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Georgia/Florida Rivalry Weekend

This time next weekend Georgia/Florida festivities will be underway! Here are a few things to help you plan your weekend.

Georgia/Florida WeekendStash Your Trash will be taking place Friday 10/28 at 7:30 am. Before heading to the BIG GAME, please join us in the 9th annual Georgia/Florida Community Beach Sweep. The bags and gloves will be provided, along with bug spray and sunscreen… we just need Y-O-U!

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendFriday 10/28 there will be ALL DAY trolley rides starting at 9am. Stay safe and avoid parking trouble with an ALL-DAY $10 Trolley Ride Wristband to Frat Beach @ East Beach, SSI. Lighthouse Trolleys will run continuously from Sea Palms Resort to Coast Guard Station, East Beach, St. Simons Island, GA.

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendThe BIG game starts at 3:30 next Saturday on the SEC Network. You can watch locally at many restaurants and bars. OR you can also catch a ride to the stadium in Jacksonville with Light House Trolleys leaving at 9am from Sea Palms, $75 pp and BYOB.

 

 

Be safe and have fun!

 

 

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Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?

This weekend on St. Simons…

Saturday September 24, 2016

Southern Grown Farmers Market
10:00am – 2:00pmSouthern Grown
Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
This weekend visit Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for FREE.

Considered the headwaters of the Suwannee and St Marys Rivers. Various threatened and endangered species call this refuge their home, such as red-cockaded woodpecker, wood storks, indigo snakes, and a wide variety of other wildlife species. It is known worldwide for its amphibian populations that are bio-indicators of global health.  More than 600 plant species have been identified on refuge lands.  The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has 353,981 acres of National Wilderness Area within the refuge boundaries.

Touch-a-Truck presented by American Cancer Society Victory Board
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Brunswick Exchange Club Fairgrounds
Description: Kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to get close to the trucks and machines they have admired from afar. Including police cars fire trucks, garbage trucks, front end loader, dump trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, tractors and more!

Sunday September 25, 2016

Taste of the Vine fundraising event for the Coastal Coalition for ChildrenTOV-Signature-72215-1-ed
Happening Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 6:30-9:00pm for the 11th Anniversary of the Taste of the Vine fundraising event for the Coastal Coalition for Children, Inc. (CC4C). Not only will the event have wonderful food provided by The Georgia Sea Grill will be providing heavy hors d’ oeuvres, wine tasting, desserts as well as evening music at the Grill’s new location, 310 Mallery Street, in the heart of St. Simons Island village. There will also be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.

Location: The Georgia Sea Grill, 310 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Cost: $65 per person (two for $120) in advance, $75 at the door.

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Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

The 11th annual Shrimp & Grits Festival, hosted by Southern Living is taking place this weekend on Jekyll Island.

This festival has gained quite the audience over the years attracting visitors from near and far. The Shrimp & Grits festival holds contests for both professional and individual cooks of the dish each year to decide who is the best in the state. Chefs were chosen to participate in the contest by an online voting system among each region. The defending champion, Blackwater Grill of St. Simons Island, will compete this year against some new challengers including American Catch Seafood Exchange, Deano’s Italian, Goin’ Coastal, The National and West Egg Café among others. This year’s competition is at 11 a.m. Sunday, the final day of the festival that starts Friday afternoon.

One new feature this year is the Jekyll Island Experience Pavilion which features education displays and interaction with wildlife from the Georgia Sea Turtle center as well as some of centers in Georgia. There will also be a Craft Brew Fest for all of the beer fanatics which will feature over 50 beverages to sample. Regional musicians will perform live on three stages, and there will be more than 100 art and craft vendors along the walking paths of the historic district where the festival is held.

All events will be held in the island’s National Landmark Historic District on the western side of the state-owned island.

The festival hours are:

Friday September 16th, 4-9 p.m.

Saturday September 17th, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday September 18th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

General admission to the festival is free, but tickets for admission to the VIP Lounge, DuBignon and Riverfront Lawn lounge options and Craft Brew Fest are available at

 

 

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What’s Happening on St. Simons Island in August

A little Light Music

A Little Light Music

Friday August 14th from 7:00-9:00 PM Island Garage Band is back and will take you “back in time” with some of your favorite classic rock hits from Steely Dan, Chicago, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton and many more. Tickets are $12 for adults; children under 12 and Keepers of the Light are admitted free of charge.

