This past weekend my husband, Casey, and I were looking for something different to do. We hopped in the car and drove to Jekyll Island, Georgia. We headed to this beautiful island retreat to take in the stunning views of hundred year old oak trees and peaceful marsh water. It’s such a special place and the perfect spot for a weekend getaway so I wanted to share my mini guide to Jekyll Island that I created last year.
In the late 1800’s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive winter retreat for America’s most elite families. The Rockefellers, Morgans, and Pulitzers all vacationed on Jekyll Island for more than a half a century. When you visit Jekyll Island, you’ll undoubtedly share their appreciation for this enchanted place.
Jekyll Island is a beautiful tranquil island that has views of the water in almost every direction. The bike trails that meander throughout the island allow you to pack a lunch and explore from one end to the other. The elegant & historic grounds at the Jekyll Island Hotel magically 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. Be sure to pin this article for future planning!
Where to Stay:
I love the quintessential Queen Anne style architecture of the Jekyll Island Clubhouse. You can picture wrap-around front porches, classic bay windows, and round towers.
Where to Lunch:
I love, love, love the elegant gardens at the Courtyard at Crane. Grab your bike and head over to the courtyard for a casual lunch. You can view their lunch menu at http://www.jekyllclub.com/dining/courtyard-at-crane.
Where to Snack:
Island Sweets Shoppe is minutes from the Jekyll Island Clubhouse. Pop in and try some of their delicious 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 pedaling!
Lounge at the Jekyll Island Clubhouse pool that boasts views of the marshlands and water. You can also pop over to the tiki bar to sip on a frozen drink.
Where to Dine:
While you’re staying on the island, you have to partake in some of the fresh seafood dining options. Head over to the Rah Bar at Latitude 31º and indulge in some peel-and-eat shrimp and a margarita. They also have live music in the summer months! You can learn more at http://latitude31jekyllisland.com. [Please note that this is under new management so it may be temporarily closed].
Take in the classic island views and enjoy your scenic getaway!