ATLANTA, October 1, 2016 – With age the yearning for partying late into the night dissipates and our choice of vacation destinations changes as the desire for the nightlife is replaced with a yearning for daytime adventure and activities. Instead of a late night party we seek early morning yoga, kayaking and, possibly, enjoying that band that belts out favorite 80s tunes.
Only to be in bed by an acceptable 11 p.m.
The King and Prince Resort located in St. Simons Island, GA is a five-hour drive from Atlanta. The property with its distinctive Mediterranean architecture first opened in 1935 as a seaside dance club. The main hotel building opened to the public on July 2, 1941, named the King and Prince Hotel.
With its seas side location, during World War II, the property became a naval coast-watching and training facility, reopening in 1947
Originally opened as an oceanfront retreat and seaside dance club the property opened in 1935, reopening to the public six years later in 1947.
The property, now on the National Register of Historic Places, the main building being renovated providing the perfect destination for an adult get-away for romance or a girlfriends getaway.
Rooms are spacious and luxurious enough to heighten romance or share with friends. You can choose to stay in the main building overlooking the pool and ocean, or if traveling with family or a larger group, a villa, perfect for a longer stay, with full kitchen, living area and separate bedrooms and bathrooms.
The sensational lobby with large windows and skylights welcomes visitors and it is easy to see why Southern Living magazine chose the resort to add to its Southern Living Hotel Collection adding the property to its list of the most wonderful hotels in the South.
Besides relaxing by the pool or hanging beachside (you can rent beach chairs and an umbrella at a daily rate), there is also golfing and biking. A small, but important benefit, the property does not charge for parking or for wifi (not that you need to be surfing the net when you could be surfing).
One perk of the resort is the staff that have a genuine warmth not found in many other resorts.
But what about the food? The on site restaurant, is the casual ECHO. The seafood heavy menu is creative and fresh (pun intended) with a modern take on food but with a casual feel.
If the goal is to grab a bite after soaking up the sun poolside but before heading out to the beach while still in your coverup and flip flops?
No problem. Avoid the dining room and dine al fresco.
While there, try Cast Iron Tuna with a wasabi and soy glaze starter. Large enough to make for a meal, particularly when sided with a small salad.
The crab cakes are high on lump meat and low on filler, whether you have them as an appetizer or the as the Eggs Benedict breakfast. At lunch, the crab salad or a shrimp flat bread with a plantain sauce is perfect for you and your friend to share.
At dinner, seafood still shines with lobster in a cognac cream sauce. Catch happy hour from 4-7 daily and live music on weekends.
From the King and Prince, the city center is only about a mile, or five minute drive. While parking is free, it can be a hard to find, so, yes, take an Uber (they have them!).
Visitors often like to hang out on the pier and take in the gorgeous sunsets at St. Simons. Do this (before or after depending on the season) dinner at one of the restaurants in the city.
ECHO, the island’s only ocean front restaurant, serves classic coastal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere housed among the island’s World War II Naval history. According to their web site, the name ‘ECHO’ reflects the role of the then operations house from which electromagnetic waves were set in and out and then repeated, this ebb and flow became the heartbeat of the War’s impact on St. Simons Island.
The Georgia Sea Grill . Their salads (beet or citrus topped) are the perfect starter. For mains, opt for the Catch of the Day as they have unique fish like Wahoo, Redfish or Triple Tail and get it prepared Cajun Spiced, Pan Fried or Bronzed.
Rent bikes and hop around the island on the many miles of bike trails. And walk off breakfast or lunch by climbing the 129 steps to the top of the St. Simons lighthouse, one of only five left in GA and built in 1872. Want a more relaxed tour?
A local trolly tour takes visitors to the historic Christ Church churchyard, the Lighthouse which is one of only three working lighthouses in Georgia, Bloody Marsh, site of a famous historic battle and Fort Frederica where, in 1742, Spanish and British forces warred.
Fort Frederica’s troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia’s future as a British colony until the American Revolution changed America’s destiny.
St. Simons Island is accessible by plane from the Gold Isles Jetport and from Jacksonville Airport it is a 1.5 hour drive.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522