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Your Ultimate 3 Day Itinerary for St. Simons Island

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

There’s so much to pack in your itinerary for St. Simons Island! Whether the temperatures are lower and the air crisper or the sun is shining in the full glory of summer, there is fun to be had around every turn. Keep reading to see some of our top picks on how to spend your days (+ nights) on island time.

3-Day Itinerary for St. Simons Island


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.

Insider Tip: if you plan to do the WWII Museum and the St. Simons Lighthouse while visiting ~we recommend you do~ be sure to get the combined ticket for a little extra discount.

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’sBarrier 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!

Island Dining Recommendations

No itinerary for St. Simons Island is complete without visiting the local eateries. 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 ideas for your perfect itinerary for St. Simons Island you can always check out our New on SSI Blog (which we update regularly), learn more about Unique Activities, or find all of our activities in one place. For more comprehensive lists of the area’s activities, you can always visit the activity page on our website here.


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3 Day Itinerary for St. Simons Island

World War II Home Front Museum Opens on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

December 2018 marked a monumental time for St. Simons Island with the opening of the World War II Home Front Museum. For four years, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society diligently worked to collect local accounts and artifacts to showcase amongst their interactive exhibits. The men and women of this time were the greatest of generations, changing history and even the world, but what many don’t realize, is how much U-boat activity was right off our coast and just how close to home World War II actually was to the United States.

The following excerpts from the Society’s website detail how the Golden Isles played their part:

In 1940, as war-ravaged America’s allies, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called our nation the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Following Pearl Harbor, the Golden Isles became an important component of that arsenal and contributed profoundly to the war effort. The Society’s new World War II Home Front Museum at the Historic Coast Guard Station will tell the multi-faceted story of bold initiatives to protect our coast from German submarines, train fighter pilots, build Liberty Ships to supply troops overseas, and much more. State-of-the-art exhibits will provide authentic and meaningful activities for visitors of all ages to engage in, as they learn about this critical period in our nation’s history.

The Home Front Museum will preserve for future generations the truly inspiring story of Coastal Georgia’s profound contribution to the World War II effort. Detailing Glynn County’s extraordinary role during the war, the new museum will be the only permanent, standalone museum in the entire country relating to the World War II home front story. Remarkably, Glynn County was the only county nationwide to operate three critical strategic facilities – a Liberty shipyard, an airship base, and naval radar training facilities.

In 2016, the Society appointed Gallagher & Associates, a renowned museum design firm and lead exhibit designer at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, to develop the concepts and layouts for the museum. Divided into six themes, the exhibits will be housed in the two historic buildings on the site. Outdoor displays will add another dimension to the overall visitor experience. Throughout, personal stories will be told using interviews, artifacts, documents, and photographs from the Society’s collection.

We had the honor of attending the private opening ceremonies on December 8, 2018.  As one of the most humbling opportunities, it was moving to be able to share the museum with the veterans and family members in attendance.

World War II Home Front Museum Opening Ceremonies
Opening ceremonies for the Home Front Museum
Radar Room Exhibit
Seth Burgess, in the Radar Room exhibit, was stationed at The King and Prince Resort when it was being used as a radar training facility.
Liberty Ships
Mimi Rogers of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Ida Mae, a former Liberty Ship worker, broke a bottle on the flagpole commemorating the bottles broken on the Liberty Ships before setting sail.
Blimp Display at the World War II Home Front Museum
The blimp display at the World War II Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island, GA.
Inside the World War II Home Front Museum
Inside the World War II Home Front Museum on St. Simons Island, GA.
Mr. Bill Brown
Mr. Bill Brown, helped by family, watches + listens to his interview in the exhibit.
Mark Daniel
Mark Daniel shares with others after seeing the stories recounted by his mother + grandfather.
Thea Jarvis
Thea Jarvis poses proudly next to memorabilia that belonged to her father.

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The Home Front Museum Timeline of Events
The Home Front Museum timeline of events leading to War World II also incorporates specific events happening locally in the Golden Isles.

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Museum tours are now opened to the public, and tickets can be purchased here (don’t miss the joint ticket options to tour the Lighthouse and the Home Front Museum).

In addition to touring the museum, we encourage you to also read Bob Bales’ article World War II Home Front Museum and the Role Coastal Georgia Played in the War for a more detailed account of the War activity in the area.

November 2016 Events in the Golden Isles

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Prime Rib Dinner

Prime 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.
Sunday Brunch St. Simons Island

Sunday 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.

