Winter Escape: St. Simons Island

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 and The Prince Resort welcomes guests from the moment they enter the lobby with its soaring ceilings, custom details and expansive ocean views.

King and Prince Lobby
photo credit: The King and The Prince Resort

While the main building opened as a hotel in 1941, my oceanfront room in the oceanfront building was in a new wing. The resort has a room type for everyone- from simple King rooms to oceanfront suites to condos to home rentals.

They chose the perfect space for me… I almost squealed aloud when I saw the arched door that lead to my accommodations! I have an unreasonable obsession with arched doors and this was going to be my home for the week! I smiled every time I came back “home” during my stay.

King and Prince Resort

The rooms at The King and The Prince are comfortable and well appointed. A cozy bathroom and closet in the foyer plus a coffee niche round out the space you see below.

King and Prince Ocean View Room

I never turned on the TV and hardly had time to take advantage of the computer desk… but you wouldn’t either if this was your view:

King and Prince Pool
Breathtaking view from my room at The King and The Prince Resort

St. Simons Island has much to explore. There’s a great food scene, tours of the island similar to our Trolleys & Red Trains here in St. Augustine, a fascinating Estuary EcoTour, a lighthouse and locally owned shops. You’ll learn history that didn’t make the cut for school textbooks but shaped our country… for example, a battle that took place on St. Simons was pivotal in our country being an English colony not a Spanish one! Another tidbit I was shocked by was the German saboteur activity that took place not only on St. Simon’s but also in Jacksonville and St. Augustine (from my time in the Maritime Center).

Of course, if you want to park at The King & The Prince and hide your keys and your cell phone for the week, there is plenty to do on site as well. Melt holiday stress away with a relaxation massage or spa treatment in their Royal Treatment Cottage, dip your toes in the heated pool or stroll along the beach at low tide. On-site dining is absolutely amazing- their culinary team sources much of the menu locally and they serve up traditional coastal flavors with a sophisticated touch. Food & Beverage Manager Alan Lancaster, whose wine pairings I adored at Casa Monica Hotel here in St. Augustine, now works his magic at The King and The Prince– put him to the test and say hi from me!!

King and Prince Holiday Spread
An amazing Georgia Cheeses board including favorites from Sweet Grass Dairy… bless my heart!!

When planning your visit, check out The King and The Prince activities. You may find a cooking demo, mother-daughter weekend, or photography event worth planning your trip around. Whatever the season, The King and The Prince on St. Simon’s Island is a relaxing retreat. Indulge yourself in a peaceful getaway to start the New Year off right.

The King and The Prince Resort
201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia
(800) 342-0212

I visited St. Simons Island as media. More blogs coming in the Georgia Road Trip section of my site. The King & The Prince graciously provided this experience so that I could share with you.

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