Meet Our Wedding Catering Manager: Scarlett Starr

May 22nd, 2014

Wedding Catering Manager Scarlett Starr has worked at The King and Prince for 8 years. During that time, she has assisted many brides with planning their special day. We recently sat down with her for an interview about weddings at The King and Prince.

What makes The King and Prince & St. Simons Island a unique location for weddings? “The area is full of amazing history and southern charm. Whether you are a history buff or you envision your special day under the moss covered oak trees or at a historical landmark, our setting is magical and promises not to disappoint. The seclusion that is felt while being surrounded by the Atlantic ocean and coastal marshes is quaint and romantic and truly memorable.”

What is your favorite location at the resort for a wedding? “My favorite location is the resort lawn at high tide when the waves are literally breaking on the walkway just steps away from where the vows are being spoken. My favorite location for a reception is the Delegal Room which we frequently use in conjunction with the lawn. The two locations make for a perfect event!”

Do you have a specific spot where you recommend the bride and groom take a photo together? “I love the photos that are taken from the Retreat Room. The second level view is breathtaking and provides a unique vantage point for photographers when photographing the couple in front of the 180 degree view of the Atlantic Ocean.”

What advice would you give to a bride in regards to planning a wedding? “I would encourage our couples to hire vendors that they have complete confidence in, and then try their best to leave the job in the vendor’s hands. There is so much stress associated with that area of the planning process and a simple remedy is to turn it over to someone else. When you pay a vendor, you are paying for a service and not just for a product. The vendors truly do have the expertise to guide you appropriately. So, I would say to hire your vendors and then let them do their jobs. I truly believe that is one of the most important things to remember.”

One tip for newlyweds from Scarlett as they begin their new life together: “A marriage is a unit so always remember to consider your mate’s thoughts and feelings and know that compromise is a beautiful thing. As individuals who are selfish by nature, it takes work to consciously put your spouse first. If two people are putting each other first, it has to produce good things.”

Meet our wedding catering managers

Scarlett on her wedding day!

Bring Your Golf Group to The King and Prince

May 20th, 2014

The King and Prince Golf Course 

St. Simons Island is a golfer’s paradise with over 200 holes of golf to be played in the area. Add to that sunny weather, sea breezes, great fishing, shopping and dining and you’ve got the perfect spot for your next golf group getaway! Choose Your Accommodations. Our resort is able to accommodate any golf group, no matter how large or small. We have a 3 bedroom townhome located on our golf course for groups of 6 as well as the 5 bedroom Hampton House located at the resort for up to 10 couples. If you are looking for more room, our sales managers can set aside a block of rooms and villas so your guests can choose where they would like to stay. Ready, Set, Golf! The King and Prince Golf Course is a short 20 minute drive from the resort property and is available for resort guests and the public to play. Course manager Rick Mattox is able to set up a day of golf for you and your friends, PGA Pro instruction or even a friendly tournament! There’s no need to rush back to the resort for lunch, as the course has a restaurant for your convenience. Explore The Island. Enjoy your time off the course by exploring St. Simons Island. Let the men try their hand at salt water fishing while the women shop at the many stores and boutiques located on the island. Book your golf group today! Give our sales office a call at 912-638-3631 for more information.

Wedding Photo Tips and Ideas

May 17th, 2014

There are so many important things to consider when planning a wedding. We recommend that you have a file of sample photos that you like when meeting with your photographer. Your photographer should know which photos will work best for you but having a file of photos is a good way to show the photographer your personal taste. Let your personal style shine!

Here are some ideas to consider when taking your wedding photos.

 

Photos of the bride getting ready with her bridal party

Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready

Take a photo to give as a gift to your parents

Bride with chalkboard

The Bride & Groom together before the wedding (without seeing each other)

Bride and Groom photo before wedding

Have the photographer take a photo of the bride with her father

Photo of Bride and Father

A different take for the classic kiss!

First Kiss Wedding Photo

Footprints in the sand for a beach wedding

Beach Wedding Photo

Name tag photo for a military wedding

Military wedding photo ideas

Don’t forget to take some photos to use in your thank you notes!

Thank You Wedding Photo

Beach Safety on St. Simons Island

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!

Family Reunions at The King and Prince

May 9th, 2014

Family reunions are a great way to explore a new place with the ones you love! Here is why St. Simons Island and The Golden Isles is the perfect place to hold your family reunion.

1. Good weather, year round. With mild temperatures and sunny days, you will find that the weather is generally good all year long! This means you’ll have more time to get outside, hit the beach, explore the island, play golf, relax by the pool or go shopping!

2. Activities Galore. The good weather leads us to the 2nd reason you should consider hosting your family reunion at The King and Prince. The island is loaded with activities everyone will enjoy! The resort offers 5 outdoor pools and beach access as well as children’s activities during the summer. We have a golf course at the north end of the island, tennis on site, and we are close by to many more fun activities. You can rent bikes at Ocean Motion Surf Co. and plan a scavenger hunt, play mini-golf or shop ’til you drop in the village. Looking for something extra special? Hop on board Credle’s Adventures Shrimp Boat for a 2 hour cruise through calm waters.

3. Miles of Beaches. St. Simons Island is known for its beautiful, clean, sandy beaches which is the perfect place for a day of fun in the sun with your family. Let our culinary team pack picnic lunches for your family so the only thing you have to worry about is applying your sunscreen!

