St. Simons Island is for (Nature) Lovers

March 20th, 2014

Nature is alive and well on our small island. All you have to do is take a walk and you are sure to see wildlife wherever you look.

Alligators: There are many ponds where you can see alligators in their natural habitat. They can also be spotted on one of the many golf courses on the island including The King and Prince Golf Course. Just remember- don’t get too close to the alligators.

Dolphins: One of the advantages to being on the coast is the abundance of sea life right outside our door. No matter how many times you’ve seen dolphins swim by, it always feels like the first time when you see them in the ocean. Guests can sometimes spot them from their balconies at our resort and of course, from the beach. Sometimes you can see them while you are enjoying Neptune Park.

Birding: Did you know that St. Simons Island has had a Snowy Owl sighting two years in a row? Of course a Snowy Owl sighting is rare almost anywhere but we also have lots of  beautiful birds to see. White Ibis, Egrets, Marsh Wren, Whimbrel, Sandpipers and sometimes even a Peregrine Falcon or a Bald Eagle can be spotted while visiting the island.

Bird Watching on St. Simons Island

Sea Turtles: Although it is uncommon to see Sea Turtles on our shores, they are quite abundant on many of Georgia’s islands. A good place to see them up close and personal and to learn about them, is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center which is just a short drive from the resort.

The Meeting Planner’s Speaker Presentation Checklist

March 18th, 2014

Travel hiccups notoriously prevent meeting planners from walking a speaker through the presentation or having a run through before the actual event. With so much going on during a conference, some details tend to fall by the wayside. Refer to this cheat sheet to ensure a successful presentation for your speaker:

Prior to the meeting, coordinate details with the audio visual team. To ensure that everyone on the production end of the meeting is on the same page, be sure to provide the audio visual engineer with the agenda, so he or she will understand the order of speakers and meeting flow.

  • Help your speaker understand their audience. For example, their knowledge level regarding the topic, their seniority, demographics, etc.
  • Review staging details. Does the speaker plan to walk around or remain seated? Whatever the case, make sure the speaker knows where the cameras are. If the speaker is presenting amongst a panel, make sure everyone knows the order and protocol to prevent any communication confusion. Moreover, if there are any technical limitations, make the speaker aware of such information (for example, a glitchy microphone or teleprompter).
  • Have a backup plan. Technology issues, last minute cancellations or other unforeseen events can be surmounted if there is a solid backup plan in place.
  • Be clear about the speaker’s time allotment. Use a countdown clock so the speaker will be cognizant of timing.
  • As hybrid meetings continue to rise in popularity, be sure to allot enough time for the interactive elements of the presentation. Consider audience involvement and visuals during rehearsals.
  • What happens after the speaker’s presentation? To help the speaker conclude with a smooth transition into the next segment of the meeting, remember to describe the closing sequence.
  • Provide feedback. Talk to your audience and provide your speaker with feedback – this can only help to improve future sessions!

Do you have any success tips or prep steps to a seamless presentation? Let us know in the comments!

Introducing: ECHO Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar

March 14th, 2014

ECHO Oceanfront Restaurant St Simons Island

 

We are excited to announce that ECHO is now open! Resort Executive Chef, Jason Brumfiel has been hard at work preparing new menus and gearing up for the opening of ECHO Restaurant on St. Simons Island. This new restaurant located at our resort combines casual outdoor oceanfront dining with comfortable indoor seating and a beautiful new ocean view bar. The menu features fresh produce and many local products on the menu. This fun, new restaurant is the perfect place to unwind after work or to meet up with friends on a Saturday night and listen to live music. Whatever the occasion, ECHO is THE place to be! For more information, visit their website.

 

Chicken Dumplings at ECHO Restaurant

Chicken & Dumplings

ECHO Dining Room

The new dining room at ECHO

Flatbread Pizza and Wings at ECHO Restaurant

Enjoy wings or a flatbread pizza by the bar.

ECHO Bar on St Simons Island Georgia

Patrons enjoying our new bar!

Best Apps for Wedding Planning

March 13th, 2014

Although wedding planners prove to be valuable assets in organizing nuptials, not every bride and groom has the time or the financial resources to hire one. Fortunately, several  wedding planning apps aid organizing and staying on top of the “to do list.”

For some brides-to-be, the language of wedding gowns and dresses requires its own dictionary. With the aid of iBridal Gown, the fashion definitions, fabrics, and styles are accessible via the wedding app. The time saving wedding app lets you compile your tops picks, and store info such as the gown’s designer, price, style, and location.

The wedding app “that gets you down the aisle,” referred to as Wedding Happy provides a number of useful tasks, whether one plans to hire a wedding planner or not. Some brides like the vendor management integration with Yelp to locate vendors. The wedding planning app also submits notifications when deadlines are due. Unlike other wedding apps that require an Internet connection, Wedding Happy enables brides-to-be the opportunity to organize their wedding planning offline.

The online nuptials resource guide, The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner presents several useful tools. Wedding ideas, a checklist of tasks and answers on the go are some of this wedding planning app’s best features. You can also access their list of over 150,000 wedding vendors and browse photos that link to their specific vendor.

