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

  • Oak Island Farmers and Artisans' Market

    Jul 15, 2019
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Middleton Park, Oak Island

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  • Summer Sea Camp

    May 27, 2019
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

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  • Summer Reading Program

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    10:00 AM - 5:15 PM @ Live Oak Public Libraries

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  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
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  • SS Savannah (1819-2019)

    May 23, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

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  • Savannah Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives: Rising 3rd-7th Graders

    Jul 15, 2019
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Savannah Ballet Theatre

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    Jul 15, 2019
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  • French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

    Jun 15, 2019
    All Day @ Consumer Museum of Art and Garden

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  • Full Moon Party

    Jul 16, 2019
    9:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ The Alida Hotel

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  • Girl Scout QuestFest 2019

    Jul 18, 2019
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Savannah Historic District

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  • Friday Concert Series

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  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

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Stonewall50 - A Legendary Block Party

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JCB MudRun 2019

Participants hit the ground running at this year's JCB Mud Fest, climbing through tough obstacles in either the 5k or the 5 mile run. At the end of the race was a long slide where, upon finishing, contestants found themselves in the Party Pit. Winners from various age groups were presented with trophies, and all the proceeds from the JCB Mud Fest benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum's 200th Anniversary!

This past Wednesday, May 22, we celebrated with Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum for for the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's historic trans-Atlantic crossing — the WORLD'S FIRST oceanic voyage under steam! On this year's Maritime Day, Ships of the Sea celebrated the Savannah's 200th anniversary with a commemorative ceremony provided by the PROPELLER CLUB, where Robert Morris unveiled two eight-foot paintings. The evening also included an amazing performance by the Parris Island MARINE BAND, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and celebratory beverages!

Brews For A Cause at Top Deck

This past Tuesday, May 21 we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Top Deck Bar! We joined up with Southern Eagle and a great group of like minded people to benefit Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire in their efforts to provide financial assistance to the surviving families of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. It was another memorable night in the South filled with great people and even greater crafted beer! This month's Featured Craft Beer: Island Coastal Lager Sponsors: Island Coastal Lager, Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, Southern Eagle, South Magazine

Brews for a Cause at Churchill's

This Thursday, Churchill's was pack as we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Churchill's! We joined Southern Eagle and The Coastal Heritage Society. Southern Eagle provided great craft beer, Sista Rae Rae performed live, and the silent auction was a huge success. All the proceeds from the silent auction — including a diamond necklace from International Diamond — benefitted the Coastal Heritage Society.

Nine Line Foundation Dinner

On Friday, May 17, Nine Line hosted their Foundation Dinner that included special guests WWE Superstars Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker, Dustin Rhodes aka Goldust, John “Tig” Tiegen, hero of Benghazi portrayed in the movie “13 Hours,” Chad Prather, comedian and social media celebrity, and Graham Allen, social media celebrity. Guests mingled with the superstars and bid on auction items to raise money for the foundation. Matt Lyda put on a stellar performance as the MC of the event and kept the crowd entertained and bidding.

6th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded

The Nine Line Foundation and Nine Line Apparel celebrate Armed Forces Day for their 6th Annual 5K/10K Run for the Wounded in Savannah, Georgia. Proceeds from the race go directly towards their newest initiative: building a transitional community, a Veterans Village, for homeless veterans right here in Savannah, Georgia. With both 5K and 10K options available, this twilight run turned out to be another great success.

Nine Line Foundation Dinner

On Friday, May 17, Nine Line hosted their Foundation Dinner that included special guests WWE Superstars Mark Calaway Aka: the Undertaker, Dustin Rhodes aka: Goldust, John Tiegen "Tig" hero of Benghazi portrayed in the movie "13 Hours", Chad Prather, Comedian and Social Media Celebrity, and Graham Allen, Social Media Celebrity. Guests mingled with the superstars and bid on auction items to raise money for the foundation. Matt Lyda put on a stellar performance as the MC of the event and kept the crowd entertained and bidding.