Greatest Destinations 2018 - Golden Isles



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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

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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

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Events Calendar

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Scenes of the South

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

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