Georgia Artists with DisAbilitiesGeorgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit in the Ritz Theatre Gallery: 
October 1st to November 23rd, 2016

The Georgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit features 49 entries that include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, textiles and other mediums. The eight-city tour is kicking off in Brunswick this year and will travel the state though July 2017. Local artist Risa Rambo of St. Simons Island received an Honorable Mention and her “Smocked Dress” will be on display. “There is something very special about this exhibit,” says Heather. “The artwork is phenomenal – I think I have bought a piece of art every time we have had the exhibit at the Ritz. And this year, we are the first stop on the tour – more to choose from! I encourage everyone to come see the work for themselves.”

Stop by the Historic Ritz Theatre on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and celebrate with Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. The exhibit will be up through November 23rd, so patrons can visit the gallery during its regular hours Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information visit or call 912-262-6934.
Glenn Visual Arts - 100 YearsGlynn Visual Arts Presents “100 Art Works Celebrating 100 Years”: October 10th to November 21st, 2016

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present a new art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary/centennial of our National Parks Service. GVA has partnered with Fort Frederica and will be presenting over 100 works by local artists celebrating the beauty, history and uniqueness of our own National Park, Fort Frederica. The exhibition will include art work in various mediums including painting, pottery, photography and more. It runs from October 10th – November 21st at both GVA galleries, 106 Island Drive (main) and in the Welcome/Visitors Center at 529 Beachview Drive. All art work will be for sale through Glynn Visual Arts. The opening reception will take place at GVA’s main facility at 106 Island Drive on Thursday, October 13th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Red Fox Oil PaintingArtTrends Gallery Presents “Colors of Life”: October 10th to November 26th, 2016

Award winning artist, Carol Jo Smidt, is pleased to be presenting her artwork series “Colors of Life” at the ArtTrends Gallery. Carol’s paintings are representative of ordinary subjects through the use of extraordinary colors. She lives and creates her art in Woodbine, Georgia. She has been drawing since the age of 4 when her favorite subjects were horses. Carol also attended the St Paul School of Art, graduated from Iowa State University, and attended graduate school at Savannah College of Art and Design.

ArtTrends is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 912-268-4761
First Friday in BrunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: November 4th, 2016

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Golden Isles Live - Alina KiryayevaGolden Isles Live! Presents: Alina Kiryayeva: November 4th, 2016

Golden Isles Live! Presents Alina Kiryayeva live in concert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.

Moving Pictures – Music Program
Connects with Every Age Audience

Professional concert pianist and chamber musician, Alina is globally renowned for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound. She has won numerous awards and has been honored by the Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk with the State Award for Achievement in Arts. Brilliant light-classical music.

Adult: $35 per ticket; Student/Child: $10 per ticket

1001 Mansfield St, Brunswick, GA 31520
Brunswick StewbileeAnnual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee: November 5th, 2016

Update: The Stewbilee has been rescheduled from Saturday, October 22 to Saturday, November 5. Any tickets purchased prior to the reschedule are still valid.

Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The day long event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event.

The motorcycle ride will begin at 9:00 a.m.
The pooch parade will begin at 10:15 a.m.
The Brunswick Stew tasting will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The car show will also take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

St. Simons Island Antique ShowSt. Simons Island Antique Show: November 5th to 6th, 2016

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.

Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, Ga.

In the historic Pier Village area. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING!

St. Simons LighthouseCommunity Day: November 5th, 2016

On Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Coastal Georgia Historical Society will host its 2nd annual Community Day event. We will open our lighthouse museum free of charge and offer tours, educational crafts and activities for children and families, historic lawn games, and presentations by interpreters from Fort King George and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. Thank you to Zach Powell, DMD, of the Dentistry in Redfern for sponsoring this year’s event. For more information, contact Sandy Jensen at 912-634-7093 or email

Rhythm on the RiverNovember Rhythm on the River: November 6th, 2016

Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. This week’s event features: TBA

Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage.
Admission: FREE!

Cabaret Screening St. Simons IslandCinema Gourmet Presents Cabaret: November 10th, 2016

Enjoy a screening of Cabaret preceded by a tasting of delicious food from Chef Kate and Indigo Coastal Shanty and an insightful talk about what makes the film a “must see.”

Academy Award winning musical drama tells the story of a female club entertainer in 1930’s Berlin who romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Starring Liza Minelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and directed by Bob Fossee. 1972. Rated PG, 2hrs 4 min.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Ritz Theatre Tues-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 912-262-6934.

Tickets for Cinema Gourmet are $18/person for tasting, talk and film. Reservations must be made the Monday prior to the screening.

Tickets for talk & film are only $5/person and are available at the door the night of the screening.

