Greatest Destinations 2020 – The Golden Isles

(Husk, Charleston)

Discover Georgia’s Golden Glow: There’s a reason they’re called the Golden Isles — there’s treasure to be found at every turn. Storied resorts sit beside relaxed crab shacks, all in the service of the true hidden gem — Georgia’s stretch of untouched beaches.

 

(The Crab Trap)

THE CRAB TRAP This St. Simons Island mainstay exudes laid back, authentic crab shack vibes. The menu does not disappoint if you’re looking for classic beach food — fried shrimp, scallops, oysters, fries and hush puppies with a side of cheese grits or coleslaw. 912-638-3552 | 1209 Ocean Blvd, St Simons | thecrabtrapssi.com

(Delaney’s Bistro)

DELANEY’S BISTRO Delaney’s has been a St. Simon’s Island favorite for more than 20 years. Wild ingredients like elk and ostrich make their menu exciting while fresh local seafood keeps it coastal. Pair with something hand-picked from their extensive wine list. 912-638-1330 | 3415 Frederica Rd, St Simons | delaneysbistro.com

 

(Tavola)

TAVOLA Make the trip to Sea Island for a visit to its well-loved Tavola — a Southern take on Italian. Homemade pasta, fresh seafood (of course), and a carefully curated Italian wine list make Tavola a must on any visit to the Golden Isles. 912-638-9014 | 529 Beachview Dr, St Simons | seaisland.com/dining/tavola-italian-dining

 

(Jekyll Island Club Resort)

JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB RESORT The Jekyll Island Club was named “the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world” all the way back in 1886. Have your own “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” moment at this historic island getaway. 888-445-3179 | 371 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island | jekyllclub.com

 

(The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort)

THE KING AND PRINCE BEACH & GOLF RESORT The King and Prince has been welcoming visitors to St. Simon’s Island since 1935. It opened as a dance club before hosting guests as a hotel in 1941. This historic resort will transport you to another place and time. 912-638-3631 | 201 Arnold Rd, St Simons | kingandprince.com

 

(The Inn at Sea Island)

THE INN AT SEA ISLAND Golden Isles resorts are a wealth of history, hospitality, and gracious service. From St. Simon’s Island, The Inn at Sea Island offers access to this historic destination’s amenities. 855-246-8166 | 100 Salt Marsh Dr, St Simons | seaisland.com/accommodations/the-inn-at-sea-island

 

(Driftwood Beach)

DRIFTWOOD BEACH This Jekyll Island landmark is not only a South’s Best Destination, it’s consistently ranked nationally as one of America’s best beaches. Make dreamy memories among the haunting, sea-washed limbs and branches. jekyllisland.com/activities/driftwood-beach

 

(Jekyll Island Trail System)

JEKYLL ISLAND TRAIL SYSTEM Explore Jekyll Island by foot or bike on its 25 miles of paved trails winding through maritime forests, past historic landmarks, and along its pristine beaches. goldenisles.com/listing/jekyll-island-trail-system

 

(St, Simon’s Lighthouse Museum)

ST SIMON’S LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM Soak up the Golden Isle’s maritime history at the St. Simon’s Lighthouse Museum. Built between 1868 and 1872, the functioning lighthouse still guides sailors and navigators to safety along the Georgia coast. 610 Beachview Dr, St Simons  | coastalgeorgiahistory.org/visit/st-simons-lighthouse

 

(Golden Isles Olive Oil and Wine Bar)

GOLDEN ISLES OLIVE OIL AND WINE BAR Take a trip around the world with samples of premium olive oils and wines from classic growing regions, all without leaving the Golden Isles at Golden Isles Olive Oil and Wine Bar. 912-602-9736 | 306 Redfern Village, St Simons | goldenislesoliveoil.com

 

(St. Simon’s Tea Company)

ST. SIMON’S TEA COMPANY Once you’ve tried loose leaf tea, you’ll never go back to those limp and flavorless grocery store tea bags again. Stop in St. Simon’s Tea Company for a hot cup of delicately flavored oolong and pick up a souvenir that will bring you back to the beach with every sip. 912-638-1899 | 504 Beachview Dr, St Simons | facebook.com/saintsimonsteaco

 

(Salt Table)

SALT TABLE Stop in the Golden Isles location of this Savannah-based purveyor of fine salts, spice mixes and gourmet food products. Come hungry and plan to stay for a spell — most of their stock is of the try-before-you-buy variety. 912-270-2405 | 31 Main Street, Suite 111, Jekyll Island | salttable.com

 

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