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Saint Simons Island—Crown Jewel of the Golden Isles  By Susan L. Drake

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 Has summer wanderlust cast its spell over you and your family? Are you longing for a coastal getaway? Then look no farther than Georgia’s Golden Isles—specifically, that semi-tropical haven made just for escaping, Saint Simons Island!

 Just a half-day’s drive of 280 miles to the Atlantic, this largest of the barrier islands awaits you with both natural splendor and man-made magic that will keep you enthralled whether you stay a day or a week. You’re sure to find just the right lodging; Saint Simons offers her guests 22 accommodations, including charming bed-&-breakfast inns. In fact the attractive Village Inn & Pub recently garnered Coastal Living Magazine’s much-sought-after Design Award.

 Once you’re settled in, it’s “All aboard!” the Saint Simons Trolley! This delightful antique conveyance with its narrated 90-minute tour is the perfect way to acclimate yourself to the island’s attractions.  Look to your left and you’ll spy the beaches of Old Coast Guard Station and Massengale Park that lured you here in the first place. Glance to your right and you’ll be enchanted by proud monuments to Georgia’s historic colonial past.

 Founded in 1736, General James Oglethorpe solidified England’s claim to Georgia with Fort Frederica, today a national park where visitors can explore the fortifications that turned back Spanish troops. Next adventurers will want to climb every one of the 129 interior steps to the top of the 104-foot-tall Saint Simons Island Lighthouse. Beginning operation in 1872, it still functions as a lighthouse today, maintained by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.  A bit farther on you’ll be struck by the beauty of the stained glass windows of historic Christ Church, built in 1884. Connoisseurs will readily appreciate the priceless example by Louis Comfort Tiffany. 

 When you’ve sated your appetite for the historic, why not plunge into the outdoor activities that abound on the island? Bicycling, golf, horseback riding, nature trails, tennis, skeet shooting—the list goes on and on! Has the trolley tour whetted your appetite for exploration? Then discover Saint Simons from the air on a helicopter tour. Are you an old salt? Then indulge in a luxury motor yacht cruise or a dolphin-watching expedition!Fripp-WestCobb-09

 And when hunger strikes, you’ll find that you’re in just the right spot for some native-to-the-area Brunswick stew and famous Low Country Shrimp Boil. With ingredients such as Kielbasa sausage, shrimp, corn, onions and new potatoes—and flavored with shrimp boil, vinegar, Tabasco, and red and black pepper—you’ll be smacking your lips before the chef can ladle the first drop into your bowl!

 The friendly folks at the Brunswick Convention & Visitors Bureau have prepared a free 82-page Visitors Guide for you. Just call 800.933.2627. Or visit them on line at comecoastawhile.com

 If your travel plans take you to Saint Simons in August and September, you’ll be snapping your fingers to Jazz in the Park and singing along to A Little Light Music. In October the Golden Isles Arts Festival greets visitors. And in December why not take the magical Christmas Tour of Homes and then indulge in the holiday light displays and programs? On enchanting Saint Simons Island, you’ll find there’s a temptation to be treasured in every season!    

 Just a half-day’s drive of 280 miles to the Atlantic, this largest of the barrier islands awaits you with both natural splendor and man-made magic that will keep you enthralled whether you stay a day or a week. You’re sure to find just the right lodging; Saint Simons offers her guests 22 accommodations, including charming bed-&-breakfast inns. In fact the attractive Village Inn & Pub recently garnered Coastal Living Magazine’s much-sought-after Design Award.

Once you’re settled in, it’s “All aboard!” the Saint Simons Trolley! This delightful antique conveyance with its narrated 90-minute tour is the perfect way to acclimate yourself to the island’s attractions.  Look to your left and you’ll spy the beaches of Old Coast Guard Station and Massengale Park that lured you here in the first place. Glance to your right and you’ll be enchanted by proud monuments to Georgia’s historic colonial past.

Founded in 1736, General James Oglethorpe solidified England’s claim to Georgia with Fort Frederica, today a national park where visitors can explore the fortifications that turned back Spanish troops. Next adventurers will want to climb every one of the 129 interior steps to the top of the 104-foot-tall Saint Simons Island Lighthouse. Beginning operation in 1872, it still functions as a lighthouse today, maintained by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.  A bit farther on you’ll be struck by the beauty of the stained glass windows of historic Christ Church, built in 1884. Connoisseurs will readily appreciate the priceless example by Louis Comfort Tiffany. 

When you’ve sated your appetite for the historic, why not plunge into the outdoor activities that abound on the island? Bicycling, golf, horseback riding, nature trails, tennis, skeet shooting—the list goes on and on! Has the trolley tour whetted your appetite for exploration? Then discover Saint Simons from the air on a helicopter tour. Are you an old salt? Then indulge in a luxury motor yacht cruise or a dolphin-watching expedition!

And when hunger strikes, you’ll find that you’re in just the right spot for some native-to-the-area Brunswick stew and famous Low Country Shrimp Boil. With ingredients such as Kielbasa sausage, shrimp, corn, onions and new potatoes—and flavored with shrimp boil, vinegar, Tabasco, and red and black pepper—you’ll be smacking your lips before the chef can ladle the first drop into your bowl!

The friendly folks at the Brunswick Convention & Visitors Bureau have prepared a free 82-page Visitors Guide for you. Just call 800.933.2627. Or visit them on line at comecoastawhile.com

If your travel plans take you to Saint Simons in August and September, you’ll be snapping your fingers to Jazz in the Park and singing along to A Little Light Music. In October the Golden Isles Arts Festival greets visitors. And in December why not take the magical Christmas Tour of Homes and then indulge in the holiday light displays and programs? On enchanting Saint Simons Island, you’ll find there’s a temptation to be treasured in every season!      Hummer Sm Buton

Photos courtesy of the Golden Isles CVB

In September, we will visit Hilton Head Island during its wonderful fall season, when its still warm enough to swim but cool enough to enjoy golf and tennis all day long.

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