Monday, May 31, 2010
Old timers fuss about how developed it's become but I lived there briefly way back in 1964 and don't think the additions have detracted from the island's charm. Yet.
Shopping. Shoppers will love the boutiques, galleries and shops of antiques and gifts. I usually head for Redfern Village off of Frederica Road where you'll find Island Breeze which carries everything a female needs for beach and resort attire and a great Doncaster outlet.
You can find fun things in the Village, too. My new most favorite thing came from Serenity Tea Society and Shoppe just behind Barbara Jean's in the Village (Beachview Dr.). The Nomad Mug is a tea brewer, strainer, thermos and glass all in one. Dump in one and a half teaspoons of loose tea, fill with water just before the boiling point, screw in the fitted strainer followed by the cap and you have portable, freshly infused tea. Refill with hot water as you drink it down and you'll have fresh tea all day. Angela Cunningham is the Tea Lady and she can fix you right up. Hardest part is going home with fewer than a half-dozen tins of tea.
Myth no more. Contrary to the popular version found in history books, island historian Mary Burdell says Georgia was not settled by debtors and criminals. The original 114 colonists were carefully screened; each was required to have good moral character and a useful skill.
The 1st African Baptist Church is the island's oldest, established in 1851.
Chances are once you spend a day or two on St. Simons Island, you'll have a next time list, too.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
In the case of the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, it's been doing a lot of things right.
First there was location - on the ocean with dance floors inside and out. Then there was policy. The other hotel, The Cloister on Sea Island, was marketed to the well-to-do and the K and P opened as a private dance club. After being leveled by two mysterious fires, K and P was rebuilt and opened to the public. In the meantime, The Cloister had become almost a private club and enclave for Midwesterners. K and P's live bands and dances were the hit of the island. Didn't take long for K and P to be known as the fun place to go.
It still is. K and P's grand buffets - seafood on Friday night, brunch on Sunday and breakfast daily - are famous. Lodgings have all been updated and enlarged, varying from standard rooms or oceanfront suites to one- to three-bedroom condos and individual cottages.
Warning: Be careful if booking a room in the hotel. Preserving yet updating and adding to the original building made for some strange configurations and passageways. Ask for a room near the elevator because avoiding stairs adds to the amount of walking you must do in the process.
Executive Chef Robyn Gomez demonstrated his cooking techniques and let us in on the recipes for the resort's popular Shrimp and Grits and their yummy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins. I'll share these with you via posts to www.foodafar.blogspot.com.
So happy birthday, K and P, and many more to come!
Next, what else is there to do on St. Simons?