 

ocean Sounds by the Sea

August 28th at 7pm Gwen Hughes & The Kats will play at Neptune Park on St. Simons. The concert is $10 at the gate, feel free to bring chairs and blankets.

 

 

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First Friday in Downtown Brunswick

Friday August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00pm visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Brunswick. Live music from local musicians will be there as well as art opening, and food and beverage samples

 

 

Sapelo Island Natural Estuarian Research Reserve Art ExhibitSapelo Island Painting

As part of its yearlong celebration of 40 years of research, education, stewardship, and training programs, the SINERR in partnership with McIntosh Art Association presents artwork inspired by the reserve at the Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, Gallery hours at the Ritz are Tuesday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, ending August 31st.Visit goldenislesarts.org or call 912.262.6934 for more information.

 

Southern Grown Saturday, August 13th, 2016 – 9:00am to 1:00pm

Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

 

Fort FredericaSaturday August 6th from 10am- noon you will be able to travel back in time with the help of clues from archaeology on what cooking must have been like at Fort Frederica. Visiting Fort Frederica is free and the National Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm

 

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Date Night Suggestions

So you just checked into you Hodnett Cooper, ocean front beach cottage on St. Simons Island with your significant other, and you are wondering what there is to for you all to do. You always come and hang out at the beach and eat at local restaurants but this time you want to do something different. You are looking for a romantic night with the one you love the most.

Lucky for you there’s endless possibilities, from massages, to horseback rides on the beach, to dinner and a movie.

Start your day off right with a couple’s massage, relax and enjoy each other’s company in a calm and serine setting. The Island Day Spa has a date night package perfect for you and your hunny! If you really want to spoil your lady you could also keep her company while she takes advantage of the manicure and pedicure services offered.

Once you are finished with your morning at the spa you can freshen up and head over to The Stables at Frederica to start your private horseback ride on the beach or through the trails. Enjoy ocean front views while you are on horseback with the salt air breeze. Or opt for a walk through the beautiful wooded trails with big mossy oaks all around you.

By the time you finish horseback riding, you will have surely worked up an appetite. You can head over to Tramici and see Chef Dave and Staff for some delicious neighborhood Italian cuisine accompanied by a delicious glass of wine.

After dinner, conveniently located right across the street is the Island Cinemas where you can finish your night off with a romantic comedy! Enjoy popcorn and candy while you laugh and enjoy yourself together as you end the wonderful day you have had together.

Location and phone information for all mentions are below.

The Island Day Spa

60 Cinema Ln

(912) 638-7799

The Stables at Frederica

Frederica Golf Club

100 Pike’s Bluff Drive

912-634-6900

Tramici Neighborhood Italian Restaurant

75 Cinema Ln, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

(912) 634-2202

Island Cinemas

44 Cinema Ln

(912) 634-9100

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June and July 2016 Activities

 

Wine and Paint

The King & Prince is hosting a Paint Party Thursday June 30th from 6-9 pm. $59 will get you in the door, wine, appetizers, and art supplies. Seats are filling up fast so reserve your spot today so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Follow this link to register www.getyourmuseon.com

Summer Movie Day

Children’s movies for $1.50 all summer long at Island Cinemas on St. Simons Island. Doors open at 9:15 am and the movie begins at 10:00 am every Tuesday and Thursday. This month Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip is playing as well as The Peanuts Movie. To see a full movie schedule and food and drink prices check out this link. https://www.gtcmovies.com/georgia-locations/island/kid-shows-2016

Friday Fun Day

Climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy exploring the interactive galleries in the Lighthouse Museum for FREE, that’s right, free! Every Friday in June children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge to the Lighthouse Museum. Games, crafts, and family activities will all take place each Friday as well! Learn more about the Lighthouse by visiting https://indexic.net/event/SaintSimonsLighthouse?GroupID=30

Little Light Music

Sunday, July 3 pack a picnic supper and cooler of your favorite beverages, grab your lawn chairs and blankets and come down to the St. Simons Lighthouse lawn for a seaside concert of Motown and R&B hits from the Harwell, GA band Still Cruzin’. This concert in the A Little Light Music summer series is presented by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Adult admission is $12, payable at the gate. Music starts at 7:00 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early to grab a good seat. We promise there will be a crowd.

