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Events Shopping Outdoors/Recreations Nightlife Golf History Restaurants Tours/Attractions Fishing Days Trips

EXPLORE A Special Section published by The Brunswick News 3011 Altama Ave., Brunswick, GA 31520 (912) 265-8320 Fax: (912) 264-4973

Discover the Golden Isles


pend a week in the Golden Isles and you’ll soon ďŹ nd why more and more people affectionately refer to our coastal nest as “the big little community.â€? They discover what every Golden Islander will tell you: There’s no place like home, like this home. Simply stated, we have all the necessities and amenities of a large city — hospital, malls, colleges, restaurants and miles of walking and biking trails to keep a person young — without the headaches (like trafďŹ c) that haunt the nation’s populated metro areas. You can even see the stars at night from your doorstep or bedroom window. But shhhhh — don’t tell anyone. Let it be our secret. For your convenience, as well as the convenience of our loyal readers, we have produced another edition of Explore. It’s your guide to great food and shopping, historic treasures, and fun, fun, fun! — The Editors

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Shrimp & Grits Festival, Jekyll Island The Brunswick News


here’s always something to celebrate or a festival to attend in Brunswick and the Golden Isles, whether it’s tasting some of the finest Brunswick stew, shrimp or catfish you’ll ever find, saluting the nation on its birthday, testing your endurance in a 5-kilometer bridge run or sitting under the shade and in the cool ocean breezes listening to the accomplishments of musicians from around the world. No kidding, there’s something for everyone in the Isles. Coming up, for example, are Fourth of July celebrations on St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and in Brunswick. All patriotic activities end in spirited explosions of colorful fireworks over the glimmering waters of a river, sound or ocean. If you like shrimp and grits, then Jekyll Island is the place you want to be in midSeptember. That’s when the Jekyll Island Authority, with the help of island residents, sponsors the annual Shrimp and Grits

Festival, an event that draws some of the finest cooks in the Isles and beyond. It’s also two days of great entertainment, including outdoor concerts, and fun. If you want to know something about the animal and marine life found on and off these shores, then check the event calendar for CoastFest, sponsored annually by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Get close to real sharks (yikes!), learn about what you can do to preserve the Earth and hear how Native Americans lived long before Europeans stepped upon these shores. It’s a very educational, very fun and very memorable experience for all ages. If you happen to be around downtown Brunswick this autumn, you might want to sample the various recipes of Brunswick stew vying for one of the top prizes in the Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee competition. Teams will be cooking up their best brew for you and the judges at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Don’t forget to bring the family dog and his or her best costume to march in the

Pooch Parade, one of the numerous ticklish activities planned at the river during this annual festival. Oh yeah, if you happen to be downtown in the spring (which would be a long time to hang around, but you can always go home and come back, right?), make sure you have your camera. Elvis is coming to Brunswick. OK, silly, not THAT Elvis. But be prepared to wonder as dozens of men from around the globe descend upon the port city of Brunswick, the waterfront and the stage at the Ritz Theatre to show their skills and talents in a Best Elvis performance competition. The Elvis Festival is always a great time and always a super-fun journey into the past. But wait, we’re skipping over too many in-between months, like December. There’s no place like the Golden Isles during the Christmas season. In addition to fine shopping, great sales and a friendly environment, there’s the festive display of lights on Jekyll Island, as well as numerous yuletide activities planned throughout the month, and a night of candles and life in the 19th century

at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. The community also honors and remembers its fallen heroes during a very patriotic gathering at the waterfront on St. Simons Island on Memorial Day. Taps at Twilight is a somber and moving memorial for the men and women who gave their lives for their country and a celebration of the freedom they’ve preserved for us all. In the spring, gather with thousands on the bluff on the Darien River in Darien (that’s the small city to the north) for fun, games, arts and crafts galore and great food as the coast comes together to honor Georgia’s fishing fleet and wish them a safe and bountiful season. If you like crawfish or catfish, there are festivals built around both in the small communities just to the south of Brunswick. Entertainment, arts and crafts and good homecooking are just a few of the highlights of these events. See List Page 5


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Elvis Festival, Brunswick

Fouth of July, St. Simons Island

Pooch Parade, Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee


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Events 2015 EVENTS

Here is a list of major events scheduled for Glynn County and surrounding counties through May 2015. You can find most events by a simple search of the Internet.

Bluegrass Festival Jan. 1 - Jan. 3 Historic District Jekyll Island Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run Date (TBA) Sidney Lanier Bridge Brunswick

July 4th Celebrations: • Sunshine Festival July 4-July 6 (fireworks at dusk July 4th) Pier Village St. Simons Island

Mardi Gras March 1 Includes parade, other festivities Downtown St. Marys

• Old Fashioned Celebration 7 to 9:30 p.m. (fireworks at dusk) Mary Ross Waterfront Park Downtown Brunswick

Elvis Festival March 12 - March 15 Downtown Brunswick

• Independence Day Celebration (fireworks at 9 p.m.) Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island • Fourth of July Celebration (fireworks at dusk) St. Marys Waterfront • Canons Across the Marsh Fort King George 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Darien • Musket & Canon Firings Fort Morris Midway Kingsland Catfish Festival Aug. 30 Downtown Kingsland Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival Sept. 19-Sept. 21 Millionaires Village Jekyll Island St. Simons Food and Spirits Festival Oct. 1 - Oct. 5 Gascoigne Bluff St. Simons Island CoastFest Oct. 4 One Conservation Way (Coastal Resources Division and Coast Guard grounds) Brunswick

SGHS Bridge Run, Brunswick Rock Shrimp Festival Oct. 4 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown St. Marys Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee Oct. 18 (begins with 5K race at 8:30 a.m.) Mary Ross Waterfront Park Brunswick McGladrey PGA Tour’s Classic Oct. 20-Oct. 26 Sea Island Golf Club St. Simons Island Georgia - Florida Golf Classic Oct. 29-Oct. 31 Jekyll Island Golf Club Jekyll Island Autumn Encampment Nov. 14- Nov. 15 Fort King George Darien Christmas on Jekyll Island Nov. 24 to Jan. 2 (includes island lights and a number of special events) Jekyll Island Howfyl Candlelight Christmas December (usually evening of first Saturday of month) Howfyl-Broadfield Plantation Brunswick

Blessing of the Fleet, Darien April 17 - April 19 Waterfront at Darien River Darien

Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee

Crawfish Festival April 24 - April 25 Satilla Waterfront Park Woodbine

Blessing of the Fleet, Brunswick Mother’s Day, May 10 Mary Ross Waterfront Park Brunswick Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest Date (TBA) 5K race begins at 8:15 a.m. Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island



Georgia Sea Island Festival June 7: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8: noon to 6 p.m. Gascoigne Bluff Park - Epworth, St. Simons Island





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CoastFest, Brunswick

Blessing of the Fleet

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Two Friends, St. Simons Island By SARAH LUNDGREN


The Brunswick News

runswick and the Golden Isles feature an endless variety of shopping opportunities. From clothing to accessories, antiques to home decor and more, there’s likely a place or two or three where you can find exactly what you’re looking for within your budget. On the mainland, there’s a lengthy list of shopping in different areas of town to suit any need. Newcastle Street provides a variety of antiques, jewelers, children’s items, books and furniture, thrift stores, even art and music stores. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat between shopping, or stop in one of the beautiful squares and enjoy the revitalization efforts going on downtown. Staples like Ned Cash Jewelers and Hattie’s Books are nestled among unique places like the Ritz Theatre, Brunswick

Actor’s Theatre, Art Downtown and delicious food features like Arte Pizza and Tipsy McSway’s. Moving down Gloucester Street, away from downtown toward U.S. 17, there are several antique dealers and consignment stores like Take Too to satisfy more tastes. There’s even the recently opened Waves, on U.S. 17 just across from the entrance to the F.J. Torras Causeway, for those with beach needs. On Ga. Spur 25, there’s Glynn Place Mall with staples like JC Penny’s, Belk and Sears, along with Gentlemen’s Outfitters and many small boutique-style stores. You’ll also find a Hallmark card and gift shop there. Featured in the various strip malls and shopping centers in Glynn County are popular stores like Target, Michael’s, Ross and T.J. Maxx, and even make-up and beauty providers like Ulta and Merle Norman. On St. Simons Island, businesses offer a

wide range of prices and styles, all within quick driving distance of the beach. Redfern Village off Frederica Road features some significant shopping options – art galleries, kitchen, bath and other home decor, clothing, gift items, jewelers, shoes and accessories and more. Nestled under massive trees, intermingled with restaurants and salons, are places like Two Friends boutique, Viola’s Market, a Tibi Outlet, and Oglethorpe Antiques and Interiors. Driving toward the St. Simons Island Pier from Redfern, those in search of something to wear can stop by Maggie’s, which features a variety of clothing, including gear to support the University of Georgia Bulldogs, or at the Yellow Canary for women’s clothing and Carousel for children’s items in Retreat Plaza. There’s also places like Low Country Walk Antiques and Accessories in Longview Plaza. Up and down Mallery Street, known as

