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No, it’s not Christmas, but it IS my birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary.:) So I am gifting myself with a post on one of my all time favorites…gingham!  Actually, I can’t believe I have not already written a post on this glorious fabric.  Gingham…buffalo checks…You choose the one you like.  I have adored them since childhood.

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When I was 7 years old, my mother made my Easter dress out of a lime green gingham flocked with red cherries. It had puffy sleeves and a long sash to tie in the back.  I loved that dress.  We went to my grandparent’s home in Alabama that Easter, and I can remember my much older cousin complimenting me on the dress.  I was giddy with delight twirling around in that thing!

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My childhood bedroom (that I shared with my little sister) was wallpapered in a stripe that alternated ribbons of green gingham with a ribbon of a yellow flower print.  Our bedspreads were of the matching green gingham.  So it is no wonder that I love checks in every form and fashion.

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Obviously they are in pretty much every room here… from the kitchen to the workroom to the family room to my husband’s office and every room in between...the playroom, boys’ bedroom, daughter’s bedroom, children’s bathroom.  It’s an addiction folks!  But there are many others who love them as well, and today we are just going to sit back and enjoy some checks.:)

You can find them in the kitchen…

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In the dining room…

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And there are many many uses in living rooms!

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Nell Hills black buffalo check chairssource

red buffalo check rug


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You can find it in precious nurseries.

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And in children’s bedrooms.

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And of course grown up bedrooms too.:)

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It also shows up in bathrooms.

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Hotels are even getting in on the use of the fabric!

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Now just for some fun, here are some checked items you can purchase for yourself.:)

An umbrella…

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A blouse (and the chair she is sitting in!)

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And of course, everyone needs gingham lingerie.:)
(I couldn’t resist this!)

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Okay, I’ve got to wrap this up and get to my birthday lunch.  My husband started the day with breakfast in bed for me this morning. (Homemade French toast…yum!:))


Perhaps our lunch will be like this.
just kidding…

yellow gingham table at wedding


And perhaps my birthday cake will be like this….:)

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Actually my husband and daughter are currently finishing up some like these from the Back in the Day Bakery cookbook.

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(You can find the recipe here.)

I’ll let you know how they turn out. 😉

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Linda - August 3, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary, this has got to be one of my favorite posts. So lovely.

Peggy - August 3, 2015 - 1:32 pm

Happy birthday! Happy Anniversary! Blessings for many, many, many more! Oh my! I opened this right before I was to go get my grandson to watch this afternoon and I could be in some serious trouble. I will be thinking about this check deliciousness all afternoon. Hoping there is some time after bedtime for Grandom to sneak a few more peeks. Candy for the eyes!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - August 3, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Happiest Birthday and Anniversary wishes, Kelly! Soooo many special things to celebrate today! :)

I’m a gingham girl, too! Aren’t they just the cheeriest fabric patterns of all? I love gingham in any color… but I think red will always be my favorite! It’s practically perfect in every way!

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - August 3, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!….love this post!!

Julie in Asheville - August 3, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Wishing you a very happy, happy birthday. Love your blog and especially all the checks. My grandmother made me a purple and white gingham apron years ago. After receiving it, I wore it for 3 days straight! Just loved that apron. She used gingham several times and would cross-stitch in the white spaces using thread a few shades darker of the color. Her curtains were so sweet. Everytime she sat down, she would have some type of needle work in her hands.

Nan, Odessa, DE - August 3, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Happy, happy day!

And you spent part of it podting. Thank you.

Now go enjoy your day!

PS your husband is a keeper

Stacey - August 3, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary. ♥

Enjoy the special treatment and thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Pat - August 3, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Happy Anniversary and many birthday wishes!! Thank you for all of your great posts. Have a wonderful day!!

Cindy - August 3, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary to a special (blog) friend and a sweet lady! Enjoy your day. Love the gingham, you have renewed my interest. It was once so country, now it looks traditional.

Tricia - August 3, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Happy Birthday, Kelly, and congratulations on your 30th anniversary. And home made cupcakes….they look beautiful!

Love the gingham post. I remember wearing lots gingham in my youth and a favourite was a cropped baby doll blouse made of pink and white gingham – it would have been early 70s, grade 11 :)

Enjoy your day!

Louvina - August 3, 2015 - 2:27 pm

You gave us, your readers, a gift on your special day of days!! Happy happy everything to you! Breakfast in bed, oh my!! Wasn’t that better than bus duty on the first day of school? You have one special hubby!! Loved the gingham — all sizes!! My mother used to do smocking using gingham and made lovely items. I loved the blue adult bedroom– so beautiful and tranquil— aww—. And now I am wanting homemade cupcakes!! So off I go to whip up some!! Have a wonderful day and welcome to the real first week of your retirement!! How does it feel? Good? But different? Strange? But nice! All those things which will take some getting used to!! May God bless you with the best of health really soon!:)

DiAnne - August 3, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!! I hope you have a fabulous day.
I love gingham.

Frances in England - August 3, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Happy Birthday! and Happy Anniversary! Really enjoyed all of the gingham too. Some good ideas in there :)

Arlene@Nanaland - August 3, 2015 - 2:37 pm

I love them as well Kelly. If our cabin in Georgia becomes a reality, I will be using them there. I plan to see what Country Curtains has available as I have used their curtains before and I liked them. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!

Sandy - August 3, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Oh my…I loved this post. I adore gingham too. Every single picture —yours and the ones you found are spectacular.

Carol Ann - August 3, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Happy Kelly Day and Happy Anniverary! I just love all kinds of checks too. I am always drawn to them. Currently, I seem to prefer buffalo checks in any color.

Dana - August 3, 2015 - 2:53 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary! I love gingham! Blue and white is my favorite, but I love it all. Often, when I see a photo of a room I like, I realize that a big part of what I like about it is something gingham, such as curtains or a slipcover. Your childhood bedroom sounds so lovely and delightful. (Do you have any photos of it?)I really need more gingham in my home. I am adding some new curtains in my kitchen. The print is blue and white gingham and red cherries. So cheerful.

