Archive for May, 2012

Family Travel: The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island Family Activities

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your family vacation!  Alicia Hagan celebrates our Family Friendly atmosphere on her blog, The Mommy Insider

Family Travel: The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island Family Activities

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For the next few days I am enjoying a stay at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.   Located on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, this beautiful island is ranked as one of the top 10 in the country. With family-friendly adventures and amenities, there’s a potential to create many memories while visiting this island.  The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is on the list of historic places register in the United States.

The King and Prince Beach and Gold Resort

 

I’m looking forward to going shrimping aboard the “Lady Jane” with Captain Larry CreedleWednesday. Besides going shrimping on an authentic shrimp boat for the first time, I will learn about fishing ecology, which my 12-year-old son will appreciate learning about once I get home.  He loves anything to do with fishing so he’ll be thrilled to learn about shrimping.

Here is a brief overview of what The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort and St Simons Island, GA has to offer.

Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camps 

This camping adventure strives to teach children how to appreciate nature, how to fish and how to swim. With a different theme every registration date, the Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camp is a family fun part of The King and Prince Beach Resort. There are multiple registration dates throughout the year, so that you can coordinate them with your vacation.Read more about Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camps here.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort pool and sandbox

Resort Activities

From yoga classes to swimming, there are dozens of options for families at this resort. There is a special activity coordinator that can help your group develop a schedule of child-friendly adventures.  Learn more about King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort activities here.

The King and Prince - St Simons Island


Bike Trails 

The King and Prince Resort is filled with beautiful forests and coastal shorelines. You canrent a bike from local bike shop, Ocean Motion, and take one of the scenic bike trails through certain parts of the island. The real point of interest is that your family can rent a bike called a surrey, which holds up to 9 people. It’s an amazing opportunity to bond with your family while exploring nature on vacation.

The King and Prince Resort doesn’t disappoint!

13th Colony Distillers – A Delcaration of Drinking Local

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The King and Prince is proud to provide Georgia-made 13th Colony vodkas, gins and whiskeys.  Steve Mirsky gives a short history of the distillery, along with tempting flavor descriptions!  Learn more at 13colony.net

13th Colony Liquors: A Declaration of Drinking Local
By: Steve Mirsky   |    Posted on April 11, 2012   |   0 Comments

Up until recently, when folks mentioned liquor from the Southern U.S., whiskey and moonshine immediately sprang to mind. Popularized through aggressive marketing and folklore, images of whiskies like ‘Ole Grand Dad and Jack Daniels are etched into a cultural milieu that also plays up images of  pickup truck driving backwoods individualists.  But of course reality is just a bit more complex and liquor production in what is commonly referred to as “the South”, an area roughly defined by the Mason Dixon Line and the Mississippi as borders, has a rich tradition that’s all too often overshadowed by these preconceived notions.

While it’s true that the South has a tremendously successful history of Bourbon production in Kentucky and Whiskey in Tennessee, recent years have witnessed the rise of a robust craft distillery movement as well. Some uniquely Southern approaches to vodka and other spirits include brands like FireflyCorsair Artisan , and on a more commercial scale,Piedmont Distillery. A newer addition to these craft producers with a growing fan base isThirteenth Colony Distillery in Americus, Georgia.

In 2007, four friends, Alton Darby, Kent Cost, Dr. Gil Klemann and Winford Hines, began distilling homemade vodka for family and friends. This initial foray catapulted their efforts from hobby to business opening their own distillery. Thirteenth Colony now specializes in small batch production of Southern Vodka, Southern Gin, and 100% corn whiskey. Located on top of the South’s oldest and deepest aquifers, their water is super pure…perfect for making fine-quality distilled spirits. Locally grown corn, barley and rye are also used in the process, which unfolds in a custom-designed 250-gallon still.

Thirteenth Colony vodka is aromatic and supremely silky resulting from slow carbon filtration through a 10 foot column filter…perfect for savoring chilled and neat as the Russians do with caviar, such as Walter’s Caviar from Darien, GA making it a totally local experience. Their Southern Gin, bursting with the pungent scent of juniper berries, is best simply enjoyed with tonic water and lime on the rocks. Their signature Corn Whiskey is my favorite derived from a traditional southern recipe aged in vintage oak barrels yielding a robust 95 proof. Each bottle is personally signed and numbered by Thirteenth Colony distiller, Graham Arthur. Dangerously drinkable, its smooth taste is complex on the palate with hints of oak, spice, butter, and sweet corn. ..a perfect pairing for some real Southern Soul food!

First Seating: King and Prince Shows Off On Opening Night

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Will McGough will make you hungry for our Georgia grown ingredients in this post on his Wake and Wander blog!

First Seating: King and Prince Shows Off On Opening Night

Posted on April 19, 2012 by willmcgough

I arrived at the King and Prince Resort on St. Simons (off the coast ofGeorgia) knowing that I would be participating in a Southern Culinary Showcase, but I had no idea they would put on such a performance the first night.

I actually contributed to the meal – I sautéed the shrimp and prepared the pork, tomato, and corn gravy to accompany the grits. In the past, grits was a dish that reminded me of something served at a bad diner, dry and bland, but when the chef passed me the heavy cream, I knew we were officially in the south.

The brand new Executive Chef Jeff Kaplan (he’s been on the island for ten days) and his crew allowed me to have some fun flipping the shrimp, but eventually it was time for me to step aside, let them do their thing. As the courses began to roll out of the kitchen, I was more than happy to get my tail back to the table.