Pier Village, are endless clothing shops for women and men of different ages like Meo’s Suite, Hope’s Boutique, Fresh Produce and Southeast Adventure Outfitters, right next door to furniture, home decor and gift shops and more like Dutchman’s. On the opposite end of the island, Shops by Sea Island offer a variety of clothing at places like Gentlemen’s and Lady Outfitters. There’s also the Cloister Collection and G.J. Ford’s Bookshop. Though the retail beach village on Jekyll Island is still under construction and set to open in December, there are places available for shopping along Pier Road, Beachview Drive and in the Historic District. There are several gift shops and souvenir stores on the island and stores that offer unique and even hand-made items that embrace the beauty of Jekyll Island. See List Pages 9-11


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Shops at Sea Island, St. Simons Island

Glynn Place Mall, Brunswick

Redfern Village, St. Simons Island


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EXPLORE Clothing & Accessories:


Cunningham Jewelers 510 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-265-8652

Evelyn Talman 3301 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-3470

Go Fish 203 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-634-5654

Cutie Patooties 276A Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-434-9372

Flophouse 202 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-506-8076

Gogo Jewelry 217 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-634-8875

Dazzle 3303 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-268-2335

Fresh Produce Clothing 315 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-1016

Golden Isles Bracelet Co. Pier Village Market St. Simons Island 912-638-3636

Cloister Collection 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-8084

Designer’s Boutique 135 Shoppers Way Brunswick 912-265-3220

Gentlemen’s / Lady Outfitters 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-1521

Hope’s Boutique 319 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-5654

Cricket Shop 102 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-6262

Entre Nous Consignment Boutique 1505 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-264-8444

Glynn Place Mall 219 Mall Blvd. Brunswick 912-267-6964

Island Couture 204 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-634-6222

Beecher’s 38 Midway Square St. Simons Island 912-638-9222 Carousel 136 Retreat Plaza St. Simons Island 912-638-3060 Chadwick’s Jewelers 205 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-2236

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EXPLORE Joseph Jewelers 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-9060 Kennedy Outfitters 10 Airport Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-3474 Maggie’s 1616 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-3995

Ned Cash Jewelers 1418 Newcastle St. Brunswick, 912-264-0012 Ocean Motion 1300 Ocean Blvd./210 Mallery St., St. Simons Island 638-5225/638-5390 Pampered Foot 3419 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-4514

Shopping St. Simons Outfitters 3405 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-5454

Art Downtown 1409-13 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-262-0628

Swingset 1806 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-2578

B & B Design and Consign 2483 Demere Rd. Ste. 101 St. Simons Island 912-268-4940

The Bailey Boys 373 Skylane Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-7700

Mari Max 1624 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-9999

Posh 262 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-8882

The Queen Bee 216 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-2066

McRobin’s Apparel 264 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-634-5638

Redfern Jewelers 209 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-5314

Tibi Outlet 220 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-1221

Meo’s Suite 311 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-634-8989

Roberta’s 127 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-8681

Two Friends 202 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-268-4359

Nancy 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-8005

Southeast Adventure Outfitters 313 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912- 638-6732

Wild & Personal 214 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-634-4563 Yellow Canary 134 Retreat Plaza St. Simons Island 912-638-4061

Antiques & Home Furnishings: 1610 Antiques 1610 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-1610

Pier Village, St. Simons Island

Creative Frameworks 1302 Gloucester St. Brunswick 912-261-0316 Dutchman’s Casual Living 312 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-634-2764 Glynn Art Association Gallery 529 Beachview Dr. St. Simons Island 912-638-8770 H & H Lifestyles 222 Retreat Village St. Simons Island 912-265-8100 Indigo & Cotton 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-7640 Jesup Furniture Outlet 651 Scranton Rd. Brunswick 912-267-1897 Left Bank Art Gallery 3600 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-3017 Low Country Walk Antiques & Accessories 1627 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-1216

Accents 1624 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-2030

Oglethorpe Antiques & Interiors 106 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-634-1999

Anderson Art Gallery 3309 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-8414

One of a Kind 320 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-3050

Antiques, Etc. 1601 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-265-3666

Parker Gallery 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-2141


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EXPLORE Petite Maison 100 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-0130

The Market on Newcastle 1624 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-554-7909

Piddler’s Antiques 505 MLK Blvd. Brunswick 912-265-0890

The Tabby House 1550 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-2257

Pierce and Parker Interiors 3413 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-3641 Planters Exchange 104 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-9888


Two Friends Too 304 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-4359 Victorian Place Antiques 1412 Gloucester St. Brunswick 912-265-3175 Viola’s Market 267 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-3399

Downtown Brunswick

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop 214 Stable Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-4444

St Simons Drugs 209 Longview Plaza St. Simons Island 912-638-8676

Hattie’s Books 1531 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-554-8677

The Commissary 24 Pier Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-2878

It’s All About You 3600 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-6636

The Cottage 32 Pier Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-2643

Jekyll Books at the Old Infirmary 101 Old Plantation Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-3077

The Island House 17 Pier Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-2632

Beach Bum 225 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-0887

Just 4 Funn Toys 205 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-289-4054

The Village Market 408 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-3400

Beachview Books 215 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-7282

Just By Hand 26 Pier Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-9810

Tonya’s Treasures 123 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-634-6584

Edwin Watts Golf 230 Retreat Village St. Simons Island 912-638-5034

Mimi’s on Frederica 3600 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-5366

Treasures By the Sea 227 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-634-5700

The Gallery on Newcastle 1626 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-554-0056

Frederica Station 209 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-9400

Nature Gifts 217 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-34-9261

Whippersnappers 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-2056

The Lyman Gallery 257 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-638-4592

G.J. Ford Bookshop 600 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island 912-634-6168

PeachMac 26 Market St. St. Simons Island 912-434-2810

Whittle’s Gift Shop 40 North Beachview Drive Jekyll Island 912-635-2552

Seaquels Boutique 1407 Newcastle St. Brunswick 912-275-8516 Seaside Home 125 Gary L. Moore Ct. St. Simons Island, 912-638-8815 Shackelford Interiors 225 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-634-0924 Simon’s Gallery, Gifts & Antiques 316 Mallery St. St. Simons Island 912-638-3899 Sweat’s Furniture 3630 Community Rd. Brunswick, 912-265-0341 Take Too Furnishings 1700 Gloucester St. Brunswick 912-279-2478 Taylor House Interiors 3079 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-638-5560

Willow Interiors 265 Redfern Village St. Simons Island 912-634-3772 Zachry’s Casual Furniture 5500 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island 912-434-1463

Gifts & Souvenirs: Above the Dunes 21 Pier Rd. Jekyll Island 912-635-3997


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Outdoor Recreation

Neptune Park, St. Simons Island By MARTIN RAND III The Brunswick News


olks living in or visiting the Golden Isles have a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and stay

active. Whether you like being on land and exploring nature, relaxing on a beach or getting wet and wild in a river, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this coastal community. Ever wanted to go kayaking? SouthEast Adventure Outfitters can help with that. They offer single and tandem kayak rentals that can be paid for per hour of usage. Kayaks can be rented from either their Brunswick Boathouse on U.S. 17 or from their other location, the St. Simons Village Creek Landing, a peninsula surrounded

on three sides by tidal creeks and marsh at the end of South Harrington Road on St. Simons. If sitting in the water isn’t really your thing, SouthEast Adventure Outfitters also offers paddleboarding rentals, where people stand with a long paddle on what looks like a surfboard. Glynn County has become a destination for paddleboarders over the years, especially during the annual St. Simons Island SUP Challenge. This event is going into its fifth year this October, and the paddleboarding competition has helped attract numerous people to the area. Summer Waves Water Park gets people cooled off from the summer heat in a more controlled water environment. The water park on Jekyll Island features six water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and a kiddie area for young swimmers.

You might also try the Neptune Park Fun Zone on St. Simons Island or one of the public swimming pools at Howard Coffin Park and Selden Park, both in Brunswick. An admission fee is required at the waterpark and at all swimming pools. For family fun, there’s miniature golf courses on St. Simons Island and on Jekyll Island. Being outside doesn’t mean you have to get wet. Glynn County offers bicycle shops galore that will allow people to rent or purchase a bike to explore the lush green environment of the Golden Isles. Cyclists can enjoy riding their bikes on about 60 miles of bike trails along U.S. 17, Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. A non-profit organization based in Savannah is working on six projects that will create one super-long sightseeing trail that stretches from Brunswick to McIntosh

County while increasing the miles of bike trails to about 90. Of course, you can’t talk about the Golden Isles without mentioning its beaches. St. Simons Island beach and Jekyll Island beaches give people the opportunity to swim, wind surf or body surf or you can just simply bask in the rays of the sun. Blythe Island Regional Park also has a beach on a lake. It also offers canoe and kayak trails, bike trails through the woods and shaded paths for hikers. You will also find camping opportunities on Jekyll Island, Blythe Island and mainland Glynn County. Like skateboarding? Check out the skateboard parks on St. Simons Island and at North Glynn Park, which also includes a paved trail for walking. See List Page 17


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Outdoor Recreation

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Summer Waves, Jekyll Island


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Outdoor Recreation

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Neptune Park Mini Golf, St. Simons Island


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EXPLORE For hours of operation, call the listed number.

