Archive for February, 2017

How to Make A White Russian Even Better- Our Bartender’s Award Winning Version

Monday, February 27th, 2017

White Russian Recipe
Meet Chad. And The Chad.

Chad is one of the many fantastic & creative people that you’ve probably seen behind the bar at ECHO. Recently, Chad created a crazy delicious cocktail that won the Inaugural Coastal Stir Cocktail Challenge at the St Simons Food + Spirits After Matth party this past December.

We didn’t really have a name for his concoction but we were super proud of him and his creation so we decided to name it The Chad. Besides, if nothing else we think it’ll be a conversation starter for anyone wondering about the name.

This award winning cocktail blends some of our favorite Winter ingredients including coffee, coffee infused Dixie Vodka that Chad infused himself (because why not?!?), Chocolate liqueor + more.

For details on how to infuse vodka, visit the full recipe here.

For more of our favorite food & cocktail recipes from ECHO, visit this page!


March 2017 Events in the Golden Isles

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Tom Sweeney Exhibit at Palm CoastTom Sweeney Exhibit at Palm Coast: Saturday, February 4th to Saturday, April 15th, 2017

All are cordially invited to visit local award winning photographer Tom Sweeney’s exhibit at the Palm Coast Café. The café is located at 318 Mallery Street in St. Simons Village. The show will begin Friday February 3rd and run until April 15th. The show consists of many Golden Isles scenes and locations. Among the photographs are two award winners shown below. The Driftwood Beach Sunrise was voted Best of Show in the 2016 Jekyll Art Festival. Tom enjoys capturing the feeling of the local scenes as well as the many colors depending on that days light. Enjoy.


Cannon's Point History ToursCannon’s Point History Tours: Friday, March 3rd, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on March 3. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit here to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.


First Friday in Historic Downtown BrunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: March 3rd, 2017

Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 – 8pm at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick.


The Island Players Presents Is He DeadThe Island Players Presents Is He Dead: Friday 3rd to Sunday 19th, March 2017

The Island Players presents a new comedy by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives “Is He Dead?”

Performances: March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30pm
Matinees: March 5, 12, 19 at 3:00pm

Adults: $20; College Students and Active Military: $10; Students (18 and under): $5

Tickets may be purchased at the theatre on the day of the performance, or on the website.

Director: David Butler; Producer: Richard Elichuk


Randy SiegelChrist Church Retreat Featuring Randy Siegel: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

In preparation for the Lenten Season, historic Christ Church will offer “En-ONE-Ment,” a day-long retreat, on Saturday, March 4th. The event is from 9:00am to 4:00pm, featuring Amazon best-selling author Randy Siegel. In this fast-paced, interactive workshop, participants will explore seven selves and three psycho-spiritual paths that help bring us into closer union with ourselves, others, the natural world, and the divine. Through dialog, journaling, group and individual exercises, participants will determine those paths most relevant to their lives now, as well as consider a personal spiritual practice to assist them on their journey. The cost is $25 which includes lunch and a copy of Randy Siegel’s book “In Search of The One.” For more information and to register, please call Christ Church at 912-638-8683.


Red Hot Rotary Chili CookoffRed Hot Rotary Chili Cookoff: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 – 11:30am to 2:00pm

A day of spicy fun for the entire family, Rotary of the Golden Isles, annual fundraising event with the best of the best competing for the title of Chili Master. Music will be provided by the Stringrays.

Tickets available in advance are $5 and $8 at the gate ($3 for ages 10 and under). Make sure to hold onto your spoon and dole out your tickets before the bell! Tickets can be purchased at Brogen’s North and South, GoFish, The Club, St. Simons Drug, The Brunswick News and Tipsy McSway’s. Neptune Park: 110 Mallery Street,  St. Simons Island, GA 31522


Georgia Elvis Festival 2017Georgia Elvis Festival: Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th, March 2017

The Georgia Elvis Festival will return to the Ritz Theater in Brunswick, GA in 2017 with two Las Vegas-Style Headline shows and a preliminary to the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.

The seaside community of Brunswick, Georgia is an ideal location to start the Elvis festival season. Stroll through the beautiful downtown and see all the storefront windows decorated with Elvis memorabilia. With outdoor events waterside in Mary Ross Park and Tribute Artists performing outside in Brunswick’s signature squares throughout the weekend, the Georgia Elvis Festival is packed with entertainment. There are a number of great restaurants downtown, all within walking distance to the theater, and with low hotel room rates, it’s one of the least expensive Elvis events to attend.

And once again we are proud to present the very best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world! Friday nights show stars 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and 2014 Georgia Elvis Festival Champion, David Lee. Saturday nights show stars Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and star of Elvis ’56, Cody Ray Slaughter. Last years Champion Di Light, Georgia Elvis Festival’s first non-professional winner Austin Irby and Brunswick favorite Travis Powell will also appear throughout the weekend.

So don’t miss a great Elvis weekend with your friends and family. Details here. The festival is produced by Sherry Management, LLC as part of the series of events, licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.



