A few years ago we had a master class that took place in Georgia, St. Simons Island, to be precicse. One of the Golden Isles, this destination is about 5 hours from Atlanta, an hour and half from Savannah, and next to Sea Island. The pristine beaches, hisotrical light house and magical marsh make it a special place that's high on our list of places to go again and places we love (and for me and my husband, places to live again since I am being honest we were both living at Saint Simons when we connected).
CHOF Musgrove Saint Simons Workshop, Brooke Roberts Photography
I have met up on Saint Simons Island with everyone from Emily Burton, founder of her name sake event planning company, Emily Burton Designs to Harwell Photography to Two Friends to Corbin Gurkin to Monica Lavin to Brooke Roberts Photography to The Southern C to many, many others over the years. Me, my sister and my husband are former residents of St. Simons and we have an old family beach house there, so I feel like I know a lot but I rely on my friends I have bet there like those mentioned to keep me updated on all the new and best places to eat, shop and explore to spend an amazing weekend on the island.
Back To The Beach St. Simons Island, Atlanta Magazine
Below, we created the Colonial House of Flowers guide to St. Simons Islandp taking inspiration from our time spent there and incorporaitng a few of the locales we've fallen in love with while working, living and visiting the coastal Georgia town.
What to do:
Take advantage of the water and book a kayaking trip with Southeastern Adventure Outfitters. Trips last anywhere from two to four hours.
The flat roads, side walks and beaches are meant for bike rides and long walks. We recommend Barry's Beach Service at Ocean Motion for bikes. They have kayaks and catamarans, too! They've been there since I was a kid, tried and true.. High Tide Carts are for those that aren't into biking or walking.
Whether you’re biking, riding, or walking, make sure to stop by one of St. Simons’ most iconic scenes, the local lighthouse.
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Where to eat:
First things first: coffee! We are a fan of both Wake Up Coffee Company locations. If you're looking for something more than that, everything at Cafe Frederica should do the trick! The eggs and toast at at Palmer’s Village Cafe are good. Three Little Birds- Fly In, Fly Out is a top choice, too.
For lunch or supper, Emily Burton introduced me to NANCY which is nice for a fresh, seasonal meal. For easy southern bite near the pier, Barbara Jean's is a classic with a famous dessert called Chocolate Stuff. You can catch the history of another classic, Benny's Red Barn, here. And everyone know's you can't go St. Simons Island without a stop at the famous barbecue joint, Southern Soul Barbeque. A Southern Living and Garden & Gun favorite, this spot is known for more than just its pork; save room for the Brunswick stew and my son, Whitaker's perosnal favorite: mouthwatering Banana pudding. You can thank us later!
Del Sur Artisan Eats is located in the heart of the Pier Village. Expect a blend of Argentinian and Italian dishes using the freshest ingredients. Dine inside or outside on their patio. For appetizers, try the flaky spinach empanada and the grilled provoleta. Even though they are known for their steak dishes, I always order the Linguini Alla Vongole.
Porch is one of the island’s newest restaurants located near the Pier Village. You feel like you’re eating chicken on your grandmother’s porch. Expect authentic Nashville hot chicken with loads of sides to choose from. They also serve frosé, need I say more?
Where to shop:
Mari Max is a contemporary boutique that offers everything from woods fine jewelry (my secret indulgence) and shoes to accessories and dresses.
Viola’s Market is one of the best accessory and gift stores in southeast Georgia. Definitely stop by this unique shop on your next trip to the island. You won’t leave empty-handed.
Stop by The Vine Garden Market for fresh flowers or floral-inspired home and garden gifts. They also offer workshops year round.
Located in Redfern Village, Two Friends boutique offers casual, colorful women’s apparel, and home accents, in addition to glassware and gifts.
Tibi on St. Simon’s is the only brick-and-mortar shop outside of their flagship boutique in Manhattan’s Soho. Founder, UGA Alumni and St. Simons native Amy Smilovic offers clean, feminine, and relaxed clothing and footwear at a discount price.
If you’re visiting in the late spring or summer, fall or even winter a beach day is a must — my family suggests Myrtle Street Beach, King & Prince or Coast Guard Station. But before heading to the shore be sure to stop by Pelican's Market for essentials like sunscreen and try the ice cream while you are there!
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- Back To The Beach: St. Simons Island, Atlanta Magazine