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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!

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    • 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!
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    • 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.
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    • 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!

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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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Book Your Stay and Bring Your Appetite!

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Maybe you have attended the Shrimp and Grits Festival every year since it first began in 2005, or maybe you have never attended. Regardless, THIS is the year you do not want to miss! Come explore the festival as locals and visitors celebrate one of Georgia’s most famous “crops” and the lowcountry’s signature dish, shrimp & grits.

The 2015 Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival will be the best yet. The 10th anniversary celebration will feature a new Jekyll Island Experience Pavilion, an expanded Southern Living Pavilion, dedicated sponsor area, and double the craft brew vendors. Family-friendly entertainment, professional and amateur cooking competitions, live music across two stages, and more than 100 hand-selected art and craft vendors will be on-hand for this three day event.

This is a FREE event under the oaks in the National Historic Landmark District on Jekyll Island.

  • Friday, September 18: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is offering 10% off of your stay in September so book NOW! You can book online at using the promo code: SWEET10 or call us at 844-877-0057

For a schedule and list of all the festival activities click here.

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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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What’s Happening in the Golden Isles.

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Now is the perfect time to visit St.Simons Island. The Weather is beautiful, the summer crowds have thinned and there are numerous unique activities and festivals taking place throughout the Golden Isles. Break out your calendar and start planning your next visit.

 

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6th Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Fishing Tournament will be held on August 20-22, 2015 at the Morningstar Marina with an awards banquet taking place on

August 22nd in the Harbour Room at 6:30pm. For additional information on this event click here

 

 

 

Amphibians of the Maritime Forest Wetlands: Hidden Treasures at Cannon’s Point Preserve 

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Secreted in the maritime forest are wetland creatures adapted to cycles of wet and dry seasons, layers of leaf litter and moisture loving plants insects. Walk through their realm in the late summer light with Dirk Stevenson. Gather in the pavilion for more information and catered hors-d’oeuvres.

 

Jazz and Poetry Den

Friday, August 21st, 2015 – 8:00pm

It’s live! Spectacular artists, great music, standing ovations, spoken word, artwork, joy, laughter, and fun! Come join us at the Jazz and Poetry Den, Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia on Friday, August 21st at 8:00pm.

 

 

End of Summer Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd, August 2015

Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the End of Summer Arts and Crafts Show at Postell Park on St. Simons Island.

Show is from 10:00-5:00pm on all days. For more information about the Arts & Crafts show click here

 

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St.Simons Island Antique Show

Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th, September 2015

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.
Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, Ga.

 

 

JJ Grey and Mofro Perform LIVE  

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm

JJ Grey & $RM91KPQMofro are a Southern Rock/soul/funk/blues/jam band from Jacksonville, FL. From the days of playing local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer. Experiencing this band live is a must! Event will be at Rainbow Island on Sea Island.

Ticket cost: $40 General Admission and $90 VIP (receives stage front access, 2 drink tickets and light bites). Chairs and blankets are welcome.

No coolers or outside food and beverage allowed. Doors open at 7pm; concert begins at 8pm-10pm.
For  tickets visit https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised/70501

 

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Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th, September 2015

A weekend celebration of two of Georgia’s most beloved foods – shrimp and grits. The festival features a cook-off, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and a kid‐friendly fun zone. This festival is a must-see for any food lover.

For a full list of all local activities visit www.goldenisles.com

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St. Simons Island Guide to Summer Fun : 4th of July

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4th of July week is a favorite time of year on St. Simons Island. For over 60 years, the St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival has been held in the Pier Village, welcoming all ages to celebrate!

 

Sunshine Arts & Crafts Show

Friday, July 3- Sunday, July 5, 10am-5pm

This Sunshine Festival features an Arts & Crafts Show that highlights some of the region’s best artists and crafters whose wares include painting, pottery, jewelry, woodcraft, photography, garden art and more! Friday through Sunday vendors will be in Postell Park adjacent to Mallory Street, the lighthouse and casino. While you’re out and about, have coffee, lunch or ice cream in the village!

Sunshine Festival 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, July 4

Bring the family and participate together in a 1 mile fun run and 5K race on July 4th. The 1 mile fun run begins at 7:30am, and the 5k race starts at 8:00am. Start/Finish/Registration for both races will be at Mallery Park on St. Simons Island. (Mallery Park is just north of Kings Way on Mallery Street). Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up: 6am – 7:15am, Mallery Park, St. Simons Island.

 

Golf Cart Parade

Saturday, July 4, 2pm

Deck out your golf cart in red, white and blue and join the golf cart parade! Carts line up adjacent to Mallery Park, then make their way through the St. Simons Island Village. Line Up starts at 1pm. More information at Saint Simons Bait and Tackle 912-634-1888.

The Fourth of July on St. Simons Island features many activities, including a golf cart parade

The Fourth of July on St. Simons Island features many activities, including a golf cart parade

 

Fireworks

Saturday, July 4, 9:00pm

The fireworks display begins at 9:00pm on the evening of the July 4th. So bring your chair and meet your friends in oceanfront Neptune Park and sit back and watch the show. Parking is tight, so we encourage you to arrive early, walk or bike.

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What’s Happening in the Golden Isles June & July 2015

Summer is here on St. Simons Island and while the beach is always waiting, there’s even more to do! History, music and culture take center stage in the coming summer months and we hope you’ll join the fun. With over 350 properties to choose from, an experienced planner at Hodnett Cooper vacation rentals can help you find the perfect accommodations to pair with the perfect summer events! We hope to see you soon, here are just a few of the many activities to choose from in the summer months:
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A LITTLE LIGHT MUSIC

Held on the oceanfront lawn of the St. Simons lighthouse, attendees bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and cocktails to enjoy lively music in a beautiful setting. $12 at the gate, children under 12 are free. Concerts begin at 7pm.

June 14  blues/soul/piano music of Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots

July 5  local favorites Mason Waters and the Groove Allstars

See full summer series listing here

 

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 THE MCGLADREY CLASSIC-BUY ONE, GET ONE!  

From now through June 30, receive one free ticket to the McGladrey Classic when you purchase one at regular price. The McGladrey will be held November 16-22 at The Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island. Purchase tickets here

 

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ARTS AND ANTIQUES WEEKENDS

While exploring the St. Simons Island village sights, be sure to visit the arts and antiques shows in Postell Park!

June 27-28: Antique dealers from all over the Southeast, featuring an array of fine an fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver,glassware, etc. Located under the oaks on the grounds of Postell Park on Beachview Drive. 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

July 3-5: Annual 4th of July Sunshine Festival Arts & Crafts Show in Postell Park featuring painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more. 10am-5pm all days.

Always free admission and parking!

 

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SIMONS ISLAND 4TH OF JULY SUNSHINE FESTIVAL

Friday July 3rd to Sunday July 5th

The Annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival held in the Pier Village on St. Simons has been as island tradition of over 60 years. The family fun starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.

The fireworks display begins at 9pm on the evening of July 4th. So bring your chair and meet your friends in Neptune Park and sit back and enjoy the show! Click here for a full listing of 4th of July festivities

 

 

 

 

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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!