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What’s Happening on and around St. Simons Island.

Spring weather has already made it’s way to St. Simons Island. We know you need a little salt air and sunshine to shake off the winter blues.

With it still a little too chilly to take a dip in the ocean there are plenty of activities happening around the Golden Isles for you to enjoy.

Here are Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals TOP 5 picks for you to enjoy in the month of March.

FIRST FRIDAY- March 4th.

From 5-8pm, take in a stroll through Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit galleries and shops up and down Newcastle and Gloucester Streets. Enjoy live music, food samples, wine & beer tastings, unique art and lots of energy.

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RED HOT CHILI COOK OFF- March 5. 

Join the Rotary Club of the Golden Isles in crowning the Chili Champion! Taste a variety of chili recipes from local restaurants, businesses and individuals. As you taste and vote for your favorites, enjoy live music from the Stingrays. This family friendly event is a St. Simons Island favorite. Ready your bellies for a day full of chili and get your tickets today!

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4th ANNUAL GEORGIA ELVIS FESTIVAL- March 10-13

We are “all shook up” that the Georgia Elvis Festival is returning to Brunswick for it’s 4th year. This three day festival is a celebration tribute of the life and music of the one and only Elvis Presley. Dozens of “Elvi” compete in the preliminary contest and the winners move on to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest in Memphis. This event is packed with activities. Click here for a full list of events.

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SPRING INVITATIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET- March 19-20

Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the Spring Invitational Arts & Crafts Market at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Make a day of art exploration in the St. Simons village area. This event is free to the public.

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63rd ANNUAL TOUR OF HOMES- March 19th.

For 63 years, Christ Church as organized and hosted the Tour of Homes. This traditional springtime celebration is the major fundraiser of the year for the church. The tour includes visits to historical sites and homes that are the definition of southern coastal charm. Visitors from all over the region visit St. Simons Island for a peek inside these lovely homes. Click here for event details.

With so many unique activities and festivals, there are loads of reasons to visit. With over 350 properties to choose from, let an experienced vacation planner at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals find the perfect Island getaway for your group!

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SEPTOBER

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The calendar may say that summer fun is over and done, but here at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, we know better. It is just the start of the most charming time of year here in the Golden Isles, a time we affectionately call SEPTOBER. You may ask yourself, “what in the world is Septober?”, Septober is that time of year between September and October when the weather is incredible, football season has started, the busy summer crowds have thinned and there are more than enough events and festivals to keep your calendar full. With conditions this perfect you will want to eat, play and relax outdoors. Here are just a few upcoming events you do not want to miss.

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September 30th to October 4th, Celebrate the bounty of Georgia’s Golden Isles while raising awareness for Hospice of the Golden Isles. The Food & Spirits Festivals promises to become an annual favorite, allowing guests to experience all that is unique to our little island.

Area restaurants, regional farmers and artisans will be the highlight of Saturday’s tasting tents, farm stand and market.

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Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals has teamed up with the Under the Oaks Challenge and is offering 15% off your stay October 7-11. The Under the Oaks Challenge offers one of the most scenic half marathons you could run. Not ready to run 13.1 miles? No worries, the challenge is also offering a 10k & 5k. With race festivities kicking off on Thursday, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a long weekend on St. Simons Island. Let’s be real, 13.1 miles is a long way, relax and recharge in one of our 330 homes and condominiums. Big or small we are sure to have the perfect accommodations you and your running group require.

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Saturday, October 10th to Sunday, October 11th, enjoy all of your favorite local and regional artists and crafters. St. Simons Island Annual October Fest will take place at Postell Marketplace/Pier Village. Potter, painting, photography, woodcraft, garden art, jewelry and much  more will be available.

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The weekend of Georgia vs. Florida football game, October 30-November 1, our island comes alive with fans visiting to cheer on their alma mater. St. Simons Island is THE go-to destination for this college football weekend.  The weekend is full of activities, comradery and most importantly, football. This is one of our most exciting weekends of the year. Don’t miss out on all the fun, make sure to book your stay us.

