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King and Prince Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Friday, August 20th, 2010

On a recent visit to The King and Prince, Debi Lander tried the Shrimp and Grits dish in the King’s Tavern Restaurant.  Her review and recipe can be found here on her food blog.

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Restaurant Reviews, Recipes and Ramblings from Debi Lander

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shrimp & Grits

shrimp and grits recipe

Shrimp and Grits at The King and Prince

I’ve called Florida my home for 14 years but I’m not a G.R.I.T.- meaning  a ” girl raised in the South.”  Truth be told: I don’t even like grits. They feel grainy in my mouth,seriously– gritty is the right word.

However, while staying at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island in coastal Georgia, I attended an elegant dinner featuring Shrimp and Grits.  I’ve got to admit, the dish was sinfully luscious and I devoured it.

Chef Robyn Gomez Cooking Shrimp and Grits

Chef Robyn Gomez prepared the recipe in front of the guests and he changed my mind. Grits are worthy of royalty- at The King and Prince.

King and Prince Shrimp and Grits
Serves 6 to 8 people

Burgundy Gravy
2 ounces water
1 pound shrimp – 26-30 count
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup julienned green pepper
1/2 cup julienned onion
8 beef bouillon cubes
1 quart water
Dash of salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
4 ounces Burgundy wine

Sautee shrimp for Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Sauté onion, mushrooms, and peppers in butter.  Add wine and bring to boil.  Add salt and cayenne pepper, reduce heat.  Add shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add beef bouillon cubes and mix well, add water, and bring to boil.  Thicken with a 1/2 cornstarch and 1/2 water mixture.

Cheese Grits
2 cups stone ground grits
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese
1/4 cup water

Bring chicken stock and cream to boil.  Add grits, cook for 5 minutes. After grits cook, add the 1/4 cup of water.  Add

Shrimp and Grits

Simmer Shrimp and Grits

cheese, reduce hear, and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add butter, stir well and cook for 10 minutes.

“Seeing the USA, the alternative to foreign travel”

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Warren Resen’s travel article about the Southeast Georgia Coast and The King and Prince Resort.

Warren Ressen explores St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles of Georgia.  He writes about his visit at The King and Prince and tour of the island in the Observer News.

St. Simons Island, Georgia
By WARREN RESEN
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The horror stories of foreign travel never seem to end and yet we still have a desire to travel to other places. The question then is where can we go that is different and yet close to home where we can be in charge of our destiny?
In this case that means not depending on any type of transportation but our own. Well, here is a suggestion about a place different in most respects from a Florida experience yet easy to get to by car in less than a day.
Look north and east at the coast of SE Georgia. Even for Floridians used to the ocean, this is different. Georgia only has 100 miles of coast line, but what a 100 miles it is. It represents an environment unlike any found in most of Florida and yet many people don’t even know Georgia has an oceanfront.
Salt marshes are the most important geographical feature of coastal Georgia. It is estimated that Georgia’s marshes and tidal rivers cover over 700,000 acres, one-third of all marshes remaining on the US Atlantic coast. From the ocean, the coastline looks much the same as when the first Europeans saw this area in the 16th century except possibly for the lighthouses.

