Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island

Mini Guide to Jekyll Island

What to Do, See and Eat in Jekyll Island

Warm temperatures and sunny skies just beg for quick getaways! A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia.

In the late 1800’s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive winter retreat for America’s most elite families. Do the names Rockefellers, Morgans, and Pulitzers ring a bell? They retreated to Jekyll Island for more than a half of century. When you visit Jekyll Island, you’ll be sure to share their appreciation for this enchanted place.

Jekyll Island is a beautiful tranquil island that has a water view in almost every direction. The bike trails that meander throughout the island allow you to pack a lunch and explore from one end of the island to the other. The elegant & historic grounds at the Jekyll Island Hotel also make you feel like you are right where you’re supposed to be. Here’s a mini guide that you can follow when you plan your trip to Jekyll Island.

Where to Stay:

I love the quintessential Queen Anne style architecture of the Jekyll Island Clubhouse. Imagine wrap around front porches, bay windows, and round towers.

Where to Lunch:

I love, love, love the elegant gardens at the Courtyard at Crane. Definitely grab your bike and head over to the courtyard for a casual lunch. You can view their lunch menu at

Where to Snack:

Island Sweets Shoppe is within minutes from the Jekyll Island Clubhouse. Pop in and try some mint and strawberry ice cream!

What To Do:

Biking is a must! The Jekyll Island Clubhouse has bikes that you can rent during your stay. Just find one of the many scenic paths and start peddling.

Lounge at the Jekyll Island Clubhouse pool that has views of the marshlands and water. Pop over to the tiki bar and sip on a frozen drink.

Where to Dine:

Since the water is just a few feet away, seafood is on the menu. Head over to the Rah Bar at Latitude 31º and order some peel-and-eat shrimp and a cold beer. They also have live music in the summer months. You can learn more at

Take in the views and enjoy your getaway!

Photography | Elle Smith Photography and Tamara Gibson Photography


  • Reply Amy Wisenbaker April 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Hi! I work with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel as the Social Media and Web Communciations Manager, and I was wondering if you would like to send over any of the photos you took for the blog? They are very nice! I will also share this post tomorrow to our Facebook account. Thanks!

    • Reply Monica Lavin April 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Hello Amy. I’d be happy to share the photos with you. I’ll send them to your email account within the next few hours. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

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