Waterparks and swimming pools Summer Waves Waterpark 210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island 912-635-2074 Neptune Park Fun Zone 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island 912-279-2836 Selden Park 3327 Newcastle St., Brunswick 912-279-2800 Brunswick Aquatic Center 1408 Sonny Miller Way, Brunswick 912-279-3810; 912-279-3815 Blythe Island Regional Park 6616 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick 912-279-2812

Bike Shops Two Brothers Bike Shop 227 Mallery St., St. Simons Island 912-638-6766 Monkeywrench Bicycles 1708 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island 912-634-5551

Outdoor Recreation

Beachside Bike Rentals 60 Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island 912-635-9801

Paddle & Putt 300 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island 912-268-4247

Griffin’s Bicycle Shop 3421 Cypress Mill Road, Brunswick 912-264-4052

Ocean Motion Surf Co 1300 Ocean Blvd. St. Simons Island 912-638-5225

Water Sport Equipment Shops

Electric Car Rentals

SSI SUP 1626 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island 912-230-4323

Red Bug Rentals 500 Riverview Road Jekyll Island 912-635-9330

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters 313 Mallery St., St. Simons Island 912-638-6732

High Tide Golf Cart Rentals 124 Pier Market Village St. Simons Island 912-634-2313

Barry’s Beach Services Inc. 420 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island 912-638-8053 Narrabeen Surf & Skate 401 Mall Blvd., Brunswick 912-265-4044 Island Dive Center 101 Marina Drive, Brunswick 912-638-6590 Waves Surf and Sport 1965 Glynn Ave., Brunswick 912-342-7812

Campgrounds Altamaha Regional Park 1605 Altamaha Park Road Brunswick 912-264-2342 Jekyll Island Campground 1197 Riverview Drive Jekyll Island 912-635-3021 Golden Isles RV Park 7445 Blythe Island Drive Brunswick 912-261-1025

Coastal Georgia RV Park 287 S. Port Parkway Brunswick 912-264-3869 Blythe Island Regional Park 6616 Georgia Highway 303 Brunswick 912-279-2812

Skateboard Parks Demere Park 1219 Demere Road St. Simons Island North Glynn Recreation Complex 618 Harry Driggers Blvd. Brunswick

Miniature Golf Neptune Fun Park Zone 550 Beachview Drive St. Simons Island 912-279-3721 Jekyll Miniature Golf North Beachview Drive Jekyll Island 912-635-2648

Jekyll Island


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ECHO at King & Prince Resort, St. Simons Island By MICHAEL HALL


The Brunswick News

he Golden Isles may be known for its sunny beaches and ample outdoor activities, but the fun does not stop when the sun sets. Whether it’s cutting a rug or an evening of playing pool with friends, Brunswick, St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island offer visitors and locals alike the chance to enjoy the night side of Coastal Georgia. When getting an evening started on St. Simons Island with a happy hour drink, The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge, 935 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, provides an upscale, luxurious ocean view from atop the boutique hotel. Watching the sun set with a little live entertainment and enjoying the restaurant’s coastal cuisine with a Southern twist will ensure the rest of the night is just right.

Or stick around and enjoy the sea breeze all evening. Just a few blocks away from Ocean Lodge, a historic hotel boasts a modern, newly renovated bar and restaurant that features the only truly beachside dining experience on the island. Nestled inside King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, ECHO restaurant and bar provides its guests with stunning ocean views, classic coastal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Don’t let its location in a hotel fool you. ECHO is quickly becoming a favorite among locals. St. Simons Island’s Pier Village and Redfern Village, two hubs of social activity in the Isles, are both popular with locals as well and offer an array of opportunities to celebrate a special occasion, party with friends or relax for a quiet evening. Whether you want the more traditional

bar experiences of Murphy’s Tavern, tucked away in the Pier Village at 415 Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, or Bubba Garcia’s, 200 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, or some outdoor live acoustic music at Palm Coast Coffee Cafe and Pub, 318 Mallery St., St. Simons Island provides visitors with enough options to easily fill every night of the week. On the mainland in downtown Brunswick, a variety of Georgia-based craft beers, freshly squeezed cocktails and pub fare are among the features at Tipsy McSway’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 1414 Newcastle St. Nightly activities range from open mic nights and live bands to a weekly trivia night. A few miles away, near exit 38 of Interstate 95, Toucan’s Ale House, 2450 Perry Lane Road, Brunswick, gives its customers a wide selection of domestic, imported and craft brews to go with its many menu

offerings. With televisions surrounding the dining room, it is the perfect place to catch a game. At exit 29 of I-95, Zachry’s Seafood & Steakhouse, 415 Palisade Drive, Brunswick, a screened porch and outdoor patio is a great place to catch a local band, eat fresh seafood and take in the beautiful coastal Georgia weather. On, Jekyll Island, the Rah Bar and Lattitude 31 at the Jekyll Wharf provide riverfront drinks, dining and entertainment that are an experience truly unique to the Golden Isles. If it is late night family entertainment you are searching for, The Strike Zone, 380 Millennium Blvd., Brunswick, is a bowler’s heaven with plenty of bowling lanes, an arcade and a bar complete with pool tables. See List Pages 20 and 21


The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 22, 2014 19



Palm Coast Coffee & Pub, St. Simons Island


Pub at Village Inn, St. Simons Island

Welcome to The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge, a St. Simons Island restaurant, featuring rooftop outdoor dining.

Where Coastal Cuisine Meets Southern Hospitality. Whether you choose to dine on our spectacular, outdoor ocean view terrace or our enclosed premium lounge, come in and experience casual island dining with the best ocean view.

935 Beachview Dr | St Simons Island, GA | 912-291-4300 |


20 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bringing Live Theatre to the Golden Isles for 57 Seasons Casino Theatre – Pier Village St. Simons Island



Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 2014-2015 Season January 8, 9, and 10 • 7 p.m. October - “Shrek The Musicalâ€? Casino Theatre / St. Simons Island 1FSGPSNBODFEBUFT8FFLFOET.BSDI  Copies of the play for perusal at the Bwk and SSI Libraries

January – “Hotbed Hotel�


March - “Proof�

May - “Bye-Bye Birdie�

The Jekyll Wharf For information on opening and closing times and whether live entertainment is scheduled, call the listed numbers.

St. Simons Island Brogen’s South 912-638-1660 200 Pier Alley Pier Village Bubba Garcia’s 912-634-0073 200 Redfern Village Redfern Village

Murphy’s Tavern 912-638-8966 415 Mallery St. Pier Village Palm Coast Coffee & Pub 912-634-7515 318 Mallery St. Pier Village

The Club at Bennie’s 912-638-2844 5514 Frederica Road

The Pub at Village Inn 912-634-6056 500 Mallery St. Pier Village

Coastal Kitchen 912-638-7790 102 Marina Drive Golden Isles Marina

Rafters 912-638-3883 315.5 Mallery St. Pier Village

Gnat’s Landing 912-638-7378 310 Redfern Village Redfern Village

Ziggy Mahoney’s Restaurant & Dance Club 912-634-0999, 206 Retreat Village

Locos Grill & Pub 912-634-2002 2463 Demere Road, Shops at Demere

For information on season Memberships and Audition/Production dates, go to

Catch 228 912-634-6228 228 Redfern Village Redfern Village

ECHO at King & Prince Resorts 912-638-3631 201 Arnold Road Blue Water Cafe 912-268-2663, 115 Mallery St.

Marsh Point Bar & Grill 912-634-5933 253 Redfern Village Redfern Village


The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge 912-291-4300 935 Beachview Drive

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille 912-267-1388 4420 Altama Ave.

Castaway’s Lounge 912-638-4401 233 Edwards Plaza

Toucan’s Ale House 912-554-1937 2450 Perry Lane Road


The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 22, 2014 21

Covering The Golden Isles Since 1902



Coastal Cuisine

Passport to the Golden Isles




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22 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 22, 2014


Nightlife The Wee Pub 912-265-3233 735 Glynn Isles, Glynn Isles Plaza

JR’s Pub 912-342-8296 4441 Altama Ave.

Zachry’s Seafood & Steakhouse 912-265-9080 415 Palisade Drive

The Strike Zone 912-265-6600 380 Millenium Blvd.

Tipsy McSway’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill 912-267-9991 1414 Newcastle St. Buffalo Wild Wings 912-554-1203 718 Glynn Isles Glynn Isles Plaza

Emerald Princess Casino 912-265-8296 1 Gisco Point Drive

Marshside Grill 912-342-7981 1200 Glynn Ave.

Jekyll Island

Millhouse Steakhouse 912-264-3424 124 Glynco Parkway

Tipsy McSway’s, Brunswick

Brunswick’s Oldest Individually Owned Auto Repair Shop.


37 Years


39 Years

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Bowlarena 912-267-7529 3883 Altama Ave

Port City Billiards 912-262-1755 4420 Altama Ave. Bottom Feeders Sea Grill & Oyster Bar 912-267-5959 2027 Stacy St.

