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St. Simons Island – The Villas at Coast Cottages and an Idea House

villas at coast cottagesAre you ready to see more beautiful places on St.Simons Island?  They are certainly not difficult to find there.:) In our last post, we were wandering through Coast Cottages looking at all the charming places there.  Today, I want to walk just a little further and enjoy the homes that are located right beside all the cottages.  That is where you will find…

 The Villas at Coast Cottages...

The Villas Coast CottagesI am not normally a fan of condominiums or anything other than “stand alone” homes, but these are the exception.  I even like the exteriors with their painted siding and uniquely designed porch railing.

Villas St. Simons

A number of the units are available for rent for your vacation.  Would you like to see the interiors of a few of them?  Here is the living area in the Live Oak villa.  It was the original model home there.

Live Oak Villa living area Coast

And here is one of the bedrooms in it.

Live Oak Villa bedroom Coast Cottages

Another unit is the Cypress Villa.

Cypress Villa

I am thinking these 2 photos show the same room at two different times.

villa at Coast Cottages

And here is the living room in Cypress.

Cypress Villa living

Another pretty one for you to see is the Camellia villa.

Here is the exterior.

Camellia Villa exterior Coast

Check out the view from its rooftop deck!

Camellia Villa rooftop

And take a peek inside.

Camellia Villa sitting

Camellia Villa map and

I found some photos from another unit at The Villas at Coast Cottages, but I could not find a name for it.  I really think these from the “no name villa” are my favorite ones.:)See what you think.

villa living

villa kitchen and living


Now, I have one other place for us to talk about. You have probably seen it before.

Do you remember this house?

Coastal Living idea House on St. Simons

It was the 2003 Coastal Living Idea House located on St. Simons Island, and it is at the end of the street where The Villas at Coast Cottages are.  You know that view out the back has to be gorgeous.:) Here is a view of the house from the beach.

Idea House from the

Just in case you don’t remember it from way back in 2003, here are a couple of  photos of it from Coastal Living magazine. The ceilings in all of the rooms were amazing.

Coastal Living idea house

Coastal Living idea house

Do you ever wonder what happens to those idea houses after the tours are finished?  I do.  So I did a little research to see what became of this one on St. Simons, and although it is not a complete history, here is what I learned…

I do not know what became of it immediately after the tours closed, but it was actually on the rental market for a number of years.  Wouldn’t you love to be able to stay in an idea house?!  Here are some photos from one of the rental agencies that previously handled it.  These really showcase the extraordinary ceilings.

Idea House great

Idea House dining and living

Idea house bedroom St.

In October, 2009 it went up for auction along with two of the Coast Cottage villas.  There was some information about the auction here.  I do not know if it sold at the auction, but it did go into foreclosure in the spring of 2011.  It sold almost 2 years later in the spring of 2013 for $1,600,000.  I found some photographs of the listing for its sale.  The empty rooms are kind of sad to me when you consider how beautifully decorated they once were.  Here is the great room from above as it appeared on Zillow.


Here is the kitchen and dining area.  (Something about it reminds me of the empty Shop Around the Corner in You’ve Got Mail.)

Idea house

Idea house kitchen

This is the bedroom with the blue ceiling.

idea house for sale

Maybe I should not think of it as sad rooms.  Perhaps the better way is to look at it as… potential.  Because we know that this space with its lovely cabinetry…

can become this space.

Idea House laundry

And this porch and deck…

porch and

can become this fabulous place.:)

Idea house

Potential…a much more optimistic way of looking at things. Right?

I hope you have enjoyed all the places from Coast Cottages…the homes, the villas, and the Idea House.  I have a few more things to share with you from St. Simons (hope you are not tired of the island by now.:()  Don’t forget that there is a giveaway going on right now for two wonderful autographed books by Barbara Hinske and a $25 gift card.

book giveaway

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only until Thursday, August 14, 2014 at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be announced/notified on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  To enter, just leave a comment on any of the St. Simons Island posts that publish between 8/7/14 and 8/14/14.  You may enter on any or all of the posts, but you may only enter once per post please.  Good luck!

Until next time…

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Jeanne Bell - August 12, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Thank you for another great visit. I love to imagine being in all these great places. It is sad to see the idea house empty…wonder what it looks like with the new owners?
Have a great week.

Design Chic - August 12, 2014 - 10:12 pm

I love St Simons and what wonderful places to see. Like you, I think the unnamed one is my favorite. I think the idea house looks sad now too – amazing what the furnishings for a place can do…hoping someone buys it soon!!

Darla - August 12, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Thanks for doing these posts. We’re always looking for a new interesting place to visit!

Andrea - August 12, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Another great tour for sure! Thank you so much. I absolutely love a Coastal Living house. I was lucky enough to tour the one in Rosemary Beach that Erik Powell designed…… I read on her instagram that the folks that bought it redesigned one of my favorite rooms in the house…..sad. but like you mentioned….to each his own…potential. Thanks for the great tour!

Martha - August 12, 2014 - 10:17 pm

LOVELY! I like these condos,very light & airy. Maybe whoever bought the idea home will see your post and let us see what they have done, it is a beautiful house even when it is empty.

Grand Pam - August 12, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Thank you for sharing places and homes that I would never see without you. Love all your post.

Jackie Layton - August 12, 2014 - 10:32 pm

So sad about the foreclosure. I like your attitude though about the potential. It is beautiful.

The first home you shared is absolutely adorable. I may even try to rearrange my family room like one of the pictures your shared.

Love your post today. Thanks so much for sharing!

Mickey - August 12, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Thanks for another great tour. We go to Hilton Head every summer but I would like to investigate St Simons. Hope you are enjoying your week! Mickey

Molly - August 12, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and have been hooked ever since!!!! It’s my new late night escape.

Dianne - August 12, 2014 - 10:58 pm

You’re killing me Kelly! Too much eye candy!

Louvina - August 12, 2014 - 11:52 pm

I never get tired of seeing and learning about the coastal areas and the beautiful houses and cottages. I am so glad that one of your readers mentioned Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Mermaid Chair which I finally got to read while on my mini vacation and relating the imaginary outer banks island setting in her book with St. Simons. Now I want to start Eugenia Price’s trilogy you told about in the last post. I read her book Maria with the setting in St. Augustine– love her writing style.

donna - August 13, 2014 - 6:43 am

Love that whole area and especially love looking at gorgeous homes! I could happily live in any one of those homes!

Debbie Jacobs - August 13, 2014 - 7:39 am

Thank you for shaing your post on my favorite island. I had toured the Idea House and the Coastal Living 2003 house. I loved seeing the pictures and the memories!

