Living on Saint Simons is a never ending pleasured lifestyle. St. Simons offers a variety of treasures such as huge moss enveloped oak trees, an astonishing variety of birds, well-aged shrimp boats, and the occasional pod of dolphins. In St. Simons Village, you will discover quaint shops and eateries, as well as the so popular pier where you can enjoy a sunny afternoon taking a stroll all year around or join the local fishing enthusiasts while watching never ending and breathtaking sunsets. A trolley tour around the whole island is a pleasurable way to get a feel for the history. Biking is very popular among visitors and locals and kids always enjoys the town playground, and nearby miniature golf.
The St. Simons lighthouse is a special feature of the island. Built in 1872, the lighthouse is still functional, and be ready to climb the 129 steps to the top and breathtaking views of the pier and Village. The St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum offers insight into the intriguing history of the island.
St. Simons Island is home to Christ Church. First built in 1820, the structure was mostly destroyed during the Civil War, and rebuilt in 1884. John Wesley, the man credited with founding the Methodist Church in England, first preached here. James Oglethorpe established the Fort Frederica in 1736 to guard the southern portion of the new colony of Georgia.
Today. Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia welcome you with seaside attractions and a wealth of maritime history. Downtown Brunswick provides antique shops, restaurants and more at the crossroads of Newcastle and Gloucester Streets, an area that has been restored in 19th-century fashion. Old City Hall and the Ritz Theatre are two examples of historic buildings in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Golf is a popular activity in the Brunswick area, with four courses offering everything from driving ranges to full 18-hole courses. With a large saltwater ecosystem as well as a number of tidal creeks, the Golden Isles area features an abundance of fishing opportunities. Black heritage is strong in this area of Georgia as well, with a number of attractions dedicated to Black history and the immense contribution to American culture.
Brunswick's Old Town residential and commercial district is the largest small town, urban National Register of Historic Places district in Georgia. Downtown is undergoing a carefully nurtured revitalization through the National Main Street program, preserving and showcasing its distinctive historic fabric. Annual events like Concerts in the Squares and Mary Ross Park, HarborFest, and the Old Town Tour of Homes encourage visitors to discover the charms of Brunswick's oak-lined, moss-draped avenues, parks and gracious homes. Brunswick continues to build on its past and develop its resources to attract and cultivate people and ideas that will ensure growth and prosperity for its citizens and visitors alike.
In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased to become an exclusive winter retreat for America's most elite families, known as the Jekyll Island Club. For more than half a century, the nation's leading families, including the legendary Rockefellers, Morgans, and Pulitzers, came to Jekyll Island "to secure an escape."
Today, the Jekyll Island Museum tells their stories, giving an inside looks at what life was like for both club members and their employees. Offering exhibits, tours, and a museum store, the Jekyll Island Museum provides an introduction to the vibrant cottage life of the National Landmark Historic District and beyond.
The Jekyll Island Museum maintains three historic sites: the Horton House Historic Site, the Wanderer Memorial, and the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District. There is also an extensive archival collection of more than 20,000 artifacts showcasing the island's unique heritage. At the Jekyll Island Museum, embark on a journey of discovery through exhibits, tours and pJekyll Island is a barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean. It sits just off the southeastern coastline of Georgia, midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, and forms part of the "Golden Isles" chain. Jekyll Island was originally a vacation retreat for America's most elite families, including the Rockefellers and Pulitzers, but today the island is a model conservation community with a focus on eco-tourism.
Jekyll Island is accessible by road via a six-mile causeway from the city of Brunswick, by sea to Jekyll Harbor Marina or by private plane to Jekyll Island Airport. The weather is pleasant all year round, with long, hot summers that are tempered by cooling ocean breezes. The rainy season is between June and October, but showers are usually of short duration.Ten miles of unspoiled beaches form Jekyll Island's main tourist attraction. Driftwood Beach, at the northern end of
the island, is notable for the large pieces of twisted driftwood that accumulate on the beach. Glory Beach is the main family beach, with a boardwalk, public showers and restrooms. Another family attraction is the Summer Waves Water Park, an 11-acre aquatic theme park with wave pool, water slides, lazy river, splash zone and kids' play area.
The island hosts several annual festivals, including the Jekyll Island Arts Festival each March, the Beach Music Festival in August and Holidays in History, which runs from November until the end of December.
An article by Joe Light in The Wall Street Journal says:
Brunswick/St. Simons Island, Ga.
Drop from peak: 24%
Forecast: +6.4% per year
The marshy coast of southeastern Georgia features the Golden Isles—which are replete with a luxurious resort and multimillion-dollar mansions. The wealthy Southerners and foreign buyers who typically drive the market disappeared by June 2007, says Mary Bryan Fields, who manages the sales staff of Hodnett Cooper Real Estate in St. Simons Island, Ga.
But lately, those buyers have been coming back, she says.
"In 2005, people were telling us that they wished they had bought here in '98 or 2000," she says. "We're basically back to 2000 prices right now. So now's their chance," she says.
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