There are always fun, family friendly, and exciting things to do on the coastal St. Simons Island but during spring time is always packed with so many activities its hard to choose which ones to do! Here is a few of our favorites happening this week!
Now through May 1, 2017
Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Cocktails For Our Coast
One Hundred Miles is proud to partner with 19 local restaurants across our coast to highlight the significance of coastal Georgia’s natural ecosystems.
Each restaurant has created their own coastal-inspired cocktail: ‘The Spartini!’ For every Spartini purchased, $1 is donated to support OHM’s work to protect Georgia’s 100-mile coast. Stop by each restaurant between 3/15 and 4/30 and drink their limited-edition Spartini.
Participating restaurants include: Brunswick, St. Simons, and Jekyll: Basil Thai and Sushi, Beach House Restaurant, Blackwater Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Del Sur, The Driftwood Bistro, ECHO, Georgia Sea Grill, The Half Shell, Halyards, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge, Tipsy McSway’s, and Tramici Neighborhood Italian
Golden Isles Food Truck Festival
Support the Golden Isles food truck movement on April 30th in Gascoigne Bluff Park! Bring the family and enjoy up to 30 different food trucks, live music, craft vendors, Corn Hole, and kids activities. 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity.
Wedding Season on St. Simons Island is in full swing! Come to think of it though, Love fills the salty air year round here. St. Simons is a popular wedding destination for brides but it can be a scary task planning a wedding in a town unfamiliar to you. Let us help with the stress and break down our favorite wedding venues on the island.
Epworth By The Sea is by far one of the most popular wedding venues on St. Simons. With breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views and history dating back to the 1800’s all your guests will fall in love with this charming venue. The Lovely Lane Chapel boasts of magnificent stained glass windows and has so much charm and natural beauty very little decorating is required. The gardens make for a great place for a quiet stroll before you say “I do” or for beautiful photography for you and your new spouse! You can’t go wrong with Epworth By the Sea.
Christ Church Frederica is one of the oldest churches in Georgia dating back to 1736. Founded just 70 years after the island was first settled by the English colonist. Aside from the rich history the beautiful lush green grass and the mossy oak trees draped around the church make it a picturesque setting for a couple to commit their love for one another. Christ Church does have rules and regulations for those seeking to get married here so be sure to review the information provided on their website before setting your heart on the beautiful and historic location.
St. Simons Casino Building is waterfront and right in the heart of St. Simons Island just steps away from the Pier Village. A popular wedding spot because of the outdoor atmosphere but also referred to as the “best deal in town” because the waterfront park and building can be rented for a nominal fee. We’ve included the rate sheet so you can see for yourself! Located right next to the Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals office make sure to stop by and talk to us about vacation rentals for your event!
The name Hodnett Cooper Real Estate has long been a mainstay in the Golden Isles real estate market. But in the spring that will change.
The company will join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks. In the spring, the company will officially begin operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate.
The family-owned brokerage, led by broker/owner Pat Hodnett Cooper, the daughter of its founder, operates three offices with more than 50 agents. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage network with more than 42,350 agents and 1,270 offices admitted to the brand since its founding in September 2013.
When presented with the opportunity to join the firm, Hodnett Cooper said she jumped at the chance.
“Very few times in your life do opportunities present themselves that are life changing; this is certainly one of those times,” she said.
“I am so excited for the future of our real estate company and for what our franchise affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will mean for our business.”
She feels that aligning the real estate brokerage with a large and recognizable firm like Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will bring good things in the years ahead.
“The name will resonate well with clients in all market segments and with real estate professionals in our area; we’re proud to represent this terrific brand and look forward to growing with the very best,” she said.
With their transition, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate agents will gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform, a powerful tool suite focusing on lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. The brand also provides national and international marketing support, listing syndication to consumer search sites in 35 countries, professional education and the exclusive Luxury Collection for high-end and resort listings.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Gino Blefari is also optimistic about the move.
“Pat is a well-respected leader throughout the St. Simons Island and Golden Isles marketplace,” he said. “We are thrilled to welcome them to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices family.”
