‘Tis the season for all things spooky and scary right about now. And let’s face it, planning any wedding can sometimes generate a few shades of the macabre. Why not face the demons head on and schedule a “Ghost Walk of St. Simons” tour one enchanted evening with your resort wedding guests? After all, Coastal Living ranks the St. Simons lighthouse as one of the Top Ten Haunted Lighthouses in the US. You’ll walk in the footsteps of the past, learn a little local history……..and it’s dog- and kid-friendly. Your guests will love it – and you for daring to diverge from the beaten path. Then, the next day as you lounge on the beach or in one of the King and Prince’s six swimming pools, you might just feel a little more connected to the sights and sounds of this very special beach wedding resort.
Archive for October, 2012
It’s safe to say that St. Simons Island is a haven for Georgia Bulldog fans at the annual Florida face-off that’s held in nearby Jacksonville each year. Though you may find this particular weekend a bit of a distraction for your Georgia destination wedding, here’s a great takeaway: a groom’s cake themed in honor of THE team, whatever that may be for you. Kudos to The Baker’s Man in Atlanta for this enthusiastic yet classy number. Not a Dawgs fan? Envision Clemson tiger paws, a Crimson Tide helmet, an Atlanta Falcon on the wing…….. So when you’re cheering for your favorite team this weekend, think of this sweet twist, then plan your St. Simons Island wedding at the King and Prince!
Loving this idea – juice up your wedding brunch with champagne at the bar! You’ll be seaside, of course, soaking up the view at your St. Simons Island wedding from the vantage point of the King and Prince resort. This is no New-Years-Eve throw-down of the bubbly; you’ll be sipping and savoring all the options on deck: try blood orange juice, a little Chambord, or fresh basil, candied ginger, blueberries. The choices are endless, as special as your day. Thanks to the good folks at hellolovebug.com for the inspiration!
Just because you’ve selected the King and Prince as your Georgia wedding resort doesn’t mean you’re limited to a beach wedding! Consider this: lazy, luxurious days on the beach with family and friends, then head north for a golf course wedding. The natural beauty of the marsh and inland waterways on the north end of the island frame your wedding ceremony perfectly. Here, a shot at sunset at the King and Prince golf course. Picture this: You. Here. Vows at sunset.
Mary Ann DeSantis of “Writing with Style” visited The King and Prince over the summer with her husband Tony. DeSoto Magazine/Exploring the South recently published Mary Ann’s interview with Gaines Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group, which owns and manages The King and Prince. Mr. Sturdivant’s father, Mike, helmed the company when they purchased The King and Prince in 1980:
“Dad was interested in finding a resort to add to his portfolio. He was familiar with Sea Island and when he saw The King and Prince, he felt it was exactly what he was looking for,” said Gaines Sturdivant about his father who passed away in May 2012. “It turned into far more than an investment for him and for our family. It is our flagship hotel and a cherished part of our company.”
Read the rest of Mary Ann’s article, along with Tony’s beautiful photography, here.
A recent New York Times article by Karen Crouse showcased our island’s presence in the golfing world:
Three of the 12 players on the United States squad (Ryder Cup) live in St. Simons: Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who is one of Love’s four captain’s picks. It seems crazy to consider that an island with a population under 13,000 has four residents participating in the Ryder Cup, and crazier still to contemplate what might have been.
The Ryder Cup did not turn out in our favor, but life goes on, and St. Simons Island is proud to once again host the McGladrey Classic PGA Tour Golf Tournament this week at the Seaside Golf Course. Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco will be joined by 129 other PGA TOUR Professionals. The tournament takes place October 18-21, 2012, with a concert by country music star Gary Allan on Wednesday the 17th. Click here for more information.
Chantel Guertin visited The King and Prince recently, and posted about her experience on www.chicsavvytravels.com. Visit her website at www.chantelguertin.com and follow her on Twitter @chantelguertin.
St. Simons Island blends the best of the Deep South with the East Coast. Halfway between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, fly into either airport and make the hour drive to the island.
Where to stay
The King & Prince is the only waterfront resort on the island. Originally opened as a seaside dance club in 1935, it now offers oceanfront suites, beach villas or resort residences (ideal for larger families).
To read more of her article, click here.
Chuck Moore has been the King and Prince Golf Course’s head Groundskeeper since 2000. He was interviewed for Through the Green Magazine (Official Publication of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA)) by Trent Bouts.
Chuck, Rick Mattox and the staff at the golf course have had the pleasure of hosting several GCSA golf events over the years. Read the article here.
The King and Prince culinary staff has had a busy September! The kitchen buzzed with activity through the constant flow of fall travelers, conventions, weddings and other gatherings. In addition, they had the pleasure of participating in two local festivals – the Shrimp and Grits Festival and the inaugural St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival.
On the Friday night of the Shrimp & Grits festival, our staff worked tirelessly to prepare one of our signature dishes for the voting masses. Their hard work paid off when we won the People’s Choice award for Best Vendor!
On the next weekend, Chef Jeff and his team showcased several delicious treats, including Cajun Wild Georgia Shrimp Skewers on Sweet Corn Salsa, for the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival.
This Festival, whose proceeds went to benefit Hospice of the Golden Isles, asked our own Food & Beverage Director Vinny D’Agostino to be their master mixologist. With the help of our talented bartenders, Vinny introduced festival goers to our signature cocktails, featuring 13th Colony Southern Corn Whisky, among others.
We are accepting recipes to be included in our King and Prince Cookbook. Once the cookbook is published, copies will be sold to the public and proceeds will go to Glynn County Relay for Life which raises money cancer research.
To submit a recipe, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of your recipe, your name, address and phone number. If your recipe is published in the cookbook, you will receive a coupon to use towards your next stay at The King and Prince.
Please feel free to share this with your family and friends. We are looking forward to reading (and tasting) your delicious recipes and we know that this will be a great fund raiser for Relay for Life.
There is no limit on the amount of recipes you can submit.