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Getting back to Nature on your Georgia Vacation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

DJ Jones and his wife MJ visited us last month.  He wrote a beautiful article that highlights our history and naturally beautiful location – as well as a Friday night dinner of steamed crab legs.

The hotel has survived fire, war, and decades of change, yet it still shines amongst an American coastline that’s become dominated by one soulless mega-resort after another. The key to the King and Prince’s success is simple: the resort possesses something which can’t be bought through the latest trends in hotel design and often takes decades to attain… Character.

Which would be the highlight of your weekend?  All-you-can-eat crab legs or gazing at the moon reflecting on the ocean from your oceanfront room at The King and Prince?

Read the rest of D.J.’s story on his blog, The World of Deej.

All You Can Eat Crablegs at The King's Tavern

All You Can Eat Crablegs at The King’s Tavern at The King and Prince, St. Simons Island

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Moon over St. Simons Island from The King and Prince Resort

St Simons Island Vacation – Vanderford’s Travels

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Bill Vanderford published this article on Lakeside News after his spring St Simons Island vacation that including historic tours, boating, dining at local restaurants and a stay at The King and Prince.

Vanderford’s Travels

By Bill Vanderford

St. Simons Island is a golden Georgia treasure

Standing on the wall of Fort Frederica scanning the river and the marshes  beyond was serious business around 1740. The British soldiers on guard

Ft Frederica

Canons at Fort Frederica

knew that the Spanish-held Fort St. Simons was only five miles away and were painfully aware that war had been declared with Spain. Eventually these English soldiers realized that they would have to fight for their lives on St. Simons Island.

Even though the British were far outnumbered, good intelligence, a timely ambush, and some skillful maneuvering of ships and men by James

Fort Frederica Monument

Fort Frederica

Edward Oglethorpe made the Spanish believe that the British force was much larger. Therefore, after the historical, but small ambush, known as “The Battle of Bloody Marsh,” the Spanish retreated back to Florida and were never a threat to General Oglethorpe and his fledgling Georgia colony again.

Today, visitors to St. Simons Island can walk the open grounds of Fort Frederica and gaze across the picturesque “Marshes of Glynn” that were made famous by poet, Sidney Lanier (yes, the namesake of Lake Lanier), and never have to worry about being fired upon. This immaculate spot is simply one of many that attracts folks to St. Simons.

For nearly eight decades, families from all over the South have come to this gorgeous barrier island to enjoy the elegant atmosphere, mouthwatering

Ocean front Building

View from Oceanfront Building

food, and antebellum style hospitality at the King and Prince Hotel, which was built because of an insult. It seems that one evening in the early 1930s at the nearby Cloister Hotel on neighboring Sea Island, Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn were tossed out for being drunk and disorderly. Horn was a tall, heavy man, and Wynn was a short, skinny fellow, and when seen together, they were affectionately known as “The King and Prince.” So, because of the insult, the two founded the King and Prince as a seaside dance club to compete with the Cloister Hotel. The main hotel building with its classic Mediterranean architecture was completed and opened to the public just in time for World War II in 1941. During that period, the new hotel was converted into a training facility for coast watchers looking for German submarines.

Following the war, the King and Prince opened to families again in 1947 and has continued to serve as a prime vacation destination in the Golden Isles of Georgia. Renovations and expansions were completed in 1972 and 1983,

St Simons Island sunrise

Sunrise over a dock

and the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 as the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. It still offers a unique resort experience with real Southern flair, fantastic and varied cuisine, and spectacular ocean views from almost every room. For information or reservations, call toll-free at (800)-342-0212.

Marshes of Glynn St Simons Island

Beauty in the Marshes

Many golf lovers come to St. Simons to play the recently restored King and Prince Golf Course, which is the home of the Hampton Club. This 18-hole championship course is both challenging and beautifully interwoven with ancient oak trees, island holes, views of birds and wildlife in the surrounding marshes, and picturesque lagoons.

Fishing, birding, and wildlife viewing are always great outdoor endeavors

Fishing on St Simons Island

Fishing

when visiting St. Simons Island. This huge coastal ecosystem of salt marshes, tidal rivers and creeks is probably the best rearing ground for fish, sharks, and shellfish on the Atlantic seaboard of the USA. This little known fishery is best explored and experienced with an expert local guide like Larry Kennedy III out of Hampton Marina. Larry and his family have been fishing the waters productively as long as I can remember, and have entertained thousands of visitors to St. Simons. For more information or reservations, call 912-222-1687.

