A vacation means different things to different people. Some folks relax by taking on new sports, immersing themselves in foreign cultures or learning the history of exotic new destinations. For others, nothing relaxes like the comfort of the familiar. They dream of baking in the sun poolside with nothing on the “to do” list but applying sunscreen. Perhaps the only thing that’s universal about every vacation is that it should be an escape from the everyday routine, an experience that recharges one’s batteries. To help rate destinations on such a scale, I’ve developed something I call the “Rx” factor, for the power to help a vacationer relax. It’s my personal scale for rating the relaxation quotient of a vacation destination – a place’s power to meet a vacationer’s needs.
One of my favorite spots, hands down, is St. Simons Island, Georgia. This quaint island is part of the “Golden Isles” of the Georgia Coast,
where every visitor can feel instantly part of a time-honored summer tradition. And its “Rx” factor is through the roof, with these key ingredients making St. Simon’s a perfect place to relax.
A Slower, Timeless Pace
Nobody is in much of a hurry on St. Simons. At top island spots like the King and Prince Resort, for instance, the front desk staff works efficiently. But they’ll also take the time to suggest a favorite spot to watch the sunset. The entire island has a rhythm of its own, a pace that instantly eases the tension out of work-weary shoulders and connects mind and spirit with the gentle sounds of the ocean. It’s just as perfect for bike riding as it is for strolling. Bring or rent bikes and see for yourself.
By and large, this is a place you and your kids can walk the streets after dark in complete confidence. Like all vacation spots, it’s important to keep your valuables secured. But this is a pedestrian-friendly island, with plenty of foot traffic along the streets and beside the waterfront in the charming downtown area. A dose of common sense will keep you out of trouble and enjoying your vacation.
Pleasant, Colorful Locals
Shopkeepers, waitresses and locals can make or break a vacation town. St. Simons Island has plenty of townspeople who can jawbone for hours and sincerely welcome newcomers to the wonderful place they call home. They’ve got opinions and they don’t mind sharing. If you want an idea about anything from a great spot to fish to the best place to impress a date, you’re sure to find an answer.
Nourishment for the Soul
For our family, great food at the beach is a non-negotiable. St. Simons doesn’t disappoint. Charming local haunts like Iguana’s serve fresh-from-the-surf seafood. Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria offers a bit of New York, with delectable pizza, sandwiches, salads and Italian specialties all made with care and served in a bustling Little Italy atmosphere with colorful commentary by Sal, a former boxing wunderkind. And for a special treat, the King’s Tavern restaurant at the celebrated King and Prince Resort presents fresh catch of the day seafood dishes that you’ll remember long after you’ve shaken the sand out of your shoes back home.
See how close you can get to a perfect vacation Rx! Contact www.kingandprince.com to make arrangements.