Amy O'Quinn - August 13, 2014 - 8:39 am

How lovely! I especially liked the Cypress Villa living room, and I pinned that image immediately. :) I don’t remember this particular idea house, but I did enjoy seeing the pics you posted. And yes, I agree, POTENTIAL! Thanks for sharing.

Shelley - August 13, 2014 - 8:44 am

What a magical place. wouldn’t it be wonderful to summer there. I never tire of your tours-you have such a great eye and know just what to share with us! Thanks for all the hard work you put into these tours!

Terri - August 13, 2014 - 8:58 am

Now I am even more excited about my upcoming road trip with my dear friend…. we will be in that area and your posts has given us some MAJOR ideas!! :) …. Beautiful!!!!!

Garden, Home and Party - August 13, 2014 - 9:02 am

The St. Simons “condo” project is so architecturally attractive and in such a great location I believe I could be persuaded to reconsider a condo! The thing that strikes me on the rental places is how nicely they are all decorated. I generally don’t think of rental places as having such great design. Often they appear that they received the leftovers where furnishings were concerned. :-)
The idea house was sure pretty. I’m happy to hear it finally sold.

Laura Ingalls Gunn - August 13, 2014 - 9:09 am

St. Simons is definitely on my bucket list.

Fun fact~ I just had lunch with Barbara Hinske yesterday and she is truly a lovely and delightful woman. What talent!

Cheri - August 13, 2014 - 9:32 am

Those roof top decks with ocean views are something to swoon for. Just looking at them makes me feel relaxed. Maybe that is the type of picture I should put in front of my desk….hmm.

Anne Barr - August 13, 2014 - 11:41 am

This spot is gorgeous, just what us cold Northerners would appreciate in the early Spring 2015

Kathy - August 13, 2014 - 11:54 am

OMGoodness! I love, love, love these beach house posts. They are my favorites! It is like taking a mini vacation! Thank you!!!

Debra - August 13, 2014 - 12:05 pm

I’ll take the Camellia villa, thank you. I am loving that dresser with the blue drawers. Ugh! Oh, and I’m with you Kelly, I like the “No name Villa” too. Well, excuse me while I go organize an estate sale, buy more wicker and start anew. Maybe then I could feel like I am on vacation everyday? Thank you Kelly for my “Morning dreaming” moment…


Vicki - August 13, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Those villas are pretty. Love how they’re decorated with a little personality.

Oh goodness, that would be so fun to stay in an idea house. That is neat that you researched what happened to it. I agree, it has potential, now, and the lovely inspiration of what it was. I’d like to visit it, even empty, it’s still fabulous!

GramiePamie - August 13, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The furnishings obviously change the appearance of the rooms, but I think the LIGHT does nearly as much! What a contrast, the brightness with the dismal, shadowy photos. Let the light shine!!

Eva Murdock - August 13, 2014 - 2:09 pm

it has been years since visiting St. Simons. Loved the church and actually went inside and toured. Love, love your blog and your reading recommendations.Enjoyed seeing all the beach houses.

Nancy Peeples - August 13, 2014 - 3:54 pm

What a beautiful place! Thanks for the chance to win these books!

Katrina - August 13, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Sign me up! I LOVE all of these houses and their gorgeous rooms!

Libby Maddux - August 13, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Love all the posts about St. Simons. Having grown up in Brunswick, it seems like home. In fact, we are headed there next weekend to celebrate my Mom s 85 birthday. Thank you for the awesome give away!

Dawn - August 13, 2014 - 6:49 pm


Thank you for another wonderful trip to the beautiful St. Simons. The photos are all very inspirational and I never tire of homes, cottages, rentals etc. built by the water. I love the deck on the Idea house. So pretty all decorated and so much potential sitting empty as well.

Lindy James - August 13, 2014 - 7:49 pm

I agree with you about living in only “stand alone” homes but since we have been looking for a second place on the California coast for awhile, a condo sounds better and better because of less maintenance on the outside. I do love The Villlas at Coast Cottages and might have to switch from the West to East Coast! Thanks again for another great post, take care, Lindy

Megan - August 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Hi Kelly,
How sad that the Coastal Living home went into foreclosure. I’m surprised that they don’t do a big contest, similar to the HGTV Dream Homes. I would certainly enter to win!! I do think that the St. Simons cottages are so beautiful – yet another place that I would love to visit! Thanks for all of the information on a lovely vacation area that I may not have heard of otherwise :)

Sharon - August 13, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Thanks for sharing more lovely cottages/beach houses. I love the gray siding with white trim combination.

Bev S. - August 13, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Thank you for posting these pictures….It’s nice to be able to “travel” by looking at your blog!!! And it saves me a WHOLE lot of money!!! –Bev S.

Julia G. - August 14, 2014 - 8:57 am

So love these posts! My husband is actually reading these and we are planning another trip for next anniversary1

classic casual home - August 14, 2014 - 1:08 pm

I would love to win!!! Great give away. I really want to go to ST. Simons Island!

Julie - August 14, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Love these villas!! Beautiful inside and out…especially the unique pool/spa that’s included!! Adding a return trip to St. Simon’s Island, and a stay here to my bucket list. :)

Faye - August 14, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Kelly, I write this from a cottage I’m visiting on Tybee Island, a trip that was inspired by your posts in April. This has been a great place to visit, and nearby St. Simons Island sounds great too. I hope to get there on a future trip. Thanks so much for your ideas on coastal destinations.

Will - August 14, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Would love to win.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - August 15, 2014 - 12:23 pm

A gorgeous island with so many gorgeous homes and getaways!

St. Simons Island – Coast Cottages

Wisteria Cottage Coast Cottages

In our last post, we ended our tour of St. Simons Island at the Maritime Center in the old Coast Guard Station.  Wisteria Cottage (the cottage above) sits in a development right beside it.  Take a look at the view from one of its upstairs windows.  Yes, that’s the old Coast Guard Station.:)

Wisteria Cottage view of Coast Guard Station(If you would like to find out about renting Wisteria, just click here.)

Wisteria is one of thirty-something cottages in the very cute development known as Coast Cottages.  It is located in East Beach on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Years ago, I was looking to find a vacation place similar to Seaside, Florida but closer to home.  That’s when I came across the information on Coast Cottages.  The homes there have that Southern vernacular style – pastel painted siding, deep porches, white picket fences – just like what you find in Seaside.  It is on a much smaller scale and does not have the commercial area that Seaside has, but Coast Cottage Lane looks straight out of Seaside.  See if you agree.