St Simons Charter Boats

Charter Boat

Fine dining and local seafood is another highlight of any trip to the Georgia barrier islands, and St. Simons has some of the best! Certainly the chefs at the King and Prince would be in the running in any food and drink contest, but my favorite would have to be Halyards and the culinary artistry of Chef Dave. Being a fisherman himself, Dave loves to have his friends bring by their “Catch of the Day” and allow him to create a succulent meal with his special touch. Both Bill and Cindy Acree told me of magical meals that they have enjoyed with Chef Dave during the Atlanta Braves off season when Bill wasn’t so busy as a Braves executive. For more information, contact Dave at www.halyardsrestaurant.com.

Another interesting, but quite casual eatery, is within easy walking distance

Christ Church St Simons Island

Christ Church

from the King and Prince Hotel. The Saltwater Cowboy is a swinging place with a young, female chef straight out of the Bayou country of Southern Mississippi. She has put together some unique offerings of steak and seafood with a different Cajun rendering. For information or reservations, call 912-634-2102.

Certainly more experiences are available on St. Simons Island including visits to the historic Christ Church, Fort Frederica, Epworth by the

St Simons Island Lighthouse

St. Simons Lighthouse

Sea, and the St. Simons Lighthouse. For me, however, the beaches, marshes, old oak trees, and the slow movement of time and tide take me back to simpler time in my youth when my family would visit this magical island during the summer break from school. Sure there are new businesses and different people, but the natural beauty where sea, sky, and shifting sands meet has a soothing effect that transcends all time.

World War II Veterans Return to The King and Prince

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

On Monday January 17th, the King and Prince Hotel was honored to have two gentlemen back as guests who both had not been here in decades.  One was Captain Carl Boyd from Falls Church, Virginia who retired as a Captain from the Navy after 33 years of honorable service.  Also accompanying Captain Boyd was Sgt. Charles Fiveash from Aiken, South Carolina.  Sgt. Fiveash grew up in Brunswick and has many fond memories of this area and the King and Prince Hotel even before World War II.   The King and Prince’s Vice President of Resort Operations, Michael Johnson and  Rooms Division Manager, Bob Speight sat down in their office with old photographs, original blueprints and memorabilia from the hotel that goes back to the 1930′s to have a walk down memory lane with Captain Boyd and Sgt. Fiveash.

St Simons Island History

World War II Vets at The King and Prince

Question:  Mr. Fiveash, what do you remember about the King and Prince in the late 30’s and early 40’s?

I remember the King and Prince being such a sporty place.  To me and all my friends it was “top of the line”.  Everybody wanted to go to the King and Prince. We had a lot of the “big bands” stopping through on Saturday nights on their way up north.  We saw the Glenn Miller orchestra and Sammy Kaye just to name a few.  It was a wonderful time and everybody enjoyed dressing up then.  The King and Prince always had an audience.

Question: Captain Boyd, please tell us about your time here at the hotel during WWII.

As you know, the Navy occupied the whole hotel during the war.  I was here for about nine months.  Mckinnon Field was used to store our aircraft and actual fighter planes were stationed there also.  I know that Brunswick’s shipyard was used for building the famous Liberty Ships which the Navy ended up making hundreds and hundreds of them.

Question:  How long did it take at the Brunswick Shipyard to make a Liberty Ship?

Usually it would take about 3 weeks from start to finish to construct a Liberty Ship.

Question:  Captain Boyd, what was your job here during World War II?

I was part of a class that was stationed here to learn how to vector our aircraft to engage enemy aircraft.  Out of the class of about 70 only four were from the fleet and I was one of those four.  I was assigned to a destroyer/mine layer that was based in Charleston.

Air Traffic Control per se and radar technology were new back then and we were taught at the King and Prince how to guide our aircraft to intercept the enemy planes.

Question:  How did the Navy get their enlisted men to the King and Prince?

We caught a train into downtown Brunswick where there was a train station then and just caught a cab over to the King and Prince.  The causeway that connected the mainland to the island had several drawbridges if my memory serves me correctly.

Question:   With coming back for this trip, did you think the King and Prince had changed a lot with its original building?

Of course the layout has basically stayed the same.  I remember a much smaller parking lot in the front.  {Captain Boyd} The officers had rooms that overlooked the ocean and the enlisted men faced the parking lot.  {Mr. Fiveash} I know the seawall was here before the war.  I do remember the terrazzo dance floor as you show me these pictures…………I even recognize a lot of their faces but cannot place their names.  There was no swimming pool but it was a place where everybody wanted to go.  It was a popular place among the locals.

Question: Mr. Fiveash, you were raised here.  Do the names Frank Horn or Morgan Wynn ring a bell with you?

My father owned a trucking company and I remember making many deliveries with the name of Frank Horn on the boxes.  I knew him but I do not recall the name of Morgan Wynn.

Question:  Mr. Fiveash, how did you get your job working in the shipyard?

I grew up in downtown Brunswick and I was around the docks all my life.  I knew a lot about boats and ships at an early age so once I started talking to the workers in the shipyard and they found out just what I knew, they hired me on the spot!