Latitude 31 Restaurant & Rah Bar 912-635-3800 371 Riverview Drive The Pub at Jekyll Island Club Hotel 912-635-2600 x1048 371 Riverview Drive SeaJay’s Waterfront Café & Pub 912-635-3200 1 Harbor Road


35 Years


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912-265-8981 Brogen’s South, St. Simons Island


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Seaside Couse, Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island By NATHAN DEEN


The Brunswick News

hether it’s an established PGA Tour professional, an up-andcomer looking to earn his tour card or a new student athlete at College of Coastal Georgia, the Golden Isles is an attractive place to live for golfers. It’s not a bad place for the casual player, either. And if you’re looking to retire to a golf community or vacation in one, there are plenty of private clubs worth checking out. A total of 20 courses, 18 of which are 18hole courses, are spread out throughout the Golden Isles, from the mainland of Brunswick, Sea, Jekyll and St. Simons islands, and neighboring McIntosh and Camden counties. St. Simons Island is home to nine PGA pros, including 2007 Masters Champion

Zach Johnson, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover and this year’s RBC Heritage winner, Matt Kuchar. With several colleges to choose from, Coastal Georgia senior golfer Chase Miller said the numerous golf courses at his disposal here was one of the main reasons he chose to sign with the Mariners. “I went to Sea Island (Golf Club), and there was the ocean next to the driving range,” Miller said. “It’s a good place to hang out for four years.” Sea Island Golf Club features three championship courses on St. Simons Island — Seaside, Plantation and Retreat — and is the host club for the The McGladrey Classic, an official PGA Tour event that became part of the FedExCup schedule this past year. The Classic first began in 2010. Sea Island, also the home base of the renowned Sea Island Golf Learning Center,

was ranked No. 10 on Golf Magazine’s 2014 list of best golf resorts to play. St. Simons Island is also home to Frederica Golf Club, located on the northern end of the island in a “showcase” development originally founded by the Jones Family of Sea Island fame. Two other St. Simons Island courses — King and Prince, Home of the Hampton Club, and Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort — offer private memberships and public play year-round. Jekyll Island Golf Club, featuring 63 holes just a stone’s throw from the beach, makes for one of the more attractive public options in the area. Nestled among the island’s natural wildlife, the club features three 18-hole courses — Indian Mound, Oleander and Pine Lakes — as well as the beach-side nine-hole Great Dunes course. On the mainland, the private commu-

nity consists of Brunswick Country Club. There’s also Heritage Oaks Golf Club on Oak Grove Island and Coastal Pines Golf Club in north Brunswick. All are open to the public. Sapelo Hammock Golf Club, located north of Darien in Shellman Bluff, is home to the National Golf Association’s NeSmith Classic. To the south, in Waverly, the public can play at The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove, a Davis Love III/Fred Couples signature course. Further down Interstate 95, Kingsland is home to Laurel Island Golf Club, a links course open to the public, and Osprey Cove Golf Club, a private community. For great values, several courses in the area offer discounted rates through online golf booking websites. See List Pages 26 and 27

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Golf Brunswick Country Club 4041 Darien Hwy, Brunswick, 912-264-4377 Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: From $60 for guests playing with a member Yardage: 6,800 Par: 72 Private The Club at Osprey Cove 123 Osprey Drive, St. Marys, 912-882-5575 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fees: $60 for guest playing with a member Yardage: 6,800 Par: 72 Private

Great Dunes Course, Jekyll Island

Coastal Pines Golf Club 1 Coastal Pines Circle, Brunswick, 912-261-0503 Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fees: $22-$40 Yardage: 6,800 Par: 72 Public


The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 22, 2014 27



Frederica Golf Club 100 Pike’s Bluff Drive, St. Simons Island, 912-634-6900 Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: Call for rates Yardage: 7,200 Par: 72 Private

Sea Island Golf Club — Seaside Course St. Simons Island 912-638-5118 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fees: Call for rates Yardage: 6,900 Par: 70 Semi-private

The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove 2050 Sanctuary Wynd, Waverly, 912-466-0080 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: $49 Yardage: 7,000 Par: 71 Public Heritage Oaks Golf Club 126 Clipper Bay Road, Brunswick, 912-280-9525 Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fees: $40-$55 Yardage: 7,100 Par: 72 Public Jekyll Island Golf Club — Indian Mound Course 322 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island, 912-635-2368 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: $45 Yardage: 6,500 Par: 72 Public Jekyll Island Golf Club — Oleander Course 322 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island, 912-635-2368 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: $45 Yardage: 6,500 Par: 72 Public Jekyll Island Golf Club — Pine Lakes Course 322 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island, 912-635-2368 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: $45 Yardage: 6,700 Par: 72 Public Jekyll Island Golf Club — Great Dunes Course 322 Captain Wylly Road, Jekyll Island, 912-635-2368 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees: $25 Yardage: 3,200 Par: 36 Public

Sea Palms Golf Course 515 North Windward Drive, St. Simons Island 912-638-3352 Ext. 435 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: $49-$69 Yardage: 6,500 Par: 71 Public

Sea Palms Golf Course King and Prince Golf Course 100 Tabbystone, St. Simons Island 912-634-0255 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fees: $115 Yardage: 6,500 Par: 72 Semi-private

Sea Island Golf Club — Retreat Course St. Simons Island 912-638-5118 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fees: Call for rates Yardage: 7,100 Par: 72 Semi-private

Sea Palms West Golf Course 515 North Windward Drive, St. Simons Island 912-638-3352 Ext. 435 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees: $35 Yardage: 2,500 Par: 34 Public

Laurel Island Golf Club 233 Marsh Harbour Pkwy, Kingsland, 912-729-7277 Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fees: $31-$42 Yardage: 7,000 Par: 72 Public Sapelo Hammock Golf Club 1354 Marshview Drive NE, Shellman Bluff, 912-832-4653 Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fees: $35-$40 Yardage: 6,900 Par: 72 Semi-private Sea Island Golf Club — Plantation Course St. Simons Island 912-638-5118 Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fees: Call for rates Yardage: 7,000 Par: 72 Semi-private

Heritage Oaks Golf Club, Brunswick


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isten closely and you might hear echoes that have reverberated since the 1700s across the islands, waterways and marshlands of the Golden Isles. Listen and you might hear British Gen. James Oglethorpe, founder of the Georgia colony, barking orders or checking out the process on the construction of Frederica Town and Fort on St. Simons Island. Gen. Oglethorpe considered the 1736 fort vital for the protection of English claims against the Spanish, who settled in Florida and had roving eyes, like all the other Europeans settling in the new land in those days. His suspicions proved to be on the mark. Six years later, in 1742, the Spanish would

test England’s resolve to hold onto to its lands in what today is known as the Battle of Gulle Hole Creek at Fort St. Simons – where Gascoigne Bluff is today – and the Battle of Bloody Marsh, a site that can be visited during park hours on Demere Road on St. Simons Island. And while on St. Simons Island, check out the remains of Fort Frederica National Monument. You’ll learn there how British soldiers lived, the problems they faced (other than the Spanish) and what they ate. Anyone for opossum stew? Just kidding. Or are we? Don’t leave the area without visiting historic Christ Church, Frederica, and gardens. You won’t be disappointed in this 1884 structure. Tours are offered.

On the opposite end of St. Simons Island, to the south, you’ll find a lighthouse that still works, as well as a maritime museum and a refurbished house where men in the U.S. Coast Guard once slept and ate. All are open for tours, and we dare you to test your stamina by climbing to the top of the lighthouse. The sight from above is, what can we say, one to climb for. You might also check out the public pier on the St. Simons Island Sound and contemplate what the English saw centuries ago from a similar vantage point. There was a time, however, when the British were not welcome ashore. The first time the colony “rolled in” the red carpet was, of course, during the American Revolutionary War. American patriots even managed to

capture a few British ships off St. Simons Island when Georgia, one of the original 13 colonies, joined the fight for liberty. You’ll find a plaque dedicated to this Georgia’s Navy at Fort Frederica National Monument. To the south, across the sound, Jekyll Island, you’ll see how the nation’s first batch of millionaires lived. We hate to name drop, but do any of these sound familiar: Astor, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer and Morgan? They were among the giants who looked upon Jekyll Island as their seasonal playground, and each millionaire built his own “cottage” on the backside of the island on Jekyll Creek. Tours of these “cottages” are available daily at Millionaires Village. Continued on page 29