For a complete detailed list of all activities taking place in the Golden Isles click here.

To get your weekend stay booked call 888-638-4750 and a professional reservationist will assist you in finding the perfect accommodations for your needs or book online at hodnettcooper.com. We look forward to seeing you on St. Simons this Septober.

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Fall, Festivals, Food & Fun!

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Take advantage of our Sweet Summer Savings!

It’s that magical time of year when the summer crowds have thinned, it’s still beach and swimsuit weather and there are several unique activities and festivals throughout the Golden Isles. A September visit to St. Simons Island could include the following…let’s start planning!

Farmer’s Market – The Market

Saturday, September 12, 9am – 1pm

Artisan foods and products from local farms and vendors. Enjoy samples along with live music.

 

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

September 18-20

A celebration of two Georgia favorites: shrimp and grits! On neighboring Jekyll Island, this weekend celebration includes tastings, arts & crafts, a craft brew tasting, cooking competitions, live music and great activities for kids. Food, fun and family…what could be better? Visit the website for a full schedule of events and pricing.

 

St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival

September 30- October 4 

This celebration of local food features five days of special events, including a kick off party, tastings, entertainment and a Spiritual Brunch to close out the festival. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events and pricing.

 

Looking Ahead

Did you know that Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals has teamed up with the Under the Oaks 1/2 Marathon challenge and is offering 15% OFF your stay October 7-11. This gives you and your running party plenty of time to enjoy all of the weekends race activities. Book your room now by calling 844-856-4903 or book online using the promo code: OAKS15.

“Under the Oaks” Half Marathon, Jekyll Island  October 10, 7am

Including a half marathon, 10K and 5K runs, the courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned. Both competitive and causal runners will enjoy the flat terrain and picturesque views of Jekyll Island. Visit RaceRoster to register.

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55 Secrets of the Georgia Coast

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The most recent issue of Atlanta Magazine features 55 secrets of the Georiga Coast  and includes Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island , Captain Gabby Charters, and St. Simons Island’s own Palm Coast Coffee and Fort Frederica National Monument.

We hope you’ll spend some time unearthing and exploring the secrets of Georgia’s unique and beautiful coast!

 

 

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Sea Island Dining & Spa Open to the Public During December

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Neighboring Sea Island is home to the AAA Five-Star and Mobil Five-Diamond Cloister Resort. The Cloister has been a premier southern resort since opening in 1928. Over the past decade, the resort has torn down and rebuilt virtually every facility including the hotel, spa, tennis facility and oceanfront beach club. With the refurbishments came an increased level of exclusivity, and access to the Island is by invitation-only. Only residents, hotel guests, club members and invited guests can access this exclusive enclave.

But in December, Sea Island is opening several facilities to the general public. From December 1-22, with reservations, you may visit one of Sea Island’s six restaurants, enjoy Spa and Salon packages, shop for holiday gifts and enjoy holiday entertainment.

Dining Options Include:

At The Cloister Hotel

The Georgian Room – Fine Dining

Tavola – Italian

The River Bar – French brasserie

 

At The Beach Club (on Sea Island, near The Cloister)

Southern Tide – Seafood

 

At The Lodge (Sea Island’s golf resort located on St. Simons Island)

The Oak Room Bar – Traditional tavern fare

The Colt & Alison – Steak house

 

In addition to the existing a la carte, menu, each restaurant will have a special prix fixe menu with two or three courses. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Sea Island directly at 877-624-0069.

The Sea Island Spa will also be open and will feature special spa and salon packages. Spa reservations are also required.

For three weeks in December, this is a wonderful opportunity for St. Simons Island residents, visitors and Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rental guests to experience the spa and dining facilities on neighboring Sea Island. Happy dining, everyone!

