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A Father, Daughter Experience

Friday, April 19th, 2013

My daughter Whitney and I are morning people.  

We have a regular routine when we are at home. We wake up just before daylight, and most mornings, my nine year old daughter reads, plays and organizes her dolls and stuffed animals, and sometimes, when I’m not looking, sneaks in a little television.  I’m usually sitting in the kitchen poring over emails, reading news websites and planning my work day.
 

For Spring Break this year, my family took an amazing journey to the King and Prince Hotel on Saint Simons Island. The hotel was our home for 4 days. We rode bikes around the island, swam at the hotel pool, visited Fort Frederica and Cumberland Island National Parks and explored the entire island.  It was the best vacation my family has ever experienced. 

But despite all those wonderful activities, my fondest memory were the early mornings I spent with my daughter at sunrise.

St. Simons Island Beach

You see, as morning people, we discovered something very special at the King and Prince–the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.  Each morning, while my wife, who is not a morning person, was sleeping, Whitney and I awoke before sunrise, threw on some warm clothes, and walked a few hundred feet to the beach, holding hands, to watch the sun come up.  Three mornings. Three sunrises. Three memories with my daughter that will last a lifetime.

 Barefoot in the sand, and letting the ankle deep waves rush over our feet, my daughter and I explored the beach, following the plovers, terns and various shorebirds.

We found shells. Including the shell of a pre-historic horseshoe crab that at first frightened us, because it looked like a World War I army helmet that had washed ashore.

But the highlight of each morning was the sunrise.  Each different.  The first morning we saw rays of light struggling to breakthrough the grey and cloudy sky, creating spotlights. The sky looked like a laser light show.

Then on the second morning the entire sky turned blood orange, the clouds shielding the sun just enough to protect our eyes from looking directly into the sun. We stared at the sun, a fireball, gently rising on the horizon.

And on our last day, a clear crystal blue sky.  So clear, you could see the streaks in the sky where airplanes had flown. It was also getting warmer.  That refreshing day, we could tell spring was coming.

It has now been about week since we’ve come home from our Saint Simons Island Spring Break vacation.  Whitney and I are still 

Sunrise on St Simonsmorning people.  We get up early, I start to work, she prepares for school, and my wife gets a few more minutes of sleep. We are back into our routine.  But a couple of times, since coming back, Whitney has hugged me in the early morning before daylight, and asked to see the sunrise.  We throw on warmer clothes, clasp hands together and journey outside to explore and watch the sun come up.

While we watch the sun come up over our city, we remember our special gift from Saint Simons Island, the sunrise, the place and that special time and memory with my daughter.

 

Written by Pat Byington, editor of The Green Register

Atlanta area vacationers, fly Delta and avoid the long drive!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Did you know that Delta Airlines services Brunswick Golden Isles Airport directly from Atlanta?  A 40-minute flight puts you a 20-minute drive from The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  If you’re traveling between August and December, check out this deal!  For more information, visit www.delta.com.  The airport code is BQK.

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July 24, 2012

 

 

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Simon Says: You are a Saint

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Elayne Spencer took a recent trip to The King and Prince for fun, food & relaxation.  She wasn’t disappointed!  Read on…  For more of Elayne’s stories, visit www.homeschoolingparent.com

 

Experiencing the history, beauty, tranquility and the food of St. Simons Island

By Elayne Spencer

Part One: In this installment, I am focusing on the food I found while staying on St. Simons Island. In my next installment, I will share with you the historical highlights of the Island, making it a perfect place for a fall field trip.

 

If the coast of Georgia isn’t on your mind as a destination for a family/educational get-away, you’ll want to add it to your list immediately. If you’re trying to work in
an affordable “field trip” for your homeschooling family, fall or early spring are exceptional times to visit the area. The rates are lower than in the summer months, but the days are warm and the nights are cool… perfect weather for exploring all the island has to offer.

Nestled among the coastline and barrier islands of Georgia, Brunswick and the
Golden Isles welcome you to a truly exhilarating expanse of sea, sun, and fun. There is so much do and see! Yet, just relaxing and taking in the beauty of these fabled shores will give you enough wonderful memories to last for years. After experiencing the hospitality and beauty of St. Simons Island, it’s apparent why Georgia stays in the minds of so many, evoking images of open arms and peaceful dreams.

There’s a peaceful, laid-back feel on St. Simons Island. It’s quiet. It’s established. It has many year-round residents. Yet, you feel at home. When you enter restaurants and shops you are treated not as a guest but as a friend. There’s a lack of pretentiousness that personifies the soul of the South.

