This past weekend, The King and Prince Resort competed in the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee. The event was on Saturday October 22 at the waterfront Mary Ross Park in Brusnwick Georgia (15 minutes from the Resort). There were numerous festivities all day long. The kick off was a one mile fun run and a 5K. Following this was the “Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade.” Owners showed off their pets in a variety of creative costumes. An employee of the King and Prince, Amanda’s pet won first place in the small dog category for being dressed as an Animal Cracker. It was adorable! There was live entertainment all day and of course the main attraction, the brunswick stew contest! There were 32 cooking teams that supplied their stew for the competition. We served up over a thousand samplings to attendees. It was our first time competing in the contest and are proud to say we were a finalist! Our stew (and decorations) were definitely first place in our book!
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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort participated for the very first time in the Shrimp and Grits Festival on Jekyll Island. The event was three days long from September 16th to 18th and began with a $3 sample night on Friday. Live music continued all 3 days with arts and crafts vendors as well. There were thousands of people who attended, it was kid friendly and had a great vibe. The festival is held at a perfect time of year and is located on the gorgeous, historical grounds of Jekyll Island. The King and Prince served up Shrimp & Grits in a Tasso Cream Sauce all weekend long and it was fabulous! We were thrilled that our recipe was liked by all and are looking forward to serving it in our restaurant in the near future. Our Food and Beverage Director, Vinny D’Agostino and Executive Chef, Robyn Gomez are very excited about entering the cooking competition next year and hope to see you there. Want to try our Tasso Cream Shimp & Grits at home? Here’s the Recipe for this amazing dish.
Dena & Chuck Bingham write about their visit to St. Simons Island in Senior Connection Magazine. Along with the King and Prince accommodations and St. Simons Island attractions, they describe the southern island culture and way of life.
St. Simons Island—A Restful Retreat
BY CHUCK AND DENA BINGHAM
OK. You’ve taken the grandkids to see Mickey and Minnie often enough to know the routine: Stand in line for 45 minutes for a five-minute ride; someone else’s crying grandkid just spilled a sticky concoction on your new izod shirt and the line for a $9 sandwich is twenty people deep. By late afternoon a whole theme park full of cranky three-year-olds are pitching a fit because they’re tired. You take two more Tylenol and head for the exit with your own grandkids in tow. Ah, but wait. You are parked on the other side of a lake that now looks endless and there are three thousand people in front of you waiting for the same ferry boat.
This time do something for you… About an hour north of the Jacksonville airport is a quiet, laid-back hideaway just waiting for you. Take the Saint Simons Island exit off of I-95 and head for the Atlantic Ocean (about ten miles). Once you cross the causeway to St. Simons Island you can feel the stress melting away. You won’t find Ferris wheels, or tea cup rides, or 6-foottall rodents with big ears. What you will find is an upscale residential island that doesn’t mind sharing its seclusion with savvy, well-heeled vacationers.
The grand old oak trees drip with Spanish moss as you make your way to the stately King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Upon arrival the attentive staff quickly reacquaints you with Southern hospitality. Built in 1935, the resort was originally a dance club for well-to-do Northerners. It has consistently been upgraded to meet today’s discerning traveler’s tastes. Accommodations range from Oceanside Villas to private cottages to king-bedded rooms. Outstanding cuisine is a hallmark of the resort and is not to be missed.
Venturing into other parts of town reveals an additional bounty of local dining pleasures. Kick back at George Stewart’s Saltwater Cowboy for great pub fare. Or, if you’re in the mood for finer dining, try Halyards where Chef Dave Snyder prepares an exquisite tuna tartare. Lunch at Palmer’s Village Café is a must as Chef John Belechak prepares the best Southern dishes with locally grown produce. For a truly unique experience, take the “Lady Jane” shrimping trawler into the shallows of the Atlantic marshes for a first-hand look at how modern shrimping is accomplished. The tour comes complete with a marine biologist who explains in detail the ecosystem of the region and its importance to the local economy.
To enjoy the laidback pace of the island, why not rent bicycles at Ocean Motion right outside the entrance to King and Prince Resort. A leisurely 10-minute ride gets you to the heart of town. For the truly adventurous, the island boasts 18 miles of paved bicycle paths. If you’d rather let someone else navigate, try the Lighthouse Trolley which takes you (free) from the north end, where you’ll find the championship King and Prince Golf Course, to the south end, where you’ll find—you guessed it—the Lighthouse. Go in the lighthouse museum to hear about the great historical importance of this region.
There is so much, or so little, to do here…the choice is yours. If there is one drawback to this hidden treasure, it’s this: you may not want to leave…
Kristi Casey Sanders writes about where to stay and things to do on St. Simons and Jekyll in Encore Atlanta. She mentions The King and Prince for its beach accommodations and resort golf course.
