Whether you are looking for history, food, beach scenes, or shopping, biking is the perfect way to spend a day on St. Simons Island. With over 30 miles of biked pathways, the options are endless. To start your adventure, check out this user-friendly bike map.
For a quick family friendly bike ride, start by renting bikes from Ocean Motion . Bike along marsh lined sidewalks to East Beach; and view the coastal cottages along the way. For a quick history lesson, stop at the WWII home front museum, then relax on the beach while the kids frolic in the waves.
To explore the Pier Village, rent bikes from Two Brothers Bike Shop, located at Mallory Street or Island Bicycle, across the street from Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals on Ocean Blvd. Bike down the pier and tempt your taste buds at one of the many restaurants. After a quick bite, let the kids play on the playground and then test your endurance by climbing the historic St. Simons Island Lighthouse. If you want to extend your ride, continue down Ocean Boulevard and ride under the oak lined pathways of Kings Way.
Dotted by neighborhoods, the shaded bike paths of Frederica Road lead to the north end of St. Simons. You can rent bikes from Monkeywrench Bicycles off of Frederica Road and start your journey there. On the way, you will find nature trails, parks, restaurants and shops. For history lovers, make sure to stop for a tour at the historic Harrington School, then continue to Christ Church. Nature lovers can explore the 600 acres of preserved green space at Cannon’s Point or rest at Frederica Park.
Fall is in full swing here on St. Simons Island, with the summer months behind us we are excited about all the events we have coming up. There is always so much going on in the Golden Isles from concerts to art exhibits, to festivals… there is something for everyone. This weekend there are many events happening, we hope that you will come out and enjoy some of the fun things going on! Here is a guide to whats happening this weekend in the Golden Isles.
Now through November 23rd, 2016
The Georgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit features 49 entries that include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, textiles and other mediums. Local artist Risa Rambo of St Simons Island received an Honorable Mention and her “Smocked Dress” will be on display.
Now through November 21st, 2016
Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present a new art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary/centennial of our National Parks Service. GVA has partnered with Fort Frederica and will be presenting over 100 works by local artists celebrating the beauty, history and uniqueness of our own National Park, Fort Frederica. The exhibition will include art work in various mediums including painting, pottery, photography and more.
November 4th to 5th, 2016
Visit Edwards on St. Simons this weekend to see their expanded showroom for the Christmas Open House November 4th and 5th! Open 9am-5pm they will have Christams Decorations galore and more! Some of the items will include the following:Wreaths, garlands & swags,Ribbons, candles, cards & treats Heirloom quality ornaments, Orchids, plants & gifts, Plus home accents & decor
November 4th, 2016
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
The Literary Guild presents A War
November 4th, 2016
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film series presents A War. Denmark, 2015, directed by Tobias Lindholm. Commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province, while back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him—and his family back home.In Danish with English subtitles
110 minutes; Rated R.
They are free and open to all, although a $3.00 donation is suggested to offset film and theatre rental fees.
Alina Kiryayeva, concert pianist and chamber musician
November 4th, 2016
Golden Isles Live! Presents Alina Kiryayeva live in convert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.
Cost is $35 for adults, $10 for children or students
Annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee
November 5th, 2016
Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The daylong event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event.
St. Simons Island Antique Show
November 5th to 6th, 2016
Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.
November 5th, 2016
On Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Society will host its 2nd annual Community Day event. The museum will be open free of charge and offer tours, educational crafts, and activities for children and families.
Rhythm & Brews Fest
November 5th, 2016
Enjoy live music from local bands throughout the day, tastings from dozens of craft beers, and a barbecue cookout at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island. The event is free to attend and tickets are available for tasting and barbecue.
November 5th, 2016
Gala is Victory Boards’ primary fundraising effort annually, traditionally a black-tie event, which includes dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions.
Event will be held at the Gruber Aviation Hanger at the McKinnon St. Simons Airport.
November Rhythm on the River
November 6th, 2016
Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage.
November 6th, 2016
Join us at the piano bar Sunday, November 6th for an intimate wine pairing dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Executive Chef Tim Lensch and Wine Director Brian Henderson have crafted the ultimate blend of cuisine and wine in this special 4-course dinner with pairings. To reserve your seat for this delicious dining experience, call 912-638-1197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $65 per person, gratuity included.
The beautiful coastal town of St. Simons has been nominated by USA Today for Best Coastal Small Town 2016. With many local competitors like Fernandina Beach, FL, Beaufort, SC, Tybee Island, GA, competition is stiff. However anyone who has been to St. Simons knows its immaculate beauty that compares to no other place on this earth!
There are 20 nominees from the west coast to the east coast, all with less than 25,000 people. According to USA Today these locations offer uncrowded, unpretentious, and affordable fun for all.
