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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Let’s face it. For most of us, spending time with our girlfriends consistently slips to the bottom of our to-do lists. But stealing away for precious time together can do wonders for the spirit – and bring us all back home with a renewed enthusiasm for all that we do. So when my group of my favorite metro Atlanta gal pals floated the idea of a girls’ weekend, we quickly settled on the perfect destination: the legendary King and Prince Resort on St. Simon’s Island. Just a few hours drive, it gave us the chance to let our hair down and reconnect without everyday distractions.

Now before I share a few of our (edited for publication!) antics, I’d like to introduce the motley crew in our posse. Full disclosure: I’ve changed the names to protect the innocent, but I’ll bet you’ll recognize a few of these personalities among the women in your own life.

For starters, I’m a writer in less than perfect physical condition. File me under “Foodie.” Our group also included Evelyn, dynamo who adores crafts and never stops moving (or talking!), Jackie, a health-conscious exercise enthusiast, Pam, former Girl Scout leader and

All You Can Eat Crablegs at The King's Tavern

All You Can Eat Crablegs at The King’s Tavern at The King and Prince, St. Simons Island

lover of architecture. The last member was Katie, Scottish by birth, and interested in all things historic and representative of the Old South.

We piled into my mini-van (hip, right?!) and headed down to the King and Prince Resort on a Friday afternoon. With every mile, I could feel the tension slipping away. Our group grew more excited as we traveled. Other than a few arguments over music and where to stop for snacks, we had a peaceful journey.

When we finally arrived at the King and Prince, all of us were inspired by its grand architecture. This was going to be a weekend to remember! We checked in with plenty of time to indulge in the resort’s restaurant for dinner. After hearing about this fantastic repast for more than a decade, it was wonderful to finally sample it for myself. We all enjoyed ourselves – and the luxury of enjoying wine with dinner without  having to drive home.

It took me a while to decide, but I finally splurged on an appetizer of mussels and grilled sourdough, followed by the Low Country Shrimp and Grits. You only live once, right? My meal was unbelievable, with fresh shrimp and really creamy grits. I told our waitress I wanted to recreate it back home for my family and turns out the recipe is already posted online. (Low Country Shrimp and Grits Recipe).

The other ladies were also thrilled with dinner. Jackie ordered the Char Cedar Salmon, which came with a fantastic corn bread pudding and a vegetable I had never tried before called broccoli.  Landlubber Pam opted for dry rubbed “Kurobuta” pork with candied yams and some kind of a bourbon glaze. Evelyn and Jackie both wanted Chicken and Waffles, which was served with an adorable tiny bottle of tabasco sauce. Instant souvenir! I’m not at liberty to discuss our libations, but believe me, everyone left dinner happy and very mellow.

The resort itself was as spectacular as our meal. With its soaring ceiling and intricate moldings, The King and Prince transports you back in time to gentler age. The vast main lobby lifted our spirits the moment we arrived. It was like the clouds had parted, freeing us to be our true selves and simply enjoy each other’s company.

Our fully appointed two bedroom,  two bath Tabby House suite was complete with all the comforts of home (without all the dirty socks, sports equipment and backpacks, of course).  You could see immediately how much care had gone into the decoration of every room, from the beautiful brocade draperies to the high thread count sheets. I wish our house back in Norcross was as nice!

After dinner we slipped into bathing suits and cover-ups and strolled over to the pool area (there are three on the property!) to melt in the indoor hot tub and take a dip. Virtuous Jackie insisted on swimming some laps to burn off her dessert. The rest of us just climbed in and let the hot water ease away the stresses of everyday life. It felt so magical, I’m thinking of adding a hot tub to next year’s holiday wish list.

Girls Getaway Weekend, St. Simons Island Georgia

Girls Getaway Weekend at The King and Prince Resort

Saturday morning we took a short walking tour of downtown St. Simons. The little shops were full of unusual gifts and specialties like packages of flavored grits and candied nuts. Our crafter, Evelyn, was inspired by seeing so many handmade creations. I think she bought one of everything. Sure, there were plenty of souvenir t-shirts. But I was amazed by the availability of nicer, boutique dresses and beachwear. Those in need of a new swimsuit, summer cocktail dress or resort-worthy earrings won’t be disappointed. For a split second I regretted having ordered dessert the night before.