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EXPLORE You might want to check out the Jekyll Island Museum and the ruins of the Horton House on the island. The two-story tabby house was originally built in the 1730s by Major William Horton, one of Gen. Oglethorpe’s officers. It was damaged by the Spanish during their raid on the Georgia coast, rebuilt and later occupied by the family of French officer Poulain du Bignon after the American Revolution. On the south end of Jekyll, at South Dunes picnic area, you’ll can read about the last documented slave ship, The Wanderer, to touch American shores in 1858, after the African slave trade was outlawed. It came in at the South end of Jekyll and was later captured. Stand at Overlook Park on U.S. 17 in Brunswick and try to imagine what 19th century poet Sidney Lanier saw when he penned that beautiful poem, “The Marshes of Glynn.” He was referring to the expansive marshes on the saltwater edges of Glynn County. The community honored the poet by naming structures, streets and

buildings after him, including the tallest structure in the community, the cable-stayed Sidney Lanier Bridge, which spans the Brunswick River. As you cross the Sidney Lanier Bridge, gaze down the right headed south, toward the city, where the land meets the river and you’ll see the skeletal remains of the structures used to launch nearly 100 Liberty ships built in Brunswick during World War II. On the outskirts of the city, on U.S. 17, you’ll find HofwylBroadfield Plantation, today a state historic site operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. If you have time and love oak trees, you might want to stop and look around his rice farmturned-dairy farm. There’s a raft of history in nearby McIntosh, Liberty and Camden counties, too. In Darien, there’s Fort King George

History remodeled Orange Hall, built in St. Marys in 1838. It’s the same city where you can catch the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. On this well-preserved barrier island you’ll discover the Dungeness Ruins, the 1763 homesite of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, an American Revolutionary War hero, and later, after a major, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation major upgrade, a 1884 residence for Thomas – named after you know who – and just Carnegie and his wife, Lucy. north of that there’s Fort Morris, where You’ll also find Plum Orchard, a 20,000 Georgians successfully fended off the first square foot mansion built in 1898 by Lucy British attack on their soil during the war Carnegie, and the First African Baptist for independence. We won’t tell you what Church, the first built in the settlement and happened when the British returned with the place when John F. Kennedy Jr. and more troops, more guns and more troops. Carolyn Bessette exchanged wedding vows In Camden County, just to the south of in 1996. Glynn, there’s the beautiful and recently

Here is a list of some of the historic sites you’ll find in Glynn and surrounding counties:

pm, Private tours may be scheduled Closures: Every day except Wednesday Admission Fee: Free, donations accepted

Fort Frederica National Monument 6515 Frederica Road St. Simons Island Phone: 912-638-3639 Year Built: 1736 Hours: Visitor Center open from 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week. Gates close at 5 pm. Closures: Park closed all day on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission Fee: $3.00 for adults, free for ages 15 and under.

Jekyll Island Millionaires Village 371 Riverview Drive Jekyll Island Phone: 855-535-9547 Year built: 1886 Hours: Tours Monday-Thursday at 2 pm for Hotel cottages Closures: n/a Admission Fee: Free with reservations

Bloody Marsh Battle Site 1810 Demere Road St. Simons Island Phone: 912-638-3639 Year Built: 1742 Hours: 8:30 to 4 pm seven days a week Closures: Closed all day on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission Fee: Free St. Simons Island Lighthouse/Museum and Maritime Center 610 Beachview Drive St. Simons Island Phone: 912-638-4666 Year built: 1810 Hours: All museums are open MondaySaturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 1:30 pm-5 pm. Last Climb is 4:30 pm. The Maritime Center closes from 12-1 pm

Ft. Frederica, St. Simons Island Monday-Saturday Closures: All museums are closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission Fees: $10 for adults $5 for ages 6-11 no admission for CGHS members and children under 6. Christ Church, Frederica and Gardens 6239 Frederica Road St. Simons Island Phone: 912-638-8683 Year built: 1884 Hours: Tours are given from 2-5 pm,

Service every day at 5 pm, Fridays at 11:30 am and Sundays from 8-11 am Closures: Tuesdays, Christmas Day and Easter. Admission Fee: Free Slave Cabins (Hamilton Plantation) operated by Cassina Garden Club 100 Arthur Moore Drive Next to Epworth by the Sea St. Simons Island Phone: 912-638-9808 Year Built: 1833 Hours: Each Wednesday from 10 am to 12

Jekyll Island Museum 100 Stable Road Jekyll Island Phone: 912-635-4036 Year Built: Jekyll Island -1886 Hours: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm Closures: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Admission: Free Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site 5556 US Hwy 17 N. Brunswick Phone: 912-264-7333 Year Built: early 1800s Hours: Thursday- Saturday 9 am-5 pm Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Admission: $7.50 Adults, $7.00 Seniors (62+), $4.50 Youth (6-17), Free (under 6) Continued on page 30


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Continued from page 29 Fort King George 302 McIntosh Rd SE Darien Phone: 912-437-4770 Year Built: 1721 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Admission: $7 Adults, $6.50 Seniors (62+), $4.50 Youth (6-17), Free (under 6)

St. Simons Island Lighthouse

Darien Museum 404 North Way Darien Phone: 912-437-7711 Year Built: 1888 Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Admission: Free

Orange Hall 311 Osborne St. St. Marys Phone: 912-576-3644 Year Built: 1838 Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Admission: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors/ Military, $3 Children (6-12), Free (under 6)

St. Marys Submarine Museum 102 St. Marys St. St. Marys Phone: 912-882-2782 Year Built: n/a Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm Closures: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day-New Year’s Day Admission: $5 Adult, $4 Seniors (62+) and Military, $3 Children (6-18), Free (under 6)

Cumberland Island Tours 101 Wheeler St. St. Marys Phone: 912-882-4336 Hours: Visitor Center is open daily from 8am-4pm, Closures: Christmas Day Admission: $4 Adults, Ferry rates: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors (62+), $14 children (under 12) Tours: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors (62+) and Children (15 and under)

Fort Morris 2559 Fort Morris Road Midway Phone: 912-884-5999 Year Built: 1776 Hours: Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Admission: $4.50 Adults, $4 Seniors (62+), $3 Youth (6-17), $1 Children (under 6)

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Nazzaro’s Restaurant, St. Simons Island By KELLY QUIMBY


The Brunswick News

estaurants and eateries in the Golden Isles offer more than just good food. Most offer a dining experience second to none. Many establishments in Glynn and in the surrounding coastal counties give patrons the option of sitting inside or outside. Some even offer marshside, dockside or beachside views. At the Redfern and Pier villages on St. Simons Island, diners have the choice of several fresh seafood establishments in addition to down-home country cooking, Italian, Mexican and barbecue dishes. As the sun sets on the island, many of the

restaurants take on a second life as watering holes, where regulars rub elbows and perhaps even share a plate of oysters with vacationing first-timers. Just over the Sea Island Causeway, the resort provides the epitome of exclusivity with fine dining at the Beach Club and five-star Cloister. There’s also the five-star Lodge on St. Simons Island. On the mainland, visitors will find numerous hot spots for dining, many of which have become institutions in their own right. Downtown, there are a few locally owned favorites with menus that encompass more than your average burgers and fries. Prefer something more traditional? There’s plenty of cafes and chain establishments around the interstates and in other

shopping centers for those who’d rather stick to what they know. On Jekyll Island, guests can sample fresh catch right off the dock while watching cars cross bridges and boats drift by. A forthcoming partnership with the College of Coastal Georgia will give visitors to the state-owned island a beach view dining experience at Fins. A few miles to the north, in Darien, there’s plenty of shrimp to sample, and you can see the trawler that brought your dinner right from your seat. A little further south, Kingsland and St. Marys offer options from places ranging from the Mediterranean Sea to Asia, and from Southern barbecue to Mexican. In addition to the variety of views, dining

in the Golden Isles offers a wide choice of atmospheres. Whether you prefer black tie or jeans and flip flops, there’s something for everyone and for every taste. Seafood may reign supreme in this coastal region, but it’s not exclusive. Chefs in Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties aren’t afraid to try something new and adventurous. Though it’s the coast, it is also certainly the South, and that’s reflected in the food and the hospitality. The Golden Isles offer more options than can truly be experienced in a single trip. It’s worth a second, third and fourth visit just for the dining itself. See List Pages 34 and 35


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EXPLORE St. Simons Island Barbara Jean’s 214 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-634-6500 Barberitos 509 Ocean Blvd. Pier Village 912-634-2812 Beachcomber BBQ & Grill 319 Arnold Road 912-634-5699 Bennie’s Red Barn 5514 Frederica Road 912-638-2844 Blackwater Grill 260 Redfern Village Redfern Village 912-634-6333 Blue Water Cafe 115 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-268-2663 Bonefish Grill 202 Retreat Village 912-634-0246 Brogen’s North 3600 Frederica Road 912-638-2060 Brogen’s South 200 Pier Alley Pier Village 912-638-1660 Bubba Garcia’s 200 Redfern Village Redfern Village 912-634-0073 Cafe Frederica 110 Sylvan Drive 912-638-6777 Catch-228 228 Redfern Village Redfern Village 912-634-6228 Chili Peppers 301 Longview Plaza Driveway 912-268-4635 Cilantro’s Grill and Cantina 20 Market St. 912-434-9699

CJ’s Italian Restaurant 405 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-634-2711

Halyards 55 Cinema Lane 912-638-9100

Coastal Kitchen 102 Marina Drive 912-638-7790

Iguana’s Seafood Restaurant 303 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-638-9650

