St. Simons Island, GA

St Simons Island | Praise & Reviews

15 Jan 13 1BlizzAdmin

Don’t take our word for it, St. Simons Island has been written up everywhere from The New York Times to Southern Living. It seems that people can’t get enough of St. Simons Island’s beaches, moss-draped oaks, ubiquitous golf culture and friendly people. St. Simons Island has been popping up on “Best Of” lists left and right! Find out why families, retirees and PGA TOUR Professionals alike choose St. Simons Island as a vacation destination and full-time residence—there are hundreds of solid reasons.

Tile_T+L_AmericasFavoriteBeachTownsTravel + Leisure“America’s Favorite Beach Town” Annual America’s Favorite Towns Survey, 2014

St. Simons Island ranks #1 among “Among America’s Favorite Beach Towns.”

“Lined with white sand and live oaks, the biggest of Georgia’s Golden Isles won the beach-town contest for offering a triple threat of southern charm, serenity, and affordability.”



Coastal Living Magazine, St. Simons Island Ranks among “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in June, 2014

“St. Simons is the largest of Georgia’s resplendent Golden Isles, an idyllic Southern enclave midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. The century-old resort community of 13,381 residents occupies an 18-square-mile island where the winding streets and bike paths are lined with moss-draped oaks, and the two public beaches are among the most unspoiled in the region…”

USA Today, St. Simons Island among “Most Romantic Beaches in Georgia and the Carolinas” in a July, 2014 article

“Step back in time in St. Simons Island, a picturesque town on the Georgia coast. Hope on a bicycle and explore 30 miles of paths shaded by live oaks, stopping to browse for antiques in the bustling town village. Another great way to see the island is by trolley; tours showcase the historic lighthouse (where you can climb 129 steps to the top), 19th-century church and a nearby Southern plantation.”


Tile_CondeNast_TopTenIslandsConde Nast Traveler, “Best in the World!” 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

St. Simons Island Ranks #5 on the “Top 10 Islands in the United States”





Tile_T+L_AmericasFavoriteTownsTravel + Leisure, “America’s Favorite Towns,” October, 2013 Readers’ Poll

St. Simons Island Ranks #3: “The ebb and flow of the Atlantic dictates life in this resort town on an 18-square-mile island off the Georgia coast. T+L readers gave St. Simons high marks for the caliber of its residents, scoring ninth place for most active and sixth for their intelligence. They’re lucky to live in a beautiful natural setting, with miles of sandy beaches and sprawling oaks. Attractions include golf courses and an 1872 lighthouse with sweeping views.”



Tile_T+L_MostRomanticTownTravel + Leisure, St. Simons Island is #1 Among “America’s Most Romantic Towns,” January, 2014

As part of the inaugural “America’s Favorite Towns” survey, Travel + Leisure measured 744 towns in 55 categories. To calculate the most romantic towns, they looked at categories such as picnic-friendly parks, brunch spots, bakeries and romantic accommodations. St. Simons Island ranked #1 for striking the right balance between seclusion and accessibility. Charming cafes, picnic spots, biking, antiquing and the landmark lighthouse also ranked high among readers.


USA Today Travel, “Experience St. Simons Island, Georgia,” January 14, 2014

“This is the heart of the Georgia coast: Roads are lined with 100-year-old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss; the shops in the charming town village include one owned by a Carnegie heir (Gogo Ferguson, who sells sea-inspired jewelry at her eponymous boutique); and local restaurants serve crab fresh from the Atlantic…The beaches are only moderately developed and have a peaceful feel.”


Tile_Outside_BestFallBeachEscapeOutside Magazine Online Adventure Adviser, “The Best Fall Beach Escapes”

“But in the fall, when the taffy eaters have largely vanished and the air temperature still lingers in the 70s, you’ll barely have to share the soft, grass-crowned sand with anyone.”




The New York TimesA New Capital for U.S. Golf (Pop. 13,000)”

“It seems crazy to consider that an island with a population under 13,000 has four residents participating in the Ryder Cup…”

“…an island that is the size of Manhattan and has the feel of Mayberry.”


Athens Banner Herald“Beauty of St. Simons Make Perfect Backdrop for Golfing Hotbed”

“(PGA TOUR Player Zach) Johnson says the “beauty of the place is everything else. It’s the people, it’s the mom-and-pop shops, it’s the food.”

In addition to Davis Love III and Jonathan Byrd, “The other PGA players calling St. Simons home this year are 2007 Masters Tour­nament champion Zach Johnson, 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover, Matt Ku­char, Harris English, Brian Harman and Hudson Swafford. Then there are the part-time residents. Augusta native Charles Howell lives in Orlando, Fla., but has a house on St. Simons. Brandt Snedeker has a condo, as does Chris Kirk, a St. Simons resident for six years before moving back to his native Atlanta last fall.”


U-T San Diego“St. Simons: Island of PGA Tour Stars”

“At the end of the Avenue: Sea Island Golf Club, founded in 1928 and now home to a colony of professional golfers who came for the Southern hospitality and ambiance, and stayed for the top-notch instruction, the strong courses with their ocean views, and for the Mayberry quality of life.”


Southern Living“The Scenic Route: Georgia Coast Road Trip”

“For dinner, go local with some of the best Brunswick stew (the area’s namesake staple) and ’cue at Southern Soul Barbeque”


Wicked Good Travel Tips “Is it Crazy to Love an Island? Meet St. Simons Island, Georgia”

“St. Simons Island has resisted the temptation suffered by so many other tourism areas to tear down everything in sight and replace it with shopping emporiums, manufactured quaintness and high-rise luxury developments. Driving along the winding island roads, reveals a charming mix of well-loved cottages, traditional family homes and stately dwellings.”


