Archive for February, 2014

Say ‘I Do’ to Oceanfront Fun on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Celebrate your wedding on the beach on St. Simons Island!

Celebrate your wedding on the beach on St. Simons Island!

Few wedding venues tout the beauty, southern hospitality and variety of oceanfront activities as St. Simons Island, Georgia. Flaunting breathtaking views of the Atlantic Coast, brides and grooms discover that’s there’s no shortage of places to exchange vows and things to do around the island.

St. Simons Island itself is small with a laid-back atmosphere, but boasts a variety of activities for everyone: massages, boat tours, golfing, shopping, art galleries, gourmet dining and much more. When inviting guests to a destination wedding, why not make it a vacation for them too?

Brides and grooms may charter different boat tours around St. Simons Island. From dolphin gazing, fishing to other water sports, there’s an Atlantic Ocean expedition to suit almost every seafaring appetite. Or charter a trolley and check out the scenery of the island and its rich history.

Along the St. Simons Island pier, a slew of restaurants, boutiques and other places of interest comprise the historical town. Enchanting landmarks such as the St. Simons Island’s lighthouse, the Coastal Maritime Center and Fort Frederica convey a compelling account on the area’s place in American history.

There are a variety of places to get married on the island, such as the romantic and picturesque Christ Church. The King and Prince Resort provides the perfect spot for a reception plus gives your guests an amazing getaway experience. Our expansive beachfront provides everyone with a prime spot to bask in the sun and enjoy the ocean views. Several swimming pools, dual tennis courts, massages and our oceanfront restaurant specializing in seasonal, farm-to-table dishes will make this an occasion that all of your guests will remember!

Christ Church

Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

southern wedding

Spanish moss as a breathtaking backdrop.

March 2014 Events in The Golden Isles

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

 

The Rotary Club of The Golden Isles’ Red Hot Chili Cookoff: Saturday, March 1st from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. This annual event attracts chili-lovers, chefs and families looking to get outside and have some fun! Tickets are $8 per person.

Starlight & Spartina, An Evening Under The Oaks: Saturday, March 1st from 4-8PM. Enjoy a fun evening under the oaks at Musgrove Plantation on St. Simons Island while supporting Coastal WildScapes. The evening includes live music, a silent auction, cocktails and snacks. Tickets are $75 per person and should be purchased in advance.

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, March 7th: 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.

History Uncovered-Civil War Portraiture and Artifacts at The Mildred Huie Museum: Saturday, March 8th: Spend the afternoon exploring the Mildred Huie Museum. At 3PM, Civil War historian Dr. Calliicutt will speak about his collection of Civil War portraits and artifacts. The exhibition will be on display through April, 2014.

The 2nd Annual Georgia Elvis Festival: March 14-16: The festival is back for a second year and promises to be more fun than last year! Main events will take place at the historic Ritz Theater in downtown Brunswick, Georgia. For more information and for ticket prices, visit their website.

The 61st Annual Christ Church Tour of Homes: Saturday, March 15th. 10AM to 12PM: Take a peek into St. Simons Island’s glorious past during this interactive event. You will “meet” a new of the island’s more notorious residents, tour beautiful homes and even tour the cemetery at Christ Church.

The Annual Invitational Spring Arts & Crafts Show: March 15th & 16th from 10AM to 5PM: Postell Park on St. Simons Island is turned into an arts and crafts paradise during this weekend. Browse through booths with paintings, jewelry, photographs, sculptures and much more!

Wings, Wheels & Run: Saturday, March 22nd, 9AM: Drive, fly or run to the Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport for a day of running, fun, car shows, airplanes and food! There will be a 1 mile fun run as well as a 5k race, a classic auto show and a special fly-in of special aircraft from all across the Southeast. For more information, visit their website.

A Taste of Glynn: Saturday, March 30th from 5-8PM. This wildly popular annual event showcases the area’s finest cuisine while benefiting the Glynn Community Crisis Center. The event takes place at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Along with the tastings, there is a wine raffle and the popular silent auction. For more information, visit their website.

 

Business Meetings on the Golf Course

Monday, February 24th, 2014


The ability to blend work with play is an unspoken prerequisite among the majority of most meeting attendants. That’s why some executives prefer meeting venues located in close proximity to a golf course. Here at The King and Prince Resort, meeting coordinators can fulfill the checklist of conference space and amenities.

Business Meetings on the Golf Course

Business meetings at golf courses are becoming a popular alternative to a traditional meeting setting. With experts urging more movement throughout the day and praising the benefits of exercise on creativity, encouraging employees to move is becoming more and more common. This popular TED talk on walking meetings gives a scary statistic: on average, we sit for 9.3 hours per day, more than the average person spends sleeping.