April 2011 Encore Life
Start your summer now on the ‘golden isles’ of Jekyll and St. Simons
By Kristi Casey Sanders
Spring is beautiful in Atlanta, with cherry blossoms and dogwood trees in bloom. And as spring clothes replace sweaters, it’s easy to yearn for full-on summer. That’s why so many spring breaks unfold on the beach. You can escape to a sandy wonderland where sunsets give way to moonlit surf, casual beach bars serve frosty drinks and fresh seafood, and kids can learn the fine art of avoiding sunburns while building sandcastles and riding Boogie boards.
Atlanta’s closest beaches are on the barrier islands off the Georgia coast. The four clustered around Brunswick are known as the “golden isles.” It’s a five-hour drive or a 60-minute flight via Delta Connection, which has three daily nonstop flights to Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.
There are exclusive resorts (Sea Island) and serene eco-retreats (Little St. Simons), but if you desire a family friendly spot affordable enough to become a yearly tradition, St. Simons and Jekyll islands are the best options.
St. Simons Island
There’s an anecdotal story told about the Timacuan Indians, who lived here under Spanish rule for almost 200 years. They finally rebelled, it is said, because the Catholic priests insisted the men take only one wife. Whether that’s true, you still get the feeling that these island inhabitants would rebel if someone tried to stop them from having a good time.
For more than 75 years, the center of the island’s social life has been the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (800-342-0212), which began as an open-air oceanfront dance pavilion. The hotel grew up around the pavilion — now the Delegal Dining Room. It’s next to the King’s Tavern, a legendary watering hole added to the property in the 1980s. Accommodations range from traditional hotel rooms and multi-bedroom condo units with full kitchens to private homes with rooftop patios. Guests can rent bikes or kayaks, ride horseback on the beach, or learn how to play tennis, shoot sporting clays or fish.
Golf is a big deal here, and the King and Prince Course (912-634-0255) is quite scenic. Wild marsh grass cuts the field of play between the tee box and fairway on one hole, golf cart paths are elevated over marshland, wild birds soar overhead and gators nap inches from the greens under oak trees. The Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort (800-841-6268) offers guests three courses and suite-style accommodations, three clay tennis courts, three swimming pools and an array of family friendly activities.
The Lighthouse Trolley (912-638-3333) is a fun way to learn about the island’s history. It is owned by Cap Fendig, a local character and sometime politician, whose family has been here since the 1800s. You can take a narrated tour or hop on and off the trolley at scheduled stops. At Fort Frederica National Monument, you’ll see where Spanish and British troops clashed in 1742. Graves of their descendants are found in the historic graveyard surrounding Christ Church. The Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station has interactive, kid-friendly exhibits explaining the role the U.S. Coast Guard has played in the region before, during and since World War II. There’s also the famous St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum (912-638-4666), where you can enjoy the best view in town. Fendig’s company offers dolphin tours, bird-watching trips and real-estate services — in case you need a permanent local address.
The Georgia coast is only 100 miles long, but it contains one-third of this country’s salt marshes, which replenish the Atlantic Ocean’s ecosystem. Learn about the barrier island’s marine life aboard the Lady Jane (912-265-5711). Piloted by Captain Credle, the vessel takes passengers into St. Simons Sound, where marine biologists sort shrimp from the other creatures caught in nets and explain what guests are seeing. The ship’s first mate serves up a shrimp boil as the boat heads back to the dock.
As you’ll learn on the Lady Jane, you’re not eating just any shrimp. The salt marsh grasses available to Wild Georgia Shrimp™ grazing here make them particularly sweet. Shrimping season begins between April and June and runs through December. And thanks to the large local sturgeon population, this region also is known for quality caviar, harvested in January and February and said to be superior to Russia’s.
St. Simons doesn’t lack for good restaurants. Saltwater Cowboy (912-634-2102) is a relaxed steak and seafood eatery with live entertainment near the King and Prince Resort. Further inland is Southern Soul Barbeque (912-638-SOUL), featuring award-winning Brunswick stew. If people-watching is high on your agenda, try breakfast or lunch in the village at the Sandcastle Café & Grill (912-638-8883), where you’ll rub elbows with police officers, politicos and other characters.
Legislation requires that at least 66 percent of Jekyll Island remain in its natural state. The island is part of Georgia’s park system, so there is a small fee for all cars ($5/day or $25/week). On the island’s east coast, where the beaches are, an ongoing revitalization project has added budget hotels and a 20-acre oceanfront park with picnic pavilions and wheelchair-friendly beach access points. New shopping and dining outlets are under construction, but old favorites like Blackbeard’s Restaurant (912-635-3522) offer hearty fare and spectacular ocean and sunset views.
The Intracoastal Waterway borders the island’s west coast. Dine waterfront in the Jekyll Island Marina at Sea Jay’s Waterfront Cafe & Pub (912-635-3200) and on the Jekyll Island Pier at sister restaurants Latitude 31 (dinner only) and the Rah Bar (912-635-3800), where live music plays three to four nights a week and oysters and shrimp are available by the pound.
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel (800-535-9547), at the heart of the island’s historic district, is a short walk from the pier. Built at the turn of the 20th century for vacationing millionaires, the club was described in a 1904 edition of Munsey’s Magazine as “the richest, most exclusive, most inaccessible club in the world.” After Georgia bought Jekyll Island in 1947, the club became a luxury hotel. Several of the surrounding millionaires’ “cottages” are now gift shops, restaurants, event facilities and atmospheric accommodations for small groups.
The resort can help you explore what life was like for the millionaires of the Gilded Age through a walking tour of the historic district. Learn how the Federal Reserve System was planned by a select group of bankers and politicians at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. See the island by bicycle or on horseback. Play croquet or sign up for a geocaching game for a treasure hunt around Jekyll. Also available: dolphin cruises, kayak tours or visits to nearby Cumberland or Sapelo island.
Four golf courses on the island’s interior use natural sand barriers, inland lakes and pine forests to create challenging links-style play. The best course for multigenerational groups is Pine Lakes, which has family friendly tee boxes and winds its way through prime bird-watching territory. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, a lazy river and waterslides beckon at the Summer Waves water park; the adjacent Tidelands Nature Center offers nature tours and watercraft rentals. Another prime attraction is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a rehabilitation, research and educational center that has special programs for kids.
Taste of Travel: Reigned in by the King and Prince Resort
By Charlene Peters /Wicked Local Marblehead
Posted Apr 19, 2011 @ 03:36 PM
Swampscott —All the hype leading to the royal marriage between Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales is likely to evoke the need for a bit of grandeur in your own life. So, if you’re in need of getting the royal treatment, there’s an affordable destination with a five-star golf course and staff that will treat you like crowned royalty — and you’ll be in surroundings fit for a king.
Lined with oak trees over 200 years old, it’s the Spanish moss that will grab your attention. Draped on limbs that “bough” down to greet you with southern hospitality, and streets dotted with blooming azaleas, roses and more floral landscape, St. Simons Island in Georgia spans 18 miles along a salt marsh that keeps sweet Georgia shrimp happily fed and spawning. Although peaches are what come to the minds of most when this low country Southern state is mentioned — on St. Simons Island, it’s all about shrimp. In fact, Georgia has the largest marshland in acres and is the largest producer of seafood on the eastern coast.
Shrimp with grits, peel ‘n’ eat boiled shrimp, fried shrimp — whatever y’all are in the mood for, you can get it at St. Simons. If you’re not sure how you want your shrimp prepared, or want to try other seafood tastes of the area, such as grouper or flounder, head to King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, a family-friendly, affordable spot on the island for the Friday night seafood buffet; you’ll be guaranteed to get your fill of seafood, as well as prime rib and an assortment of desserts, such as peach cobbler, of course.
Paula Murphy, sous chef at KP, knows her grits (acronym: “girls raised in the south”). Murphy advises seasoning grits as you cook them — don’t wait until they’re fully cooked or “they won’t work,” she says. Cooking lessons are part of KP’s offerings, held in spacious rooms with windows that overlook the sea. During high tide, the beach disappears and all you see is water (you’ll feel as if you’re on a cruise ship, but without the seasickness).
A walk, bike or Lighthouse Trolley ride off-resort will lead you to the Left Bank Art Gallery, where owner, Millie Huie Wilcox, upon request, will regale you with stories of her life, including her past fashion modeling career in New York City, as well as how she came to own an art gallery on St. Simons Island. The artwork, some of which features artists from France, hosts plenty of talented regional artists (my personal favorite: Jane Smithers of North Carolina). Following a fill of culture, be sure to take time to explore the fantastic shopping districts for women, and take a break at Palmer’s, the newest breakfast and lunch eatery, a must-stop for visitors who want to experience a taste of the south. Try the Southern poached eggs with collard greens accompanied by a ham and buttermilk biscuit topped with pot licker gravy, or Mary’s chicken salad sandwich with the hollowed Hoagie filled with ricotta cheese and sun dried tomato chicken salad. Hey, even the Texas-cut French toast stuffed with a strawberry cream will more than satisfy the ficklest of foodies.
Until you reign at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, here are a few shrimp recipes that will catapult you down south.