Jill - August 3, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Happy Birthday Kelly! After all your own home tours, this has to be one of my most favorite posts of yours since I also have a love of gingham. My childhood bedroom had a wallpaper that was royal blue, orange, and gold gingham ribbon that looked like it was woven together like plaid. It sounds pretty hideous, but it coordinated perfectly with my Raggedy Ann curtains that also had patches of gingham in the print. LOL! When we were little girls, my sister and I had matching gingham nightgown and robe sets….hers blue, mine red. I loved those and I loved matching my big sister. And I’m currently looking for just the right black and white gingham to re-cover a rocking chair we recently “inherited” from my in-laws.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - August 3, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Kelly, happy birthday and happy anniversary! I hope you have fun celebrating both of these joyous occasions! Love the buffalo check…especially the red ones in the cabin type setting and the neutral ones in the dining room…dining room envy for sure! I have red, green, and baby blue checked shirts that I just love and wear often. Gingham and seersucker were a big part of my childhood as well.

Vicki - August 3, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Love gingham- don’t know which of your beautiful images to pin first! For me, it all started with The Ginghams paper dolls- they had such pretty clothes. Enjoy your cupcakes!

Jennifer - August 3, 2015 - 3:44 pm

I agree with Linda-what a lovely post! And wow on the breakfast! Happy Anniversary and Birthday Kelly.

robin murtha - August 3, 2015 - 4:04 pm

first time i am posting but it was irresistible, loving gingham like i do i love your blog and your home is just beautiful i have stolen so many cute ideas from you like the jars and table decor and so on, and i hope to go right on doing what you’re doing just wanted to make sure you knew about sabre flatware, so cute it comes in so many patterns and they make the most adorable and sturdy gingham flatware i have it in red and blue it’s kind of expensive, but you use it 3 times a day and it makes me happy to see it belated thanks for all your inspiration, and enjoy your retirement! ❤

Gina - August 3, 2015 - 4:18 pm

What a fun post! Who doesn’t love gingham? :) I used to have my fair share of blue. Well, I remember a green valance too. 😉 I always imagine red gingham in my adult son’s room one day when it becomes a “grandchildren’s room.” The room is painted red so the task of painting over it sounds too daunting. :) I hope you are having the most wonderful birthday and anniversary!! I’m sure knowing you don’t have to return to school is the icing on the cake!! 😉 😀

Kaye Ann - August 3, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Inspired mainly by you, I have put red Buffalo check curtains in my family room. My son-in-law said it looks “cozy”. This was a great post.

Sue - August 3, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Happiest of birthdays to you Kelly!
LOVE gingham ~ My girls’ nursery and little girl room was yellow gingham, and I’ve had it in some form ever since. Currently I have 2 black buffalo check chairs, the curtains in my family room, and several pillows. I think it will be prominent in our lake home too. Just love checks!
{and happy anniversary too!}

Bonnie - August 3, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Lovely post. And, your emphasis and love for gingham has awakened an appreciation for them in me that I didn’t realize that I had. It brings back many memories of a different generation and a different and slower way of life. Happy Birthday to you and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

Donnamae - August 3, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Happy Birthday…and Happy Anniversary! Wow…a two-fer! I love this post…and now I’m asking myself, why I don’t have any buffalo checks in my home? I do have a navy flannel shirt…at least it’s a start. Hope your day is just as you’d hoped! 😉

Ellen Shook - August 3, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Happy Birthday, my Leo sister! Mine was Saturday. Looks like you are off to a good start with breakfast in bed. I am partial to checks, too, don’t have nearly as many as I would like. I hope you have as wonderful a birthday as I did.

Katrina - August 3, 2015 - 6:43 pm

I almost couldn’t believe this post! The topic of conversation all weekend between my daughter and I has been her dilemma in hanging curtains in her living room. I was voting for taupe buffalo check and she was hedging. Well, as moms do when their daughters are having decorating dilemmas (and work full time and have two little kids) I spent all of yesterday after church in Asheville buying different 96 inch length taupe curtains being careful to save all my receipts. After looking through my purchases she decided they were all misses and she just needed to order buffalo check curtains. Now can you believe that buffalo check curtains are all on back order at Ballards and Country Curtains. She finally decided to go with the ones at Country Curtains. In the grand scheme of things, curtains are NOT that big of an issue But goodness she and I spent a lot of time debating the subject this weekend…. Ha ha!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - August 3, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Great post. Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary

Martha - August 3, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Love all the gingham!!! I had yellow and white gingham curtains in my first nursery 42 years ago and my mother found a lovely yellow gingham quilt for the twin bed I had in the room. Thus began my love of all things gingham. I put green and white gingham wall paper in my kitchen when we built our house 38 years ago, I still have a small bit of it in my laundry room and it makes me happy.I love all the pictures in this post, especially the blue gingham ceiling and all the black and white wing chairs…..oh my,what a wonderful post. Thanks!!

Cynthia Hamsley - August 3, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary, Kelly. I know you had a magnificent day! I loved all of the gingham pics. I hope to one day add some buffalo checked curtains to our den.

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 3, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Happy-happy and more HAPPY TO YOU!

Stephanie - August 3, 2015 - 10:16 pm

Love ,love ,love this post. We must be separated at birth . It was our 30th this year too and I have had long love affair with gingham/buffalo check(drapes in our family room right now !
Great blog !

kathy - August 3, 2015 - 10:24 pm

I LOVE the checks! I don’t have any of the big buffalo checks but I think they are now on my “to get” list. I love the long drapes in your family room! My laundry room has blue and white gingham wallpaper and my guest bath has navy and white gingham curtains. One guest room has black and white toile and black and white gingham, mixed. And, I just bought some red and white gingham basket liners at Pottery Barn Outlet. I am so glad you did this post. I think my love for gingham is also rooted in childhood. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! (What were you thinking, gf, spread those gifts out!)

Garden, Home and Party - August 3, 2015 - 10:30 pm

I love this post. I will be pinning and saving these images to my “absolutely favorite rooms”. Checks are so warm and welcoming…they are wonderful. Thank you for this. I believe there are several rooms I’ve never seen before.

Vicki - August 3, 2015 - 11:21 pm

Sending a birthday wish of good health and much happiness and an anniversary wish of many more years together!

Dawn - August 3, 2015 - 11:49 pm

Happy birthday and anniversary, Kelly!

I hope your day went just as you planned. I love your obsession of gingham. Thanks for sharing it with us. Take care.


Joan - August 4, 2015 - 12:53 am

A Happy Happy Day, month, year, and life to you. I know you have loads of family and friends who love you and probably treated you like a queen. That breakfast looked pretty good. My B Day is on the 14th so it is nice to share this special time with a very talented and special person.
Thanks for introducing me to Buffalo checks. Always liked gingham, but these checks are addicting. Especially like the red.

Blessings to you, Kelly.