The King and Prince Golf Course

An escape from average conference facilities, The King and Prince’s newly renovated meeting venue is in close proximity to our Par 72 course. With the climate allowing for an 18 hole game most days of the year and stunning salt marshes, towering oaks and island holes, it provides a much-needed alternative to the standard meeting. The practice facility also includes a 6,500 square foot putting green, a 3,000 square foot chipping green, and five target greens.

So take that idea and run – well, walk – with it and host your next meeting on the green!

Contact us to find out more about our meeting facilities and golf course.

“The King” Comes to The King and Prince

Friday, February 21st, 2014

GA Elvis Festival

 

On Saturday, February 22nd, join us for a special evening of Elvis entertainers in celebration of the Georgia Elvis Festival’s return to Brunswick this March. Last year’s festival champion, Michael Chambliss will perform. To purchase tickets, click on the link.

We are also offering a discounted hotel room rate of $149/night for oceanfront and partial oceanview rooms for concert attendees. (This rate is valid for the night of February 22nd only. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Call the reservations office at 1-800-342-0212 to reserve.)

Destination Wedding Etiquette Advice

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

During the planning process, engaged couples often wonder about destination wedding etiquette. Often the questions come up, Who pays for travel and accommodations for the wedding guests? What about for the wedding party?

Although etiquette rules say you are not responsible for paying for the travel accommodations of your guests or wedding party, there are several considerations that will make travel easier for everyone:

  1. Prior to finalizing the wedding destination, make sure the resort has ample rooms to accommodate your guests.
  2. Evaluate the destination wedding site’s amenities to ensure that there’s adequate activity coverage to entertain your guests before and after the special day. Here at The King and Prince wedding venue, we pride ourselves on offering golf, tennis, massages, swimming pools and ample restaurants and entertainment close by.
  3. Remember to provide your guests with all the details to simplify coordinating their itinerary. Some brides and grooms maintain this information on a website, featuring the destination details (address, website, how to book and other details), car rentals, airport information and so forth.
  4. Note that many wedding destinations offer brides and grooms a discount, predicated on a minimum of room reservations. The discounted room rate generally has an expiration date, allowing hotels, resorts and destination weddings to reserve any remaining rooms.
  5. Whatever you do, give your guests ample time to make travel arrangements if you would like the invitees to be present for your special day. ‘Save the Dates’ are a great way to do this.
  6. Note that air travel rates are more expensive during certain times of the year. In other words, if you’re planning a wedding in the summer or around the holidays, give your guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
  7. Finally, consider the tradition of welcome bags. Gift baskets or welcome bags waiting for guests in their rooms can include snacks, area information, pampering products, or themed items representing the location. This thoughtful gesture will show your guests how much you appreciate their presence and acknowledge the effort it took for them to be there for your big day!

Choosing Your Wedding Menu

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Ho-hum, limited and unsavory are not the words that come to mind when brides and grooms sample the menu at The King and Prince! Incorporating culinary influences from around the world, Executive Chef Jason Brumfiel is renowned for a diverse menu, prepared with food from locally sourced Georgia farms. Offering everything from Southern, authentic Mexican to Caribbean cuisine, an extensive catering menu satisfies and often challenges engaged couples with its myriad of delectable offerings.

For an example of satisfying but daunting decisions to make, Chef Brumfiel offers an appetizer of a mushroom cap, filled with escargot with shallot wine butter. Then, there’s the seafood crepe drizzled in a champagne cream sauce as another option. And, as if the choices of plated starters weren’t challenging enough, there are even seared scallops, served on a bed of spinach with apple brandy cream sauce.

NOTEWORTHY: Our grits are sourced from a farm in Lakeland, Georgia, where the owners Kevin & Gayla Shaw cultivate all-natural, non-GMO grits. We also offer a variety of other local sourced ingredients, including Georgia shrimp, local beef, honey, and olive oils.

In addition to plated options, we also offer themed buffets, including a low country boil, fresh seafood, Mexican fiesta-inspired dishes, Caribbean, and an American-style barbecue buffet menu. There is truly something to satisfy even the most sophisticated palate!

Review our wedding and celebration menus here!

Deconstructing a Potential Meeting Venue

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Meeting planners know all too well the importance of manning even the tiniest of details. Sometimes, it’s easier to rely on trusted relationships and what’s familiar by booking the same meeting venue year after year. But, finding a new venue can be easy if you ask all the right questions. When it comes to evaluating a new meeting venue or site to host an annual conference or corporate event, here’s how to test a good site from a basic one.

Questions to consider about a potential meeting venue:

  • What are the meeting venue’s top qualities?
  • Is it located in an urban environment, a unique environment, or in a centralized location?
  • Does the conference center boast any amenities, such a spectacular view or some type of sporting activity?
  • What is the parking situation?
  • Is it close to a tourist attraction?
  • Is the conference center known for anything in particular?
  • Are there any activities that the hotel is famous for?
  • Are there any area events that are going on around the same time as the planned event?
  • Does the venue meet your technology specifications?

