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.
Comfort-fare titans at The 4th of May Cafe conjure a hearty hodgepodge of overstuffed sandwiches on home-baked bread, local seafood, and fluffy omelets to fill regulars’ stomach vacancies throughout the day. The breakfast menu rousts slumbering appetites with seafood omelets ($7) that cradle fresh, local shrimp and crab together with onions and peppers. Chefs fry or grill the lunch-and-dinner menu's chicken fingers ($3.99) before dressing them in blackening seasoning, buffalo sauce, or an adorable onesie. Slices of meatloaf ($10) arrive at tables beneath blankets of brown gravy, and crab-salad rolls ($8.99) wield blue crab, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, and purple onions. Cuban sandwiches ($9) bridge hoagie-roll halves with roasted pork loin, honey-maple ham, monterey jack cheese, and a handful of suspension cables.
Aboard the Emerald Princess II cruise ship, two gaming decks host bingo, roulette, craps, and slot machines. Dealers also facilitate card games including blackjack, Texas hold'em, and stud poker—which is always played between two layers of drywall. A bistro grants a restorative break from the gambling, also attainable on the Emerald Princess II's open-air observation deck. Here, scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean abound as the 200-foot vessel cuts through the water. The staff approximates the dress code to that of a nice restaurant, so guests should refrain from wearing cut-off shorts or beachwear.
The chefs at Ship 2 Shore Seafood & Steaks fry, grill, broil, or blacken fine meals using highest quality ingredients from land and sea. Aquatic hankerings can be sated quickly without eating a child's sandcastle by ordering the mussels appetizer, which chefs free from rocks before sautéing ($8.99). The seafood trio lets diners collate a three-piece dream-squad from options such as shrimp, scallops, oysters, clam strips, and fish ($15.99; $12.99 for seniors), while the 16-ounce T-bone steak delights carnivores with a slab of high-quality certified Angus beef ($19.99). Kids' meals proffer a smattering of shrimp, clam strips, corn dogs, or mac 'n' cheese ($4.99 each) that tots can nosh from the safety of their under-the-table forts, while homemade peanut-butter pies end dinners on a sweet note ($2.99/slice).
FernanDeli builds tall, hearty sandwiches and meat-stuffed wraps for extra-hungry hoagie hankerers, using roast beef, turkey, and pastrami made in-house. FernanDeli's menu begins with a full lineup of wraps such as the Tuscan portabella, with its mouth-watering mélange of marinated mushrooms, Italian seasoning, provolone, and pesto mayonnaise ($6). The foot-long subs (all $7.50) offer 30.48 centimeters of deliciousness such as the bovinesque French dip, comprised of thinly sliced rib-eye blanketed in melted swiss. Herbivores can stick to earthly bites with the garden salad, a fusion of greens, onion, egg, carrots, cucumbers, and your choice of dressing ($4.50). Although each sandwich is served in charitable portions, those with herculean hunger can attempt to tackle the Superman, a beastly grinder with one pound of pastrami, pepper-jack cheese, and two full dill pickles on toasted rye ($13). Eat it by yourself or divide it into meal-worthy slices to share with the cast of The View.