Rachel writes in her blog, “Time for Good Food,” about her trip to St. Simons and all the sites she saw and food she ate at The King and Prince.
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This past Saturday December 3, The King and Prince Resort was a participant in the annual Brunswick Christmas Parade. The parade featured floats from local businesses, clubs, school groups, religious organizations and more. There was over 100 parade floats this year. It was a great day to get in the Holiday spirit! The parade went from Howard Coffin Park up Gloucester St. and ended at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Hundreds of families lined Gloucester to watch the parade. The parade concluded with Santa Claus. The King and Prince employees helped out to create the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” float. The employees with their families passed out candy to the parade viewers and had a great time walking with the float. Our General Manager was the driver and we even had the Grinch with us!
This past weekend, The King and Prince Resort competed in the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee. The event was on Saturday October 22 at the waterfront Mary Ross Park in Brusnwick Georgia (15 minutes from the Resort). There were numerous festivities all day long. The kick off was a one mile fun run and a 5K. Following this was the “Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade.” Owners showed off their pets in a variety of creative costumes. An employee of the King and Prince, Amanda’s pet won first place in the small dog category for being dressed as an Animal Cracker. It was adorable! There was live entertainment all day and of course the main attraction, the brunswick stew contest! There were 32 cooking teams that supplied their stew for the competition. We served up over a thousand samplings to attendees. It was our first time competing in the contest and are proud to say we were a finalist! Our stew (and decorations) were definitely first place in our book!
Jack & Diane brought their travelling musical roadshow “Nashville Unleashed” to The King and Prince Resort on St Simons Island, Georgia Saturday August 13. They performed an amazing show; great music, with wonderful stories and laughs about songwriting and life in Nashville as a musician. It was a dinner show, with a Prime Rib buffet to start the evening and guests’ enjoyed the ocean views from the historic Delegal Room. The musicians performed “in the round” seated in the middle of the room, where every seat felt right up front. Jack & Diane launched “Nashville Unleashed” in 2008 with a strong vision for a show that would spotlight Songwriters in a way that helps them to connect deeper with a listening audience. They brought 3 talented musicians with them; Karen Staley, Julie Forester and Mason Douglas. With their casual, easy-going style, I felt like they were playing their songs and telling their life stories to a group of me and my friends. The songs and the stories behind them were wonderful and each of the musicians voices were amazing; from tender love songs to fun country ballads. Nashville Unleashed will return to The King and Prince on Saturday November 19. The links below are to each of the musicians web sites.
Mason Douglas: http://www.masondouglasmusic.com/home.cfm
Karen Staley: http://www.karenstaley.com/home.html
Julie Forester: http://julieforester.bandzoogle.com/fr_home.cfm
Jack & Diane: http://nashvilleunleashed.com/about-jack-and-diane/
A live music and dinner concert is coming to The King and Prince Resort on August 13! Here is full information about the event, from the “What’s Happening” section of the August Elegant Island Living Magazine.
This is the ultimate date night for music connoisseurs, as Jack & Diane, the musical hosts of Nashville Unleashed, will be sharing center stage with fellow Nashville performing songwriters at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on Saturday night, August 13. Dinner service begins at 6:00 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30, just prior to the show’s start. Jack & Diane perform and serve as the evening’s hosts. Joining them are Nashville performing songwriters: Karen Staley, who’s written for Faith Hill, Trick Pony and Tracy Byrd; Julie Byrd, a professional writer with Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment who has also performed on the West End stage in Longon, England; and Mason Douglas, who’s opened for Trace Adkins, James Otto and Jewel.
The evening’s performance will be staged in the round in the hotel’s Delegal Room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is similar to VH-1′s “Storytellers,” where the audience goes behind the scenes as the musicians share the inspiration behind their music and the stories that shape their songs. The performers are floor level in the middle of the room, surrounded by their listeners seated at candlelit tables that create a sense of intimacy, allowing them to engage their audience in conversation throughout the night.
