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The Ultimate Fall Itinerary for St. Simons Island

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

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:

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Afternoon: Time to get back to the resort for football. Most Saturdays during college football season, the resort is hosting the King and Prince Stadium Club at the Atlantic Court.

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.

Sunday

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.

 

The Newest Stops around St. Simons Island

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Wilco Aviation: See the Island from a new perspective— a bird’s eye view! Located here on St. Simons Island, Wilco offers helicopter tours ranging from 10 minutes to an hour (and all can be tailored to meet your needs). See your favorite spots on St. Simons, like The Village and East Beach, from the air or choose longer tours that include the Sidney Lanier Bridge or Cumberland Island’s wild horses. For more details, call 912-689-9117 or visit their website here.

Aerial views from a Wilco Aviation helicopter tour
Aerial views from a Wilco Aviation helicopter tour

 

Mainely Lobster: Located in the shopping center at the roundabout, Mainely Lobster is the newest seafood market on the Island. They provide fresh local seafood and responsibly-sourced lobster from the coast of Maine, which you can have as lobster rolls, lobster bisque, seafood salads, and so much more. Visit their website here.

Mainely Lobster at St Simons Island
The newest seafood market on St Simons Island

Savannah Bee Company: Originally from St. Simons Island, Ted Dennard has opened a new retail location in the Pier Village. With 35 years of experience under his belt, Ted has created a thriving business offering a wide variety of gifts including honey, lotion candles, t-shirts, and mead (alcohol made from honey)! Learn more about the company’s history and product line by stopping in at 315 Mallery Street or by visiting their website here.

Owner and Founder of Savannah Bee Company, Ted Dennard
Owner and Founder of Savannah Bee Company, Ted Dennard, posing in his St Simons Island store with a selection of his products

New Tree Spirit: Woodworking artist, Keith Jennings, created the original 20+ Tree Spirits of St. Simons Island and has recently revisited the Island to grace it with more magic. You can find the stunning new addition next to the Golden Isles Welcome Center at 529 Beachview Dr in the Pier Village area. For more information about the Tree Spirits, visit here.

The newest Tree Spirit on St Simons Island
The newest Tree Spirit on St Simons Island, created in 2016 by artist Keith Jennings

Team Building Activities for your Group or Meeting

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The next time you reserve your group or meeting, be sure to think about activities that you can do that will assist in team-building and help the attendees get to know each other better. Here are some suggestions for fun activities that you can do right here on our resort property! If you need assistance or would like more ideas, contact us.

Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way for your attendees to not only work together as a team, but also to learn about each other, the resort and the area. Send them out to explore our historic resort, the beach, the restaurants, the village, lighthouse and maybe even the tree spirits of St. Simons Island!

Sandcastle Building Competition: With the ocean lapping at the resort, it is the perfect location to get some fresh air and hold a sandcastle building competition! You can award winners for the tallest and also the most creative sandcastle.

Cooking Competition: Turn our ballroom or event space into “Kitchen Stadium” while you and your teammates battle it out to cook the best shrimp & grits or King and Prince muffins.

Fishing Tournament: There’s no need to get on a boat to catch the biggest fish! Hold a group fishing tournament from the shore right outside the resort’s doors.

SUP Relay Races: Our location on the ocean also makes us the perfect place to hold a stand up paddleboard race! It is a fun way to break a sweat and have a little friendly competition between the teams.

Cardboard Regatta: We will provide the boxes, you provide the man-power. Teams will create their very own “boats” out of cardboard and duct tape. Then, one lucky member of each team will take their boat for a spin in our pool to see which “boat” can float the furthest! (Make sure you take lots of photos!)

Wintertime Polar Bear Plunge: Just because your group stays with us in the cooler months, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Along with golf, we will still have many activities available such as sandcastle building, cooking competitions, scavenger hunts and fishing tournaments. The polar bear plunge isn’t as much about team building as it is about cheering each other on and having a good time.