 

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“Septober” on St. Simons Island, Georgia

What’s Septober, you ask? It’s that magical time of year when the summer crowds have thinned, it’s still beach and swimsuit weather and there are tons of unique activities and festivals throughout the Golden Isles. A Septober visit to St. Simons Island could include the following…let’s start planning!

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Farmer’s Market – The Market

Saturday, September 13, 9am – 1pm

Artisan foods and products from local farms and vendors. Enjoy samples along with live music.

 

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

September 19-21

A celebration of two Georgia favorites: shrimp and grits! On neighboring Jekyll Island, this weekend celebration includes tastings, arts & crafts, a craft brew tasting, cooking competitions, live music and great activities for kids. Food, fun and family…what could be better? Visit the website for a full schedule of events and pricing.

 

Jazz in the Park

Sunday, September 21, 7pm-9pm

Join St. Simons Island residents and visitors alike for an Island favorite. Presented by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities for more than twenty years, guests bring food, wine and family to wind down the weekend on the oceanfront lawn at Neptune Park. This week’s musical guest  is Michael Hulett with a repertoire of jazz, soul, rock and pop. Bring a blanket or chair. Adult admission is $10; children 6-12 is $5 and kids under six enter free.

 

St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival

October 1-5

This celebration of local food features five days of special events, including a kick off party, tastings, “Blues, Bourbon & BBQ” and a Spiritual Brunch to close out the festival. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events and pricing.

 

CoastFest

Saturday, October 4

The 20th Annual CoastFest features 70+ environmental, educational, research and resource exhibitors from the southeast highlighting Georgia’s unique coastal environment. Kids love the hands-on exhibits featuring plants and animals. It’s a day of fun and learning for all ages.

 

St. Simons Island Antique Show

October 4-5, 9am-5pm

Antique and art exhibitors from all over the southeast gather in Postell Park near the lighthouse. Something for yourself of a St. Simons souvenir to take home, you never know what you’ll discover! Admission and parking is free.

 

“Under the Oaks” Half Marathon, Jekyll Island

October 11, 7am

Including a half marathon, 10K and 5K runs, the courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned. Both competitive and causal runners will enjoy the flat terrain and picturesque views of Jekyll Island. Visit RaceRoster to register.

 

Glynn Art in the Park Fall Festival

Saturday, October 11

More than 70 fine artists and craftsman fill Postell Park with paintings, photography, pottery, woodwork, toys and more. Admission is free.

 

5th Annual St. Simons Island SUP Challenge

October 17-18

Hosted by Davis Love III Paddle & Putt, the event includes a 3-mile short course, 8-mile elite race- 4-person team relay race, 13 and under and a dog on board race.

 

15th Annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee

October 18, 11am

For 15 years, cooking teams have been facing off for the coveted title of Best Brunswick Stew. Official judges name the Judges’ Award winner. As a participant, you vote for the Peoples’ Choice! The day long event starts with a 5K race and includes a Pooch Parade (with costumes!), live entertainment, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and a kids’ fun zone. And of course, an array of creative Brunswick Stews to enjoy!

Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event. Visit the website for team registration, schedule of events and pricing.

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Lanai Marketplace this Saturday, March 15, on St. Simons Island

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Saturday, March 15 is the first “Lanai Marketplace” at Taylor House Interiors on St. Simons Island. The Marketplace will feature food, plants, art and more from the best local and regional sources.

The lineup of food offerings include coffee and baked goods from Coastal Coffee and Desserts, fresh produce from Uncle Don’s, grilled meats and veggies (and marinades and sauces) from Bruce Hanson of Storybook Hearth & Home, homemade jelly and jams from Tee Tyme and sweets from Sugar Marsh Cottage.

Art includes fine art from Ellen Moriarty and photography from Nancy McPherson and Kenneth Carroll.

