If you’re thinking about planning a beach trip, I’ve got you covered. And for my fellow Atlantans, you don’t even have to leave the state of Georgia…
This past June, I had the pleasure of partnering with @Georgia_Coast and showcased three beautiful destinations along the “coast with the most.” [That’s Georgia’s coast in case you didn’t quite grasp that.] My stops included Savannah, Jekyll Island, and Saint Simons Island, where my family now goes on vacation every summer. Whether you’re from the Atlanta area or not, you won’t regret planning a visit to any of these spots.
First stop: Savannah. Oh, how I LOVE this city.
Savannah has always been one of my favorite places to visit and like a fine wine, it gets better with age. Every time I go back to Savannah, it feels different – yet some things never change. You can always expect stunning scenery, great eats, southern charm, and historic landmarks that are so incredible they’ll make your jaw drop. From the ghost tours, cobblestone streets and pastel buildings, to the eclectic coffee shops and the oak trees lining the roadways with Spanish moss draping over them. I could go on and on as to why this city is so magical.
My husband and I were only in Savannah for one night, so food was our main priority while we were there. [Duh.] Here is a list of my recommendations based on our short [but sweet] trip.
- BUT FIRST, COFFEE: This is always my first focus – where can I get coffee?
- BREAKFAST at Huey’s on River Street: This is 100% touristy; however, 100% worth trying. If you’ve never been to Savannah before, you’ll want to spend time on River Street, so the location of this restaurant is very convenient and the food is incredible!
- Beignets are a must [Try checking in on Yelp – we found a coupon for free beignets.]
- Eggs benedict = amazing. I got the “Crabcakes Eggs Benedict” over a fried green tomato and I’m literally drooling just thinking about it. My husband got the “Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict” and his meal was even better than mine. If that’s even possible…
- DINNER: Vic’s on the River: My suggestions: Fried green tomatoes, Spicy Georgia shrimp [omg], crab soup, & shrimp and grits… You *literally* can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
We stayed at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort. I really enjoyed staying there, mainly because of the free ferry that shuttles back and forth between the resort and River Street. We hopped on the ferry several times and enjoyed a beautiful view of the river while doing so. [Added bonus: a free Friday night fireworks show that we watched from the hotel’s patio.]
So long Savannah….
Next stop: Jekyll Island! This was a complete detour for us, but after receiving so many recommendations to visit Jekyll from @Georgia_Coast followers, we decided to go. And I’m so glad we did!
Jekyll Island is breathtaking. We visited the famous Driftwood Beach, and I am still in awe over Mother Nature’s incredible creation on this island. Dozens, probably hundreds, of driftwoods line up on the sand, making for the most picturesque scene I’ve ever witnessed along a beach. It was incredibly serene, too – very calming. Even my husband, who HATES taking pictures, said to me, “We should come back here with kids one day and take family photos.” [Fun fact: He complains every time I ask him to take pics for Instagram. Ugh.]
My only regret with Jekyll Island was that we didn’t stay there longer. I would have loved to spend more time on the island, exploring the adorable shops and quiet beaches.
Final destination: Saint Simons Island.
SSI has become my parents’ new go-to family beach trip destination. Traveling to Saint Simons from Atlanta is super easy and quick. [About five hours with all the potty breaks.] Once you arrive in the quaint southern town, you instantly feel content and at ease. It’s filled with friendly residents, colorful shops, clean beaches, charming homes, low-rise condos, large oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and the most adorable downtown area, complete with a pier and lighthouse. Oh, and the food scene is to die for.
Fact: I shore do love being at the beach
During my Instagram takeover, we ate our hearts out. Here is a list of the restaurants we enjoyed, with some of the suggested menu items:
- The Half Shell: By far, my favorite – highly recommend! We tried the shrimp pasta special, their award-winning pork-chops, peel & eat shrimp, the catch of the day, & their famous gooey butter cake. [OH EM GEE, the butter cake.] I can’t tell you how much we loved this meal. We also tried several appetizers, all of which were amazing – especially the onion rings!
- Southern Soul BBQ: I received about 50 recommendations to try this place – and it lived up to the expectations. Everything on the menu is good, and I mean everything.
- Barbara Jeans: Crabcakes are a must. I also suggest the loaded onion rings. [Can you tell I really like onion rings?]
- The Crab Trap or Crabdaddy’s: Located next to each other – both are great. Crabdaddy’s is the more upscale place of the two.
- Iguanas Seafood Restaurant: Very touristy, but their award-winning fried shrimp = delicious. I’m not a big oyster gal, but I actually really enjoyed the oysters, too. Oh, and the calamari!
- Echo at King and Prince: The truffle fries are everything and more. This is a great spot not only for food but also to enjoy a cocktail during the day or before dinner. I recommend the strawberry-basil lemonade.
- The Rooftop at Ocean Lodge: The view is to die for! We didn’t try the food and simply went to grab a cocktail before dinner – refreshing & delicious.
- Coffee: Wake Up Coffe Co. or Palm Coast Coffee, where I got an iced dirty chai tea latte and it was basically sent from heaven.
- Dessert: Check out Saint Simons Sweets for ice cream and more.
One of my favorite ways to explore SSI, is on a bicycle. My husband and I love to rent bikes and explore the side streets, beaches, and parks. [Demere Park is gorgeous.] It’s also a great way to burn off some of those unwanted calories from all of the food you’ll consume while staying in Saint Simons Island.
I loved sharing my vacation with all of the @Georgia_Coast followers and can’t wait to team up again for another takeover. [Yes, we’re planning another one!] Thank you so much to anyone who shared restaurant suggestions with me via Instagram and for following along during my takeover.
I’m already dreaming about my next visit to Georgia’s coast… which will be in August! I’m partnering with @Visit_Savannah for another Instagram takeover. Hope you’ll join in on the fun!