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Georgia/Florida Rivalry Weekend

This time next weekend Georgia/Florida festivities will be underway! Here are a few things to help you plan your weekend.

Georgia/Florida WeekendStash Your Trash will be taking place Friday 10/28 at 7:30 am. Before heading to the BIG GAME, please join us in the 9th annual Georgia/Florida Community Beach Sweep. The bags and gloves will be provided, along with bug spray and sunscreen… we just need Y-O-U!

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendFriday 10/28 there will be ALL DAY trolley rides starting at 9am. Stay safe and avoid parking trouble with an ALL-DAY $10 Trolley Ride Wristband to Frat Beach @ East Beach, SSI. Lighthouse Trolleys will run continuously from Sea Palms Resort to Coast Guard Station, East Beach, St. Simons Island, GA.

 

 

Georgia/Florida WeekendThe BIG game starts at 3:30 next Saturday on the SEC Network. You can watch locally at many restaurants and bars. OR you can also catch a ride to the stadium in Jacksonville with Light House Trolleys leaving at 9am from Sea Palms, $75 pp and BYOB.

 

 

Be safe and have fun!

 

 

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Hodnett Cooper Welcomes New Director of Marketing

Hodnett Cooper is excited to announce Catherine Maybank has joined the team as Director of Marketing. Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous experience in hospitality management, real estate marketing, and management at Frederica. In addition to her business experience Catherine holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is a Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Georgia and is a 2003 Leadership Glynn Graduate.

Catherine comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Hodnett Cooper and look forward to working with the team to further solidify their position in the market as the #1 Vacation Rental and Real Estate Firm in the Golden Isles. I am fortunate to join such a wonderful family of professionals.”

Pat Cooper, President and Broker of Hodnett Cooper, shares, “Catherine’s experience and industry knowledge make her a key addition to the Hodnett Cooper family. Her appointment is a sign of our commitment to being the leading real estate firm and vacation rentals firm in the Golden Isles. Our plans for the future are exciting and Catherine will play a key role in implementing our vision.”

Catherine is originally from Albany, GA, but has called St. Simons home since 1993. She and her husband Steven are thrilled to be active members of the community and are blessed with two children, Anna and Lucas.

 

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Labor Day on St. Simons Island

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Celebrate Labor Day surrounded by friends, family, good food and good fun!  Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is looking forward to hosting several guests for the long weekend in honor of Labor Day next week.  We invite you to share in the fun with us by testing out some ideas to make your Labor Day BBQ a huge hit!

Hodnett Cooper would love to host you, your friends and family at the Beach Club, which offers a pool, ocean front views, and grills! Grill it up for Labor Day poolside with Hodnett Cooper!  If you are local to the Golden Isles, and just need a grill to enhance your Labor Day experience, check out Massengale Park which offers public grills, beach access and a playground for the little ones.

If you are having a cookout or BBQ of any kind on the island, Southern Soul BBQ can make your cookout an event to remember!  Their pulled pork and side dishes are exactly what you would expect from bbq in the south…. mouth-wateringly delicious and as good as grandma used to make!  Southern Soul has been featured many times on many television shows for their delicious food; I also can attest to how delicious everything is there! You can call your order in and pick it up on the way, where ever you may be headed.

If you would rather make a dish yourself, I would highly recommend Food Network Kitchen’s 7-Layer Pasta Salad

7-Layer Pasta Salad

Ingredients
Kosher salt
8 ounces farfalle (about 4 cups)
2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lime
Freshly ground pepper
2 avocados, diced
1 12 -ounce piece deli ham, diced (about 2 cups)
8 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs), adding the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Remove the broccoli and pat dry.
Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1/4 cup chives, the parsley, half of the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the pasta and a few tablespoons of the dressing in a medium bowl.
Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives, or cover and refrigerate the salad and dressing separately up to 6 hours. (Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!  Let us know if Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals can assist with planning a fun Labor Day getaway!

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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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The Definition of Luxury

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  1. the state of great comfort.

Is the way one online source defined luxury.

Did you know that Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals offers Hodnett Cooper Premier vacation homes? Experience our superior service with your very own Premier concierge. What better way to experience St. Simons Island, than having your own island expert with you every step of the way? Your concierge works with you and assists in planning your trip to St. Simons Island, down to the finest detail. Whether it’s stocking your residence with groceries prior to your arrival, scheduling activities, reserving tee times, arranging a private chef, or planning a day trip around the Golden Isles, your concierge will provide you with anything to make your stay exceptional.

 

To experience a true “state of great comfort” stroll through our premiere inventory and select your ideal, luxury vacation home.

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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 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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Hallway Renovations Complete at the Beach Club on St. Simons

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Hodnett Cooper Association Management and Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals are pleased to share the results of a recent improvement project at The Beach Club at St. Simons. Immediately after Georgia/Florida weekend 2014, a major hallway renovation began at The Beach Club. Work was completed in January 2015 and the results are stunning!

For those familiar with The Beach Club, the transformation is dramatic and the overall look is decidedly more contemporary. Every detail was transformed during the three-month project:

Walls – the wallpaper was removed and replaced with a durable finish to minimize wear and tear. The base molding and chair rail were replaced and crown molding was added.

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Lighting – the old tube fluorescent lighting fixtures were replaced with energy-efficient LED recessed lighting. In addition, the ceiling tile grid was replaced.

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Residence Entries – each Beach Club residence entry door was painted

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Elevator Areas – the flooring near the elevators was replaced with vinyl tile and extended to cover a larger area.

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Carpeting – the hallway carpeting was replaced

Hodnett Cooper Association Management and Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals thank all of our owners and guests for their patience during the project. We think the inconveniences are far outweighed by the outcome of the project—and we hope you agree!

We look forward to welcoming you to the new, improved Beach Club on St. Simons Island very soon. For vacation rental availability, please visit the Hodnett Cooper website or contact a vacation planner today.

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