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Trip Report Just Discovered St. Simons Island in Georgia - Loved It!

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Each year my husband and I whiz by the "Golden Isles" of Georgia on our migration from Boston to FLA and back. This year we decided to visit St. Simons Island, a short detour off Rt 95 in southern Georgia, and we absolutely loved it. We'll be making it a routine stopover on our route! Here's why the southern charm of this little island won our hearts.

While many coastal communities have succumb to 'rejuvenation' that blankets their beach-fronts with rows of highrise condo developments, St. Simons Island has preserved its homey, authentic southern living feel. One major road runs the full length of the island, bringing you through a tunnel of ancient oaks spreading their arms across the road in welcome.

The town is charming with lots of restaurants (over 50 in this small community) and cute boutique shops that sell local crafts like hand-woven sweet-grass baskets. Don't miss the opportunity to have breakfast one morning at the Seacastle Cafe with an expansive breakfast buffet with cooked to order eggs and unlimited pancakes & french toast! Be sure famous Southern Soul BBQ is on your list and memorable Italian at TraMici.

We stayed at the historic King and Prince Resort Hotel, right on the beach. This is the only beachfront hotel with the only beachfront dining venue on the island. Although the lobby was dated, the rooms were beautifully re-done and and staff really showed off their southern charm. The new pool pavilion was simply gorgeous - you'll think you're in the Caribbean! Food was excellent - I recommend the Shrimp & Grits.

Here are a few activities to keep you entertained:
Take an Island Trolly Tour with Cap Fendig (Mr. St. Simons in our opinion). The tours are fun and packed with stories and history of the island. The two-hour tours leave the Fishing Pier at 1:30 pm Tues-Sun.

Go fishing off the pier and come by at sunset - entry to the pier is free.
Visit the waterfront Kids Zone - playground, beautiful pool, mini-golf etc.
Climb the historic lighthouse for spectacular views
Visit Christ Church and cemetery for island history
Visit Glynn Arts on Beachview Drive for drop-in art classes
Ride Bikes - there are biking trails that wind around the entire island - bring a picnic.

Play Golf at the newly renovated King and Prince Golf Course. This course is stunning - winding through wild marshes - tons of wildlife. A round is only $75 for guests of the King & Prince Resort. Or come for lunch and use their impressive practice facility.

Go Shrimping! Just over the causeway into Brunswick you'll find the Lady Jane authentic Shrimp Boat. Daily excursions take you out into the tidal waters and you'll learn all about shrimping. A marine biologist is on board and describes all the fish, crustations and sea creatures that come up in the nets. FASCINATING - don't miss it!

Oh....one more thing....don't forget to relax on the beautiful beaches. This is a wonderful destination for a family beach vacation.
Sigh...can't wait to go back again!

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