Mini-Trek (2017): St. Simons Island: A Convenient Paradise for Kids 

St. Simons Island & Our Stay at The King & Prince Resort

Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord himself is the Rock eternal.

I don’t know what I expected as we drove north on I-95 one hour and thirty minutes from our home. We only live ten minutes away from the beach in Ponte Vedra, FL so I figured our mini-trek to coastal GA and St. Simons Island would be a lot of the same that we see when visiting our local beaches.

We were blown away by what this tranquil, majestic and historic island offered to us this past weekend. St. Simons Island may be small, but man – she is certainly mighty!

The Bikes

We started off our visit by hopping on bikes from Ocean Motion Surf Co. What a fun way to view the island on a beautiful, sunny day! The shop had all of the safety essentials needed to ensure that our boys, five and two-and-a-half, were strapped down and ready for a ride.

 

Lunch

Our lunch at The Half Shella locally-owned eclectic restaurant and bar with a beachy-feel served us the most delicious, fresh seafood. From Cajun oysters to crabcakes and curly fries, even the kids were smitten with this easy dining option. The oysters were seriously life-changing!

 

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The Resort

We stayed at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort located right on the beach surrounded by super cool and unique rocks that the waves crashed on at high tide. We were given amazing views of the sunrise and sunset from the resort and the kids loved relaxing on the resort’s swinging chairs to take it all in. We also took a break to cool off in their pools and were smitten to find a splash pad pool for our youngest to safely enjoy!

The staff at King & Prince were beyond amazing! Right after we arrived, a staff member named Stephany stopped us to share the history of the island and to give the boys chocolates. Every single person had the biggest smile on their face. We could tell that everyone truly loved and were proud to be working at King & Prince!

 

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The Restaurant

When we got a little tuckered out from the sun, we prepped for an evening dinner at Echo Restaurant, the on-site modern and hip dinery at The King and Prince Resort. Our meals there were phenomenal – from lobster to a shrimp breakfast bowl the following morning. The kids enjoyed the views of the beach during dinner but waited patiently for why they really came to the island…the Shipwreck Sundae on Echo’s dessert menu for kids! I understood their excitement, as this was exactly how I felt about the wine selection at Echo.

 

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The Book

We ended the night reading the sweetest book, available at The King & Prince’s gift shop, The Princess and the Crab. The boys loved learning more about this super cool vaca spot!

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Local Sights

The next morning, we visited Neptune Park and the St. Simons Pier as our oldest loves to fish any chance he gets! Although we didn’t catch a fish, we did make super sweet memories and even met a little blue crab, whom Landon named Simon.

 

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Such a foodie town St. Simons Island (SSI) was! We ate our way through the island and ended with a late brunch at the local stop, Sandcastle Cafe and Grill. The owner was lovely and you could feel the history behind their doors. They were definitely SSI proud! We highly recommend stopping here for some good eats after sightseeing the island.

 


Trek Difficulty Level: (0): This was so, so, so easy to get to from Ponte Vedra, FL. And once you arrived here, it was so, so, so easy to get around. This is the definition of a laid back, simple vacation. It was beautiful.

Trek Budget: $600; To have an overnight in an oceanfront room and to dine at Echo for your meals, I’d estimate around $600 for your stay. If you downgraded the room type and came in the off season, you could easily spend under $350 for an amazing family getaway.

3 Trek Must-Dos: 

  • Take some time to climb on and take pictures on the gorgeous rocks that line The King & Prince’s resort; they make for some great photo props!
  • Come hungry! Avoid chain restaurants and support local restaurants on SSI – there is not a bad food joint around. We fully recommend Echo Restaurant, The Half Shell & Sandcastle Cafe and Grill.
  • Shop until your heart’s content! With lots of sweet, local shops, you will be certain to find the gem you are searching for. For us, we found these adorable scripture kitchen towels from Go Fish.

Landon’s Trek Tip: Be sure to get out of your car and explore the island on bikes!



Trek Sponsors:

 [Be sure to mention Trekking Twice as your referrer if you book this vacation!]

*A special thank you to Leigh Cort & The King and Prince Resort for an amazing sponsored media weekend at your beautiful resort. The food at Echo Restaurant was delectable and we enjoyed every second of being on your property {as well as the bikes from Ocean Motion}.

**To The Half Shell: your food and atmosphere were phenomenal! Such a great place! Thank you for the delicious sponsored  lunch.

***To The Sandcastle Cafe & Grill: Thank you for sharing your yummy food & special history with us. We enjoyed our sponsored breakfast!

XO, The James Family

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