Crab Trap 1209 Ocean Blvd. 912-638-3552

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse 118 Retreat Village 912-638-8388

Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill 1217 Ocean Blvd. 912-634-1120

Locos Grill & Pub 2463 Demere Road 912-634-2002

Delaney’s Bistro 3415 Frederica Road 912-638-1330

Mallery Street Cafe 408 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-634-7772

ECHO at King & Prince Resort 201 Arnold Road 912-268-5966 Fancy Q Sushi Bar and Grill 211 Redfern Village Redfern Village 912-634-9570 Fortune House 224 Retreat Village 912-638-0788 Fox’s Pizza 240 Retreat Village 912-634-9806 Frederica House 3611 Frederica Road 912-638-6789 Georgia Sea Grill 310 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-638-1197 Gnat’s Landing 310 Redfern Village Redfern Village 912-634-7378 Grits and Greens 206 Retreat Village 912-399-0091 The Half Shell 504 Beachview Drive Pier Village 912-268-4241


Marsh Point Bar and Grill 235 Redfern Village Redfern Village 912-634-5933 Mullet Bay Restaurant 512 Ocean Blvd. 912-634-9977 Nacho’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina 3600 Frederica Road 912-202-7005 Nazzaro’s Italian Cuisine 196 Retreat Village 912-634-6161 Palmer’s Village Cafe 223 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-634-5515 Pranzo Cuisine & Cocktails 44 Midway Square 912-638-3287 Putters Club Restaurant and Bar - Sea Palms Resorts 5445 Frederica Road 912-638-3351 The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge 935 Beachview Drive 912-291-4300 Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria 3415 Frederica Road 912-268-2328

Mullet Bay Restaurant Southern Soul Barbeque 2020 Demere Road 912-638-7685 Sweet Mama’s 1627 Frederica Road 912-634-6022 Tramici 75 Cinema Lane 912-634-2202 Zuzu’s 119 Mallery St. Pier Village 912-638-8655

Jekyll Island Courtyard at Crane 375 Riverview Drive 912-635-5200 The Grand Dining Room 371 Riverview Drive 912-635-5155 Driftwood Bistro 1175 North Beachview Drive 912-635-3588 Latitude 31 and the Rah Bar Jekyll Wharf 370 Riverview Drive 912-635-3800 SeaJay’s Waterfront Cafe & Pub 1 Harbor Road 912-635-3200


Arte Pizza 1518 Newcastle St. Downtown 912-275-7031 Basil Thai and Sushi 1401 Newcastle St. Downtown 912-342-7625 Bottom Feeders Sea Grill & Oyster Bar 2027 Stacy St. 912-267-5959 Broomelli Boys Pizzeria 760 Scranton Road 912-267-7075 Buffalo Wild Wings 718 Glynn Isles Parkway 912-554-1203 Captain Joe’s Seafood 5296 New Jesup Highway 912-264-8771 Chalupa’s Grill 120 Trade St. 912-275-8380 Cilantro’s Grill and Cantina 202 Harrison Lane 912-262-5878 Daddy Cate’s 302 Gloucester St. Downtown 912-264-9363 Fox’s Pizza 1435 Newcastle St. Downtown 912-265-4490

Angel’s Cafe 3365 Cypress Mill Road 912-280-0206

Golden Corral 114 Golden Isles Plaza 912-262-1945

Applebee’s 177 Altama Connector 912-262-5800

Grandy’s 3451 Cypress Mill Road 912-264-3700


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Hog-n-Bones 500 Golden Isle 912-262-2727

Logan’s Roadhouse 101 Capital Square Drive 912-267-1413

Millhouse Steakhouse 124 Glynco Parkway 912-264-3424

Seasons of Japan 701 Glynn Isle 912-264-5280

The Wee Pub 735 Glynn Isle 912-265-3233

Hungry Hannah’s 606 Gloucester St. Downtown 912-265-8108

LongHorn Steakhouse 1000 Glynn Isle 912-261-4702

Moondoggy’s Pizza & Pub 36 Canal Road 912-264-4888

Sonny’s BBQ 5328 New Jesup Highway 912-264-9184

Willie’s Wee-Nee Wagon 3599 Altama Ave. 912-264-1146

Maggie Mae’s 205 Gloucester St. Downtown 912-264-1543

Ole Times Country Buffet 665 Scranton Road 912-264-1693

Tipsy McSway’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill 1414 Newcastle St. Downtown 912-267-9991

Wok N Roll 5701 Altama Ave. 912-265-2727

IHOP 5031 New Jesup Highway 912-261-8787 Indigo Coastal Shanty 1402 Reynolds St. Downtown 912-265-2007

Marshside Grill 1200 Glynn Ave. 912-342-7981

Island Jerk 1519 Newcastle St. Downtown 912-267-4742

Matteo’s Italian Restaurant 137 Village at Glynn Place 912-267-0248 Michael’s Deli & Seafood 4601 Altama Ave. 912-262-1628

Jinright’s Seafood House 2815 Glynn Ave. 912-267-1590

Olive Garden 600 Glynn Isle 912-267-9896 Pizza Inn 3461 Cypress Mill Road 912-265-2899 Ruby Tuesday 513 Mall Blvd. 912-264-5525

Toucan’s Ale House 2450 Perry Lane Road 912-554-1937 Tuptim Thai Restaurant 5448 New Jesup Highway 912-267-7230 Twin Oaks BBQ 2618 Norwich St. 912-265-3131

Zachry’s Restaurant 415 Palisade Drive 912-265-9080 Zangla’s Trattoria 100 Cary St. 912-275-7790 Zhang Sushi Bar and Grill 3350 Cypress Mill Road 912-264-8989

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Historic Brunswick Ghost Tours By BRITTANY TATE


The Brunswick News

isiting the Golden Isles boasts more than just a relaxing vacation on the pale cream sand of East Beach on St. Simons Island and the golden shores of Driftwood and Glory beaches on Jekyll Island. It even transcends spending countless hours hitting the greens and gorging on fresh seafood from local markets scattered across the mainland and its barrier islands. It is a destination steeped in history. And a stay in the picturesque seaside setting just wouldn’t be complete without touring some of its historical landmarks and taking a short journey through the lore and legends of the area that can be traced back to the early 1700s. For vacationers who are fascinated with

the “living dead,” there are several ghost tours available that offer unearthly encounters with the supernatural. On the mainland, take a walking tour through the residential area and business district of historic Downtown Brunswick and help “catch” spirits using ghost hunting equipment. Or take a ghostly hearse ride – with the admission of a toe tag – through Old Town and learn of the unknown and untold hauntings of this otherwise peaceful coastal town. Wanting to see walking spirits on Old St. Simons and the waterfront or get acquainted with the ghosts of the club era on Jekyll Island? Lamp-lit tours of well-known areas of St. Simons Island, including the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, are available throughout the year, while walking tours inside the haunted century-old cottages on the 240-acre historic district of Jekyll Island are held only in October.

If you are a history buff or enjoy a good story, take a trolley tour through much of St. Simons and Jekyll islands and delve into the coastal lore of popular historical landmarks, such as the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, Fort Frederica National Monument, Retreat Plantation and Christ Church, Frederica. A few offer wheelchair accessibility. Want to take a more scenic route that explores the nesting grounds of the nearextinct loggerhead turtle or the beaches, maritime forests and salt marshes of Jekyll Island? Stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and take a guided tour to some of the loggerhead turtle hot spots that dot the island’s pristine coastline. More of a birder? Tidelands Nature Center leads landscape walks that offer birding enthusiasts a closer view of the coast’s feathery friends. There is also an abundance of shrimping

and dolphin excursions that motor along inland and marshland waters of Brunswick and St. Simons and Jekyll islands. From the lower Altamaha River to the Jekyll Wharf, sightseers can study the coast’s ecosystem that includes marine species like sand sharks, horseshoe crabs, puffer fish and bottle-nosed dolphins. Or top off a fun day trip with a sunset boat cruise that departs from the Morningstar Marina on St. Simons and watch as the skies fade into pink and purple hues. Looking to take flight? Open cockpit, biplane scenic tours offer vacationers an overall view of the miles-long coast of Georgia, flying over the Sidney Lanier Bridge and crossing over beaches on St. Simons and Jekyll islands and parts of Cumberland Island. See List Page 38


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departs one hour before sunset, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Duration: 60 to 90 minutes. Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12, $5 for children ages 2 and under. Details: or 912399-5007

Blue Dolphin Sightseeing Tour 1200 Glynn Ave., Brunswick Days & Times: 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. daily. Duration: 90 minutes. Tickets: $25 for adults, $17 for children Details: or 912-230-4018


Historic Brunswick Ghost AdventuresDowntown Brunswick Days & Times: By appointment. Duration: Ghost adventures, 75 minute walking tour for ages 14 and up; Junior ghost adventures, 30 minutes for ages 6 to 13; Heritage tour, 90 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes, ages 10 and up; Historic cemetery tour, 60 minutes. Tickets: Ghost adventures, $12 per person; Junior Ghost adventures, $8 per person; Heritage tour, $15; Historic cemetery tour, $10. Details: 912-580-9920 or Lady Jane Shrimping Excursion Credle Adventures, 1200 Glynn Ave., Brunswick Days & Times: 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Duration: Two hours. Tickets: $39.95 for adults, $30 for children ages 5 and under. Details: or 912-2655711 Last Ride Ghost Tour Downtown Brunswick Days & Times: By appointment. Duration: One hour car ride in hearse. Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for kids Details: 912-265-2666

ST. SIMONS ISLAND: Boat tours with SouthEast Adventures Outfitters St. Simons Island Days & Times: By appointment. Duration: Eco-Cruising on The Norma, 2 hours; shrimp boat tour on Captain Gabby, ranges from 3 hours to full day. Tickets: Eco-cruise, $55 per person, with a minimum charge of $275 and a maximum capacity of 6; Shrimp boat, $65 for adults on 3-hour charter, $150 for adults on full day charter with kayaking and lunch. Details: Coastal Biplane Tours with Classic Air Ventures St. Simons Island Days & Times: By appointment, May through October.

