Posts Tagged ‘family activities’

Take the Teens on Vacation

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

There are only three things that teenage boys are interested in: food, girls and sports. The order may change depending on the kid, but these pretty much sum it up. Incessant video gaming counts as sports. Food will usually take a lesser position in the hierarchy…except when they’re hungry, which is all the time unless there are, well, girls and sports available.

So the ideal vacation for a teen boy will bring all these things together (and where there’s an environment parents can enjoy, too).  The simple solution: the beach.

We told our 15-year-old Brandon that we were heading for the beach.  He was only so enthused.  It seems that hanging around at the local pool and posing for the girls there was a better choice.  And how could he play his favorite video games at the beach? Was there anything to do?  The suggestion that there were plenty of books to catch up on earned a derisive snort and a roll of the eyes.  How could we be so lame?  Boring!

So it was with high hopes and one bad attitude in the back seat (“You’re going and that’s that!”) that we set off for the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on Georgia’s Saint Simon’s Island.

At check-in, the soaring lobby and the relaxed yet elegant ambience assured that this would be no cramped sojourn in a rickety beach motel.  Looking straight back through the famed restaurant, the tantalizing view of the ocean (the only oceanfront restaurant on the entire island) teased us with the promise of adventure after our long ride.

St Simons Beach Fun

St Simons Beach Fun

We were taken to our villa, a modern, super clean and superbly equipped home away from home. The view through the big glass doors and the terrace was remarkable.  A light breeze rippled the ocean.  The tide was partly out so the beach was expansive and waves broke over some sandbars right out front.  Directly below, an enormous pool glistened bright blue.  People were seated on a patio near the water’s edge at a snack bar. There were umbrellas and bikers and people strolling on the beach, swimming in the surf. It was colorful and…happy.

Some boys about Brandon’s age were throwing a football while some bikinied girls looked on. “Hey! I know that kid! He goes to my school! Can I go down to the beach?”

We said yes. There was a pause. “Don’t you have to go with me?”

We said no.  It’s about as safe a place as could be. We gave him some money for the snack bar. “You’re giving me money!?”

We watched as he joined the group.  A few handshakes, some shy glances at the girls, and the football regained the air, with Brandon in the circle.

We strolled down the beach, feeling the stresses and strains of the everyday work week melt away with every step.  After a while, we returned to the hotel.  We went up to our villa, expecting Brandon to be buried in his iPad, but he wasn’t there. There was a note: “Gone to the Gym.”

After some texting, we all met at the restaurant.  The high ceilings and ceiling high windows looked right over the surf.  And the menu was even more impressive. The big, juicy Tavern Burger made Brandon smile, although he could barely pay attention to the food because one of the girls he met at the beach was at an adjoining table.

A signature King & Prince Crab Cake was a perfect appetizer, as were the savory Black Truffle Fries & Aioli. Then there was an amazing Crab Mac‘n Cheese, and a Low Country Shrimp & Grits, the King & Prince haute cuisine version of a perennial coastal favorite. If seafood hadn’t pleased, there were savory choices like Kurobota Pork, a whimsical Chicken and Waffles, a Short Rib Pot Roast and much, much more. The menu is large and creative, and dinner was incredible.

After dinner, Brandon and a few of his new friends from the beach went out to the pool. The entire pool was lit and cast a bright blue glow.  We all stood at the patio rail and watched the sea roll in and back.  The stars were brilliant.  Brandon said his good nights and came upstairs with us to our villa, after making plans to meet the next day.  There was a bike ride for us all in the offing; Brandon and his new friends would ride up with us to the historic fort at Frederica, and we’d come back for lunch at the King & Prince, and then on to the beach for the afternoon. There was tennis in the plan for the next few days, along with a ghost tour and a ride on a real shrimp boat, and some fishing off the Village Pier, all planned with the helpful folks at the King & Prince.

Our vacation couldn’t have had a better beginning. Look like we may have found a new family tradition.

St. Simons Scavenger Hunt

Friday, June 15th, 2012

“Atlanta Moms” blog founder Alicia Hagan has a fun and unique idea to explore St. Simons… make it a scavenger hunt!  Read this and more of Alicia’s stories at www.atlantamoms.com

Make a Trip to St. Simons Island Fun and Educational with a Scavenger Hunt!

by Alicia on JUNE 8, 2012

Since my recent trip to The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island I have been very interested in the history of St. Simons Island.  St. Simons Island is a fun and historical destination that your whole family will enjoy. This special destination graces the corner of Georgia’s coast and was called “San Simone” by 16th century Spanish explorers.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse

With it carries many historical sites and monuments such as the beautiful St. Simons Island Lighthouse which dates back to 1804. Unfortunately, the original lighthouse was destroyed by the Confederate Army in 1862. A new lighthouse was then erected twenty five feet from the original site in 1872 and is a welcome sight for visitors who want to climb the 129 stairs to the top to get a spectacular view of the whole island.

Christ Church - St. Simons Island, Georgia

Other interesting landmarks include the Christ Church which was first erected back in 1820 although history states that religious services were being held on that site prior to 1776. The first structure was partially destroyed by the Union Army between the states and the current church was rebuilt in 1884. You can enjoy the current Christ Church with its beautiful and glorious stained glass windows. The grounds of the church is set in a natural wooded surroundings with a cemetery that includes graves from settlers of years ago.

Maritime Museum on St. Simons Island

A fun adventure with tons of history for adults and children alike can be found at the beautiful Maritime Center. Here you can visit seven galleries full of information about the beaches, marshes and forests. Learn their relationship to factors with the area coast guards and historic military.There is so much to do and a lot to learn when visiting St. Simons Island as part of a family vacation. You can take a trolley ride throughout the area to visit various memorable sites including the lighthouse and museum.
The Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation offers a glimpse into the lives of the planters and slaves some 200 years ago. You can tour the home on this plantation as well as all the old farm equipment still displayed in the barn.

Have fun that’s also educational, with a St. Simons Island Scavenger hunt!

St. Simons Island Scavenger Hunt

A great activity would be a fun scavenger hunt at which time you can locate major points of interest such as the lighthouse, museum, the church and the famous Gascoigne Bluff. The Gascoigne Bluff is a Native American campground. During Colonial Days, this area became Georgia’s first naval base.

During your St. Simons Island scavenger hunt you and your kids can have fun by making notes of each point of interest visited, gathering memorabilia and taking photos to reflect on all you have learned. Compare your findings with those who joined in this activity to see who got the most information and varying types of historic collectibles.


Other great activities families can enjoy while at this beautiful picturesque vacation destination:

  • Swimming or walking along the endless beaches with undisturbed nature and miles of unspoiled, perfect coastlines.
  • Your family can go bicycling along the coast as well as canoeing, kayaking and many other water sports that are great for adults and kids.

The beauty of St. Simons Island is breathtaking.  There aren’t too many vacation destinations where your family can enjoy so many activities for fun and have a historic venture, all in one.