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3 Breakfast Spots On St. Simons Island You Have to Try

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!breakfast 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.

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4 Tips To Help You Get Organized In 2017

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!

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“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!

 

 

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7 Things To Do On SSI – Martin Luther King Weekend

Martin Luther King Weekend On St. Simons Island

From Oyster Roasts to Art Galleries, long weekends on St Simons Island do not disappoint! Don’t miss out on all of the great events happening over the holiday weekend.

Iisland_treasuressland Treasures

January 1st to February 28th, 2017

If you are up for a challenge the Island Treasure glass float hunt is perfect for you! As history has it these glass floats were once used to mark the nets of fisherman and occasionally they would get away and wash ashore. Now Jekyll Island selects artist from all over the country to create these one of a kind glass floats for lucky beach goers to find and keep!

gva_jim_jones_exhibitionGlynn Visual Arts Presents “Spatial Concepts”

January 3rd to 31st, 2017

In Jim Jones, new exhibit you will get to observe his latest Three Dimensional art piece which is intended to get us to think and ask questions about the art work, the size, the color, the shape, etc. If you enjoy and appreciate fine art then you have to check this exhibit out!

 

 

 

 

 

first_friday1First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick

January 6th, 2017

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

 

 

bob_meredith_and_tromp_loelArtTrends Gallery Presents Guest Artist Bob Meredith

January 10th to February 19th, 2017

Bob Meredith, who is originally from Georgia and now resides in the golden isles has been oil painting for over 40 years, he enjoys painting anything from custom portraits to landscapes to still life’s. He is known world wide for his most recent work in which he recreated store fronts that can be found in different places through out the country and world.

 

 

 

 

cannons_point_ruins_webCannon’s Point History Tours

January 13th, 2017

Come visit Cannons Point and get a glimpse into what life was like at cannons point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit saintsimonslighthouse.org to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance

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tug_a_war8th Annual Pull for a Kid Tug O’War

January 14th, 2017

Come out and support the Pull for a Kid organization when sends almost 40 kids to summer camp each year. All the money is raised at this family friendly. Bring a team of 5 friends, family or coworkers and come PULL! Divisions: Women, Men, High School, Coed. $100 entry donation per team.

 

sslt_oyster_roastSt. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast

January 14th, 2017

Join the St. Simons Land Trust for its 17th annual Oyster Roast which will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. Local chefs will be preparing and donating Southern favorites like Low Country Boil, BBQ, and Oysters. There will be live music by the folk singer and acoustic guitarist Owen Plant. Tickets are $75 each.

 

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Christmas On St. Simons Island

Christmas Tradition On St. Simons Island Lives On!

Each year with the help of Glynn County Fire department and the St. Simons Island Civinettes, Santa visits the island in his antique red firetruck. Starting around 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve you will hear sirens sound as Santa and his entourage of firetrucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles make their way through the streets. Children will get to enjoy time with Santa to remind him of any last minute Christmas wishes as well as receive a stocking stuffer from the volunteers.

This family friendly tradition has carried on for many decades with adults and children alike looking forward to it every Christmas season. Santa has added a few new stops to his route so make sure you plan accordingly so you don’t miss him! Take a look at his tentative route and be sure to catch him at your location of choice!

The route primarily takes Santa along Demere Road, Mallory Street and Frederica Roads with stops at the following locations;
1. St. Simons Casino Theatre at approximately 5:00 pm.
2. NEW LOCATION…Coast Guard Bathhouse
3. Shops at Demere
4. NEW LOCATION…Brogans North
5. First African Baptist Church

 

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

From Hodnett Cooper, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Things To Do In The Golden Isles in 2017

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 rainbow-island
    • 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.
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HGTV Dream Home 2017 on St. Simons Island

