A Bachelor Weekend on St. Simons Island

June 26th, 2014

Bachelor Parties on St. Simons Island

 

So much emphasis is put on the bride that sometimes the groom gets forgotten when it comes to the wedding and festivities. When it comes to where to celebrate your bachelor party, why not turn it into a weekend for you and your guy friends and head to St. Simons Island? With golfing, fishing, great restaurants and nightlife right outside our door, you are sure to have a weekend to remember!

Where to stay: The King and Prince has many options to choose from when it comes to hotel rooms. We have 194 rooms which are a combination of villas, homes and hotel rooms. Our hotel rooms are a great option for small parties while our homes are able to accommodate up to 10 people at once. Staying at our resort will put you just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and only 1 mile from the pier village area. While you are at our resort you can enjoy our 4 outdoor pools, beach access, a restaurant with ocean views and discounted golf rates at our golf course.

What to do: St. Simons Island is a golfer’s paradise. We recommend a guys day at The King and Prince Golf  Course which is on the north end of the island. If golf isn’t your thing, there are several fishing charters available and our concierge would be happy to help you select a charter that best fits you.

Where to dine: ECHO offers the only oceanfront dining on the island and has spectacular views along with great food and drinks. The Crab Trap which is at the foot of our resort has a diverse and delicious menu and is within walking distance! Redfern Village has several different restaurants to choose from and offers a casual atmosphere that guests enjoy. No matter where you choose to dine, we know that it will be a delicious meal!

Nightlife: ECHO often has live music and you won’t find a better view from a bar on the island! Throughout the village you will find several spots with live music and good drinks. In addition, Ziggy’s which is located by Wynn Dixie is an excellent place to dance and have a good time.

Beach House and Cottage Rentals on St. Simons Island

June 25th, 2014

Along with our many different rooms and suites, we offer 6 different beach houses, cottages and townhomes for our guests to stay in while they are on St. Simons Island. All resort residences offer complimentary wifi, fully equipped kitchens and a washer and dryer. Each residence has a unique look and feel and with so many options, there is something for everyone!

The Hampton House-  This beautifully refurbished two story house has 4,000 sq. feet of space is ideal for large family gatherings, golf groups or several couples. It sits on the resort property just steps from the main resort and the beach. The patio and lawn are perfect for having a BBQ or entertaining friends and family. The house features two kitchens and living rooms which is great for large families. The five bedrooms ensure that there is enough space for everyone to sleep comfortably.

The Hampton House at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The Hampton House at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The Familia Meadows House- Located just across the street from the resort, the Familia Meadows House offers four bedrooms and a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy island life just steps from the beach. The house is perfect for outdoor entertaining and even offers a top floor deck with a fire place!

The Meadows House at The King and Prince Beach & Golf ResortThe Meadows House

The Wynn Cottage- Located just one block from the beach on the resort property, this quaint cottage is ideal for a couple who is looking for the privacy of a residence with the pricing of a hotel room. The one bedroom cottage offers a bedroom with king bed, one bathroom, a kitchen and living room.

The Wynn Cottage at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The Wynn Cottage at The King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The Wesley Cottage- Located at the main resort, Wesley Cottage has the quintessential beach cottage feel right by the beach! With one bedroom and two full baths, it is a good option for a couple or a small family. The fenced in yard with grill is great for an evening, BBQ after a day at the beach.

The Wesley Cottage on St. Simons Island

The Wesley Cottage on St. Simons Island

The Tabby House-  One of our finest resort accommodations, The Tabby House offers a luxurious 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite/town home with finely appointed furnishings. The master bedroom has a king bed while the 2nd bedroom has two queen beds. Each bathroom has a shower and a jetted tub. Each unit has a porch for outdoor dining and entertaining.

The Tabby House on St. Simons Island

The Tabby House on St. Simons Island

Limeburn Town Home- The Limeburn Village Town home is located at the north end of St. Simons Island inside Hampton Plantation. The town home sits on the resort’s golf course and has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The location and accommodations are perfect for a golf group or family. There is a pool located close to the town home and guests also have access to the main resort and amenities. Outside guests will find a screened porch as well as another porch area with a grill.

Limeburn Townhome on St. Simons Island

Limeburn Townhome on St. Simons Island

Green Wedding Tips

June 20th, 2014

 

Chalk Board Seating Chart

Every year, 220 million tons of waste are generated in the United States. Some eco-friendly brides want to do their small part by making sure that their wedding lessens that footprint. Here are some ways you can do your part to help the environment and still have an amazing wedding!

Wedding Invitations: Many companies now offer wedding invitations made out of recycled paper or paper with seeds. They will usually cost a little bit more but are beautiful….especially if you use seeded paper that your guests can plant so they can enjoy the flowers for years to come! Another way to save postage and some trees is to forgo the RSVP card and ask guests to RSVP via phone or email.

