Glittering treasures await visitors at Gold & Silver Pawn, from simple silver charms to 10-karat-gold rings and necklaces. In addition to adorning wrists and ears with shiny finery, guests can upgrade home entertainment systems with a selection of electronics, such as crystal-clear flat-screen TVs.
On Jekyll Island, waves lick the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.
Established more than a century ago as a lavish getaway for society's upper crust, Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been restored to its Victorian splendor to give modern guests a taste of classical American luxury. Each bright, inviting room features two plush double-beds or one ample queen or king bed, along with a cozy sitting nook with overstuffed chairs eager to support guests as they enjoy their complimentary breakfast, share an evening cocktail, or play a game of full-contact Battleship. Channel your inner railroad tycoon while relaxing amid the kempt fields and lush magnolia trees that line the resort's expansive grounds. Or discuss the merits of Teddy Roosevelt's monocle while feasting in the Grand Dining Room or one of the club's many other featured eateries.
Mo Hotta Mo Betta singes and satisfies heat-loving tongues with its simmering collection of hot sauces, spicy chili mixes, fiery salsas, and more. Set taste buds ablaze with a trio of Mo Hotta Mo Betta's Top 20 hottest sauces, including Hell's Inferno Naga Bhut Jolokia Hot Sauce, concocted from the world's hottest pepper with a surprisingly sweet chocolate aftertaste ($14.40), and the CaJohns Magma Hot Sauce, infused with fire-abetting oleoresin of capsicum and outfitted in a retro lava-lamp-esque bottle ($9.50).
The scent of hot, sugary confections lets passersby know they’re approaching The Donut Shop of Rincon. The shop’s chefs rise early to start baking fresh treats each day, such as raspberry-filled cake donuts, glazed yeast donuts, and cinnamon-crusted twists. They also concoct breakfast sandwiches from sausage, bacon, ham, and cheese, and salads filled with chicken. As they create, they’re surrounded by wall murals depicting donuts dripping with frosting, steaming lattes beneath mountains of whipped cream, and piles of donut holes slowly becoming self-aware.
Guests searching for Essentials Day Spa and Salon will find it discretely nestled at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont hotel. Calming music fills the air as staffers enhance clients' natural beauty in equally elegant rooms enhanced by rich, dark wood accents and ornate, gold-framed mirrors. Hair stylists and color specialists create new looks with products such as Redken and Pureology, and aestheticians exfoliate and hydrate skin during facials, pulling complexion-revitalizing tonics from the highly customizable Dermalogica line. Massage therapists ease muscle tension with four different modalities and reflexology treatments, and the team also soothes the nerves of clients hearing wedding bells or suffering from tinnitus with all-encompassing bridal packages.
While devoting countless hours of their creativity and skill to making human beings more beautiful, Essentials' staff also remains mindful of the health and beauty of both the environment and the local community. Day-to-day efforts include recycling all possible materials, recycling or donating old equipment, and using only biodegradable laundry soap. They frequently donate to local schools and charities, and collect hair for the Matter of Trust Foundation, which uses shed strands to help clean up oil spills and build toupees for balding walruses.