Shrimp and Grits
- recipes courtesy of King and Prince Resort
1 lb. shrimp (26-30 count)
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup julienned red pepper
1/2 cup julienned green pepper
1/2 cut julienned onion
8 beef bouillon cubes
1 quart water
Dash of salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
4 oz. Burgundy wine
Sauté onions, mushrooms and peppers in butter. Add wine and bring to a boil. Add salt and cayenne pepper, re1duce heat. Add shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beef bouillon cubes and mix well, add water and bring to a boil. Thicken with half cornstarch and half water mixture.
2 cups stone ground grits
1 quart chicken stock
1 quart milk
1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup water
Bring chicken stock and milk to boil. Add grits, cook for 5 minutes. Add cheese, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add butter, stir well and cook for 10 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8
Shrimp & Crab Seafood Lasagna
2 cups wild shrimp (preferably from Georgia), medium size, defrosted and dried off on paper towels (you can also use/add crab, scallops, etc.)
1 garlic clove, minced
3 scallions cut in 1/2-inch pieces (greens included)
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1-1/2 cups béchamel (when making sauce, use only 1 cup)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dry white wine
Few threads saffron
Cayenne pepper (optional, to taste)
3/4 cup Fontina, provolone and mozzarella cheese mix, shredded
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
8 lasagna sheets, cooked “al dente”
Salt and ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter, sauté the garlic until transparent — do not brown or burn. Add the shrimp and toss over high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add scallions and parsley, stir and continue cooking until shrimp lose their transparency. Remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare the béchamel using just 1 cup of milk as you will be adding the cream and white wine to it. When the béchamel is ready, stir in the cream, wine, saffron, cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Blend thoroughly and remove the sauce from the heat.
Spread about a third of the sauce over the bottom of an 8- by- 10-inch round pie pan. Sprinkle half the cheese mixture (Fontina/mozzarella) over the sauce. Scatter about half the shellfish evenly over the cheese. Cover with half the lasagna sheets. Repeat the layers finishing with the last sheets of lasagna. Cover with the remaining sauce and Parmesan and a few threads of saffron (and some ground pepper if you wish).
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown (keep an eye on it — you don’t want the top to burn). Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 4 to 6
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Patti Davis blogs about her travels to St. Simons Island in 4 parts on Anatomy of a Dinner Party. She has numerous pictures and wonderful descriptons. Here is part 1.
St. Simons Island – Mayberry By The Sea
Written by Patti on April 11th, 2011
Good Morning Darlings!
I would say that mine is a charmed life. That very fact was confirmed when I was invited to visit St. Simons Island for four days last week. In fact, it was so fantastic that I have deemed this to be St. Simons week on Anatomy of a Dinner Party!
Arriving after the five hour drive from Atlanta, I entered the lobby of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort to the heady aroma of chlorine. Now that might sound funny to some, but to me that is the smell of childhood, of a spa, of…..an indoor pool right in the lobby! Just one of four pools the resort boasts.
I dropped my luggage in the room (oceanfront!) and donned my Wellies (it was a blustery day) for a trip on the island trolley with my 17 journalist companions for the next four days. Destination – The Coast Guard Maritime Museum.
I loved hearing the history of this marvelous building and loved touring it even more. There are films to watch, quizzes to take and relics to pore over. Mr. Curt Smith was a wonderful host and guide and just knows everything about this treasure.
My room was so beautiful. Appointed in all navy blues and buttery yellow, it immediately soothed me. The king size bed was whispering to me, but it was time for dinner. And you all know, dinner is going to win every time!
In The Solarium, we were greeted again by our lovely host for the trip, Leigh Cort, Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales and Marketing and Michael Johnson, General Manager. You might think that one in charge of such a stately resort would put on airs, but no. Bud, Michael, Angela, Chris and everyone else associated with the property were the warmest most genuine folks I have ever met. It was my delight to visit with each of them personally during my trip. I promise if you treat yourself to a visit to The King and Prince they will treat you with the same hospitality I so enjoyed.
On to the food! Chef Paula whipped up shrimp and grits in a demonstration as we sipped wine and asked questions. It was also a great time for my fellow writers and I to get to know one another. What started out as 17 strangers, turned into 17 friends before we would leave on Saturday.
Paula answered all our questions, and we had many! The dining room was filled with the most incredible scent as our gracious servers brought around a chopped caprese salad on bread and more wine was poured.
Between the entree and the dessert, everyone got up to introduce themselves to the group and reveal their favorite travel destination. It was so much fun learning about my brand new friends.
I was at an advantage, having my friend and fellow Atlantan, Ava Roxanne, from My Skin Concierge on the trip with us. She answered a quiz about the resort and won a stay in the Tabby Cottage! We would later retire to her cottage with some bubbly and giggle the night away. But first, dessert.