4. Private Dining at Our Resort. Celebrate your family with a special evening of food, fun and dancing! We have several dining facilities to choose from including the Delegal dining room, the Lanier Ballroom, The Solarium or an outdoor event on the oceanfront lawn. Our menu options are endless and if there is something that you would like that isn’t on the menu, our chef would be happy to work with you!

5. Accommodations for Everyone. Our resort has many options to choose from when looking for the perfect accommodation for you and your family. From standard rooms all the way to five-bedroom houses and everything in between, we’ve got you covered. Our hotel rooms will hold 1-4 people and our beach villas will accommodate up to 6. All villas and homes have fully stocked kitchens, living rooms, washers and dryers. What more could you need? Take a look at our accommodations page to see all of the options!

Volleyball at The King and Prince

The Ultimate Wedding Weekend on St. Simons Island

May 8th, 2014

If you are planning your wedding at The King and Prince, keep in mind that you have many options to enhance a wonderful weekend to remember.

 

Wedding Gift Bag

Arriving at the resort: Welcome your guests to the resort and St. Simons Island with a wedding gift bag! Fill up a bag or tote with items to make your guests feel more at home during the destination wedding weekend. Fill it with water, drinks, snacks, koozies, treats from the local area, maps and information as well as a schedule for the weekend. Bags can be given to guests at check-in or they can be delivered to their room prior to their arrival.

Friday night welcome dinner: Plan a Friday evening welcome dinner for your guests. It will give them time to meet and spend time with each other prior to your wedding. Many guests will be hungry by the time they arrive and will not want to travel far for dinner too. We offer many options for private meals. From a three course meal in the Delegal dining room to a casual low country boil outside on the oceanfront lawn, our catering staff will work with you to bring your vision to fruition. Need ideas? Take a look at our banquet menus to see what we can do for you!

Relax with the bridal party: The morning of the wedding is usually a stressful time…but it doesn’t have to be! Spend the morning in The Royal Treatment Cottage with your girlfriends and let us pamper you before your wedding! With 3 therapy suites that can accommodate up to 4 people at one time, everyone will have a chance to be pampered. We can serve up a spa breakfast complete with mimosas to enhance your experience. That way, the only thing you have left to do on your big day, is say “I do.”

Sunday farewell brunch: Have one final meal together with your friends and family as a married couple! Many of your guests may have come from far away for your special day. A farewell brunch is a great opportunity to spend some time with your guests and to thank them for being a part of your special day before they depart. Our chefs can create a breakfast buffet for your guests to drop in and grab a bite to eat before they depart. Will they be on the road for a while? We can also prepare bagged lunches for them to take for the road!

If you can dream it, we will do our best to make it come true! For more information about weddings and events, visit our website.

St. Simons Island Restaurant Guide – Part 2

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!

 

May 2014 Events In The Golden Isles

May 2nd, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, May 2nd- 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.

Reelin’ In A Cure Tripletail Tournament: Saturday, May 10th- This popular American Cancer Society benefit takes place at Morningstar Marina. The cost to participate in the fishing tournament is $100 per person. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish and the most fish. Following the tournament, there will be a party with live music beginning at 5pm. Tickets to the party are sold separately and are $35 per person or $65 per couple. Ticket price includes food provided by Coastal Kitchen, drink tickets and an event cup. For more information, email: ACSfishingtournament@gmail.com

Mother’s Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Show: Saturday & Sunday, May 10th & 11th- During this popular local event, art vendors from across the Southeast will be selling their crafts from 10am to 5pm in Postell Park on St. Simons Island.

Second Sunday at Gascoigne Bluff: May 11th 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 The Tams: May 11th 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.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday, May 20th. 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

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday, May 24th & 5th 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!

 

 

 

 

Questions To Ask When Considering A Wedding Reception Venue

April 28th, 2014

Questions To Ask When Considering A Wedding Reception Venue

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Here are some important questions to ask when choosing a venue for your reception.

  • How many people can the venue accommodate?
  • Can you have the ceremony and reception at the same venue? What is the distance between the ceremony and reception if it is at the same venue? Is there an additional fee (or a discount) to have the ceremony and reception at the same place?
  • Is the site accessible for all of my guests?
  • If I reserve the event space, how much time will the space be reserved for?
  • How much time will I have to decorate? (Make sure the venue allows for outside decorations to be brought in to use.)
  • What time can my vendors arrive to set up?
  • Can I bring a cake from an outside vendor?
  • If the reception will be running late, is there a noise ordinance in the town?

 

Remember that this is YOUR special day! Ask all the questions that you feel you need to ask to ensure that everything is perfect for your wedding. Also keep in mind that no matter now much planning you do, there likely will be some issues that arise at some point during the day.

Oceanfront Dining On St. Simons Island

April 24th, 2014

ECHO St. Simons at The King and Prince Resort

 

ECHO St. Simons is the premier place to enjoy food, drinks, live music and a fantastic view in the Golden Isles. This new restaurant incorporates the history of the area with fresh, local produce to provide patrons with a new dining experience in a relaxed ocean side atmosphere.

Our chefs have created a new menu with an extensive offering of starters, shared plates, large plates, Pizzas, Sandwiches, burgers and salads that feature the fresh produce and seafood that the Golden Isles has to offer.  Take a look at our food or drink menus on our website and make a date to try our new restaurant!  There are 3 dining options available. You can dine in the main restaurant with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, grab a seat in our bar dining area or dine al fresco on our oceanfront patio. No matter where you choose to dine, we know you will have a wonderful experience.

ECHO has happy hour daily from 4-6PM with food and drink specials and live music on the weekends. For more information about events, menus and private dining, visit the ECHO website.