4 Day Trips Near St. Simons Island that can’t be missed!
Jekyll Island, only about 20 miles away from St. Simons Island but seems like worlds away because you have to cross over the Sidney Lanier Bridge which separates St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Jekyll Island is well known for their rich aristocratic history as well as for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and many other neat places.
Brunswick, if you are looking to browse through a quaint downtown area or maybe you like more commercialized shopping, Brunswick is the place to go. The quiet downtown area is small but packed with antique stores, city markets, and festivals as well as great theaters. Also in Brunswick there is big box stores like Target and Old Navy as well as many chain restaurants to choose from. Also about 20 minutes away from the island makes Brunswick the perfect afternoon trip.
Cumberland Island is a little ways from St. Simons at about an hour away, but it is totally worth it! Once you get to Cumber Island National Seashore you will board the ferry that well take you across the bay to the secluded Cumberland Island. Known for its wildlife it boasts many different species like wild horses, turkeys, alligators, armadillos, and many coastal birds. There are also palmetto forests and beautiful live oak.
Sapelo Island which is a stone’s throw away from St. Simons, however it is only accessible by ferry that departs from Darien, Ga. This barrier island is rich with history and with beauty. Once you make it to the island you are free to meander through the various historic points or you can take in the miles of pristine coastline!
St. Simons Island has so much to offer that we know it may be hard to find the time and desire to slip away for the afternoon. If you do find time to explore outside of the island these options, we be sure not to disappoint!
Celebrate President’s Day in the Golden Isles and take advantage of
This weekend Brunswick, Georgia hosts the annual Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Bridge Run. This special event is unique in the fact that the run takes places solely on the 7,780 Sidney Lanier Bridge. Whereas most bridge runs include roads leading up to the bridge or following the bridge. Because of its heights and distance it is certified by the U.S. Track and Field Associations as “the toughest 5k in Georgia”!
If you prefer not to work up a sweat while relaxing on your long President’s day weekend you could enjoy fine dining at one of many great restaurants on the island. Try Georgia Sea Grill where locally sourced seafood is served fresh daily. You will be impressed by the plate presentation but blown away by the taste of the cuisine. Perhaps you would like some down home southern cooking, if so visit Barbara Jeans. Famous for her crab cakes but all of her cooking can fill the void of some delicious soul food.
After you fill your bellies take a bike ride or walk along the beach! Sunset this time of year is around 6:30 so you have plenty of time to eat an early dinner and then take in the salt air as you watch the sun slip down.
With many art exhibits, storytelling festival, and outdoor activities there is something here that suits everyone’s long day weekend desires! Come to St. Simons and enjoy your long weekend having some island fun!
The name Hodnett Cooper Real Estate has long been a mainstay in the Golden Isles real estate market. But in the spring that will change.
The company will join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks. In the spring, the company will officially begin operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate.
The family-owned brokerage, led by broker/owner Pat Hodnett Cooper, the daughter of its founder, operates three offices with more than 50 agents. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage network with more than 42,350 agents and 1,270 offices admitted to the brand since its founding in September 2013.
When presented with the opportunity to join the firm, Hodnett Cooper said she jumped at the chance.
“Very few times in your life do opportunities present themselves that are life changing; this is certainly one of those times,” she said.
“I am so excited for the future of our real estate company and for what our franchise affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will mean for our business.”
She feels that aligning the real estate brokerage with a large and recognizable firm like Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will bring good things in the years ahead.
“The name will resonate well with clients in all market segments and with real estate professionals in our area; we’re proud to represent this terrific brand and look forward to growing with the very best,” she said.
With their transition, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate agents will gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform, a powerful tool suite focusing on lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. The brand also provides national and international marketing support, listing syndication to consumer search sites in 35 countries, professional education and the exclusive Luxury Collection for high-end and resort listings.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Gino Blefari is also optimistic about the move.
“Pat is a well-respected leader throughout the St. Simons Island and Golden Isles marketplace,” he said. “We are thrilled to welcome them to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices family.”
The company’s new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices yard signs are expected to populate the Golden Isles this spring. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc., however, will continue operations as the largest vacation rental company on St. Simons Island and will not be part of the franchise affiliation.￼￼￼￼
Named America’s Most Romantic Town by Travel + Leisure, St. Simons Island is the perfect destination for a Valentine’s weekend getaway. Whether you are in a new relationship or looking for the perfect way to pop the question St. Simons is the gorgeous setting you’ve been searching for. Enjoy the small town charm and warm weather while you fall in love with your significant other all over again. You can start your day with breakfast at Palmers Village Café, then walk through all the lovely shops at The Pier Village. Enjoy your afternoon walking on the beach or visit one of the many historic sites like Fort Frederica or Christ Church. If you would like a day filled with pampering your loved one book a couple’s message at Island Day Spa. Followed by a romantic sunset on horseback. End your evening walking through the boutique style stores at Red Fern Village and The Shops at Sea Island. Followed by a romantic Valentine’s day dinner. Whether you are looking for a waterfront locations or a trendier bistro style restaurants St Simons has a plethora of options for you! If you book a trip with Hodnett Cooper for stay dates between now and February 19th, 2017 you can enjoy 20% off using code: 2017feb. Our staff is happy to assist in making this Valentine’s day special and memorable for you and your loved one.
