iStock_000000138336XSmallYesterday, our vacation rental group greeted more than 250 arrivals for the big game weekend. We are so thankful that the many Georgia fans once again chose St. Simons Island as their celebration destination. We hope everyone has a wonderful, and safe, holiday weekend. Go DAWGS!

5viaserena-6One of our gorgeous vacation rental homes, 5 Via Serena, is featured in the September 2009 issue of Coastal Living Magazine. The six-page story features decorating tips from the owners, Debie and Brad Weitz. Highlights from the article below –

Writer: Audrey Davidow, Coastal Living Magazine, September 2009

“Built in 1952, the 1,800 square-foot island Colonial had been moved to a different spot on the property to make room for two new, large five-bedroom villas. But the cottage’s petite size sealed the deal for the Weitzes, who wanted to simplify. Today, the new houses and this old-school charmer share a palm tree-shaded courtyard and marsh views.

Debbie soon adopted “easy living” as her beach house style mantra. “’In Atlanta, I’m constantly surrounded by so much stuff,’” she says. “’Here, I wanted to keep thinks simple and calm.”” She stuck to a neutral palette of tans and whites, with an occasional punch of blue, to keep the mood serene and emphasize the marsh views. “’I didn’t want anything to take away from that,’” explains Debbie, who prefers to add interest with natural textures such as sisal rugs, hemp throws, and petrified-wood tables.

Read the full article here: viaserena_coastalliving_0909

We are hiring! We have an immediate position available in our growing vacation rental management division.

The ideal candidate will be energetic, motivated, and team oriented. Members of our vacation rental department share day-to-day responsibilities, which include: reservations, guest services, housekeeping management, and owner services. Previous experience in vacation rental, property management, or hotel services is preferred, but not required. Some weekend work is necessary.

This position is full-time, with salary plus benefits. Please email your resume to

Hodnett Cooper joined the oceanfront condominium properties of the St. Simons Grand, the Beach Club, North Breakers and Shipwatch to celebrate Mardi Gras last Tuesday evening. A fun night was had by all, with guests enjoying festive green, gold and purple Mardi Gras décor; tasty appetizers like crab cakes, jalapeno cornbread and chicken wings; and yummy King Cake. The winter guests all gathered together to mingle and get to know each other and a great time was had by all!

istock_000004508316xsmallWith temperatures hovering near 70 degrees here in the Golden Isles, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is only two days away. If you’re like many of us and have been busy and still have a few gifts left to buy, or have that one present left for the impossible-to-buy-for-relative on your list who has everything, we have the perfect gift idea for you.

Give the gift of relaxation and rest on St. Simons Island!

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals can provide gift certificates for vacation rentals in any increment, perfect for weekend getaways, summer trips, month-long stays or anything in between!

For one-stop shopping and a gift that’s guaranteed not to be returned or re-gifted, call Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals at 888-332-6181. Merry Christmas!


As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we in the United States have much to be thankful for, and when giving thanks, near the top of my list of “things we are thankful for” are the freedoms we enjoy as an American citizen.

For more than two hundred years, in wartimes and during times of peace, the brave men and women of our armed forces have protected us, our freedoms and our security, and for that we are forever grateful. They sacrifice their time, their energy and sometimes their lives — for us and for our country. For that we give thanks.

We at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals salute the dedicated men and women of our armed services and honor their service with a special rate. Now through February 28, 2009, we are offering a $120 per night rate in select oceanfront condominiums (plus taxes and fees) to all active military personnel. A two-night minimum stay is required.

As you enjoy turkey and dressing, celebrate with your family and watch football this Thanksgiving, please remember to give thanks for all of our troops, past and present, that give us the freedoms we enjoy.

The St. Simons Grand

The St. Simons Grand

Sandy Fenton,  host of Let’s Talk Travel with AAA, visited Hodnett Cooper at the St. Simons Grand over the past weekend.

Every week Sandy takes her audience to a different vacation destination. A broadcast veteran for almost 30-years, Sandy Fenton created and developed “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA” in 1993. The show sold-out immediately (and continues to year after year) with AAA as the major sponsor.

A one-hour weekly travel talk show, Fenton is the host of “Let’s Talk Travel” featuring foreign & domestic vacation destinations and high level travel industry executives & professionals as in-studio guests.

Sandy is currently developing a story on vacation rentals as a hotel alternative. Fortunately, she has chosen to focus on Georgia’s beautiful coast as a destination of choice, and offered Hodnett Cooper the pleasure of
hosting her during her stay.