4 Days to Explore St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

St. Simon’s Island is the perfect blend of Southern charm and relaxed island life. It’s the perfect place for a writer’s retreat! 

When I was there, I spent much of my time relaxing at the gorgeous, oceanfront The King and Prince Beach Resort but I also scoped out the island for family activities to do on St. Simons Island because I plan to return with my family! First I’ll share a video preview of the beach view from the resort then I’ll share my perfect plan for 4 Days Exploring St. Simons Island in the post below. Hope you take away lots of ideas for your own visit there!

When you Visit… 

Stay at The King and Prince Resort. It’s iconic and hospitality is king. There is no better launchpad to explore the island from. Read my The King and Prince review <-there.

Four Days on St. Simons Island… 

The places below will become links when posts are published. I plan to release a new Road Trip post every Monday in 2015, starting with St. Simons Island! Next up is Cap Fendig’s Trolley Tour.

Day 1

  • Grab lunch on the road trip to St. Simon’s Island. Upon arrival, go straight to the St. Simons Village Fishing Pier. If traveling with kids, let them get their wiggles out on the nearby playground before climbing aboard the trolley.
  • 2:00 – Cap Fendig’s 90 minute Trolley Tour is the best way to get an overview of the island and a taste of the culture you’ll be relaxing into for the week. He’s funny and informative and is the perfect ambassador to welcome you to the island.
  • 4:00 – Check in to The King and Prince Resort. Unpack & settle in. If you don’t want to leave the property the rest of the week, I’d understand. It’s lovely!
  • ECHO for dinner! Don’t miss the Arugula Salad- top with chicken to make it a meal.

Day 2

  • Drive to the St. Simon’s Village shopping area and park your car for the day. If you see an artist painting by the pier, it’s probably Peggy Buchan. Go say hi and ask her about her pet deer. Great story.
  • Breakfast in town at Sandcastle. If you’re lucky enough to be there on a weekend, stash enough cinnamon rolls in your purse for me. I’ll pay shipping because ohmygosh- they’re so good!
  • Walk to the lighthouse & museum – both open at 10:00. Enjoy the climb before the heat of the day. Also, they have a pretty decent selection in the gift shop. {Allow 1-2 hours for the film + museum + lighthouse experience.}
  • If you’re a shopper, explore all the cute little downtown shops and grab lunch along the way.
  • Choose your own adventure: Either head back to your room for a nap and then walk on the beach to the Maritime Center or drive straight there…
  • Your lighthouse ticket gets you into the Maritime Center– so pop in for a taste of St. Simon’s history, especially WWII era. If you brought kiddos, they’ll enjoy all the hands-on stations at this small museum.
  • Relax for dinner at ECHO. The ECHO Shrimp & Grits is a must-try since their shrimp are locally sourced & grits are honest-to-goodness stone ground! Even my Yankee, cream-of-wheat-lovin’ hubby likes stone ground grits so don’t turn your nose up before you’ve tried them!!
  • Stroll on the beach under the stars. It’s pretty dark out there… you may see a shooting star! Make a wish!

Day 3

  • RELAXATION MORNING! Breakfast on site at Echo. Opt for something light and then head over to the Royal Treatment Cottage.
  • Vacation is always better with some spa time! Let hubby & the kiddos play at the pool or on the beach or whatever in the world they want to do and relax with a spa treatment. {This link shares about pool & Royal Treatment Cottage Relaxation on St Simons Island}
  • Lunch by the pool with the fam if weather cooperates. If you play tennis, there are courts on site next to the fitness center. Please don’t go work out after a spa treatment, though! Flip your day around as needed.
  • Consider a drive to Christ Church. This historic property is gorgeous and so peaceful. Call ahead and find out when the tours are running, you’ll learn so much & leave inspired! If you already took Cap’s St. Simons Island Tour, you’ve seen this. I hope you asked Cap for other ideas- like the Fort!
  • 3:30 Head over the bridge to the mainland and experience the shrimping culture firsthand on Cap’n Credle’s Eco Adventure Tour. This is fascinating & worth leaving the island for!
  • If you’re up for a special occasion dinner, make reservations for Del Sur for dinner. It’s in the St. Simons Village and everything I’ve had there is amazing. I’ll post a review with photos soonish. If you prefer to stay in on your last night, options about at The King and Prince. Order in your room or check to see if there is a special event dinner you can RSVP for.

Day 4

  • What! Last day already!? You’d better go for another walk on the beach and just enjoy being oceanside.
  • Check-out is 11:00- perfect timing because my last suggestion is kind-of-sort-of on your way out of town…
  • Head to Southern Soul for an amazing BBQ lunch. You’ll want to get there early to beat the locals. This place has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and in Southern Living for very good reason!
  • Head home. You’ll be relaxed, full and scheming when you can slip away to this laid-back island again!

I’m looking forward to adding links & tips about the restaurants, museums and shopping experiences I recommend on St. Simons Island. Our new baby will be joining our family soon, so I’ll do some writing while resting and snuggling him in January- look for a new Road Trip post every Monday!

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