Coast Cottages street

At the time I was looking, it was the middle of summer and vacancies were hard to come by, but I did find one home that was on a side street of the Coast Cottage development – Mariner Cottage.

Mariner Cottage at Coast

It did not have an ocean view, but it really wasn’t difficult to walk down the street to the beach.  This was our view:

Mariner Cottage

It was a super cute house and had two things we really liked – an elevator (which the children loved!) and a living room that was called “the lighthouse room” (which I loved.) The fuzzy photo here does not do it justice.

Mariner Cottage living

At the beach end of the street in Coast Cottages is a wonderful pool pavilion, so we had a choice of swimming in the ocean or in one of their pools.

Coast Cottages pool

When we were on St. Simons a few weeks ago, I wanted to go back to Coast Cottages to take photos of some of the homes. So here are the photos I took with a few interior shots I’ve found and rental information for the cottages that are not occupied by full time residents.  Hope you enjoy!:)

Atlantus Cottage- This is more of a luxury home than a beach house, and it has many antiques throughout.  Rental information and a video tour is available here.

Atlantus Cottage Coast CottagesCentennial Cottage – rental information here.

Centennial Cottage Coast Cottages

Next up is Cimbria Cottage.  The rental information for it is here.

Cimbria Cottage Coast Cottages

Dauntless Cottage is a bright blue with a large bay window.  Sorry, but I could not find any rental information for it.:(

Dauntless Cottage Coast CottagesThe next one I want you to see is the Daydream Cottage.  It is for sale, and you can see the beautiful interiors on Zillow’s site here.

Daydream Cottage Coast Cottages

Emil Cottage, our next stop, has been featured on both HGTV and in Southern Living Magazine.  It has what I would describe as a “funky” interior.  It is available for rent, and you can find the information here.

Emil Cottage Coast CottagesAnother one with a very unusual interior is the Emmeline Cottage.  You really should check out the rental links to see the rooms in this one.

Emmeline Cottage at Coast Cottages

My photo above was of the side view of the home, but here is a more impressive front view.

Emmeline Cottage

And check out its rooftop deck!

Emmeline Cottage roof top

Missou Cottage has been give another name – Frederica Cottage, and it is available for rent from here.

Missoe Cottage at Coast Cottages

Orelia Cottage is another pretty one…rental information here.

Orelia Cottage at Coast CottagesSatilla Cottage is also available for rent with interior photos and information here.

Satilla Cottage at Coast CottagesHere is the big beautiful Savannah Cottage with its blue porch ceilings.

Savannah Cottage at Coast Cottages

I’m not sure about the exterior color scheme in this one…the Three Friends Cottage.  Rental information here.

Three Friends Cottage at Coast CottagesHere is the Wanderer Cottage for you with rental information here.

Wanderer Cottage at Coast CottagesAnd finally, my most unusual favorite…Annie Laurie Cottage.

Annie Laurie Cottage at Coast

It really does have some amazing interior spaces. Take a look at this kitchen…

Annie Laurie

I am not usually a fan of the color turquoise, but it just makes this bedroom! (And that fan is perfect for the room.:))

Annie Laurie Cottage

And that brings us to the end of our tour of Coast Cottages on St. Simons Island.  Just a reminder that there is a giveaway going on right now for two wonderful autographed books by Barbara Hinske and a $25 gift card.:)

book giveaway

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only until Thursday, August 14, 2014 at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be announced/notified on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  And how do you enter? Just leave a comment on any of the St. Simons Island posts that publish between 8/7/14 and 8/14/14.  You may enter on any or all of the posts, but you may only enter once per post please.  Good luck, and I will be back soon with more St. Simons goodness.:)

Until next time…

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Therese - August 11, 2014 - 5:51 am

A red fridge, steps up to the gorgeous bed, palm trees, sunsets, lots of windows….. Summer, in Australia, seems a long way away…
Thank you for the warmth!!

Arlene@Nanaland - August 11, 2014 - 7:38 am

These cottages remind me of The Sanctuary on Tybee Island. We rented one there two years ago and we really enjoyed the house and the elevator! Getting groceries and luggage up those stairs would have been no fun at all. The Sanctuary is on the north end of the island so the prices are more reasonable. We were able to take a short walk to the beach and we also drove down to the main beach a couple of days. I have to say that I really liked our rental house at Gulf Shores a bit better as there were no stairs for us to worry about and we did not have to be watching baby Elliott constantly! Love seeing all these pretty cottages. I want to go back to the beach!!

Kim - August 11, 2014 - 7:59 am

Now I want to go back to St. Simons and stay in the cute cottage with the red fridge. I need to get my kids and grands to all go and split the bill. :)

Cheri - August 11, 2014 - 8:19 am

Gosh, I wish I had the money to buy the Daydream cottage, very pretty. I love any with roof top decks and ocean views. I was surprised how dark the homes were furnished. Love the post.

Kim - August 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

Love these cottages! Thanks for sharing.

Ashley Johnson - August 11, 2014 - 9:07 am

Another beautiful post and what a lovely place to visit.

Dotti Overstreet - August 11, 2014 - 9:07 am

Thanks for the information on these cottages. I have been to St. Simons several times, but was not aware of this area. Love all of your blog posts too!
Best, Dotti

Louvina - August 11, 2014 - 9:13 am

I loved each one more than the one before it! Even tho I am on one of my mini “vacas” at Bonnet Creek Disney I still enjoy seeing all these cottages! I will be going back to look at all the links. Thinking of you today, Kelly, as I go exploring my new surroundings. Starbucks for breakfast! And then pool side!

Garden, Home and Party - August 11, 2014 - 9:20 am

It’s hard to choose, the Wanderer and Three Friends cottages are wonderful architecturally speaking, but with these views and island charm, I’m not sure any of them would be a bad choice. What a pretty place for a vacation.
The book covers are especially appealing with the darling dogs!

Debra - August 11, 2014 - 10:11 am

Ok, I have to say I love that last one, Annie Laurie cottage. I would so sink into the casualness of it’s décor. It just speaks to me…”relax and have fun”. Ugh, and look at some of the views out those windows. Love the quaintness of the little white table and chairs on little covered porch. Those red bar stools and fridge are fun. I know you stated that you are not much of a fan of turquoise, but I have always associated turquoise and blues as being serene coastal colors to vacation with. Cottages these are not. Estates for rent is more like it. Come on Lotto win!! Drool fest! :)


Dianne - August 11, 2014 - 10:19 am

Wow Kelly, you give us such great eye candy for great travel stays. I have been online searching for a March visit to the Georgia coast- there is so much to see and do. I am also currently reading Mama Day by Gloria Naylor- whose characters live on Willow Springs (the fictionalized Sapelo Island). I much appreciate your sharing your own loves. Thank you, D

Andrea - August 11, 2014 - 10:30 am

What beautiful beach houses! I had no idea St. Simons had these beauties!!! the only thing is that the water on the Atlantic is just not that beautiful clear blue green water that the gulf coast has…… It is beautiful none the less….another place to add to my must go to….list!

