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Travel Georgia, USA: The Royal Treatment
Southern Cuisine, Ocean Breezes and History-all at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island
By Diane Leone
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort Review
It’s almost impossible not to feel a bit like Royalty while staying at The King and Prince. The resort began in 1935 as a private dance club, only to become the King and Prince Hotel in 1941. Southern hospitality is plentiful on the island. Residents are on ‘island time’. I quickly found myself on island time and knew I would never want to leave this paradise. Attending the 4-day“Southern Culinary Cuisine” event at the King and Prince was an amazing treat.
Executive Chef, Jeff Kaplan at The King and Prince has succeeded in creating an exceptional Southern Cuisine experience for their guests. This was apparent from the first evening, where the menu included inventive drinks from Georgia’s 13th Colony Distillery, an amazing spread of Artisan cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville, GA), which was paired with local honeys and jams. Delicious white Georgia Shrimp & Grits, Melt-in-your mouth crème brûlée with fresh Georgia peaches and buttery Chardonnay made from the Muscadine grape, compliments of Georgia’s Still Pond Winery, rounded out the superb dinner.
Don’t miss a chance to watch the sunrise over the ocean before you make your way to the culinary delight that awaits you for breakfast. I had an oceanfront room and the sunrises are incredible to view. Once such dish is Chef Kaplan’s take on traditional eggs benedict, a delightful meal with perfectly poached eggs resting on fried green tomatoes and bacon with goat cheese on top of English muffins.
Play a relaxing game of golf on The King and Prince Golf Course. The course is famous for a group of 4 spectacular signature holes delicately situated in the marsh. Catch a trolley tour with Cap Fendig whose family has resided on St. Simons since the 1800s. The Lady Jane tour, “Let’s Go Shrimpin” is a must. Everything caught is put back after guests get to touch, hold and photograph the catch, except for the shrimp because the trademark white shrimp are boiled up for guests to dine on before departing the Lady Jane.
For a truly local feel, consider experiencing Southern Soul Barbecue, a casual place with benches outside. The restaurant has been featured on shows such as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
I recommend a visit to Palmer’s Village Café where you’ll find delightful locally sourced dishes with a beautiful backdrop of local artists paintings. The art makes the café feel light and airy and it’s for sale if you find a piece you just have to have. Palmer’s offers up creative breakfast dishes such as challah French toast and blueberry orange compote with warm, fresh maple syrup.
While on the island, you simply cannot afford to miss a meal at the award-winning Halyards restaurant where Chef Dave Snyder’s menu featured Grilled whole shrimp with salsa, sautéed Flounder with caramelized Vidalia Crab Scampi butter, oysters grilled with Garlic oil and Chimicurri and so much more. It’s a ‘must experience’ local eatery.
Rounding out the trip were tastings that included the delightful Sugar Marsh Cottage. They offered an amazing chocolate tasting, complete with information on how to “rate”chocolate. A honey sampling from Savannah Bee was truly an inspiring experience! Who knew there were so many delectable types of honey? King and Prince Food and Beverage Director, Mr. Vinny D’Agostino makes a homemade Limoncello, it’s smooth and sublime. At the end of the day, The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort along with St. Simons Island, are worth experiencing. You’ll find yourself on island time in no time at all.
If You Go:
Where To Stay & What To Do –
King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort – www.KingandPrince.com
201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. Tel: 800-342-0212; 912-638-3631
Halyards Restaurant – Halyards restaurant
55 Cinema Lane, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. Tel:912-638-9100
Palmer’s Village Café – Palmer’s Village Café
223 Mallery St., St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. Tel: 912-634-5515
Southern Soul Barbecue – Southern Soul Barbecue
2020 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. Tel: 912-638-SOUL
Let’s Go Shrimpin – Let’s Go Shrimpin
1200 Glynn Avenue (Hwy 17), St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Tel: 912-265-5711
Diane Leone is a freelance Travel Writer & Photographer who writes about the places she travels as a woman traveling alone. Diane has two published books and has been published in numerous print magazines and on-line sites for both interior design and travel articles.