The company’s new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices yard signs are expected to populate the Golden Isles this spring. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc., however, will continue operations as the largest vacation rental company on St. Simons Island and will not be part of the franchise affiliation.￼￼￼￼
Valentine’s Day on St. Simons Island
Named America’s Most Romantic Town by Travel + Leisure, St. Simons Island is the perfect destination for a Valentine’s weekend getaway. Whether you are in a new relationship or looking for the perfect way to pop the question St. Simons is the gorgeous setting you’ve been searching for. Enjoy the small town charm and warm weather while you fall in love with your significant other all over again. You can start your day with breakfast at Palmers Village Café, then walk through all the lovely shops at The Pier Village. Enjoy your afternoon walking on the beach or visit one of the many historic sites like Fort Frederica or Christ Church. If you would like a day filled with pampering your loved one book a couple’s message at Island Day Spa. Followed by a romantic sunset on horseback. End your evening walking through the boutique style stores at Red Fern Village and The Shops at Sea Island. Followed by a romantic Valentine’s day dinner. Whether you are looking for a waterfront locations or a trendier bistro style restaurants St Simons has a plethora of options for you! If you book a trip with Hodnett Cooper for stay dates between now and February 19th, 2017 you can enjoy 20% off using code: 2017feb. Our staff is happy to assist in making this Valentine’s day special and memorable for you and your loved one.
Book a stay with dates now until February 19th, 2017 and save 20% using code: 2017feb! Call 888.638.4750 or book online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HODNETT COOPER REAL ESTATE, INC ANNOUNCES THEIR 2016 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
Monday, January 16, 2017— Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is pleased to announce the recipients of their annual awards for 2016.
Each year, Hodnett Cooper recognizes agents that have demonstrated outstanding listing and sales performance, a positive attitude, devoted work ethic and a positive impact on the community.
Stephanie Foster Webb was honored with the “Top Producing Agent of the Year” Award. This award recognizes the exceptional level of accomplishment for the Hodnett Cooper agent with the highest sales volume for the year.
Stephanie finished the 2016 year with $11,706,328 in sales volume and was involved in 90 transactions.
Pat Hodnett Cooper, President and Broker of Hodnett Cooper Real Estate stated, “This is the second year in a row that I am pleased to recognize Stephanie as our ‘Top Producing Agent.’ Stephanie loves what she does and it shows. She is truly dedicated to her clients, her business, and our company. It is a blessing to call her a member of the Hodnett Cooper family.”
Carly Oxenreider was the recipient of the Hodnett Cooper “Open Heart & Hands Award”. Carly was nominated by her peers for her charitable efforts and positive community impact. Carly’s Pay it Forward with Property campaign, her leadership and involvement with Relay for Life, and her constant and unwavering support for our military and various non-profits that support our Veterans is truly inspirational.
“Carly not only dedicates time to making a positive impact in our community, her personal business mantra reflects her belief and commitment to helping others. She dedicates 10% of her personal commission from each transaction to a charity of her clients’ choice. That should inspire us all,” said Pat Hodnett Cooper.
The Hodnett Cooper Young Gun Award recognizes an agent that has joined the real estate industry within the last 24 months who has demonstrated dedication, a positive attitude and an exceptionally outstanding listing and sales performance. REALTOR, Erin Vaughn was the recipient of this award.
Erin finished the 2016 year with $9,695,713 in sales volume and was involved in over 75 transactions. She is also currently serving on the MLS Board of Directors and is the GIAR Awards Committee Chairman and the Chairman of the Young Professionals Network.
Pat Hodnett Cooper shared, “I am so proud of Erin for her outstanding achievements in real estate these last two years. She initially started her career working with Hodnett Cooper Long Term Rentals and has transitioned to become a successful Associate Broker with our company. I know that this is the beginning of a long and successful career in real estate for Erin.”
Hodnett Cooper is honored to have these incredible agents on our team.
ABOUT HODNETT COOPER
Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company with three offices throughout the Golden Isles, offering a full range of real estate services including real estate sales, residential rentals, property management, and commercial sales. They are the premier real estate company in southeast coastal Georgia with a professional and diverse team of over 50 Realtors®.