Amy O'Quinn - August 11, 2014 - 10:47 am

Wow! Love, love, love these cottages! So pretty. Because my husband’s family lives so close, it probably isn’t practical for us to stay on the island. But oh, these pics make me want to!! Who knows? Maybe we need to forget about practicality! ;)
Thanks for sharing one of my favorite places.
Have a great week,

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - August 11, 2014 - 11:26 am

How fun to look through all these cottages! I loved the red refrigerator and bar stools in the Annie Laurie and the wood work too! I imagine the buffalo check bedroom in the Emmeline caught your eye as well:). Thanks for posting all this eye candy for us to enjoy…can only dream at this point. Happy Monday! Gracia

Jill Lam - August 11, 2014 - 4:18 pm

What a lovely area & homes! I would love to stay forever. Thanks for the post, Kelly :-)

Kathy - August 11, 2014 - 4:59 pm

I can not wait to go back and click on every single one of those links. Today is our 35th anniversary and we are going to dinner at the Balsam Mountain Inn. Katrina is staying at Wild Dunes in a beautiful home like those you pictured, the tall Charleston style houses. I am envious! Thanks for the post, Kelly. I will be clicking later!

Dawn - August 11, 2014 - 6:17 pm


You getaway photos are great! I love getting to travel through your pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us. My favorite is the roof top deck. Those chairs just say relax. They would be nice to sit back and read a good book in while smelling ocean breezes.

Cathy J - August 11, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Love love these cottages, especially the one with the red refrigerator!

Jayne - August 11, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Glad you had a great vacation! You always pick the best places to stay! Your view reminded me of some houses our youth group rented for the SuperWow youth conference at Destin, FL. I’ve been to St. Simon’s a couple of times but always stayed in a hotel. Beach house are always so much better!

Lindy James - August 12, 2014 - 12:25 am

I’d have to say my two favorite cottages are the Daydream and Annie Laurie. Love the interior of the Daydream, wish I could afford to buy something that beautiful and so close to the ocean. Visited our local Barnes and Noble store to check out any Eugenia Price or Barbara Hinske books and to my surprise they had not one available! I purchased a kindle copy of Lighthouse , the first in the St. Simon’s trilogy , and can’t wait to read it. Take care, Lindy

Julie - August 12, 2014 - 8:24 am

Of all the homes, Mariner Cottage was my favorite! Loved the very bright and beachy feel inside!

Adele Ritchie - August 12, 2014 - 1:14 pm

I really love your blog! I have enjoyed your posts for a while now but have never taken the time to tell you. I was a little scared a few weeks ago that you may put an end to all this! I am so glad that you will continue sending me mini get-aways to my in-box! I also love the posts about the decorating you do in your own home. I have never found them to be “showy”, but more inspiring. Thanks for what you do, I know it must be very time consuming.

Julia G. - August 12, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Love these posts about St. Simons Island. We are going!

WendyD. - August 12, 2014 - 2:31 pm

These are some of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen! Would love to vacation there, ok I would really love to live there! Thank you for sharing.

Monika - August 12, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Every day – when checking my email I am hoping to see a new post from you. They are the highlight of my days – thanks for keeping it up. Please, please, please never stop, Kelly.

SUZI A - August 12, 2014 - 8:13 pm

I have not been to St Simons Island since 1992. I enjoyed your post very much and will definitely be planning a trip soon.

GramiePamie - August 12, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Oh, I agree about the turquoise and that particular room!! I like to wear that color, but I don’t decorate with that color. I, like you, am a lover of RED in my home!! Thank you for your lovely posts and all the time and effort.

sharon - August 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Another lovely place to vacation. I liked all of the cottages. Will add to my bucket list of places to visit.

Darla - August 12, 2014 - 10:16 pm

I love these ideas. Someplace similar to Seaside FL, but closer to home. Sounds like a winner!

sherri houston - August 12, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Love all of these! I am so inspired and love the details! Ooohhh! What a wonderful post!! Thanks! sherri

Lisa - August 13, 2014 - 10:14 am

So quaint and charming! Another place to add to our bucket list ;)

Katrina. - August 13, 2014 - 4:28 pm

I have never been to St. Simons but these pictures sure make me want to plan a trip there! Thanks for sharing!

Bev S. - August 13, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Keep up the good work with all the pictures of beautiful homes!

dominique - August 14, 2014 - 12:04 am

Thank you for your lovely posts. Thought I’d let you know how Idiscovered your blog;it was during my explorations 0nline to research a visit to Savannah and Tybee Island. Your visuals of the Mermaid Cottages with their mouth-watering colours and decor- well, it was like trying to choose from a box of Laduree macarons!

My Westie, Thistle, was smitten with the charming dogs on the book covers. She thought they looked very sympathique.

A bientot!

Dominique et Thistle

dominique - August 14, 2014 - 12:20 am

Woops! Just remembered I was supposed to be commenting on St. Simon’s- I had a lovely visit to this lovely place years ago with my Junior Year in Paris roommate and her Southern family and we stayed at a marvelous hotel/resort called The Cloister. I remember the beautiful wide and deserted beaches and the singular beauty of the wild horses we caught a fleeting glimpse of on Cumberland Island. The island I remember didn’t have much development at the time so while the houses you show are very nice, some are perhaps too large and too much.

St. Simons Island – the Sightseeing

Saint Simons Island view from the pierAbout a month ago, my husband had a conference to attend on St. Simons Island, and our family decided to tag along.  Our accommodations were in a run of the mill conference hotel, so I won’t bore you with photos of that, but we were lucky enough to get one of the rooms with a nice little screened porch.

screened porch off hotel roomIt seemed quite private and had a great view of the marsh.

view of the marsh Saint Simons IslandIn case you don’t know, St. Simons Island is one of Georgia’s Golden Isles. (Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Cumberland Island and Little St. Simon’s Island are some of the others.)  Besides all the marshes, St. Simons is covered with beautiful old forests, so riding around the island always provides gorgeous scenery.  The first evening we were there, I wanted to take photographs of some of the interesting places on the island, and we headed out to The Stables at Frederica.

the stables at Frederica St Simons

You pass the stables before you get to the actual entrance.  It was almost sunset,and the entry into the area was quiet and very peaceful.