Their music is a bluesy, more soulful style of country, with Diane’s vocal influences including Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Nicks. Jack is renowned as an impressive guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with an unconventional approach. Both are long-time performing, recording and songwriting veterans with the ability to capture the hearts of their listeners and endear people to themselves almost instantly through music and lyrics.
Tickets are $65 per person which includes dinner, exclusive of cocktails, and are available exclusively online at nashvilleunleashed.com.
Earlier this year, The King and Prince adopted a sea turtle. The Geogia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. It is a rehabilitation and research center. The Adopt a Sea Turtle Progam “helps offset operating costs such as medication and food for in-house patients as well as supports research we are conducting to help sea turtles all over the world!”
The King and Prince adopted “Phantom.” Phantom is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle who stranded on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, on July 30, 2009. She/he was brought to the GSTC where it was very obvious what was wrong with her/him. Phantom had a severe head injury and was missing her/his left eye and half of her/his upper jaw. Phantom underwent surgery and was under care at the GSTC until June. On June 17, 2011 Phantom was released! You can read about Phantom’s journey and track his/her journey in the wild by visiting http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org/. Click on “Join Us” at the top of the page, then select “successfully released patients” and Phantom’s web page. The password is “opera”.
Here are pictures from Phantom’s release:
Leigh Cort writes an article for Old City Life about a trip to historic St. Simons Island and The King and Prince.
By Leigh Cort
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Only a two hour drive from Saint Augustine, run away to a Georgia island that will take your breath away. Expansive vistas along a 5-mile causeway leading to St. Simons Island from the mainland will compel you to roll down the windows and exhale the saltwater marshes and exhale the stresses of life. Drive under massive live oaks creating canopied tunnels that Eugenia Price immortalized as the setting for many of her romantic novels. When you arrive at The King and Prince Hotel that oozed Southern hospitality, you might feel like a kid again on your first beach vacation.
A member of Historic Hotels of America, The King and Prince has hosted dignitaries and celebrities for 75+ years when it was a retreat for the ‘rich and famous.’ There are numerous lodging options (14 styles of rooms, suites, cottages or villas). For romance, choose a Cabana Room, in the historic center of this Mediterranean beauty. It’s perfect for a quiet getaway with a large beautifully decorated bedroom, cozy sitting room and one smaller step down to an oceanfront verandah. Uber comfort is important when it’s a ‘romantic’ getaway. The peaceful blues/yellows and tons of extra pillows are all you need to let the cares of the world drift away. For a family affair, select a 2-bedroom villa with oceanfront balcony, 2 baths and full kitchen.
If you visit for a day, take a stroll around the Hotel and enjoy lunch or dinner in the only oceanfront restaurants on the island. Featuring southern coastal cuisine, tour The Delegal Dining Room with historic stained glass windows that depict the Island’s histoy. Through the decades contemporary additions to the King and Prince maintain the same historic feeling ~ from the original building of rooms and suites ~ to the pristine indoor pool and four outdoor swimming pools. Front desk staff and lobby concierge are ready to make any stay wonderful, arranging a suneset cruise, kayaking, bicycles to explore the island or directions to the famous St. Simons Lighthouse.
If you visit for an overnight, there is no hurry to catch it all. Perhaps a ride on The Lighthouse Trolley can begin your island exploration. Making stops along the island to specialty shops in The Village or Sea Island Shops where there are numerous art & antique galleries, boutiques and restaurants-the trolley continues to Christ Church, Fort Frederica and stops throughout St. Simons Island with historic makrers dating to the 1600s.
Return to the Hotel and indulge at the Royal Treatment Cottage. With a smorgasbord of revitalizing services choose a treatment where “the mind and body can relax.” They offer very individualized attention that might include Aromatherapy, reflexology, Swedish or side-by-side massage for couples. Any visit to St. Simons Island must include driving along 16-mile Frederica Road, which begins at the southend pier and Village-culminating at the north end and the King and Prince Golf Course at Hampton Plantation. Resort guests and day trip visitors can enjoy a spectacular day of golf on a course that is owned by the Resort. Renowned for its ancient forests, vast salt marshes and four spectacular signature hotels that are gently carved from small coastal marsh ‘islands’, the course bends around towering oaks, across lakes and lagoons. Lunch at the clubhouse is open to the public too (365 days a year). Their innovative 3-D graphic transports viewers to each of the 18 holes via hole-by-hole flyover.
