As the temperatures get lower and the air gets a little crisper, the feeling of fall on St Simons is here! With so many things to do and such pleasant weather, our ideal fall weekend in the Golden Isles looks like this:
Afternoon: Take a welcome walk on the beach and enjoy cocktails + an appetizer at ECHO. The cheese plate is everyone’s favorite and can be ordered to go for an impromptu beach picnic.
Evening: Freshen up for dinner and head to Fiddler’s 410 Arnold down the road to enjoy a popular new restaurant with a unique marsh view. Bonus points because if you’re tired of being in the car, you can just walk the few blocks down Arnold Rd.
Insider Tip: Social distancing has limited seating around the Island so be sure to make reservations wherever possible. Reservations aren’t available at Fiddler’s, but they are at several other island eateries.
Morning: Coffee and provisions from ECHO so we can start our adventure early. Rent bikes from Ocean Motion to pedal around like a local. Swing by the historical site, Bloody Marsh, then head to the old Coast Guard station to tour the WWII Home Front Museum.
Alternate morning for a golfer: Definitely start at the King and Prince Golf Course. If you even think you like golf, then you most certainly need to play our Back 9 to see its legendary marsh views for yourself. The course is located on the north end of St. Simons and the bellmen run a shuttle service for guests; just mention it at check-in.
Midday: Trek over to Frosty’s Griddle & Shake for some classic diner vibes and delicious eats. We recommend being in the mood for ice cream. Afterward, it’s time to make your way down Mallery to peruse the village before hitting the lighthouse.
Insider Tip: Keep your eyes open for Tree Spirits at all times, especially if you’re at Frosty’s and near the Golden Isles Visitor Center (Yes, that is definitely a tip of where to look). It’s our Island’s version of a scavenger hunt and you won’t find it anywhere else!
Insider Tip: Be sure to go to the Pier while in the Pier Village. You’ll want to get your photo with the Golden Ray ship in the background since removal will begin soon.
Evening: Depending on how far you want to travel, it’s time to hop in the car, on the bikes, or grab a ride to Georgia Sea Grill for dinner. A classic Island favorite where you can never go wrong with Chef Tim Lensch in the kitchen and Zack Gowen running it all. Prefer walking distance? That’s easy too since Crab Daddy’s, Barrier Island Brewing, and Beachcomber BBQ are all just around the corner.
Morning: Since we sit directly on the East Coast, we always recommend waking up for sunrise at least once. Afterward, there’s plenty of time for gathering your things. After checking out, leave your bags with the bellmen and head over to ECHO for Sunday Brunch. No sense driving with an empty stomach, and the rotating brunch menu is sure to have several options for anyone.
Insider Tip: stay Sunday night and enjoy the bottomless mimosas or endless Bloody Marys available. Then you’ll have plenty of time for casual strolls down the beach. Since October is looking like it may be a bit warmer this year, make the whole day a beach day!
Dining alternatives to any of the above suggestions include, but aren’t limited to, the following. With so many delicious places to dine, you’d have to visit for a week, at least twice, to be remotely close to hitting them all. In fact, we recommend doing just that if you can because there are a lot of calories on this Island that are worth it!
We’ve added some photos below of the things mentioned in this blog. If you’re looking for more, you can always check out our New on SSI Blog (which we update regularly), learn more about Unique Activities, or find all of our Fall Activities in one place. For more comprehensive lists of the area’s activities, you can always visit the activity page on our website here.
Tags: ECHO Restaurant, Lighthouse Museum, Pier Village, St. Simons Island Golf, St. Simons Island Restaurant, St. Simons Island Tree Spirits, St. Simons Island Weekend Itinerary, Sunday Brunch St. Simons Island, World War II Home Front Museum