The iPad Wedding Planner tries to organize wedding planning like a professional. Guest list, seating plans, color schemes, reminders, and a thank you list account for a few of the features. There’s also a budget planning spread sheet for updating new vendor details.

From the bachelorette party and bridal shower to the wedding reception dinner, Appy Couple performs several functions to keep photos and other wedding planning details running smoothly. In addition to the application compiling and storing all photos, the wedding app even takes song requests during the wedding reception. As an added bonus, Appy Couple also hosts a free wedding website to post wedding details and updates.

Last but not least, the Pinterest app is an unlimited source of inspiration for brides. Download the app and check out The King and Prince’s wedding board!

By the Numbers: Our Atlantic Coast Meeting Venue

March 11th, 2014

Although we might be a little biased, we think The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island is the perfect place to hold a meeting! From large conferences and small business lunches to training sessions and team building events, we have something for every group size. Below is a snapshot of The King and Prince venue attributes, by the numbers:

6 – Meeting planners can choose from 6 different spaces to hold an event: the Lanier Ballroom, Retreat Room, Delegal Room, Solarium, and Butler Room plus the breathtaking oceanfront lawn.

2,880 – The size in square feet of the largest venue space at The King and Prince.

180 – Enjoy 180 degree views of the ocean from one of our upstairs meeting rooms.

12 – The number of buildings to choose from for accommodations, with options such as oceanfront rooms and villas, to a townhome on the golf course.

72 – Par 72, that is…The King and Prince Golf Course is an award-winning, 18-hole, Par 72 course , and offers a 6,500 square foot mini-verde putting green, a 3,000 square foot mini-verde chipping green, and 5 target greens.

1935 – The year The King and Prince originally opened its doors…as a seaside dance hall rather than a hotel.

1 – There can only be  one Jason Brumfiel, our Executive Chef. He is a master at bringing a unique combo of Southern classics and modern favorites, with an emphasis on Georgia vendors and farm-to-table cuisine.

2014 – The resort recently finished renovations to the lobby, atrium, and restaurant in 2014, creating a new look and feel in the historic space.

30,000 – The amount of oceanfront property in square feet that the main swimming pools occupy.

0 – Cost for WiFi, exercise facility, parking, tennis courts, plus many more complimentary amenities around the resort.

17.9 – Area in square miles of St. Simons Island

50+ – The number of restaurants around the island – there is truly something for everyone!

4 – Just 4 short fields on our meeting RFP! Fill one out HERE for more information about hosting your next event at The King and Prince Resort!

Retreat Room

Retreat Room Classroom Setup at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

 

A Taste of Glynn at The King and Prince

March 6th, 2014

A Taste of Glynn

Every March, The King and Prince plays host to one of Glynn County’s premier events: A Taste of Glynn. This annual event raises money for the Glynn Community Crisis Center while celebrating the diverse culinary talent located in our area. Restaurants and chefs offer samples of their food for those attending the event and it is a great way to sample the culinary offerings of our community all in one great location!  Along with tasting delicious food, there will be a celebrity chef and a silent auction. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the website for A Taste of Glynn.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Suntrust Bank (on St. Simons Island), Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Hattie’s Books, McGarvey’s Wee Pub, Name Brand Consignments and The Glynn Community Crisis Center office.

6 Considerations for a Destination Wedding

March 5th, 2014
Wedding Reception Space

The King and Prince Resort offers five different venue spaces, from the formal dining room with ocean views to the oceanfront lawn! Click for a list of our function spaces.

Thinking of having a destination wedding or looking for the perfect location? Here are some tips on what to think about when choosing a wedding venue:

1. Consider a wedding venue with variety.

This includes looking for a variety of different spaces for events, especially if you are hosting multiple events on-site, such as the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, brunch, etc. Also, if guests are staying on-site, look for a resort with a variety of different room types at different price points to ensure guests find a room that fits their needs and budget.

2. Satisfy your inner foodie.

Whether you plan to create a group itinerary or not, choose an oceanfront destination where restaurants and bars abound. This alleviates the need to rent a shuttle for every excursion off the premises, plus an assortment of dining options ensures your guests will find something they love to eat!

 3.   Opt for accessibility.

Hawaii is a favorite oceanfront wedding destination. The only caveat is that many guests may find the long flight, pricier airfare, and time off of work a bit cost prohibitive. Instead opt for a wedding destination within a reasonable driving or flight distance for most invitees. This increases the likelihood that most friends and family will participate in your special day.

4. Check for activities galore.

Even though there’s no written rule that brides and grooms have to serve as activity coordinators for their guests, choosing a location with a variety of activities can be an added bonus for your guests.

 5.  Visit in person.

Another upside to choosing a destination venue within a reasonable distance is that it gives you the opportunity to visit at least once, if not more, when planning your wedding. Everything from seeing the venue and meeting vendors to a trial run for hair and a food tasting is much easier when your venue is relatively close.

 6.  Know the local marriage requirements.

This is true especially if getting married in foreign country, but also true when saying ‘I Do’ in the U.S. Each state differs, so find out what documentation you need to get a marriage license, the waiting period is after you get your license, and where to turn it in after the ceremony.

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

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 Events in The Golden Isles

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

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.