Mini-Trek (2017): What the Heckyll We Did on Jekyll

Jekyll Island, GA & Our Stay at the Jekyll Ocean Club (Sponsored)

Matthew 11:28 –  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

We expected Jekyll Island to be a lot of the same of our recent experience on St. Simons Island, GA. We were so wrong! The two islands could not be more different although they’re only minutes away from each other! Jekyll Island was laid- back, quiet and relaxing while St. Simons had a little bit more of a hustle & bustle feel.

Follow along to see What the Heckyll We Did on Jekyll!

The *NEW* Jekyll Ocean Club

We were thrilled to be guests of the brand new Jekyll Ocean Club, A Jekyll Island Club Resort. This resort boasts that their rooms are Oceanfront.Boutique.All Suite. and that was certainly the case! The resort had a modern coastal feel that smelled of sea salt and we were impressed by its decor the second we stepped in.

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As we walked into our suite, we were over the moon for two reasons: Jekyll Island Club wine (and cookies for the kids!) and the layout of the room. If you’re a parent, you know that staying in one room with your kids on vacation can be a little rough. I remember vividly years ago Logan and I eating dinner in the bathroom of a hotel room to try not to wake our sleeping baby in the early evening.

These suites are a parents’ dream with a separate bedroom for the kids and a common room/pull-out bed and beach view and private patio for the parents. We didn’t have to go to sleep at 8:00pm! Landon & Griffin enjoyed the beautiful ocean view so much.

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The evening vibe at Jekyll Ocean Club is laid-back fun, with an awesome bar as part of their on-site restaurant, Corsair, and a beautifully-lit swimming pool and fire pit. Since a cold front joined us for our stay, the kids enjoyed their indoor shuffle board table and watching the sunset over the ocean.

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We knew that although we were staying at the Jekyll Ocean Club that we wanted to check out their parent resort,  Jekyll Island Club Resort, located only a few minutes away by shuttle. And so, our navigator {always with a map in hand}/ our five-year old son, was ready to call the shots. It was so convenient to have a shuttle from the resort to main attractions around Jekyll!

The Historic Jekyll Island Club Resort

Historic seems like such a weak word for this beautiful resort! On the other side of Jekyll Island is a wonderful gem that is rich of history and elegance. We so enjoyed touring the property and the boys spent close to an hour playing outside, climbing and searching for sticks. A win!

Something really fun that we didn’t expect: there were butterflies everywhere! Colorful and lively butterflies by the dozens swarmed several of the property’s bushes and the boys had so much fun chasing after them.

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While we did enjoy seeing all of the historic aspects of the Club Resort, our family preferred the beachy, family-friendly vibes that Jekyll Ocean Club offered us. We did get some really fun outtakes on the famous lawn outside of the Club Resort, though!

Local Sites

Just like St. Simons Island, there is only one way to get around this island in good fashion: bikes! We enjoyed the beautiful paths that lined the island.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

We had a blast learning more about sea turtles at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Although many of its learning opportunities may be more tailored to older children, the boys loved playing interactive games that taught them about the sea turtles (including an arcade game to help a sea turtle cross the road!) Landon loved helping to feed Carlin, a sea turtle who was only a few months old.

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Landon’s favorite part was visiting the Rehabilitation Pavilion where all of the turtle patients are kept. He even got to get up close and personal with a tortoise!

If you go to Jekyll, seeing the sea turtles is a must!

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Jekyll Island Miniature Golf

Mini-golf makes every place the most fun option ever for our (almost) three year old, so we snuck in a little mini-golf, too!

A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Three Oaks Carriage and Trail Company were kind enough to give us a very informative tour of the beautiful Club Resort – on a horse-drawn carriage ride! The boys were tickled with excitement. Our guide, Miguel, was hysterical and informative and the boys loved that the horse’s name was Ron Juan.

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Driftwood Beach

Hurricane Irma left some serious damage on this beach, but it was one of the best beaches we’ve ever been on! The kids loved climbing on the fallen driftwood and the views of the driftwood on the coastline are endless. Seriously breathtaking and a must when on Jekyll Island.

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It was a boys’ climbing paradise! We probably could have spent the whole day on Driftwood Beach!

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The Food

We enjoyed some comfort Southern food at Zachry’s Riverhouse with beautiful views of the marina and dock. The boys loved seeing the boats on the water and the property of Zachry’s was gorgeous lined with sprawling trees.

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I had some of the yummiest shrimp, Georgia wild shrimp, that I have ever eaten!

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We also dined at Beach House Restaurant + Tap Room and after exploring the island all day, we were getting hangry! JJ, the Executive Chef shared with us some of the menu changes that he has worked on in the past few months and the food was mouthwatering! From parmesan risotto and scallops to andouille crusted trout, we have had our minds on those meals ever since.

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Lovely beachy, coastal environment and very family-friendly with outdoor games to play while the adults dine.

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Trek Difficulty Level: (0): This was also very easy to access from Nocatee, FL.

Trek Budget: $500; although we did stay in the offseason, you could do an overnight at Jekyll Ocean Club, purchase your meals and see the same local sights that we did for under $500

3 Trek Must-Dos: 

  • Plan for a toll! Since Jekyll Island is a State Park, you will pay $6 to enter the island
  • Plan for hours at Driftwood Beach; we seriously couldn’t take too many pictures or spend too much time walking and exploring this beach. It was glorious!
  • Support local and shop! Walking distance from Jekyll Ocean Club are some wonderful, locally-owned boutiques so shop until you drop!

Landon’s Trek Tip: Take the shuttle everywhere! It’s so much fun.



TREK SPONSORS:

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

*Jekyll Ocean Club provided our overnight stay; we thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful, new resort so many thanks!

**To Jekyll Island Authority – thank you providing our bike rentals, mini-golf excursion and Georgia Sea Turtle Center tickets. We enjoyed all of it!

***To Three Oaks Carriage & Trail company – riding on Ron Juan through the Club Resort was great fun! Thank you!

****To our meal sponsors – Zachry’s Riverhouse & Beach House Restaurant + Tap Room, thank you for opening your doors and sharing your stories with us. The food was great but your company was even better.

XO, The James Family

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