Archive for July, 2011

St Simons Island Vacation – Vanderford’s Travels

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Bill Vanderford published this article on Lakeside News after his spring St Simons Island vacation that including historic tours, boating, dining at local restaurants and a stay at The King and Prince.

Vanderford’s Travels

By Bill Vanderford

St. Simons Island is a golden Georgia treasure

Standing on the wall of Fort Frederica scanning the river and the marshes  beyond was serious business around 1740. The British soldiers on guard

Ft Frederica

Canons at Fort Frederica

knew that the Spanish-held Fort St. Simons was only five miles away and were painfully aware that war had been declared with Spain. Eventually these English soldiers realized that they would have to fight for their lives on St. Simons Island.

Even though the British were far outnumbered, good intelligence, a timely ambush, and some skillful maneuvering of ships and men by James

Fort Frederica Monument

Fort Frederica

Edward Oglethorpe made the Spanish believe that the British force was much larger. Therefore, after the historical, but small ambush, known as “The Battle of Bloody Marsh,” the Spanish retreated back to Florida and were never a threat to General Oglethorpe and his fledgling Georgia colony again.

Today, visitors to St. Simons Island can walk the open grounds of Fort Frederica and gaze across the picturesque “Marshes of Glynn” that were made famous by poet, Sidney Lanier (yes, the namesake of Lake Lanier), and never have to worry about being fired upon. This immaculate spot is simply one of many that attracts folks to St. Simons.

For nearly eight decades, families from all over the South have come to this gorgeous barrier island to enjoy the elegant atmosphere, mouthwatering

Ocean front Building

View from Oceanfront Building

food, and antebellum style hospitality at the King and Prince Hotel, which was built because of an insult. It seems that one evening in the early 1930s at the nearby Cloister Hotel on neighboring Sea Island, Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn were tossed out for being drunk and disorderly. Horn was a tall, heavy man, and Wynn was a short, skinny fellow, and when seen together, they were affectionately known as “The King and Prince.” So, because of the insult, the two founded the King and Prince as a seaside dance club to compete with the Cloister Hotel. The main hotel building with its classic Mediterranean architecture was completed and opened to the public just in time for World War II in 1941. During that period, the new hotel was converted into a training facility for coast watchers looking for German submarines.

Following the war, the King and Prince opened to families again in 1947 and has continued to serve as a prime vacation destination in the Golden Isles of Georgia. Renovations and expansions were completed in 1972 and 1983,

St Simons Island sunrise

Sunrise over a dock

and the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 as the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. It still offers a unique resort experience with real Southern flair, fantastic and varied cuisine, and spectacular ocean views from almost every room. For information or reservations, call toll-free at (800)-342-0212.

Marshes of Glynn St Simons Island

Beauty in the Marshes

Many golf lovers come to St. Simons to play the recently restored King and Prince Golf Course, which is the home of the Hampton Club. This 18-hole championship course is both challenging and beautifully interwoven with ancient oak trees, island holes, views of birds and wildlife in the surrounding marshes, and picturesque lagoons.

Fishing, birding, and wildlife viewing are always great outdoor endeavors

Fishing on St Simons Island

Fishing

when visiting St. Simons Island. This huge coastal ecosystem of salt marshes, tidal rivers and creeks is probably the best rearing ground for fish, sharks, and shellfish on the Atlantic seaboard of the USA. This little known fishery is best explored and experienced with an expert local guide like Larry Kennedy III out of Hampton Marina. Larry and his family have been fishing the waters productively as long as I can remember, and have entertained thousands of visitors to St. Simons. For more information or reservations, call 912-222-1687.

St Simons Charter Boats

Charter Boat

Fine dining and local seafood is another highlight of any trip to the Georgia barrier islands, and St. Simons has some of the best! Certainly the chefs at the King and Prince would be in the running in any food and drink contest, but my favorite would have to be Halyards and the culinary artistry of Chef Dave. Being a fisherman himself, Dave loves to have his friends bring by their “Catch of the Day” and allow him to create a succulent meal with his special touch. Both Bill and Cindy Acree told me of magical meals that they have enjoyed with Chef Dave during the Atlanta Braves off season when Bill wasn’t so busy as a Braves executive. For more information, contact Dave at www.halyardsrestaurant.com.

Another interesting, but quite casual eatery, is within easy walking distance

Christ Church St Simons Island

Christ Church

from the King and Prince Hotel. The Saltwater Cowboy is a swinging place with a young, female chef straight out of the Bayou country of Southern Mississippi. She has put together some unique offerings of steak and seafood with a different Cajun rendering. For information or reservations, call 912-634-2102.

Certainly more experiences are available on St. Simons Island including visits to the historic Christ Church, Fort Frederica, Epworth by the

St Simons Island Lighthouse

St. Simons Lighthouse

Sea, and the St. Simons Lighthouse. For me, however, the beaches, marshes, old oak trees, and the slow movement of time and tide take me back to simpler time in my youth when my family would visit this magical island during the summer break from school. Sure there are new businesses and different people, but the natural beauty where sea, sky, and shifting sands meet has a soothing effect that transcends all time.

Sky Magazine July 2011 – Iconic Cities in the U.S.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The July 2011 issue of Delta’s Sky Magazine had a special section called “Americana Summer” featuring five iconic cities in the U.S.  St. Simons Island was one of destinations listed.  The King and Prince Resort was listed for accommodations.  To see the full special section and photos of The King and Prince and St. Simons click here: Sky Magazine July 2011.

St. Simons Island

This island off the coast of Georgia offers seaside splendor, historical intrigue and many opportunities to sit back and relax.

