October 17th, 2012
Mary Ann DeSantis of “Writing with Style” visited The King and Prince over the summer with her husband Tony. DeSoto Magazine/Exploring the South recently published Mary Ann’s interview with Gaines Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group, which owns and manages The King and Prince. Mr. Sturdivant’s father, Mike, helmed the company when they purchased The King and Prince in 1980:
“Dad was interested in finding a resort to add to his portfolio. He was familiar with Sea Island and when he saw The King and Prince, he felt it was exactly what he was looking for,” said Gaines Sturdivant about his father who passed away in May 2012. “It turned into far more than an investment for him and for our family. It is our flagship hotel and a cherished part of our company.”
Read the rest of Mary Ann’s article, along with Tony’s beautiful photography, here.
October 16th, 2012
A recent New York Times article by Karen Crouse showcased our island’s presence in the golfing world:
Three of the 12 players on the United States squad (Ryder Cup) live in St. Simons: Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who is one of Love’s four captain’s picks. It seems crazy to consider that an island with a population under 13,000 has four residents participating in the Ryder Cup, and crazier still to contemplate what might have been.
The Ryder Cup did not turn out in our favor, but life goes on, and St. Simons Island is proud to once again host the McGladrey Classic PGA Tour Golf Tournament this week at the Seaside Golf Course. Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco will be joined by 129 other PGA TOUR Professionals. The tournament takes place October 18-21, 2012, with a concert by country music star Gary Allan on Wednesday the 17th. Click here for more information.
October 15th, 2012
Chantel Guertin visited The King and Prince recently, and posted about her experience on www.chicsavvytravels.com. Visit her website at www.chantelguertin.com and follow her on Twitter @chantelguertin.
St. Simons Island blends the best of the Deep South with the East Coast. Halfway between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, fly into either airport and make the hour drive to the island.
Where to stay
The King & Prince is the only waterfront resort on the island. Originally opened as a seaside dance club in 1935, it now offers oceanfront suites, beach villas or resort residences (ideal for larger families).
To read more of her article, click here.
October 12th, 2012
Chuck Moore has been the King and Prince Golf Course’s head Groundskeeper since 2000. He was interviewed for Through the Green Magazine (Official Publication of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA)) by Trent Bouts.
Chuck, Rick Mattox and the staff at the golf course have had the pleasure of hosting several GCSA golf events over the years. Read the article here.
October 11th, 2012
The King and Prince culinary staff has had a busy September! The kitchen buzzed with activity through the constant flow of fall travelers, conventions, weddings and other gatherings. In addition, they had the pleasure of participating in two local festivals – the Shrimp and Grits Festival and the inaugural St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival.
On the Friday night of the Shrimp & Grits festival, our staff worked tirelessly to prepare one of our signature dishes for the voting masses. Their hard work paid off when we won the People’s Choice award for Best Vendor!
On the next weekend, Chef Jeff and his team showcased several delicious treats, including Cajun Wild Georgia Shrimp Skewers on Sweet Corn Salsa, for the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival.
This Festival, whose proceeds went to benefit Hospice of the Golden Isles, asked our own Food & Beverage Director Vinny D’Agostino to be their master mixologist. With the help of our talented bartenders, Vinny introduced festival goers to our signature cocktails, featuring 13th Colony Southern Corn Whisky, among others.
We can hardly wait until next year!
October 4th, 2012
Submit your recipe for The King and Prince Cookbook!
We are accepting recipes to be included in our King and Prince Cookbook. Once the cookbook is published, copies will be sold to the public and proceeds will go to Glynn County Relay for Life which raises money cancer research.
To submit a recipe, email it to email@example.com. Please include the name of your recipe, your name, address and phone number. If your recipe is published in the cookbook, you will receive a coupon to use towards your next stay at The King and Prince.
Please feel free to share this with your family and friends. We are looking forward to reading (and tasting) your delicious recipes and we know that this will be a great fund raiser for Relay for Life.
There is no limit on the amount of recipes you can submit.
October 3rd, 2012
Pre-Wedding Golf at The King and Prince
Did you read this recent New York Times article about St. Simons? America’s Ryder Cup Captain and three of the 12 players on this year’s team live on the island. So – while you are here for your Georgia beach wedding, send the guys off for their own type of ”spa day” at the King and Prince Golf Course where Matt Kuchar is an honorary member. With four holes that venture out onto the salt water marsh and an eagle’s nest on hole #14, the course is not only challenging but a perfect introduction to the natural beauty that permeates St. Simons Island. So blow off a little steam at the King and Prince Golf Course, located only 12 miles away from the hotel. It’s a nice change of pace for the pre-wedding activities. And don’t leave the bridesmaids out; the girls may want to join in too!
September 28th, 2012
What’s the latest trend in weddings? The oldest things in the world: simplicity, family, and friends. Gone are the days when bride and groom spent their wedding day isolated from others, like figures on a wedding cake. Regardless of their potential to spend, couples today are looking to connect with others rather than trying to impress them.
And, of course, the perfect venue for elegance and simplicity is a Georgia beach wedding at the King and Prince Resort. There you can spend hours overlooking the Atlantic, or explore the community that is the island itself. You’re not in a faceless “all-inclusive” golden cage, but rather surrounded by history and interests at all levels, from sports to history to spa.
If I had it to do all over again, I’d be here. Hmmmmm maybe 25th anniversary coming up? Save the date……………
September 26th, 2012
Tom Plant, of WINEormous.com has written a series of blogs about his spring visit to The King and Prince and St. Simons Island. He fit quite a few adventures into a three-day trip!
My whirlwind three day visit to Saint Simons Island this past April was drawing to a close. Part of Georgia’s wilderness coast, it’s one of 15 beachfront islands along a 90 mile stretch. We began Wednesday morning with a visit to a local favorite for lunch and dinner, Palmer’s Village Café. This charming spot is adorned with local art on every wall and the smells are heavenly.
Read this and more of Tom’s great stories here.
September 24th, 2012
Loving the idea of a rustic wedding but don’t want to do the whole barn-haybale-kerchief thing? Elegant-ize your event with a St. Simons Island Wedding at the King and Prince! Shrimp and Grits are healthy, local, down-home fare – just perfect for a relaxed brunch or elegant reception. The K&P just took the ‘People’s Choice’ prize at the at the 2012 Wild Georgia Shirmp & Grits Festival and you can try Chef Jeff Kaplan’s winning recipe below at home for a taste of success. Then invite your guests here and share with them that perfect combination of grace, welcome and simplicity that is St. Simons Island!
SHRIMP & GRITS WITH TASSO CREAM SAUCE
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. olive oil
1/3 cup Tasso Ham
¼ cup Kernel Corn
¼ cup Diced Tomatoes
2 T. chopped Green Onion
½ cup Wild Georgia Shrimp
1 T. Cajun Seasoning
¼ cup Asiago Cheese
Salt & Pepper to Taste
In one saucepan, sauté the shrimp with Cajun seasoning using olive oil. In another pan, sauté the ham, corn, tomatoes and green onions. Add heavy cream and Asiago cheese; let simmer for two minutes. Add shrimp and serve over cooked stone ground grits of your choice.