For lunch, we headed for a heavenly little spot the Concierge recommended: “Iguana’s” which was filled with tourists and locals alike.  In minutes, our table was piled high with crispy fried shrimp (dubbed “the island’s best” multiple years running), shrimp po-boys, giant caesar salads with grilled salmon and a tantalizing platter of assorted roasted oysters.

As the grand finale of our afternoon, we took a breathtaking kayak trip with Southeast Adventure Outfitters. We headed out to the marsh led by an experienced tour guide, and spent a blissful couple of hours watching egrets, pelicans, and a glorious sunset that made it seem like we were worlds away instead of on the Georgia coast. The peace wasn’t lost on our usually talkative crew. Everyone grew quiet and enjoyed moving across the water as the tide gently rocked our kayaks.

Our weekend was such a raving success that we went ahead and booked another trip for next year. Somehow, I’m sure that juggling everything on my plate will be easier with another visit to the King and Prince to look forward to!

Contact the King and Prince to set up Your Girls Weekend of Fun!

All-American Corn Dog!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Throughout Memorial Day Weekend, we will be celebrating the All-American Corn Dog!  During daytime at the King’s Tavern and Ocean Terrace Grille, Executive Chef Jason Brumfiel and his staff will prepare the delicious traditional American treat for our guests.  A Kosher all-beef frank (third-pound for adults, quarter-pound for kids) will be dipped in golden cornmeal batter and fried.  The side item?  Tater tots, plain or “loaded” with cheese, bacon and sour cream.

Prices:

-Adult Corn Dog with Plain Tater Tots – $8, add $4 more for loaded Tots

- Kid Corn Dog with Plain Tater Tots – $6

Corn Dogs

King and Prince Corn Dog with Loaded Tater Tots

Off the Beaten Path

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

A born and bred New Yorker, Mosaka Williamson was not sure what to expect on her sojourn through Georgia.  She could only spend one night with us, but the quaint charms of our island left her hungry for more!  We are honored to be featured on her blog, Socially Superlative.

The vibe of the resort in true Southern fashion is very  laid back. Many people go there just for the simple pleasures of walking on the beach or exploring in the Pier Village, where there are several shops, restaurants and a fishing pier. However, the resort is surrounded by many fun and interesting recreational activities, historic sites, and attractions that offer something for everyone.

We’re glad we could host “Mo” and her friends for a dash of southern hospitality and a chance to kick back and relax on their press trip.

Main pool complex at The King and Prince

Pre-Prohibition Happy Hour!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Come and join us at The King’s Tavern on St. Simons Island from 5 to 7pm each night and go back in time to the days of Model T’s, silent films, and the birth of jazz.  We’re offering great prices on our specialty Pre-Prohibition era cocktails – Bee’s Knees, Old Fashioned, and Moscow Mule, just to name a few!   If you prefer beer or wine, we have specials on those as well.

 Pre-Prohibition Happy Hour

 Featuring Classic Cocktails in the Tavern Bar Daily

5:00pm to 7:00pm 

Cocktails, $6

Bee’s Knees - Gin, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup

Moscow Mule - Vodka, Lime Juice, Ginger Ale 

La Paloma - Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, Soda Water, Fees Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

Mary Pickford - Rum, Pineapple Juice, Cherry Liqueur, Grenadine

Old – Fashioned - Bourbon, Simple Syrup, Orange Segments, Soda, Fees Brothers Cherry Bitters

Champagne Cocktail - Sparkling Wine, Sugar Cube, Angostura Bitters 

Wine, $4

William Hill Chardonnay

Benvolio Pinot Grigio

Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc

Canyon Road Pinot Noir

William Hill Cabernet

Red Rock Merlot 

 Domestic Draft Beer, $4

The Biggest Loser Will Be a Lucky Winner!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Vacations packages are a very motivating item when they are the grand prize in a contest.  The Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody, Georgia is offering a trip to yours truly for the winner of their nine-week “Biggest Loser” challenge, which started on New Year’s Day.