Hotel guests often visit with a list of ‘must do’s on the island’ while visiting. It’s a great idea to be an organized traveler and maximize vacation time but the Resort has done some of the work for you:
Live History: Climb to the top of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Trace the archaeological remnants of Ft. Frederica where Georgia’s fate was determined is 1742, Hop aboard The Lighthouse Trolley for an Island history tour.
Nature Bike Rides: Don’t Forget Your Camera. St. Simons Island has 17 miles of bike paths that traverse the Island past centuries old trees, historic markers, ocean and marsh vistas complete with native wildlife.
Art & Antiques: The Island has 20+ galleries & antique shops for every taste.
Self-Guided Walking Tours: We’ll prepare a customized tour or set out on your own.
Read a Book: Settle in and find a cozy spot – the beach, the pool, your luxurious room or an oceanfront swing.
Dine Around: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with an exquisite ocean view from every table. The King and Prince Golf Course serves breakfast and lunch daily too. AND the Island dining options are extensive. Ask our concierge.
St. Simons Island ‘Island Playhouse’ Theature & Library: A must! Bringing live theater to the Island since 1956.
Energize the Imagination, Body & Soul: For Relaxation & Rejuvenation- enjoy our Royal Treatment Cottage. Where your mind and body can relax with massage therapies and treatments…steps from the beach.
Celebrate Golf: King & Prince Golf Course is a MUST PLAY. Enjoy our old fashioned hospitality and experience a truly memorable game: the serenity of extraordinary natural beauty and the challenges of one of Coastal Georgia’s great courses.
Fish, Surf & Boating: Let the fresh air and waterways seduce you for a day ~ take a trip on the Lady Jane (shrimp boat) or we can help you plan your adventure with one of the island’s favorite captains: Cap Fendig. Kayaking, dolphin tours and secret fishing sports are yours for the asking.
Do Nothing: You’re at the Beach!
For more details visit: kingandprince.com
Dena & Chuck Bingham write about their visit to St. Simons Island in Senior Connection Magazine. Along with the King and Prince accommodations and St. Simons Island attractions, they describe the southern island culture and way of life.
St. Simons Island—A Restful Retreat
BY CHUCK AND DENA BINGHAM
OK. You’ve taken the grandkids to see Mickey and Minnie often enough to know the routine: Stand in line for 45 minutes for a five-minute ride; someone else’s crying grandkid just spilled a sticky concoction on your new izod shirt and the line for a $9 sandwich is twenty people deep. By late afternoon a whole theme park full of cranky three-year-olds are pitching a fit because they’re tired. You take two more Tylenol and head for the exit with your own grandkids in tow. Ah, but wait. You are parked on the other side of a lake that now looks endless and there are three thousand people in front of you waiting for the same ferry boat.
This time do something for you… About an hour north of the Jacksonville airport is a quiet, laid-back hideaway just waiting for you. Take the Saint Simons Island exit off of I-95 and head for the Atlantic Ocean (about ten miles). Once you cross the causeway to St. Simons Island you can feel the stress melting away. You won’t find Ferris wheels, or tea cup rides, or 6-foottall rodents with big ears. What you will find is an upscale residential island that doesn’t mind sharing its seclusion with savvy, well-heeled vacationers.
The grand old oak trees drip with Spanish moss as you make your way to the stately King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Upon arrival the attentive staff quickly reacquaints you with Southern hospitality. Built in 1935, the resort was originally a dance club for well-to-do Northerners. It has consistently been upgraded to meet today’s discerning traveler’s tastes. Accommodations range from Oceanside Villas to private cottages to king-bedded rooms. Outstanding cuisine is a hallmark of the resort and is not to be missed.
