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Enjoy St. Simons Island, GA in the Fall with a Stay at The King and Prince

The King and Prince - St. Simons Island, GA

As summer ends, vacation destination options may become less obvious.  However, families shouldn’t stop vacationing when cooler weather begins!  Fall is the perfect time for your family to enjoy the historical attractions, gorgeous ocean, and lovely wooded landscapes of St. Simons Island, Georgia.  The fiery heat of the summer has started to die down, but it is still warm enough to enjoy the pristine natural beaches of St. Simons Island in early autumn. During the fall, there are many excellent things to do for both parents and children and enjoyable places to stay on St. Simons Island. The perfect weather makes fall the ideal time to tour the historic sites and monuments of St. Simons Island – since many of them are outdoors.

On the driving and trolley tours, guests can see the site of the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where the British fought the Spanish in 1742, and St Simons Island Lighthouse, a beautiful lighthouse built in 1872. Other outdoor attractions the entire family will enjoy include the Fort Frederica National Monument, a fortress established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe, and Gascoigne Bluff, a Native American campground and historic southern plantation. The Ghost Tour by Lighthouse Trolleys gives visitors a tour of historical sites with ghostly tales, and it is an excellent way for families to celebrate Halloween.

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St. Simons Island’s only oceanfront resort, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, provides luxurious accommodations where parents will appreciate fun adventures and activities to occupy children.  The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort has 5 swimming pools, including two kiddie pools, tennis courts, a fitness facility, and an Activities Coordinator who creates fun games for kids of all ages. The resort offers a variety of suites, bedrooms, beach villas, and private guest houses that are ideal for families.  Onsite dining includes ECHO, Pizzeria 201 and the seasonal The Sea Shack Bar + Bites, all of which offer kid friendly foods.

The King and Prince resort can help arrange activities such as horseback rides on wooded trails and kayaking trips through the marshes. St. Simons Island has a variety of fun fall activities including festivals, concerts, and tournaments that your whole family will enjoy. The St. Simons Food and Spirits Festival at Gascoigne Park will be a five day event at the end of September that features local restaurants, farmers, and artisans. Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience will come to the island in October to perform and celebrate the iconic British band. In November, the McGladrey Classic, a golf tournament on the PGA tour, will occur.

The St. Simons Island Calendar offers a full list of all of the interesting events that will be happening throughout the fall.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia, 31522

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia: Perfect Winter Vacation Destination

As I turned onto Torras Causeway which connects the city of Brunswick, GA to St. Simons Island, GA, I felt a rush in my heart, then pure relaxation.  I didn’t have a heart attack, I was home.   Quite a reaction to home, right?  My actual ‘home-base’ is in the northern suburbs of Atlanta but my home-away-from-home is The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, just a 5 hour drive from Atlanta.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf ResortGETTING THERE:
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island
Georgia, 31522



Crossing the causeway I saw beautiful White Herons near the shoreline and in the marsh, stalking their soon-to-be lunch and possibly a Bald Eagle soaring above the trees which took my breath away.  If it wasn’t unsafe to stop in the middle of the causeway, I would have pulled over to stare at and document the incredibly beautiful animals gracing me with their presence.  Finishing my drive on the causeway I exited onto Kings Way, officially on St. Simons Island now, rolled the windows down and took in the sights, scents, and sounds of the island.   Driving on Kings Way is like driving through a tropical rain forest with residential communities filling in the spaces.  After about a mile I stopped at one of the few stoplights on the island, enjoyed a view of Pier Village, St. Simons Island’s place-to-be for residents and tourists alike.   Knowing I had to get to my destination and that I’d make my way back to the eclectic yet quaint shopping and dining district later,  I gently pressed the gas pedal when the light turned green and went on my way down Kings Way until it turned into Ocean Boulevard.  Then, I felt it in my soul; I was almost home.  Less than five minutes later, and no more than 7 minutes after crossing onto St. Simons Island from Torres Causeway, I stopped the car, opened my door, and took a deep breathe while looking up at the beautiful King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort that I and my family have become so fond of over the last four years.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Visiting The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort has become at least an annual occasion for my family so as I embarked on my most recent trip to the island, I wondered what I could possibly learn or experience at the resort and on the island that I haven’t already?  I was in for a surprise!  During this trip I received educational insight from local residents, historians, entrepreneurs, and artists including Curt Smith, Lighthouse Historian, Cap Fendig, life long resident of St. Simons and island host via way of trolley and boat, Cap’n Larry Credle, who runs educational shrimp boat excursions on the Lady Jane, a family MUST-DO!  I listened in awe as Mr. Smith shared details of when, in 1941, Germans sank five Allied merchant ships off Georgia shores, Georgia’s closest brush with actual combat operations in World War II.  The Naval Air Station Glynco in nearby Brunswick, GA was home to blimps that flew thousands of hours on coastal and maritime patrol.  A visit to the St. Simons Lighthouse and Maritime Center are a must for families with children who want or need to learn about the Georgia’s rich coastal history.  If your child, or yourself, is interested in history, a stop at the Lighthouse is a must-do!