Sunshine Festival

The Sunshine Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 2 with more than 76 local and regional artists and crafters set up in Postell Market displaying and selling their creations. The juried show includes painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, garden art, artisan products, wood crafts, and more. The Arts & Crafts show will continue through the weekend and the 4th of July with booths open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. For more info and a full schedule of events go to http://www.goldenisles.com/event/st-simons-island-4th-of-july-sunshine-festival-0

4th of July Fireworks on SSI

Fireworks will take place at the St. Simons Island Village Pier on Monday, the 4th, as usual. Come down early to grab a good seat. The waterfront park will be filled with music from the St. Simons Casino bandstand beginning at 3:00 p.m. and perform until the fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and then keep the party going for those who stick around after the explosive finale too.

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Our Top 5 Locations for Live Listening

If you are wondering where to go for live music on St. Simons Island, we’ve got you covered. There are so many options but below you will find a nice variety of restaurant styles all offering live music on the weekends.

  1. Gnats Landing

Address: 310 Redfern Village, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 638-7378

Located on St. Simons Island in Redfern Village, Gnats has been around for over 15 years and is known for their laid back atmosphere, great American food and of course, live music!  Locals and visitors alike can agree it doesn’t get much better than this down home local restaurant with good food and great people

  1. Mullet Bay

Address: 512 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-9977

Right in the heart of St. Simons, Mullet Bay offers seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. They have a great patio area perfect for listening to music while having a refreshing cocktail. They have Happy Hour daily at the bar with $1 bottle beer, $2 drafts, $3 wells, and $4 wines as well as $5 appetizers.

  1. Catch 228

Address: 228 Redfern Village #100, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-6228

If you are on a quest to find some delicious oysters, you have found the place at Catch 228! Along with many other seafood options they also offer sandwiches, salads, and wraps. They boast that although they are not located on the water all of their seafood is fresh, and we can attest to that!

  1. The Pub at Village Inn

Address: 500 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-6056

The Pub located inside the Cottage opens daily at 5 pm and welcomes locals and travelers. They have daily happy hour from 5-7, trivia on Wednesdays and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  1. The Public House at Sea Palms Resort

Address: 515 N Windward Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 638-3351

If you are looking for an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere The Public House at Sea Palms will be right up your ally. They offer a variety of craft beers as well as wine and specialty drinks. Their menu consists of an array of items such as grilled quail, and yukon fingerlings, to crab salad.

Follow the link below to get a full list of live music happening this weekend on St. Simons!

http://www.elegantislandliving.net/blogs/im-with-the-band/Live-Music-SSI-Brunswick-Golden-Isles-Thru-June8/

 

 

 

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Things To Do On A Thursday..Or Really Anyday

Its hard for me to understand why anyone would ever want to do anything besides soak up the sun all day at the beach! However I get that everyone’s different and you might be thinking what else could I do today while still enjoy the atmosphere of water, waves, and salty air. Good thing on St. Simons Island there is PLENTY of options to choose from. From ocean adventures to watwerparks we’ve got you covered.

Check out some of our suggestions below!

Waterparks 

Putt, plunge, picnic and play at this awesome oceanfront park. Located next to the lighthouse, the park features an 18-hole miniature golf course. The pool has a wading pool, water gym for kids, lap lanes and zero-entry access—all with American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Pool concessions are available. The neighboring playground has swings, slides and benches for watching the fun. Under two massive live oak trees is a picnic area with tables and grills available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The grassy lawn is perfect for Frisbee throwing.

Located on neighboring Jekyll Island, Summer Waves has 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the entire family.  Six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area to round out the fun.

