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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.

Cassina Garden Club Slave Cabins

African-American Heritage in the Golden Isles

Following the Revolutionary War, fourteen working plantations were established on St. Simons Island. Additionally, several plantations along the tidal marshes of the Altamaha River and on the mainland in Brunswick, were established for the cultivation of cotton and rice with slave labor.

Jekyll Island Skating Village

Jekyll Island Welcomes New Skating Village

A new wintertime activity has made its way to the Golden Isles! Jekyll Island opened its new Skating Village just in time for the holidays and has proven to be a popular experience for visitors and locals alike.

Unearthed Artifacts Likely from Plantation-Era Smokehouse

One entire wall of the plantation-era tabby structure was splotched in grease, but archaeologist Marie Meranda did not suspect shabby 19th century housekeeping.

But when the team conducting the recent archaeological dig at Gascoigne Bluff found a meat hook, that was a big clue.

“I’ve been working this field for a while, and I’ve never seen a meat hook,” Meranda said. “A meat hook is a very specialized piece of equipment. I think we have a smokehouse.”

Historic Downtown Brunswick becomes Ybor City, Florida

What's Filming in the Golden Isles?

For decades, the Golden Isles has captured the hearts of families, friends and visitors. With our spectacular sunrises and sunsets, endless beaches and majestic live oak trees, the Golden Isles is the perfect backdrop for vacations or weekend getaways.

Our coastal hometown is also quickly attracting a new kind of visitor – set designers, screenwriters, producers, directors, actors and actresses. The state of Georgia offers some pretty incredible incentives (think tax credits) for entertainment companies looking for filming locations.

Oak Grove Cemetery

Historical Cemeteries of the Golden Isles

It’s October, the time of year when ghosts and goblins come out to play. But in the Golden Isles, we have far more treats than tricks. Tucked away in our centuries-old neighborhoods are two historical cemeteries with graves dating back to the early 19th century.

From some of our earliest inhabitants to our most notable residents, these are two of the final resting places for the friendly spirits of the Golden Isles. This fall, discover the untold stories and visit the graves of those who came before us.

Little St. Simons Island

Guide to the Golden Isles' Private Islands

Two of the four islands in the Golden Isles are privately owned, but they’re more accessible than you may think. Although Little St. Simons Island and Sea Island are the smallest of the Golden Isles, they pack a lot of punch. From five-star dining to miles of untouched beaches, these two private islands will take your breath away.

Fishing in the Golden Isles

Fall Fun in the Golden Isles

There are four seasons in the Golden Isles, but ours are a little different than the traditional quartet you’re familiar with. Here we have Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer and Winter. Our mild weather allows for nearly year-round fun in the sun. While we may not experience the fall foliage of many northern towns, we are able to enjoy afternoons on the beach well into October. We can’t complain about that!

McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club

Spectator's Guide to the 2015 McGladrey Classic

If you are planning on being a spectator at this year’s PGA TOUR McGladrey Classic, we have gathered all the essential details for you right here.

Maritime Forest

Greatest Way to Spend the Summer in the Golden Isles

Expedia Viewfinder collaborated with the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to reveal some of the best summer activities along the Georgia coast.

Family Friendly Activities

13 Family Friendly Summertime Activities

Ella Fitzgerald sure knew what she was talking about when she coined the lyrics “Summertime and the livin’ is easy!” The days are longer, the sun warms the soft golden sand, and the sounds of fun and laughter fill the air. Whether you’re here for a few days, or if you’re one of the lucky ones who calls the Golden Isles home, we’ve pulled together a list of activities perfect for families of all ages to enjoy this summer.

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