YUM YUM YUM

And the food? I’m not sure I could find better food. Anywhere.

There are foods that I have not been particularly drawn to in the past. Before I left for this trip, however, I decided to open up my mind (and my palate) and view every culinary exposure as an adventure. I was not disappointed.

After checking in at The King and Prince Resort, the adventure began! At dinner, I was seated next to Vinny D’Agostino, Food & Beverage Director at The King and Prince. Besides having a contagious and delightful sense of fun and adventure, Vinny has an amazing grasp on the nuances of food preparation, history and creation. Throughout the rest of the trip, I stayed close to Vinny and experienced food I’d never been brave enough to try. The first culinary treat was Apalachiacola Oysters on the half shell with sweet corn, asparagus, tomato and cilantro vinaigrette. I planned to pretend I liked the dish, but as it turned out, no acting skills were necessary. It was delectable! No one was more surprised than I. I think Vinny had a napkin handy … just in case.

We were joined by Chef Jeff Kaplan and Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales and Marketing. Dinner was prepared before our eyes and I never expected to be so smitten with grits! I’d had grits before, but none that rival the ones served to us that night … Wild Georgia Low Country Shrimp and Grits.

I love shrimp prepared any way. Fried, boiled, grilled … you name it. I have eaten shrimp all over the country, but there is something that distinguishes Wild Georgia shrimp from any other shrimp I’ve ever eaten. They’re unusually sweet. According toWild Georgia Shrimp, they have their own unique flavor. The flesh is firm and the color is fresh. Wild Georgia Shrimp grow naturally. According to Monterey Bay Aquarium, “Southeast Asian wetlands, especially mangrove forests, are being destroyed to create commercial shrimp farms. These ponds build up muck which can cause shrimp to have pollutants or disease.” Yuck. There’s none of that muck in this sweet, succulent shrimp.

Chef Kaplan prepared Shrimp and Grits in a Tasso Cream Sauce. If you’d like to try your hand at it, here’s the recipe. I’m pretty sure the addition of asiago cheese is a nod to Vinny’s Italian roots. I’ve never met an Italian spin I didn’t like.

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King and Prince Shrimp & Grits in a Tasso Cream Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup heaving cream
1/3 cup tasso ham
¼ cup kernel corn
¼ cup diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
½ cup wild Georgia shrimp
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
¼ cup asiago cheese
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Preparation: In a sauce pan, sauté the Georgia shrimp with Cajun seasoning using olive oil. In another pan, sauté tasso ham, corn, tomatoes, and green onions: add heavy cream and asiago cheese: let simmer two minutes. Add shrimp and serve over stone ground grits of your choice.
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I could go on and on about the food. (Too late … I think I already have!) We visitedSouthern Soul Barbeque, housed in a converted 1940s gas station. All the smoking is done with wood. Prior to our visit,  Guy Fieri from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives visited. (Watch here…)

Among our group, we tried nearly every kind of smoked meat on the menu – it was all delicious. My mouth is still watering over the fried green beans. Delicious! Take a look at the menu … it’s so affordable. It’s also gone through its share of challenges and hasrisen from the ashes, so to speak, only a month or so after being visited by Guy.

Tom and Leslie DeLaney

Palmer’s Cafe is an Artist Studio as Well as a Restaurant

 

Heading to the downtown area, we visited Palmer’s Cafe to see Palmer Fortune and his beloved team. I can’t think of a breakfast food I like more than Eggs Benedict. Palmer’s puts a distinctive, southern spin on its version. Their version of Eggs Benedict is fondly called “The Southern.” It is two poached eggs, collards and ham served on an open faced biscuit with homemade ‘pot-licker’ gravy. In place of the usual Canadian Bacon, there was a thick, crispy fried green tomato. I have spent nights awake thinking about that scrumptious tomato. I grew up on fried green tomatoes, but they were nothing like the one I had at Palmer’s. (Sorry, Mom.) Check out their breakfast menu.

Chef Dave Snyder of Halyards surpassed all of our expectations with a sampling of what must have been every single item he serves at his restaurant. Every selection on the menu is prepared fresh – seafood, beef, poultry, game, sauces, soups and sweets. And every single thing is made from scratch. How can you not love a place that hangs its hat on using fresh food and making everything from scratch? While my mouth watered while tasting his luscious the seafood, I have to say … the grilled vegetables were some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Probably because they were fresh … And made from scratch.