The Taylor House gardens will be open with trees and plants ideal for Spring gardening. And inside Taylor House, guests receive 30% off any single item and if you wear green for St. Patrick’s Day, receive 20% off a second item. While shopping and tasting, be sure to enter the drawing for a $500 gift certificate.

The Lanai Marketplace is located at 3079 Frederica Road on St. Simons Island, Georgia, just north of the intersection of Sea Island and Frederica Roads. Stop by on Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to experience the first Lanai Marketplace!

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The St. Simons Island Red Hot Chili Cookoff is Coming on March 1

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Custom trophies for the St. Simons Island Chili Cookoff

It’s an event so hot and spicy, you might want to bring a hankie and a jug of water! That’s right, it’s the 2014 Red Hot Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Golden Isles Rotary Club.

On Saturday, March 1, the competition begins. Restaurants, organizations and individuals compete for the coveted Best Chili award. The cookoff takes place on St. Simons Island at Postell Park in the pier/village area. Doors open at 11am, and tastings begin at 11:30. With your entry fee, you can taste as many chili concoctions as your taste buds can handle, then cast your vote for your favorites.

As you stroll the park, taste the recipes and drink your water, enjoy live music from the Stringrays.

At 2pm, the trophies will be awarded and the Best Chili of 2014 will be celebrated until next year’s cookoff. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of St. Simons Island’s greatest and tastiest events!

Tickets prior to March 1 are $5 or $8 at the door (children’s tickets are $3). All proceeds benefit local charities.

Prior to March 1, purchase a ticket from any Rotary Club member or at the following locations:

Brunswick: Ameris Bank, Hattie’s Books and Tipsy McSway’s, Brunswick News and Chamber of Commerce

St. Simons Island: Ameris Bank, Brogen’s Village, Brogen’s North, St. Simons Health and Fitness Center, GoFish, Sweet Mama’s, St. Simon’s Drug Co and Pet Exchange.

Jekyll Island: Ameris Bank

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New Year’s Day Meal for Luck and Prosperity

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It wasn’t until I lived outside the south that I realized not everyone eats a special meal on New Years Day. The traditional New Year’s Day meal in the South is meant to start the year off right and bring good fortune in the year ahead. Are Southerners superstitious, or do we just like a good excuse to cook another special feast? We’re not sure the right answer, but we can share our traditions:

Greens – symbolizing dollar bills, cooked greens are meant to bring wealth and luck in the new year. The Southern cook typically uses collard greens with pork for flavor.

Black-eyed Peas – resembling coins, black-eyed peas are also thought to bring luck and prosperity. Eat 365 for each day of the coming year.

Cornbread – symbolizing gold, cornbread is a staple on Southern tables on New Year’s Day.

Pork – eating pork signifies abundance and brings luck. The more pork in your meal, the more luck! Also, pigs root forward into the ground, which symbolizes progress.

Hoppin’ John – this dish combines black-eyed peas with rice and some sort of pork. Leftovers the day after are known as “Skippin’ Jenny.” Eating Skippin’ Jenny shows your frugality and increases your chances of prosperity.

On St. Simons Island, there are several restaurants with menus that can cover your New Year’s Day needs. Try Southern Soul BBQ or 4th of May Cafe for your helping of good fortune and prosperity!

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Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival – September 20-22, 2013

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This weekend is the Annual Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival on Jekyll Island. The festival is a celebration of one of Georgia’s most famous “crops” and the lowcountry’s signature dish, shrimp & grits.

Featuring plenty of food, live music, craft brews, tastings, cooking demonstrations and activities for kids, the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is fun for all ages.

New to the lineup this year is the “Songwriter in the Round” showcase presented by Southern Living magazine. Songwriter Rob Crosby will entertain at a free show at the Rah Bar beginning at 7pm, Saturday, September 21.

Just a short drive from St. Simons Island, Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is happy to provide accommodations during your stay.

Visit the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival website to learn about:

Activities & Tickets

Craft Brew Tasting

Guest Chefs & Personalities

We hope to see you this weekend!