Have you heard? HGTV 2017 Dream Home is on St. Simons Island! HGTV is no stranger to St. Simons featuring our small but beautiful island on many of their shows throughout the years. St Simons was featured on Island Life, where a couple and their children from California move across country for a slow paced, more relaxed coastal lifestyle. One of Hodnett Cooper’s very own, Lisa Wilson was the Real Estate agent featured on the show to help the lovely couple find their perfect island home. In addition, St. Marys, just a few miles away was also the 2004 HGTV Dream Home. This year, in the heart of the island at Sea Palms subdivision sits the 3,600 square foot Dream Home. The home was originally built in the 1980’s but was completely remolded and turned into a modern day fairy tale. In addition to the lucky winner receiving the beautiful home they also win a Honda Pilot and $250,000 in cash, not bad right?! In previous years they have opened the Dream Homes for public tours and we are keeping our fingers crossed they will do the same this year! The contest starts December 28th and ends February 17th. You can vote twice a day every day, in years past there has never been a winner who did not vote twice a day every day… so make sure you enter daily!!! The winner of the contest will be announced in late February or early March.

HGTV 2017 Dream Home

HGTV 2017 Dream Home

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Cyber Monday 2016 Vacation Deals

CYBER MONDAY 2016

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days of the YEAR! Hodnett Cooper has vacation savings you can not pass up. Whether you plan on coming for a long weekend or the whole week, we have deals for you. Today only you can save up to $200 on a 2017 vacation stay. Bring your significant other, family, or friends and enjoy a St. Simons Island vacation that you know you got a GREAT deal on! 

Available Monday, November 28th, 2016 ONLY!
Save $100 on a 3-6 night stay in 2017 using promo code: SAVE100
Save $200 on a weekly stay in 2017 using promo code: SAVE200

 

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Offer Details: Offer valid for new reservations January 1 – December 31, 2017. Valid for Daily and Weekly stays (monthly stays not included, as monthly rates have discounts built in).  Some restrictions apply. Cannot be applied to existing reservations. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

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St. Simons Island RSM Classic 2016

RSM Classic 2016

The RSM Classic, formerly known as the McGladery Classic is hosted each year by the Davis Love Foundation partnered with the PGA TOUR. The inaugural event occurred in October of 2011. The Davis Love Foundation was founded in 2005 by professional golfer Davis Love, III.

RSM Classic 2016

RSM Classic 2016

The goal of this foundation is to contribute to the well being of the nation and the community by supporting programs that focus on building better and brighter futures for children and their families. The headquarters is located on St. Simons Island which is where Davis Love III calls home and also why the tournament is held in the Golden Isles. According to the RSM website the mission of the Davis Love Foundation is to “help build a better future for children and their families who are at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Foundation provides grants and donations to community-based programs that focus on children and families in need.”

The current title sponsor is contracted with RSM, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, through 2020. After five years, The RSM Classic has raised more than $4.8 million to support charities focused on children and families in need.  The funds benefit many organizations including Special Olympics (National, State and Local) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia.

For current standings of this year’s RSM Classic check out pgatour.com.

 

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St. Simons Island Secrets Revealed

The beach may be what brings you to St. Simons Island, and the miles of bike paths will keep you entertained while you are here. Of course there are lots of shops, and some fantastic restaurants too. This article from 365 Atlanta Family is a great resource on where to eat and what to do on St. Simons Island; but what are the secrets unique to our island? Here are three of our favorites.

Look for Tree Spirits: Hidden among housing developments, outside restaurants and other establishments are the tree spirits. Carved into the trunks of old trees, these works of art are fun to find. It’s like a scavenger hunt through town. Each tree spirit is a little different and you can find them all over the island. Visit any of the Golden Isles Welcome Centers for a list of locations.St. Simons Island Fort Fredrica

Visit Fort Frederica: St. Simons wasn’t always a vacation destination. In Colonial times, there was an English settlement on the island that pre-dates the American Revolution by forty years. Fort Frederica was set up to guard the coast from the Spanish. It was the Battle of Bloody Marsh, also on St. Simons that secured the land as an English colony instead of a Spanish one. Fort Frederica has a small, but very engaging museum and a fantastic Junior Ranger program where kids borrow a haversack with a spyglass and compass to complete their mission.

