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History is Alive on St. Simons Island

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

History is Alive on St. Simons Island

Our quaint island paradise is the perfect place to relax on the beach or do some shopping…but did you know that you’ll find history around every corner while you are on St. Simons Island? Home to Ft. Frederica, Christ Church, The St. Simons Island Lighthouse and several trolley companies, there are many ways to explore the rich history of the island.

Fort Frederica- This centuries old fort is located at the northern end of the island was established in 1736 and still stands today as a testament to the dreams, struggle, victory and defeat of the early colonists. If you visit the fort, there are ranger-led tours and re-enactments that take place throughout the year. While learning about the history of the fort, you will take in breathtaking views of the marsh and see many coastal birds. The fort is open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm except for certain holidays.

Christ Church- In 1763, John & Charles Wesley (the fathers of the Methodist church) began holding services under the live oak trees on the property. The church as it stands today, was built by Anson Phelps Dodge, Jr. as a memorial to his late wife. From the beautiful gardens to the interior of the church, to the love story that it tells, this church is a lovely place to visit for an afternoon during your trip to St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse- The lighthouse is one of only 4 active lighthouses in Georgia. Climb the 129 stairs to the top for a spectacular view of the village, St. Simons Sound and Jekyll Island. While you are visiting, be sure to spend some time at the attached A.W. Jones Heritage Center where you can learn about the coastal heritage of the island. The lighthouse is open daily. View their website for information on specific days and times.

For more information about historic tours and sites as well as trolley tours, visit our website.

 

July 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

St. Simons Island July 4th Sunshine Festival: Friday, July 4th- Sunday, July 6th 10AM to 5PM- An island tradition for over 60 years, the sunshine festival is a great way to celebrate the 4th! Located in the pier village, the festival features arts & crafts vendors selling pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry! The festival also has children’s activities, live music, a golf cart parade, family movies and of course, fireworks on the 4th!

First Friday & An Old Fashioned 4th of July in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, July4th- 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. Fireworks begin at 9PM from Mary Ross Waterfront Park.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Mason Waters & The Groove All Stars: July 6th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn- Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Jazz in the Park featuring Elisha “Atlas” Parris: Sunday, July 13th 7-9PM- Presented by the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Jazz in the Park is one of the most popular summertime events on St. Simons Island. Bring a picnic and your friends and spend the evening listening to live music next to the ocean and underneath the light house! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 are free.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, July 15th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- Guest speaker Kelly Hill, coastal resources specialist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be discussing water conservation. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots: July 20th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn- Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

 

Fishing on St. Simons Island

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Fishing on St. Simons Island

 

Being a coastal town means we are the perfect place to do some fishing when you are on the island. Here is what you need to know to make the most out of your fishing trip in The Golden Isles. Keep in mind that if you are on a charter fishing boat, you may not need to obtain a license on your own.

In order to go fishing in our waters, you will need a fishing license issued by the Georgia DNR. You can visit their website to quickly and easily obtain one.

There are some great local charter boats that fish our waters almost every day of the year. If you have the time, here are a few that we recommend:

Liquid Asset Fishing: They offer full and half day fishing charters. Captain Larry Swicegood has over 20 years of fishing experience on the Georgia Coast. All of your bait, tackle & fishing licenses are provided when you fish on his boat. For more information, visit their website.

Coastal Georgia Charters & Tours is an excellent option for larger groups and families. They offer dolphin tours, eco-shrimping tours and private charters for inshore fishing. Full and half-day fishing charters are available and their boat is equipped with on board restroom facilities. For more information, visit their website.

Captain Mark Noble is one of the most experienced fishing guides on St. Simons Island. He offers both inshore and offshore fishing excursions for 4, 6 or 8 hours. If you are looking to take in the sights, he can also orchestrate a nature or dolphin tour for you and your family. For more information, visit his website.

If you happen to be a land lover but still like to fish, visit St. Simons Bait & Tackle located in the heart of the pier village and just steps from the St. Simons pier to rent poles or a crab trap and try your hand at fishing or crabbing! You’ll also see many photos of what people have caught from the waters surrounding St. Simons Island. Visit their website or give them a call at 912-634-1888.

June 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, June 6th- 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.

Georgia Sea Island Festival: Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th at Gascoigne Park- This annual festival celebrates the African American traditions, crafts and food of Georgia’s barrier islands. For more information, visit their website.

The 24th Annual Golden Isles Family Fishing Event: Saturday, June 7th from 8:30am to 12pm- Bring the family out to the Sidney Lanier Fishing Pier for a morning of fishing and family fun! There will be free food and free rods and tackle boxes for all participants! The event is free of charge for the first 125 registered children ages 5-12. For more information, visit the Coastal DNR website.