Sidney Lanier Bridge

Drive over the dramatic Sydney Lanier Bridge from the Georgia mainland to Brunswick and then cross the seemingly endless miles of coastal marsh to the Golden Isles, named for the brilliant golden color of the marsh grasses in the fall. The light and color change with the time of day and the swiftly flowing tidal waters. Time slows in this enchanted land.
When you see the sign that says, “Welcome to St. Simons Island,” your vacation has begun. Head east on the island’s main road. The foliage is lush and more northern than much of Florida’s tropical landscape. Branches from towering oak trees form a canopy over the roadway hiding the sky. Soon you arrive at the old commercial part of “downtown” St. Simons with its quaint shops and restaurants.
The island does not have the honky-tonk flavor of so many beach resorts. At the end of Mallory Street is the historic lighthouse and fishing pier. Get out of your car, stretch your legs and enjoy a meal at one of the local, non-chain restaurants before going on to your lodgings.
For your stay on this delightful island, there are many inns and hotels from which to choose but not as many as you might expect at a vacation destination. But then St. Simons is not just another beach resort. This is your special adventure, so why not stay at some place equally special?
Archeologists claim inhabitants lived in the area as far back as 13,000 years ago. In modern times the island has been inhabited by the French, Spanish and English, none of whom could have ever envisioned as lovely a lodging as the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. This is the oldest hotel on St. Simons and was originally built as a club and dance hall in 1935. It was THE place to go for entertainment and the first facility on the island with rooms for overnight guests.
After many rebirths and renovations, it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary

King and Prince Indoor Pool

and is still the place to come to for old fashioned, gracious, southern hospitality. But saying it is old fashioned does it a disservice.
Everything is modern. The hotel has been updated to the level expected by discerning patrons. Named for King George and his son Prince Frederick, the hotel is the epitome of old time Southern charm and hospitality. The huge daily breakfast buffet features many traditional foods.
Accommodations are not your usual cookie cutter rooms but charmingly decorated ocean front rooms, suites, guest houses and island villas. My ocean front room afforded me amazing views of both the sunrise and sunset.
The Georgia Coastal Bight, the westernmost part of the Atlantic Bight, is a gentle inland sweep in the Atlantic seaboard that produces the biggest tide variation on the east coast, generally averaging from 6 to 8 feet. Because of this, the beaches often play peek-a-boo; now you see it, now you don’t, depending on the tide. When the tide is out, the beaches are extensive. When the tide is in it’s time to enjoy some of the island’s other amenities unless you just want to take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor or indoor pools.

Christ Church

St. Simons is an outdoor enthusiast’s cornucopia for boating, fishing, swimming, bicycling and birding. Then there are the historical sites and a trip to Christ Church is a must. Or go “downtown” for shopping. But the highlight for golfers staying at the King and Prince is the renowned Joe Lee golf course. The course is as delightful and challenging to play as it is beautiful.
Golfer’s move between beautifully tended greens to a series of four signature holes situated on “hammocks” located in the famous Marshes of Glynn. The finishing holes are played through lush forests. Even if you are not a golfer, a tour of the course is a must.
Nearby can be just as good as foreign for travel, learning and fun. Getting there is easier and a lot cheaper than travelling abroad and the hassle factor drops way down. There is much to see and do in our United States, and Southeast Georgia and the Golden Isles is a good place to start.

“The Highwayman: Birdies and Eagles in The Marshes of Glynn”

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

John Plaisant visited The King and Prince in April and wrote his take on St. Simons Island and the King and Prince Golf Course.  His article can be found in the Daily Times.

The Highwayman: Birdies and eagles in The Marshes of Glynn

Published: Monday, June 21, 2010

Affable live oak, leaning low,

Thus — with your favor — soft, with a reverent hand,

(Not lightly touching your person, Lord of the land!)

Bending your beauty aside, with a step I stand

On the firm-packed sand,

Free

By a world of marsh that borders a world of sea.

— The Marshes of Glynn,

Sidney Lanier, 1842-1881

Second of two parts.

Sidney Lanier was a poet, musician and scholar, widely recognized as poet laureate of Georgia. And the Marshes of Glynn refer to coastal Glynn County, Georgia, which includes the port city of Brunswick and those barrier islands known as the “Golden Isles” — St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island.

The winding rivers, unspoiled beaches and vast marshlands of these islands were what Lanier loved and immortalized in “The Marshes of Glynn”, written three years before his death from tuberculosis, which he contracted while a POW during the Civil War. Today, in Brunswick the Sidney Lanier Bridge, a 21st-century suspension bridge spanning the South Brunswick River and the longest bridge in Georgia, is a gleaming sentinel standing watch over his beloved low country.