Leila Jane - August 4, 2015 - 1:32 am

Happy 30th Anniversary and Happy 30th (wink) Birthday, Kelly! The checks remind me of curtains I made at different times in my life in different locations as an Army wife. Back in the day when we didn’t know whether an expected baby would be a boy or a girl, I made tiny yellow and white checked curtains for the nursery in Fort Lee, Virginia ~ and after my daughter was born, I sewed a lace edge on the front of them. Later on, we lived in vintage base quarters in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and I had red counter tops in my over-sized kitchen. I made big red buffalo check curtains for the 4 windows and they made the big room seem cozier. I no longer move around and I’m no longer sewing curtains so the checks brought back a lot of memories! Thanks for those!

Lynn A. - August 4, 2015 - 8:15 am

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Here’s to another great year!

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - August 4, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Hey there and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my FAVORITE blogger!!! Happy Anniversary too! I LOVE this post. As always I love your blog, it always has been my favorite. Have a wonderful day filled with lots of love!! Hugs to you.

Teresa W. - August 4, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Happy Belated Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!! Hope you had a wonderful day. Isn’t it funny how a very special dress as a child can bring back so many wonderful memories? Those cupcakes from Back in the Day Bakery are to DIE for! Enjoy each and every bite.

Debbie w - August 4, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Happy birthday/anniversary!! Love gingham, too. As I have said before, you and I have a lot (if not all) interests that are the same! Hope you are not missing the dreaded go back to school and work for days getting your room ready! Enjoy your free time…you are now officially retired!

Vicky Hunt - August 4, 2015 - 10:08 pm

Well, Happy Belated Birthday! I hope your day was blessed with beauty! This was a delightful post. I love gingham as well. My curtains and sheets as a child were patchwork gingham, dots, and floral designs in pastel colors. I loved them so much! I look for them when I am out thrifting and hope to find one someday! I collect vintage sheets and pillowcases and love the soft, worn feel they have. I plan to make a quilt with one day. Anywho, I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Hope the cupcakes were yummy!

Blessings, Vicky

Lauren - August 5, 2015 - 8:44 am

Hi Kelly, Hope you had a wonderful day celebrating your birthday and anniversary! Thank you so much for including our family room in this post. I LOVE all things gingham/buffalo check too and why your beautiful home will always be one of my favorites!

Emily - August 5, 2015 - 1:56 pm

I, too, am a lover of all things checked. I have them spread throughout my home, and I never tire of them. Red and black are my favorites, I think. I live in Alabama. Where do/did your grandparents live? Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

Jeanne Bell - August 5, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Enjoy this year because you don’t have to go back to school and a new chapter is starting for you. Where do you find your buffalo check fabric? I want to make new curtains and use some for trimming.

Julia - August 6, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Anniversary to both of you! Enjoy!

Jennifer - August 7, 2015 - 8:55 am

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary Kelly! I feel like your blog is a gift to ME!! It’s my absolute favorite! I love gingham too and want to get some chair covers for my breakfast area in that large, khaki buffalo check. I’m in your neck of the woods and can’t wait for our Home Goods to open! Thinking of you today….I’m heading down to the Swanson House for lunch with a friend and then picking up a custom order from Two of a Kind Art…have you seen her work/shop yet? Have a great weekend! :)

Holly - August 7, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I just stumbled onto your site via Pinterest. I was going to start pinning, and then I realized I would just have to pin everything! I am in love. I can’t wait to explore your little corner of the web.

Happy celebrations!

GramiePamie - August 8, 2015 - 12:04 pm

I don’t know if you’ve discovered this pretty blog, but you would probably love the checks!

Brenda - August 9, 2015 - 4:20 am

Happy Birthday and anniversary! And this post with its cheerful gingham theme is adorable.

Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} - August 9, 2015 - 8:26 am

Hi Kelly! Happy Birthday and Anniversary! What fun to see all of your beautiful gingham images – LOVE, love, love gingham! In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to see the checked chairs in my dining room included in your post! So fun! Unfortunately, your attribution goes to another site (when I guest posted there)…would you mind linking back to my site when you attribute the source instead? My image is the one decked out for Christmas with the giant chalk board and the brown and white checked upholstered dining chairs. Here’s the link: Thanks so much!
Love your blog and your home, Kelly! :)

Loraine Carvalho - August 9, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. But many many years are celebrated together. A hug. Loraine.

Paula B. - August 17, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, belatedly. I hope you had some extra special celebrating going on. Love all the décor suggestions, they are just so fresh and welcoming. And, I bet that Easter dress was adorable.

Talk of the Weekend #27

porch swingHello August – you hot thing you! (Where in the world did July run off to?)When I was young, August was the last month of summer freedom…swimming in the pool, sleeping as late as we wanted, traveling to the beach, no schedule. (You remember those days.)

Stephen Blatt architecture

Then came adulthood.  You would think as a teacher, I could have enjoyed those same August delights, but noooo.  Our county has increasingly added August days to the start of school, and now August is THE back-to-school month around here. (And teachers go back to work in July.)  But not for me this year.  Because I retired in May, I am going to make this summer..this August…last as long as I can. So let’s talk about some summer homes and some summer delights for today’s Talk of the Weekend.  I hope that’s okay with you. (We might even keep this up until Halloween….just kidding!)

Have you heard that Sarah Richardson’s vacation cottage is available for rent?  It is booked up for 2015, but they are taking reservations for next year.  More information here. (Even if you aren’t renting it, you should take a look at the beautiful rooms.  She does such a super job with color! )

Sarah Richardson rental

Here is another cute rental.  This one is near Destin, Florida in Watercolor.

Watercolor rental Destin

Near Watercolor, is a design group – Old Seagrove Homes.  They build homes along 30a (the “beach road” that runs through there), and the cypress wood they use is just gorgeous!  You can see it on the fireplace below.  Take a look at their portfolio here.

Old Seagrove

Florida is not the only place with lovely summer homes, check out these in New England.  The first one is in Nantucket and belongs to Victoria Hagan.

Nantucket home of Victoria

Here is another New England one…this one was decorated by Susan Zises Green.  Don’t you think all that white bead board is fabulous?!

Susan Zises

Another New England beauty is this one in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.  It wasn’t so beautiful for a number of years, but finally the ugly duckling was turned into a swan by a preservationist architect.  Check out all the rooms here.

New England Home

Another Martha’s Vineyard home you should see is this one that was owned by children’s book author, Judy Blume. (Do you remember Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingSuperfudge, or Freckle Juice ?) I believe it sold last fall for around $2.4 million. (Just look at that view!!)

home of Judy

There is a sweet story of a husband who accidentally gave away his wife’s treasured copy of a Judy Blume book here.  The author found out about it, and gave the couple an autographed copy of the missing book.:)

I wrote a couple of posts about Nantucket designer, Gary McBournie here and here last year.  Well another of his homes has been featured in House Beautiful.  You need to see this boathouse on Nantucket!