Outdoor Adventures

  • St. Simons Island Trolley Tour
    This 90-minute tour takes you through 400 years of Island history with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide.Trolley leaves from 117 Mallery Street in the Pier Village. One tour daily at 11:00 am.
  • Ghost Walk of St. Simons
    Experience strange tales of local folklore, murder, mystery and fright. 90-minute and 2-hour tours available. All tours begin at 9 PM and flashlights are recommended.For seasonal schedules and ticket information, call 912.638.2765 or visit www.ghostwalkofstsimons.com
  • Kayak Tours
    Explore St. Simons, the marshes and neighboring islands by kayak with Southeast Adventure Outfitters. 2- and 3-hour kayak tours, boat tours, and full-moon nighttime kayak tours.
    313 Mallery Street
    912.638.6732
  • Dolphin Tours
    Cap Fendig, local guide and captain, offers 60- to 90-minute dolphin tours in the inland waters around St. Simons Island.
    Tuesday-Sunday
    Lighthouse Trolleys for more information
    912.638.3333
  • Emerald Princess Casino
    The casino boat departs from Gisco Point at the southern end of the Sidney Lanier Bridge for a five-hour excursion. Once in international waters, the boat parks and the gaming begins. Each cruise includes a light meal, access to casino gaming and return-to-port snack.

Fishing Charter

We have so many different options when it comes to fishing on St Simons Island. Whether you want to be out on the boat all day or just for a few hours between the selection of charters offered you are sure to find what is perfect for you.

St Simons Island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, St. Simons Sound, Frederica River, Hampton River and countless waterways in between, St. Simons Island fishing provides opportunity for deep sea and offshore fishing as well as fishing (and shrimping) in rivers, tidal creeks and even off the village pier. You’ll find the waterways scenic and fertile with all types of fish.

A Georgia fishing license is required and can be purchased online, or at a license agent. The license agent on St. Simons Island is:

St. Simons Bait & Tackle
121 1/2 Mallery Street
St. Simons Island, GA 31522   912-634-1888

Check out any of these awesome companies to see which charter option is right for you!

 

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Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Mom!

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Mom! 

Are you stumped as to what to get Mom for Mother’s Day?! Good thing here on St. Simons Island there are so many great places to get some pretty awesome gifts for your special Mom! From weekend getaways, to jewelry, to a family meal we’ve got you covered. Who doesn’t want to spoil the woman who selflessly puts others first every other day of the year? This is her one day to shine, so make it great by taking our advice and getting her any of our Mother’s day picks! Take a look at our list below to find which gift your Mom would like the best!

  1. Vacation GetawayJack Rogers Sandals
    • St. Simons Island is such a beautiful escape from everyday life, why not bring Mom to experience the beauty herself. Stay with us at Hodnett Cooper and she will be nothing short of amazed at her experience on the island!
  2. Jack Rogers
    • St. Simons Island very own, Cloister Collection has tons of Jack Rogers in different colors for you to choose from. These sandals are so versatile and classic, your Mom will surely love them!Turtle Tides
  3. Julie Vos Jewelry
    • Butler’s Stash has the best selection of Julie Vos bangles in town! These bangles are so elegant and easy to wear; you definitely can’t go wrong with these.
  4. Lunch with the family
    • Barbara Jean’s is definitely a local favorite and your Mom will be sure to love it too! They have the best crab cakes in town but they also have a variety of other delicious items on their menu.
  5. Paddle Board or Kayak rental
    • If your Mom is the adventurous type, head on over to Turtle Tides and rent a paddle board or kayak for her to enjoy for the day!
  6. Trolley Tour of the Island
    • St. Simons Trolley Island Tours is one of the best ways to see the island! If your Mom loves history and beautiful views she will surely love seeing the island this way.
  7. Lisi Lerch EarringsThe Southerns Handbook
    • Two Friends has the best collection of Lisi Lerch earrings. These tassel earrings come in so many vibrant colors, your mom will absolutely love these!
  8. The Southerner’s Handbook
    • Dutchman’s Casual Living has the best selection of coffee table books! If your mom is a Southern Belle she will thoroughly enjoy the Southerner’s Handbook!
  9. Acacia Honey
    • The Savannah Bee has the best honey! Why not get your mom a bottle big enough to last her until next Mother’s Day. The Acacia Honey is a best seller with tons of reviews.. but we suggest you go sample it yourself at their location at Mallery Pier!
  10. Flowers and a card
    • When in doubt your Mom will always appreciate the gesture of flowers accompanied by a hand written note from you. A Courtyard Florist on Frederica Rd. can help you pick the perfect arrangement.

 

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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!