Jekyll Island Dolphin Tours Jekyll Island Days & Times: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily in spring, summer and fall. Duration: 90 minutes. Tickets: $24 for adults, $20 for military, $12 for children ages 3 to 10, $10 for children of military ages 3 to 10. Details: or 912-6353152

Lady Jane Shrimping Excursion, Brunswick Duration: 10 minutes to one hour. Tickets: 10 minute flight, $120; 20 minute flight, $210; 30 minute flight, $280; 45 minute flight, $370; one hour flight, $460. Details: or 888852-9226 Dolphin Boat Tours with Cap Fendig St. Simons Island Days & Times: 11a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through Labor Day or by appointment. Duration: One hour. Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for child ages 3 to 12, $5 children ages 2 and under. Details: or 912399-5007 Ghost Walk of St. Simons Island St. Simons Island Pier Village Days & Times: 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday nights, June to August; 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, September to October. Duration: 90 minute walking tour by lamplight. Tickets: $14 for adults, $7 for children for ages 5 to 12. Details: or 912-602-4040 Lighthouse Trolleys St. Simons Island Pier Village Days & Times: (through Labor Day) St.

Simons trolley tour, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; St. Simons ghost trolley tour, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Duration: St. Simons trolley tour, 2 hours; Ghost trolley tour, one hour. Tickets: St. Simons trolley tour, $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military, $10 for children ages 4 to 12; Ghost trolley tour, $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12; $5 for children 3 and under. Details: or 912399-5007 St. Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours St. Simons Island Pier Village Days & Times: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. daily. Duration: 90 minutes. Tickets: $20 per person. Details: or 912-2680363 St. Simons Trolley Tours St. Simons Island Pier Village Days & Times: 11 a.m. every day; afternoon tour at 1 p.m. in June and July. Duration: 90 minutes. Tickets: $23 for adults, $10 children ages 4 to 12. Details: Sunset Boat Cruise St. Simons Island Days & Times: (Feb. to Thanksgiving)

Lighthouse Trolleys Jekyll Island Days & Times: (through Labor Day) Jekyll trolley tour, times change monthly, also by appointment; Jekyll ghost trolley tour, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Duration: Jekyll trolley tour, 75 minutes; Jekyll ghost trolley tour, one hour. Tickets: Jekyll trolley tour, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $10 children ages 12 & under; Jekyll ghost trolley tour, $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12, $5 for ages 3 and under. Details: or 912399-5007 Tidelands Nature Center Jekyll Island Days & Times: Nature walks, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Landscape walks, 9 a.m. Thursdays. Duration: 90 minutes to 2 hours. Tickets: Nature walk, $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 8 to 18, $25 max per family; Landscape walk, $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 8 to 18, $25 max per family. Details: or 912-635-5032 Turtle walks with Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Days & Times: 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from June 1 to July 31. No walk on July 4. Duration: Required 30-minute presentation before the beach walk that varies in length. Tickets: Without admission to turtle center, $7 for members, $14 for nonmembers; with admission to turtle center, $20. Children under 4 not permitted. Details:


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New Season! New Venue! Experience the Excitement!

Thank You! The Coastal Symphony of Georgia appreciates your friendship during our recent series of Extraordinary Evenings of World Class Music. We invite you to join us for our 2014-2015 Season beginning in September at our sparkling new venue, Brunswick High School Auditorium. Maestro Luis Haza and the orchestra will continue to present the very best in symphonic music to our friends – old and new. Plan to be a part of your vibrant symphony organization located right here in the Golden Isles. New ticket and patron packages with special benefits will be offered for the coming season at our new venue in Brunswick. Watch for our Season Brochure describing the 2014-2015 Season. Keep in touch with Symphony activities online at Call us with questions at (912) 634-2006.


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Jekyll Creek, Jekyll Island By DAVE JORDAN

The Brunswick News


hether looking for a fun family outing or just a little peaceful time on the water, the Golden Isles boasts a wide array of fishing locations, opportunities and “honey holes” to satisfy most any angler. First-time fishermen and seasoned outdoorsmen will revel in the chance to drop a line in the Atlantic Ocean, the Altamaha River or any number of inlets along the South Georgia coast. “Whether you’re looking for something for the frying pan or just a big fish

story, Coastal Georgia is the place to be if you’re an angler,” said Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “An abundance of public boat ramps, marinas, piers and beaches offer access to a variety of fishable waters from black water streams like the Satilla River to vast expanses of tidal creeks and marshes to the open Atlantic Ocean. Skilled and experienced fishing guides are available to help novices have a productive day on the water,” said Woodward. Want to catch the big ones? Booking a trip with a veteran charter captain and heading to the high seas could be the

ticket and a variety of hearty species such as king mackerel, amberjack and cobia to snapper, mahi mahi and wahoo could be the target. Prefer to stay nearer to shore? Sea trout, flounder, tripletail, red drum, whiting, ladyfish and black drum are the mainstays nearshore and in the rivers, along with tarpon that can exceed 100 pounds — and can be caught right off the beach in places. Include in that potential catch a wide variety of sharks. Freshwater anglers, too, will delight in the variety of species populating the rivers and streams of the Golden Isles. There, an array of bream, catfish, white perch, bass, mullet, redfish, crappie and shellcracker can

be found. Crabbing, too, is a popular endeavor, be it off the St. Simons Island Village Pier or any number of piers and bridges in the area. All in all, there is something for every fisherman to enjoy when it comes to fishing in Coastal Georgia. “Our neighbor to the south may be known as the Fishing Capital of the World, but Coastal Georgia is fast gaining a reputation as a place with diverse fishing opportunities in what many find to be one of the least crowded, but most picturesque settings in the Southeast,” Woodward said. See List Page 42 and 43


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EXPLORE Altamaha Regional Park 1605 Altamaha Park Road Brunswick 912-264-2342 Lighted fishing pier and lighted scaling/ cleaning dock. Bait and licenses available at park store.

East Beach St. Simons Island Easternmost tip of island. Larger access points include (from northern tip) Gould’s Inlet, Coast Guard Station, Massengale Park and Pier Village. 41 access points in all.

Blythe Island Regional Park 6616 Blythe Island Highway Brunswick 912-279-2812, 800-343-7855 Freshwater lake open 8 a.m. daily for fishermen ages 11 and older. $3 permit required and available on site. Personal boats allowed for $5 fee. Saltwater fishing marina and deep-water piers. Access to South Brunswick River and Atlantic Ocean. Bait available.

Gascoigne Bluff 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive St. Simons Island In Gascoigne Bluff Park.

St. Simons Island Pier Mallery Street St. Simons Island In Pier Village at end of Mallery Street. Outdoor lighting.

Back River Fishing Pier F.J. Torras Causeway St. Simons Island Back River is second river, from mainland, on causeway.

Mackay River Fishing Pier & Launch F.J. Torras Causeway St. Simons Island South side of causeway, just before Morningstar Marina-Golden Isles.

Fishing Little River Catwalk F.J Torras Causeway St. Simons Island Accessible from mainland only (eastbound). At Little River bridge.

Old Sidney Lanier Bridge and creek Enter off U.S. 17 at the northern foot of new Sidney Lanier Bridge.

Jekyll Island Pier Clam Creek Picnic Area Jekyll Island Free fishing pier, bait and tackle store.

(Costs vary based on length of trip and whether offshore, nearshore or river. Call for price.)

Jekyll Wharf Marina 366 North Riverview Drive Jekyll Island 912-635-3152 Marina, charter fishing, bait, licenses. Jekyll Harbor Marina 1 Harbor Road Jekyll Island 912-635-3137 Marina, charter fishing. Jekyll Island beaches Access points at Driftwood Beach (north end), Glory Beach (just south of South Dunes Picnic Area) and St. Andrews Beach (south tip).