Although Georgia’s coastline is only a hundred miles long, its half-million acres of salt marshes (also known as tidal marshes) constitute nearly one-third of all the salt marshes on America’s Eastern Seaboard. Salt marshes are coastal wetlands, rich in marine life and plants which grow in protected areas behind barrier islands and in other low-energy areas. They often look like grasslands, as the marsh grasses change with the season with shades of green, gold and brown.

“In the fall, the marshes look like great waving fields of wheat,” noted local historian Mary Burdell.

Some of these enchanting Marshes of Glynn can be found at the northern tip of St. Simons Island, right in the middle of the King and Prince Golf Course, Home of The Hampton Club. In Georgia, where the ghost of Bobby Jones still walks the fairways, golf is more than just a game.

On the back nine, four “signature” holes are situated on “hammocks” — small islands located in the marshes. These beautiful golf holes —12 through 15 — are connected by more than 800 feet of picturesque, elevated wooden cart bridges. The finishing holes then wander through a lush forest of live oak trees. It’s one of those courses that golfers young and old dream about playing.

And it’s all practically brand new with cutting-edge technology.

Originally opened in 1989 and designed by the late Joe Lee, the course got a complete makeover in 2009 from architect Billy Fuller. It’s a restoration of the course’s original design but with the latest surface technology and strategic specifications to challenge both the scratch player and the weekend duffer.

The King and Prince utilizes different grasses for different purposes. All 18 greens have mini-verde, ultra dwarf Bermuda grass, with 60-inch green collars planted with Tifsport Bermuda. All 18 fairways have a new hybrid called Celebration Bermuda grass. All the traps are wrapped in Emerald Zoysia.

There’s also a 6,500-square foot mini-verde putting green, a 3,000-square foot mini-verde chipping green, and five target greens that have been added to the driving range.

“We’re the only course in our region with these types of grass, and our golfers are amazed at the fantastic course transformation,” declared Rick Mattox, the golf club’s general manager.

What most impressed me, however, is the course’s fairness. It is not a particularly long course — 6,462 yards from the back tees — and although challenging, the course is set up to reward the good shot. If you can “manage” your game, keep the ball in play, you can register a good score requisite to the level of your ability. Golf should be fun, and this course bears that in mind.

There are five playing distances for the par 72 course — Old Ironside, Live Oak, Dogwood, Magnolia and Azalea — but the 19th hole is always a relaxing seat on the clubhouse veranda in the shade of trees dripping with Spanish moss. Even a bad round looks pretty good from that vantage point.

If you want to see for yourself, go to www.kingandprince.com on the Web and check out the course’s virtual flyover. Using the latest technology, there’s a computer-generated 3-D animation of each individual hole. You’ve probably seen similar computer generations on television. Most recently, this technology was used on telecasts of the Masters Championship in April.

And the golf course is open to all. Members of The Hampton Club and guests of the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort are, of course, always welcome, but the course is also open to the public, which means that any island visitor or local resident can get a tee time, too.

Sinuous southward and sinuous northward the shimmering band

Of the sand-beach fastens the fringe of the marsh to the folds of the land.

There are 13 barrier islands lining Georgia’s 100-mile coastline, with Tybee Island at the north and Cumberland the farthest south. But St. Simons Island is the only one that was never privately owned. With its beautiful beaches, rustic rental cottages, lovely bed and breakfasts and wonderful hotels like the King and Prince, St. Simons has always been a favorite vacation destination for Georgians. Even for non-golfers. In fact, vacationers have been coming here since the 1880s, and when the Torras Causeway, connecting the island to the mainland, opened in 1924, tourism became the major player in the island’s economy.

The island stretches about 15 miles from north to south and actually has a year-round population of more than 15,000. In fact, there are two elementary schools on the island, although middle school and high school kids must be bused to the mainland.