Gary McBournie boathouse

I found a recipe to try to hopefully cool off some of these very hot summer days we have been having. I love basil, and I love lemonade…just not sure how I feel about drinking the taste of basil.  It looks delicious though.:)Have any of you had anything like this?

basil lemonade 

I got an email from Karen last week that said she had tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe I featured from the Harbor View Inn here, and the recipe had flopped.  Apparently, they did not include the correct measurement for flour in it.  I know that had to be frustrating! (not to mention a loss of time and money.:()  Since then I have done a little research on chocolate chip cookies, and I found a great post that uses the tried-and-true recipe for Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (from the back of the bag).  She goes through the process of tweaking some of the ingredients, and she shows you the results.  You can read about it here. (I hope this one has better results for you!)

ultimate guide to chocolate chip

I want to take a minute to catch up with you.  There are over 100 emails in my box right now that I haven’t been able to get to in the last few weeks.  June and July were super busy months. We had to get our daughter an apartment for college this summer because her school has booted seniors out due to a housing shortage.  Getting the apartment and moving her in took some time…along with painting a large number of pieces of furniture and shopping for linens and such. I have one piece of furniture still waiting for a coat of paint in the garage. (Post is coming this month I promise!)  We have traveled some, and when I returned home I had one week to get ready for this…

yard saleA yard sale with my mother. We did pretty good considering we had no big ticket items…I made $400, and my mom made $300, AND we both got rid of many things that were cluttering up our homes (the best thing about yard sales to me.)

I spent almost all of last week and the Friday before volunteering at my old school – helping teachers get rooms ready for last night’s sneak peek and this Monday’s first day of school. It has been nonstop all summer.  And in between all of this I have had medical tests galore.  I finally got a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism caused by Graves Disease on Wednesday – entirely treatable with medicine (which I started on Thursday.)  So I have my fingers crossed that August is going to be my official start of retirement, and that I can catch my breath a little.

So here’s to spending more time on the blog and less time on things I have to do!  I hope your weekend is filled with things you want to do as well. I am leaving you with one more taste of summer…this one from the Annie Moses Band.  I hope you enjoy it.:)

Have a wonderful summertime weekend!

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Deborah Wilkins - August 1, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Thank you for sharing the Annie Moses Band song, Summertime! I just pre-ordered on Amazon and cannot wait for it to arrive. Enjoy the rest of summer. Take care…….
Aren’t they great?! I sure hope I can fit in seeing them in concert this fall. :)

Louvina - August 1, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Loved the music — nice! I would loved to have been able to come to your yard sale! You had it set up very nicely! Just like everything you do– I call it The Kelly Touch!” Will be going back to look in detail at all the links. My– you have been busy! Can not believe that school will be starting so soon!! All my teacher friends started back Wednesday ( and working THIS weekend) because never enough time to prepare due to preplaning meetings! Think I don’t miss all that anymore– but I still miss the kids and the excitement of a new year— Now you need to sit down, think about your New Normal ( whatever that means?!) And get feeling back to 100%— I bet your mind is already starting to spin– but enjoy August like you never have before!! Rainy Saturday here on the beach– kinda nice to stay inside and relax.
I am not a “yard sale” person, but my mom assures me that ours was a “good one.” :) It was such a hot day that Saturday! Normally we set up outside the garage on the driveway, but we needed some shade, so that is why it was in the yard.

You mean teachers in Florida work on the weekends?! I thought Florida had a teacher’s union to stop some of that nonsense – and by nonsense I mean all those useless meetings held during preplanning. It would be okay to work on the weekend if they got paid for it. That won’t happen here I know.

I am looking forward to this August being different from all the other Augusts in my life…in a good way. :)
Enjoy your rainy evening!

Garden, Home and Party - August 1, 2015 - 6:40 pm

You, my friend, have been busy! It’s nice you have “retirement” to look forward to very soon. I loved seeing the summer houses. Sarah Richardson’s house isn’t the same one we saw her decorate on HGTV some years ago, is it? It was on an island, but the house didn’t seem like it was so large. The rental rate seemed very affordable if you were to rent the house with 2 other couples.
Congratulations on a successful garage sale. It’s nice to get rid of items you no longer use, isn’t it.
Have a great weekend and I hope your meds provide some relief to your condition.
No, that cottage of Sarah Richardson is a different one. I think I actually like this one better! It has some super cute rooms in it. I was not a fan of the kitchen in her other cottage, but otherwise it was certainly drool-worthy.
It was very nice to get rid of all that “stuff” especially for my husband – it had all taken up space in the garage (aka his workshop.) So he was quite happy to gain the extra space!
Hope you have had a good weekend.

Susan W - August 1, 2015 - 6:57 pm

I so enjoy all your posts Kelly. I printed the photo of the Susan Zises Green room as I have an upstairs room with similar ceiling angles and the beadboard would be a great look. Sounds like your summer has been very busy – hope you can relax a bit now and enjoy your retirement.
Oh lucky you to have a room with angles! I love those kind of spaces, and yes, beadboard would be beautiful! I hope you get to tackle that project. :)

Carolyn - August 1, 2015 - 7:29 pm

You have been busy! Hope the diagnosis and medication has you feeling better. Can’t believe school is starting at the beginning of August! When I grew up, school started around my birthday at the end of August. Then with my children, it seemed to be around the third week of August, and my husband, a teacher, would go back in mid-August. Can’t figure out why Georgia goes back so early. It’s not like they have a lot of snow days to plan for! My son and daughter-in-law just moved to Atlanta, and she’s a teacher and starts Tuesday, but the students don’t come until the 10th. Still seems way early to me! Y’all must have long breaks! August should still mean summer vacation, I feel. I wonder about schools in New England where the traditional start date is after Labor Day, and they have to deal with all that snow? Do they still start in September, I wonder?
Thank you Carolyn. It IS waaaay too early. And you are right, there are no snow days to account for! We do have a couple of week long breaks that I would have gladly given up for a Friday and Monday combo if we could have started later. It has something to do with the high school exam schedule. They want to be able to have first semester exams before getting out for Christmas. That October week and part of Thanksgiving week could easily be shortened. I don’t know what they do in New England, but I do know they get out much later than we do…but then again, it is not really warm there until later as well.