The Tampa Bay Times “St. Simons Island, Ga., Full of Southern Comforts”

“Forrest Gump would love it here, where shrimp is king and Southern hospitality is alive and well.”

“There are 20 miles of paved bicycle trails throughout the island. Locals who live and work here seem downright happy to chat, give you directions to Southern Soul Barbeque (“They were on the Food Network, you know”) and profess their undying love for their island home.”

“Throughout the weekend I find Southern comfort food everywhere. The breakfast buffet at the Sandcastle Cafe is groaning with eggs, waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, grits, fresh berries and peach cobbler. At Tramici, a favorite of locals, platters of fresh oysters on the half shell are served family style. The number of seafood restaurants on the island is almost staggering. Fresh crabs, oysters and fish come smoked, sauteed, baked, steamed, broiled or boiled.”


Tile_AOL_TenBestIslandsAOL Travel “America’s 10 Best Islands”

“The largest of Georgia’s four Golden Isles, St. Simons has beckoned bluebloods and birders for a century with marshes, maritime forests, and Mediterranean Revival mansions…Patrol the waters on a working shrimp boat, sail on a dolphin-watching tour, or just bask on pearly sands.”



Yahoo Travel “America’s 10 Best Winter Beach Retreats”

“…St. Simons is known for its centuries-old moss-draped oak trees, historical landmarks, white-sand beaches, and 99 holes of golf. Cars are allowed on the island, but the leisurely pace of life here will make you want to stay away from anything with a motor.”


Golfchannel.com (regarding the PGA TOUR Event on St. Simons Island, The McGladrey Classic)

“Relaxed would be an understatement. Quaint doesn’t exactly do this place justice.

Volunteers greet fans with a toothy, ‘Hi y’all.’ Normal tournament staples of hot dogs and hamburgers are supplanted with fried chicken and the smoky perfection of island icon “Southern Soul” BBQ. Even the press is housed in the cozy “corn barn,” a throwback structure to a more genteel generation.

In two short years the Sea Island stop has taken southern hospitality to an extreme…”


Southern Living“Ultimate Spring Escapes”

“The beaches and golf courses of this Atlantic escape vie for king of the island.”


Garden and Gun“Southern Dream Towns”

“St. Simons (which backs up to tony Sea Island) is the quintessential Southern beach town.”



“They call it ‘island time’ in this slice of the Golden Isles, a gentle, languid pace that moves with all the urgency of swaying moss – and the golf seems to have taken a cue from the laidback landscape this week.”


Atlanta Magazine – “St. Simons Island Georgia: A New Look at an Old Favorite”

“No one would ever say it’s particularly sophisticated to serenade patrons with kazoos at a fine-dining establishment. But that tradition, performed for birthdays at St. Simons’s Blackwater Grill, says a lot about what to expect from a trip to the island: a laid-back beachside experience that’s just shy of upscale and winningly unpretentious.”

“Despite the white-tablecloth atmosphere, the bar television is visible (and sometimes audible) from the dining room—a detail that’s in keeping with St. Simons’s easygoing personality.”


South Magazine – “St Simons Island, Charmed I’m Sure”

“Sometimes I pull a Rhett Butler and wander off into the world in search of what is left of charm and grace in life, and although oftentimes I find an adventure, it’s rare that I run across these particular attributes. Recently, however, I headed out in search of a little seaside delight and discovered this Holy Grail of elegance, in a city not so far south of Savannah.”

“The flat roads, shaded by mossy oaks make St. Simons an ideal island for bike riding; a heart-healthy and eco-friendly kind of transportation you can take advantage of for your entire stay, if you choose.”


The Florida Times Union“Where to Retire: A Wife is Lured by St. Simons Island”

“But on St. Simons, there is another large attraction — the marsh.”

“And as the week went on, I couldn’t help noticing how at every turn my wife was finding more and more to love about St. Simons Island.”


Golf Digest“The Ride of His Life: Captain Davis Love III gets a Ryder Cup Capper”

“On this occasion, Love, 48, is wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and sitting in an airy shop with a tropical motif and a mouthful of a name–Davis Love III’s Classic Paddle & Putt–in a quaint corner of St. Simons Island, Ga., the coastal town where Love and wife Robin have lived for more than 25 years.”


St. Louis Post-Dispatch“No Place Like Home”

“The tip of his fishing pole bobbing behind him, young Adam Wainwright didn’t have far to pedal from his boyhood home to Wildlife Drive and a little ribbon of this island that he considered his little slice of paradise.”

“‘My career has changed a lot, too. But what stays with me is how the people here haven’t changed, not to me. The best things about living here remain the same.’”

“The downshift into St. Simons continues for Adam with a few weeks of drinking nothing but sweet tea – something to help lubricate that Southern twang – and what Adam describes as an ‘eating marathon.’”


The Toronto Star“Golf Travel: The Joys of Golfing in Georgia”

“Watching the Masters always gives me a lift…It also reminds me that the good golf in Georgia isn’t confined to just Augusta National.”

“Another Georgia sweet spot for golf and marquee players is St. Simons Island. It’s not a big place. The sandy, barrier island has a population that’s just a tick over 13,000 people. A growing number of residents are major pro golfers. Davis Love III moved here as a teenager and has been a confirmed islander for more than 30 years.”


Fodor’s Forums “Just Discovered St. Simons Island in Georgia. Loved It!”

“While many coastal communities have succumbed 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.”

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