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

Friday, 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!

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Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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Spanish moss as a breathtaking backdrop.

The Top 5 Romantic Spots on St. Simons Island

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, we thought we would share our picks for the top 5 most romantic spots on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Sunset at the Pier - The golden sunsets are sure to leave you speechless and in awe of how beautiful nature can be.

St Simons Island Georgia Pier at Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise from a chair-swing at The King and Prince Resort - Enjoy the stillness of the morning and spend your first waking moments breathing in the salt air and watching the sun rise on another beautiful day.

Chair Swing at The King and Prince Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the St. Simons Island lighthouse - The view is simply spectacular and will make for a memorable moment for you and the one you love.

St Simons Island Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strolling beneath the live oaks - Whether it is night or day, take a walk underneath the live oaks. The beauty of the giant live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss is a perfect way to spend some quiet time together.

Under The Live Oaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ Church - The beauty of the church and its gardens combined with the history of the church (which includes a love story) are enough to make anyone swoon!

Christ Church

 

A Legend for One & All Rests on St. Simon’s Island

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

A Legend for One & All Rests on St. Simon’s Island

 

Places of beauty are numerous, but there are very few that when you walk through them, you can actually feelthe history that surrounds you. The scent of the gardens outside, the brilliant sun shining through a stained glass window that has lit the faces of many prominent individuals over the centuries…this the place we will speak about today; an incredible location that has so many tales to tell.

On St. Simon’s Island – the true gem of the Golden Isles located off the Coast of Georgia – sits a mystical place full of ancient tales, history, as well as a few ghosts that perhaps roam the grounds where they were the most happy.

We first mentioned Christ Church to you in an article regarding a tour company. Tours offered by an adventurer named, Cap Fendig, that take visitors all through the majesty of St. Simon’s Island – from plantations to the shopping district. One of the most amazing stops on this tour is Christ Church, and after hearing about it and reading about it, I must tell you that this is one historian who is truly in love.

 

Therefore, I want to spread that love to all of you out there who have a passion for beauty, the past, and even things that go ’bump’ in the night.

This site is a Victorian church dating all the way back to the late 1800’s. The stunning stained glass windows allow visitors to revel in a lost world, but inside the walls there is absolute peace. A spot to close one’s eyes and try to imagine those famous and infamous people who once sat in these pews, and reflect on how far life has come.

One of the most exciting things for the historian or the adventurer is the fact that the church also has beautiful grounds that include a cemetery. There are so many who were laid to rest here – from people who changed the world with their writing, to the founders of the Island – that it becomes a true walk through time.

Being a writer, one of the most amazing souls who rests there is the prestigious author, Eugenia Price, who wrote many novels over her long career about St. Simon’s Island and the surrounding areas. In fact, she was almost obsessed with this particular place, when she came across Christ Church on a visit and learned of all the amazing backstories of the people who created and lived in the historic town. Her research and these true larger-than-life characters became the biggest part of her world, as she moved to St. Simon’s permanently and became a part of the ever-growing history in the Christ Church cemetery.

One site that you can not forget is what the locals deem, the Wesley Oak. This huge, gnarled tree may look like something out of a Tim Burton movie – some mystical place where inside dreams dwell – and it probably does, seeing as that a great deal of history is wrapped up in its many branches. It was beside this tree long ago that the Methodist preachers, John and Charles Wesley, preached in the very early days of this colony of Frederica. Ones with imagination can almost hear their voices offer praise and celebration as they walk along the pristine, secluded path leading to even more statuary that sits across the road from the church.

Being one of the oldest churches in Georgia, Christ Church has that special aura about it. Resting in tall grass that blows ever so gently, it almost seems as if the souls are still speaking to one another during one of their blissful Sundays where they got together to catch up on the life of the town and the latest gossip. Founded on St. Simons Island nearly seventy years after the island was first settled by English colonists, amazingly enough worship has been continuous since 1736.

The people who were  the largest part of the Christ Church – and who also reside in the cemetery – were James Oglethorpe and the first English settlers who arrived in 1736. A few months later, Reverend Charles Wesley, who also served as Secretary for Indian Affairs and Chaplain to General James Oglethorpe, entered his ministry at Frederica, and from 1736 to 1766, the first religious services on the island were conducted by John Wesley, George Whitfield, and other clergy members.  Read More>>>> 

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Patricia Mack’s Gayot Guide Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Patricia Mack reviews her stay at The King and Prince in Gayot.

King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Georgia – Hotel Review

A 75-Year-Old Gem Just Off Georgia’s Coast

by Patricia Mack

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An aerial view of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Peering through the balcony doors of an oceanfront room at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, it is hard to keep in mind the rich and complex history of this locale. St. Simons Island, a barrier island just off Georgia’s coast, has seen political turmoil and conflict, and yet, looking out on the Atlantic’s breaking waves, how could one think of anything other than the panoramic vistas and glorious natural beauty?

Tides come and go, herons feed and sea breezes fill the air — this has been the backdrop for generations of guests who have stayed at the King and Prince, a 75-year-old gem of a resort, designated on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Originally a private dance club, King and Prince served as the social center for the small community of residents and visitors to St. Simons; it has emerged in the 21st century as a modern resort that retains the Southern charm that made it famous. Modern updates include Wi-Fi-equipped guest rooms and the addition of a spa — The Royal Treatment Cottage — where mind and body can find repose via aromatherapy and reflexology. Among the high-tech touches, guests can enjoy a 3-D animated flyover of the resort’s golf course available on the Web.

Guest accommodations range from the Oceanfront Building, where rooms have either a terrace or private balcony, to the historic Main Building, with some tower rooms, cabana rooms and suites with Ocean Views, to the Oleander Building, a separate three-floor retreat just a short walk from the main hotel. The resort also offers two- and three-bedroom beach villas on the ocean. All are beautifully furnished with comfortable beds, sofas or chairs and dressers and armoires.

The health-conscious will appreciate the exercise room, tennis courts and five seaside pools including an indoor pool and a hot tub. While for those who simply enjoy a walk or a bike ride, there are paths along the beach. When the tide is out, the beach itself, with its hard-packed sand, attracts runners, joggers, bikers and strolling couples.

Oceanfront room view

An oceanfront pool

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A room with a view

The King and Prince Golf Course is just a few miles away on the northern tip of the island, offering a great golf exprience, with four spectacular island holes, in a beautiful setting — emerald fairways are nestled within ancient forests and a vast salt marsh.

There are three dining rooms at the hotel, all with oceanfront views, but the most notable is the Delegal Room with its stained glass murals and popular Friday night seafood buffet. Don’t miss the signature shrimp and grits with burgundy gravy, along with maybe a pitcher of white sangria, laden with fruit and perhaps some peach cobbler.

If you’re a history buff and can manage to pull yourself away from the dazzling sunsets and hypnotizing rhythms of the sea, there’s a storied past waiting to be uncovered. The hotel can help arrange tours or provide walking tour maps. Bicycle rental shops are located nearby. Guided trolley tours with often entertaining and always informative narrative provide an overview of this remarkable little island. There is also a museum highlighting St. Simons’ coastal heritage located at the base of the centuries-old St. Simons Island Lighthouse. For history fans, the Maritime Center at the old Coast Guard Station on East Beach is open daily with artifacts and photography from its days as an important training base as well as displays of the area’s ecological systems.

Christ Church, erected in 1884, marks the spot where John and Charles Wesley held services under the oak trees in 1736. Now, the second oldest Episcopal church in Georgia, it is also the third oldest in the country. It is perhaps the most lovely and pastoral of the many sites that make this island, and a stay at this hotel, so memorable.