And Vinny D’Agostino? Are you reading this? I am waiting on my batch of homemade Limoncello to arrive … It’s been a hot summer here! I need a refreshing treat!

Special thanks to my fellow journalists and Leigh Cort. I look forward to perhaps
crossing paths with all of you again. Maybe a reunion?

MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

Chef Dave Snyder of Halyards

 

 

It's okay ... we sent him back to the sea after we visited

There’s more than shrimp in that net!

 

 

“The Southern” at Palmer’s Cafe

 

 

Shark attack! Follow Will’s travel adventures http://blogs.gonomad.com/wake-and-wander/

 

 

Chef Snyder’s fresh selection of seafood

Why You Should Visit St. Simons Island

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Claudine Williams visited us last April.  Here’s what she has to say about her getaway on TripWolf.com

I drove through a dozen small towns to get from Atlanta  to the coast of Georgia. At first, I thought the towns were quaint pit-stops along miles and miles of road. Sometimes I’d see horses grazing on land along the two-lane highway. I kept thinking that there had to be a faster route to St. Simons Island. Couldn’t I take I-95 there? I barely saw any cars on the road as I trudged along at 45 miles per hour. I was tempted to go faster, but I knew that Georgia cops were nothing to play with.

I was to stay in the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. I had been grinding, putting in 16+ hour days writing, dealing with deadlines. At night, I usually fell asleep with my laptop on my bed, so I was more than ready to see what St. Simons Island and the King and Prince had to offer.

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

A Family-Friendly Island

St. Simons is a laid-back island with a family-friendly vibe. There are no high-rises on the island, just plenty of shopping centers, restaurants, homes, a couple of golf courses, parks, and the beach. Unlike most beach communities, the majority of the people there are year-round residents. When the weather’s warm, residents head to the ocean for little rest and recreation. They meet under the trees in Neptune Park, the public park. The park has a playground, miniature golf, and a  pool. It is one the top hang-out spots in St. Simons. The cute shopping and entertainment district is the other hot-spot.

 

Shopping district on St. Simons Island

Shopping district on St. Simons Island

Lucky for me, island’s popular King and Prince resort is also near the ocean. I knew that I was getting closer to the resort when I saw a  golf cart driving down road. My room was not ready when I arrived at the hotel, but the first desk personnel offered to call my cell phone when it was all set.

King and Prince Resort and Spa

View from an oceanview room at the King and Prince Resort and Spa

A few minutes later, I moved into an oceanfront room with a king-sized bed. I opened the sliding glass doors and looked out at the pool and beyond at the ocean. The view was glorious, and so was the ocean breeze.

Touring St. Simons by Trolley

My car safely parked in the resort’s free lot, I took a trolley tour of the island, a cool way to see what the island is all about. With the windows wide open and a breeze blowing, we drove under massive canopy trees that reminded me of the Old South, ladies with parasols and gloved hands. Actually, people who love history would probably enjoy the trolley tour. The tour takes visitors to points of interest like the maritime center, the old lighthouse, and Bloody Marsh Battle site, the site of a 1700s battle between the British and Spaniards.

Maritime Center on St. Simons Island

We explored the island’s history at the Maritime Center

Seafood lovers would love the plentiful seafood at the island’s many restaurants. Shrimping and fishing are popular pastimes. I rode on the Lady Jane, a shrimping boat, and I felt just like Bubba from Forest Gump. I happen to love shrimp, so I was happy to learn that the shrimping industry is alive and well in Georgia.

A shrimp net from off the Georgia Coast

We went shrimping off of the Georgia coast

 

Before lunch at Haylards Restaurant, Chef Dave Snyder showed off a recent catch.

 

One Visit and You’re Hooked

When I think of the plentiful  seafood and the peaceful living on St. Simons Island, I want to hop in my car and take another trip to the island. The next time I visit, I’ll make sure that I take the Interstate to get there faster.

Fishing on St. Simon's Island

Cap Fendig demonstrates fishing techniques.

 

St. Simons Island

The easy life on St. Simons Island in Georgia

Family Travel: The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island Family Activities

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your family vacation!  Alicia Hagan celebrates our Family Friendly atmosphere on her blog, The Mommy Insider

Family Travel: The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island Family Activities

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For the next few days I am enjoying a stay at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.   Located on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, this beautiful island is ranked as one of the top 10 in the country. With family-friendly adventures and amenities, there’s a potential to create many memories while visiting this island.  The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is on the list of historic places register in the United States.