Pat - August 1, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Oh I would have loved to come to that yard sale!
I wish you could have been there too Pat! Every time we have one I say, “I am never doing another yard sale again!” They are just soooo much work, but in a year or so, I always manage to find things to put in one again. So this time I am not saying anything! :)

Vicky Hunt - August 1, 2015 - 7:33 pm

Hi Kelly! I was just about to e-mail you when I saw you had a new post up. I wanted to let you know that I received your package and the one from Amazon. Thank you so very much! I was thrilled to see your beautiful handwriting on the package and card. I will save that. What type of pen do you use? I really want to practice. I loved calligraphy as a teen but haven’t tried in in years. I would love to write my daughter beautiful letters while she is abroad. You have been a busy bee! Great job on the yard sale! Sorry about the diagnosis but thankfully it is treatable. Have a lovely evening & Sunday.

Blessings, Vicky
Yay! I am so glad the books made it to you. As soon as Susan’s latest book is released, it will also be on its way to you as well. For the pen, check out the pen at the end of the post here: Hopefully that will help, and I think writing to your daughter all “fancy-fied” would be a lovely thing to do!
Hope you have had a great Sunday afternoon. :)

Carolyn - August 1, 2015 - 7:40 pm

P.S. Love those Nantucket cottages decorated by Gary McBournie. I’ve always loved seeing them featured in House Beautiful.
Me too Carolyn! He does a fantastic job with anything nautical. :)

Katrina - August 1, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Kelly, I am so glad you have a diagnosis and that it is treatable with medication! You are way too creative to ever be out of commission for any length of time.😀
I will never tire of the interiors or exteriors of the kind of homes you shared today.
Dang it…. I would have loved to come to a “Kelly” yard sale! My friend Josie and I visited furniture consignment stores in Cashiers this past week and she scored a mirror she had been looking for.
You are so sweet to help your school teacher buddies get their rooms set up.😀
You are right…. Where did July go? My family rented a home in Cashiers last week so that we could be together and my son and son in law could still go to work. I would love to go to the beach this month but looks like I won’t see the ocean until September.
Happy Weekend!
Thank you thank you Katrina. :) A furniture anything in Cashiers would be good stuff! Lucky you. (Much better than any of the things here I bet.) Glad you had family time there, and I hope you get to the beach soon.

classic•casual•home - August 1, 2015 - 9:02 pm

YAY for you for purging things you don’t need! It’s tough, I know. I really want to try each of those cookies right now.
Yes, YAY is right. I am a throw-away-er…quite the opposite of my husband though. :( A good bit of my yard sale items were things from my classroom. You would not believe how fast storage containers sold!
I am with you on eating those cookies! Yum…

Terry Ellen Cross - August 1, 2015 - 10:03 pm

Sigh, first beautiful beachy dream destinations and then the Annie Moses Band, lovely lovely lovely!
Such inspiration to enjoy the last of steamy August!
Thanks : ) : ) : )
Thank you for reading the post, enjoying it, and leaving such a sweet comment Terry. Yes, it is steamy August, and our roads after a rain here are VERY steamy these days!

Tricia - August 1, 2015 - 10:38 pm

Another wonderful post, Kelly. Enjoyed seeing Sarah’s cottage, isn’t it gorgeous. I’d happily stay in any of the ones you showed. Sounds like you’ve been far too busy to feel retired! Enjoy every minute of August and here’s to good health and happy retirement.
I’m so glad you liked the post Tricia. Like you, I think all of Sarah Richardson’s work is gorgeous. Yes, it has been toooooo busy here, and I am more than ready to slow down. Thank you for the good wishes for health and retirement. I really appreciate them. :)
Have a great Sunday!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 1, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Love each one of your tidbits, and am so glad you have a diagnosis and can be on the road to feeling better. I am especially intrigued by the chocolate chip cookie review. Fascinating!

I think it’s crazy how school is pushed up so early now. Glad you will have a chance to rest and catch your breath this year.
Thank you Leslie Anne. Didn’t those chocolate chip cookies look great? I would have never thought that melting the butter would have an effect on how they turned out!
Yes, it is very crazy how school starts in August. I know they would save a truckload of money on energy if they would wait to start after Labor Day. The school year ends in May. If you ran it Sept. to June, your air conditioning costs for June are considerably less than August – usually our hottest month here (but July was not a cool one at all this year!) Oh well…when we rule the world things will be so much more efficient, right? :)

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - August 1, 2015 - 11:23 pm

Congratulations, Kelly! You will love retirement! It will finally start to feel ‘real’ now that the school year is beginning! I am beginning my fourth year of retirement after 35 happy years of teaching. It has been such fun helping my friends get their classrooms ready for the new school year. Wishing you healthy, happy summer days ahead! ♡
I am waiting for those school buses to go rolling by my house in the morning to make it feel real. :) You should be proud of 35 years in education Dawn! It was fun for me to help get the rooms ready too, but also fun to not have to attend all the darn meetings they had to go to last week! Thank you for the well wishes. I AM looking forward to better days here.

Pamela - August 2, 2015 - 8:42 am

Are you saying you have Graves Disease? Truly, I am sorry. That is very serious. I’m glad you have retired as you need to focus on you and your health for a while. There is so much in this post you could call it your August post and take the whole month off! 😉
Yes, that is correct Pamela. I am just glad to get a diagnosis and a prescription. The symptoms have not been fun, and this has been going on since last winter. The meds should improve my health and get the thyroid numbers back down. (fingers crossed here.) It was all those symptoms that made me know I had to retire. You are right about focusing on my health, but hopefully I can handle the blog with it. :) I am glad you found much to enjoy in the post. Thank you very much for your comment. Enjoy your Sunday!

Karen - August 2, 2015 - 10:16 am

Beautiful post as always Kelly! Sarah Richardson is a favorite of mine, wish HGTV would air her shows here in the US again! So sorry to hear of your health issue, I do hope that you are feeling better and are able to get your thyroid under control. I did contact Harbor View Hotel about their cookie recipe and they did email an alternate recipe. This recipe though, has all the measurements in weight not volume, not sure I can use it without a kitchen scale. Oh well, probably shouldn’t be baking and eating chocolate chip cookies anyway!
Sarah’s shows should definitely be aired in the U.S. They are crazy not to be showing them. I am so glad you contacted the hotel, but goodness, it would be hard to bake them using weight. That’s not good! Perhaps the recipe in the post today will be an easier one. Don’t give up on your cookies! :)

Chelsea - August 2, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Hi Kelly – I’m new to your blog but my mom has been a reader for a while and I’m glad to have found it! She forwarded me your post today because I was recently diagnosed with Graves Disease as well. I know well how you must have been feeling! Initially I blamed my symptoms on postpartum insomnia, anxiety, and mama brain but finally went in to the doctor and came out with this diagnosis! I’ve been on medication for 2 weeks now and I’m slowly noticing a difference. I’m glad because I have 2 young kids to chase after! Thanks for sharing the chocolate chip recipe info – those are my go-to cookies and I’ve noticed that sometimes they come out flat and I’ve never been able to figure out why!!