King and Prince accomodations

The lavish accommodations make guests feel like royalty, even the young one’s receive a crown upon checking in.  Mom can sneak away for a relaxing massage in the Royal Cottage with treatments starting at just $50 for a 30-minute massage.   Dad can get away for a round of golf before setting out on a kayak tour of the marshes later in the day.  After being treated like a King or Queen, the family can relax by the pool and enjoy light snack by the pool served by The Sea Shack Bar and Bites.   ECHO, the resort’s restaurant, also offers patio seating near the pool area, weather permitting.  The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is the only beachfront hotel on St. Simons Island giving guests an exceptional view from any angle.  Most rooms, villas, and rental homes on the property have at least an ocean view.  For large families, the available rental homes provide everything your family needs for a week-long, or longer, stay including a fully supplied kitchen, plenty of seating, ample closet and bathroom space, and easy access to all of the resort’s amenities.

King and Prince food and drink

St. Simons Island offers endless opportunities to dine in local hotspots that combine fresh seafood with traditional southern cuisine such as the Shrimp and Grits dish complete with Andoyille etouffee and Sapelo Farms greens served at The King and Prince or Homemade Empanadas served at Del Sur, a new restaurant on St. Simons Island.   The second morning of our visit, we enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast at the Sandcastle Café, where owners, Tim and Melissa, have operated for 26 years. 

The King and Prince Resort, on St. Simon’s Island is the perfect secluded escape for busy parents in need of a relaxing vacation.  Bringing the kids is optional but never have I taken the kids to The King and Prince and regretted that my husband and I didn’t have enough relaxing time.   The beautiful view, resort ambiance, amenities, dining, and accommodations more than make up for the fact that the kids are with us the entire time.  The kids are happy because there is so much to do at the resort and you know that happy kids = happy parents!

The King and Prince hosts fun events during the year, including culinary classes, taste of Thanksgiving, holiday cookie parties, and a New Years Eve party.  You can follow along on their Facebook page for up to date event and activity information.

Do you see why The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is my home-away-from-home?

More articles to come in this series:

  • 10 must-go places and things to do on St. Simons Island when you’re staying at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
  • Enjoy great dining at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
  • Holiday events and activities at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
  • 3 Must-See Historical Sites on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Getting to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island
Georgia, 31522
(800) 342-0212

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is located on historic St. Simons Island in Georgia and is easily accessible by either car or air.  Island exits from I-95 are just 15 minutes from St. Simons. The Jacksonville International Airport is just 60 miles away and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is less than 70 miles away. Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is a quick 20-minute drive, with three incoming Delta Connection flights daily.

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Note to readers: I was invited by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on a media trip and was provided lodging and meals.  All opinions are my own.

The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Remodeled King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, GA

About a 5.5 hour drive from Atlanta
About an hour drive from Jacksonville International Airport

Reservations: 877-724-3170

St. Simons Island, GA map

St. Simons Island, Georgia is home to an award-winning vacation destination called The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  If you live in Georgia, chances are you and/or your friends and family have been to The King and Prince and many families have memories of visiting the quaint seaside resort for decades.   The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, opened in 1941, recently underwent a head-turning remodel.

My family stayed in one of the The King and Prince’s rental homes called the Familia Meadows House in July and experienced the beautiful renovations first-hand.  During our stay at The King and Prince last August, Bud St. Pierre – director of sales, explained the upcoming renovations and while I had reservations about the indoor heated pool being taken out and replaced with a seating area, I can’t imagine it any other way now.  The King and Prince’s lobby, bar and restaurant were completely remodeled and look better than ever.   It’s hard to believe that the work was completed in just three months.

The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia

The newly remodeled lobby features a huge fireplace with a plush and relaxing seating area where the indoor pool used to be.  My kids were concerned that the indoor pool was ‘missing’ but quickly formed a bond with the seating area and view in the lobby, like kids do.  The mixture of hardwood, tile, modern and vintage fixtures in the lobby and dining areas grab visitors attention while at the same time the beautiful use of these elements relaxes the mind and body.  The gorgeous view of the ocean from the lobby and ECHO restaurant and bar, doesn’t hurt.