The King and Prince Beach and Gold Resort

 

I’m looking forward to going shrimping aboard the “Lady Jane” with Captain Larry CreedleWednesday. Besides going shrimping on an authentic shrimp boat for the first time, I will learn about fishing ecology, which my 12-year-old son will appreciate learning about once I get home.  He loves anything to do with fishing so he’ll be thrilled to learn about shrimping.

Here is a brief overview of what The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort and St Simons Island, GA has to offer.

Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camps 

This camping adventure strives to teach children how to appreciate nature, how to fish and how to swim. With a different theme every registration date, the Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camp is a family fun part of The King and Prince Beach Resort. There are multiple registration dates throughout the year, so that you can coordinate them with your vacation.Read more about Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camps here.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort pool and sandbox

Resort Activities

From yoga classes to swimming, there are dozens of options for families at this resort. There is a special activity coordinator that can help your group develop a schedule of child-friendly adventures.  Learn more about King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort activities here.

The King and Prince - St Simons Island


Bike Trails 

The King and Prince Resort is filled with beautiful forests and coastal shorelines. You canrent a bike from local bike shop, Ocean Motion, and take one of the scenic bike trails through certain parts of the island. The real point of interest is that your family can rent a bike called a surrey, which holds up to 9 people. It’s an amazing opportunity to bond with your family while exploring nature on vacation.

The King and Prince Resort doesn’t disappoint!

Dameon Burns, PGA Pro At The Hampton Club

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

As we delve further into the magnificent world of the King and Prince Resort, we are now turning the spotlight on one of the most amazing golf courses in the nation. Not only are we going to discuss the beauty and extreme set-up of the course, but we are also going in-depth with the golf pro who is a definite highlight of this award-winning locale that’s renowned for its challenging and demanding layout.

 

The King & Prince Golf Course, run by the King and Prince Resort is astounding. The scenery is absolutely unique, offering ancient forests, vast salt marshes, dramatic island holes, and a vast lake that overlooks a relaxing and elegant clubhouse. The King and Prince Golf Course has it’s own definite signature – which is a group of four spectacular holes gently carved from small coastal marsh islands and accessed by 800-feet of elevated cart bridges. This bold design has been heralded by many, and over the years the King and Prince’s commitment to provide a premier golf experience is one of their highest priorities. That commitment proved itself beyond measure in 2009 when the King and Prince invested in an extensive restoration project that completely renewed the golf course, which is home to The Hampton Club.

 

It must be stated that all 18 greens of this amazing facility are planted with mini-verde, ultra dwarf Bermuda grass, and all the fairways have a new hybrid: Celebration Bermuda grass, which has been given 5-star reviews by everyone who has come in contact with this glorious course. In addition, the King and Prince offers an extraordinary Practice Facility that includes a 6500 sq ft mini-verde putting green, a 3000 sq ft mini-verde chipping green, and five target greens that have been added to the driving range.

 

Week after week we have been sharing each and every facet of the King and Prince – from the food to the events to the phenomenal staff that comprises this facility. This week I am extremely excited to be able to introduce to you one member of this exceptional staff, who all golfers are going to be extremely happy to meet.

 

Dameon Burns is the newest addition to the King and Prince team. Coming from the PGA Professional Golf Management program, he has spent his life living and teaching the game of golf to others. A tremendous complement to the King and Prince, today he was kind enough to sit down with us and discuss his move to Saint Simons Island, and how he feels about being the golf pro for this leading resort.

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Welcome Dameon. I would like to begin with just a bit of a background on you for our readers.

 

Born in New Orleans, I moved to Huntsville, Alabama at a very young age. In 2005, I entered the PGA of America Program, and I worked for a public golf course for two years. Then, I went on to work at Huntsville Country Club. Upon election to PGA membership in 2011, I took up my current position at The King and Prince Golf Course.

 

I know you began to golf at the age of thirteen. Is there anything specifically that drew you to the game?

 

The challenge! Golf is a very difficult game that can never be perfected. I also always liked the idea that this is one sport that can be played over a lifetime.

 

You were raised in Huntsville. Are there any particular ‘spots’ there that were perfect for the golfer in you?

 

Huntsville has grown a great deal since I was thirteen. Back then, I spent many hours in the corn and cotton fields hitting golf balls. However, it would be amazingly difficult to find any open fields now.

 

When did you decide to be a golf pro?

 

As a junior I played a lot of golf, with the hopes of one day playing professionally. Once Tiger Woods started becoming popular, the amount of talented junior golfers increased dramatically, and I knew that playing for a ‘living’ was going to be very difficult. I loved to study the game, and became very interested in the operations and elements behind it. This interest eventually led me to the PGA of America and it’s apprentice program which brought about a new path in my life.

