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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.

The Tree Spirits of St. Simons Island

The St. Simons Island Tree Spirit Legend

The Tree Spirits of St. Simons Island serve as a local attraction to the Golden Isles, and also seem to connect us to the rich history of our coastal area. These Tree Spirits have been skillfully carved into soulful faces emerging from the trees, depicting those of Native Americans and long haired sailors. The sad, sorrowful expressions reflect the grieving appearance of the trees themselves with the drooping branches and moss.

Southern Living South's Best Awards

Golden Isles Wins Big with Southern Living

Southern Living Magazine, a staple in most southern homes and revered almost as much as The Bible itself, recently released its inaugural list of the South’s Best awards. The list celebrates the spectacular sights, inspiring destinations, and cultural institutions that define the South in 2017. Southern Living surveyed more than 22,000 readers on the best-loved places in several categories, and it’s no surprise to us to see the Golden Isles recognized throughout the lists.

What's New in the Golden Isles

What's New in the Golden Isles this Spring

Now is a great time to discover the newest hotels and events found only in the Golden Isles. Maybe you’re a first-time visitor who is experiencing everything with new eyes, or perhaps you’re a tried-and-true visitor who knows the Golden Isles better than you know the back of your hand. Either way, we’d like to introduce you to some of our newest friends to join us on our beautiful stretch of the Georgia coast.

The Grey Owl Inn Opens on St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island Tree Spirits

St. Simons Island's Tree Spirits: A Treasure Hunt

Once upon a time (the early 1980s to be exact), a skilled craftsman named Keith Jennings set out on a mission to leave his mark on St. Simons Island. With woodworking tools in hand, Keith meticulously carved intricate faces into several centuries-old live oak trees along St. Simons Island. Think Grandmother Willow from Disney Classic “Pocahontas.”

Aptly named Tree Spirits, these faces are all unique and their stories are left to your interpretation.

Dogs on Beach

4 Pet Friendly Activities in the Golden Isles

When planning a trip to the Golden Isles, there is no reason why four-legged friends have to stay behind. With a variety of pet friendly accommodations available and an array of activities and attractions for pet owners and their pets to enjoy, the Golden Isles is an ideal destination spot for pet lovers and their pets.

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.

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