We started with a spread of Artisan cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy(Thomasville, GA), paired ridiculously well with local honeys and jams – you can’t really beat a well-thought sweet/salt combo (more info and photos to come… I am going to attend a honey tasting later in the trip).

The main course of shrimp and grits was easily the best version I’ve ever had – it was creamy and the Georgia shrimp are naturally sweet (noticeably so compared to shrimp from other regions… more to come on this later as well).

The first course of fresh oysters stole the show in terms of creativity – they were served with sweet corn and asparagus. Again, the traditional salty-sea taste of the oysters combined with the burst of sweetness in the corn jumped off my palate, and the crunch of the asparagus provided the texture (a good way for first timers to get over the “sliminess” of oysters).

One of the great things I’m realizing about Georgia is the pleasant balance in its signature fare. For every Southern-style comfort dish with heavy cream, there’s a piece of fish or a fresh peach providing a light complement/alternative.

Or you can say screw it – you’re on vacation – and toss the peaches into a crème brulee. What I said about my experience in St. Barths also applies to this version of the classic dessert (see photo):

Had I been in a room by myself, my tongue would have been on the dish.

First two photos courtesy of Desiree Miller:

 

 

 


Apalachicola oysters with sweet corn, asparagus, tomato, cilantro vinaigrette.


Blackberry sorbet with blackberry liqueur (palate cleanser).

 

The Junior Golf Clinic!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

The Junior Golf Clinic!

A Phenomenal Program from

The King and Prince Golf Course – Home of the Hampton Club

Readers, for the past few months we’ve been speaking about the truly amazing sites, sounds, views – everything that St. Simon’s Island in Georgia has to offer. There are vacation packages that include fine dining experiences and glorious accommodations in this unique locale, where each and every visitor can enjoy walking beside the crystalline waters of the Atlantic under the warm sun each and every day.

Because of the endless array of nature – birds of every vibrant color nesting in the endless, undisturbed marshlands, to the baby dolphins playing in the sea – St Simon’s is a true ‘gift’ for all types of visitors from photographers to bird watchers to historians who want nothing more than to relax in a world of luxury.

But there is so much more to St. Simon’s, and the one jewel in in this already priceless crown is a golf course that is literally second to none. This is a course that has ‘met’ PGA celebrities, members, amateurs, enthusiasts, and simply lovers of the game of golf. Every year, something else occurs here that people wait for the chance to be part of. For amateurs or professionals, this is an unforgettable experience for people who wish to bring their golf game up to a higher level.

On this stunning island that is a true portrait of natural beauty and serenity, this is a golf course that transcends all others. Because of the undisturbed nature, this course is truly a challenge, which is what makes it one of coastal Georgia’s great courses. Emerald fairways, ancient forests, vast salt marshes, island holes, premier instruction, gracious dining – all of these combine to give the visitor and member a true, “Quality Golf Experience.”

The King and Prince Golf Course – Home of the Hampton Club has gone through a stunning renovation with the modernization of their grasses and the addition of their  new stellar Practice Facility. But what golfers across the land should know and be extremely excited over, is the fact that The Hampton Club also offers instructional programs, with one being a Junior Golf Clinic that is unsurpassed when it comes to gaining new knowledge and enhancing your game with pro’s.

For all members and guests, this is a learning opportunity – a Junior Clinic (a summer camp, of sorts) that offers one-on-one instructional appointments that focus on the specific elements of the game.

The Junior Clinic Runs:

 

June 20th, 21st & 22nd

July 11th, 12th & 13th;

As well as

August 2nd 3rd & 4th


Rick Mattox, General Manager of The Hampton Club, is a Class A PGA Professional who began his career in the golf business with an assistant professional job in Lexington, North Carolina. In 1975, he was elected to PGA Membership with his first ‘Head Pro’ offer sending him to the Carolina Golf & Country Club in Charlotte. Rick’s vast experience on the course and knowledge of all the facets of the world of golf, led to Rick being hired as General Manager of golf operations at The Hampton Club.

The King and Prince Golf Course: Home of The Hampton Club is a truly amazing golf experience for the amateur. Which is why it should be mentioned that it is also being run by the most knowledgeable staff there is, who have received various honors throughout their careers. Rick received the East Chapter PGA Pro of the Year in 1998 and 2002, and served as Georgia PGA Board of Directors in 2001 and 2002.

The Junior Golf Clinic not only offers the best, most professional, and most respected staff, but the actual course will amaze you! Included in the scenery are ancient forests, vast salt marshes, dramatic island holes, and a lake that overlooks a relaxing and elegant clubhouse. This is one place that the golfer will never forget. Having its own definite signature – which is a group of four spectacular holes gently carved from small coastal marsh islands and accessed by 800-feet of elevated cart bridges – The Hampton Club course is just what the amateur longs for. This bold design has been heralded by many, and over the years the King and Prince’s commitment to provide a premier golf experience has remained one of their highest priorities.

Check into the Junior Golf Clinic today! Not only will you have the time of your life, but the instruction you’ll receive will have you feeling as if the career of “Tiger Woods” is definitely in your future.

For more information:

 

http://www.hamptonclub.com/instructionalprograms.php

 

You can even “Walk the Course” with virtual glimpses of The Hampton Club Golf Experience!

 

King and Prince Golf Course: Home of the Hampton Club
100 Tabbystone • St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Phone: (912) 634-0255 • Fax: (912) 634-0264

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