & Antiques: The Island has 20+ galleries & antique shops for every taste.

Self-Guided Walking Tours: We’ll prepare a customized tour or set out on your own.

Read a Book: Settle in and find a cozy spot – the beach, the pool, your luxurious room or an oceanfront swing.

Dine Around: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with an exquisite ocean view from every table.  The King and Prince Golf Course serves breakfast and lunch daily too.  AND the Island dining options are extensive.  Ask our concierge.

St. Simons Island ‘Island Playhouse’ Theature & Library: A must! Bringing live theater to the Island since 1956.

Energize the Imagination, Body & Soul: For Relaxation & Rejuvenation- enjoy our Royal Treatment Cottage.  Where your mind and body can relax with massage therapies and treatments…steps from the beach.

Celebrate Golf: King & Prince Golf Course is a MUST PLAY. Enjoy our old fashioned hospitality and experience a truly memorable game: the serenity of extraordinary natural beauty and the challenges of one of Coastal Georgia’s great courses.

Fish, Surf & Boating: Let the fresh air and waterways seduce you for a day ~ take a trip on the Lady Jane (shrimp boat) or we can help you plan your adventure with one of the island’s favorite captains: Cap Fendig.  Kayaking, dolphin tours and secret fishing sports are yours for the asking.

Do Nothing: You’re at the Beach!

 

The King and Prince Resort

 

 

For more details visit: kingandprince.com

Imagine Yourself HERE! – A St Simons Island Wedding

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

St. Simons Island is simply a great spot for a wedding. The pictures don’t lie!
We had the pleasure of working with Rachel and Jason last year and their wedding was fantastic!
Thank you to La Dolce Vita Studio for the beautiful photos.

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St Simons Island Wedding Venues

Lovely Lane Chapel

St Simons Island Wedding

Majestic Oaks Draped with Spanish Moss

St Simons Island Marshes

The Marshes of Glynn

St Simons Island Wedding Venue, The King and Prince Resort

The Solarium at The King and Prince

St. Simons Island- A Restful Retreat

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Dena & Chuck Bingham write about their visit to St. Simons Island in Senior Connection Magazine. Along with the King and Prince accommodations and St. Simons Island attractions, they describe the southern island culture and way of life.

St. Simons Island—A Restful Retreat

BY CHUCK AND DENA BINGHAM

OK. You’ve taken the grandkids to see Mickey and Minnie often enough to know the routine: Stand in line for 45 minutes for a five-minute ride; someone else’s crying grandkid just spilled a sticky concoction on your new izod shirt and the line for a $9 sandwich is twenty people deep. By late afternoon a whole theme park full of cranky three-year-olds are pitching a fit because they’re tired. You take two more Tylenol and head for the exit with your own grandkids in tow. Ah, but wait. You are parked on the other side of a lake that now looks endless and there are three thousand people in front of you waiting for the same ferry boat.

The King and Prince Beach Resort

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Travel

Oleander Building

The Oleander Building

This time do something for you… About an hour north of the Jacksonville airport is a quiet, laid-back hideaway just waiting for you. Take the Saint Simons Island exit off of I-95 and head for the Atlantic Ocean (about ten miles). Once you cross the causeway to St. Simons Island you can feel the stress melting away. You won’t find Ferris wheels, or tea cup rides, or 6-foottall rodents with big ears. What you will find is an upscale residential island that doesn’t mind sharing its seclusion with savvy, well-heeled vacationers.

Oceanfront room view

Oceanfront Rooms

The grand old oak trees drip with Spanish moss as you make your way to the stately King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Upon arrival the attentive staff quickly reacquaints you with Southern hospitality. Built in 1935, the resort was originally a dance club for well-to-do Northerners. It has consistently been upgraded to meet today’s discerning traveler’s tastes. Accommodations range from Oceanside Villas to private cottages to king-bedded rooms. Outstanding cuisine is a hallmark of the resort and is not to be missed.

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King and Prince Golf Course

Venturing into other parts of town reveals an additional bounty of local dining pleasures. Kick back at George Stewart’s Saltwater Cowboy for great pub fare. Or, if you’re in the mood for finer dining, try Halyards where Chef Dave Snyder prepares an exquisite tuna tartare. Lunch at Palmer’s Village Café is a must as Chef John Belechak prepares the best Southern dishes with locally grown produce. For a truly unique experience, take the “Lady Jane” shrimping trawler into the shallows of the Atlantic marshes for a first-hand look at how modern shrimping is accomplished. The tour comes complete with a marine biologist who explains in detail the ecosystem of the region and its importance to the local economy.