Cap Fendig Tours/St. Simons Dolphin & Fishing Morningstar Marina-Golden Isles 100 Marina Drive St. Simons Island 912-638-3333 Capt. Cap Fendig Capt. C. Charters 1000 Mallory Street, Ext. No. 6, St. Simons Island 912-638-7646 Capt. Mark Noble Charter Fishing 104 Marina Drive St. Simons Island 912-634-1219


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Fishing St. Simons Outfitters/Bedford Sportsman 3405 Frederica Road St. Simons Island 912-638-5454

Capt. Scott Owens 877-605-3474 Coastal Expeditions 1 Harbor Road Jekyll Island 912-265-0392 Capt. Vernon Reynolds, Capt. Eric Moody

Campground Country Store 1197 Riverview Drive Jekyll Island 912-635-3021

Coastal Georgia Charter Fishing 206 Marina Drive, St. Simons Island 912-617-5577 Capt. T.J. Cheek Coastal Georgia Inshore Charters 213 Villager Drive St. Simons Island 912-230-1814 Capt. Tim Cutting Coastal Outdoor Adventures 409 Whitefield St. Simons Island 912-230-8957 Capt. Brooks Good Creekside Charters 1 Gascoigne Pier Drive St. Simons Island 912-571-6322 Capt. Richard Latham Hildreth Charters/Georgia Charter Fishing St. Simons Island 912-617-1980 Capt. Greg Hildreth Kennedy Outfitters 10 Airport Plaza, Suite 101 St. Simons Island 912-634-3474 Lady Jane Shrimpin’ Excursions/ Credle’s Adventures 1200-B Glynn Avenue Brunswick 912-265-5711 Mad Shark Charters 1220 Moody Lane Brunswick 912-223-1066 Capt. Dave Hust Offshore Charters 10 Clam Creek Road/Jekyll Fishing Center Jekyll Island 912-270-7474 Reel Stoked Charter Fishing 102 Sandalwood Circle Brunswick 912-269-9041 Capt. Jeff Stokes

St. Simons Island Pier

Sea Georgia Adventures 105 Demere Retreat Lane St. Simons Island 912-638-9430 Capt. Duane Harris

Morningstar Marina-Golden Isles 206 Marina Drive St. Simons Island 912-634-1128

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters— Brunswick 1200 Glynn Avenue, Hwy 17 Brunswick 912-638-6732

St. Simons Bait & Tackle 121 Mallery Street St. Simons Island 912-634-1888

SouthEast Adventure Outfitters— St. Simons Island 313 Mallery Street St. Simons Island 912-638-6732

Jekyll Island Fishing Center 10 Clam Creek Road Jekyll Island 912-635-3556

GENERAL INFORMATION Department of Natural Resources U.S. Highway 17 at Sidney Lanier Bridge Brunswick 912-264-7218 Georgia DNR Coastal Law Enforcement One Conservation Way, Suite 201 Brunswick 912-264-7237

Southeastern Angling St. Simons Island 912-270-7300, 877-605-3474 Capt. Scott Owens, Capt. Rob Aldridge St. Simons Outfitters/Bedford Sportsman 3405 Frederica Road St. Simons Island 912-638-5454 Capt. Larry Kennedy Jr. Village Creek Landing Boat Cruise 313 Mallery Street St. Simons Island 912-638-6732 (Operated by SouthEast Adventure Outfitters)

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Day Trips

Cumberland Island By GORDON JACKSON The Brunswick News


esidents have plenty to occupy themselves in the Golden Isles and surrounding counties, but when they are looking for a quick getaway for a day, there are a lot of choices. There’s Savannah to the north and Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla., to the south. Savannah and St. Augustine, two cities steeped in history, have plenty of places to keep visitors occupied for an entire day, regardless of their tastes. While Savannah is slightly closer, about 78 miles from Brunswick, St. Augustine, at 106 miles, is still within a reasonable drive on Interstate 95. Both cities boast large historic districts with shops, restaurants, live entertainment and other businesses designed to cater to tourists. Jacksonville, which is only 70 miles away, also offers family friendly-features. For those looking for a more sedate get-

away, a day trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore might be the perfect choice. When passengers disembark from the ferry at the Sea Camp Dock in St. Marys, they enter a world that feels a thousand miles away. They will walk on trails through wooded areas with live oaks so large the branches sag to the ground. Along the walk to the beach it’s very likely visitors will see a variety of wildlife from horses and turkeys to armadillos and feral hogs. During sea turtle nesting season, visitors walking along the beach may see crawl signs indicating where nests may have been laid. There are no concession stands or paved roads on the barrier island, which is virtually unspoiled. Bring a picnic basket, hat, sunscreen and plenty of water for the day. Camping is also available at the national seashore. About an hour’s drive from Brunswick on U.S. 82 is what may be the most famous swamp in the nation, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The 402,000-acre refuge is home to a large number of endangered or

threatened species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, American bald eagle and the wood stork. The American alligator, which is often seen sunning along the banks of lakes, rivers of canals in the swamp, was formerly listed as an endangered species, but its population has recovered to the point that it has been taken off the Endangered Species List. Camping is offered at Stephen C. Foster State Park, on the west side of the refuge, or on platforms in the swamp, accessible only by boat. A concessionaire offers boat tours at the Folkston entrance. Boat rentals are also available. Other areas where visitors can get back to nature are Tybee Island, Sapelo and Little St. Simons islands, all rich in history and nature. Those seeking an educational experience can visit the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville. The museum features interactive displays such as The Body Within, where visitors enter through MOSH’s larger than life mouth, stroll down the digestive

tract and exit out of the more creative ways to teach visitors about the human body. Other displays include one on manatees, dolphins and whales, the Florida Naturalist Center, a planetarium, a display about energy and changing exhibits featuring museum artifacts. The Jacksonville Zoo features a 9,000square-foot aviary where birds such as the yellow-billed stork, white-bellied bustard, lesser flamingos and turacos fly about freely. Animal enclosures include cheetahs, lions, rhinos, elephants, birds, jaguars, giraffes, great apes, amphibians and others. Visitors can pet and feed stingrays at Stingray Bay and see other displays such as Monsoon Asia, Butterfly Hollow, Land of the Tiger, Australian Adventure and a play park and splash ground. For residents in the Golden Isles, there are always plenty of choices when it comes to finding an activity a short drive away. It’s simply a matter of choosing which one. See List Page 46


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Day Trips

Lodge at Little St. Simons Island Sapelo Lighthouse


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Day Trips

Reynolds Mansion, Sapelo Island

Cumberland Island National Seashore The fee for the ferry to Cumberland Island ranges from $14 to $20, with an additional park user fee of $4. The ferry runs 7 days a week March 1 through Nov. 30. It departs at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and returns at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call toll free at 877-860-6787 to make reservations and to check arrival and departure times during the winter months.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge There are three major entrances to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area is 11 miles south of Folkston; Stephen C. Foster State Park is on the west side of the refuge and Suwannee River Sill is reached by the same road as Stephen Foster State Park. Hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until 7:30 p.m. from March 1 to Oct. 31 and from 30 minutes before sunrise until 5:30 p.m. from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. Entrance fee is $5 for private, non-commercial vehicles.

Museum of Science and History Hours of the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, Fla., are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and

noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission prices range from $6 to $10. Call 904-396-6674 for information.

MOSH Museum , Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Zoo

The Jacksonville Zoo, 370 Zoo Parkway, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. General admission ranges from $10.95 to $15.95, with tickets including rides and entrance to some attractions. Call 904-757-4463 for more information.

Sapelo Island Reservations are required to ride the ferry to Sapelo Island. Tickets range from $10 to $15. Guided tours are offered Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. of the mansion and island and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. of the lighthouse and island. From June 1 through Labor Day, an additional tour is offered Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. of the lighthouse and island. Extended tours are offered the last Tuesday of the month from March through October from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. of the lighthouse, mansion and island. For guided tour reservations, call 912-437-3224.

Little St. Simons Island Private transportation is required for day trips to Little St. Simons Island. Day trips include transportation, a guided island tour and interpretive program led by an experienced naturalist. Day trips are $95 a person. Call 888-733-5774 for reservations or information.

The Reserve enables visitors to experience the natural, cultural, and historical resources of coastal Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sapelo Island and Duplin River Estuary System. Guided tours highlight the Reynolds Mansion (when available), the Hog Hammock community, lighthouse, and the ecology of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th largest barrier island. The Visitors Center, located in Meridian near the ferry dock, is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday. For tour information and reservations, contact the Sapelo Island Visitors Center at 912-437-3224. (For group tours 912-485-2300).

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The Island House

Georgia made jams, jellies, sauces, more.

Island-inspired art, photography and jewelry.



Jekyll Glass Blowing Center

Just By Hand

One of a kind glass art.

Glass, pottery, textiles and exquisite jewelry.




Splish, splash and slide your way into summer FOR COMPLETE SCHEDULE:

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4/16/14 2:47 PM


48EXPLORE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14 PROCESS

48 The Brunswick News / Thursday, May 22, 2014

The True Meaning of LOVE ~ FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING ~ The McGladrey Classic and Davis Love III are celebrating five years hosting some of the PGA TOURâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best at one of golfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious courses. Come share this Seaside Tradition at one of golfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest events. Tickets are available online now.


with Darius Rucker Wednesday, October 22

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Explore 2014