The island has a little something for everyone, including a number of significant historical sites, fine dining and great shopping. There’s the friendly little village at the south end in the shadow of the island’s historic lighthouse, which is now the home of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society which operates a museum in the original lighthouse keeper’s residence. And over on East Beach, there’s the Maritime Center at the historic Coast Guard Station.

There’s also horseback riding, swimming, hiking, birding, kayaking, fishing, and cycling among the myriad selection of outdoor activities.

But this part of Georgia is golf country as much as any place in America. Augusta National, home of the Masters, is just 200 miles away. The home of the PGA, fabled TPC Sawgrass with its iconic island green, is only an hour to the south in Ponte Vedra, Fla., and golf mecca Hilton Head, S.C., is not much more than 90 minutes to the north. Just a bit farther north is the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area, perhaps the most popular golfing destination east of the Mississippi.

And the King and Prince isn’t the only golf course on St. Simons. There’s also the Retreat Golf Course, the Sea Island Golf Club, which opened in 1928, and the Sea Palms Golf Club. At the entrance to Sea Island Golf Club, you’ll find the fabulous “Avenue of the Live Oaks,” a breathtaking stretch of beautiful old live oak trees in perfect tandem, planted by Anna Page King, who grew up on what was once the Retreat Plantation. She married a Philadelphia lawyer named Thomas Butler King, who went on to become an important 19th century Georgia politician.

At the north end of the island, near the King and Prince Golf Course, is Fort Frederica National Monument, built by James Oglethorpe, a British general and founder of the colony of Georgia. He chose the site on St. Simons Island to defend the colony’s southern border against encroachment by the Spanish in Florida.

The first and only battle ever fought at Fort Frederica was in 1742, when British forces pushed back the Spanish once and for all, confirming Georgia’s place among the British colonies. And we all know how much those Brits love to play golf.

The Highwayman appears twice monthly in the Sunday Times. Comments and questions are welcome. E-mail The Highwayman at hwm4travel@comcast.net.

Way Stations

While visiting St. Simons Island, plan to have breakfast or lunch at the Sandcastle Cafe in the village, just up the street from the fishing pier. The Sandcastle has become a local legend of sorts, a feel-good story about Tim and Melissa Wellford. Down on his luck, Tim bought the little “hole-in-the-wall” establishment 21 years ago with a few hundred dollars, a promise and a dream. Tim and Melissa turned the cafe into the most popular breakfast spot on the island.

Today, locals arrive early for coffee and stay half the morning. Visitors come in for Tim’s fabulous breakfast buffet. Tim and Melissa enjoy schmoozing with the customers, treating strangers like old friends and family. It’s a fun and tasty experience.

For a casual dinner and some authentic Southern cooking, you might want to try Gnat’s Landing in Redfern Village, a shopping area just off Frederica Road near the island’s midpoint. There’s plenty of live music and good food presented by another of the island’s local entrepreneurial celebrities, “Boz” Bostock.

Upstairs at Gnat’s is Bubba Garcia’s Mexican Cantina — home of the $8,000 margarita. No, it doesn’t cost $8,000 … but it tastes like a million.

Georgia’s Golden Isle Gem

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Ed Stone recently visited St. simons Island and The King and Prince and wrote a wonderful article for his website GoGolfandTravel.com.  Enjoy his article below.

 

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Georgia’s Golden Isle Gem
Story and photos by: Ed Stone

The King and Prince Beach Resort

Guests arrive at the beautiful King and Prince Hotel & Golf Resort

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort located on St. Simons Island, Georgia is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2010 not with fireworks and marching bands, but with showcasing renovated quarters and public space. In addition, the former Hampton Club golf course is now named the King and Prince Golf Course and boasting some major renovations to a very challenging Joe Lee designed course. Since opening as a dance club in 1935, this Oceanside resort has become a premier destination for special occasions, family gatherings and conferences on Georgia’s Golden Isles coast.

