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The Golden Isles Blog

Welcome to the Golden Isles blog, where we post up general updates, press releases and news/travel magazine clippings.

St. Simons Island pier at dusk

HGTV Dream Home on St. Simons Island

2017 promises to bring great things to the Golden Isles! In case you haven’t heard already, our very own St. Simons Island was selected as the location for the HGTV Dream Home.

Heralded for its family-friendly atmosphere, laid-back attitude and never-ending possibilities, St. Simons Island quickly became the town of choice to host the 2017 Dream Home. 

horseback riding on the beach in the Golden Isles of Georgia

7 Things to Do in 2017 in the Golden Isles

Rethink your traditional New Year’s resolutions and add a couple unique must-do’s to your list. From treasure hunting to participating in a centuries-old tradition, there’s no shortage of things to do in 2017 in the Golden Isles.

5 Romantic Date Ideas in the Golden Isles

5 Romantic Date Ideas Unique to the Golden Isles

Whether you’re just embarking on a relationship, planning to pop the question or celebrating a golden anniversary, the Golden Isles paints the perfect backdrop for romance. Couples have been flocking to our stretch of the Georgia coast for centuries, only to discover the captivating scenery and blissful ambiance amidst some of our favorite romantic activities in the Golden Isles.

Biking on the Beach at Sunset on Little St. Simons Island in the Golden Isles of Georgia

Things to Do on Little St. Simons Island

Little St. Simons Island is one of the wildest places on the Eastern Seaboard. Accessible only by boat from Hampton River Marina on St. Simons Island’s north end, the 10,000-acre barrier island is a nature sanctuary that fosters extraordinary wildlife, particularly of the feathered kind. Privately owned by The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, the island offers a rare escape from civilization.

Two people watching the sunrise on the beach sit in hammocks attached to a beautiful piece of driftwood on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

8 Reasons to Visit the Golden Isles this Winter

Sure, a beach vacation to the Georgia coast might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of planning a getaway this winter. But with this list of reasons to travel to the Golden Isles this season, you’ll soon wonder why you haven’t done this all along.

A Southern Coastal Favorite Dish: Shrimp & Grits

A 2016 Guide to Coastal Georgian Cuisine

In the Golden Isles, local fare gives way to culinary flair. From waters teeming with fresh coastal delicacies to tried-and-true traditions upheld by beloved local chefs, our area proudly boasts a flavorful food scene that has kept people coming back for seconds again and again.

In particular, enjoy some of these local, specialty dishes we are best known for, or browse a complete listing of restaurants.

Beach House

What's New in the Golden Isles this Fall

Planning a visit to the Golden Isles this fall? Discover the latest attractions, newest restaurants and upcoming events that are sure to whet your appetite and keep you coming back for more. 

Fishing in the Golden Isles

Top Fishing Experiences of the Golden Isles

Why Fish in the Golden Isles? There Are Plenty of Reasons, Starting With These Three

While the Florida shores and both Carolina coasts garner a great deal of attention from the fishing world, the Golden Isles continue to be a world-class saltwater fishing destination — it's just that fewer people know about it.

Family bike ride on Jekyll Island

Explore the Golden Isles by Bike

One of the many popular outdoor activities in the Golden Isles is bike riding. Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island both have bike paths that line almost every major street. Beyond making it easy to explore without a car, these bike paths connect many of the islands’ most popular historic sites, restaurants, beaches, hotels and shops.

Biking in the Golden Isles

Enjoy the Ride! Biking in the Golden Isles

Get off the beaten path and discover the Golden Isles of Georgia in a whole new way. Meander through winding trails deep inside maritime forests covered with idyllic tree canopies. Ride over the expansive marshes and take in the sweet salt air while enjoying views unlike any you’ve seen before.

There are more than 50 miles of paved bike paths on St. Simons and Jekyll islands combined. We’ve pulled together biking itineraries to help you maximize your time as you scoot around the islands on two wheels.

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