Cindy - August 3, 2015 - 6:43 am

Kelly, I am so sorry to hear you have Graves disease! I pray the medication will give you a better quality of life. Please take care of you. I would’ve loved to have gone to your yard sale. Couldn’t believe you got rid of all those containers, that would’ve been a score. (they are a lot of work, I just keep Goodwill in business)
Enjoy your August! Cindy

Kathy - August 3, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Oh, Kelly. I am so glad you have a diagnosis and can be helped with medication. You are going to enjoy fall and summer in retirement like you won’t believe! You are going to notice just how blue the sky really is! When I was teaching I said October 19 was the last day of summer but in my head it was October 31. You were so sweet to go and help your friends with their back-to-school duties. You are a good friend! I love the cookie comparisons. I pick the cookie with the dough that has been chilled. Yum! OMGoodness, I would have LOVED going to your yardsale. Sorry I missed that! I would also love to spend a week in Watercolor. We rode through there a while back and I fell in love with it. Have you tried cucumber water? It is pretty refreshing! Enjoy your freedom!!!

Barbara Bethea - August 6, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Hi Kelly,

Congratulations on your official retirement! I retired this year also and after reading your blog in May, I can say that I know exactly how you felt…I described it pretty much as you did…just like that, my 43 year career was over. It was sad, it was exciting, it was scary…but in the end, it was good.
Glad you got diagnosis and meds to treat it…here’s hoping you are feeling better soon.
I enjoy your blog so much. Take care and Happy August!


Gabriela - August 13, 2015 - 1:52 am

Gingham is cool!Happy Birthday and Anniversary!

Jekyll Island: A Place of History and Restoration

Jekyll Island Club Hotel croquet area

Missy, our daughter’s roommate, has traveled to many places – New York City, London, all over Europe – but she always tells us that one of her most favorite places to visit is Jekyll Island.  We tell her, No way. There’s nothing to do there, and there are no good restaurants.  She tells us there is plenty to do and eat on Jekyll Island.

bridge to Jekyll Island GA

When I was a young girl, I remember going to Jekyll with my family, but I do not remember where we stayed or what we ate.  I only remember sand dollars.  My brother, sister, and I found what must have been hundreds of them in the water while we played there. That’s my only memory of the island.  So one afternoon while my husband and I were on St. Simons, we decided to make a trip over to Jekyll. We headed off the island, into the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia and then over that BIG bridge to Jekyll.

The island is only 7 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide.  By law 65% of the land must remain undeveloped.  So it looked pretty undeveloped (and unoccupied) to me.  As we entered the island, we were greeted by these twin towers.

Jekyll Island

And then we had to pay the toll to go any further.  I’ll explain the reason for the toll in a bit.

Jekyll Island toll entrance

More bridges to cross …and the view of boats out my window.

Jekyll Island marinaWe turned and headed over to the historic Jekyll Island wharf.  I want to show you where we ate dinner that evening.

Jekyll Island historic wharf

Jekyll Island wharf

The old wharf has a small gift shop, a place to sign up for dolphin tours, a bar with outdoor dining, and …

Jekyll Island wharf bar

Latitude 31 – the restaurant we enjoyed.

Latitude 31 Jekyll Island

The building was once a warehouse that provided supplies and ice to the hotel on the island. They did a beautiful job renovating the interior.

Latitude 31 entrance

It is a long, narrow room, and they smartly put mirrors down one side to visually expand the space and reflect the water view from the windows on the other wall.

Latitude 31 dining room

This was my view out the window by our table.

Latitude 31 view

And this was my husband’s view.
(I think his was better!.:)Don’t you?)

Latitude 31 view of wharf

The menu offered quite a variety of dishes with an emphasis on seafood (naturally!:))

Latitude 31 menu

Look how they served our drinks!
(You know I loved those mason jars.:))

Latitude 31 drinks

And once again my husband selected fried shrimp.  He said it was equally as good as his shrimp from Iguana’s on St. Simons (and that is quite a compliment!)

Latitude 31 fried shrimp

I really really wanted to try some of their tacos….but the chicken romano called me again, and I couldn’t resist. It had more sun dried tomatoes (which I love) than the dish from Mallery Street Cafe, but I think Mallery Street’s had more basil, so this basil-loving girl gives Mallery Street the win on this dish (although both were very tasty!)

Latitude 31 chicken romano

We finished our meal with a shared slice of authentic Key Lime pie.:)

Latitude 31 key lime pie

After our meal, we took a walk around the area.  Now don’t think I am crazy, but this next photo is of the public restrooms on Jekyll.  I am showing you this because I want you to realize how important historical buildings are to the island.  They will even house their restrooms in them!:)

Jekyll Island public restrooms

Okay, now to a history lesson and an explanation of the toll.

Jekyll has a very interesting history.  In 1886, 53 members of an exclusive club purchased shares for $600 each to buy most of the island as a winter retreat for the club members and their families.  These weren’t just your average club members. Not at all.  Among them were J.P. Morgan, William K. Vanderbilt, Marshall Field, Joseph Pulitzer, and some Rockefellers…all wanting an exclusive place where they could hunt, fish, and relax.


Some of these millionaires in the club wanted to have a little more privacy and space for themselves, their families, and their servants when they came for their hunting retreat in the winter, so they built themselves “cottages.”  This green one is Moss Cottage – once owned by Valentine Everit Macy.

Moss CottageThis white one was owned by the Goodyear family.

