Inauguration

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

  • 9:30am (14:30 GMT)Inauguration ceremony begins with musical performances
  • 11:30am (16:30 GMT) Opening remarks followed by Supreme Court Justice swearing in Mr. Pence
  • 11:45am -Noon (16:45 – 17:00 GMT)President Obama’s term of office ends at precisely noon. Before then, Mr. Trump must recite the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Roberts. He will then deliver his inaugural address
  • 3pm-5pm (20:00 – 22:00 GMT) Trump and Mr. Pence will embark on a 1.5 mile (2.4km) parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which will probably be lined with both supporters and protesters
  • 7pm-11pm (00:00-04:00 GMT)  Trump, Mr. Pence and their wives will attend three official inaugural balls

 

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!

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.

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.

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!

 

 

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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The Beach Club Pool Side

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!

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!

lux-u-ury (noun)

  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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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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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.