St. Simons Island, GA
Nobody would ever say it’s particularly sophisticated to serenade patrons with kazoos in a fine-restaurant. However that tradition, performed for birthdays at St. Simons’s Blackwater Grill, states a great deal about what to anticipate from a visit to the island: a laid-back beachside experience that’s just shy of upscale and winningly unpretentious.
Think about the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, a yellow-hued cluster of structures with terra-cotta roofs along a peaceful stretch of hard-packed sand. This historic oceanfront property has lengthy been referred to as a relaxing retreat, but since place can use a couple of updates-more upscale showers, greater-quality linens, a much better-outfitted gym-it’s not really luxurious a destination as what you’d find on nearby Ocean Island.
However the King and Prince, like St. Simons itself, has its own special charms. There’s the white-colored-picket walkway over the beach, ideal for a palm-shaded stroll or perhaps a breather within the porch swings. And there’s the shore itself, private and quiet, despite being encircled by public areas. Some advice: Take the own beach chair and umbrella. Once the tide increases-rapidly covering all of the sand and splashing the rocks behind-gear is stowed before the water recedes again, making the rentals not well worth the daily fee of $28. Mind to the swimming pool at high tide and grab an easy sandwich in the grill, or go to the new Royal Treatment Cottage for any massage (from $95).
Rent a bicycle to visit the island’s twenty-seven miles of pathways, or join spunky guide Bunny Marshall-who introduces herself by providing peach chocolate and saying, “First I sweeten you up, after which I bring your money”-around the St. Simons Trolley Tour, which will give you past websites like these because the St. Simons Island Lighthouse the 125-plus-year-old Christ Church, Frederica & St. Ignatius Chapel and Fort Frederica, the ruins of the fort built by British troops within the mid-1730s.
The dining choices on St. Simons are mainly variations around the beachside, sea food-shack theme, with fried popcorn shrimp a niche at Mullet Bay and also the Blackwater Sundae-a parfait glass with layers of Brunswick stew, cornbread, and coleslaw-a popular in the aforementioned Blackwater Grill. The restaurant’s Grouper Daufuskie (a fillet on the bed of caramelized onions and mushrooms, capped having a kicky, mayonnaise-based sauce) was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives around the Food Network. Nearby may be the Catch 228 Oyster Bar & Grill, where one can grab a seat in the backyard and revel in cocktails while hearing a funk band. For any more elegant setting, mind to the marina for Seaside Kitchen’s lobster nachos appetizer-a mountain of tortilla chips, onions, avocado, and protuberances of lobster-adopted by rotating specials for example scallops over cheese grits and garlicky green spinach. Regardless of the white-colored-tablecloth atmosphere, the bar television is seen (and often audible) in the dining area-a detail that’s consistent with St. Simons’s easygoing personality.
Photograph thanks to the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau