Posh Momcation: Escaping away to Jekyll Island, Georgia

Posh Momcations are necessary breaks for modern moms that need to refresh, recharge and refuel in order to be happier moms. We work very hard and little breaks away from our families is well deserved. Momcations should be fun, energizing and guilt free. Join us on our Posh Momcation and enjoy the article below.

 

Once the vacationland of Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Morgans, and Goodyears, the Jekyll Island of today offers the perfect respite for couples and families alike.

Jekyll Island, located approximately midway between Savannah and Jacksonville on the Georgia coast, offers an elusive combination of relaxation, exploration, old-timey fun, and all the modern comforts one could want on vacation.

Jekyll is one of Georgia’s Golden Isles; the others include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons Island.

The pastoral island delivers the perfect antidote for whatever ails you on the mainland. Couples, friends, and families will find lots to keep busy during a long weekend – especially during the warmer months.

Day 1, 9 a.m.

Depart Dulles on one of United’s daily non-stop flights to Jacksonville (1 hour drive to Jekyll Island), Savannah (1.5 hour drive), or connect in Atlanta on Delta and fly into Brunswick Golden Isles airport (20 minute drive), grab a rental car, and head to the island. Since Jekyll Island is technically a state-operated park, all visitors traveling via vehicle will pay an access fee upon arriving.

While hotels and house rentals are plentiful, the Jekyll Island Club Resort remains the crown jewel of Jekyll lodging and the pulse of the island.

Opened in 1888 as a vacation club for the nation’s wealthiest, the majestic Jekyll Island Club, accompanying cottages, and sprawling moss-draped grounds are truly breathtaking. The Club’s historic charm has transcended the years with its sweeping verandas, croquet lawn, and shingled spires.

One of the many verandas at the Jekyll Island Club.

After checking in, grab lunch at The Wharf on the marsh on property and enjoy a frosty beer, creamy crab dip, and some fresh Georgia peel and eat shrimp. After lunch, head to the main pool at the resort for some R&R.

View at The Wharf

Day 1, 5:30 p.m.

After a rest, head down to the Main Lobby Bar for a refreshing gin and tonic and take a breather in one of the rocking chairs lining the veranda.

The resort offers a free shuttle to its beachfront Ocean Club property. Enjoy dinner at 80 Ocean Kitchen and Bar at the Ocean Club. Splurge on a seafood tower to start or indulge in a wood-fired pizza topped with grilled shrimp and tangy peppadew peppers. Try out 80 Ocean’s signature shrimp and grits or blacked redfish swimming in a delicious crawfish cream sauce.

Finish the night with a tropical cocktail on the beach at Tortuga Jack’s and head back to the resort on the shuttle.

Day 2, 9 a.m.

Sleep in and enjoy breakfast in the stately Grand Dining Room.

After breakfast, rent bikes and tour around the historic cottages and ruins in the historic district surrounding the hotel. Cruise along the marsh under moss-draped oaks, making memories, and taking lots photos along the way.

One of the many moss-draped biking and walking paths on Jekyll Island.

Day 2, 12 p.m.
Grab a sandwich at The Pantry, then hit the beach at the Ocean Club for the rest of the afternoon. If basking in the sun isn’t on your agenda, consider taking the short drive to the pier on St. Simons Island for some shopping and strolling. Alternatively, you could explore Jekyll by paddle and rent a stand up paddleboard or kayak through Kingfisher Paddleventures.

Day 2, 6 p.m.
Take in dinner waterside at Zachry’s Riverhouse at the Jekyll Island Marina. Savor some of the best fried shrimp around or the freshly-grilled mahi. End the evening sinking into an armchair in the elegant, dark wood-lined Jekyll Island Club lobby bar.

Lobby Bar at the Jekyll Island Club

Day 3, 9 a.m.:
After breakfast at the hotel, take a short drive to Driftwood Beach at the north tip of the island. Go early to take in nature’s splendor and the gorgeous, twisted trees dotting the beach – and of course – the driftwood.

Driftwood Beach

After, head back to the airport, or wherever your next adventures take you.

Where to Stay:
Jekyll Island Club Resort
The Westin Jekyll Island
• Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island
• VRBO

Where to Eat:
Zachry’s Riverhouse
Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar
The Wharf
Tortuga Jacks

What to Do:
Driftwood Beach
Historic District
Biking Trails
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Summer Waves Water Park

More Visitor Information:
www.jekyllisland.com
www.goldenisles.com