The five-mile causeway leading to St. Simons Island helps to bring into focus the experiences you are about to enjoy. You certainly know you are on an island as you cross rivers, salt marshes and the Atlantic Ocean separating it from the mainland of Georgia. Live Oaks create canopied tunnels leading to The King and Prince Hotel. You pass by boutiques, one-of-a-kind fine restaurants and other specialty venues that comprise these types of resort areas. The island cleaves to interesting historical sites and attractions, i.e., Fort Frederica, the Battle of Bloody Marsh site, Christ Church and the St. Simons Lighthouse.

“The people enjoy our Southern hospitality,” said David Murray, the jovial doorman at the 195-room King and Prince. David certainly exemplifies the genuineness of this cultural warmth and kindness found in this part of the world.

Ocean view Guest Room

Luxury accommodations

Resort with indoor pool

The lobby and indoor pool

Georgia Oceanfront Accommodations

The Oceanside King and Prince Hotel

The King and Prince offers one of the Southeast’s most prestigious historic ocean front retreats with recreation for all ages and many kinds of water sports. Dining is taken seriously with offerings of both casual and formal in either the Delegal Dining Room, The King’s Tavern or Paradise Beach Bar & Grill. The resort also offers five pools to its guests.

History of the Resort:
Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn built a seaside dance club after being asked to leave the snobbish Cloister Hotel on Sea Island in the mid 1930’s for partaking of too much alcohol. This hotel is so named because of the stature and demeanor of these two men. Horn was tall and heavyset while Wynn was short and slender. When appearing together, their friends called them “the king and the prince.” According to newspaper clippings, the dance club burned to the ground twice between 1935 and 1939. In July 1941, the King and Prince Hotel’s main building opened to the public and was considered quite modern.

The King's Tavern

The King’s Tavern Dining Room, voted best ocean view restaurant in the Golden Isles of Georgia

During World War II, The King and Prince served as a Naval Coast Guard watching and training facility. In 1947, the property reopened to the public. The resort underwent some major building renovations and expansions in 1972 and 1983. In 1996, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort became a member of the Historic Hotels of America and in 2005, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meetings Information:
Awards have been presented and are well deserved for The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The prestigious Southern Living Magazine named The King and Prince as “Georgia’s Favorite Beach Resort.” Successful Meetings Magazine bestowed the Pinnacle Award three times representing a symbol of excellence among meeting planners and hoteliers. And, ConventionSouth voted the resort as winner of the Readers’ Choice Award.

Meeting and conference planners enjoy the flexibility of bringing groups to this beautiful setting and luxury resort.

Georgia Meeting Venue

One of five meeting rooms at The King and Prince Hotel

 With over 10,000 square feet of Oceanside function and pre-function space this makes for an ideal place to bring groups of 20 to 350 people. There are five meeting rooms with the largest having some 2880 square feet. Selection of space includes a beautiful ballroom, oceanfront dining rooms, a large oceanfront lawn area and poolside areas, the historic Solarium, oceanfront Retreat Room and Butler Boardroom.

Meeting and Conference Facilities and Features:

- 10,000 square feet of ocean-side function space
– Flexibility to accommodate from 20 to 350 attendees and guests
– Pre-function space in the resort’s dramatic atrium
– Ocean front lawn adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean
– Team of skilled meeting planning and support professionals
– Full catering service
– Comprehensive on-site convention and audio-visual services
– Activities for groups, spouses and as team-building events

 Georgia’s “Golden Isles” is made up of the upscale Sea Island, the State owned Jekyll Island and the little known St.

The King and Prince Resort Pools

One of the five swimming pools

 Simons Island and its county seat of Brunswick. In addition to these beautiful seashore islands, there are also Cumberland, Little Cumberland, Little St. Simons, St. Catherines, Wassaw and Tybee that skirt Georgia’s coastline. Georgia’s Wildlife Management Islands consists of Sapelo Island, Wolf Island Wilderness Area, and Ossabaw Island.