 

The Hampton Club is a truly beautiful place. Can you tell us a bit about working there? What makes this Club stand out from the rest in your mind?

 

Yes, The Hampton Club is truly a beautiful place, and having the chance to be a part of it feels like winning the lottery. I get caught up in its beauty every day. Furthermore, living here is a dream come true. The north end of Saint Simons Island is a very quiet place. The residents are extremely polite to each other, and most are members at the Club. In fact, it is a rare occurrence for me to leave the north end. When I get to thinking about it, I only ride in a car two or three times a month now, seeing as that I have the tremendous luxury of being able to walk, ride my bike, or take a golf cart everywhere that I need to go. It is fantastic!

 

Could you tell readers a little about the events that are held at the Club?

 

The Hampton Club holds an array of golfing events throughout the year. We host tournaments for members, corporations, charities, the PGA of America, and more. We also have numerous member events held throughout the year, although these events are not exclusive to golf. Activities and dinners are also included.

 

Are there any specific events that are your personal favorites?

 

Charity events are always a big hit; they draw a great deal of participants. I love these events because they always contribute to a great cause, and they offer the perfect chance to show off this amazing golf course.

 

How is it to work with members and visitors at The King and Prince? Do you receive mostly ‘newbies’ to the golf world, or people trying to ‘better’ their game?

 

It is actually a very different and amazing job. It is certainly the newest challenge in my professional life. We receive all levels of golfers here. In just my first year with the King and Prince, we have had a huge array of visitors – first time golfers to PGA Tour Professionals. It certainly shows that the course and all its beauty can be enjoyed by every experience level.

 

Teaching someone how to play golf must be extremely difficult. What sort of program did you go through to become a pro?

 

On the contrary, it comes very easy and naturally to me. It is what I love most, and I still spend a great deal of my spare time studying the physics and geometry of the game. I went through the PGA/PGM Program, which is the apprentice/education program for the PGA of America, and I continually strive to learn, and teach all I can to others.

 

The King and Prince Resort is certainly a stand-alone when it comes to elegance and beauty. Can you tell us a bit about the ‘world’ that exists on St. Simons Island?

 

Upon my very first visit to St. Simons, my wife and I found ourselves in awe. We didn’t think such a place even existed. The natural beauty of the island is completely unbelievable. From the tides of the beach to the maritime forest, every aspect of Saint Simons Island is unique. The community is small and kind, and everyone seems to appreciate what they have. Golf and nature are ‘kings’ on this island, and the area boasts some of the finest courses, and some of the last ‘untouched’ land in this country. I truly cannot imagine a better place to live.

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Readers, I have to tell you, with each new article that comes along and each new ‘research’ that I do, I have come to the conclusion that St. Simons Island is an actual, Paradise. In a world that is filled with chaos, anxiety, stress, etc. – St. Simons Island seems to be that one ‘perfect’ spot on the planet. And the King and Prince Resort seems to be the ‘ambassador’ of good will when it comes to this Eden.

 

My advice is for all to make a reservation today and take advantage of the stunning packages that the King and Prince has to offer. I don’t believe that any of us could imagine a more amazing ‘world’ where we can spend evenings staring out at the stunning ocean landscape, and our days on the spectacular golf course where we can learn from a true golf pro like Dameon Burns!

 

Until Next Time, Everybody.

 

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Spring Break & Easter on the Georgia Coast

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

This past week brought many spring breakers to St. Simons Island.  With many schools  on break, The King and Prince was filled with families and visitors looking for some sun and fun.  We had many festivities planned all week long for our guests.  From sunrise stretch to face painting and beach games, there was something for everyone to enjoy.   The brand new pool complex was packed with people soaking up sun and enjoying tasty treats from the Ocean Terrace Grille.  To celebrate the holiday weekend, The Resort put on an Easter Egg Hunt with the a special visit from the Easter Bunny.  It was a great week for young and old alike.   Take a look at the fun:

Ultimate Spring Escapes

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Southern Living has posted 10 destinations as the “Ultimate Spring Escapes.”  St. Simons Island was chosen as one of the destinations and The King and Prince was listed as a place to stay.

Ultimate Spring Escapes

Slather on the sunscreen and prepare for bliss at one of our favorite spring vacation destinations.

