Archive for December, 2013

Holiday Engagement 2013 Checklist

Monday, December 30th, 2013

You’re Engaged, time to start planning!

Ah, you’re engaged. Your holiday engagement played out like a blockbuster, romantic comedy. But, as the excitement and magic of your holiday engagement sets in, there is the looming question: “Where do I start?” If you’re like tons of other couples who enjoyed a holiday engagement, you may soon realize that the world of wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming. Your list of to-do’s will be long, but there are three items to cross off the to-do list as soon as possible: the wedding date, the wedding venue, and the wedding gown.

Once the aforementioned detailed are locked in place, you can fill in the blanks for other wedding planning specifications: a band, type of ceremony, flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses, and other details.

To get your holiday engagement off to a positive start, here are a few tips on planning:

- Decide on a budget and stick to it!

- Whatever you do, don’t defer booking the wedding venue or wedding destination. Most popular places book up early or have waiting lists, some as long as a year or more. Selecting a wedding venue can be a daunting process for many brides and grooms. Compare rates based on the banquet hall per person minimums, set up fees, and food options.

- If you’re selecting a popular wedding destination and you want to host your special day sooner than later, consider the off peak season. Besides, you’ll most likely save on the wedding venue and vendors as well.

- Location, location, location. If you’re planning on inviting family and friends, consider a wedding destination where driving is accessible and the location has plenty lodging accommodations for your guest list.

- Consider using a wedding checklist (such as The Knot’s free wedding planning checklist) and investing in a wedding planning book with a calendar and pockets to store magazine clippings, business cards, vendor brochures, and more!

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Congratulations on your holiday engagement from The King and Prince!

Connect with us on Social Media

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Although we are a Historic Hotel, we pride ourselves in staying up-to-date on social media and we would love to connect with you! Visit the sites we are active on by viewing our website’s “Social Buzz” page or click on each image to be directed to our individual page on their site. We look forward to connecting with you!

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January & February 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Winter is a wonderful time to stay, play and explore in the Golden Isles. Here are some great events happening in the next few months that we think our readers will enjoy.

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick. January 3rd, 2014 from 5-8pm: Take a stroll down Newcastle Streen & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

“4 Brushes” January 7th, from 6-8pm: This ticketed reception at the Glynn Art Association on St. Simons Island features artwork from Ken Wallin, Peggy Everett, Janet Powers and Mary O. Smith. Tickets are $50.00 per person.

Mozart’s Opera,”Cosi Fan Tutte” January 26th at 3:00pm at The Ritz Theatre. The Peach State Opera will delight the audience with this English-language version of Mozart’s comedy of love and disguise.

Mystery on the River – “Murder at the Grand Gatsby Speakeasy” February 1st at 6:30pm at the Arthur Moore Methodist Museum. Enjoy delicious food and a great time at this annual event. For more information call: 912-638-4050.

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick. February 7th from 5-8pm. Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

The Grand Opening of ECHO Oceanside Restaurant, Lounge and Patio at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort: February 14th. “Like” their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on grand opening details.

The Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run: February 15th. Certified as the “Toughest 5K in Georgia”, runners from across Georgia and the Southeast make it a point to run this challenging 5K each year. The event benefits local cancer programs. Visit their website for more information or to register.

The Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents: Wagner. February 18th at 8:00pm at The Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium in Brunswick. Tickets are $25 or adults, $5 for students and children.

 

Farm to Table at Our Oceanfront Restaurant

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Resort Executive Chef Jason Brumfiel recognizes that there are many local and regional resources available to create an outstanding menu and dining experience at The King and Prince. He has recently started tapping into these resources and has been highlighting many local farms on our menus. Here are a few local farms and companies we are happy to be supporting.

Sapelo Farms in Brunswick, GA has been producing local, sustainable agriculture since 1947. The 180 acre oasis consists of open pasture as well as a conservation wildlife habitat. Heritage breed chickens, percentage Boer goats and Santa Gertudis cattle roam the fields while the flower gardens are home to 50 Italian Honey beehives. Fresh, local produce and herbs are available through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership. Some produce that is grown on there farm is:broccoli, cabbage, beans, kale, carrots, arugula, squash, melon & mustard greens.

City Market Seafood has been serving the coastal community of Brunswick, GA since 1948. Brunswick was known as the “Shrimp Capital of the World” and to keep up with the demand for the sweet Georgia shrimp, City Market purchased a packing house right on the banks of the Brunswick River in 1987. Shrimp boats would unload their daily catch for it to be packed and processed. The business has been owned and operated by the same family since the 40′s and prides itself in supplying some of the finest seafood on the East Coast. Seafood can be purchased from their store on Gloucester Street in Brunswick and you can also have fresh shrimp shipped to your door from their website.