The King and Prince Golf Course:

Named the Hampton Club since it opened in 1988, the club was recently renamed the King and Prince Golf Club. The par 72, 6,462-yard, Joe Lee designed course is not only a very challenging layout but offers some unique features no longer found in golf layouts of this nature. For instance, the back nine holes of numbers 12, 13, 14 & 15 are carved out of the salt marshes. These were built prior to the EPA regulating the build of such in these marshes. “Never again will anyone be able to build a golf course in the marshes, like this one,” stated Rick Mattox, Golf Club Manager. All four holes have become the signature holes for the course…and, they deserve it! They are accessed by 800-feet of elevated cart bridges, adding to the uniqueness of the course.

King and Prince Golf Course

Rick Mattox Golf Club Manager

Recently, Billy Fuller from Atlanta worked with Rick and the King and Prince Management to renovate the course. Billy spent from 1980 to 1987 as golf course superintendent at the famous Augusta National Golf Club where the Masters is held each year. He did a splendid job of keeping the “Joe Lee Touch” and adding his own style. Several sand traps and bunkers were added or redesigned. Fuller also worked with the management in bringing to the King and Prince Golf Club the latest in grasses for this area and soil. Mattox speaks with pride, “We now have Mini Verde greens, Tif sport collars, Celebration tees, roughs and fairways – and our traps are wrapped in Emerald Zoysia. We’re the only course in our region with these types of grasses and our golfers are amazed at the fantastic course transformation.”

Golf Clubhouse on St Simons Island
The King & Prince Golf Course Clubhouse
Golf Course on St Simons Island

The 10th hole of the King & Prince Golf Course

A new cutting edge technology has been added to the resort’s website allowing you to view a 3-D graphic transporting viewer to each of 18 holes via a hole-by-hole flyover. “It’s an in-depth virtual tour where one can see bridges, bunkers, the shape of ponds, sprawling live oaks, expansive marsh views, lagoons and towering pines. It includes a full course map, scorecard and vibrant photos of the extraordinary beauty of one of coastal Georgia’s great courses. The flyover takes viewers to our golf course within seconds, giving them an amazing experience,” stated Bud St. Pierre, Director of Sales & Marketing for the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. (Click here to watch the flyover: www.kingandprince.com/golf.php)

When taking a stroll on the beach in front of The King and Prince Hotel, one would wonder what Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn would think of how much this special place has grown and expanded. It’s a long way from a dance club…designed just to get even with The Cloister for throwing them out over a few toddies. I suspect they would be very proud of having started a luxury resort that continues to carry their names after 75 years. Happy Anniversary to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

(Click here for more information on the features and amenities of The King and Prince Hotel & Golf Resort)

(Click here for more information on attractions and points of interest on St. Simons Island, Georgia)


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
Website: www.kingandprince.com
Phone: 912-638-3631
Reservations: 800-342-0212
Fax: 912-638-7699

“St. Simons Still Has It”- A Review from Tripadvisor.com

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I grew up coming to St. Simons Island every year. My family would stay at the K&P or at a condo next to the pier each year. However, the last 12 years we have been going to Destin for our American beach trips. Well, like many of us, that was canceled due to the oil spill. The K&P hotel was just as I remembered it. The pool area and pool food were great. The room was nice with the best views you find on SSI. The of the hotel is ideal.

The quaintness of the island and village were pleasant and relaxing. So different from the commercialized Destin, and Panama City strung up and down the pan-handle that I have grown accustomed too. You sacrifice the clear blue water but you get a better island and better shops and better eating. The waves were a nice change. You just have to get the tide schedule down. I enjoyed the tides b/c it gives you a view that is always changing.

Not the best place for spring breakers but a great place for couples and families.

-written by ramblinman79 from Winder,GA

To read more reviews of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort or to post reviews of your own, visit TripAdvisor.