Southern Grown Farmers MarketThe Farmers Market at Sea Island: November 12th & 26th, 2016

Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m/ and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

Southern Grown Food, Drink and Music Festival is held annually at Sea Island and celebrates all things southern. For more information, please visit
Moxie Craft FestMoxie Craft Fest: November 12th, 2016

Moxie Craft Fest is a group of makers committed to bringing a fresh, eclectic vibe to the Golden Isles through handmade goods crafted by local artisans. Come shop unique, hip, local vendors in a fun setting from 10:00am to 5:00pm! There is no other craft market in the area quite like us! Come enjoy the day searching for fun holiday gifts and grab a bite from one of our awesome food vendors! Look for the turquoise balloons! 704-675-6097

ECHO Restaurant - Moonrise Oceanfront eventMoonrise Oceanfront at ECHO: November 13th to 15th, 2016

Make plans to appreciate Month 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. 912-268-5967

RSM Classic LogoThe RSM Classic 2016: November 14th to 20th, 2016

The 2016 event is scheduled for November 14-20 at Sea Island Golf Club on the par 70 – 7,055 yard Seaside course that TOUR players ranked as their 15th favorite course to play. In just its first five years, The RSM Classic has raised more than 4.8 million dollars for children and family charities. New last year, the tournament will now also be played on the Plantation course in addition to Seaside, due to the larger field of golfers.

Visit the website here for more information.

The RSM Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course and the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation which was established by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. 912-634-3266

Meet the RSM ProsMeet the RSM Pros: November 15th, 2016

It’s coming up for a sixth straight year – St. Simons Island Rotary partners with the RSM Classic to host their Meet the RSM Pros event during tournament week – November 14th to 20th, 2016.

This year, the St. Simons Rotary Club sponsored Meet the RSM Pros event will be held on Tuesday, November 15th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Retreat Clubhouse at Island Club on St. Simons Island, GA.

This popular event features an upscale cocktail party theme, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a lively silent auction, and the highlight – up close and personal interviews with three of the RSM Classic’s top PGA pro golfers facilitated by guest interviewer, Rich Styles host of the ESPN Radio Golf Talk Show – The Back Nine Boys! New this year, a well-known golf agent will join the interview giving unique insight into the life and challenges of a PGA pro Golfer. Guests get to enjoy a great evening including cocktail reception to meet and greet and rub elbows with RSM Classic PGA Golf Pros, all to support children’s charities in the Golden Isles.

Official sponsors of the Meet the RSM Pros event are Platinum Sponsor – Nalley Auto Brunswick, Gold Sponsor– Marsh’s Edge, and Bronze Sponsors – Sea Palms Coastal Realty, International Auto Processing, Inc. & McGinty Gordon

The RSM Classic is an official PGA Tournament event on St. Simons Island now in its 6th year. The tournament is internationally broadcasted to 200 countries for 28 hours of broadcasting November 17-20, 2016. Over 150 top PGA golfers will participate in the event. All proceeds from Meet the RSM Pros event benefit children’s charities in the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Tickets are $65 per person and include (1) complimentary Any-Day-Pass ($30 value) to the RSM Classis (Nov 14 -20). Tickets to Meet the RSM Pros may be purchased online at Tickets also available at the door at the Retreat Ballroom at Island Club, the night of the event. For more information contact event chair Jennifer Broadus at 912-230-4080 or

100 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Musical History of EnglandThe British Are Coming: Celebrating the Musical History of England: November 17th, 2016

Golden Isles Community Band Presents: The British are Coming- Celebrating the Musical History of England
Thursday, Nov 17th, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Brunswick High Auditorium; 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520
Program will include: Crown Imperial, First Suite in E-Flat, Knightsbridge March, English Folk Song Suite, Led Zeppelin on Tour, Shepherd’s Hey
Cannon's Point Preserve


Cannon’s Point History Tours: November 18th, 2016

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 November 18 and December 2. 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.
Museum Store Holiday SaleMuseum Store Holiday Open House: November 19th, 2016

Bring your shopping list and join us for a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 19! Our holiday décor will be available for purchase, as well as a world of new gift merchandise. The Museum Store is located in the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, 610 Beachview Drive. For more information call 912-634-7099.
Cole SwindellThe RSM Classic Concert Featuring Cole Swindell: November 19th, 2016

America’s fast-rising country star Cole Swindell will be taking the stage on Saturday, November 19th at McKinnon/St. Simons Island Airport! Since The RSM Classic Concert Event sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System began in 2011, it has showcased some of the most recognizable names in the music industry including country music superstars Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, and Gary Allan. A limited number of tickets are sold each year to this popular event, so be sure to get yours today!