Second Sunday at Gascoigne Bluff: June 8th from 1-7pm- Grab your family and friends and head out to the park for an afternoon of live music underneath majestic oak trees. There will be raffles, activities for the kids and of course, lots of fun! Each month, second Sunday benefits a local charity.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Island Garage Band: June 8th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn- Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Full Moon Paddle & Party: Friday, June 13th 8pm- Join Davis Love III’s Paddle & Putt, Southeast Adventure Outfitters and Southern Soul BBQ for an evening of paddling and BBQ underneath a full moon. For more information, call Southeast Adventure Outfitters at 912-638-6732.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, June 17th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- Guest speaker and Satilla riverkeeper Ashby Nix will discuss protecting Georgia’s coastal rivers with the group. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

Canopy of the Oaks Festival: Saturday, June 28th 10am to 10pm- Bring your family and friends for a day of music and fun at Gascoigne Bluff Park. There will be live music, kids activities, an arts and crafts market and a disc golf tournament.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday, June 28th & 29th from 9am to 5pm- Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free!

Beach Safety on St. Simons Island

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

St. Simons Island Beach Safety

 

Every year, thousands of tourists and island residents spend time at the beach on St. Simons Island. In an effort to keep our guests safe, here are some things to keep in mind for your next trip to the beach.

Sand Bars: If you look out into the ocean at low tide, you are sure to see the sand bars as well as people swimming to them to explore them. Our advice is to appreciate the sand bar from a distance but do not swim or walk to it. The tide can change from low to high in a relatively short amount of time and returning to the beach can become  quite hazardous.

Swimming: Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11am to 4pm. Keep in mind that not all beaches are guarded. For a list of beaches, visit the Glynn County website.

Although there are few waves at our beach, the water moves swiftly and there is a strong rip current. It is important if you are going to swim, that you are a strong swimmer. If you become caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. Swim or tread water until you are out of the current and then swim to shore. You can always wave to shore for help as well.

Dogs on the Beach: Dogs are permitted on the beach! Here is what you need to know to bring Fido with you. During the winter months, (after Labor Day and before Memorial Day) dogs are allowed on any portion of the beach as long as they are on a leash. During the summer, (Memorial Day through Labor Day) no dogs are permitted on the beach between the pier and 16th street at Gould’s Inlet from 9am to 6pm. They are, however, permitted on the beach before 9am and after 6pm.

If you have any questions about beach access points, swimming or sandbars, ask our concierge or front desk. They will be happy to assist you. Remember to stay safe at the beach this summer and have fun!

St. Simons Island Restaurant Guide – Part 2

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

In Part 1, our restaurant guide highlighted some popular local restaurants. (Click here to visit Part 1). In Part 2, learn about more restaurants that we recommend you visit while on our island!

 

Palmers Village Cafe

 

Palmer’s Village Cafe- This quaint cafe is located in the heart of the pier village. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a unique twist on traditional comfort food.We love that their menu highlights fresh, local produce. Their location makes it the perfect place to grab a bite after shopping in the village. Staff Pick: Try a taste of the coast with their Surf Squared breakfast. Poached eggs over a crab cake served with a roasted red pepper grit cake.

 

 

 

 

Sals Neighborhood Pizzeria 

 

Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria- Sal’s is owned and operated by Sal Cenicola, a former boxer from New Jersey who makes the best pizza south of Jersey! If you are looking for an Italian restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, Sal’s is the place. Many islanders who are originally from the north rely on Sal when they want an authentic pizza. So, naturally our staff pick is….pizza!

 

 

 

 

 

Delaney's Bistro 

Delaney’s Bistro- Delaney’s has been an island staple for many years and are located just a 10 minute drive from the resort. They are open for lunch and dinner and their menu offers something for every palate-from duck breast and lamb to fresh scallops and crab cakes. The restaurant is perfect for a quiet meal with good friends. Staff Pick- Their tasso chicken over linguine is delicious. Also, if they offer scallops as one of their specials, we highly recommend you try it!

 

 

Southern Soul Barbeque

 

 

 

Southern Soul Barbeque- Although Southern Soul has been around for a few years, they have quickly become a tradition for both locals and visitors. Their succulent BBQ and delectable sides have left us coming back for more, time and time again. We dare anyone to drive by their smoker and NOT stop! Dine outside on one of their picnic tables or, call ahead and take your meal to the beach! Staff Pick- Their ribs and brisket are out of this world and you cannot leave the island without trying their fried green beans!

 

May 2014 Events In The Golden Isles

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, May 2nd- 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.

