Upstate Lake Living Fall 2019

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I PACKED INTO ONE TINY ISLAND Jekyll Island offers something for everyone story by Vanessa Infanzon photos courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority

hop on the red tram parked behind the Mosaic museum on Jekyll Island, GA. A young and enthusiastic tour guide hands everyone an earpiece and gives an overview of the 90-minute tour of the 240-acre Historic District. The guide points to original cottages (more like mansions) once owned by uber-wealthy families of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. People like Joseph Pulitzer, J.P. Morgan, William Vanderbilt, Marshall Field and William Rockefeller were members of the Jekyll Island Club, an exclusive hunting and social organization located on the intercoastal waterway. We learn how the island became a winter getaway to a select few. The tour is an informative introduction to one of Georgia’s barrier islands, a seven-mile by one-mile strip that is only 35 percent developed, leaving space for wildlife, marshes, forests and beaches. History, adventure and nature await island guests. It’s a four-hour drive from Upstate South Carolina, and no matter your preference for a fall getaway, Jekyll Island offers something for everyone. THE SUN WORSHIPPER: A person who craves the sound of the waves, the warmth of the sun and the feel of water and sand. Seven beaches line the ocean side of the island, each with a distinct characteristic. Step on Driftwood Beach for an out-of-this-world experience. Twisted trees with beautiful patterns in the branches and trunks are left over from decades of erosion.

Seven beaches line the ocean side of the island, each with a distinct characteristic.

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