(Limit 10 participants)
Departure – Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 a.m.
Return – Saturday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Day One – St. Simon Island
The largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by poet Sidney Lanier. Moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale. The island’s villages offer a charming and unique selection of shops.
9:00 AM – Historical Tour with Step on Guide
To include African American History
11:30 AM – Lunch at Tramici
Lunch or dinner, bring friends and family together for fresh, passionately prepared Italian neighborhood food at Tramici Restaurant. From our mammoth brick oven comes wondrous things such as chicken, spaghetti, lasagna, perfect pizzas and herb-bathed breads. Enjoy simple and sensational dishes inside, ‘round the bar, in the dining room, or the open-air in the courtyard.
Shopping in Redfern Village
Located on the midpoint of the Island near the traffic circle, St. Simons’ Redfern Village district offers an array of shops and restaurants, eclectic storefronts tucked away in a shady village setting. You’ll find plenty to eat or stores to visit, including antiques and artwork, gifts and jewelry, clothing and home accessories.
St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
Located near the village and pier. The Lighthouse and Keeper’s Dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 by James Gould of MA, the first lighthouse keeper. The original lighthouse was destroyed by Confederate forces in 1861 to prevent the beacon’s use by Federal troops during the Civil War. The Lighthouse is one of only five surviving light towers in GA. The Lighthouse still serves as an active aid to navigation for ships entering St. Simons Sound, casting its beam as far as 23 miles to sea. Visitors may climb the 129 steps to the top to experience spectacular, panoramic views of the coast including Jekyll Island, the mainland (Brunswick), and the south end of St. Simons Island.
5:00 PM – Dinner – Southern Soul BBQ
Southern Soul Barbeque is scarcely a decade old, and its founders—Harrison Sapp and Griffin Bufkin—learned their secrets cooking in the backyard with their families and friends, not from a long line of restaurateurs.
Housed in a converted 1940s gas station just a mile from the beach, Southern Soul has earned a loyal following among vacationers. The broad menu nods at the local Georgia style with smoky pulled pork and tangy Brunswick stew, but they offer plenty of ribs, brisket, and smoked chicken wings too. The sauces span regional boundaries: two versions of zesty red Georgia Soul (hot or sweet) plus two inspired by flavors of the Carolinas.
Enjoy your Family Style meal at their and made tables – featuring dishes meant for two, three, or 12 in addition to their regular plated dishes. This type of service is reflective of a broader trend: a more communal, comfortable dining experience in an upscale environment.
Day Two – Jekyll Island
9:00 AM Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center—Georgia’s first sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education facility—provides state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles. Explore the lives of sea turtles and other native animals through daily education programs and gallery exhibits. Glimpse into the hospital where sea turtles are treated, see our turtle patients in the rehabilitation pavilion, and learn how our research is helping sea turtles in Georgia and throughout the world!Hours: Monday-Sunday (9:00am-5:00pm)
11:00 PM Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913. Open Wednesday-Sunday / 9:00am – 5:00pm
1:30 PM Tipsy McSway’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
New, fun neighborhood bar & grill open Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 am featuring a delicious fresh menu, friends, family, live music that won’t cause hearing damage on Friday & Saturday and a whole lot of fun.
3:00 PM Richland Rum Tour
Richland is so much more than a brand… it is the name of the Estate where Richland Rum is produced, it is the name of the town in Georgia where Richland Rum is born, and it is the name of a people’s history which has called this townhome for many years. To achieve anything of lasting value, a commitment to quality must be held. The Richland process is dedicated to a standard that disregards the ideas of efficiency, or quantity. Cutting corners is best suited for those who wish to hurry along… Richland Rum does not hurry. Richland Rum is given its required time to mature, and the length of time needed is up to the rum. There is no formula or number system which could decide the fate of such creative spirit.
4:30 PM Rabbiteyewine Wine Tasting
Bell Farms was established over 30 years ago. Rabbiteye blueberries were soon planted on the farm. They are known for their many health benefits including fiber, vitamin C, and high antioxidants. Where do these blueberries get the name Rabbiteye?
Day Three – Savannah
8 AM- Depart for return to Savannah