By Giannina Smith/ Photos By Chris M. Rogers

Just over the F.J. Torras Causeway towards St. Simons Island, a quaint Georgia beach town emerges that is uniquely different from many of the sandy retreats in nearby Florida.  The largest of the Golden Isles-which also include Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island and Sea Island- St. Simons was settled by English colonists in 1736 and later used for rice and cotton plantations.  It became a resort community in the 20th century, and the exodus from urban sprawl continues today, with stressed-out city dwellers looking to enjoy this unhurried, oceanside haven.

One of the island’s most noted historical attractions is Fort Frederica: Built in 1736, it was the center of defense for the English colony of Georgia.  Tour the archaeological ruins of the fort before taking a shady drive along The Avenue of the Oaks- once the entrance to an antebellum plantation, this picturesque location now lines the entrance of the exclusive Sea Island Golf Club.  For a bit more history, stop at Christ Church, a Gothic style structure hidden among the oaks that was the locale for Georgia author Eugenia Price’s novel The Beloved Invader.

Before heading to the center of activity in St. Simons’ pier village, trek up 129 steps to the top of the 1872 St. Simons Lighthouse to get a panoramic view of the coastline and nearby barrier islands.  Stroll along the waterfront to the island’s bustling pier and take a breather while watching chatty locals reel in buckets of crab and fish.

If the sight of fresh seafood gets your stomach grumbling, head to Mallery Stree.  For a no-frills, home-cooked breakfast, the 4th of May Deli and Cafe offers everything from seafood omelets with local shrimp and crab to peanut butter-and-apple French toast.  Known for its crab cakes, Barbara Jean’s is another good spot for a casual lunch topped off by an indulgent “Chocolate Stuff” dessert.  For a more refined repast, book a table at Halyards, where the island cuisine and wine list earns foodie accolades, or at its sister restaurant Tramici, a local favorite for southern Italian cooked in a wood-burning oven.

After lunch, browse through the village shops, tee off at one of the island’s golf clubs or rent a bike from Ocean Motion Surf Co. to pedal along the island’s extensive system of paved trails.  To cover lots of ground without breaking a sweat, hop on a St. Simons Island Trolley Tour or rent a golf cart from High Tide Carts.  For water-lovers, a Southeast Adventure kayak trip will take you through the wildlife marshes, and a ride aboard the Lady Jane, a retired 49-passenger steel shrimping vessel, can take you farther out to sea.

After a busy day of activities, head back to your ocean-view room at the Ocean Lodge.  An elegand, old-world Europe-inspired bed-and-breakfast, this boutique property is nestled on a sleepy street just steps from the Atlantic.  Another stellar option:  a room at the histroic oceanfront King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, opened in 1935, or at the quaint Village Inn and Pub, veiled under the live oaks between a park and the village center.  For impressive lodgings with a storied past, the properties of Sea Island- The Cloister and The Lodge-will not dissapoint.

“Phantom” The Georgia Sea Turtle

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Earlier this year, The King and Prince adopted a sea turtle.  The Geogia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles.  It is a rehabilitation and research center.  The Adopt a Sea Turtle Progam “helps offset operating costs such as medication and food for in-house patients as well as supports research we are conducting to help sea turtles all over the world!”

The King and Prince adopted “Phantom.” Phantom is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle who stranded on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, on July 30, 2009. She/he was brought to the GSTC where it was very obvious what was wrong with her/him. Phantom had a severe head injury and was missing her/his left eye and half of her/his upper jaw. Phantom underwent surgery and was under care at the GSTC until June.  On June 17, 2011 Phantom was released!   You can read about Phantom’s journey and track his/her journey in the wild by visiting http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org/. Click on “Join Us” at the top of the page, then select “successfully released patients” and Phantom’s web page.  The password is “opera”.

Here are pictures from Phantom’s release:

Sea Turtle Release Photo 1

Sea Turtle Release Photo 2

Sea Turtle Release Photo 3

Sea Turtle Release Photo 4

Sea Turtle Release Photo 5

Sea Turtle Release Photo 6

Sea Turtle Release Photo 7

July 4th Festivities

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The King and Prince Resort was the place to be for Indpendence Day Weekend.  The celebration was weekend long with food, drinks, music and activities.

Stretching at the Pool

Early Morning Stretch

Drinks by the Resort Pool

Serving Drinks Poolside

Christina at 4th of July

She’s short…he’s tall!

Christina and Kids on 4th of July

Christina socializing with our young guests

crowd in pool

Guests saying Happy 4th from the pool!

Patriotic

Showing their patriotism!

kids on the 4th

Kids love the K&P

4th at k&p

Fourth of July Decorations

Fun in the pool at K&P

Cooling off with tasty treats

guests on 4th

Guests wearing their red, white & blue

Wedding Place Card Ideas

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Fun ideas for beach wedding place cards abound when having an island wedding!  Get creative with sand and shells and delight your guests!

King and Prince Welcomes Activities Coordinator

Friday, July 1st, 2011

There is a new face at The King and Prince Resort this summer.  Christina Patelidas has taken on the roll of Activities Coordinator to bring activities that adults and children can enjoy during their stay. There will be activities Tuesday to Sunday throughout the Summer.  From morning stretch and stride, to pool games and beach activities, the fun won’t stop!    The digital board in the lobby will display the times and location of activites taking place daily. Christina is also working on putting together other activity options including dance classes for groups.

We will see you poolside!

resort activities

Pool Games with Christina

resorts with activities

Pool Races

hotel activities

And the Winner Is…

Watch this video of our Beach Games at the King and Prince