Since many of today’s meetings involve multiple uses: email, social media, downloads and more, meeting planners are having to delve into speed, capacity and bandwidth issues.

Free wireless connectivity is relevant only if it has the capacity to fulfill the technology specifications of your conference.  Kristi Casey Sanders of Plan your Meetings recommends the Ookla Speedtest to test network performance.

In Georgia, off of the Atlantic Ocean, St. Simons Island is an idyllic place for conferences and annual meetings. With its dependable temperatures, golf opportunities, historical roots and a slew of other outdoor activities and restaurants, the meeting venue favors plenty of things to do and see without making it too overwhelming for meeting planners to coordinate.

On St. Simons Island, The King and Prince is proud of the award-winning meeting spaces available on the property. Plus, the assortment of accommodations appeals to attendants, who might have varying budgets and lodging requirements.

While the location of a meeting venue influences its convenience, transportation and parking are just as important. In New York, conference attendants may find flying in town convenient but cab fares, and the cost of parking and other transportation inconveniences are not always the best place to host conferences.

Consider cities where parking costs are economical. Also, consider meeting venues and hotels where parking costs are reasonably priced, making it convenient for meeting attendants.  Don’t forget to evaluate the distance from the airport to the meeting venue.

As with planning any conference or meeting, rates influence the budget. When reviewing pricing, ask for a comparison of the venue’s packages vs. à la carte rates. Refer to this example of a meeting planning package.

The Top 5 Romantic Spots on St. Simons Island

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, we thought we would share our picks for the top 5 most romantic spots on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Sunset at the Pier - The golden sunsets are sure to leave you speechless and in awe of how beautiful nature can be.

St Simons Island Georgia Pier at Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise from a chair-swing at The King and Prince Resort - Enjoy the stillness of the morning and spend your first waking moments breathing in the salt air and watching the sun rise on another beautiful day.

Chair Swing at The King and Prince Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the St. Simons Island lighthouse - The view is simply spectacular and will make for a memorable moment for you and the one you love.

St Simons Island Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strolling beneath the live oaks - Whether it is night or day, take a walk underneath the live oaks. The beauty of the giant live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss is a perfect way to spend some quiet time together.

Under The Live Oaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ Church - The beauty of the church and its gardens combined with the history of the church (which includes a love story) are enough to make anyone swoon!

Christ Church

 

Celebrating National Wedding Month

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

February happens to be National Wedding Month! For brides looking to comparison shop or check off key items from the wedding planning list, here are a few helpful tips to prepare for national wedding month.

wedding idea board

Overwhelmed on Pinterest? Create a wedding idea board the old-fashioned way!

1) Buy a few bridal wedding magazines. Refer to the latest publications to create your wish board. Tear out wedding dresses, wedding venues, honeymoon destinations planners and other vendors specific to your vision. Many wedding planners use this concept to produce spectacular wedding events.

Be sure to visit online wedding magazines such ModernLuxury Brides and TheKnot to create your own Pinterest wish list board.

Check out our wedding Pinterest board here!

2) For the wedding dresses, make note of which styles, features and designer prices appeal to you the most. Maintain a list of the wedding gown prices so you can compare this information during your quest for ‘the dress.’

 

3) Next, evaluate the wedding destinations from your tear sheets. Visit the websites to gain an insight on amenities, menus and other details.

WEDDING VENUE COMPARISON NOTE: It’s a popular mistake to compare wedding venue day rates only. However, most wedding destinations charge an assortment of fees. From venue to venue, charges range from set up, wait staff and other minimums to compare when analyzing venues.

4) Attend one or two bridal expos. Use your research from step 1 (above) to help you price wedding dresses, vacation packages, wedding venues and visit wedding vendors comparable to your wish board.

5) Find a wedding trunk show! Trunk shows often offer a large variety of dresses at reduced prices. Click here to search for a trunk show in near you.

6) Schedule wedding tastings. February is not just National Wedding Month, but also prime-time to schedule tastings, especially after Valentine’s Day.

Learn more about weddings at The King and Prince Resort.

ECHO comes to St. Simons Island

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

ECHO Oceanfront Restaurant

Get ready St. Simons Island because a brand new oceanfront dining experience is headed your way! Set to open in March of 2014, ECHO will surpass all of your expectations of what a memorable dining experience should be. Executive Chef Jason Brumfiel has been working on a delicious farm-to-table menu that will highlight many Georgia farms and businesses. You’ll be able to taste the difference from the very first bite.

To learn more about ECHO, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.