This area is part of a planned golf community, and the real estate sales office is located adjacent to the equestrian center.  I have always thought the sales building with its tin roof was charming.

Frederica StablesThe Stables at

After enjoying the stables, we drove further out …

to here – one of my favorite places on St. Simons…

Christ Episcopal Church marker St Simons Island

When I was a teenager, I fell in love with a trilogy of books by Eugenia Price. They were historical novels and included love stories set in the South – specifically St. Simons Island. The characters in her books had once lived on the island, and when my parents took our family on vacation there, I of course, wanted to find all the locations mentioned in the books.:) One of the most memorable settings was Christ Church Frederica. Isn’t it beautiful?

Christ ChurchA little history of Christ Church for you – In 1808 the state of Georgia deeded 100 acres on St. Simons to be used for this church,and it was finished in 1820.  It was almost destroyed during the Civil War when the Union Troops used it for their horses. (Yes, their horses.) But in 1889 it was restored to its former beauty.  The grounds around the chapel are beyond beautiful with their ancient trees dripping with Spanish moss.

church grounds at Christ Church Frederica

There is a very large cemetery surrounding the back of  the church, and in that cemetery is buried some of the Gould family – characters from the Eugenia Price novels. We wandered through the tombstones looking for the names.  It had been a long time since I had visited Christ Church, so I could not remember where the Goulds were buried.  Luckily, my oldest son found them for me.

the Gould graves at Christ Church FredericaI hope you will visit Christ Church if you are ever on the island.  I have been there when busloads of people visit, but on this evening we were the only ones enjoying the church grounds.

Christ Church Frederica sign St Simons Island

If I remember correctly, in one of the novels, the rector’s wife is buried in a very unusual location.  I won’t spoil it by telling you where that might be.  You will just have to read the books to find out.:) Here are the three books in her St. Simons Island trilogy.  (These are Amazon affiliate links.)

Eugenia Price - Lighthouse

Lighthouse: First Novel in the St. Simons Trilogy

Eugenia Price - New Moon Rising

New Moon Rising: Second Novel in The St. Simons Trilogy

Eugenia Price - The Beloved Invader

The Beloved Invader (St. Simons Trilogy)

Another interesting place to see on the island is the downtown district with all its cute shops…but I am saving all the shops for another post.  I do want to show you a few things from this area in today’s post though.  They have done a wonderful job preserving the old trees even in the Village (as this area is commonly called.)

tree St Simons Island

The parking lots are bordered by flowerbeds.

the downtown flower beds Saint Simons Island

You will find a pier at the end of the main street that runs through the Village.

the pier Saint Simons Island

A cruise ship came by as we were standing out on the pier that evening. (And it was extremely blustery making the water very choppy!)

the cruise ship

If you look back toward the island from the pier, you have a view of the St. Simon’s lighthouse.

Saint Simons Island view from the pier

Between the pier and the lighthouse is this wonderful park.

Neptune Park sign St Simons Island

What a lovely place to bring your children to play, or a place for you to simply sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the view.

Neptune Park at St Simons IslandAfter strolling through the park, we walked a block over from it and found this mailbox….

mailbox for Beachview House at St Simons Island

which was in front of this building – Beachview House.

Beachview House at St Simons Island

I don’t know if you remember, but I wrote a post about this house in Seaside a little over a year ago.

Seaside Idyll by the Sea

and right before it, I wrote a post about this house in North Carolina.

North Topsail Beach Idyll by the Sea

Well those two houses in the old posts and Beachview House are all owned by the same couple. (Quite a collection, huh?!) I had remembered reading that they had a very old home on the island near the park, so it wasn’t difficult to locate it. Beachview House has a very interesting history. Built on nearby Cumberland Island in 1892 – not as one home, but as three separate cottages, it was assembled into one home in 1923 after all three cottages were “floated” across the Atlantic Ocean over to St. Simons. Isn’t that amazing?:)

Just like the cottage in Seaside and the big house in North Carolina, this one is also available for rent.  You can find all the information here.  It is an old house outfitted with vintage furniture and modern amenities for comfort.

Here is a photograph of the dining room.Beachview House dining room St

About a block and a half away from Beachview House, you can find the St. Simons Island lighthouse and museum.  We didn’t go to the top of it on this trip, but I have climbed those 129 steps several times before. If you are interested, you can read the history of the lighthouse here.

St Simons Lighthousesource

One last stop on our sightseeing trip of the island…

Not far down the road from the lighthouse is the Maritime Center at the historic Coast Guard Station.  I believe your ticket for the lighthouse includes admission to the Maritime Center, too.  The museum itself is not very large, but I think the restored building alone is beautiful to see – even if only from the outside. You can read more about the Coast Guard Station here.

U.S.Coast Guard Station St Simons Island

And that is all the time we have for sightseeing on St. Simons Island today.  I think I’ll share a few houses with you in our next post, and save the shopping for another one.  Hope that is okay with you.  But guess what….I have a giveaway for you!  While I was at the beach, I read a new book by Barbara Hinske…Weaving the Strands.

Weaving the Strands Barbara Hinske

Weaving the Strands

I loved loved it!  It was even better than her first novel, Coming to Rosemont.  But good grief, she left me hanging!  I felt good about her main character Maggie at the end of the story, but I am dying to know what Loretta does.  (So Barbara, you better be working right now on that third book girl!)  Okay, so where was I? Oh yes, a giveaway! Barbara has graciously sent me a copy of Coming to Rosemont and Weaving the Strands, and both are autographed. So I am giving away both books, and I am throwing in a $25 gift card to Amazon. Perhaps you would like to buy a couple of the Eugenia Price books about St. Simons Island with it (but you are welcome to purchase whatever you would like with it.:))

book giveawayThe giveaway is open to U.S. residents only until Thursday, August 14, 2014 at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be announced/notified on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  And how do you enter? Just leave a comment on any of the St. Simons Island posts that publish between 8/7/14 and 8/14/14.  You may enter on any or all of the posts, but you may only enter once per post please.  Good luck!

Until next time…

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sharon - August 7, 2014 - 9:33 pm

What a wonderful family vacation. I always enjoy reading anything about Charles Wesley. My grandfather’s first and middle name was Charles Wesley. Hope you have had an enjoyable beginning to the school year.