And what a dessert it was! Oh my goodness. Promise me you will visit The King and Prince and order this. Peach cobbled topped with Praline Ice Cream. It will make you the happiest person on earth. Seriously. Have I ever lied to you? Of course not. Take a look.
Sheila Gaspers writes a second article about her St. Simons trip on her blog, Tango Diva. She writes about local eateries and activities on the island.
St. Simons Island Discoveries – Coastal Georgia
April 20th, 2011 by Sheila
My love affair with St. Simons Island, Georgia is renewed with each visit.
Living the island life is about exploration & experimentation.
Here are a few delightful ”Off the Beaten Path” Recommendations:
- Sandcastle Cafe & Grill - Local DIVE Extraordinaire for over 20 + years! You have hit the mother lode when you have opted for the breakfast buffet. I found myself drowning in ecstasy over a plate of biscuits and gravy…no easy task for a northern gal. Owners, Tim and Melissa Wellford take pride in serving up a hearty and wholesome meal for under $10.
- Palmer’s Village Cafe – a hip newcomer to the Island Dining Scene. Chef John Belechak, hailing from Tennessee’s jewel – The Inn at Blackberry Farm, brings his prestigious culinary experience and love of innovation to his new special seaside kitchen. Customers are treated to unique flavor combinations with every dish. Oversized whimsical and colorful paintings by island artist, Cathie Parmelee, brighten the walls and frame the open kitchen giving the eatery its artsy bistro ambience. The cafe is a hometown hit. You know it’s good when the locals are lining up on Mallery Street with visitors to partake in Palmer’s signature plates. The Hooch, a spicy cheese omelet dressed with fried onions and served with grits; Mary’s Chicken Salad Sandwich, a toasted hoagie filled with rich ricotta cheese and red pepper and Palmer’s rock’n Reuben Sandwich are notoriously popular! Expect a wait; the word on the street – “it doesn’t get any better than this”. Open for breakfast (served all day) and lunch with monthly themed dinners to be added to the mix by September. Reservations accepted for larger parties.
- Saltwater Cowboy – Good Down Home Island Grub…with a touch of the big city. Give me a great burger or serve up a juicy T-Bone steak, grilled tuna, low country boil …and, I am liv’n the St. Simons’ dream. Enjoy that extra cocktail, Saltwater Cowboy is just around the corner from the resort….so skip the car, relax and take carefree moonlit stroll back to your island sanctuary.
- Halyards - Fine Dining Far from Ordinary! Chef Owner, Dave Snyder excels in opening up his kitchen and the minds of guests to innovative cuisine that focuses on simple pleasures. His talent and generosity runneth over! Chef Snyder loves to share – his expertise, his recipes and his local finds. He seeks out only the best ingredients and harvests from the nearby coastal area whenever possible – local fish, shrimp and farm fresh products – to deliver an authentic regional dining experience. Halyard’s “Catch of the Day – Your Way” – Asian, Almondine or Nola/Cajun with a variety of sides – gives frequent diners a chance to mix it up and experiment. Or indulge in a mouth-watering favorite dish from the main menu – Almond Baked Trout, Braised Short Ribs, or opt for the Mustard Glazed Pork Chop. Whatever the entree, you will not be disappointed. But no meal would really be complete without a taste of Halyard’s Creamy Blue Crab Bisque; be forewarned, during the holidays faithful customers flock to the restaurant for carry out containers of the hearty homemade recipe – so it may be sold out! For a limited time, you can dine and save with Halyard’s fixed menu special - 3 for $33 -available most weeknights. Love Italian… then cross the courtyard to Tramici, Halyard’s sister restaurant next door. Expect the same great friendly service with casual Italian fare at affordable prices.
So much to see and do! You will need more than a weekend to enjoy all that the island has to offer!
My Top Picks
- The Coast Guard Maritime Museum and Lighthouse. You will not want to miss St. Simons’ native historian, Mr. Curt Smith’s engaging and enlightening personal tour.
- A Trolley Tour c/o St. Simons Lighthouse Trolley. If you are lucky, a colorful narration awaits by trolley owner and island ex-commissioner, Cap Fendig, a charming southern gent with stories that could fill a lifetime. On the weekends, Cap offers a wonderful 90 minute river tour exploring the inland waters around the island where playful Dolphins and Alligators are often spotted. Each tour is a special adventure.
- An Island Bike Ride – 11+ miles of incredible natural beauty. Ocean Motion Surf Shop, just one block the resort’s entrance, offers affordable flexible rentals.
- Shopping on Mallery Street in the Village. Fabulous Fashionista Finds!
- Dancing and Drinks at The Village Pub, a fun local watering hole. Good music and good people that make for a GREAT time!
