October 2015 Events in the Golden Isles

September 21st, 2015

4th Annual St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival: Wednesday – Sunday, September 30-October 4-  This 5 day festival offers the best the South has to offer, from BBQ & Georgia Craft beer to local seafood & phenomenally paired wines, from Pitmasters & Professional Golfers to local restaurants & spirits! St. Simons will transform into a non-stop celebration as it hosts Celebrity Guest Chefs, Bloggers, Authors, locals and tourists alike. Check out the events to see where to find your favorite chefs, bands, artists, farmers and spirits! Voted “Best Public Fair or Festival” by the Allie Awards, this is the only local festival that highlights the bounty of the Golden Isles while raising money and awareness for Hospice of the Golden Isles, the only non-profit hospice serving our five county area. For more info see our previous blog or the website.

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, October 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.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: Saturday & Sunday, October 3rd & 4th in Postell Park on St. Simons Island- Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free! The festival will be open from 9am to 5pm.

Color Your World Creative, An art inspired gathering of women: Thursday – Sunday, October 8-11 at The King and Prince Resort, hosted by Get Your Muse On- While creating art and capturing memorable moments is the main event, this art-inspired weekend includes more than art. Women who attend will enjoy culinary delights at the King and Prince Hotel, Island Tours, yoga, a poolside wine party and more. Traci DeForge, owner of Get Your Muse On says, “Women are yearning to express creativity and take a break from their hectic lives. This retreat is the perfect chance to get away with a girlfriend or make memories with new friends.” With instruction by award-winning artist Cathie Parmelee, hands-on art creation begins at the King and Prince Resort Thursday evening followed by studio time Friday and Saturday at the Get Your Muse On warehouse. Find out more about Color Your World Creative here.

The Farmer’s Market at Sea Island: Saturdays, October 10th & 24th 9am-2pm in the parking lot of the Market at Sea Island- Held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, features a variety of fresh produce, artisan products, vendors, live music, and food samples.

St. Simons Island Annual October Fest Arts & Crafts Market: Saturday & Sunday October 10th & 11th in Postell Park on St. Simons Island- Enjoy all of your favorite local and regional artists and crafters! Pottery, Painting, Photography, Woodcraft, Garden Art, Jewelry and much more!

Second Sunday: October 11, 2015 12pm-5pm- This popular family-friendly music event will take place under the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends – locals and visitors alike – who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event! Click here for details.

The Island Players present Sugar: Thursday, October 15th to Sunday, November 1st, 2015- Based on movie ”Some Like It Hot”; Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill, Book by Peter Stone

Oct. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 2015   ~   7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 2015   ~   3 p.m

Art Gallery Crawl: Thursday, October 15th, 2015 – 5pm to 7pm, 8 Galleries ~ 100 Artists- HOP the Light House Trolley from any Gallery and see them all ~ Just $10, visit their website for more information.

Wallin Gallery- 3600 Frederica Rd.
Palmer Gallery- 3415 Frederica Rd.
GVA Gallery- at the Welcome Center
Moonlight Studio- 117 Mallery St.
Artist’s Annex Gallery- 100 Skylane, Suite 170
Glynn Visual Arts- 106 Island Dr.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery- 3309 Frederica Rd.
Art Trends Gallery- 3305 Frederica Rd.

St. Simons Island 4th Annual Food & Spirits Festival

September 17th, 2015



Each year, September brings fall weather, football, and the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival. This local culinary affair is the highlight of the season and offers something for everyone with its multitude of events- from BBQ competitions where professional golfers (think Davis Love III, Zach Johnson, and more) take on the pitmasters, to Celebrity Guest Chefs displaying their skills, and oceanfront brunches with live music and swaying palm trees. All profits benefit Hospice of the Golden Isles, the area’s only non-profit hospice serving a 5 county area.

The main event is “Saturday Under the Oaks,” and takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St Simons Island.  This is where you are sure to find everyone you know. This tasty social gathering has so much going on, you’re sure to enjoy it all! A tasting tent featuring gourmet food from local eateries, mixology tents highlighting specialty cocktails, a market area where local artisans are selling their goods, and even a Kid Zone for the little ones.

Throughout the day there will be many live demos, including a Chef Showdown. Four local chefs will compete in a 30 min “Chopped Style” cook-off, which will be judged by the audience and Celebrity Chefs. In the spirit of charity, to participate in the Chef Showdown, each chef is raising money for Hospice of the Golden Isles here, and the Top 4 earners will earn their spot in the competition. This event is particularly exciting for us because ECHO’s Chef de Cuisine, James Flack, is one of the local chefs trying to earn his spot in the Top 4 to compete on October 3. You can vote for Chef Flack so he gets the chance to compete by donating here!