Leslie - August 7, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Hi Kelly! I really enjoyed this lovely and informative post AND the drawing is exciting, but the real reason I am writing in is because I am laying in bed in my Tybee Island rental cottage right now loving life and owing you a ton of thanks! My family and I have been having the time of our lives this week and following so many of your suggestions from your April posts. I will write again to tell you all the things we did. Thank you, Kelly!

Kathy - August 7, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Hey, Kelly. My computer and smart phone both died at the same time….and with wedding planning…I have missed the last four posts. I am glad I came in late on the blog that might have made me think you were giving up blogging. I thought maybe Katrina was the one who said she would read your blog even if you advertised cigarettes. I do think you should advertise for Pottery Barn. With my daughter getting married and my next-door neighbors selling their house, you giving up blogging would just be too much. I think I have been to St. Simons Island. Is that where the King and Prince is located?

Maria - August 7, 2014 - 10:52 pm

I’ve never been to St. Simons Island, but now it is on my must see list for sure.

Kim - August 7, 2014 - 11:08 pm

I love St. Simons and use to live there many many years ago when I was 6, 7 and 8 years old. Started school there. I have been back to visit a few times, but was staying on Sea Island when my husband had work conferences.

Garden, Home and Party - August 7, 2014 - 11:21 pm

What a pretty island. I loved the Episcopal church and those books must have made the area seem so real.
How fun. Such pretty houses and areas. Are there many full time residents or is this mostly a resort destination?

Andrea - August 7, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Oh my goodness Kelly….I can’t wait to see more. We have not had the opportunity to visit St. Simons Island…just made it to Tybee and Savannah last year. We are hoping to add another trip this year…..this might just have to be the trip! I can’t wait to see more!!! BTW….my favorite author is Mary Kay Andrews…I enjoyed finding her beach house on Tybee….but I love finding new authors….my fingers and toes are crossed….. thanks!

Louvina - August 7, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Another great post– even during your busy work week! How do you do it? I think that cruise ship is the one I’ve been wanting to take– it goes from Jaxville to Charleston and stops at 7-8 places on the outer shores. Love Ms. Price’s books. Need to read this series. This is the start of my BUSY month all through October. Am happy to report my health seems to be returning now if I can just pace myself not to overdo!! I really don’t know how to do slow— but must if I am going to be able to travel and party hardy!!

L J - August 8, 2014 - 12:01 am

Hi Kelly
I’ve never heard of St. Simon’s Island, but it looks like a great place to spend some summer months. I’m adding it to my bucket list of beach places to visit. Christ Church Frederica is lovely! I can imagine the interior lined with wooden benches, tall pulpit of beautiful dark woods.
BTW I enjoyed visiting your Pinterest board today–very nice–and I’m inspired to do some projects.

Dianne - August 8, 2014 - 12:57 am

Kelly, This post is just the greatest in timing. In March I am attending a conference in Savannah. I have been spending lots of time online looking at the outer island BnBs, Inn’s and rentals in which to stay after the conference. The whole area looks lovely. Thank you for the tour. I will hit the library tomorrow to look for Eugenia Price.

Lindy James - August 8, 2014 - 1:39 am

I guess I’m going to have to add St. Simon’s Island of places to visit along with Tybee Island when we decide to make a trip to visit places in the southern area of the States. We are looking at a cruise up the New England coast in October and spending a little time in Washington D.C. which we haven’t visited in over twenty years. There are so many interesting places to see in the United States alone that my bucket list just keeps getting longer! Thanks for a great giveaway, the books sound very interesting, take care, Lindy

Kara - August 8, 2014 - 5:57 am

Hi Kelly!
Love your blog and this post brought back great memories because I used to live on St. Simons when I first got married! My first baby was born in Brunswick! So sad that was 17 years ago! We used to go back regularly, but since the kids have gotten older it’s hard with all of the extra curricular activities, so it’s been a while since we’ve visited. Fabulous giveaway and if I’m the lucky winner I’d use the gift card to buy Eugenia’s trilogy , interesting that I’ve never read them! Thanks for the chance!

Jan P - August 8, 2014 - 7:01 am

Sounds like St. Simons wuld be a wonderful place to visit! Beautiful pictures.

Pat - August 8, 2014 - 7:10 am

I get quite the thrill when I see am email saying there is a new post on the blog. My husband was a ranger for the National Park Service and once fought fire on Cumberland Island.

Pat - August 8, 2014 - 8:36 am

Years ago we used to vacation on St. simons. We were riding bicycles and heard someone singing beautifully. We rode with these 2 guys a little ways and said what a great voice the one had. The one asked if we had ever heard of Luther Vandross. We hadn’t – embarassing!!! We were riding with him!
Have not read books by this author but look forward to it.
Love the island. Thanks for sharing.

Stacey Y. - August 8, 2014 - 8:39 am

Kelly, I just love your blog and am always thrilled when I see a new post! I loved your Tybee Island posts and am currently reading Mary Kay Andrew’s books. I also love sightseeing vicariously on your vacations, so I’ll add Barbara Hinske to my reading list!

Arlene@Nanaland - August 8, 2014 - 8:45 am

I have been on vacay( At Gulf Shores Alabma) but glad to be home and reading of St Simon’s Island. I loved the Eugenia Price series when I was a young woman and I probably should Re Read them!! I am always on the look out for a good read so I will be looking up Barbara Hinske!! Thanks for sharing the lovely photographs of a wonderful place.

Cheri - August 8, 2014 - 8:57 am

Now I want to go to St. Simon’s…you always leave me with wanting to visit the places you post, you should be a tour guide.

Anne from Atlanta - August 8, 2014 - 9:01 am

Hi Kelly–Love the post on St. Simons. As a Georgia girl growing up in Atlanta, we all went to St. Simons for our summer trip to the beach. Your post makes me want to plan a trip back there soon. And thanks for the book recommendations. Can’t wait to start reading! ps-we are planning a trip to Oriental, N.C. and River Dunes next month after reading about it in your blog! You’re my new favorite travel site. :-) Anne

donna - August 8, 2014 - 9:03 am

Love St. Simons and all the surrounding islands. We used to stay at The Cloister on Sea Island every summer when my two boys were growing up (they are both in college now). Theres just something about the sea air that is so relaxing.
I love to read your blog and being a voracious reader, I appreciate all the book recommendations. Thanks!

mona - August 8, 2014 - 9:12 am

I love seeing your pictures of SSI. They bring back memories of our living there for 5 years.. Maybe I need to reread Eugenia Price’s books..It has been a long time since I read them..looking forward to your next SSI post…

Cindy Ross - August 8, 2014 - 9:14 am

Good Morning Kelly, Love St. Simons Island. My mother grew up in Brunswick. She has had her High School Reunions there. Since she has had a stroke and is paralyzed and in a wheelchair I have taken her back to one and hope to get her back to another. My husband and I stop there and visit her cousin on the way to visit my son in Jacksonville. The Island is beautiful and there is a café on the corner in town that has the best food. I can’t remember the name but OH MY!!! I sure remember the food every visit. I can’t seem to get enough of the beauty of the island. It is simply breathe taking. You take such beautiful pictures and blog about places that make my heart want more. Keep up the great work. I look forward to this every day. Keeps my summer going when I know it is almost over. Thanks for making my day!!!