Catherine Maybank, Director of Marketing
Breakfast on St. Simons Island
You aren’t officially a St. Simons Islander until you’ve visited these 3 breakfast spots on the island! If you’ve ever come to St. Simons and asked a local where you should go for some good southern cuisine they will undoubtedly tell you these three spots. From local diners to a breakfast buffet there is something on the island for everyone. These are our top picks for favorite local spots on St. Simons Island!
Café Frederica, established in 1987 located on the North end of the island where their motto is, “Good Food, Good Friends.” Known for its diner like atmosphere, they definitely live up to their motto where everyone is welcome and everyone is family often times you will notice that employees know many of their patrons by name. You can get anything from omelets, roast beef hash to BLTs to club sandwiches and everything in-between.
Sweet Mamas, has been on the island for over 20 years and is loved for its quality breakfast sandwiches and bakery. Located inside the Winn Dixie shopping center it’s centrally located on the island making it a business hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Stop here for their famous pork pops!
Sandcastle, has been in business for over 25 years and is a local favorite! They are most well known for their delicious breakfast buffet. Located in the Pier Village, it’s fun to walk the beach from the Beach Club, The St. Simons Grand, or any oceanfront property you might be staying at to have a great breakfast.
Getting Organized in 2017
It’s hard to believe it’s already 2017!
Need some help with those New Year’s Resolutions to become organized? Are you thinking about listing your house this year, but you just can’t seem to tackle the list of to-dos around the home? Leaky faucets? Need to pressure wash the driveway?
Houselogic recently shared a few ideas that are key to becoming a little bit more organized around the house. If you follow their full list, they guarantee that you can organize your home by February 1st in less than an hour a day! Here are a few takeaways from this article that Hodnett Cooper believes will help you get your home list-ready in 2017!
Do that Project
“What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?” asks Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago. Is it the paperwork disaster in your office? The pile of clothes teetering on your dresser? Or that mess that surrounds your doorway? Start with what’s annoying you, she says. One hour on that task will get your organizing engine revving.
Reassess Your Display Shelves
Shelves crammed with knickknacks, books you’ll never read, and stuff you somehow accumulated are just a waste of space. Donate books to the library, discard the junk, and arrange what’s left in a way that pleases you
Declutter Your Desk
When your workspace is swimming with collectibles, staplers, Post-its, and more, paring down can keep you focused when it’s time to hunker down
Hang a Shelf
Wall storage is so often overlooked. Find a spot in your home where a shelf would solve a problem, and hang it. Maybe it’s for some toiletries in the bathroom, or laundry supplies, or for your kid’s stuffed toys.
In addition to the above ideas, Hodnett Cooper has a full market preparation guide that our licensed REALTORS are happy to discuss with you. From enhancing your curb appeal to creating a “model home” interior, our real estate professionals can help you help your home make a great first impression to potential buyers.
Good luck with those New Year’s Resolutions to get organized in 2017! And, if a Hodnett Cooper agent can offer advice on getting your home list-ready, just let us know!
There are always SO many fun things to do in the Golden Isles, new things always pop up as the year goes by but here are some of the highlights for 2017.
- For the Family: The Easter Egg Stroll, April 2017
- Each April in the Golden Isles there is A family friendly Easter gathering in the Historic District. Search and find Easter eggs hidden along Pier Road, get pictures with Easter Bunny, and enjoy pony rides and other activities. Eggs will be hidden and re-hidden throughout the festival. Special section for kids 3 and under.
- For the Couple: Valentine’s Day, February 2017
- With many great local restaurants and romantic activities, the options are endless for you to surprise your loved one with a weekend getaway. From sunset boat trips to horseback riding on the beach, there is something for every couple.
- For the Foodie: Food and Wine Festival, October, 2017
- The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival is a five-day event featuring the best in coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment. The festival takes place in several beautiful, historic venues throughout St. Simons Island in Georgia’s Golden Isles each year.
- For the Golfer: RSM Classic, November 2017
- Simons Island very own Davis Love III hosts the RSM Classic each year on Sea Island. The scenery is beautiful and the golf is exciting. Typically closing out the official PGA season, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
- For the Football Fan: Georgia-Florida Weekend, October 2017
- Whether you root for the Georgia Bulldogs or not, this is an excitement filled weekend for everyone! the Golden Isles will be filled with a sea of red and black and you will surely be amongst great company to enjoy watching the game and your favorite local spot.