The Davis Love Foundation will bring rising country superstar Cole Swindell to the Golden Isles to perform live at The RSM Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event, sponsored by RSM US LLP, the leading U.S. provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Singer/songwriter Matt Rogers will open for rising country superstar Cole Swindell. The concert, presented by Southeast Georgia Health System, will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 7pm at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport.

“Being from Georgia, going to college here, and loving golf, I couldn’t be more excited to be performing at this event,” said Swindell. “It’s such a cool venue and for a special cause. You should be here.”

“We’re thrilled to bring the Platinum selling artist to the Golden Isles to perform,” said Davis Love III, Tournament Host, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain. “He is a fantastic performer and one of Georgia’s own. There’s no doubt he’ll be performing before a sell-out crowd. This concert would not be possible without the support of Southeast Georgia Health System and RSM.”

“We are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this concert along with the tournament’s Youth Day activities, as well as the Official Medical Provider for this prestigious event,” said Michael D. Scherneck, President and CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. “The RSM Classic is a world-class event that attracts visitors to our beautiful Golden Isles and we are happy to partner with the Davis Love Foundation on an event that has such a positive impact on our community.”

Swindell, who studied marketing at Georgia Southern, recently earned his fifth consecutive No. 1 single with “You Should Be Here.” Co-written by Swindell and Ashley Gorley, the song was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for four weeks (tally of digital streams, radio airplay and sales) and held multi-week runs on top of both country airplay charts. In addition to selling over 550,000 copies, “You Should Be Here” has racked up over 30 million streams and more than 15 million Youtube views. The single follows Swindell’s first four consecutive singles as a solo artist (including his latest Gold-certified No. 1 smash “Let Me See Ya Girl,” along with Platinum-certified mega hits “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” and “Chillin’ It”) and marks his eighth overall as a songwriter.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased at

king-prince-flyer-nov-2016Paint & Play at The King and Prince Resort: Tuesday, November 22nd , 2016 
Enjoy the view of the sunset while you create your own masterpiece! This price is $59 and includes wine, appetizers and all art supplies. To register for this event, please go to or call 912- 268-5967. Space is limited and reservations are required. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Buffet at The King and PrinceThanksgiving Buffet at King and Prince: November 24th, 2016

Adults $69; Children ages 6-12 $25; Children 5 and under no charge
Prices include Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea and Iced Tea
Reservations required – call 912-268-5967

Brunswick Tree Lighting FestivalBrunswick Christmas Tree Lighting Festival: November 25th, 2016

Annual Tree Lighting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Downtown Brunswick Machen Square East near Cunningham’s Jewelers on Newcastle Street, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for Christmas carols and carriage rides!


Gale Horton Gay writes about visiting The King and Prince in Champion Newspaper

Monday, July 12th, 2010

***Update: Since this post was written, the resort has undergone extensive renovations. Please visit our website for current information on restaurants and other amenities.***

Gale Gay recently visited The King and Prince and St. Simons Island.  Her article about her wonderful stay was published in  Read the following article to hear about The King and Prince’s 75 years of history as well as see raving reviews of local establishments, including Gnat’s Landing, Serenity House Tea Society, Sandcastle Cafe & Grill, and the Lighthouse Museum.

Royal treatment extended to all at The King and Prince Resort

It’s a funny thing about our first impressions—sometimes we can be so wrong.

Pulling into the sprawling and palatial The King and Prince Beach and Golf Historic Building entranceResort on St. Simon’s Island with its stately soft yellow building and distinctive red tile roofs, I jumped to the conclusion that this historic property would be stuffy and, perhaps, pretentious.

It didn’t take long for me to realize just how wrong I was. The King and Prince is historic all right with 75 years of tradition on Georgia’s Golden Isles. However, it is a relaxed resort, with diverse facilities—including a wide assortment of guest accommodations—and staff who are genial and welcoming. The royal treatment is generously extended to all, which makes this resort an ideal place to stay—whether for a weekend getaway or a longer family vacation.

Oleander Resort Entrance

Interestingly, the King and Prince sits at the end of an ordinary street in a modest neighborhood, which only adds to its charm. It’s like coming upon a hidden jewel. And with its back hugging the Georgia coastline, the Atlanta Ocean is just a stones throw away from the resort’s pool, restaurant, special event spaces and guest rooms.

However, this is no cookie-cutter resort. Its Mediterranean architecture is distinctive, visually enhanced when the sun hits the roof’s red tiles. Guests can choose among 198 rooms in suites, beach villas, cottages and private guest houses. Rooms are sumptuously appointed and bathed in shades of soft yellow and other neutral tones and paired with bold blues or gentle greens.001 Swimming Pool View 465 Low Res

The property has had a long and colorful history. Opened in 1935 as a seaside dance club, the King and Prince Club grew into the King and Prince Hotel six years later when the main hotel was added. Local historians point out that dance clubs were big back then and when another opened nearby, a rivalry grew. It was destroyed by fire in 1935 and amazingly rebuilt in a mere 60 days—only to be ruined by fire again in the late 1930s.