- Shrimp Boat Experience on the Lady Jane. A perfect way to spend an afternoon! Learn about the shrimp industry firsthand and discover the wonders of the coastal eco-system brimming with sea life from onboard marine experts – horseshoe crabs, turtles, fish, squid, shrimp and more. A fantastic family outing!
- A visit to the Left Bank Art Gallery and an informal chat with owner and island icon, Millie Huie Wilcox. Relish every moment as Millie shares personal stories and intimate insights of the art and the island.
- A Chocolate or Cupcake Fix at St. Simons Sweets – a candy emporium of homemade treats, ice cream and confectionary delights. Sharon. the owner, tells me it is all about a special mother’s touch. Her mom, Mary often acts as quality control in the kitchen while baking away behind the scenes daily to deliver decadent and delicious memories. Mom’s specialty Orange Cupcakes are outrageous…be sure to snag a few for the road trip home.
- Soak in the Sunshine with a morning jog or walk on the beach then lounge with a good book poolside at the King and Prince Resort.
- Sleep In with the balcony doors wide open welcoming a cool ocean breeze and the hypnotic sonata of the surf.
It is hard resist the charm and beauty of the island.
Visitors always seem to find their way back…bringing extended family and friends in tow. And then, of course, there are those lucky few…who come to vacation…fall in love…and simply choose to never leave.
Whether for a day, a week or a lifetime, St. Simons will capture your heart!
For all your travel planning needs, visit the Brunswick-Golden Isles Tourism website or call 800-933-COAST.
Patricia King’s article describes the King and Prince in great detail from its accommodations and dining to the relaxing amenities.
Relax, Reconnect, and Rejuvenate at the King and Prince
Posted on April 12, 2011 by savvytraveling
The historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is the only luxury hotel on beautiful and charming St. Simons Island, GA, located 60 miles north of Jacksonville, FL; 65 miles south Savannah, GA. It is situated at the southeast end of St. Simons Island, where the island’s best beaches are. There’s so much going on at King and Prince that their activities merit a separate article.
Now in its 76th year, the King and Prince is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America.
On arrival, we were greeted at a hotel reception desk and shown to our room. The room was spacious and very well furnished with a comfortablesofa, coffee table, a work desk with two chairs, a big flat-screen TV, a DVD player, a room safe and a bed, of course. The bathroom was huge and the toiletries provided were beautifully presented in environmentally friendly packaging.
There was also a small balcony with two chairs and a table. This was very
comfortable both for snacking and for being able to use our computers outside. The resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout so this was very handy, as it enabled both of us to go online at the same time.
For those who don’t take their own computers everywhere with them, the resort also provides a business center where guests can go online using the resort’s computers, which are equipped with printers in case you need to print anything out.
During the check-in process we were given an attractive map of the resort to help us get oriented. As well as the guest accommodation, there are several public areas for guests to eat, drink, and play, or just sit quietly enjoying the superb views of the white sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.
There is an array of guest accommodations (including seasonal and special discounts) for every style and budget:
- Resort Guest Rooms: Located in the historic buildings with ocean, partial ocean or resort views, the resort’s most economically-priced guest rooms offer one king or two queen beds, yet offer the luxurious décor.
- Beach Villas and Guesthouses: These two- and three-bedroom villas offer a patio or balcony with either an ocean front or partial ocean view, combining living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen with place settings for eight. Both the North and South Villas include their own pools and separate gated parking areas.
- Resort Residences: The King and Prince presents these seven gracious Guest Homes, each with its own highly unique ambiance and features.
The resort has three swimming pools: A heated indoor pool and hot tub, and two outdoor pools.
The historic Delegal Dining Room, famed for its stunning stained glass window murals and ocean vistas, hosts the resort’s “Southern Charm Sunday Brunch” as well as the Legendary Friday Night Seafood Buffet and other holiday buffets.
The other restaurants:
- The Atrium Café Opens daily at 6:30 a.m., featuring Freshly Brewed Starbucks Premium Coffees, Tazo Teas, fresh fruit, pastries, juices and energy drinks. Allowour baristas to assist you in your wake up process each morning;
- The King’s Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers the only ocean front dining on St. Simons Island. Offering a delicious selection of fresh local delights, dine ocean side choosing from chef inspired soups, salads and sandwiches or try the signature Low Country Shrimp & Grits,
- Paradise Beach Bar and Grill Open daily at 11:00 a.m. March through October weather permitting. This is where island time truly begins and where food and fun become one. This is ocean front dining at its best. Enjoy an ultra-casual lunch with a wide variety of choices, as well as their signature cocktails like the King & Prince Lifesaver or the Confusion in Paradise.
The Royal Treatment
For those who like being pampered there is the award-winning Royal Treatment Cottage, which offers a wide variety of treatments. Most of the treatments are derived from traditional Eastern traditions dating back thousands of years and given a contemporary take. You can choose from the custom cottage, Swedish, therapeutic or sports-specific treatment, as well as reflexology and aromatherapy.
