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.

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:


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




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




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!




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






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.


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


Residence Entries – each Beach Club residence entry door was painted


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


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.



It’s the biggest weekend of the year on St. Simons Island as Georgia fans gather to attend the annual Georgia v. Florida football game played on neutral ground in Jacksonville, Florida. Why do Georgia fans gather on St. Simons Island? I had it explained to me once in very simple terms, “we don’t want to stay in Florida!

In the months and weeks before the game, all of St. Simons Island is preparing for Georgia fans to descend! This year, many things remain the same, but we do have a few changes to communicate.

Friday at the Beach: On Friday, we have an early afternoon high tide. As a result, Glynn County law enforcement will be asking anyone gathered on the beach outside the St. Simons Grand/Beach Club/Shipwatch area to move north to the Coast Guard Station at approximately 1:30 pm. This will allow volunteers to thoroughly clean the beach of any debris before the high tide.

Also on Friday, Glynn County has issued permits to two local radio stations to set up and play music at the Coast Guard Station, where you will have more space with the incoming tide. That may be a nice place to start your day!

Coolers: For environmental reasons, plastic foam coolers are not permitted on the beach. If you have a plastic foam cooler, Parker’s will trade your cooler for a free, 100% recyclable UGA-themed cooler while their supplies last. The switch outs take place October 30-November 1 at Parker’s in the St. Simons village or Parker’s at FJ Torras Causeway and Highway 17. While plastic foam coolers break apart and can threaten marine life, “Recycoolers” are environmentally friendly. Plus, they’re red and black and almost as strong as Todd Gurley.

Trade your plastic foam cooler for a RECYCOOLER at Parkers! (Photo from KBGIB)

Trade your plastic foam cooler for a RECYCOOLER at Parkers! (Photo from KBGIB)

If you don’t have a trade and just need a cooler, they are also available for purchase for $9.99. Thanks to Parker’s and KBGIB (Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful) for their efforts in keeping our beaches clean and pristine.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on St. Simons Island! Safe travels, Dawgs!








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Earlier this week, a Beach Club guest and her two sons came down to the office to speak with Mike Cross, the on-site manager. The older son had some questions about the tides and current. While Mike was answering, the younger son, two-year-old Zach, kept asking his mother an urgent question.

Mike, a father of two himself, said “what is Zach saying? Can we help him with something?”

Zach’s mother explained that he wants to know where the lady with the pretty hair is. Apparently, upon arrival, Zach noticed Debbie, the landscaper at the Beach Club and was mesmerized. When the family went to the beach or pool, Zach would find a stick and pretend it was a leaf blower or hedge trimmer. Each time they went outside, he’d look for Debbie and watch her hard at work. “We can’t get him interested in anything else… he’s been talking about the lady with the pretty hair the entire vacation,” his mom explained.

All of us at Hodnett Cooper aren’t surprised. Debbie has been keeping the Beach Club grounds beautiful for ten years. She’s outside all day, every day planting, trimming, blowing and beautifying. Guests often comment about how hard she works and how—without fail—the landscaping is always beautiful.

When Debbie heard she had a fan in Zach, she took some potting soil, a bright orange pot and a plant upstairs and paid him a visit. Zach put on his bright orange work gloves and the two new friends worked together to pot the plant. We think Debbie may have inspired the next generation of landscapers!

Zach has certainly reminded us how important Debbie’s contributions to the Beach Club are! She is obviously passionate, talented beyond description and the hardest working woman on St. Simons Island. Every day, we thank our lucky stars she works with us! We hope Zach and Debbie will continue their potted plant tradition for years to come.



Today is National Dog Appreciation Day and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by taking your dog for a stroll on the beach. We are fortunate to have dog friendly beaches on East Beach, St. Simons Island. If we obey a few minor regulations, we can all have a great time!

Understanding the regulations is key to a safe visit and avoiding ticketing and fines.


During summer (beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend), you may visit the beach with your dog before 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm. So early morning and evening walks are permitted. But during the day, when the beach is busiest with guests and children, dogs are not permitted. Plus, it’s probably too hot for the pooch!

During the off season (beginning Labor Day through Memorial Day), dogs are permitted on the beach at any time.



During times when dogs are allowed on the beach, they do not have to be leashed, but must be under immediate voice command of their owner. Which means dogs must obey voice commands and be within distance to hear the owner’s commands. Owners who allow dogs to stray beyond voice command, or whose dogs do not obey will be subject to fines and ticketing. If a dog is leashed, the leash can be no longer than 10 feet.



For the enjoyment of everyone, always, always, always clean up after your dog. Bring disposal bags. Trash receptacles are located at most public beach access points.


We think these regulations are fair and even generous. We also realize these rules could change should a bad incident occur. With everyone cooperating, we can keep our beaches dog friendly. Because there is nothing better than treating your dog to some quality time oceanfront! For a complete selection of Pet Friendly vacation rental homes and condominiums on St. Simons Island, visit the Hodnett Cooper website.