Book a stay with dates now until February 19th, 2017 and save 20% using code: 2017feb! Call 888.638.4750 or book online
Experience firsthand what it is like to be aboard an authentic shrimp boat. This popular attraction may be hard to get a reservation on during the summer months but during the winter you won’t have a problem. After boarding the Lady Jane, the vessel makes her way into the marsh. After lowering the nets and trawling the nets are brought up the bounty of sea life is laid out before you as a marine biologist enlightens you on the findings.
With miles of winding bike paths you can cover most of the island without setting foot in the road. You will enjoy a ride along the marsh as well next to huge oaks covered in Spanish moss. Bike trails run all the way to Mallory Pier and past the airport making it fun and easy to have a nice lunch out before heading back to your oceanfront condo.
During the summer the beach is filled with beach lovers lounging, playing in the water, throwing a football, or maybe playing bocce. However, in the winter months you will have room to roam! With mild temperatures year round you may even be able to enjoy a walk on the beach in shorts. Dogs are welcome too, so be sure to bring your furry children along with you for your relaxing walk on the sandy beaches of St. Simons.
In the summer you might opt for a day at the water park, pool, or beach over checking out all the wonderful history St. Simons has to offer. The winter however is the perfect chance to get out and explore the rich history the island offers. Visit Fort Frederica and learn about and how it guarded the coast from the Spanish occupied St. Augustine. Or maybe see what life was like at an authentic rice plantation at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 16, 2017— Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is pleased to announce the recipients of their annual awards for 2016.
Each year, Hodnett Cooper recognizes agents that have demonstrated outstanding listing and sales performance, a positive attitude, devoted work ethic and a positive impact on the community.
Stephanie Foster Webb was honored with the “Top Producing Agent of the Year” Award. This award recognizes the exceptional level of accomplishment for the Hodnett Cooper agent with the highest sales volume for the year.
Stephanie finished the 2016 year with $11,706,328 in sales volume and was involved in 90 transactions.
Pat Hodnett Cooper, President and Broker of Hodnett Cooper Real Estate stated, “This is the second year in a row that I am pleased to recognize Stephanie as our ‘Top Producing Agent.’ Stephanie loves what she does and it shows. She is truly dedicated to her clients, her business, and our company. It is a blessing to call her a member of the Hodnett Cooper family.”
Carly Oxenreider was the recipient of the Hodnett Cooper “Open Heart & Hands Award”. Carly was nominated by her peers for her charitable efforts and positive community impact. Carly’s Pay it Forward with Property campaign, her leadership and involvement with Relay for Life, and her constant and unwavering support for our military and various non-profits that support our Veterans is truly inspirational.
“Carly not only dedicates time to making a positive impact in our community, her personal business mantra reflects her belief and commitment to helping others. She dedicates 10% of her personal commission from each transaction to a charity of her clients’ choice. That should inspire us all,” said Pat Hodnett Cooper.
The Hodnett Cooper Young Gun Award recognizes an agent that has joined the real estate industry within the last 24 months who has demonstrated dedication, a positive attitude and an exceptionally outstanding listing and sales performance. REALTOR, Erin Vaughn was the recipient of this award.
Erin finished the 2016 year with $9,695,713 in sales volume and was involved in over 75 transactions. She is also currently serving on the MLS Board of Directors and is the GIAR Awards Committee Chairman and the Chairman of the Young Professionals Network.
Pat Hodnett Cooper shared, “I am so proud of Erin for her outstanding achievements in real estate these last two years. She initially started her career working with Hodnett Cooper Long Term Rentals and has transitioned to become a successful Associate Broker with our company. I know that this is the beginning of a long and successful career in real estate for Erin.”
Hodnett Cooper is honored to have these incredible agents on our team.
ABOUT HODNETT COOPER
Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company with three offices throughout the Golden Isles, offering a full range of real estate services including real estate sales, residential rentals, property management, and commercial sales. They are the premier real estate company in southeast coastal Georgia with a professional and diverse team of over 50 Realtors®.
Catherine Maybank, Director of Marketing
Today, Donald Trump will be sworn in at his inauguration, becoming the 45th President of The United States. This is a day full of exciting events for all Americans as they turn their eyes to the US Capitol to watch Donald Trump formally replace President Barack Obama in the White House. Although this is a monumental and historic day for the American People, some of us still have to work… so if you can’t tune in for the duration of the inauguration, we’ve laid out a time line so you can catch the events you don’t want to miss!
FRIDAY 20 JANUARY
It’s safe to say after this long election season many of us would definitely enjoy some down time. Add to the inauguration timeline above and pencil yourself in to book some vacation time! Why not come to St. Simons Island and enjoy the warmer weather and the salty air? You can relax, unwind and enjoy some time to yourself after this weekend’s inauguration events!
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!
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.