Cannon's Point History ToursCannon’s Point History Tours: Friday, March 10th, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on March 10. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.


Southern Grown Farmers MarketSouthern Grown Farmers Market: Saturday, March 11th, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

Enjoy live music as you visit local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods, and produce.

The Market at Sea Island: 351 Sea Island Road,  St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 912-634-3994



Moonrise Party at ECHOMoonrise Party at ECHO: Saturday 11th to Monday 13th, March 2017

Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. ECHO. 101 Downing Dr., St. Simons Island, GA 31522


Annual Spring Invitational Art ShowAnnual Spring Invitational Art Show: Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th, March 2017

Annual Spring Invitational Art & Craft Show Postell Market/Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. 912-230-1042

10:00 am to 5:00 pm both on Saturday and Sunday. Showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists!

christ_church_tour_of_homes64th Annual Christ Church Tour of Homes: Saturday March 18th, 2017 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Christ Church, Frederica and her sister parish, St Ignatius welcome you to beautiful St Simons and Sea Island for the Annual Tour of Homes hosted by the Episcopal Church Women. Your presence today enables us to reach out in tangible ways to the needs of our community. The proceeds of this Tour are dedicated to mission and outreach and we appreciate your presence and support.

TO TOUR SEA ISLAND HOMES YOU MUST PARK YOUR CAR AT GASCOIGNE TO CATCH THE SHUTTLE BUS. The last shuttle bus departure for Sea Island leaves Gascoigne Bluff at 3:00 p.m. to allow adequate time to tour these beautiful homes. We recommend that you allow a minimum of two hours to tour the Sea Island homes.

Tickets for the Tour of Homes may be purchased online (link below) or at one of the following outlets: Antiques, Etc., Christ Church, Cloister Collection, H&H Lifestyles, Jekyll Realty, Maggie’s Boutique, Ned Cash & Associates Jewelers, Roberta’s, St. Simons Drug Store, Tabby House, Viola’s Market.

For details about each stop, click here.



Jewish Food and Culture FestivalJewish Food and Culture Festival: Sunday, March 19th, 2017 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Historic Temple Beth Tefilloh, with the help of Tipsy McSway’s Restaurant, will hold its annual Jewish Food and Culture festival Sunday, March 19, 2016 from 12:00-4:00pm in the Jekyll Squares off Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick.

The entire community is invited to learn more about the Jewish culture by experiencing the music, ceremonies, and, in particular, the delicious traditional food.

Temple members will sell varieties of tasty foods and drinks. There will be activities for children, Israeli dancing and a raffle. Proceeds will go to the 125+ year old temple’s restoration and building fund.

Atlanta’s Marlatov Klezmer Trio, featuring Marla Feeney, will provide traditional Eastern European music during the festival. We look forward to seeing everyone at this fabulous fun event. 912-265-7575. Admission to the festival is free.

Dave BennettDave Bennett: Roots of Pop: Sunday, March 19th, 2017 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

One of the only artists saluting the Roots of Pop, Dave Bennett and his band covers music from the swing era and Rock-n-Roll to country, Elvis and the Beatles. A virtuoso clarinetist, Dave will wow the audience with this vocals, piano and guitar skills as well. Historic Ritz Theatre 1530 Newcastle St., Corner of F Street,  Brunswick, GA 31520 Phone: 912-262-6934


Wings Over the Golden Isles AirshowWings Over the Golden Isles Airshow: Friday 24th to Sunday 26th, March 2017

We are so excited having this opportunity of bringing an air show event to Brunswick’s Golden Isles, re-kindling fond memories of the former NAS Glynco base that was closed in 1974. JLC AirShow Management has assembled some of the world’s best performers, teams and special guests from across our great nation to participate in the inaugural 2017 Wings Over Golden Isles air show and Smoke-n-Thunder Concert Series.

It’s our pleasure to welcome to Brunswick our 2017 air show headliners — The “Royal Canadian Snowbirds” Jet Demonstration Squadron along with the Souther Rock Band “.38 Special” performing Saturday evening.

Performers: USN Blue Angels, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, USSOCOM Para- Commandos, Mike Wiskus- Lucas Oil Airshows, Bob Carlton & Vertigo Air Shows, Patty Wagstaff, Buck Roetman- Wild Horse Aviation, Jim Tobul F4U Corsair Demo, Scott Yoak P-51D Mustang Demo, Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Show, Sky Soldiers Cobra Demo, Ladies for Liberty, Michael Goulian Aerosports, Jerry Kerby Wild Blue Air Shows.

For more information, please visit: 706-291-0030

Golden Isles Community Band

Surf and Turf: The Music of Land and Sea: Friday, March 24th, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Golden Isles Community Band Presents Surf and Turf – The Music of Land and Sea
Friday, March 24, 2017. 7:00pm . Concert is free and open to the public.
Brunswick High Auditorium. 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520

One Hundred Miles Eco Tour

One Hundred Miles Eco Tour: Sunday, March 26th, 2017 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Grab your friend or family member and join us for a sunset paddle through our coast’s scenic “Marshes of Glynn.” Stretch your sea legs on kayaks or standup paddle boards.
Leaving from the SEA’s private Brunswick Boathouse Dock, they’ll explore the lovely 3 Dolphin Creek and the mysterious ‘Turtle Town’ at low tide while keeping an eye out for surfacing resident bottlenose dolphins and other native species.