Say Hello to Mr. Bird: He’s been written about in the New York Times, and countless other publications. He’s an African Grey parrot that lives at the St. Simons Bait & Tackle shop on Mallory Street just off the pier. If he’s in a good mood that day, he might let you put him on your shoulder, if not, it’s best to just admire him up on his perch.

Sweet Endings: To round out your St. Simons Island adventure, visit Sweet Mamas in Retreat Village for a delicious peanut butter cookie with chocolate icing.

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Things to Do This Weekend on St. Simons Island

Fall is in full swing here on St. Simons Island, with the summer months behind us we are excited about all the events we have coming up. There is always so much going on in the Golden Isles from concerts to art exhibits, to festivals… there is something for everyone. This weekend there are many events happening, we hope that you will come out and enjoy some of the fun things going on! Here is a guide to whats happening this weekend in the Golden Isles.

disabGeorgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit in the Ritz Theatre Gallery

Now through November 23rd, 2016     

The Georgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit features 49 entries that include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, textiles and other mediums. Local artist Risa Rambo of St Simons Island received an Honorable Mention and her “Smocked Dress” will be on display.

 

art-100Glynn Visual Arts Presents “100 Art Works Celebrating 100 Years”

Now through November 21st, 2016

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present a new art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary/centennial of our National Parks Service.  GVA has partnered with Fort Frederica and will be presenting over 100 works by local artists celebrating the beauty, history and uniqueness of our own National Park, Fort Frederica. The exhibition will include art work in various mediums including painting, pottery, photography and more.

edwardsChristmas Open House

November 4th to 5th, 2016

Visit Edwards on St. Simons this weekend to see their expanded showroom for the Christmas Open House November 4th and 5th! Open 9am-5pm they will have Christams Decorations galore and more! Some of the items will include the following:Wreaths, garlands & swags,Ribbons, candles, cards & treats Heirloom quality ornaments, Orchids, plants & gifts, Plus home accents & decor

downtown brunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick

November 4th, 2016

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

 

 

warThe Literary Guild presents A War

November 4th, 2016

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film series presents A War. Denmark, 2015, directed by Tobias Lindholm. Commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province, while back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him—and his family back home.In Danish with English subtitles
110 minutes; Rated R.

They are free and open to all, although a $3.00 donation is suggested to offset film and theatre rental fees.

concertAlina Kiryayeva, concert pianist and chamber musician

November 4th, 2016

Golden Isles Live! Presents Alina Kiryayeva live in convert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.

Cost is $35 for adults, $10 for children or students

 

bruns-stewAnnual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee

November 5th, 2016

 Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The daylong event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event.

 

 

 

antique-showSt. Simons Island Antique Show

November 5th to 6th, 2016

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.

 

 

St. Simons Island

Community Day

November 5th, 2016

On Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Society will host its 2nd annual Community Day event. The museum will be open free of charge and offer tours, educational crafts, and activities for children and families.

 

 

beerRhythm & Brews Fest

November 5th, 2016

Enjoy live music from local bands throughout the day, tastings from dozens of craft beers, and a barbecue cookout at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island. The event is free to attend and tickets are available for tasting and barbecue.

 

victory-galaACS Victory Board 47th Annual Victory Gala

November 5th, 2016

Gala is Victory Boards’ primary fundraising effort annually, traditionally a black-tie event, which includes dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions.

Event will be held at the Gruber Aviation Hanger at the McKinnon St. Simons Airport.

riverNovember Rhythm on the River

November 6th, 2016

Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage.
Admission: FREE!

Georgia Sea Grill Fall Wine Dinnerga-sea-grill

November 6th, 2016

Join us at the piano bar Sunday, November 6th for an intimate wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Lensch and Wine Director Brian Henderson have crafted the ultimate blend of cuisine and wine in this special 4-course dinner with pairings. To reserve your seat for this delicious dining experience, call 912-638-1197 or email events@georgiaseagrill.com. Tickets are $65 per person, gratuity included.