Currently we are in 2nd place, however with our southern hospitality, great food, and beautiful beaches we have nothing to fear. Aside from the beach St. Simons offers so many things that the competition does not, like our oak tree lined roads that are perfect for biking, great local shopping destinations, and most importantly the people of the island that make it so warm and welcoming!
You have until April 25th at noon to vote, votes can be cast every day, one time per day until the poll is closed! Follow the link below to vote!
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.
PET FRIENDLY HOURS:
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.
Not long ago, St. Simons Island was ranked #1 among “America’s Most Romantic Towns” in a Travel + Leisure Readers’ Poll. St. Simons “was a hit with readers in romance-friendly categories such as picnicking and charming cafés.”
And now, USA Today seconds the motion!
In an article published on July 10, 2014, USA Today names St. Simons Island among the “Most Romantic beaches in Georgia and the Carolinas.” Here’s what they have to say about St. Simons and our never-ending supply of romance:
Step back in time in St. Simons Island, a picturesque town on the Georgia coast. Hop on a bicycle and explore 30 miles of paths shaded by live oaks, stopping to browse for antiques in the bustling town village. Another great way to see the island is by trolley; tours showcase the historic lighthouse (where you can climb 129 steps to the top), 19th-century church and a nearby Southern plantation.
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!
Each year, Coastal Living Magazine starts out with a burning question: what are America’s Happiest Seaside Towns? All seaside towns are happy, right? I mean, they’re sitting right there by the sea!
With a scientific approach, Coastal Living begins with empirical evidence including reader nominations and editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” Then they cross reference the data with measurable evidence including Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index categories including percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of locals. The top 10 contenders were announced in March, 2014, then America voted for the Happiest Seaside Towns.
“St. Simons is the largest of Georgia’s resplendent Golden Isles, an idyllic Southern enclave midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. The century-old resort community of 13,381 residents occupies an 18-square-mile island where the winding streets and bike paths are lined with moss-draped oaks, and the two public beaches are among the most unspoiled in the region. Its marshes and woodlands, once the setting of colonial exploration and rice cultivation, now make safe haven for the more than 300 species of birds that pass through.
Fishermen migrate here, too, to drop their lines right at the pier or to fish offshore in the plentiful waters for fresh catch ranging from grouper and snapper to flounder, tarpon, and king mackerel. Golfers pack their clubs for a chance to tee off at any of the island’s 99 holes of superb golf. And walkers love the John Gilbert Nature Trail in Frederica Marsh, which features a breathtakingly huge live oak in the heart of this lovely island.”
We are honored (and happy!) to be among this year’s Happiest Seaside Towns.
Whether it’s your first time to St. Simons Island, or you visit every year, there’s always something new to discover!
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRUNSWICK
Once you’ve combed the beaches, found the tree spirits and climbed the lighthouse, you might want to head over the bridge to Historic Downtown Brunswick. Just seven short miles from St. Simons Island is Brunswick, Georgia. Originally settled in 1738, today Brunswick is a thriving town where historic sites provide the backdrop for modern living.
With an interesting history, visitors to downtown Brunswick find bits and pieces from the town’s past, including WWII Liberty Ship production and city squares bearing English names.
For those on an extended stay on St. Simons Island, there’s even more time to explore the cities, towns and islands that are within an easy drive of St. Simons Island.
For a different type of exploration, neighboring islands provide amazing scenery, wildlife and an easy pace. From Segue Tours to wild horses, click here to learn more about Jekyll Island, Cumberland Island and Sapelo Island.
Of course, it’s also possible you’ll forgo the exploration and work on your tan. And we understand that too!
4th of July week is a favorite time of year on St. Simons Island. For 60 years, the St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival has been held in the Pier Village, welcoming all ages to celebrate!
Sunshine Arts & Crafts Show – July 4-6, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday through Sunday, the show features a variety of artists including painters, potters, jewelers, woodcrafters, photographers and more. Vendors will be in Postell Park adjacent to Mallery Street, the lighthouse and casino.
Sunshine Festival 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
On Friday, July 4, the fun run begins at 7:30am. The longer 5K begins at 8:00am. Sponsored by the Golden Isles Track Club, registration, race start and race finish are all at Mallery Park (near the Dairy Queen and ball fields) on St. Simons Island. Race Day registration and packet pick up is from 6:00am – 7:15am at Mallery Park. Or register in advance online.
Wear your patriotic gear to run or cheer the runners!
Golf Cart Parade – July 4, 2:00pm
Deck out your golf cart in red, white and blue and join the golf cart parade! Carts line up adjacent to Mallery Park, then make their way through the St. Simons Island Village.
Live Music – July 4
Throughout the day, live bands entertain on the bandstand in the village area.
Fireworks – July 4, 9:00pm
The annual fireworks display is launched from the pier, so the best viewing areas are Neptune Park and nearby waterfront locations. Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the show! Parking is tight, so arrive early, walk or bike.