Living on the coast means enjoying easy access to all of the area’s beautiful barrier islands. South’s resident traveler uncovers the secrets behind another one of Georgia’s gems.
Sometimes I pull a Rhett Butler and wander off into the world in search of what is left of charm and grace in life, and although oftentimes I find an adventure, it’s rare that I run across these particular attributes. Recently, however, I headed out in search of a little seaside delight and discovered this Holy Grail of elegance, in a city not so far south of Savannah.
LAY OF THE LAND
A hop, skip and 85 miles south of Savannah, charm-seeking travelers will find St. Simons Island. Follow Interstate 95 to exit 38, make one left turn and cross the bridge to experience a whole new side of the Lowcountry. St. Simons Island, the largest island in the chain of Golden Isles, is home to only 13,500 residents in nearly 33 square miles. Little St. Simons Island can only be reached by boat, leaving its beaches private and pristine. Sea Island is an internationally acclaimed resort, although it does in fact host a number of permanent residents as well. Brunswick, a port city, is best known for its world-famous Brunswick stew. Jekyll Island was once an exclusive winter retreat for America’s wealthiest families and is still well known for its luxurious offerings.
WHERE TO STAY
For a first class view of the wonderful waters, reserve a room at the Ocean Inn and Suites. Located in the heart of the downtown area, this hotel offers spacious rooms with all hardwood floors and a wrought iron balcony overlooking both Neptune Park and the sea.
Another option is the oceanfront Beach Bed and Breakfast. This luxurious accommodation offers plush and pomp amenities including, large rooms with full size bathtubs, walk-in closets and complimentary bathrobes, beverages and snacks. Fairytale weddings are another specialty offered at this picturesque seaside resort and are guaranteed to be stress-free as the capable staff handles everything from the shower to the ceremony. If this is your stay of choice, prepare to be pampered.
Consider also the Saint Simons Inn. Only a footstep away from the ocean, pier, parks, shops and restaurants, this inn is the ultimate not only in convenience but also in coziness. With only 34 rooms to offer, rest assured your rest won’t be disturbed.
WHERE TO PLAY
Like any good beach town, water sports and outdoor adventure abound on St. Simons Island.
Fun, history and education await you at 18th-century Fort Fredrica. Take a step back into colonial history as you stop by the visitor’s center to marvel at the recovered artifacts and engage in hands-on activities and games. Hit up the book store on your way out to take a piece of history home with you.
Crustaceans make a delicious dinner and catching your own will only make the reward that much sweeter. So grab a little fishing line off your pole, tie some raw chicken to it before you drop anchor off the side of the pier, and try your hand at a little crabbing.
The flat roads, shaded by mossy oaks make St. Simons an ideal island for bike riding; a heart-healthy and eco-friendly kind of transportation you can take advantage of for your entire stay, if you choose. Stop by Ocean Motion and rent a bike, lock and helmet for the entire week for only $49.
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