Saint Simons Island Trolley

St Simons Island Trolley

saint simons island lighthouse

St Simons Island Lighthouse

To enjoy the laidback pace of the island, why not rent bicycles at Ocean Motion right outside the entrance to King and Prince Resort. A leisurely 10-minute ride gets you to the heart of town. For the truly adventurous, the island boasts 18 miles of paved bicycle paths. If you’d rather let someone else navigate, try the Lighthouse Trolley which takes you (free) from the north end, where you’ll find the championship King and Prince Golf Course, to the south end, where you’ll find—you guessed it—the Lighthouse. Go in the lighthouse museum to hear about the great historical importance of this region.

There is so much, or so little, to do here…the choice is yours. If there is one drawback to this hidden treasure, it’s this: you may not want to leave…

To learn more, contact The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort at (912) 638-3631 and www.kingandprince.com, or visit the St. Simons Island visitors guide at www.explorestsimonsisland.com.

Kristi Casey Sanders’ Travel Article About St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Kristi Casey Sanders writes about where to stay and things to do on St. Simons and Jekyll in Encore Atlanta. She mentions The King and Prince for its beach accommodations and resort golf course.

April 2011 Encore Life

Going coastal

Start your summer now on the ‘golden isles’ of Jekyll and St. Simons

By Kristi Casey Sanders

Spring is beautiful in Atlanta, with cherry blossoms and dogwood trees in bloom. And as spring clothes replace sweaters, it’s easy to yearn for full-on summer. That’s why so many spring breaks unfold on the beach. You can escape to a sandy wonderland where sunsets give way to moonlit surf, casual beach bars serve frosty drinks and fresh seafood, and kids can learn the fine art of avoiding sunburns while building sandcastles and riding Boogie boards.

Atlanta’s closest beaches are on the barrier islands off the Georgia coast. The four clustered around Brunswick are known as the “golden isles.” It’s a five-hour drive or a 60-minute flight via Delta Connection, which has three daily nonstop flights to Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.

There are exclusive resorts (Sea Island) and serene eco-retreats (Little St. Simons), but if you desire a family friendly spot affordable enough to become a yearly tradition, St. Simons and Jekyll islands are the best options.

St. Simons Island

There’s an anecdotal story told about the Timacuan Indians, who lived here under Spanish rule for almost 200 years. They finally rebelled, it is said, because the Catholic priests insisted the men take only one wife. Whether that’s true, you still get the feeling that these island inhabitants would rebel if someone tried to stop them from having a good time.

For more than 75 years, the center of the island’s social life has been the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (800-342-0212), which began as an open-air oceanfront dance pavilion. The hotel grew up around the pavilion — now the Delegal Dining Room. It’s next to the King’s Tavern, a legendary watering hole added to the property in the 1980s. Accommodations range from traditional hotel rooms and multi-bedroom condo units with full kitchens to private homes with rooftop patios. Guests can rent bikes or kayaks, ride horseback on the beach, or learn how to play tennis, shoot sporting clays or fish.

Golf is a big deal here, and the King and Prince Course (912-634-0255) is quite scenic. Wild marsh grass cuts the field of play between the tee box and fairway on one hole, golf cart paths are elevated over marshland, wild birds soar overhead and gators nap inches from the greens under oak trees. The Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort (800-841-6268) offers guests three courses and suite-style accommodations, three clay tennis courts, three swimming pools and an array of family friendly activities.

The Lighthouse Trolley (912-638-3333) is a fun way to learn about the island’s history. It is owned by Cap Fendig, a local character and sometime politician, whose family has been here since the 1800s. You can take a narrated tour or hop on and off the trolley at scheduled stops. At Fort Frederica National Monument, you’ll see where Spanish and British troops clashed in 1742. Graves of their descendants are found in the historic graveyard surrounding Christ Church. The Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station has interactive, kid-friendly exhibits explaining the role the U.S. Coast Guard has played in the region before, during and since World War II. There’s also the famous St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum (912-638-4666), where you can enjoy the best view in town. Fendig’s company offers dolphin tours, bird-watching trips and real-estate services — in case you need a permanent local address.

The Georgia coast is only 100 miles long, but it contains one-third of this country’s salt marshes, which replenish the Atlantic Ocean’s ecosystem. Learn about the barrier island’s marine life aboard the Lady Jane (912-265-5711). Piloted by Captain Credle, the vessel takes passengers into St. Simons Sound, where marine biologists sort shrimp from the other creatures caught in nets and explain what guests are seeing. The ship’s first mate serves up a shrimp boil as the boat heads back to the dock.