No matter which event(s) you choose to participate in, you and your taste buds are sure to have a great time! The festival’s 2015 full event schedule includes:

  • Wednesday, September 30
    • First Bite Kick-Off
    • Southern Soul BBQ & Beer Pairing
  • Thursday, October 1
    • BBQ Pro-Am presented by Georgia Crown
  • Friday, October 2
    • Sip, Taste and Tour in the Pier Village
    • Friday Night Festival Feast
  • Saturday, October 3
    • Saturday Under the Oaks
    • Oyster Fest
    • Saturday Night Dine Around
  • Sunday, October 4
    • SPIRITual Sunday Brunch

For more details on each event, or to purchase tickets visit here. You can also follow & post on social media using #tastessi and by following Saint Simons Food & Spirit Festival on Facebook or @SSFSFest on Twitter & Instagram.

 

Labor Day Weekend at the King and Prince 2015

September 9th, 2015

Labor Day celebrations to many may mean that summer is officially over, but here we are still enjoying the great weather. Around the resort, we had 3 days of gorgeous weather and lots of fun. There were biplane tours, boating, paddle boarding, and more!

Tons of people took to the beach and the pools on St. Simons Island, GA. The holiday weekend was packed with sunshine, splashes, football, good eats, and live music. ECHO had music on both Friday & Saturday nights; Robby & Felix rocked out Friday and Michael Johnson took his turn Saturday. King and Prince guests also got to enjoy classic summer favorites thanks to Joey Thigpen playing live on the pool deck Saturday afternoon.

Labor Day Weekend Saturday also kicked off college football, which is big in these parts, and brought back ECHO’s Game Day menu. Three delicious dishes perfect for football Saturdays & Sundays. There’s the Georgia Dawg Burger- delicious mushrooms, pickled peppers & Swiss cheese. Our version of the Canadian dish, Poutine- our truffle fries topped with chorizo sausage and cheese (every bit as good as you are thinking). And lastly, the Gator Nachos. Yes, nachos topped with gator meat. They’re all delicious and perfect for your game day munchies!Labor Day on St. Simons Island

Football Menu at ECHO Restaurant

Don’t Miss the Bus to the 2015 Georgia/Florida Game!

September 8th, 2015

It’s that time of year again, time for the 2015 Georgia vs. Florida Football Game! We understand Game Day traffic can be a hassle and that lining up reliable transportation can be stressful. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we will be providing round-trip transportation for the big game again this year. Guests are invited to travel in comfort on one of our four motor coaches without the worry of navigating annoying big-game traffic or arranging for designated drivers. The King and Prince has you covered!

We will provide you with a delicious boxed lunch on the bus along with assorted mixers for the ride down. In Jacksonville, enjoy the famous “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party!”

Have a great time at the party and the GA/FL Game this year without the worry of arranging designated drivers or hiring cabs with the knowledge that, with the King and Prince, you have a safe ride to and from the game. Not a guest of The King and Prince? Not a problem! You’re invited to the party too.

Bus tickets are $100 plus tax per person.

Remember, seating is limited and WILL sell out so if interested in this opportunity, please fill out the form below. Email the completed form along with a front and back copy of your credit card to bharrell@mmihg.com or call the resort at 1-800-342-0212 for more information.

2015 GA.FL Bus Reservation Form

Save Money With A Recycled Wedding!

August 23rd, 2015

Ruffledblog.com

Those of use who are married know how much “stuff” you can accumulate from your wedding. Usually, decorations are #1 on this list but it could be anything from decorations to planning books to even dresses! Did you know there are websites where you can sell just about anything from your wedding? This is a great way to put a little cash back in your pocket and de-clutter for your new life together.

PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com will help you sell your wedding dress (if you are one of those women who aren’t attached to it…and we do have friends who fit into this category). They will even help your bridesmaids sell their dresses and you can sell accessories as well! It really is a one-stop-shop for those who are planning a wedding and are looking for a deal and for those who want to sell some items from their big day.

On ruffledblog.com you can not only read about beautiful weddings, you can plan your own with their “recycle your wedding” section. Can’t find what you are looking for? That’s ok! They even have a “wanted” section where you can post specific items you are looking for. Some items that you can buy or sell include wedding dresses, shoes, favors and paper goods.What a great way to save on the stylish wedding of your dreams!

Another option that is gaining popularity is buying and selling items on a local Facebook yard sale site. However, if you do go this route, make sure to meet the buyer or seller at your local police department.

Read Reviews of Our St. Simons Island Meeting Venue

August 23rd, 2015

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort has been honored for its dedication to excellence in meetings and conferences by Convention South magazine Readers’ Choice Award, the prestigious Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine, Meeting South’s Best of the South Award and Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award. Now, find out why meeting planners keep coming back to our historic resort!

