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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Road Trip! Jekyll Island or Bust!!!

We had a great Inn-&-puppy sitter, and so Chef Dan and I were acually able to escape a Truly crazy, snow-and-ice-crusted WV winter for 2 whole weeks and flee south!
And BOY did we need it, as you can see from the Sheer, Unadulterated JOY on Dan's face! Our first stop was the J&R Outlet, a 'must' for any road trip south, and where I got Dan to take a photo of me with one of their hilariously over-the-top "street signs"...
J&R Outlet

Turtle Rehab: Jekyll Island
Elisse, LOVING our guestroom patio (& champagne!) at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!
Dan, Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Arriving at Jekyll Island...
We made it to our first destination that night; the elegantly lovely & historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, GA. If you truly want to feel like a Rockefeller, this is The place! I expected the ice to finally fall off our car (our little, old eBay V-8 Mustang convertible that I refer to as the BoomerMobile, & that makes "go faster" noises when it hits 98 mph!) somewhere in the Carolinas, but when we got out of our car at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel we had to chip the ice off the back of the car to open the boot- it was THAT cold! We got in after 9p.m., and nothing was open and there was no place to eat, but the Wonderful man at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel check-in desk hustled us straight to the bar :-) for warm-up whiskies, they made us lovely sandwiches, and though the Facebook Special guestroom we had booked was lovely (and had a bucket of champagne and strawberries waiting for us for our 6th Anniversary!), when he told us they had guestrooms with patios we happily upgraded to one, and had THE most romantic stay!
Dan & Elisse: St Simons Lighthouse
St. Simons USCG Lightstation
Jekyll Island pier

Jekyll Island- & Latitude 31- view!

Elisse & Dan at breakfast: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Looking up at our guest room: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Elisse, Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Dan & Elisse (!), on the St Simons pier

Dan, St. Simons Lighthouse

Dan, St. Simons pier xylophones

St Simons USCG Lightstation

Jekyll Island Pier Sunset!

Jekyll Island - & Latitude 31 Restaurant- Sunset View

St. Simons USCG Lighthouse Light

Elisse & WWII USCG Veteran, St. Simons Lighthouse
Jekyll Island Pier Sunset: Latitude 31 & Rah Bar


Elisse, playing the xylophone on the St. Simons pier, and then showing off both her Bad Hair & her fab Buckle "Angel Wing" jeans, after stuffing her face with oysters, at SeaJay's, Jekyll Island

We drank our Anniversary champagne on our patio, slept like lambs, had an elegant breakfast in their dining room, and with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel as our base, we got the got to see the turtles being rescued and cared for by vets at the truly wonderful Jekyll Island Georgia Sea Turtle Center; drive around the island to see the gorgeous land/seascapes, have an excellent dinner (with THE best sunset view!!!!) at Latitude 31 (Chef Dan & I totally LOVED their gourmet Georgia Shrimp & Grits, with the crispy-on-the-outside-meltingly-tender-on-the-inside "cake" of cheese grits, and a spicy Poblano Cream Sauce!), and have oysters, fun dancing to a live band, and got to meet some of the (lucky!) local residents at SeaJay's. We drove to nearby St. Simons Island, to play the really cool wooden & metal xylophones on the pier, buy yummy kumquat marmelade at the Farmer's Market, and (best of all!), climb the historic St. Simons Lighthouse, see the museum, the amazing light, the fabulous view, & meet with a WWII USCG veteran and USCG Auxilliary personnel! For a US Army Ret. guy like Dan, and an Official USCG Artist like me, this was a total rush!



SouthEast Adventure Outfitters said...

Welcome to the beautiful golden isles of GA. Looks like ya'll are enjoying some of the things that make our area special. It is like being a Rockefeller on Jekyll. Drop in and visit if you make it back to the pier area on St. Simons and have a great rest of your stay. Cheers, Michael

Elisse Jo Goldstein-Clark said...

I wanted to go shrimping!!!! Hopefully next time, G-d willing!!!!

Rick said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Jekyll Island. Come back in September for the Shrimp and Grits Festival!