Paula - August 8, 2014 - 9:22 am

Thank you for the beautiful reminder of those wonderful books by Eugenia Price. Just as you did, I read them while in high school and loved them, and I think I have read all of her other novels,too. I was raised in North Central Florida, just a couple of hours from St Simons and visited once on a school field trip to see the setting for the books. What a lovely place and memory!

Carolyn - August 8, 2014 - 9:36 am

I’m not sure which I love more – the old houses or the old trees! Thanks for a lovely post and I would be thrilled to win the books and will add this series to my want-to-read list. I’m trying to remember the name of another woman author who wrote historicals about eastern/coastal North Carolina. I can remember my late father telling me about them when I was in my twenties, many many years ago. So the books were probably written in the 50’s or thereabouts. But they were very specific to the area and gave a lot of the history. I’ll have to do some research. Anybody remember the writer’s name?

Amy O'Quinn - August 8, 2014 - 9:47 am

I, too, have always loved St. Simons and some of my favorite childhood memories involve vacations there and at Jekyll. My husband grew up not too far from there, and his cousin’s wife owns a nail salon on the island. Our children enjoyed the ‘marsh exploration’ classes there too when they were younger. Great educational opportunity.

BTW, every time I go to Christ Church, I always have to hunt the graves of the people in Eugenia Price’s books. I’ve always been a fan of her work, and her book about finding the island has always been a favorite as well. Once when we were at Ft. Frederica, Eugenia Price’s friend/roommate, Joyce Blackburn was there doing some sort of speech and we got to meet her. Another great (mystery) book set on the island is Karen White’s Sea Change. Great pics..thanks for sharing!

Kim - August 8, 2014 - 9:54 am

What a beautiful island! Living in South Carolina I am familiary with our coast but I see that I need to explore the Georgia coast. Thanks for sharing!

I would love to read the books you have mentioned in this post. I will be looking them up in just a mminute.

Sandra - August 8, 2014 - 10:02 am

Can’t wait to read all of the books mentioned in your post today. Thank you so much for sharing.

Renee - August 8, 2014 - 10:08 am

I enjoyed this very much; it brings back some sweet memories! I grew up in Jacksonville, FL, but moved away 15 years ago. There were many times that we would take a day trip to St. Simons Island and the surrounding area, and I always thought it was so beautiful. In fact, just last year, we met some of our family on the island between Christmas and New Year’s and enjoyed it all over again. I’m glad you were able to go while your husband was there on business. Those kinds of trips are always fun! My husband used to be a teacher and would attend an annual conference in Savannah, so I would go whenever I could. Sometimes, my girlfriends from Jacksonville would drive up to meet me while he was in meetings, so that made it even more special. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

Lisa K - August 8, 2014 - 10:12 am

I’ve never been to St.Simons Island, but this post makes me want to go! I remember reading Eugenia Prices books many, many years ago too. Seeing your photos makes me want to read them again :-)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 8, 2014 - 10:34 am

I love the GA islands, and have been to several, but I don’t think I’ve been to St. Simons! Your photos are lovely, and I especially like the church.

Dawn - August 8, 2014 - 10:46 am


Thank you for finally sharing your getaway pictures with us! I have been patiently waiting to see what you were up to. The photos you took are all great! I do so love cottages and homes by the water. The book suggestions and giveaway sound wonderful! Could you please keep us posted on when Barbara Hinske’s next book in the series comes out also? They look like my kind of books! Can’t wait to see your next post!

Pat - August 8, 2014 - 10:58 am

I enjoy all of your visits to lovely places and homes. You have a remarkable talent for showcasing each one and giving us a chance to enjoy. St. Simons has always been on my to go list.

Maureen - August 8, 2014 - 11:04 am

I just recently discovered your site and am enjoying it immensely. Would love to visit the places you talk about.

Stacey B. - August 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

I would love to take a trip here!

Sandy - August 8, 2014 - 11:47 am

Thank you Kelly for another great sightseeing post of places I never would know to visit if not for your blog. In addition, great reading suggestions to search during my next trip to our library.I wish you a most successful school year.

Cathy J - August 8, 2014 - 11:59 am

Wow what a great post. St Simon’s island looks lovely. I will have to put it on my “to travel to” list!

Debbie Jacobs - August 8, 2014 - 1:22 pm

We have been going to Saint Simons for over 40 years and own a second home there. I thought I had heard most of the stories and history about the island. The Beachview House was one I did not know. Thank You for sharing this post. I am always glad to find out something new about the island that my family loves!

Debra - August 8, 2014 - 1:33 pm

I have to say I am enjoying a “taste” of the South through your blog Kelly. It looks like you had fun once again exploring and discovering. How nice that your family was able to tag along on a business trip. St. Simons Island looked so relaxing. Oh, how I do love waterside communities. Thanks for sharing…. :)


Sherry Myers - August 8, 2014 - 2:21 pm

I loved the post, Kelly. I could almost feel the ocean breezes. I have not been to St. Simons, but I have been to Jekyll a couple of times. My son has played golf on St. Simons several times and always tells me I would love it there. The trees remind me of Savannah. I think I need to go, don’t you? Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs. Have you ever thought about being a travel agent?? You’d make a good one.

Julia G. - August 8, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Kelly – thank you for this post. In September, when I visit Savannah for my 25th wedding anniversary I think a day trip to St. Simons Island is in order. It’s only an hour and a half drive from Savannah. And I have already placed my order at the library for Eugenia Price’s 1st book in the trilogy!

Joan Sommerfield - August 8, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Kelly, your posts always make me feel that I am Right There. You
do such a through job with your narration and pictures that I always want to go and experience it for myself. Thank you so very much for allowing so many of us to travel to places we have
never seen, knew existed, and perhaps will not have the opportunity to visit; but because of you, our lives are the richer for your sharing. Thanks for expanding our world.