“Guney, Marlana, Gurkan and the entire staff were excellent. The staff makes The King and Prince 5 star!” C.B. 

“Fabulous once again. Thank you! I look forward to returning next year!” D.S.

“We love the resort so much, we already have 3 more meetings scheduled.” G.L.

“Everyone loved the resort. Thank you so much for such an enjoyable time. We look forward to next year!” A.G.

“As always, the staff at the K&P was superlative. We could not have received better service or quality. That is why we have already booked meetings with you through 2020.” A.E.

“Best of the national conferences we’ve held. Great job!” D.S.

“The meeting experience was terrific! The service was excellent and the food was first rate. Everyone had good things to say.” D.G.

“It’s been a pleasure staying at The King and Prince through the years. We hope to continue the relationship in years to come.” B.D.

 

A Destination Wedding on St. Simons Island

August 22nd, 2015

Brooke & Peter held their destination wedding at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The ceremony was held on the beach with a reception following in the historic Delegal Room. Thanks to Graceology Photography for capturing their special day!

Beach Wedding on St. Simons Island

Wedding in front of The King and Prince Resort

 

Beach Wedding Altar

 

Bride and Groom on the beach

 

Wedding Reception in Delegal Room

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Dancing in the Delegal Room

Bride and Groom

Packing Tips For Your Destination Wedding

July 31st, 2015
St. Simons Island Wedding Photo

Studio Pixel Pop Photography

Packing for a destination wedding can be a bit more stressful than getting ready for a wedding at home. Unlike having a wedding close to home, often times you cannot just run home (or to the store) and pick up important items that you may forget for your big day. Read on to learn important tips from our wedding experts to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.

Make a list, check it twice…or even three times…Lists will really be your best friend when packing for your destination wedding. Have a friend or relative check your list to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything. Once you are all packed up, keep that list with you so you don’t forget to pack anything for your trip home!

Keep makeup minimal– especially if you are going somewhere warm…and don’t forget your sunscreen. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you pack your own sunscreen and moisturizer. The last thing you want is to have a reaction to your sunscreen the day of your wedding.

Do you really need ALL of those shoes? Shoes can take up so.much.room. Do yourself a favor and put a few pairs back in your closet. We promise that you won’t miss them…and you’ll have a bit more room for more important things.

Carry on your wedding dress. Do not check it! This is probably one of the most important tips we can give you.

Baggage fees and overweight bags can add up quick. Instead of going over the weight limit on your bags, pack an extra one and pay the extra baggage fee. You will usually pay less for an extra bag than you would for over stuffing your luggage and paying the fee. Also, instead of flying with your extra wedding gear, ship it to your destination, pay a few extra bucks to have it insured and track it. It’s more likely to make it to your destination and not be late.

 

4 Reasons To Host Your Next Meeting At Our St. Simons Resort

July 31st, 2015

Although there are many reasons to host your meeting or group at our historic oceanfront resort, we are proud to have earned these awards and accolades which show just how great our resort, meeting space, hotel rooms and customer service is! To learn more about hosting your group or meeting at our resort, visit our website.

Best of the South Award from Meetings Focus South7-time winner of the Best of the South Award from Meetings Focus South. Winners were chosen using the following criteria: quality of meeting space, guest rooms, guest services and amenities, food and beverage service, the efficiency and helpfulness of staff, the availability of technical equipment, recreational facilities and activities, and overall value and experience.

Readers' Choice Award from Convention South Magazine

6-time winner of the Readers’ Choice Award from Convention South Magazine. The Readers’ Choice Award represents the nominations and votes of approximately 18,500 ConventionSouth readers who feel that The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort displays exemplary professionalism and a commitment to provide the highest quality of services and accommodations for the meeting and conference industry. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is proud to be recognized by meeting professionals for multiple years.

Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings

6-time winner of the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings. The Pinnacle Award has earned the reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting planners and hoteliers. Business travel industry experts have likened the Pinnacle Award to other prestigious awards, such as the Mobil 5-Star and the AAA 5-Diamond.

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings and reviews from TripAdvisor members. The King and Prince is honored to have received the Certificate of Excellence for five years running, joining the Hall of Fame in 2015!

An Oceanfront Wedding On St. Simons Island

July 31st, 2015

Local wedding and portrait photographer Jeannie Reeves spent a cool June day photographing Julia & Alan’s wedding at our resort. They said “I do” outside on the oceanfront lawn with the ocean as their backdrop. To see more photos from Julia & Alan’s wedding, or to learn more about Jeannie Reeves Photography, visit her website.

Wedding Bouquet Closeup

Oceanfront Lawn at The King and Prince

Wedding Programs

Wedding Kiss Photo

Wedding Reception at The King and Prince

Oceanfront Wedding on St. Simons Island

 

To plan your dream wedding at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, visit our website.