The setting is an historic beach cottage on the resort grounds just steps from the sands and seabreezes of the Atlantic. Here an intimate seaside retreat has been created where the utmost attention is given to experiences that soothe and treatments that rejuvenate.
The front porch with its comfy chaises invite you into the calming atmosphere inside where the casual warmth and refreshing decor of a quaint beach cottage are right at home with its indulgent and therapeutic elements. A fireside relaxation lounge, changing cabanas and quiet treatment rooms all ensure a tranquil experience. And while at The Royal Treatment Cottage for their treatments, guests enjoy the use of robes, sandles and totes for personal belongings. Complimentary bottled water is provided with juices and teas available.
As you can see, the resort has everything for those seeking tranquility and, as you’ll also see from my next articles about leisure activities and dining at the King and Prince, there’s lots to do. However, it’s worth a mention that the resort does not only cater to vacationers. You can also do business in this amazing environment.
There is more than 10, 000 sq. ft. of ocean front meeting, conference and function space, with premier catering, wedding, and special event services. The Sydney Lanier Ballroom can accommodate 70 to 350 people and offers teleconferencing, as well as state-of-the-art audio and video facilities.
Finally, it’s definitely worth mentioning the staff. The staff was truly excellent. They did everything they could to ensure the comfort of their guests, and I really couldn’t praise them highly enough.
I had spent four days at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, GA, fine dining at a fantastic hotel restaurants, touring the island and making new friends with the local residents I met in the village. My nights were spent in the newly renovated room cushioned in a king-sized bed in the resort’s Oceanfront Building featuring dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the resort’s pools and the Atlantic Ocean.
On this last day I sat alone on the steps leading to the beach on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. In the pre-dawn darkness, a cup of coffee in hand, I anxiously waited to greet the day.
The clear, starry sky had whispers of clouds. The air was absolutely silent, but filled with the salty smell of the sea. The deep purple night gradually gave way to shades of red. Day was at last beginning.
As the sun rose, the first sight was the arc of yellow shimmered on the ocean like an impressionist’s painting. Sea birds and people seemed to show up at the same time. I caught sight of baby dolphins coming up for air as they made their way out to sea with the ebbing tides. Flocks of geese made their way north in their famous v-formations. It was the perfect end to a perfect vacation.
All in all, if you’re planning a luxury holiday in the Georgia Sea Islands I suggest you look a bit further than the usual well-known haunts and give St. Simons a try. And if you do decide to visit St. Simons, then where better to stay than the King and Prince Resort?
In a Nutshell:
Direct: (912) 638-3631
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is located on historic St. Simons Island in Georgia and is easily accessible by either car or air. Island exits from I-95 are just 15 minutes from St. Simons. The Jacksonville International Airport is just 60 miles away and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is less than 70 miles away. Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is a quick 20-minute drive, with three incoming Delta Connection flights daily.
This article by Sheila Gaspers published on the Tango Diva Blog introuduces St. Simons Island and King and Prince with some history and description of the area. She then provides information on The King and Prince Resort and its amenities.
April 13th, 2011 by Sheila
Georgia welcomes thousands of visitors to its coast each year. The natural beauty and the rich history of its barrier islands, treasured living sanctuaries, are important to the Georgia Coast’s continued universal tourism appeal and year-round draw.
St. Simons Island is counted among Georgia’s four barrier islands that are accessible by car. This important distinction combined with St. Simons proximity to Historic Savannah, Atlanta and North Florida, has moved the island up the ranks to a top pick position as a preferred Southeast vacation destination.
Pristine family friendly beaches, miles of hiking and biking trails, unique shopping and unlimited dining options, combined with the region’s cultural, historical and natural assets keep visitors coming back for more.
Prior to World War II, the island’s tourism efforts suffered; St. Simons struggled to compete with the newly fashionable hot spots like Palm Beach. Moreover, the island culture was lacking – essentially too conservative to retain and attract visitors and new residents.
It was only when the island’s only private beach and dance club, changed hands and rose to new hospitality heights that positive change ensued. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort celebrating over 76 years of service this year, has been instrumental in shaping and defining the island experience. The resort has received countless awards. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and an active member of Historic Hotels of America, the resort is true to its rich historical roots. An illustrious past and a reputation for superior service, refined accommodations and savory cuisine have elevated the King and Prince Resort to a status well worthy of its title as ”the island’s most cherished retreat”.
Sweeping ocean views, spectacular sunsets, and quiet magical moments…are the norm at this beautiful seaside resort.
A welcomed change from the urban jungle, island life is slow and easy. Everything is within reach by bike or foot. Serenity reigns supreme. One learns quickly that all schedules adhere to island time.