Sweet Grass DairySweet Grass Dairy is a grass-fed, family owned dairy farm located in Thomasville, GA which was founded in 2000.In 2005, Jeremy and Jessica Little took over the operations and it is clear from their success that dairy runs deep in this family business. Jessica is the daughter of Al & Desiree Whener who come from a long line of dairy farmers by way of Western New York after Al’s ancestors immigrated from Germany.
Today, they have a desire to change American’s perspective on food by educating the public on their efforts to raise grass-fed cows who are treated humanely and like a member of their own family. Their hand-crafted, old world style cheeses highlight the high quality milk that is used for their delicious cheese. Products include: “Green Hill” a Camembert style cheese, Nature’s Harmony Fortsonia Cheese, “Lovely” Gruyere Cheese, Asher Blue Cheese and Thomasville Tomme just to name a few.

Benefits of an Off-Season Wedding

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

There’s no written rule that getting married requires six figures to be a success. In fact, TheWeddingReport.com states that in Georgia, the average wedding spend is $23,539.

One way to have the wedding of your dreams while keeping budget in mind is to consider scheduling your wedding for months that are not considered “peak” wedding months. Typically, May through September mark the high season for most weddings, so choosing a date outside of those months can result in discounted prices.

Here are just a few of the benefits to getting married outside of the peak wedding months:

  1. Off-peak, most wedding destinations are more apt to offer a discount.
  2. Accommodations and travel arrangements will likely be less expensive for your guests.
  3. Likewise, you may also get a better deal on your honeymoon accommodations and travel arrangements.
  4. In-demand venues may have a waiting period for peak months, but choosing an off-season wedding may allow you to get married sooner.
  5. You are likely to get discounted prices on catering, photography, DJ service, and floral arrangements.
  6. If you are dreaming of a holiday-themed wedding, some churches and venues decorate with greenery, poinsettias, and other holiday items, which may mean less decorating and flowers needed to complete your theme.

Of course, all of this depends on what time of year you choose and where you are located. A January wedding in Wisconsin might be difficult for guests traveling in for the wedding and flowers will be at a premium around Valentine’s Day. Call around to different venues and resorts in the area you are considering to find out what they consider off-peak before you set your date!

Holiday Photo Contest: Enter to Win A 2 Night Stay!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

If you have always wanted to spend a few nights at our oceanfront resort but have never had the chance, or if you have stayed with us before but it’s time for some R&R, here is your chance to win a 2 night stay in an oceanfront room!

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Step 1) “Like” us on Facebook. 

Step 2) Email a photo of your holiday decorations to: Kingandprinceresort@gmail.com Please include your name and phone number (so we can contact you if you win). The photo can be indoor or outdoor decorations, just show us your holiday spirit!

**One entry per household please. Contest ends at 5pm on 1/2/14. Winner will be announced on 1/3/14.**

Wedding Venue IQ: Basic Details to Review

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

When looking at wedding or reception venues, use these details to help plan a blissful event!

1. Weather. Mother Nature is an uncontrollable force. Prior to booking a venue for the ceremony and reception, be sure to inquire about the resort or event hall’s weather contingency policy. In the event of bad weather conditions, make sure the wedding venue will accommodate the ceremony and reception indoors.

2. Proximity to other venues. When researching destination wedding locations, evaluate the proximity to stadiums, concert arenas or racetracks, where the sound or traffic could potentially sour or upstage the occasion.

3. Additional fees. Hotels, resorts and destination weddings charge fees for an assortment of services, in addition to the space rental. Here is a short list of budgetary, fee-related questions to pose:

  • Is there a butler fee for hors d’oeuvres service?
  • Is there a fee for guest parking? Is valet parking available?
  • Does the wedding venue require a deposit in advance? How much?
  • Does the destination wedding charge a set up fee for the ceremony and or venue?
  • Is there a dance floor or stage set up fee?
  • Are there are bar set up fees, bar minimums, or service fees?

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    An oceanfront reception at The King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island.

4. Rehearsal dinner. Inquire whether the venue has availability for the rehearsal dinner and what type of fees apply.

5. Attire. An oceanfront wedding may not call for the same wardrobe requirements as a church or place of worship. This presents an opportunity to enhance traditional attire with something unconventional. If you are hosting a wedding outdoors, plan out the logistics of walking through the sand or grass, and the comfort of your guests.

 

Looking at photos from real weddings can give you inspiration on attire and decorations and get you thinking about the little details. Check out photo galleries from real beach weddings at The King and Prince!

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit St. Simons Island During the Winter

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Any time of the year is a good time to visit our island paradise but here are our top 5 reasons why St. Simons Island should be on your list this winter.

Beach on St Simons Island5. Quiet Beaches.  Wintertime gives islanders and visitors alike the chance to enjoy our pristine beaches without the crowds of the summer. Whether you are going for a morning walk or reading a book, you may find that while there are others on the beach, it is peaceful and calm. St. Simons Island was also named one of America’s 10 Best Winter Beach Retreats by Yahoo Travel.

