|Marshes. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|View from historic district pier. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|North end of Driftwood Beach. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Nature is never far away. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Millionaires put Jekyll Island on the map and the state of Georgia protects its near pristine condition. The rest of us get to enjoy it.
Best of all, "new" things may be built but will never usurp more of the natural island than what is currently there; 65 percent remains undeveloped.
With 200 rooms, many ocean-view, 5,350 square feet of meeting space and the beautiful Jekyll island Conference Center and Beach Village shops as next door neighbors, it is the perfect choice for levelers.
From lighting to menus, the Westin is green-centric. Special outdoor lights and blackout drapes prevent turtle hatchlings from confusing landward illumination with the moon so they will head to the ocean instead of roads. You can receive a $5 voucher or 500 Starpoints for each day you by opt out of housekeeping during your stay.
On the island's other side, The Jekyll Island Club wears its Victorian heritage and style proudly.
|Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Today rooms are available in the Club and in two of those cottages with a number of good dining and recreational opportunities for guests and day-trippers.
Tip: There is a small, wheelchair-sized outdoor lift at the main entrance but Levelers may be challenged by the stairs indoors and at other entrances. There is one handicap accessible room at Crane Cottage and another at Cherokee.
|A shaded walk in the historic district. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
What to doPut yourself on island time; no reason to hurry. Jekyll is an island made for ambling. Paved sidewalks connect cottages to be toured, the club, its pier, outbuildings and shops in the historic area. The contemporary Beach Center with its shops, restaurants, market, convention center and the Westin are within a convenient two-block area with adjacent parking.
|Gift shop, Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Rehab Center. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Contention Center patio.|
|Rehab Center resident. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Driftwood Beach. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Take a horseback ride on the beach. Rides, from one to three hours, are available sunrise to sunset Tuesday through Sunday from Three Oaks Farm.
|duBignon Cottage is one of the historic homes in the historic district. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Play tennis at the Tennis Center or a round of nine, 18 or more of golf on the island's 63 holes. Go smaller with a game of putt-putt. Geocache. Tour the historic district by foot or on a narrated tram tour.
Learn something. The Jekyll Island Club offers a plethora of opportunities throughout the year with special weekends focusing on photography, nature, craft beer, yoga, cooking, even ghost hunting.
Relax, read a book or get lost staring out to sea. It's that kind of place. If you want to do it on the beach, The Jekyll Market will sell you a plastic growler of craft beer.
|Cyclists abound. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Getting there and aroundBicycles and adult tricycles are a favorite means of transport for visitors and the 600 residents as well. The island is Leveler friendly in that you can usually park within a short, flat walk of where you want to be. For something different, rent an electric "red bug" car from Redbug Motors.
|These electric cars are named for the first vehicles rented on the island.|