During World War II, the hotel served as a naval coast-watching and training facility, and there are many intriguing stories about that chapter of its existence. It wasn’t until 1947 that the property returned to usage as a resort. In 2005, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Guests today have the choice of having meals in the Delegal Dining Room (Sunday brunch is spectacular and a bargain at $21.95 per person) with its one-of-a-kind stained glass windows depicting local scenes and history or in the King’s Tavern or at the laid-back Beach Bar and Grill (all have views of the Atlantic Ocean).

255x130 ECHO dining roomAnd chefs at King and Prince know how to make an event special. In celebration of the resorts 75th anniversary I was fortunate to sample a seven-course dinner with dishes that reflected each decade of the resort’s history and included a Poached Salmon Louis for the 1940s, Escargot in Puff Pastry for the 1960s and Creole Black Grouper for the 1980s. Each dish was something to marvel at before devouring it.

Those with golf on their minds will likely be in a state of anticipation about playing at the recently restored King and Prince Golf Club. Located about 12 miles from the resort, the 18-hole, par 72 golf course presents unique challenges as golfers work their way past forests and through salt marshes, lakes and lagoons. Although I’m not a golfer, a golf cart tour (including more than 800 feet of elevated cart bridges) almost made me want to hit the links.

Back at the resort, there are also four outdoor pools, one indoor pool, tennis courts, a fitness center and massage and reflexology services at The Royal Treatment Cottage. A walk on the beach may require a walk through the neighborhood to reach a nearby park that has easy beach access. The tide is often so high directly behind the resort that the beach there is underwater.

For more information on the King and Prince resort, visit

Don’t miss things to do/places to eat on St. Simons Island

Lady Jane underwayShrimping aboard the Lady Jane is a relaxing and fascinating way to spend part of a day. Captain Larry Credle and his crew not only take visitors out for a sea adventure, they also provide a lively and insightful lesson on shrimping and the sea life in St. Simon’s Sound. Credle and company take pride that their excursions take place on a U.S. Coast Guard certified 49-passenger steel vessel that has been retired from active shrimping. Watch as the crew lowers the gear and after a while raises the net with its bounty of shrimp as well as crabs, stingrays, flounder, jellyfish and an assortment of other creatures that the crew is happy to identify. A highlight of the trip is when a pot of shrimp caught the day before are cooked with spices and served hot. The two-hour cruises run $39.95 for adults and $25 for children younger than 6. (912) 265-5711.

Gnat’s Landing. Any place that puts equal emphasis on its entertainment and its food and describes itself as “flip-flop” friendly is my kind of place. Located in Redfern Village on the island, Gnat’s Landing offers bar drinks, seafood, sandwiches, salads and specialties such as a Fried Green Tomato Club, Fried Dill Pickles and Vidalia Onion Pie. I suggest that those in search of a lively time get a table on the large side porch where the musicians and singers perform (and there’s plenty of room for dancing). Located at 310 Redfern Village. (912) 638-PEST.

Serenity House Tea Society and Shoppe is a lovely tea emporium in the village that carries more than 70 teas from India, Africa, China and South America. The owner and staff are exceeding knowledgeable about the black, green, white and flavored teas and extremely willing to share their knowledge. The shop also sells tea accoutrements such as mugs, teapots, strainers and personal tea bags. Loose teas range from $8 for two ounces to $54 for a half pound. The shop is located at 504 Beachview Drive. (912) 638-0381.

Lighthouse Museum and Maritime Center provide a look back to when the SSI Lighthouselighthouse was part of guarding the coast. Exhibits about the routines and responsibilities of the guardsman who were stationed on the island in the early 1940s are displayed. In the Maritime Center there are seven galleries that are home to exhibits about the beaches, marches and forests as well as the areas’s Coast Guard and military history. The lighthouse grounds also include an 1890 oil house and a Victorian style gazebo. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 4201 First St. (912) 638-4666.

Sandcastle Café & Grill is a great spot for a casual breakfast or lunch. Their $8.35 daily breakfast buffet comes with biscuits, muffins, three kinds of sausage, bacon, corned beef hash, hashbrowns, fruit, tea, coffee and orange juice and made-to-order eggs. Also unlimited pancakes, French toast and waffles. Located at 117 Mallery St. (912) 638-8883.

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