Hodnett Cooper is thrilled that Southern Living magazine, the preeminent source for Southern culture, travel, events and lifestyle, has named St. Simons Island one of its favorite spring vacation destinations. In the article, Southern Living describes St. Simons Island:

“The beaches and golf courses of this Atlantic escape vie for king of the island. About 80 miles north of Jacksonville and 85 miles south of Savannah, St. Simons has multiple golf courses, pristine coastlines, and plenty of outdoor activities to fill those sun-drenched Spring Break days. If you’re bit by the shopping bug, venture to the island’s southern tip to Pier Village to pick up an extra pair of sandals or an easy beach read. Local restaurants specialize in seafood dishes, and The Coastal Kitchen offers a raw shrimp and oyster bar.”

Southern Living goes on to describe accommodations through Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals:

“Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals offers condos and villas for couples or families on any budget, including daily and weekly rentals.”

We look forward to sharing St. Simons Island with Southern Living readers who have not yet been to our island…during Spring and all year long!

In an online article by AOL travel on August 24, 2010, St. Simons Island was named one of America’s 10 Best Islands. Other top destinations include: Shelter Island, New York, Santa Catalina Island, California, Orcas Island, Washington, and Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.

From the article on St. Simons Island.

“The largest of Georgia’s four Golden Isles, St. Simons has beckoned bluebloods and birders for a century with marshes, maritime forests, and Mediterranean Revival mansions. The island’s location made it a strategic maritime point: Explore Fort Frederica National Monument, where colonists won a major naval battle during the Revolutionary war and learn more at the WPA-built 1935 Old Coast Guard Station that houses the Maritime Center museum. Golfers can play hundreds of challenging holes between St. Simons and neighboring Sea and Jekyll Islands. Patrol the waters on a working shrimp boat, sail on a dolphin-watching tour, or just bask on pearly sands.

Fun Fact: The 104-foot St. Simons Lighthouse (a working navigational beacon operational since 1872) and its brick Victorian light-keeper’s residence were renovated in 2010.

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Local restaurant, Black Water Grill on St. Simons Island, was featured on last night’s Food Network episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. Several local residents were featured, including Ray and Jenny Middleton. Tucked away in Redfern Village – also known as the “local’s village” – Blackwater Grill first opened its doors in December 2000. They are famous for low country, cajun and southern coastal cuisine. Featured items on last night’s show included Boudin Fritters (a twist on a Delta favorite, Blackwater’s Boudin sausage, lightly breaded and deep fried, served with a homemade spicy garlic mayonnaise) and Grouper Daufuskie (Filet of grouper, served over caramelized onions and mushrooms, topped with special Daufuskie sauce).

This Old House named Old Town Historic District, Brunswick, Georgia the “Best Old House Neighborhood” for 2010.

Excerpts from article, by Keith Pandolfi and Danielle Blundell:

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Located on a peninsula surrounded by tributaries to the Atlantic, the unspoiled coastal community of Brunswick offers laid-back neighborhoods shaded by oaks. At its center is a quaint, turn-of-the-century Main Street with dozens of welcoming restaurants, cafes, and shops. The city is modeled after James Oglethorpe’s “Savannah Plan,” with homes built around parklike squares.

The Houses
Brunswick sports a number of Queen Annes, Gothic Revivals, and Second Empires. Homes start at $75,000 for a small fixer-upper and $190,000 for a larger, restored home.

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Why Buy Now?
With an expanded marina, new businesses on Main Street, and a progressive, preservation-minded mayor, Brunswick is poised to become a vacation and full-time hot spot. Though overdevelopment has hindered the charms of nearby barrier islands, Brunswick remains largely preserved and refreshingly authentic. “It’s still pristine,” says transplant Julie Martin. “It still feels like a small town, not a tourist trap.”

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The July issue of Southern Accents contains a brief feature of St. Simons Island and Sea Island. In an article entitled “A Summer of Savings at the Beach,” Hodnett Cooper and the Cloister were selected as the accommodations providers of choice. The article includes a photograph of Coast Cottage Lane and the new Sea Island Beach Club.

View the complete article online here: http://tinyurl.com/l2jzqb

iStock_000008025024XSmallA May, 2009 article entitled “Coastal Dream Towns,” named Brunswick, Georgia as one of the best places to live at the shore. Coastal Living Magazine cited Brunswick as “Most for Your Money,” and featured four photographs of downtown’s waterfront area.

From the article: (writers Kay Scheller & William G. Scheller)

Allure Factor – Brunswick – little more than an hour from Savannah and Jackosnville¬ –has concentrated on revitalizing its downtown and waterfront, where shops, restaurants, and a marina now thrive. Founded in 1771, Brunswick boasts more historic buildings than any city in Georgia outside Savannah, including many handsome downtown Victorians.

iStock_000007147798XSmallLocals Love – the 14 golf courses in and around the city and on nearby Sea, Jekyll, and St. Simons islands.

Home Prices – In Old Town – Brunswick’s historic district – houses have been selling recently at an average price of $167,000, but they can go much higher. Riverfront condos now in the works start at $300,000.

by Beth Burnsed, Jekyll Island Authority

istock_000006689593xsmallSince the inception of the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits: Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival in 2006, Joe Barnett, Jr. has participated and won in every Shrimp & Grits Cooking Competition. His winning streak and jovial personality caught the attention of Food Network. On March 18 at 9:00 PM the amateur chef will go up against world-renowned chef Bobby Flay on Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”

Taped in Joe Barnett’s hometown of Washington, GA, the show features Joe Barnett cooking his version of shrimp & grits against Bobby Flay’s version. Both chefs use locally caught wild Georgia shrimp provided by the Georgia Shrimp Association, a partner in the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits annual festival. Their dishes are judged by local fans and shrimp & grits connoisseurs. The one-on-one competition was a complete surprise to Barnett. In each “Throwdown” episode, the amateur cook thinks Food Network is shooting their profile for a show. What they don’t know is that Food Network star Bobby Flay is going to drop in for a surprise visit and challenge them to an unexpected cook-off.

“I was shocked when Bobby Flay walked onto the set,” said Barnett. “Of course, I’m always up for a cook-off and was proud to represent the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival and the Georgia Shrimp Association.”

The annual Shrimp & Grits: Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is held each year on Jekyll Island in September. This year’s event is scheduled for September 18-20 and will include cooking competitions, celebrity book signing, cooking demonstrations, shrimp boat tours and excursions and much more. More details can be found at jekyllisland.com and the festival Facebook fan page.