As you’ll learn on the Lady Jane, you’re not eating just any shrimp. The salt marsh grasses available to Wild Georgia Shrimp™ grazing here make them particularly sweet. Shrimping season begins between April and June and runs through December. And thanks to the large local sturgeon population, this region also is known for quality caviar, harvested in January and February and said to be superior to Russia’s.

St. Simons doesn’t lack for good restaurants. Saltwater Cowboy (912-634-2102) is a relaxed steak and seafood eatery with live entertainment near the King and Prince Resort. Further inland is Southern Soul Barbeque (912-638-SOUL), featuring award-winning Brunswick stew. If people-watching is high on your agenda, try breakfast or lunch in the village at the Sandcastle Café & Grill (912-638-8883), where you’ll rub elbows with police officers, politicos and other characters.

Jekyll Island

Legislation requires that at least 66 percent of Jekyll Island remain in its natural state. The island is part of Georgia’s park system, so there is a small fee for all cars ($5/day or $25/week). On the island’s east coast, where the beaches are, an ongoing revitalization project has added budget hotels and a 20-acre oceanfront park with picnic pavilions and wheelchair-friendly beach access points. New shopping and dining outlets are under construction, but old favorites like Blackbeard’s Restaurant (912-635-3522) offer hearty fare and spectacular ocean and sunset views.

The Intracoastal Waterway borders the island’s west coast. Dine waterfront in the Jekyll Island Marina at Sea Jay’s Waterfront Cafe & Pub (912-635-3200) and on the Jekyll Island Pier at sister restaurants Latitude 31 (dinner only) and the Rah Bar (912-635-3800), where live music plays three to four nights a week and oysters and shrimp are available by the pound.

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel (800-535-9547), at the heart of the island’s historic district, is a short walk from the pier. Built at the turn of the 20th century for vacationing millionaires, the club was described in a 1904 edition of Munsey’s Magazine as “the richest, most exclusive, most inaccessible club in the world.” After Georgia bought Jekyll Island in 1947, the club became a luxury hotel. Several of the surrounding millionaires’ “cottages” are now gift shops, restaurants, event facilities and atmospheric accommodations for small groups.

The resort can help you explore what life was like for the millionaires of the Gilded Age through a walking tour of the historic district. Learn how the Federal Reserve System was planned by a select group of bankers and politicians at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. See the island by bicycle or on horseback. Play croquet or sign up for a geocaching game for a treasure hunt around Jekyll. Also available: dolphin cruises, kayak tours or visits to nearby Cumberland or Sapelo island.

Four golf courses on the island’s interior use natural sand barriers, inland lakes and pine forests to create challenging links-style play. The best course for multigenerational groups is Pine Lakes, which has family friendly tee boxes and winds its way through prime bird-watching territory. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, a lazy river and waterslides beckon at the Summer Waves water park; the adjacent Tidelands Nature Center offers nature tours and watercraft rentals. Another prime attraction is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a rehabilitation, research and educational center that has special programs for kids.

Easy Getaway to St. Simons Island

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Charlene Peters writes another article on Examiner.com about St. Simons Island mentioning numerous outdoor activities and local restaurants.

Easy getaway from Boston to St. Simons Island, Georgia

April 11, 2011

Charlene Peters

Boston City Guide Examiner

Sometimes there’s nothing as exciting as discovering unique shopping areas in a destination you hadn’t expected would offer so much. St. Simons Island, about a one-hour drive from the Jacksonville, Florida airport, is such a place.

A high-scale island that caters to families who want an affordable vacation (a stay at the King and Price Beach & Golf Resort is the place to be), and is home (seasonal) to the Fortune 500 crowd, it was surprising to find affordable, unique pieces in trendy shops throughout the downtown area. But that was but one small perk in a recent visit to the 18-mile long island — with a population of 21,000 seasonally.

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Sous Chef, Paula Murphy offers a cooking demo of shrimp ‘n grits at King and Price Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia

The culinary scene, which is trendy and not just about shrimp ‘n grits (although there are plenty of these sweet island tastes at almost every eatery), includes top restaurants such as Halyards, serving the freshest and tastiest tuna tartare with citrus aioli, as well as offering cooking classes through its USA Island Cooking Classes program. The drive to Halyards is your first course for dinner, aesthetically speaking, as the road that leads to this eatery is a tree tunnel of old oak trees accessorized with Spanish Moss. In business for 11 years, Chef Dave Snyder is one to watch, especially when he’s kneading his own cheese curd and water to make fresh mozarella. While Halyards is a bit more of an upscale dining experience, Chef Dave offers a scaled down version of more affordable tastes at his neighboring Tramici restaurant. And then there’s Palmer’s Village Cafe, the newest spot in town for breakfast and lunch, where Chef John Belechak serves southern specialties that will tempt you to return over and over again. If your in the mood for some low country pub food, head to Saltwater Cowboy and you’ll “git” your fill. Learn firsthand about the shrimping industry of the island onboard the Lady Jane, an absolute must for those who want to be in-the-know.

