Coastal Island Resort Set on 27-Hole Golf Course
Sea Palms Resort's three signature golf courses feature emerald fairways dotted with glassy lagoons and duck-filled lakes amid Georgia's Golden Isles. The main 18 holes wind through the complex, and the Tom Jackson–designed west nine stretches across 2,945 yards dotted with rustling oaks. The gorgeous scenery sets the tone of tranquility at the resort.
Nestled along an oak-trimmed road, the resort's bungalow-like reception area greets travelers with rustic, woodsy decor and a staff brimming with southern hospitality. Guest rooms are housed in a handful of buildings set back on 800 acres of marshland. Spacious executive studios come equipped with a full-service kitchenette as well as a sunroom that overlooks the tranquil landscape. Some hotel-style deluxe guest rooms feature private decks or balconies and kitchenettes.
Back at the main building, Putters Club Dining Room serves hearty meals all day. Southern-style breakfasts include cheese grits and fresh croissants, crab-cake sandwiches satisfy midday hunger pangs, and Cajun seafood is on the menu come evening.
With the second option, the two-hour historical St. Simons trolley tour gives a quick overview of 400 years of island history as you travel past old lighthouses and Civil War battle sites, or the one-hour ghost tour offers a frightening look at the town's supernatural activity.
St. Simons Island, Georgia: Coastal Marshlands and Pristine Beaches
St. Simons Island is the largest of Georgia's Golden Isles located off the state's southeast coast. Lauded for its verdant marshes, maritime forest, and Mediterranean Revival mansions, the 18-square-mile hideaway was recently named one of America's 10 Best Islands by AOL Travel. Head to the elaborate network of scenic biking trails accessible from the southern end of the resort village, and you can get up-close views of the coastal marshland along East Beach.
On the southernmost tip of the island past the airport, the Victorian-style St. Simons Lighthouse features exhibits relating to Coast Guard history and barrier-island ecosystems. The 100-foot tower was built in 1872 on the site of a lighthouse destroyed during the Civil War, and it overlooks spectacular Atlantic Ocean scenery and trades nightly winks with Ursa Minor.
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