4. Coastal Beauty.  Although we are partial to St. Simons, it is by far one of the most special and beautiful places in the U.S.. It is easy to get lost in the beauty of the Golden Isles. From the salt marshes to the maritime forests, pristine beaches, as well as splendid sunrises and sunsets. Nothing compares to the beauty that is all around you-and in the heart of the people on St. Simons Island. When you visit, be sure to take time to learn about the history of the island by visiting the Lighthouse or taking a tour of Fort Frederica. If you are up for an adventure, take a guided kayak tour with Southeast Adventure Outfitters.

3. Moderate Temperatures.  While lows can get into the 40′s, temperatures normally range from the 60′s to 80′s during the winter months in the Golden Isles. While it does rain, skies stay mostly clear and sunny which is great for golfers and those who like to walk on the beach. Who doesn’t love a nice, sunny day? There are plenty of days filled with sunshine on St. Simons Island.

2. Great Prices. If you are looking for a great deal on a hotel room, house or condo, prices will usually be lower during the winter. Nightly, weekly and even monthly rates are often more affordable. Whether you are a family looking for a fun getaway, a couple looking for a romantic weekend away or snowbirds staying for a few weeks or months, you will find lower rates a great way to save some money while having a fantastic trip.

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1. Golf. With over 200 holes of golf to be played on St. Simons Island and the surrounding areas, the Golden Isles are a golfers paradise! The King and Prince Golf Course on the north end of St. Simons offers some of the best golf around and they often have specials available for resort guests as well as visitors.

4 Meeting Planning Trends for 2014

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

We predict that meetings will center around the audience’s experience more than ever in 2014. How can you engage your audience? Here are four trends to watch for in meetings and conferences in 2014:

Speaker responsibility shift.  Corporate meeting trends are moving away from the speaker performing as the entertainment but rather serving as a facilitator. Audiences are increasingly demanding  an interactive role versus the passive spectator. Jeff Hurt, a corporate meeting pundit, states that “…audiences are demanding that speakers shift from being great orators and entertainers to facilitators of the learning experience.” (jeffhurtblog.com)

Live animals. Yes, you read that right! Meeting planners that want to push the envelope has been setting a new trend with live animals. Ross Monnich reports in “Intern Insights” that bobcats, owls, eagles and alligators have cropped up in EliteMeetings.com over the past four months. This will guarantee a meeting that your attendees won’t forget!

Regional culinary and cultural themes. Authentic local cuisine is making a comeback at meeting venues. Resorts and hotel properties are featuring regional cuisines to satisfy the foodie in every meeting guest. The King and Prince Resort presents meeting planners a host of southern themed dinner options, such as an ‘all-American cookout’, a southern barbecue, or a low country boil.

Hybrid Meetings. We’ve blogged about this before and will continue to do so, as live streaming, live blogging, and social media sharing continues to grow. Incorporating this into your meetings will be a must in 2014.

 

Whether it’s boarding a dolphin tour boat at Morningstar Marina or turtle watching at the Sea Turtle Center, The King and Prince Resort is already on trend with the live animal  and regional culinary inspirations! Fill out an RFP to learn more about hosting a corporate meeting at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Share your meeting planning trend predictions for 2014!

Planning a Bachelorette Party on St. Simons Island

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

As a maid of honor, it’s essentially your responsibility to plan the bachelorette party. For the bride whose ultimate idea of fun is all about pampering, shopping, and hanging out with friends, St. Simons Island is the perfect getaway. Thanks to the beauty and activities of St. Simons Island, planning a bachelorette party is virtually a no brainer.

 

Why St. Simons Island, Georgia?

For those who want an island getaway without having to leave the country, St. Simons Island assures an exotic backdrop for a bachelorette party without the flight time. Situated off the southeastern coast of Georgia and less than an hour from Florida, it is accessible but still unique!

St. Simons Island is renowned for its historical charm, adorable boutiques, luxurious accommodations, spas, and dozens of restaurants to choose from.

 

Where to stay on St. Simons Island?

Bachelorette parties literally experience the “royal treatment” at The King and Prince Resort, home of The Royal Treatment Cottage, offering massage therapy just steps from the beach. At The King and Prince Resort, bachelorette parties can select from a variety of room types and house styles to accommodate different sized groups. From oceanfront cabanas to five-bedroom villas, parties of every size will find the perfect digs!

 

What amenities does the resort offer?

Aside from the resort’s expansive property selection, the amenities are perfectly suited for a girls getaway. An on-site spa, multiple pools and hot tubs, poolside bar, fitness room, dining, tennis club, and golf course account for just a few of the activities available at the resort.

Savor breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. By day, sip refreshing drinks around the pool. To explore the island, book a St. Simons Island Trolley tour to chauffeur the ladies to the shopping and dining hubs of the island or other places of interest.

 

Interested in booking a stay at the resort? Visit our website and check out the variety of specials on room rates. Click here to find the best deals for your stay!

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Side-by-side treatments at The Royal Treatment Cottage, St. Simons Island, Georgia.