Flowers: Many florists use flowers that are imported or sprayed with pesticides. Do your part for the environment by using local or seasonal flowers. Instead of having large floral displays on the table, try using succulents or a small bush that guests can take home and plant after the wedding is over. They will last a lot longer than cut flowers will too!

Transportation: Is your reception being held at a different venue than your ceremony? Think about getting some motor coaches or trolleys to transport your guests to the reception. This will ensure that nobody gets lost and will help your carbon footprint.

Seating Chart: Instead of individual place cards for seating, how about using a chalk board or vintage window to display your guest’s names and their table. Both can be re-used in your home!

Wedding Favors: There are some really neat ideas when thinking about eco-friendly favors for your guests. Flower seeds, succulents or potted plants, local honey, seedlings and homemade soap are all great examples of green wedding favors that your guests will love. In addition, in leiu of favors, you could make a donation in your guest’s name to an eco-friendly charity that is close to your and your spouse (such as: The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy or the World Wildlife Fund).

Green Wedding Favors

For more green-wedding ideas, visit our Pinterest page. To learn about weddings on St. Simons Island, visit our website.

Take a Peek Inside Our Guest Rooms

June 17th, 2014

With 195 guest rooms ranging from standard rooms and suites, to villas and houses, we like to say that we’ve got something for everyone. All of our guests sleep just steps away from the ocean and enjoy complimentary WiFi as well as 4 outdoor pools and a full service restaurant at the resort. We invite you to take a peek inside of our guest rooms to see what we have to offer.

Oceanfront Rooms- We offer oceanfront rooms in the main historic building as well as in the oceanfront building. These rooms offer an unobstructed view of the ocean.

Oceanfront Room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Oceanfront Room in the Oceanfront Building

Historic Oceanfront Room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Oceanfront Room in the Historic Main Building

Partial Oceanview Rooms- These rooms offer a partial view of the ocean and are located in the Historic Building as well as the Oleander Building. Some of these rooms offer balconies in the Historic Building but all of the rooms in the Oleander Building offer balconies or porches. In addition, some of the Oleander rooms are pet-friendly. They are also the largest hotel rooms on property.

Partial Oceanview Room in the Oleander Building

Partial Oceanview Room in the Oleander Building

Partial Oceanview in the Historic Building

Partial Oceanview Room in the Historic Building

Beach Villas- All of our beach villas have a full kitchen, living room, dining area, balcony, washer and dryer. The beach villas have either 2 bedrooms and 2 baths or 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and are a great option for families. The view from the villas is either full oceanfront or partial oceanview.

Oceanfront Villa at The King and PrinceOceanfront Beach Villa

Beach Villas at The King and Prince Beach & Golf ResortThe view from a Partial Oceanview Villa

How to Write Your Own Wedding Vows

June 13th, 2014

Tips for writing your own wedding vows

 

With so many different things to think about when you are planning a wedding, writing your own vows can get lost in the mix and also be very nerve-wracking. Here are some tips to help you write your vows and be relatively stress free!

1) Write down the things that made you love your spouse. Was it their smile? The way they stood by your side during a difficult time in your life? Their love of life? No matter what it is, write it down and include them in your vows.

2) Share a quote that is meaningful to you. If you have a favorite quote that is meaningful to you and your relationship, use it! If you don’t, this is a good time to search for that perfect quote that expresses the love you have for each other. Have fun looking for a quote!

3) What about them inspires you? No matter what it is, we know your spouse will love hearing about how they inspire you. Be vulnerable and share that with them.

4) Share your dreams for the future. We all have dreams and you are celebrating a new chapter in your life. Why not add in a few lines about your dreams for the future. It could be having a family or a trip around the world….or even as simple as looking forward to growing old next to your spouse.

5) Practice reading your vows in front of a friend. Most people find it very difficult to speak in public. Add to that the wedding day jitters, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. But, it doesn’t have to be. Take the time to practice with a friend or in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable reading them. It will make a big difference for when you say them on  your big day.

Let your vows live on long after your wedding day is over! Frame them or have them printed as a keepsake so you can see them often and think of your big day.

Georgia Beers on Tap at ECHO St. Simons

June 12th, 2014

Georgia Beer on Tap at ECHO St. Simons

ECHO is proud to offer several local beers on tap at our bar.

Apparition Ale from Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA- This English pale ale features ingredients imported from the U.K. It has malt flavors of caramel and toast with a fruity English ale yeast character.

Tree Hugger Ale from Terrapin Brewing Company in Athens, GA- This ale is brewed for the nature lover in all of us. It is blossoming with flavor and celebrates the balance of both hops & malt.

SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA- Their most popular brew, this west coast style pale ale has a stimulating hop character with a crisp finish.

Select beer from Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah, GA which is a relatively new brewery in Georgia.

Also on tap are two specialty beers from breweries in the U.S.-

Grey Lady Ale from Cisco Brewers in Nantucket, MA and Sam Adams Summer Ale

Stop by ECHO today for fine food & spirits with the best view on St. Simons Island!