Not sure what else to do while on the island? Take a tour on the Lighthouse Trolley with “Cap” Fending and you’ll learn about life on the island, with personal anecdotes from a man that once ran for the presidential election, but now relishes in a life of sharing his experiences and knowledge of St. Simons Island through group tours on the trolley, as well as dolphin and fishing excursions. If you want to know more about the history of the Georgia Coast, you can head to the Coast Guard Maritime Museum and get your fill, courtesy of Curt Smith, or hop on a bicycle and get lost in the island’s surrounding beauty of beaches and residential areas. Ocean Motion offers kayak rentals and bicycles with baskets and locks so that you can cruise along 21 miles of bike paths! Oh, and it also has a great sports shop and clothing store.

Need to sweeten things up a bit? Head downtown to St. Simons Sweets and grab a pecan, Rice Krispie treat — or two.

If you, or someone you travel with loves golf, a must go-to spot would be the King & Prince Golf Course, a championship course that’s worth a golf cart drive through just to witness the beauty of the landscape.

Need a bit of culture? You’ll be sure to get your fill at the Left Bank Art Gallery, especially if you stay and chat with owner, Mildred Huie Wilcox, a southern belle who will leave you in awe with stories from her past experiences living in New York City as a fashion model, and stories of life on the island with her late-husband.

With so many treasures to experience on St. Simons Island, this is a destination worth exploring.

Charlene Peters’s St Simons Island Travel Article

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Charlene Peters writes writes about her travels to The King and Prince and St. Simons Island on WickedLocal.

Taste of Travel: Reigned in by the King and Prince Resort

By Charlene Peters /Wicked Local Marblehead

Marblehead Reporter

Posted Apr 19, 2011 @ 03:36 PM

Swampscott —All the hype leading to the royal marriage between Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales is likely to evoke the need for a bit of grandeur in your own life. So, if you’re in need of getting the royal treatment, there’s an affordable destination with a five-star golf course and staff that will treat you like crowned royalty — and you’ll be in surroundings fit for a king.

Lined with oak trees over 200 years old, it’s the Spanish moss that will grab your attention. Draped on limbs that “bough” down to greet you with southern hospitality, and streets dotted with blooming azaleas, roses and more floral landscape, St. Simons Island in Georgia spans 18 miles along a salt marsh that keeps sweet Georgia shrimp happily fed and spawning. Although peaches are what come to the minds of most when this low country Southern state is mentioned — on St. Simons Island, it’s all about shrimp. In fact, Georgia has the largest marshland in acres and is the largest producer of seafood on the eastern coast.

Shrimp with grits, peel ‘n’ eat boiled shrimp, fried shrimp — whatever y’all are in the mood for, you can get it at St. Simons. If you’re not sure how you want your shrimp prepared, or want to try other seafood tastes of the area, such as grouper or flounder, head to King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, a family-friendly, affordable spot on the island for the Friday night seafood buffet; you’ll be guaranteed to get your fill of seafood, as well as prime rib and an assortment of desserts, such as peach cobbler, of course.

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp ‘n’ grits at King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Paula Murphy, sous chef at KP, knows her grits (acronym: “girls raised in the south”). Murphy advises seasoning grits as you cook them — don’t wait until they’re fully cooked or “they won’t work,” she says. Cooking lessons are part of KP’s offerings, held in spacious rooms with windows that overlook the sea. During high tide, the beach disappears and all you see is water (you’ll feel as if you’re on a cruise ship, but without the seasickness).

Lady Jane Shrimp Boat

Shrimpin’ along Georgia’s coastline on the Lady Jane is as popular as the little black dress.

A walk, bike or Lighthouse Trolley ride off-resort will lead you to the Left Bank Art Gallery, where owner, Millie Huie Wilcox, upon request, will regale you with stories of her life, including her past fashion modeling career in New York City, as well as how she came to own an art gallery on St. Simons Island. The artwork, some of which features artists from France, hosts plenty of talented regional artists (my personal favorite: Jane Smithers of North Carolina). Following a fill of culture, be sure to take time to explore the fantastic shopping districts for women, and take a break at Palmer’s, the newest breakfast and lunch eatery, a must-stop for visitors who want to experience a taste of the south. Try the Southern poached eggs with collard greens accompanied by a ham and buttermilk biscuit topped with pot licker gravy, or Mary’s chicken salad sandwich with the hollowed Hoagie filled with ricotta cheese and sun dried tomato chicken salad. Hey, even the Texas-cut French toast stuffed with a strawberry cream will more than satisfy the ficklest of foodies.

