Greatest Destinations 2018 - Golden Isles



Published:

The Golden Isles is comprised of four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. The remarkable beauty of the marshland and pristine seashore mixed with the history and genuine southern hospitality of this area will have you restless to return to the Golden Isles before you even depart.

 

Jekyll Island
The southernmost island of the Golden Isles, Jekyll surely enchants all who visit the 5,700 acre island. Find fresh seafood, white sand beaches, and over 20 miles of scenic bike trails.

PLAY

Driftwood Beach - Make sure to bring your camera as you walk among the fallen trees on Driftwood Beach. Whether you are catching the sunrise, sunset or simply stargazing, this beach is a must-see if you are visiting Jekyll. goldenisles.com

(Georgia Sea Turtle Center)

Georgia Sea Turtle Center - Spend a family-friendly day learning about the wonders of sea turtles at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility, this nature center provides interactive, educational exhibits and state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles. gtsc.jekyllisland.com

 

EAT

Jekyll Island Seafood Company- Look no further than Jekyll Island Seafood Company if you’re on the hunt for a true coastal experience. Feel the ocean breeze and relax as you feast on local fare filled with flavor.jekyllislandseafood.com

 

STAY

Jekyll Island Club Resort - History, charm and elegance abound in this beautiful full-service resort. With its enchanting river views, ancient oaks and grand dining rooms, Jekyll Island Club Resort has been a popular escape and venue for eras.

 

St. Simons
St. Simons is regarded as one of the most romantic destinations in the U.S. Take on visit and you’ll understand why. The oaks draped with Spanish moss, pristine beaches and saltwater marshes make the perfect backdrop for your next getaway.

STAY

The King and Prince - For over 80 years, The King and Prince has set the standard for guest service, accommodations and Southern hospitality. Wake up to the sound of the waves in one of their many ocean front guest rooms or beach villas. kingandprince.com

EAT

Half Shell - This casual restaurant in the heart of Pier Village is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Some of their most popular dishes include their savory crab bisque, blackened mahi-mahi, and of course, oysters! thehalfshellssi.com

Southern Soul BBQ - Trust us when we say there’s a reason the line is outside the door practically everyday at this beloved BBQ joint. Their meat is hardwood-fired for 12 hours or more, served your choice of homemade sauces and side dishes full of southern soul. southernsoulbqq.com

 

Sea Island
Upon arriving at Sea Island, you’ll quickly see why it is it the only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars nine years in a row. The private island is on of the most beautiful, relaxing and enchanting spots you can find. Offering first-class service, three golf courses, five miles of private beach and endless other accommodations and activities, you won’t ever want to leave.

STAY

The Cloister - This legendary property has been wooing guests since 1928. What started out as a “friendly little hotel,” has become a quintessential Southern luxury resort. Here, you are just a few steps away from the beach, the spa and abundant activity. The property houses a spa, fitness facility and a handful of award-winning restaurants. seaisland.com

Sea Island Golf - No matter your skill level, tee up at one of Sea Island’s three championship 18-hole golf courses. Newcomers and PGA champions alike can be found honing their skills on the beautiful, challenging and enjoyable courses. seaisland.com

 

Little St. Simons Island
With its seven miles of pristine beaches and over 11,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness, Little St. Simons is a paradise for nature lovers. Only accessible by boat, this secluded island will make you feel as though you are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

STAY

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island - Rent a room, cottage or even the entire island for an all-inclusive stay. Embark on excursions led by naturalists. Spend the day bike riding, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, walking on the beach or all of the above. Enjoy three meals per day, prepared by a remarkably friendly and hospitable staff.littlestsimonsisland.com

For even more destinations,  subscribe now to get instant access to the digital edition, or pick up the latest copy of South from one of our distribution partners.  

Edit ModuleShow Tags

South's Greatest Chefs 2018

This is the tastiest contest of the year! Nominate now!

South's Greatest Kids 2018

Nominate your kid for the cutest contest of the year!
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Events Calendar

  • Party In The Pines

    Oct 19, 2018
    12:00 PM - 11:45 PM @ Bienville Plantation

    Presented by Bienville Entertainment, Party In The Pines announces that Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town will headline second annual festival on...

  • Firefighters 5k and 10k

    Oct 13, 2018
    1:00 PM

    Did you know that every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Girls Night Out - Make Your Own Skin Care Products!

    Sep 28, 2018
    5:00 PM @ Salacia Salts

    Grab a group of girlfriends for a private skin care making workshop. Design and hand mix your own body scrub while unwinding in our relaxing space...

  • Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Davenport House Museum

      This October see a historical recreation of Savannah’s dreadful Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 with particular emphasis on daily life in...

  • Alee Haunted House-Terror Plantation

    Oct 05, 2018
    7:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ Alee Temple

    Voted as Georgia's third scariest haunted house, the Alee Haunted House is ready to scare! Starting in October, it will be open every Friday...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents Who Am I This Time (& Other Conundrums of Love) by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut

    Oct 18, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club...

  • Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

    Oct 19, 2018
    All Day @ Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce

    The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is an annual event held at J. F. Gregory Park, located at 521 Cedar St., the third weekend in October. People...

  • Run for the Homeless 5k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ SEDA Building on Hutchinson Island

    This is a fundraiser for the Savannah Inner City Night Shelter to help men, women, and children in our community who may find themselves homeless...

  • Old Town Oyster Run 5k/10k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

    The race starts at the Bluffton Oyster Factory and winds through beautiful downtown and along the May River. Compete in a fast-paced 10K or...

  • NAMI Mental Health 5k

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:30 AM @ Coligny Beach

    Join us for the 2018 NAMI Lowcountry 5K Mental Health Walk! This is an event for the ENTIRE FAMILY, including your four legged, furry family...

  • Wag-O-Ween Savannah 2018

    Oct 20, 2018
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Businesses

    https://www.facebook.com/wagoween.savannah.ga/ Join us Saturday October 20, 2018 from Noon-5:00 for the fun annual WAG-O-WEEN! This annual...

  • Free Family Day: "Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens"

    Oct 20, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Enjoy a day celebrating Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Children and families can try out pointillist painting techniques, make miniature...

  • Southern Songbirds: Jill Knight, Danielle Howle & Caroline Aiken

    Oct 20, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Three beautiful singer-songwriters from opposite coasts come together on the Tybee Post Theater stage for an incredible night of music.Jill Knight,...

  • Mindful Triathalon

    Oct 21, 2018
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Coligny Beach

    Jiva Yoga Center and Go Tri Sports are teaming up to produce the Mindful Triathlon - Hilton Head Island. What is the Mindful...

  • Lean Ensemble Theatre presents Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) by Aaron Posner from Kurt Vonnegut

    Oct 21, 2018
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ HHPS Main Street Theatre

    The subject of this play—as we are told at the outset—is love, pure and complicated. Set on the stage of The North Crawford Mask & Wig Club...

  • Fall 2018 Lecture Series - "Poetry: Why Read It? Why Write It? Who Cares?" by Olivia Stiffler

    Oct 21, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

    The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is proud to present the second installment of the Fall 2018 Lecture Series in the parlor of the Flannery...

  • Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program

    Oct 24, 2018
    3:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Georgia World Congress Center

    Now in its’ 36th consecutive year in Atlanta, the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program is a unique workplace-organized fitness...

  • Girls' Night Out: "Ghost"

    Oct 25, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Could there be a better movie to show the week before Halloween than “Ghost,” arguably one of the finest and weepiest love stories to ever hit...

  • Ghosts of Grayson Stadium Haunted Ballpark

    Oct 25, 2018
    All Day @ Grayson Stadium

     Wicked South Productions presents Ghosts of Grayson Haunted Ballpark. Built almost 100 years ago by General William Grayson, the...


Show More...

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Scenes of the South

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.

Closet Raiders

Described as the “superbowl of fashion”, Closet Raiders was taped at the Lucas Theatre in front of a live audience. Contestants showed off their personal style fashion knowledge. Hosted by Savannah locals Reneé LaSalle and Kevin Cartee, offered the chance to win a closet full of designer clothes.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

Local celebrities competed on stage to help support the mission to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children of Savannah and Chatham County.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each day, 43 families in the United States will hear the words “your child has cancer.” Meaningful supporters came came out to help spread awareness, learn more on how to stop childhood cancer, to recognize the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasize the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions.

7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/ Celebrity Bowlapalooza Auction

Plenty of supporters came came out to the 7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/Vaden Chevrolet Pooler Celebrity Bowlapalooza Kickoff and Auction for a night of fun and fundraising. There was an Amtryke, specially adapted 3 wheel bike giveaway, and a silent and live auction. The auction was to help make a difference in the Savannah community and to inspire mobility and independence for people with different abilities.

Ronald McDonald House Super Summer Shindig

Children came dressed as their favorite superheroes as they enjoyed face painting, games, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and their favorite favorite superheroes and McDonald’s characters. There was delicious appetizers by Chef Cynthia Creighton-Jones of Cape Creations Catering, Ghost Coast cocktails, door prizes, and the great networking opportunities in Savannah.

Whiskey Wednesday

First City Network, Ghost Coast Distillery and South Magazine came together for this event at 39 Rue De Jean on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The mission of First City Network (FCN) is to enhance and sustain the well-being of LGBT individuals and their allies .

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra -Swingin' Savannah River

The beautiful Westin Harbor Lawn was the perfect setting to enjoy the ultimate July 4th experience on the Savannah River including a patriotic concert with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

JCB Mudrun 2018

As feet hit the wet mud, eyes were set on the trophies and hearts beat with adrenaline at this year’s 7th annual JCB Mud Fest. Nearly 1,500 participants showed up from around the country, making this the most successful event to date. All proceeds benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Participants endured a variety of new challenges, including fan favorites such as the JCB mud lake and the tire field.

Old Town Trolley's 25th Anniversary

Old Town Trolley celebrated 25 years of business!