When it was built in 1917, Crane Cottage—actually an elegant Italianate villa—was the most expensive winter home on Jekyll Island. Now, as part of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the Courtyard at Crane offers casual alfresco dining in quirky little dining areas. The menu, which changes twice a year, has a Mediterranean flair with salads and sandwiches at lunch and more substantial dishes in the evening. Previous dinner offerings have included a bacon-wrapped filet mignon
and a pan-seared duck breast with plum cherry chutney. The bread served at dinner, a warm loaf speckled with vegetables, is especially tasty and made in-house.