Lisa Moretti writes about her visit to St. Simons Island and The King and Prince in TravelLady Magazine

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The King and Prince

When Everybody Knew Your Name
Stepping Back in Time on St. Simons Island, GA
by Lisa Moretti

Subheading: If you grew up in a sleepy beach community then you know – there was something charming about a slower pace and friendly wave. St. Simon’s Island, Georgia gives you the chance to turn back time.

Be Home Before the Street Lights Come On
There was nothing quite like warm weather days growing up. If you had a bike, you were gone! As a parent, your only worry was that you could convince your kids to come home or that they didn’t crash in the briar patch. Kids live in a smaller and smaller world today; most parents barely feel comfortable letting their children hang out in the front yard. But, if you want to give your kids the chance to feel the freedom you knew, it’s time to take a vacation to St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Even WWII Spies Couldn’t Ruin It
St. Simons is full of history of course, it’s part of the original colonies; but everywhere you turn history winks at you. The island has been occupied by the Native Americans, Spanish, French, English, even the Nazi’s tried to set up camp; everyone has left their mark whether in a name or a structure. A stroll through Christ Church’s cemetery is a testament to how many people came from near and far and suddenly (but not surprisingly) found the island felt like home. It’s true, German spies during WWII successfully landed on the islands after subs had sunk two Liberty line ships, but they couldn’t go through with their plans to betray the sleepy town.

Today, you can find ruins, artifacts (be sure to give them back), and a peek into days gone by as you explore the island. Out near the Hampton Club, the golf course that belongs to the King and Prince Resort, you can see old walls from an early mill. A visit to the Maritime Museum and Lighthouse offer insight into the changing landscape and beach of the island. A walk around the King and Prince Resort transports you to the days of the 1930s dance clubs, the impact of the war when the resort was a Naval Radar School, and a return to the safe feeling of a 1970s beach community.

Getting Lost But Finding You
St Simons is a small island, so before you grow concerned – it’s tough to actually get lost! Further, there are now wonderful bike trails all over the island that rival Eisenhower’s freeway system. As you are cruising along, be sure to check out those historical markers and take a turn down a street or two. You might find an old plantation or the First African Cemetery hidden down a side road.

There are sea turtles, shrimp, and a whole host of slimy sea creatures waiting to be discovered (if you have kids with you, take a trip out on the Lady Jane shrimp boat – their marine biologist will help pull in the nets and let people safely touch all the different kinds of waterway dwellers – gross out factor +10.) And have some shrimp right there at the landing at Spanky’s.

If you’re visiting kid-free, check out the newly rejuvenated course at the Hampton Club where you can golf surrounded by perfect vistas designed by Joe Lee with the latest course grasses that ensure a great golfing experience. Take in a spa treatment or two over the King and Prince. And at the very least, stop by the resort for a beverage, one of their famous oatmeal muffins, or Chef Robin Gomez’s life-changing shrimp and grits.

In fact, The King and Prince makes for a great homebase. They have a variety of room styles, cabanas, villas and multi-bedroom homes in a relaxed beach-side atmosphere sure to drop your blood pressure. Exploring St. Simons offers you the opportunity to see what makes you smile, try out something new, and enjoy old favorites. When you see something that tickles your fancy on St. Simons, check it out! Ask the residents questions, they’re all proud of their community and happy to share its history. Seize the day for adventure and discovery!

Turning Down the High-Maintenance Meter
Like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, time is slower and flip-flops are expected footwear on the island. Be a local and stop in for breakfast or lunch at the Sandcastle in the Village. Pop over to Redfern where you can stroll the curve, window shop, and try an $8,000 margarita at Bubba Garcia’s. Make sure to catch the sunset (and maybe a Green Flash) down at the pier. It’s all about taking life a little slower and having a little more faith in the people around you.

And, in case you’ve forgotten, when someone lets you in at a roundabout or even when you just pass by on the street – smile and wave…just like you used to when you were a kid.

