Shelby and I Take a Walk Through History…And the Oleander Room!
The wedding is over. The ‘I Do’s’ are done and the ceremony was absolutely stunning at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The harpist played as the aisle of flowers looking out over the Atlantic Ocean led my best friend to her future as a “Mrs.”
But, seeing as that we are truly intelligent beings, Shelby and I decided to stay in paradise. We chose one of the Oleander Rooms, which wasn’t an easy decision considering that the King and Prince has a myriad of ‘5-star’ accommodations that literally make your mouth water. Each and every room offers something different for the guest. But as Shelby and I stared out the double doors at the two chairs resting on the private balcony, I knew we had picked just the right room for Shelby to watch her dolphin friends play each and every morning.
The Oleander Building is exquisite. Separated from the main hotel, this Mediterranean-style retreat offers guest rooms that face east toward the ocean. The beautiful coastal colors of the room, the two queen beds, the flat screen TV with CD/DVD player (which is wonderful, but St. Simon’s is SO fabulous who would need to sit and watch TV?), was remarkable. The luxurious bathroom that would make anyone feel like royalty made this the room I could die happy in (even though the staff at the King and Prince would probably not appreciate that.)
We literally had a list of ‘things to do and see’ and the trolley tour was on-tap! Boarding that original green vintage trolley, Shelby and I stepped back in time. Fort Frederica was one of our stops; a fort on the western shore of St. Simons that once offered British troops a distinct vantage point that gave them the ‘edge’ in the 1700’s. (Very Cool!)
On to Christ Church! Shelby and I were wide-eyed learning about the rich history. From the fact that Union troops commandeered the building and nearly destroyed it to the rebuild in 1884, when the church became home to true leaders and even a writer who played significant roles in the trials and triumphs that St. Simon’s went through.
Our day was beyond amazing! We were already gearing up for tomorrow’s trip to Jekyll Island. Shelby wanted to see the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The stars were in her eyes when she thought about the place of scientific research where my future marine biologist could learn about one of her favorite sea creatures while continuing to search for the Great White she wanted to save!
For me, I was seriously excited about seeing the Jekyll Island Club; the ‘inaccessible club’ that once boasted members, like Morgan, Pulitzer and Vanderbilt. People of power and wealth who held this place in high-esteem.
But first it was time to head back to the five sparkling pools and the Ocean Terrace Grille at the King and Prince, where Shelby swam to her heart’s content – still believing that the more time in the water the better the chance she had of growing gills. We devoured the BEST food in the world, like wolves who’d been on a diet for the past century, before retiring to the stunning Oleander Room.
As I downed the Georgia Boy Burger in a second and a half, I added to our list. At least one of our remaining days will be spent eating everything we possibly can!