St. Simons Island, GA

The beaches and golf courses of this Atlantic escape hnvie for king of the island. About 80 miles north of Jacksonville and 85 miles south of Savannah, St. Simons has multiple golf courses, pristine coastlines, and plenty of outdoor activities to fill those sun-drenched Spring Break days. If you’re bit by the shopping bug, venture to the island’s southern tip to Pier Village to pick up an extra pair of sandals or an easy beach read. Local restaurants specialize in seafood dishes, and The Coastal Kitchen offers a raw shrimp and oyster bar.

Lay your head in luxury at the beachfront King and Prince Resort, where Southern hospitality and deluxe amenities are at their best. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals offers condos and villas for couples or families on any budget, including daily and weekly rentals.

Explore the Golden Isle of St. Simons

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A great article by Carolyn Burns Bass posted in Greer’s OC about The King and Prince Resort and what to see and do on St. Simons Island.

Explore the Golden Isle of St. Simons

01.20.12

Review by Carolyn Burns Bass

It’s not hard to understand why this stretch of the Georgia coast is known as the Golden Isles. Miles of marsh grass wave in the breeze, carved by streams, rivers, and inlets to form a jigsaw puzzle of islands. The sun rises like a glittering coin over the Atlantic and blankets the marshlands in gold and amber as it sets over the isles. Poised on the mouth of the sound leading up to the bustling port city of Brunswick, is St. Simons Island, the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles.

The Spanish named the island and the sound after a Catholic saint during 16th century exploration of the Southeastern coastline. You can see Spanish influences throughout the region, including the architecture. Mediterranean arches, turrets, clay tiles and stucco make haunting backdrops for the Spanish moss dripping off the massive trees overarching the buildings and lining the streets and lanes. The island has maintained its quaint seaside charm through decades of development in the islands and cities surrounding this wild island treasure.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The jewel of this golden isle is the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Perched on the white sandy shore near the mouth of St. Simons Sound, this historic hotel offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the coastline stretching north and south. Built in 1935 as a private dance club for the well-heeled of the area, it added lodging to its original structure in 1941 and opened to the public as a hotel. There was nothing as magnificent as The King and Prince anywhere along the Southeast coast when it was built and even today it rises above many of the cookie-cutter resorts now dotting the coast and the Isles.

A spacious, bright and airy lobby greets you from the main entry of the King and Prince. You can see the Mediterranean design in the arches that line the coastal stretch of the lobby interior. Natural wood bannisters, trim and ceiling beams encasing dark embossed tin tiles add warmth to the lobby’s light interior. Just beyond the reception desk is a fountain, surrounded by palms, lush greenery and flowers, and an indoor pool and whirlpool (one of five pools located throughout the resort).

Guests at the King and Prince have a deluxe array of choices in room types to meet budget or family needs. Oceanfront rooms in the historic building are only steps from the beach, with spacious bathrooms and separate sitting areas. Luxury amenities such as in-room Keurig coffee stations, Bath & Body Works toiletries, and large flat screen televisions are standard in every room. Stretching beyond the historic main building are the Beach Villas. These roomy accommodations offer two- or three-bedroom apartment size villas with master bedrooms, full kitchens, dining areas and private patios or balconies.

Stepping up the game in privacy and luxury at the King and Prince are the Residences, which comprise of six individual houses spread throughout the resort to include quaint beach cottages and even executive-level houses with ample meeting and entertaining areas (with as many as five bedrooms!).

Scenic and Challenging Golf

Competing with beach and ocean activities on St. Simons Island are the resort’s tennis courts, pools and golf course. While the formal name of the King and Prince includes “golf resort,” the greens are actually a bit of a drive to the northern-most end of the island. Known as the Hampton Club, this golf course shuttles hotel guests straught to the course for a day of golf among the salt marshes, swampy lagoons, towering palmettos and grand oaks draped with Spanish moss.

The course was renovated in 2009 with renewal in turf and design enhancements to the original 18-hole, 72-par design. Four of the holes sit upon individual marsh islands accessible by elevated cart bridges, making for challenging play. Practice areas include a driving range, putting green and a chipping green, and golfers can grab lunch or post game cocktails in the roomy clubhouse. You can take a virtual flyover of the entire course from the resort’s website for an overview of this distinctive course.

Georgia Coastal Cuisine at its Finest

Director of food and beverage, Vinny D’Agostino, revitalized the King and Prince’s food culture when he joined the staff in May 2011. A master sommelier and culinary arts graduate from Johnson and Wales University, D’Agostino brought more than two decades of creative culinary experience from some of the nation’s top hotels and restaurants. Food was the centerpiece of D’Agostino’s large Italian family, inspiring his passion for taste, texture and temptation, and it shows in everything he prepares or directs. Be sure to try D’Agostino’s signature shrimp and grits, made with Georgia’s wild white shrimp and Tasso ham in a spicy cream sauce that wraps the tongue in savory delight.