Shannon - August 8, 2014 - 4:33 pm

St. Simons is such a beautiful place. And I have always loved reading about the islands, Eugenia Price is one of my all time favorite authors.. Thanks for sharing your time on the island with us!

Julie in Asheville - August 8, 2014 - 4:55 pm

How wonderful. Love the beautiful pics you post. I’ve not been to any of these beautiful islands but a friend of mine has recently. However, men usually don’t talk about the things women are interested in. I was wondering though if this is the area where Vern Yip recently built a home that he also plans to rent, though, that may be on the Gulf side. I think he lives full time in the Atlanta area. I read Eugenia Price years ago (her earlier work), so I need to check those out again. Also, Barbara’s work would definitely be another lovely choice. Again, thanks for writing. Please continue.

Donna - August 8, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Another lovely post. It reminds me of the pictures that came to my mind as I read The Mermaid Chair (set on a S C barrier island) by Sue Monk Kidd. The shell encrusted mailbox even reminds me of the cover of the book. I think I need to expand my visions of the barrier islands by reading some stories set off the Georgia coast. I continue to be amazed by all the interesting destinations I’ve learned about through blogs, yours in particular. Thanks, Donna

Kathy P. - August 8, 2014 - 5:19 pm

What a beautiful destination. Thanks so much for sharing.

Linda B - August 8, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Have always wanted to go! Maybe this year :)

GramiePamie - August 8, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Kelly, thank you for the photos of Christ Church and the grounds. We were privileged to visit there many years ago and, alas, I have no photos. As I began to read this post I thought, “I wonder if she has pictures of…..YES! The church! The trees! Thank you, your blog is on my “never miss” list!!!

Jill - August 8, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Thanks for sharing your trip with us! You always choose great places to go. St. Simons Island looks very charming. It would’ve been something to see those houses floated to their new home. What a feat that must have been!

Meredith Gallegos - August 8, 2014 - 8:39 pm

St. Simons Island is one of my favorite places to visit. I only wished I had read Eugenia Price’s novels before I had visited the Island. Thanks for bringing back memories.
Meredith G.

KellyinPA - August 8, 2014 - 8:55 pm

I would love to visit St.Simons Island. I read the Eugenia Price books about 20 years ago or so and remember very clearly her description of the island. How fun for your family to be able to tag along on your husband’s business trip. I always take the opportunity to do that when I can:).

Bredd - August 8, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Just love St Simons so much. My first time to visit Christ Church I was in the middle of reading the trilogy by Eugenia Price. It was so special to see the places she wrote about and to experience some of the history of the island. Would love to read those books again!

Pam Jenkins - August 8, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Kelly, I loved the Eugenia Price books too. Reading this made me think that I need to read them again! We love St. Simons and hope to visit again very soon. I’ve written down the name Barbara Hinske in case I don’t win the books!

Merri Jo - August 9, 2014 - 2:15 am

I have read & retread, & retread again all of Eugenia Price’s books. I have dreamt of going to St Simons, but we haven’t made it yet–must remedy that!
I would love to read 2 more good books! Thanks as always for your wonderful descriptions & fabulous photos–I travel vicariously each time I visit TOTH!

Ellen Heinbockel - August 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Thanks for sharing your photos of such a beautiful place, it inspires dreams of a road trip .

Monika - August 9, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Just ordered the three Eugenia Price books via Love that site – check it out. It’s a great way to “recycle” books you have read and order the ones you want to read all for free. All you have to pay is postage when you mail a book.
Loved your blog about your visit to St. Simons Island. We’ll put it on our “Places to Visit” list … it’s just down the road some from where we live in South Carolina. Please, please, please keep on blogging, Kelly – the highlight of my day is seeing that there is mail from you.

Mickey - August 9, 2014 - 8:10 pm

What a wonderful vacation, I enjoyed reading about all of your adventures. I have never read those books and they look very good. If I do not win I am going to see if my local library has any of them to finish out my summer before school starts. Hope your beginnings went well at school, I teach preschool and beginnings are always full of great surprises but I am ready!!! Mickey

Karen - August 9, 2014 - 9:22 pm

We have been to Tybee Island a couple of years ago & would love to go back & explore the area some more. Looks like St. Simons Island is another beautiful place to explore.

Bev - August 9, 2014 - 11:09 pm

I was excited to see the area where John & Charles Wesley preached in the 1700s. One of my ancestors came to America from Lincolnshire, England, in order to have more freedom to follow the Methodist religion, which was begun by the Wesleys. Your post was so informative!! Thank you!

Robin Madden - August 10, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Hi Kelly!

Loved this post about St. Simons Island! This is perfect timing since we were looking to explore a new area and I needed a new book to read too!

This place looks quaint and very relaxing; I can’t wait to check it out!

Thank you,

Vikki - August 10, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Love the post and would love to win the books. Thank you.

Nancy Peeples - August 10, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Love St. Simons. The flowers were always so beautiful when we used to visit. So much history there also.
Enjoy your blog so much.

Marianne - August 10, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Oh what a lovely post! We just returned from our summer vacation – a road trip this year – and passed through Georgia. We’ll have to visit again next year.

Kathleen - August 10, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Love St Simons and Jekyll island! I am always looking for good new authors (or at least new to me) so thanks!

Carol - August 11, 2014 - 6:54 am

Kelly- I love your blog and file each and every one together for ideas fio my home, travel and entertaining. I’m so happy that I found you!
Carol O’Malley

Lynn - August 11, 2014 - 1:36 pm

So enjoy it when you take us on vacation with you. Thanks!

Julie - August 12, 2014 - 8:02 am

I was very excited to see your post! We stayed at the Beachview for a week, right after Labor Day. One of our best vacations ever! Whether we were sitting on the front porch relaxing and enjoying the friendly passersby; or strolling through the park across the street with a lovely lighthouse and water view; or going for a run down scenic streets. The shops and restaurants are quaint and we felt like we were living in a Norman Rockwell. We highly recommend a visit to this lovely southern town. :)
Wow Julie! How wonderful to get to stay in that amazing old home. You were in the perfect location there by the park, the pier, the shopping, and all the restaurants. I hope you got to eat at Palmers and at Mallery Street Café. We loved both of those!

Darla - August 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Thanks for highlighting this area. We just might check it out!

Eva Murdock - August 13, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Enjoyed seeing all the beauty in St. Simons. You capture it all so beautifully.

Libby - August 14, 2014 - 9:35 pm

I love St. Simons Island and remember reading all of Eugenia Price books as a little girl.Very enjoyable.

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