Reserve your spot and buy tickets online today. Thank you for helping us protect our coast for generations to come!
$40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Trip is limited to 15 participants. 912-264-4111


Live Music at ECHOEnjoy Live Music at ECHO every weekend: visit the event calendar here for details.


Prime Rib Dinner St Simons IslandPrime Rib Dinner at ECHO: Every Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click here. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.

Bottomless Mimosas St Simons IslandSunday Brunch at ECHO:
 Every Sunday- 11: 30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.

Stephanie & Lee’s September Wedding on St Simons Island, GA

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We are excited to share photos from a recent destination wedding here on St. Simons Island that was absolutely breathtaking! Complete with a rehearsal dinner overlooking the ocean, strolling reception in the Delegal Room (and an amazing doughnut tower!), and a cocktail hour on the oceanfront lawn, they gave their guests a night filled with good food, fun, and beautiful views. Check out their wedding photos below (thanks to Chris Moncus Photography for capturing all these amazing moments)!

Ceremony: St. William Catholic Church
Reception & Catering: King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Event Designer, Coordiantor & Flowers: Cocktails & Details
Photographer: Chris Moncus Photography
DJ: Island Sound
Hair & Makeup: Fantasy Hair & Makeup
Cakes: Publix

Rehearsal Dinner at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St Simons Island, GA
Rehearsal Dinner catering by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
The Bride & Groom’s First Look on the lawn at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
The strolling reception in the Delegal Room included cocktail hour on the Lawn


Oceanfront wedding photos and celebrations on St Simons Island, GA
Oceanfront wedding reception in the Delegal Room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort


How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy When Traveling

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Traveling with your dog

Photo by TessDeGroot


We are proud to be a pet-friendly resort and want to make traveling with your pets as easy as possible. To help you ease your furry loved ones into travel, we’re sharing these tips from veterinarian, Janice Miller:

If you have a pet, chances are you think of them as a member of the family. So, when it comes time to hit the road for a family vacation, you’re probably reluctant to leave your pet behind. While traveling with a pet does require that you take a few extra precautions, it can certainly be done successfully and will allow you to keep the whole family together on your vacay. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:

Prep your pet for life on the road. If your pet isn’t a seasoned traveler, you’ll want to introduce the experiences they’ll have while traveling to them prior to your departure. For example, if they haven’t spent a lot of time in their carrier, help them get used to it by spending some time in it each day, increasing the increments of time with each test run. If your pet seems anxious in the car, take short driving trips with them–perhaps to the dog park and back–so that they can acclimate to riding in the car.

Consider what form of travel works best for your pet. Is your pet small enough to ride in the cabin of the plane? Are they ok with being in their carrier for long periods of time? If your answers to both of these questions are “yes,” then air travel could be an option for getting you and your family to your destination.

If your dog is too large to fly in the cabin of the plane, then you should drive. Flying in the cargo section can be very uncomfortable and possibly traumatizing for your pooch. And, of course, you may find when assessing travel options that it is best to leave your pet at home. If your dog is elderly, was recently ill, or is prone to anxiety, leaving them in the care of a trusted friend or neighbor may be the best option as that way your pet can stay in the comfort of their own home, and you’ll have someone looking after your house as well. You can always ask your sitter to send frequent updates so that you know your pooch is happy and well taken care of.

Avoid giving your pooch people food. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, you’ll want to be sure to bring along food and water for your pet. It’s recommended that you feed your dog four hours prior to your flight. Avoid giving your pet any treats in the form of people food before or during your travel. Introducing unfamiliar foods could lead to an upset stomach and make your pet uncomfortable while traveling. And while you’re at airports or rest stops, keep a close eye on them and make sure they don’t chow down on something they find on the floor or ground.

Make time for exercise. The best way for you to ensure your pet stays calm during your travel time is to give them an opportunity to run out their energy whenever possible before, during, and after your trip. Be sure your pet gets plenty of exercise in the days leading up to your big trip. If you stop at a rest stop, spend a little extra time there so that your pet can run and play before getting back in the car. If you’re flying, know that many airports now offer pet relief areas. Though you may have to go back through security in order to use them, they do offer an opportunity to let your pet stretch their legs a bit if you have a layover or prior to getting in a car to get to your final destination.

Especially for first-timers, the idea of traveling with a pet can be intimidating. But when you take the right steps before and during your trip, you can ensure you and your pet get to your destination feeling happy and healthy.

This blog was written by Janice Miller* of Safety Today.

*Janice Miller is a veterinarian, and the founder of the Franklin Animal Rescue Society. She advocates on educating people on home and community safety.