Venturing into other parts of town reveals an additional bounty of local dining pleasures. Kick back at George Stewart’s Saltwater Cowboy for great pub fare. Or, if you’re in the mood for finer dining, try Halyards where Chef Dave Snyder prepares an exquisite tuna tartare. Lunch at Palmer’s Village Café is a must as Chef John Belechak prepares the best Southern dishes with locally grown produce. For a truly unique experience, take the “Lady Jane” shrimping trawler into the shallows of the Atlantic marshes for a first-hand look at how modern shrimping is accomplished. The tour comes complete with a marine biologist who explains in detail the ecosystem of the region and its importance to the local economy.
To enjoy the laidback pace of the island, why not rent bicycles at Ocean Motion right outside the entrance to King and Prince Resort. A leisurely 10-minute ride gets you to the heart of town. For the truly adventurous, the island boasts 18 miles of paved bicycle paths. If you’d rather let someone else navigate, try the Lighthouse Trolley which takes you (free) from the north end, where you’ll find the championship King and Prince Golf Course, to the south end, where you’ll find—you guessed it—the Lighthouse. Go in the lighthouse museum to hear about the great historical importance of this region.
There is so much, or so little, to do here…the choice is yours. If there is one drawback to this hidden treasure, it’s this: you may not want to leave…
Kristi Casey Sanders writes about where to stay and things to do on St. Simons and Jekyll in Encore Atlanta. She mentions The King and Prince for its beach accommodations and resort golf course.
April 2011 Encore Life
Start your summer now on the ‘golden isles’ of Jekyll and St. Simons
By Kristi Casey Sanders
Spring is beautiful in Atlanta, with cherry blossoms and dogwood trees in bloom. And as spring clothes replace sweaters, it’s easy to yearn for full-on summer. That’s why so many spring breaks unfold on the beach. You can escape to a sandy wonderland where sunsets give way to moonlit surf, casual beach bars serve frosty drinks and fresh seafood, and kids can learn the fine art of avoiding sunburns while building sandcastles and riding Boogie boards.
Atlanta’s closest beaches are on the barrier islands off the Georgia coast. The four clustered around Brunswick are known as the “golden isles.” It’s a five-hour drive or a 60-minute flight via Delta Connection, which has three daily nonstop flights to Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.
There are exclusive resorts (Sea Island) and serene eco-retreats (Little St. Simons), but if you desire a family friendly spot affordable enough to become a yearly tradition, St. Simons and Jekyll islands are the best options.
St. Simons Island
There’s an anecdotal story told about the Timacuan Indians, who lived here under Spanish rule for almost 200 years. They finally rebelled, it is said, because the Catholic priests insisted the men take only one wife. Whether that’s true, you still get the feeling that these island inhabitants would rebel if someone tried to stop them from having a good time.
For more than 75 years, the center of the island’s social life has been the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (800-342-0212), which began as an open-air oceanfront dance pavilion. The hotel grew up around the pavilion — now the Delegal Dining Room. It’s next to the King’s Tavern, a legendary watering hole added to the property in the 1980s. Accommodations range from traditional hotel rooms and multi-bedroom condo units with full kitchens to private homes with rooftop patios. Guests can rent bikes or kayaks, ride horseback on the beach, or learn how to play tennis, shoot sporting clays or fish.
Golf is a big deal here, and the King and Prince Course (912-634-0255) is quite scenic. Wild marsh grass cuts the field of play between the tee box and fairway on one hole, golf cart paths are elevated over marshland, wild birds soar overhead and gators nap inches from the greens under oak trees. The Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort (800-841-6268) offers guests three courses and suite-style accommodations, three clay tennis courts, three swimming pools and an array of family friendly activities.