The participant who has the highest percentage of pounds lost will receive a two-night stay at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island. The grand prize includes an ocean-front room, breakfast for two and two rounds of golf.

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – Dunwoody teacher strives to be ‘The Biggest Loser’ 

We wish the best of luck to all the participants.  We look forward to welcoming the winner for a well-deserved getaway.

King and Prince Resort

Getting back to Nature on your Georgia Vacation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

DJ Jones and his wife MJ visited us last month.  He wrote a beautiful article that highlights our history and naturally beautiful location – as well as a Friday night dinner of steamed crab legs.

The hotel has survived fire, war, and decades of change, yet it still shines amongst an American coastline that’s become dominated by one soulless mega-resort after another. The key to the King and Prince’s success is simple: the resort possesses something which can’t be bought through the latest trends in hotel design and often takes decades to attain… Character.

Which would be the highlight of your weekend?  All-you-can-eat crab legs or gazing at the moon reflecting on the ocean from your oceanfront room at The King and Prince?

Read the rest of D.J.’s story on his blog, The World of Deej.

All You Can Eat Crablegs at The King's Tavern

All You Can Eat Crablegs at The King’s Tavern at The King and Prince, St. Simons Island

Georgia beach vacation

Moon over St. Simons Island from The King and Prince Resort

Family Fun on your Georgia Beach Vacation

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Jeff & Stephanie Sylva recently joined us on a press trip.  Their focus was on how families can enjoy a visit to the Golden Isles and The King and Prince.  Their article, Southern Charms at The King and Prince Golf Resort, tells us why our community is an excellent place to take the family for a beach vacation –  activities, dining and recreational pursuits abound.

During our four-day stay at The King and Prince we were treated like old friends by, not only the attentive resort staff, but by everyone we met throughout the island. We didn’t simply feel like tourists being welcomed for their business; but rather we felt welcomed as guests of the island community, invited to share in the tranquil beauty of this quaint island.

Main Resort Pool at The King and Prince

Main Pool Complex at The King and Prince Resort

Read the rest of this and more of Jeff and Stephanie’s stories on Family Travel Forum.

Don’t Click on This if You’re Hungry!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Okay, so either you’re not hungry, or you’re a glutton for punishment.  Take a look at Christine Garvin’s culinary journey in pictures and words for a “taste” of what awaits your palate on your next Georgia beach vacation!  We serve the best of what Southern cuisine has to offer – low country boil, shrimp n’ grits, biscuits, Savannah Bee Honey…  If the mere idea of these delightful dishes makes your mouth water, it’s time to call and book your next trip, and bring an empty tummy!

Low Country Boil

Southern Low Country Boil

The magical allure of St. Simons Island

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Tom Plant of WINEormous.com has written a series of blogs about his visit and the southern culinary traditions he enjoyed… and he can’t wait to come back!  Global Writes published his latest article about his unforgettable experience.

It’s only been a few months since my visit, but I miss Saint Simons Island, Georgia, tremendously. The majestic King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort was my home for my all too brief visit, and I left feeling officially spoiled.

Let us spoil you!  Call 800-342-0212 today.

Mary Ann DeSantis finds “A Golden Treasure”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Mary Ann DeSantis of “Writing with Style” visited The King and Prince over the summer with her husband Tony.  DeSoto Magazine/Exploring the South recently published Mary Ann’s interview with Gaines Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group, which owns and manages The King and Prince.  Mr. Sturdivant’s father, Mike, helmed the company when they purchased The King and Prince in 1980:

“Dad was interested in finding a resort to add to his portfolio. He was familiar with Sea Island and when he saw The King and Prince, he felt it was exactly what he was looking for,” said Gaines Sturdivant about his father who passed away in May 2012. “It turned into far more than an investment for him and for our family. It is our flagship hotel and a cherished part of our company.”

Read the rest of Mary Ann’s article, along with Tony’s beautiful photography, here.The King and Prince Resort