St. Simons Island has been filling up our trophy case lately! Travel + Leisure readers named St. Simons Island “America’s Favorite Beach Town” in their annual America’s Favorite Towns Survey. Coastal Living Magazine ranked St. Simons Island among “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” Travel + Leisure readers also named St. Simons Island “America’s Most Romantic Town.”

While our destination is enjoying the limelight, Hodnett Cooper has some great news to report as well.

Our locally-published magazine, Elegant Island Living, conducts its own readers’ poll each year. In July, the eagerly-awaited “Best Of” awards are announced in categories including dining, shopping, cocktails, favorite landmarks and more.

For 2014, the votes are in and we are pleased to report that Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals was voted “Best Vacation Rentals.”

And Hodnett Cooper Real Estate was voted “Best Real Estate Firm.”

Being the best in America’s Favorite Beach Town sure feels nice. We strive to exceed expectations every day and are pleased to have earned your vote. From all of us at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals and Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, thank you!

Photo: James Schwabel / Alamy

Photo: James Schwabel / Alamy

You may remember the “America’s Favorite Towns” survey where St. Simons Island, Georgia ranked #3 for our beautiful natural setting, miles of sandy beaches, sprawling oaks, golf and historic sites.

As part of the “America’s Favorite Towns” poll, Travel + Leisure readers also scored towns on their romantic appeal for the “America’s Most Romantic Towns” list. To calculate the most romantic towns, Travel + Leisure looked at brunch spots, bakeries, wine scenes, scenic picnic-friendly parks and romantic hotels.

Based on these categories, we are pleased to report that St. Simons Island ranked as the #1 Most Romantic Town! We’ll just quote T+L directly:

“America’s top town for romance strikes the right balance between seclusion and accessibility. Located on one of Georgia’s Golden Isles, this southern-style beach town has both white sands and live oaks, and was a hit with readers in romance-friendly categories such as picnicking and charming cafés. You can rent bicycles, browse antique shops, and check out another undeniable marker of romantic destinations: the local lighthouse.”

As a bonus to those who are considering a romantic getaway, another top romantic town is just across the bridge—a quick 12-minute drive from St. Simons Island. Neighboring Brunswick, Georgia ranked #20 among Travel + Leisure readers:

“Established by the British in 1771, this romantic coastal spot is one of the few American towns that kept its colonial street names—a nod to longevity any couple can appreciate. Aside from quirky appeal to history buffs, Brunswick was ranked highly for its festivals, such as autumn’s Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee, where competitors cook up tomatoey pots of stew. Come December, a plethora of twinkly lights is a seasonal enchantment (even on the water, during the Christmas Boat Parade of Lights).”

Turns out, Coastal Georgia is for lovers! Take a look at the Hodnett Cooper St. Simons Island and Brunswick Area Guide for all sorts of activity ideas. For the romantic, a horseback ride on the beach, picnic at oceanfront Neptune Park, a long walk on the beach or a Tree Spirit treasure hunt.


With historically perfect weather and just before the Spring Break rush, get to St. Simons Island the weekend of March 14! There are three area-favorite, can’t-miss events, so make your travel plans today. A Hodnett Cooper Vacation Planner is waiting to take your call:



Georgia Elvis Festival – Historic Downtown Brunswick, Georgia

Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16, 2014

Again this year, the Georgia Elvis Festival returns to Brunswick, Georgia. Elvis tribute artists perform throughout the weekend, hoping to win a trip to the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” in Memphis during Elvis Week in August. For an entire weekend, the streets are filled with Elvi (the plural of Elvis) and performances take place in the squares of downtown and inside the historic Ritz Theater. The Schedule of Events outlines everything from the free Opening Night Ceremony at Mary Ross Waterfront Park on Friday to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Finals on Sunday. What better way to spend the weekend than days on the beach and nights with Elvis?!


Peaches to Beaches – Georgia’s Longest Yard Sale

Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2014

This year is the 10th Annual Peaches to Beaches Yard Sale which runs over 200 miles along Highway 341 from Culloden, Georgia to Brunswick and the Golden Isles. Along the way, there are two dozen participating communities and vendors selling everything from antiques to local crafts to traditional yard sale fare. Georgia’s Longest Yard Sale will be open from 8am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and treasure hunters will be making the annual trek. Why not start or end your hunt with a few nights on St. Simons Island?


Christ Church Tour of Homes – St. Simons Island

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Join us on St. Simons Island for the 61st Annual Christ Church Tour of Homes. This year’s tour includes grand homes on Sea Island and St. Simons Island. Musgrove Plantation will also be open to tour participants—the plantation boasts 1,000 acres of preserved land with only six residences. New in 2014, the Christ Church historic cemetery is an official stop and actors will bring some cemetery residents to life.




Hodnett Cooper is a family-owned company that recognizes the importance of family connections. As you gather together to give thanks this week, we are doing the same. At Hodnett Cooper, we are thankful to be a part of such a unique, vibrant community. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is thankful for the opportunity to welcome thousands of visitors to the area each year. And at Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, we are thankful we have had the opportunity to help so many families find a home in St. Simons Island, Brunswick and throughout the Golden Isles. From the Hodnett Cooper family to yours, thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.