Archive for July, 2013

Ships, Stars and Sea Creatures

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I’m standing at the rail of the spacious outdoor pool deck at Saint Simons Island’s King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  It’s nighttime.  The beach and sea are directly below, stirring gently back and forth in an ageless rhythm.  It’s a moonless night, so the stars are myriad, far more than we see in the city.

My reverie is interrupted, and my curiosity aroused by lights, white and red and green, off to the right and close into shore.  In the starlight I can make out the huge dark shadow of a ship, heading outbound and left, the sound of its engines carrying quietly to me on the breeze.

I hear a splash somewhere out there, a fish jumping from a predator deeper below. In the day, we’ll see the pod of dolphins that work

Dolphin

Dolphin off the Coast

this section of beach, a few hundred yards out, especially if some local fisherman anchors at Whitefish Hole, where the locals know to go. The dolphin often come by to supervise the action.

Some times of the year sea turtles come up on the beach at night to lay their eggs.  Beachfront properties are asked to keep their lights low to avoid the delicate process of beginning life.

It’s not unusual to see shooting stars.

We’ll be busy tomorrow.  The kids want to play tennis; easy – we’ll go to the courts right here at the resort.  They want to bike to the village, barely a mile away.  The bike rental shop is literally just a few steps from the entrance of the resort.  Then they’ll bike on the miles of beach stretching north to the historic Coast Guard Station.

In the morning I’ll take a long slow walk along the beach.  At low tide there’s an exposed sandbar a couple of hundred yards long.  When you walk out to the end you feel like you’ve reached the horizon where the sky meets the sea.

In the morning, we’ll sit in the King’s Tavern restaurant and look out over the ocean through the enormous Palladian windows, a view not available at any other restaurant on the island.

In the village we’ll all shop for souvenirs and art and antiques and watch local fisherman pull all manner of fish from the pier.  Chances are we’ll see another ship heading out from Brunswick, passing close enough nearly to touch.

Trolley Tour

Trolley Tour on St. Simons Island

During our stay, we’ll take a Ghost Tour, and an Historic Trolley Ride.  We’ll play at the water park, Neptune’s Park, in the village.  We’ll try the restaurants a block away from the resort and also down in the village, but likely not stray far from the King’s Tavern with its truly unique menu of both Low Country favorites and finest haute cuisine.

I take another deep draught of the salt sea air, and one last look at the stars.  The ship has turned right and is heading out to sea, its lights dwindling.  I turn to go back inside to our beautifully furnished villa and realize that as much as we do, as much fun as we’ll all have together during our stay here at the King and Prince; it’s all icing on the cake.  In just the last few minutes, I’ve already had the real vacation I came here for.  For a great get away, visit  King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort.

Rx for a Great Escape – St. Simons Island

Monday, July 15th, 2013

A vacation means different things to different people. Some folks relax by taking on new sports, immersing themselves in foreign cultures or learning the history of exotic new destinations. For others, nothing relaxes like the comfort of the familiar. They dream of baking in the sun poolside with nothing on the “to do” list but applying sunscreen. Perhaps the only thing that’s universal about every vacation is that it should be an escape from the everyday routine, an experience that recharges one’s batteries. To help rate destinations on such a scale, I’ve developed something I call the “Rx” factor, for the power to help a vacationer relax. It’s my personal scale for rating the relaxation quotient of a vacation destination – a place’s power to meet a vacationer’s needs.

One of my favorite spots, hands down, is St. Simons Island, Georgia. This quaint island is part of the “Golden Isles” of the Georgia Coast,

Sunrise on St. Simons Island

Sunrise on St. Simons Island

where every visitor can feel instantly part of a time-honored summer tradition. And its “Rx” factor is through the roof, with these key ingredients making St. Simon’s a perfect place to relax.

A Slower, Timeless Pace

Nobody is in much of a hurry on St. Simons. At top island spots like the King and Prince Resort, for instance, the front desk staff works efficiently. But they’ll also take the time to suggest a favorite spot to watch the sunset. The entire island has a rhythm of its own, a pace that instantly eases the tension out of work-weary shoulders and connects mind and spirit with the gentle sounds of the ocean. It’s just as perfect for bike riding as it is for strolling. Bring or rent bikes and see for yourself.

Safe Atmosphere

By and large, this is a place you and your kids can walk the streets after dark in complete confidence. Like all vacation spots, it’s important to keep your valuables secured. But this is a pedestrian-friendly island, with plenty of foot traffic along the streets and beside the waterfront in the charming downtown area. A dose of common sense will keep you out of trouble and enjoying your vacation.

Pleasant, Colorful Locals

Shopkeepers, waitresses and locals can make or break a vacation town. St. Simons Island has plenty of townspeople who can jawbone for hours and sincerely welcome newcomers to the wonderful place they call home. They’ve got opinions and they don’t mind sharing. If you want an idea about anything from a great spot to fish to the best place to impress a date, you’re sure to find an answer.

Nourishment for the Soul

Sal's Pizzeria, St. Simons Island

Sal’s Pizzeria

For our family, great food at the beach is a non-negotiable. St. Simons doesn’t disappoint. Charming local haunts like Iguana’s serve fresh-from-the-surf seafood. Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria offers a bit of New York, with delectable pizza, sandwiches, salads and Italian specialties all made with care and served in a bustling Little Italy atmosphere with colorful commentary by Sal, a former boxing wunderkind. And for a special treat, the King’s Tavern restaurant at the celebrated King and Prince Resort presents fresh catch of the day seafood dishes that you’ll remember long after you’ve shaken the sand out of your shoes back home.

See how close you can get to a perfect vacation Rx!  Contact www.kingandprince.com to make arrangements.