January 1, 2014
Nestled among a spectacular setting of ancient oaks, vast salt marshes, and sandy beaches lies the 12,000 acre St. Simon Island, Georgia. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, the island offers a variety of coastal amusements and a connection to its history with its landmarks, such as St. Simons’ lighthouse and Christ Church. Travelers to this island will not only revel in its history, but will be amazed by the beauty surrounding it as well.
Found in St. Simons Island Village, Mallery Street Café is a family run restaurant with freshness to all of its dishes. Lance Williams, owner and chef, is self-trained in culinary cuisine and uses only fresh ingredients as the foundation of every meal. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., this restaurant offers homemade biscuits, a collection of savory omelets and crepes for breakfast. For lunch, fresh seafood, chicken piccata and St. Simons Cedar salmon can be ordered, as well as a variety of soups all made from scratch.
Out of an immense brick oven comes the astounding tastes of Tramici Neighborhood Italian Restaurant. Italian classics of spaghetti, lasagna and pizza can be found here for lunch Monday through Friday. Dinner specialties of chicken, veal, seafood, and herb bathed bread are available every day and can be enjoyed inside, at the bar or in the open-air courtyard. For younger guest, Tramici offers the menu dei bambini (children’s menu), which has foods such as angel hair pasta, spaghetti with meatballs and mozzarella sticks to keep the young ones satisfied.
A stay at the Sea Palms Resort provides guest with a luxurious experience, as well as numerous activities to keep them entertained in the hotel alone. Oversized suites come in either one, two or three bedrooms with complementary wake up calls, kitchenettes, balconies, and decks in select rooms. A restaurant and poolside dining along one of the three pools are available for meals along with a bar/lounge. For guest enjoyment, a convention center, a fitness center, three tennis courts and 27 holes of golf are all located right on the resort. When guests are ready to go out and explore the island, there is a shuttle service to the outdoor and historical amazements that St. Simons has to offer.
For a more historic stay there is the Village Inn & Pub located between the historic oceanfront Village and the pleasant parks of the island. A restored 1930 beach cottage, this inn boasts the classic architecture of the surrounding neighborhood and is built around the giant oaks native to the island, without damaging any of the oaks. The cottage is evocative of the island’s 1930s history and style and built in a way as to be friendly to the surrounding tree’s root systems. Every room has its own unique and beautiful floor plan with choices of double, queen or king beds. In the main guesthouse, guest can enjoy the antique mahogany pub or the original stone fireplace and various other antiques. Continental breakfast can also be enjoyed on the sun porch located within the pub.
Things to See and Do
To get the golfing experience of a lifetime, visit the King and Prince Resort and its extensively renovated course. Surrounded by ancient forests, expansive salt marshes and impressive island holes, this course provides a fun yet challenging experience for golfers as well as an immense lake along the 9th hole which adds to the challenge. This golf course is home to the Hampton Club and the clubhouse is comfortable and welcoming and overlooks the lake. The staff is friendly and PGA instruction is available, making the King and Prince Golf Course the perfect place to relax and catch up on some golf.
For a night spent in the island atmosphere, drop in on Castaways Lounge. Pool tables, darts, karaoke, live music, and a jukebox all fill the lounge supplying endless fun to patrons. The staff is knowledgeable, exciting and fun, and a bar is also available. Castaways is located in Longview Shopping Center and is open Monday through Saturday 9p.m. to 2 a.m.
Those visitors of St. Simons who wish to experience the joy of the surrounding water will want to stopover at Barry’s Beach Service. For almost 30 years Barry’s has been providing outdoor excitement and adventure to not just visitors of the islands, but locals as well. Sailing, kayaking tours, and biking trips are all available, and Barry’s has a powerful appreciation for the environment, making the experience more enjoyable. Barry’s can be found on the island in the Village of St. Simons Island or at the entrance to the King and Prince Hotel.