The King and Prince is renowned throughout the Golden Isles for its Friday night seafood buffet and its sumptuous Sunday brunch. Set in the resort’s Delegal room, the Friday night seafood buffet features various preparations of the region’s distinctive wild white shrimp, plus platters of crab legs, chilled and steamed; oysters, both fried and on the half-shell; clams and mussels, along with entrees of salmon, catfish, tilapia, sole, grouper and other chef selections. Sunday brunch includes an omelet bar, plus a wide variety of southern comfort foods such as grits, plain, creamy with cheese, or spiced to delight with shrimp; smoked BBQ ribs; buttermilk fried chicken; succulent pot roast and gravy, crispy fried catfish and plenty of other chef surprises.

The Delegal room itself is a thing of beauty. Commanding the eye is the view of the Atlantic from the windows lining the oceanfront wall. Set above the oceanfront windows and around the entire room are eleven spectacular stained glass windows depicting the history of St. Simons island.

Additional dining choices at the King and Prince include the King’s Tavern set in the hotel’s turret lined with oceanfront windows for stunning ocean views, the Atrium Café where snacks and refreshments, along with barista-prepared coffees and teas are served, plus the seasonal (March through October) Paradise Beach Bar and Grill located beachside with casual fare and cocktail service.

More to Do and See On St. Simons

Guests not getting enough exercise running or strolling along the beach, bicycling through town, or browsing through the myriad shops on St. Simons, have free access to treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and exercise balls in the fitness facility next to the tennis courts.

Set only steps away from the beach guests may rejuvenate body and soul in the Royal Treatment Cottage, an intimate retreat house with a full menu of massage therapies. Lunch can be ordered from the concierge and enjoyed in the quiet of the cottage.

Out and about in St. Simons you’ll find boutiques and souvenir stores, coffeehouses and cafes, candy stores and cocktail happy hours. You can rent a bicycle at Ocean Motion (walking distance from the King and Prince) and pedal around the Island’s 21 miles winding bike paths.

Hop on the Lighthouse Trolley for a guided tour of St. Simons island. The trolley can take you from the Coast Guard station, now a Maritime Museum with history of the island–including its fascinating mission as a coast watching and training facility during WWII–to the working lighthouse; to the picturesque Christ Church, the first English church in Georgia; around town and through the moss-lined lanes from the north end to the south. If you’re lucky to get Cap Fielding as your trolley guide, you’re in for a treat with his arcane knowledge of the region’s colorful history.

On the Water Excitement

Travelers seeking new experiences can get thrills and chills from a shrimping trip on the waters off St. Simons island on The Lady Jane, a former working shrimp boat now USCG certified to carry passengers. The Lady Jane, run by Captain Larry Credle, is an educational and tourism expedition not to be missed.

Guests board The Lady Jane in nearby Brunswick, then head into the waters of St. Simons Sound. Once clear of the marshes, Captain Credle drops his shrimp net and trawls until he figures he’s got a good catch. The net drips with surprise when lifted, then released on the ship’s sorting deck. All hands aboard have a chance to sort the treasures in the net, the jewel of the catch being the wild white Georgia shrimp. It’s not unusual for the net to bring up stingrays, puffer fish, several varieties of flounder, shrimp and crab—including the distinctive horseshoe crabs–plus beautiful whelks. A naturalist on board identifies the different fish in the catch, including the occasional catch of a loggerhead sea turtle. When turtles are caught, they are weighed, measured, and photographed, then released. The details are sent to the Georgia Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Everything but the wild white shrimp is released back into the sea. While cruising back to harbor on The Lady Jane, a shipmate cleans and shells the shrimp, then serves it fresh on a platter with homemade cocktail sauce and lemon. Seafood doesn’t get fresher than this.

Getting to St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island is easily accessible from international airports at Savannah/Hilton Head to the north and Jacksonville to the south, while Delta brings in three flights a day to nearby Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522, 912-638-3631, www.kingandprince.com.

