The year is half way over, it is hard to believe but in the Golden Isles there is never a lack of fun family friends things to do! Third quarter has so many great summer activities but we’ve highlight three must-do items along with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot we recommend you try! You won’t be sorry you did.

Movie under the oakFeatured July Activity
Enjoy a summer outdoor movie with the family courtesy of the St. Simons Land Trust. Bring a picnic, chairs or blanket and get ready to watch the Disney classic, Swiss Family Robinson at the Old Stables Corner.

 

 

little_light_musicFeatured August Activity
Held on the oceanfront lawns of the St. Simons Lighthouse, A Little Light Music is a unique experience where concert-goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy performances on select Sunday evenings through August.
Southern Grown Sea IslandFeatured September Activity
Top culinary and spirits personalities, renowned bands, and a range of intriguing instructional sessions combine to create a remarkable multi-day program that showcases the best of the South in the Southern Grown Festival.

 

 

Palm Coast St Simons IslandBreakfast at Palm Coast
Coffeehouse-cafe with a tropical vibe, full bar, free Wi-Fi & tranquil outdoor seating area.

 

 

 

Gnats Landing St Simons IslandLunch at Gnat’s Landing
Seafood platters & sandwiches served in a laid-back, island-themed locale with live music & a bar.

 

 

 

 

Crabdaddys St Simons IslandDinner at Crabdaddy’s
Local catches are blackened, grilled & fried in this down-to-earth seafood & steak restaurant.

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is proud to launch a brand new website. One of the main functions of the new website is that it is responsive. No matter if you are searching vacation rentals on your phone, tablet, or desktop planning your next vacation will be seamless! vacation rentalsWith larger images and a cleaner design viewing properties will be simple and fun. All images are high resolution for the highest quality experience. Once landing on the site you will see that searching vacation rentals has never been easier with a search bar right on the home page! Once diving into a search, you will have advanced options to search by such as: private elevator, beachfront, or community pool. With over 300 vacation rental properties, there is something for everyone. Check out the Area Guide to learn all about St. Simons Island and the surrounding areas. Although there are tons to do on St. Simons there are also many great places that are all driving distance away and make for perfect day trips. We also have a new blog with a fun new format with images to help easily showcase each blog topic. Check back each week for our latest blog post, we love to keep you up to date on what is happening in the Golden Isles. St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles are a little slice of paradise; we are thrilled to showcase the area and can’t wait to share it with you on your next vacation to coastal Georgia!

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!Art Exhibit St Simons Island

Coastalescapes Exhibition

Now through May 1, 2017

Glynn Visual Arts
106 Island Drive
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

 

Cocktails For Our Coast

Wednesday, March 15th to Sunday, April 30th, 2017

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

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 – 10:00am to 8:00pm

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.Wedding Season on St. Simons 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!

Golden Isles April Events

Art in the park
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd, April 2017
Join over 70 talented artists & skilled crafts people from around the region display an impressive & eclectic collection of handmade artwork; at the 24th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft festival. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of 2-dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal & glass. Enjoy beauty products, botanical & gourmet treats all made at home. There will be a wide variety of food vendors serving freshly prepared food. Music, kid’s craft activities & a bicycle treasure hunt, known as “Pedal for Treasure” make this a fun, family friendly event. This festival is held in the beautiful live oak covered Postell Park in the heart of the Pier.

Taste of Glynn 2017
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Come and enjoy the 17th annual Taste of Glynn! Held at the historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, talented chefs and caterers from the Golden Isles will showcase their amazing talents. Take part in the Silent Auction for your chance to win a coveted assortment of finds from vacations to jewelry, original works of art to gourmet delicacies.

A Taste of Glynn is more than a treasured local tradition. While the food is sublime and the oceanfront setting is legendary, perhaps the most unforgettable offering of the evening is hope. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Glynn Community Crisis Center, which serves victims of domestic violence. While you enjoy the finest food in the region in the company of family and friends, you also help provide vital programs and shelter for those who are building a new life free from abuse and fear.

Shell-e-brate
Thursday 6th to Friday 7th, April 2017
Two day festival of local and regional organizations, collaborative projects & activities to highlight the influence and relationship of tidal changes along Georgia’s coastal habitats and how community members can make environmentally friendly decisions that aid in protecting our natural resources, both inland and near the coast.

April 6 & 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Activities included with General Admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center – $7 adults (age 13 & up), $5 children (age 4-12), children under 3 are free.

 

Southern grown
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Enjoy live music as you visit local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods, and produce.

 

 

 

Young Eagles Flight
April 8th, 2017
Join the Golden Isles Speedway for a night filled with exciting races!  See Late Model, Emond, Enduro, NeSmith SS, Super Street, and 440s. Grandstands open at 5pm, event starts at 6pm. Pit entry is $30 and general admission is $10. Kids 12 and under are free.

 

 

Tree Spirits on St. Simons Island

If you’ve vacationed on St. Simons Island, then you’ve most likely seen a tree spirit. These works of art carved into oaks trees spanning across the island are magnificently unique! Artist Keith Jennings wanted a way to remember the lives of those lost at sea aboard ships made from St. Simons Island oak. He fell into this creative outlet when per Jennings “I had a little too much time on my hands and not enough money”. He credits his work to the trees though, they inspire him and carving these beautiful oak trees allows the tree’s spirit to shine through.Tree Spirit On St. Simons Island

There are about 20 tree spirits on St. Simons Island only 7 of which are located on public property. There rest were carved into trees that belong on private residence. Enjoy strolling the island on foot or bike and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful works of art! Listed below are the addresses to the Tree Spirits that are on public property.

  1. Golden Isles Welcome Center
  2. Mallery Park- Baseball Field 529 Beach View Dr. St. Simons 422 Park Avenue Main parking lot- West side of building Large tree in Parking lot entrance to Park
  3. Mallery Park- Basketball Court
  4. Magnolia Manor Retirement Home 515 Park Avenue 120 Heritage Dr. Right behind the Basketball Goal- East 1st right and then 1st tree on the right
  5. Red Fern Village
  6. Anderson Fine Art Gallery and Delaney’s 310 Redfern Village 3305 Frederica Rd Across the street from Gnats Landing- look up The large tree directly in of Art Gallery
  7. Gascoigne Bluff Park 1000 Arthur J Moore Drive Along the dirt rd. closest to the River by the picnic area.