Road Trip Simply: See Rock City

Now that Allie O. lives in Tennessee, she has to Road Trip to Florida like the rest of the country! That's the bad news. The good news is she's sharing her favorite road trip stops with us! If you're driving from Ohio to Florida, the quintessential road trip stop is See Rock City... which is the topic of today's post!  My grandma would say that a good Road Trip stop has to "meet muster" to be "worth its salt"... for my city-dwelling readers, that means the stop has to fulfill certain criteria to justify a stop. When traveling with kids, road trip stops should be … [Read more...]

Road Trip: Consolidated Gold Mine

Welcome to the #RoadTripSimply part of my site! If you're headed to the North Georgia Mountains, I have more tips there. And, as always, if you're headed to St. Augustine, Florida, I have tons of info in the menu above! When you spend an entire year looking forward to a week in the mountains and it is scheduled to rain that entire week, one must be creative to make the most of one's vacation. Good thing we made a rainy day list! One of the places on our rainy day list was Consolidated Gold Mine. After our visit there, we were GLAD it was raining on Monday! As soon as … [Read more...]

St. Simons Island Tours

The Road Trip section of my site is where I share our wanderings from our hometown- St. Augustine, Florida {Viva St. Augustine!}  This post is from a writer’s retreat to St. Simons Island. “Welcome to the impeccable weather island,” local tour guide Cap Fendig said as we gathered around his trolley for a tour of St. Simons Island. And Cap should know all about weather patterns- he's a 7th generation resident of the Golden Isles. Lighthouse Trolley's 90 minute tours start at the village pier, where Cap may point out Jekyll Island's shore across the inlet. When I gazed … [Read more...]

Oceanfront Relaxation on St. Simons Island

The Road Trip section of my site is where I share my wanderings from our hometown- St. Augustine, Florida. {Viva St. Augustine!}  This post is from a writer's retreat to St. Simons Island.  How do you choose your vacation destinations? I typically choose places that offer new experiences and great food so we can create life-long memories... all at a price we can afford. We've learned that being spontaneous as a family of 9 does not make for happy vacations, so I typically plan out an itinerary ahead of time {like this one for 4 days on St. Simons Island}. One thing I … [Read more...]

St. Simons Island Restaurants

The Road Trip section of my site is where I share my wanderings from our hometown- St. Augustine, Florida. {Viva St. Augustine!}  This post is from a writer's retreat to St. Simons Island.  Four days on St. Simons was not long enough. Sure, I had time to explore museums and enjoy a massage and pool time at The King and Prince Resort- but I need many, many more trips to taste my way around the island. With 68 restaurants on this 2nd largest of the Golden Isles, St. Simons can keep a foodie busy for months! I may not have tried everything St. Simons has to offer, but … [Read more...]

St Simons Island Estuary Eco Adventure

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The Road Trip section of my site is where I share our wanderings from our hometown- St. Augustine, Florida {Viva St. Augustine!}  This post is from a writer's retreat to St. Simons Island.  When I walked into Cap'n Credle's EcoAdventure shack, I knew I was in for an authentic experience. Back home, my Dad would call a place like this "Old Florida"... but I was on the Golden Isles of Georgia. So I guess I'll just call it salty & legit. A group of writers, including myself, walked through the "Let's Go Shrimpin" office toward the Lady Jane docked in Brunswick, GA. … [Read more...]

Explore the St. Simons Lighthouse & Maritime Center

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The Road Trip section of my site is where I share our wanderings from our hometown- St. Augustine, Florida {Viva St. Augustine!}  This post is from a writer's retreat to St. Simons Island.  I slipped off to the laid-back, charming island community of St. Simons Island alone for a much-needed mommy break. But even when I'm away, I'm always on the lookout for special things to do with my kiddos. Which leads me to today's post... An Atlanta blogger, Alicia, visited the Maritime Center on a previous trip with her children and thought I'd love this hands-on, historic museum. … [Read more...]

Winter Escape: St. Simons Island

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The Road Trip section of my site is where I share our wonderings from the lovely city of St. Augustine, Florida {Viva St. Augustine! Viva!}  This post is from a writer's retreat to St. Simons Island. As much as I love the excitement that Nights of Lights brings to St. Augustine, by the end of December my soul longs for quiet- a bit of solitude- to both relish the truths of the Christmas season and recover from the fun! I recently slipped away to St. Simons Island and found a place that's as beautiful as St. Augustine but in a quieter, more genteel way. Historic The King … [Read more...]