Time for Good Food

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Rachel writes in her blog, “Time for Good Food,” about her trip to St. Simons and all the sites she saw and food she ate at The King and Prince.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Inspired by St. Simon’s Island

A week ago today I was at St. Simon’s Island, Georgia taking in the beautiful scenery and stuffing my belly with delicious food. Magical sounds cliché, but it really was an amazing trip that I won’t soon forget. I was invited by The King and Prince Resort and their publicist Leigh Cort, along with other journalists and bloggers from around the country, to be a part of a media trip focused on Southern culinary traditions. My friend Nikiwas also one of the journalists, so we rode down together.For someone like me who is enamored with history, food and the idea of eating locally and sustainably, it was sheer heaven. I learned so much, tasted so much and am so inspired, this is going to have to be several posts. Maybe a trilogy? You’ll see what I mean in a minute.

Christ Church – the most visited attraction on St. Simons Island

I vaguely remember spending a day sightseeing on St. Simon’s Island as a child. One memory that stands out is visiting the moss draped Christ Church and its cemetery. I was excited to get to see it again all these years later. The parish was founded in 1736, though the current church building dates to 1884. A walk through Christ Church’s cemetery inspired prolific Georgia writer, Eugenia Price, to pen her first historical novel The Beloved Invader. The book brought to life the church’s rector Anson Dodge, Jr. and led to additional books, New Moon Rising and Lighthouse – known as the St. Simon’s Trilogy. Interestingly, Price stayed at The King and Prince in 1961 when she discovered the island that would define her career as a writer. Tourists still come to St. Simon’s today inspired by her books. Who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to write a historical novel, but for now I’ll settle on a trilogy of blog posts. This first: an overview rich with photos.

The exterior of The King and Prince’s historic hotel building.

The King and Prince was built in 1935 and is the only oceanfront hotel on the island. I think that’s what sets St. Simon’s apart from other tourist destinations. It doesn’t feel touristy. You won’t find the high-rise condominiums and tacky beach stores. It’s quiet, laid back, upscale in some ways, but unassuming.Naturally, it’s a popular destination for weddings and romantic getaways. However, I’m totally inspired to take my family back there.

A wedding photo shoot I happened to catch out the window.

The beach is great, but there are also miles and miles of golden marshlands that are especially beautiful at sunset. Growing abundantly in the marshlands and estuaries is Spartina, the golden hued grass that gives St. Simon’s Island and other nearby barrier islands their nickname, “The Golden Isles.”

Marshlands at dusk.

And there’s the Lighthouse. And the cute village with shops and restaurants. And the waterfront park. And the Maritime Museum that is housed in a former Coast Guard Station.

Oceanfront park with St. Simons Lighthouse in the background.Maritime Center and Museum

I could go on and on, but I know you are probably wondering: what about the food? This is a food blog after all! Most of our meals were served at The King and Prince under the direction of its Food and Beverage Director, Vinny D’Agostino. While on staff for just a short while, D’Agostino is making great strides in bringing local farmers and food artisans ”to the table” to enhance the dining program at the resort. Honestly, going in to this I was not expecting the food to be that great. I’ve had some pretty bland, uninspiring hotel food in the past — but I have to say that the food I tasted at the King and Prince was really delicious. The shrimp and grits, I swear, may have been the best I ever tasted. I’m going to attempt to make them at home and share the recipe with you in the next post in my trilogy!

Shrimp and Grits made highlighted with Tasso ham, fresh corn and tomato.

One afternoon we had the pleasure of meeting food growers and artisans from around the state and sampling their fare. The most exciting thing I tasted was the first pressing of olive oil made from Georgia-grown olives thanks to Georgia Olive Farms. It’s so new that it isn’t even on the market yet. We also tasted cheese from Flat Creek Lodge, muscadine wine from Still Pond Vineyards, 13th Colony Distillery liquors, chocolates from Sugar Marsh Cottage, Wild Georgia Shrimp, Savannah Bee Company honey and peach products from Lane Southern Orchards — to name a few. I’ll definitely share more with you. Remember, my trilogy?

Georgia made products we tasted.

On our final day at the King and Prince, we ate breakfast in the elegant Delegal Room — once the ballroom of the old resort. I imagined how many dances, weddings, receptions and important events must have taken place in this stained glass adorned room with sweeping ocean views. I doctored this photo up a bit to look “old,” much like the actual historic photos that lined the lobby hallway and are featured in each guest room. It makes me feel happy.

Pretending it’s 1951

I love places with a sense of history, natural beauty and authentic Southern charm. You will definitely find that at The King and Prince and on St. Simon’s Island. Now, time for a short disclaimer: The King and Prince provided me with a complimentary stay and meals, but did not pay me to write this or endorse the resort in any way. By being a gracious host, showing me the island and sharing the spotlight with other local businesses and attractions, they made me fall in love. I’ll definitely be back!