Until you reign at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, here are a few shrimp recipes that will catapult you down south.

Shrimp and Grits

- recipes courtesy of King and Prince Resort

Burgundy gravy:

1 lb. shrimp (26-30 count)

3/4 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup julienned red pepper

1/2 cup julienned green pepper

1/2 cut julienned onion

8 beef bouillon cubes

1 quart water

Dash of salt

Dash of cayenne pepper

4 oz. Burgundy wine

Sauté onions, mushrooms and peppers in butter. Add wine and bring to a boil. Add salt and cayenne pepper, re1duce heat. Add shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beef bouillon cubes and mix well, add water and bring to a boil. Thicken with half cornstarch and half water mixture.

Cheese grits:

2 cups stone ground grits

1 quart chicken stock

1 quart milk

1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese

1/4 cup water

Bring chicken stock and milk to boil. Add grits, cook for 5 minutes. Add cheese, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add butter, stir well and cook for 10 minutes.

Serves 6 to 8

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Shrimp & Crab Seafood Lasagna

2 cups wild shrimp (preferably from Georgia), medium size, defrosted and dried off on paper towels (you can also use/add crab, scallops, etc.)

1 garlic clove, minced

3 scallions cut in 1/2-inch pieces (greens included)

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

1-1/2 cups béchamel (when making sauce, use only 1 cup)

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup dry white wine

Few threads saffron

Cayenne pepper (optional, to taste)

3/4 cup Fontina, provolone and mozzarella cheese mix, shredded

1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese

8 lasagna sheets, cooked “al dente”

Salt and ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter, sauté the garlic until transparent — do not brown or burn. Add the shrimp and toss over high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add scallions and parsley, stir and continue cooking until shrimp lose their transparency. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the béchamel using just 1 cup of milk as you will be adding the cream and white wine to it. When the béchamel is ready, stir in the cream, wine, saffron, cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Blend thoroughly and remove the sauce from the heat.

Spread about a third of the sauce over the bottom of an 8- by- 10-inch round pie pan. Sprinkle half the cheese mixture (Fontina/mozzarella) over the sauce. Scatter about half the shellfish evenly over the cheese. Cover with half the lasagna sheets. Repeat the layers finishing with the last sheets of lasagna. Cover with the remaining sauce and Parmesan and a few threads of saffron (and some ground pepper if you wish).

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown (keep an eye on it — you don’t want the top to burn). Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 to 6

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Georgia’s Best Golf Courses

Friday, June 10th, 2011

An article from the PGA has named the King and Prince Golf Course one of the best courses in Georgia.

A Quick Nine: Georgia’s Best Courses

by T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer PGA.com

In terms of a rich golfing history, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place that tops the Peach State in that department.

Georgia is the home of Bobby Jones, the Masters, East Lake Golf Club, the NCAA national champion Augusta State men’s golf team (as well as runner-up Univ. of Georgia), the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club — and, more than anything — the place where you can find many of the best public courses in the country.

That’s where you come into the equation. For this week’s, ‘A Quick Nine,’ feature, we tasked our PGA.com Facebook fans with a difficult question: What is the best places to play in the state of Georgia?

There are so many great tracks to choose from, certainly there’s a strong argument that another dozen or so courses belong on this list. Apologies to many courses that didn’t make this listing but there are no wrong answers.

9. The Hampton Club, St. Simons Island, Ga. Take a look at the course description from its website:

“With four signature holes highlighting play on The King and Prince Golf Course’s back nine, the entire 18-hole, Par 72 course combines for an experience that always finds it on golf’s “must-play” lists on the Florida to Myrtle Beach circuit. Unique parkland design that play through the marsh from island to island on the back nine. Oak Trees line many of our beautiful fairways.”

One of Georgia's Best Golf Courses

King and Prince Golf Course

The King and Prince Receives TripAdvisor Award!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from our members. We think your 4 rating is something to be proud of and we hope you do too.

According to Michael Johnson, our General Manager, “A TripAdvisor #4 rating is something to be very proud of, especially since it’s awarded to properties that consistently provide excellent facilities and outstanding service.  Our staff goes the ‘extra mile’ for our guests with a commitment to excellence every day. We are thankful to our wonderful guests who cared enough to shout our praises on TripAdvisor; we promise to always give them the warm southern hospitality for which we have been known for 76 years.”