Themed Banquets at The King and Prince

June 11th, 2014

Add some fun to your next meeting or social event with a themed banquet at our resort! Our chef and catering department have several theme banquet menus available and they are more than happy to make a special menu just for your event. Along with themed banquets, we also offer afternoon meeting breaks with themes! For more information on banquets, meetings & events, visit our website.

 Themed Banquets at The King and Prince

Here is a sampling of what we offer:

Theme Banquets-

Coastal Seafood/Low Country Boil- Chilled seafood platter, clam chowder, low country boil, catfish & grits, fried shrimp & oyster basket, pecan crusted chicken, key lime pie.

Hawaiian Luau- Whole, roasted pig, lau lau chicken, mahi-mahi with pineapple adobo, roasted corn, taro bread, guava cake & haupia

Taste of Georgia- Crab cake bites, local artisan cheeses, Georgia wedge salad, shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles, bread pudding.

Georgia BBQ- Frogmore stew, pulled pork, bbq ribs, mac & cheese, collard greens & coleslaw.

 

Themed Afternoon Breaks-

The Food Court- Soft pretzel sticks with choice of toppings, cinnamon buns, orange julius & IBC root beer.

At the Fair- Mini corn dogs, funnel cakes with choice of toppings, lemon shakeups & cream soda.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game- Hot dog stand, nachos, cotton candy, cracker jacks & Coca-Cola.

Gone to the Movies- Popcorn (buttery, sweet or spicy), pick n’mix candy (goobers, chocolate raisins, gummy bears, M&M’s)

The Day Spa- Assorted whole & dried fruits, mixed seeds & nuts, granola & fruit yogurts, smoothies.

 

 

 

 

5 Wedding Tips for the Budget-Conscious Bride

June 6th, 2014

5 Wedding Tips for the Budget Conscious Bride

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and talking about a budget can be a touchy subject. Here are some tips to help navigate the sometimes rough waters of budgeting for a wedding.

  1. Set Your Budget and Stick to it! The average cost for a wedding in the United States is $25,000 although most couples spend less than $10,000 on their big day. It is important to set a budget early on in the planning process and to commit to that number throughout the planning period. Talk to your partner and make sure you both agree on what the budget should be. This will result in less stress and anxiety. Remember- you are planning a happy occasion! There shouldn’t be any added stress!
  2. Beware of Hidden Wedding Costs. There are so many things that can slip your mind when planning your wedding. Here are a few costs that can creep up on you and cut into your budget in a big way. Stamps- The cost to send out bulky, layered wedding invites can cost up to $2 per invite. Save by choosing flat invites and paying the regular postage rate of 49 cents per invite. Cake Cutting- Many reception venues and restaurants charge a fee to cut your wedding cake. This charge can run between $2 & $5 depending on the venue. Sometimes, you can negotiate a lower rate or choose a venue that does not charge a cutting fee.
  3. The Guest List- Choosing who to invite can be overwhelming. Sit down with your partner and discuss who you would like to invite. Decide on a number and, just like your budget, stick to that number! The more you add to the list, the higher your budget will go. Adding additional guests for your reception can cost upwards of $150 per person which can really add up!
  4. Save Money by Making Wedding Favors Yourself. Take the time to make homemade wedding favors for your guests. It will be fun and your guests will appreciate the effort you put into it! This is also a good way to spend time with your partner, mother, sisters, bridal party or whoever you decide to make the favors with. Take a look at our Pinterest board for ideas on homemade wedding favors that your guests will love.
  5. The Dress. A wedding dress can be one of the most pricey items you purchase for your wedding. Save money by shopping for a dress when stores are having sales. If you are not having a traditional wedding, you may be able to find a dress somewhere other than at a bridal store. Another point to remember is that alterations can add up quickly. When looking for your dress, keep this in mind. It can make a big difference in the end.

Fishing on St. Simons Island

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.

Meet Our Wedding Catering Manager: Allyson Moline

May 29th, 2014

One of the newer faces at The King and Prince, Allyson Moline has many years of wedding and event planning under her belt and brings a fresh perspective on weddings at our resort. We asked her a few questions to get her perspective on wedding planning and tips:

What makes The King and Prince & St. Simons Island a unique location for weddings? St. Simons Island has a small town charm that is hard to match and is very romantic. The King and Prince is the perfect touch of elegance and class to complement that charm. It is something that you and your guests will always remember.

What is your favorite location at the resort for a wedding? I love receptions in the Retreat Room. I think that the room has the best views on the island!

Do you have a specific spot where you recommend the bride and groom take a photo together? I love photos in front of our historic entrance.

What advice would you give to a bride in regards to planning a wedding? Book your wedding at The King and Prince! And as a general rule for event planning, always choose quality over quantity.

One tip for newlyweds from Allyson as they begin their new life together: In every argument, make a real effort to put yourself in your partner’s shoes and try to understand where they are coming from. Also, don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong!

Meet Our Wedding Catering Managers

Allyson on her wedding day!