Goodyear cottage

The Sans Souci building (below) was built by J. P. Morgan and 2 other families in 1896.  It had 6 apartment units and is considered to be the very first condominium building in the United States.part of Jekyll Island Club HotelAnd now we come to the crown jewel.  This was the Jekyll Island Clubhouse, a Queen Anne style structure with its signature turret, designed by Charles Alexander from Chicago.  It opened its doors to club members in January, 1888.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel croquet lawnThe front lawn was (and still is) used for games of croquet. Horace William Shaler Cleveland did the landscape design.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel frontThe Jekyll Island Club was apparently one of the most sought after places to be for a number of decades.  It started as a men’s hunting club, but also offered many other sports – eventually including golf.  It was also more family oriented than many of the other social clubs for this clientele at the time.  There were even activities for the women – riding, hunting, and camping.  (Seriously!)  Tennis, bicycling, and carriage driving were all also available.  The number of members grew, and they built an annex in 1902 to help keep up with the wealthy crowds that wanted to stay there.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel annex

Not only was it a place for recreation and relaxation, but it was also a place where historic events occurred.  (With that many powerful and wealthy men there in one location, it is not surprising.)  In November, 1910 a secret meeting was held at the Jekyll Island Club between Senator Nelson Aldrich, chairman of the National Monetary Commission, and 3 major bank partners (all representing 1/4 of the world’s total wealth at the time) and together they drew up a plan that would be the basis for the U.S. Federal Reserve.

adirondacks Jekyll Island

In January, 1915, Thomas Newton Vail, president of AT&T, was vacationing at the Jekyll Island Club.  He had intended to return home to New York for a very important phone call, but he injured his leg and had to stay longer.  This important call was to be the very first coast-to-coast telephone call.

courtyard Jekyll Island Club

He had his staff install 1,100 more miles of line, and on January 25, 1915, that very first transcontinental call was made between Vail on Jekyll Island and Thomas Watson in San Francisco.  It set a long distance record.

sitting area

The success of the Jekyll Island Club continued into the 1920’s, and then the Great Depression hit.  Half of the members dropped out.  In 1933 with funding dwindling, the executive committee created a more affordable level of membership – hoping to pull in younger people.  It helped for only a few years.

windows Jekyll Island Club Hotel

And then came World War II.  There was fear that enemy submarines might locate themselves off the coast of Jekyll, so the federal government ordered a complete evacuation of the island until the war was over.  The Club’s last season ended in 1942.

walkway Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With no revenue coming in, the buildings could not be kept up.  The State of Georgia stepped in and purchased the island from the last shareholders for $675,000.  The entire island became a state park (the reason for the toll now), and the club was then turned into a public resort by the state.  Unfortunately, it was not profitable, and the state closed it in 1971.  The buildings became dilapidated.  So sad…

pool Jekyll Island Club Hotel

But then the good news starts.:)Somehow in 1978, the area became designated as a historic landmark.  The former club grounds make up 240 acres, and there are 34 historic buildings in the historic district. Then in the 1980’s a group of investors became interested in restoring the whole property. After an investment of $22 million into the restoration of the buildings and even more spent on improving the land and decorating the interior, the clubhouse reopened in 1985 as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.  This is how the lobby looks today.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

And here is the check in desk.

Jekyll Island Club check in

This room in the hotel is typical of those that are available for overnight stays.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

After walking around the hotel, we followed this sign to see more buildings in the historic district.


 This cottage belonged to the original owner of the land that was sold to the club members.

duBignon cottage

Near the duBignon cottage was this little skeet house.

the Skeet HouseThere are a few shops in the renovated area of the historic district.

shop on Jekyll Island

the commisary

The hotel is not on the beach, but they have purchased a piece of land there for their beach pavilion.  Hotel guests can park there, change clothes, pick up beach chairs and umbrellas, and even purchase light lunches and snacks while enjoying the Jekyll Island beach.

beach house for Jekyll Island Club Hotelbeach houseBecause we were not guests of the hotel, we did not access the beach there.  Instead, we drove to the other end of the island to see what the beach was like at that location.  We parked…walked down this pretty path…

beach pathand then…

Wave erosion is taking away the beach from this end of the island and depositing it on the other end.  Rocks have been brought in to help protect the land from being washed away.

rocky beach

We figured there had to be a better beach somewhere on the island, so we drove to the other end.  There we found the newly built Westin (opened in April, 2015.)

the Westin Jekyll Island

the Westin hotelAnd a new convention center.

convention center Jekyll IslandAnd a courtyard between a series of new shops.

courtyard Jekyll IslandAnd back of the Westin we found this beach walk.

beach walkoverAnd a beach with no rocks,:)
but also no waves?
(That seemed very strange for the Atlantic to me.)

beachWe enjoyed the peace and quiet there for a bit and then hopped back in the car, took the bridge back to Brunswick and then back to St. Simons.

bridge at sunsetI did not show you all the beautiful mansions and a lovely old chapel there at the historic district nor all the restaurants on the island. I also did not tell you about Summer Waves, a water park for the entire family.  I hope you can check all of these out when you make a trip to Jekyll Island.  And say “hello” to Missy when you go.:)

Until next time…

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Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - July 27, 2015 - 10:59 pm

I hate to say it, but I’ve never known the complete history of this island. I’ve been to St. Simons, Tybee and a few in the SC chain, but Jekyll has never been on my radar. It looks wonderful and you’ve given me great tips. I just love all the different sides of Georgia!
It’s so small and has been pretty much undeveloped in the previous decade, so I can understand your not knowing of Jekyll. It is still a very quiet island in many parts of it, but I imagine the water park is pretty lively! And if the convention center can gain some traction, it will be an exciting spot on the island. I hope you get to visit it one day Leslie Anne!

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - July 28, 2015 - 12:12 am

Loved getting the inside scoop on Jekyll Island. I had read about it in a novel but didn’t know it’s history. What a lovely place! I wouldn’t mind living in one of those “cottages”! Your food looked mighty delicious too…especially that shrimp. Thanks for another interesting post about those Southern islands.
Yes, living in one of those “cottages” would really be something! (But it would have to come with a housekeeper. :) ) I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for reading and commenting Gracia!

Nan, Odessa, DE - July 28, 2015 - 8:43 am

Your tour made me feel as though I was along on the trip!
Tybee, St Simon, and Jekyll are such a mix and all need to be visited and enjoyed! Great for those seeking the outdoors.
Well good Nan! I am glad I could give you a virtual vacation. :)
The islands are all very different from each other. Tybee is a beach town with a very old funky vibe. St. Simons is a busy contemporary beach town, and Jekyll is a very low key somewhat undeveloped beach place. I guess there is something for everyone!