Reelin’ In A Cure Tripletail Tournament: Saturday, May 10th- This popular American Cancer Society benefit takes place at Morningstar Marina. The cost to participate in the fishing tournament is $100 per person. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish and the most fish. Following the tournament, there will be a party with live music beginning at 5pm. Tickets to the party are sold separately and are $35 per person or $65 per couple. Ticket price includes food provided by Coastal Kitchen, drink tickets and an event cup. For more information, email: ACSfishingtournament@gmail.com

Mother’s Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Show: Saturday & Sunday, May 10th & 11th- During this popular local event, art vendors from across the Southeast will be selling their crafts from 10am to 5pm in Postell Park on St. Simons Island.

Second Sunday at Gascoigne Bluff: May 11th from 1-7pm-  Grab your family and friends and head out to the park for an afternoon of live music underneath majestic oak trees. There will be raffles, activities for the kids and of course, lots of fun! Each month, second Sunday benefits a local charity.

“A Little Light Music” Featuring The Tams: May 11th 7pm on the lighthouse lawn-Bring your friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening under the stars while listening to live music at the ocean’s edge. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, May 20th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- Guest speaker and Satilla riverkeeper Ashby Nix will discuss protecting Georgia’s coastal rivers with the group. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday, May 24th & 5th from 9am to 5pm- Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free!

 

 

 

 

Spring Activities For Your Next Trip To St. Simons Island

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather on the Georgia Coast! No matter what you enjoy, we are sure that St. Simons Island will not disappoint with a variety of activities for everyone.

St. Simons Island Outdoor Activities

Rent a Bike: Rent a bike from Ocean Motion Surf Co. and explore the island’s 30+ miles of bike paths. Take your bike from our resort straight to the heart of St. Simons Island-the village for a day of shopping, people watching and dining at one of many restaurants. Are you looking to view the beautiful scenery that the island has to offer? Take a look at our blog about specific bike paths on the island.

Hop On A Shrimp Boat: This one of a kind adventure starts in Brunswick, GA where you board the U.S. Coast Guard passenger approved shrimp boat The Lady Jane and head out on the intracoastal waterway. The 2 hour tour includes a lesson on coastal ecology by a marine biologist and a taste of Wild Georgia Shrimp. We know that whether you are young or young at heart, you will enjoy this adventure!

Try Your Hand At Crabbing: If you don’t have your own crab net, stop by St. Simons Bait & Tackle and purchase one (they are located at the foot of the pier) then head over to the pier and see if you can catch any crabs! Crabbing is a fun, interactive activity and you will catch at least one most of the time. Be sure to see what your neighbors are pulling up in their crab nets or on their fishing line.

Spend A Day At The Park: Pack a picnic, bring your friends and head to Neptune Park for a day of fun in the sun. The waterfront park has a playground for the kids and enormous live oaks for the kids to climb on, a picnic area, mini-golf and during certain times of the year they have live music and festivals at the park.

Take A SUP Tour: If you are looking to try something new, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) just might be for you! There are several companies that offer rentals at East Beach but if you are looking for a guided tour, head over to SSI SUP. With their team of pros, you can learn the basics of paddleboarding or take a sunset tour. They even have boards with lights on the bottom!

 

WWII History on St. Simons Island

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

History is at our doorstep! Did you know that on April 8th,  just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, German U-boats sank 3 ships off of the coast of St. Simons Island? The blast was so strong that it shattered windows in nearby Brunswick, Georgia. To learn more about this day in history, take a look at this video.

The King and Prince Resort played an important part during World War II. The resort became a U.S. Navy coast watch and training facility as well as a radar station and later re-opened to the public in 1947.

Radar Station at The King and Prince

Recap Of A Taste Of Glynn

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A Taste of Glynn was a huge success this year. Thank you to all of the restaurants and businesses who participated as well as everyone who came out to support The Glynn Community Crisis Center. This event would not be successful without everyone coming together for this great organization.

Here are the winners for each category:

Starters
1st - Zachry’s Seafood & Steak
2nd - Harris Teeter

Main Seafood
1st - Straton Hall Events
2nd - Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Main International
1st - Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
2nd – Jekyll Convention Center

BBQ
1st - Straton Hall Events
2nd - Southern Soul Barbeque

Dessert
1st – Zeppelin Cafe
2nd - Wee Pub North

People’s Choice
1st – Straton Hall Events
2nd – Zachry’s Seafood & Steak

Tablescape
1st - King & Prince Seafood
2nd – Harris Teeter

Tast of Glynn at The King and Prince Resort

Silent Auction Items at Taste of Glynn

Chef Jason at Taste of Glynn

 

Zachry's at Taste of Glynn

 

Tast of Glynn at The King and Prince