The Lighthouse Trolley (912-638-3333) is a fun way to learn about the island’s history. It is owned by Cap Fendig, a local character and sometime politician, whose family has been here since the 1800s. You can take a narrated tour or hop on and off the trolley at scheduled stops. At Fort Frederica National Monument, you’ll see where Spanish and British troops clashed in 1742. Graves of their descendants are found in the historic graveyard surrounding Christ Church. The Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station has interactive, kid-friendly exhibits explaining the role the U.S. Coast Guard has played in the region before, during and since World War II. There’s also the famous St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum (912-638-4666), where you can enjoy the best view in town. Fendig’s company offers dolphin tours, bird-watching trips and real-estate services — in case you need a permanent local address.
The Georgia coast is only 100 miles long, but it contains one-third of this country’s salt marshes, which replenish the Atlantic Ocean’s ecosystem. Learn about the barrier island’s marine life aboard the Lady Jane (912-265-5711). Piloted by Captain Credle, the vessel takes passengers into St. Simons Sound, where marine biologists sort shrimp from the other creatures caught in nets and explain what guests are seeing. The ship’s first mate serves up a shrimp boil as the boat heads back to the dock.
As you’ll learn on the Lady Jane, you’re not eating just any shrimp. The salt marsh grasses available to Wild Georgia Shrimp™ grazing here make them particularly sweet. Shrimping season begins between April and June and runs through December. And thanks to the large local sturgeon population, this region also is known for quality caviar, harvested in January and February and said to be superior to Russia’s.
St. Simons doesn’t lack for good restaurants. Saltwater Cowboy (912-634-2102) is a relaxed steak and seafood eatery with live entertainment near the King and Prince Resort. Further inland is Southern Soul Barbeque (912-638-SOUL), featuring award-winning Brunswick stew. If people-watching is high on your agenda, try breakfast or lunch in the village at the Sandcastle Café & Grill (912-638-8883), where you’ll rub elbows with police officers, politicos and other characters.
Legislation requires that at least 66 percent of Jekyll Island remain in its natural state. The island is part of Georgia’s park system, so there is a small fee for all cars ($5/day or $25/week). On the island’s east coast, where the beaches are, an ongoing revitalization project has added budget hotels and a 20-acre oceanfront park with picnic pavilions and wheelchair-friendly beach access points. New shopping and dining outlets are under construction, but old favorites like Blackbeard’s Restaurant (912-635-3522) offer hearty fare and spectacular ocean and sunset views.
The Intracoastal Waterway borders the island’s west coast. Dine waterfront in the Jekyll Island Marina at Sea Jay’s Waterfront Cafe & Pub (912-635-3200) and on the Jekyll Island Pier at sister restaurants Latitude 31 (dinner only) and the Rah Bar (912-635-3800), where live music plays three to four nights a week and oysters and shrimp are available by the pound.
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel (800-535-9547), at the heart of the island’s historic district, is a short walk from the pier. Built at the turn of the 20th century for vacationing millionaires, the club was described in a 1904 edition of Munsey’s Magazine as “the richest, most exclusive, most inaccessible club in the world.” After Georgia bought Jekyll Island in 1947, the club became a luxury hotel. Several of the surrounding millionaires’ “cottages” are now gift shops, restaurants, event facilities and atmospheric accommodations for small groups.
The resort can help you explore what life was like for the millionaires of the Gilded Age through a walking tour of the historic district. Learn how the Federal Reserve System was planned by a select group of bankers and politicians at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. See the island by bicycle or on horseback. Play croquet or sign up for a geocaching game for a treasure hunt around Jekyll. Also available: dolphin cruises, kayak tours or visits to nearby Cumberland or Sapelo island.
Four golf courses on the island’s interior use natural sand barriers, inland lakes and pine forests to create challenging links-style play. The best course for multigenerational groups is Pine Lakes, which has family friendly tee boxes and winds its way through prime bird-watching territory. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, a lazy river and waterslides beckon at the Summer Waves water park; the adjacent Tidelands Nature Center offers nature tours and watercraft rentals. Another prime attraction is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a rehabilitation, research and educational center that has special programs for kids.