All good things must come to an end…
Shelby and I had a stunning time on St. Simon’s Island; the thrilling memories of the King and Prince Resort will literally be imprinted on our brains forever.
Seeing as that it was our final day and night at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, we changed rooms one last time in order to enjoy a night of pure heaven in one of the stunning Oceanfront Rooms. I was literally enthralled. The floor-to-ceiling views of the Resort’s pools, and the majestic beauty of the Atlantic Ocean from our patio…well, you honestly need to be an artist in order to truly capture just how gorgeous a location it was. In fact, the King and Prince must have hired artists, because each and every surface of the room blends into the oceanfront surroundings perfectly; vibrant splashes of blue, the natural colors of the sand and sea grass waiting just outside and the special hint of ‘sun’ joined together to make us feel as warm and welcome as we do in EVERY part of the King and Prince.
For me, just staring at the amazing gifts in the Oceanfront Room of the a mini-refrigerator, the 37” flat panel LCD TV with CD/DVD player, the loveseat and furnishings – this was truly a stunning location with prices so affordable that I really wanted to stay far more than just one day inside the Oceanfront Paradise.
Shelby, my future marine biologist, and I, wanted to make sure that our final day was spent enjoying a super-cool experience, so the Lady Jane was where we decided to go! (http://shrimpcruise.com).
Driving toward Brunswick over the causeway made it seem like we were trekking through a brand new world (even though we’d passed through this area just a few short days ago). The marshes were wondrous; in fact, it seemed as if an entirely new landscape had simply appeared, calling out to every adventurer, family, romantic – everyone – to come and enjoy all the things that St. Simon’s has to offer.
The mudflats were visible, allowing us to take in the sheer beauty of nature. The ecosystem – the low-lying fields of grey-brown punctuated with the bright green of a new crop of cord grass – was unforgettable.
When we saw the Lady Jane and met her crew, Shelby was beyond ecstatic. For a girl who lives in the desert, it was truly exciting to finally be out on the ocean where all her beloved creatures lived. We boarded the Lady Jane for our first shrimping experience and, surrounded by professionals that included marine biologists, Shelby began to learn all there was to know about ocean life – from Bonnethead to Sand sharks to Bluecrab.
As the boat cruised through a narrow channel straight through the marshlands, I was mesmerized. It wasn’t long before the nets were lowered into the mighty Atlantic, and with the anxious birds hovering overhead the nets slowly rose from the water revealing a variety of creatures.
When Shelby was done with her questioning (which, trust me, takes a good, long time), and after she’d made new friends for life, we drove back onto the island and felt as if we were coming home.
To steal just a few more precious hours in the village we stopped at Brogans (http://www.brogens.com). Sitting upstairs on the top deck, we enjoyed the fresh salt air mixed with the tremendous aroma of the fantastic menu. Although the burgers looked and smelled wonderful, we decided to go light and dove into a pair of Blue Cheese Salads.
Watching the visitors have fun on the pier and at the park, we tried not to think about going home. St. Simon’s had most definitely taken the number one spot on our list of favorite places in the U.S. of A.!
Heading back to our Oceanfront Room, we heard the beach calling. Renting beach chairs with a big shady umbrella, Shelby and I spent a relaxing afternoon enjoying the ocean breeze and forming a plan on how fast we could come back to St. Simon’s for another vacation. (I’ve already put the word out to my female friends to make sure they get married at the King and Prince!)
Dressing up at the end of the evening, Shelby and I felt like royalty as we headed down to the King’s Tavern to end our vacation in style! As always the staff of the King and Prince was so kind; we were treated as their top priority as we sat down to an amazing feast.
Morning came far too early, but we had time enough to watch a breathtaking sunrise one last time. When the fiery orb rose over the deep blue water it was almost magical, as Shelby’s dolphins came out to say goodbye.
(But not for long! After this stunning experience we will definitely find our way back to Paradise!)