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Coastal BiPlane Tours of St. Simons Island

Monday, September 15th, 2014

See St. Simons Island from the air with a ride in a historic open cockpit biplane with Classic Air Ventures! Take your love of adventure to new heights with this popular tour that leaves just a few miles from the resort property. Flight times vary from 20 minutes to one hour depending on which flight package you reserve. Your pilot, Phil Ulrich, has over 30 years experience and over 30,000 hours of flight time. “Queenie” is a newly-restored 1940 Waco UPF-7. Flights run from mid-May through October on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Contact Clasic Air Ventures for more information or to book your flight!

Airplane ride over St. Simons Island Georgia

Stand Up Paddleboard Tours on St. Simons Island

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Stand Up Paddleboarding St. Simons Island GA

 

Stand up paddleboarding has become a popular way to get fit, have some fun and to explore St. Simons Island from the water. Many companies offer lessons and rentals but St. Simons SUP has taken it one step further! They offer nighttime tours that are illuminated with colored lights on the bottom of the boards. What better way to watch the sunset and take a tour on the water than with an illuminated paddleboard? The lights make the water around you glow as you see fish and shrimp darting beneath you. The view beneath, in front of and above you are simply spectacular! Due to being out on the water, you are able to see many more stars than you would see on land.

St. Simons SUP does offer other tours of the marsh and beach, SUP yoga as well as kayaking and surfing. For more information about tours an rentals, visit their website.

September 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, September 5th- 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.

Rhythm on the River: Sunday, September 14th- Enjoy live music at Mary Ross Waterfront Park featuring the Parker Urban Band in Brunswick from 6-8pm. Bring the kids and pack a picnic dinner. Admission is $10 per adult, 15 & under free.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, September 16th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm. The guest speaker will talk about environmental topics and preserving Georgia’s coast. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

Jazz in the Park featuring Michael Hulett: Sunday, September 21st 7-9PM. Presented by the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Jazz in the Park is one of the most popular 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.

August 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Friday, August 1st, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, August 1st- 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.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, August 19th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- The guest speaker will talk about environmental topics and preserving Georgia’s coast. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting VillageCreekLanding.com.

End of Summer Arts & Crafts Show: Saturday & Sunday, August 23rd & 24th from 10am to 5pm at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Arts and crafts vendors from around the Southeast will be selling their hand made pottery, paintings, jewelry, art and much more!

Jazz in the Park featuring Sam Rodriguez Latin Jazz: Sunday, August 24th 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.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday,August 30th & 31st 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!

“A Little Light Music” Featuring Sensational Sounds of Motown: August 31st, 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.

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!