Louvina - July 28, 2015 - 8:48 am

Loved learning about Jekyll Island. Had no idea about it’s history. GA has so many interesting places to discover and really appreciate seeing everything through your lenses and perspective! I think every place has unknown eateries and those are some of the nicest places to try. I always try to order something I have never tried! Good thing I’m not a picky eater. Have noticed the weather up your way has been very hot. Looking forward to your next adventure!!
Isn’t Jekyll’s history amazing?! Yes it is a good thing that you are not a picky eater since you are so brave in your dish selection. :) It has been terribly hot here, but at least we do not have the fires like the folks on the West Coast. We are supposed to get a little break in the temps this weekend with a chance of rain as well. Fingers crossed for some cooling off! I suppose you are still enjoying the beach life. :)

Lynne - July 28, 2015 - 8:48 am

Tks for the post on Jekyll Island. We were there with our daughter and family the same week you were in St Simons. They were attending a convention in the new convention center. It is so nice and beautiful inside. Jekyll Island is a great place to unwind with plenty of natural beauty. I have never been a great fan of the beaches on the Atlantic side, much preferring our Gulf coast but the peaceful allure of Jekyll can’t be beat. I just love looking out at the beautiful marshes. I wish you would have known to visit Driftwood Beach. We visited for the first time and it is so unusual. And we will have to try the dishes you mentioned you and your husband had at the wharf. I love all the posts on the coast of Georgia since I live here. It is so nice to have Savannah,Jekyll and St. Simons close by. Tks again!
What a small world Lynne! I am glad to know that the convention center is drawing in people. I worry that it is not doing enough to stay afloat, and if it goes, then the Westin will probably not last. They are such nice new facilities! Finger crossed the whole area there grows. Driftwook Beach sounds interesting. We must have been very close when we were climbing on the rocks there.

Susan W - July 28, 2015 - 8:55 am

Thank you for a very enjoyable post Kelly. I will have to add this to my list of places to visit.
You are quite welcome Susan! I hope you get to make a trip to Jekyll in the future. :)

Vicky Hunt - July 28, 2015 - 9:44 am

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of Jekyll Island. I have though about vacationing there in the past but have never done so. It is beautiful and so rich in history. I never realized that until I read this. I can just imagine what is was like back in the day! It reminds me somewhat of Amelia Island in that is seems like a relaxing, low key atmosphere. I might have to add this to my life list and maybe someday I will visit. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day!
Currently, Jekyll is REALLY low key, and I would say Amelia definitely has much more going on. If you want to truly relax though, Jekyll would be your place. It is probably quite the opposite now to what it was in its heyday. It would have been so fun to see it back with the millionaire’s club. I hope you do get to visit the island one day Vicky. :)

Lori Hall - July 28, 2015 - 10:39 am

Hi Kelly! My husband and I LOVE Jekyll Island. We got married there almost 6 years ago on the driftwood beach end of the island which is beautiful. We stayed at the Jekyll Club and it was wonderful. There aren’t a whole lot of places to eat there…..but that’s why you drive over to St. Simon’s Island! Jekyll is a wonderful place to actually RELAX.
Congratulations on getting married in such a wonderful setting Lori! I bet that was a beautiful place for a wedding. :) You are right, there are only a few good places to eat there, but hopefully with more development around the Westin, new restaurants will open there.

Dana - July 28, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Over two decades ago, I lived close enough to enjoy daytrips to St. Simon’s Island and Jekyll Island. I miss them both, but if I had to chose, I would say that I liked Jekyll the best. My favorite thing was to ride a bike around the island. It felt like we could ride around the entire island (or at least most of it), including on the beach. Thank you for your posts on these lovely islands.
Oh how lucky you were to be so close to the Golden Isles! Our daughter’s roommate absolutely loves bike riding on the island as well. It does look like it would be fun and safe (because of so little traffic). I hope you get to go back and enjoy riding there again soon Dana! :)

Melinda - July 28, 2015 - 2:14 pm

I went for a wedding several years ago & loved it! We didn’t do much at the beach besides the wedding & reception. We took a trolley tour of the “cottages” and toured some of them. They were fantastic homes! The museum was interesting as well. I bought & read a book there called The Jekyll Island Cottages by June McCash that has the history of the island, the history of the families who started the hunting club & pictures of the homes if anyone wants to learn & see more!!
I want to take the tour sometime myself! They also had horse drawn carriages that gave tours as well. Thank you for the book recommendation. I will add it to my list of want-to-read-books. :)

Garden, Home and Party - July 28, 2015 - 2:16 pm

This was a really fun and informative tour. I enjoyed reading the history of how the place came to be. It’s very pretty but I found myself wondering if I could afford both, would I prefer the newer Westin or want to stay at the historic hotel? :-)
Lots of history to that island! If given the choice, I would probably choose the Westin. I am not really a fan of Victorian interiors – love the exteriors but not the interiors. Plus I would want to be on the beach AND have access to all the shops there. But I would want to take the tour offered of the historic district. That would be fun (and they take you inside a couple of the mansions!)

I have been wondering if any of the fires in your state are impacting you in any way Karen. I asked my son in Washington state, and he has not been impacted by any of them there.

Kathy P. - July 28, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Thank you for the great tour. Had no idea of the history. Have enjoyed all of your posts about St. Simon’s, etc., and all the wonderful food.
Thank you Kathy. I also did not know of the history until I started doing some research on it. Amazing to think of all those wealthy people gathering to play on Jekyll!

Ruth - July 28, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Your vacation posts have touched on several places I’ve long wanted to visit, or that I’ve seen but want to revisit. Thanks for giving me something to tide me over in the meantime!

(Actually, I preferred YOUR view at the restaurant. Looked like a painting — beautifully composed!)
Well I am so glad I could help hold you over until your trip Ruth! I went back and looked at the photo of my view, and you are right! It most certainly does look like a painting (if you take out the rail from the deck.) Thank you for the fresh perspective! :)

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - July 28, 2015 - 9:34 pm

This was my very first taste of Jekyll Island, Kelly! Thank you for the wonderful tour. There is so much to see… and love on the island! ♡

Julia - July 29, 2015 - 11:05 am

I never knew the history of the island! Now for a trip three to see it for ourselves. Our anniversary is coming up in September, and this might just be the place to spend the weekend! Thank you for the tour and history lesson!

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Kim - July 30, 2015 - 9:03 am

Kelly, you brought back memories of collecting piles of sand dollars on St. Simons when we lived there. There were times they washed in and we would stand about waist deep and pick them up with our toes and pile them on the beach. There were mountains of them on the beach.

Shirley@Housepitality Designsi - August 3, 2015 - 10:26 pm

Loved reading about the most interesting history of Jekyll Island…I will be going there in September for the Shrimp and Grits festival…traveling with friends from St. Simons…
Would love to dine at the restaurant you featured…good food and great views…thanks Kelly!

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