Getting There: Fly into either Savannah/Hilton Head International or Jacksonville International. Savannah is north of St. Simons Island and Jacksonville is just south across the state line in Florida. Rent a car and expect a drive of about an hour. Bikes are available to rent once you get there.

St. Simons King and Prince Resort: www.kingandprince.com
St. Simons Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: www.explorestsimonsisland.com
Bubba Garcia’s: www.bubbagarcias.com
Lady Jane Shrimp Boat: www.credlesadventures.com

Photos by David A. Monroe – www.damimagist.com

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Beach Villas

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

You want to take your family on a beach vacation, but still desire that cozy feeling of being at home. The King and Prince Resort has gorgeous two and three bedroom villas that offer the luxury of an ocean front view and the relaxing feel of your own space.  Each two bedroom villa offers a master bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom, and a full bath for each bedroom, while our three bedroom villas offer an additional bedroom and bath. All of The King and Prince Villas provide a living and dining room combo to offer that relaxing space for family entertaining.  The villas also offer a fully equipped kitchen so you won’t be without your favorite home cooked meals. In addition to the resort amenities, each villa includes a washer and dryer as well.

Enjoy the ocean view on your private walk-out patio or balcony, and feel completely exclusive as The King and Prince offers a private pool, hot tub, gas grills and gated parking to beach villa guests.  View photos of The King and Prince Beach Villas and more information about your visit: http://www.kingandprince.com/accommodations/beach_villas.php

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The King and Prince Oceanfront Villas

The King and Prince Oceanfront Villas

Share Your Photos to Win a Stay

Monday, October 12th, 2009

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is having a photo contest for all of the fans of The King and Prince on Facebook.  During the entire month of October, fans can submit their favorite pictures from their stay at the resort and will have a chance to win a free two-night stay at The King and Prince. The resort offers so many photo opportunities with its breathtaking scenery and endless list of things to do on St. Simon’s Island that it may be hard to pick your favorite photos.

We want you to show-off the great times you’ve been having here at the resort and encourage you to become a fan on Facebook, participate in the contest, and upload as many pictures as you would like. It is a great way to share your unforgettable moments from The King and Prince and to win a free two-night stay.  Check out the photo contest page for more details!

Serving Aces at The King and Prince

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort may be known for its luxurious accommodations and gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean, but the available recreation and activities must not be overlooked. Some of the exciting activities include golfing at the world renowned King and Prince Golf Course, dolphin and sunset boat tours, and romantic horse rides along the beach. But, if you are looking to spend your leisure time playing tennis, then the resort’s Har-Tru tennis courts are where you need to be.

The Har-Tru tennis courts are complimentary for The King and Prince guests and feature a natural St. Simons Island backdrop, mild year-round weather, and a professional athlete on staff to help improve your stroke. Pride Evans is a seasoned tennis professional with over 25 years of teaching and instructional experience. He is a member of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association Hall of Fame and was voted the Georgia Director and Educator of the Year.  Pride offers lessons for private guests, groups, team coaching and getaways, and corporate outings. For more information on spending your day at the Har-Tru tennis courts, please visit our website.

A King and Prince Wedding

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort has earned a reputation as the setting for a magical and memorable wedding day. The oceanfront location makes for a perfect destination wedding and the exceptional staff and amenities provide the worry free extravagant event that every bride deserves. The beautiful St. Simons Island scenery combined with a gourmet menu is just the beginning of the most desirable wedding event.

If a ballroom with floor to ceiling drapes and gorgeous chandeliers is in your wedding plans, the Lanier Ballroom provides an enchanting location for you and your guests. Holding up to 300 friends and family members, the ballroom is an exquisite venue for the perfect wedding you desire.

If you plan on being indoors, outdoors, or both on your wedding day, The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is the most luxurious place to be on the most special day of your life.  For more information on spending your wedding day with The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, please visit http://www.kingandprince.com/weddings.php.