The King & Prince Resort is committed to keeping guests happily engaged. Activities abound! There are five pools, a fitness center, jacuzzi, tennis courts and miles of oceanfront beach.
And, to the delight of many…there is Golf…and a Spa.
The newly renovated 18-hole PAR 72 Golf Course is located offsite just minutes away on the north end of the island. The King & Prince Golf Course at Hampton Club, designed by legendary architect Joe Lee is best known for its unparalleled scenic beauty – dramatic moss-draped oaks, vast salt marshes, lagoons and lakes that are woven throughout the green. The near $4 million facelift enhanced and expanded the course; a new irrigation system, a chipping green, fairway bunkers and a variety of quality grasses were among the upgrades. Avid Golfers can take a sneak peak by accessing the 3D animated fly-over tour online. Director of Sales, Bud St. Pierre is a huge fan of the new hi-tech tour – “It’s an in-depth virtual tour where one can see bridges, bunkers, shapes of the ponds, sprawling live oaks, expansive marsh views and more. It even includes a full course map, score card and vibrant photos.”
Resort Guest Rates start at $79 per person (includes green fees and half-cart)
The Spa, suitably named The Royal Treatment Cottage, operates out of a small converted 3 bedroom bungalow within the resort complex. Guests can enjoy massage treatments that span a variety of disciplines and techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Services are limited at this time so book ahead.
Location: St. Simons Island – Georgia Coast. Easy access from I-95 (exits 29, 36 or 39). Less than 70 miles from Jacksonville International Airport and the Savannah Airport.
Rooms & Rates: 195 Guest Rooms. Rates are Seasonal. Range: $119-$1000
Contact Reservations for Special Package Savings.
There is an impressive selection to please even the most discerning travel diva – from modern to historic, standard room to oversized suite, and ocean to resort views. The resort also offers a 2 or 3 bedroom villa complete with a full kitchen, spacious living area, patio and/or balcony, as well as, a private building pool and hot tub. For those who desire ultimate luxury and privacy, you can choose from one of six unique residences.
Visit the resort’s website for full descriptions and floorplans.
My top picks for the ultimate girlfriend getaway: (1) The Tabby House, a luxurious Mediterranean style retreat with wrap-around porches on two levels; (2) the Wesley Cottage, a quaint one-story/one bedroom beach bungalow with kitchen, living & dining room, pull out sleeper sofa, as well as, a private backyard surrounded by its very own white picket fence; (3) The Oleander Building’s Ocean View Room, offering quiet comfort with 2 queen beds and private balcony.
Standard In-Room Amenities: Telephone, Digital Clock, Hair Dryer, Coffee-Maker, Large Flat Screen TV, DVD/CD Player, Mini-fridge, quality bath toiletries, and complimentary Wi-Fi Access.
Restaurants & Bars: You don’t need to look beyond the resort grounds for the finest authentic Southern cuisine and the Georgia Coast’s freshest seafood. Think Wild Georgia Shrimp…and you are a goner from the moment you arrive!
From formal to casual settings, the resort offers some of the best dining on the island.
The Friday Night Seafood Buffet is legendary and should not be missed!
Hosted in a phenomenal historic setting, the resort’s oceanfront Delegal Room adorned with 11 stained glass window masterpieces depicting scenes of island history, this elaborate buffet dinner is an unforgettable sumptuous feast guaranteed to tantalize all your senses.
Do not dismay…satisfy those next day hunger pangs at the hotel’s Kings Tavern or outdoor Paradise Beach Bar & Grill.
Fresh, Healthy, Fresh and Delicious are on the menu 24/7!
The King and Prince Resort invites you to unwind in the sunshine and frolic in the ocean surf.
Relax, renew and revel in the simple pleasures of this Coastal Georgia gem.
Book your escape package today online or call: 800-342-0212
For all your Coastal Georgia travel planning needs, visit the Brunswick-Golden Isles Tourism website or call 800-933-COAST.
For “St. Simons Discovery” recommendations, please check my blog posts for insights – from fun outings to food – that will inspire and enhance your island adventure.
It is now March, which means Spring is here in the Golden Isles! King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort reopened its poolside Paradise Beach Bar & Grill last weekend. The seasonal bar and grill remains open through the summer and early fall and offers an ultra casual dining option that will enable you to set your body clock on island time.
Paradise opens daily at 11 AM. It serves lunch items and many types of drinks and cocktails. There is no better way to relax in the beautiful Georgia sun than laying by our pool and palm trees and sipping one of our delicious cocktails. Definitely try our signature King and Prince Lifesaver. It is delicious, especially paired with one of our burgers. Come as you are, relax and enjoy!
See our Paradise Menu here.