St. Simons Island is a barrier island off the southern coast of Georgia that offers visitors a wealth of scenic views, historical sights and tours such as Fort Frederica and St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum as well as wildlife viewing areas, great food, fishing, and boutique shopping.  St. Simons Island isn’t what I would call a touristy beach town but more of a town where year-round residents welcome visitors and share the beauty St. Simons Island has to offer with guests. 

St. Simons Island, Georgia beach

What my kids love most about The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort and St. Simons Island the beach.  The hard-sand beaches make for amazing sand castles, great bike riding, and easy walking.  Twice a day, as if by magic, large sandbars appear about 25-75 yards from shore and closer in some places.   Many visitors swim or kayak to the sandbar to look at shells.   During low tide my kids found dozens of empty knobbed whelk shells in the large rocks.  We learned from a St. Simons Island native who walks the beach every morning, that the snails living inside the knobbed whelk scurry (slowly I suppose) out of their shell to get to water once the shell gets stuck in the rocks at low tide.  

The King and Prince St. Simons Island sandbar

The King and Prince Guests See A Lot of Marine Life

You can’t get much better than St. Simons Island in regards to viewing marine life.  During our visit this month we saw small sand sharks playing near the sandbar early in the morning when the tide is very low as well as lots of hermit crabs, blue crabs, purple crabs, horseshoe crabs, and sea anemone.

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, GA

About 15 minutes from The King and Prince Beach & Golf resort is one of the greatest opportunities for your kids to learn about and see what is in the waters of the St. Simons Sound.  On board the Lady Jane shrimpin’ excursion is marine biologist, Mr. Phil – as the kids called him, who explained in detail the marine life that was pulled up in the net during the 2 hour ride through the Sound.  The kids loved seeing and learning about the stingrays and squid while I enjoyed learning about the delicate yet thriving ecosystem of the area.  I highly recommend that you take a trip on the Lady Jane shrimpin’ boat during your next visit to St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island beach - kayak and bike rentals

Water Activities

Not one’s to miss out on adventure, my husband and 14-year-old son took to the ocean in kayaks.  Kayaks are available to rent right from the beach at The King and Prince and if kayaking isn’t your thing, hop on a bike rented from one of the local shops and ride the shores to take in the scenery and wildlife.  For the entire family, I recommend hopping on a trolley tour of St. Simons Island.  Standup paddleboarding is big now and we got to see plenty of paddle boarding action, including paddle boarding yoga, from the beach.  Paddleboards are also available to rent.  Visit the concierge desk at the resort to plan your itinerary during your stay on the island.

The King and Prince Resort Accommodations

Accommodations include 2-bedroom villas, oceanfront suites, oceanfront rooms, partial ocean view rooms, resort-view rooms, standard rooms, and private guest houses. Guests can enjoy access to the onsite pools and exercise facility.  Spa/massage services are available in the Royal Treatment Cottage.

During our stay in July, we stayed at the Familia Meadows House at The King and Prince.  The five level, 4 bedroom pet-friendly house has 4 decks/patios, a loft living room with large flat screen TV, stainless-steel appliances, beautiful hardwood floors, a huge walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and a fenced in yard.  The top deck looks out onto the resort property and has a fireplace, seating area, and a sink.  The kids spent most of the time we were in the house on this deck.

The King and Prince Resort - St. Simons Island Meadows House

The King and Prince Dining Options

ECHO is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and its menu, which changes seasonally, features ingredients provided by fisherman and farms in the local region such as fresh Georgia shrimp and peaches as well as local cheeses.   On days you want to relax by the pool all day, The Sea Shack Bar + Bites, will happily serve your family items such as all-beef hot dogs, chicken tenders, ceasar salad, and shrimp cocktail.

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201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, GA

Reservations: 877-724-3170

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Win A 3-Night Vacation In A 2-Bedroom Oceanfront Villa At The King And Prince Beach & Golf Resort!

The King and Prince Beach & Golf ResortOne of my family’s all time favorite vacation destinations is right here in Georgia just a few hours from Atlanta.  A place where both adults and children can relax and enjoy life and take in gorgeous scenery, and savory Southern cuisine, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is situated at the southern end of East Beach on St. Simons Island and offers true beachfront accommodations.

The Mommy Insider and Trekaroo are partnering to bring two winners a 3-night stay in one of The King and Prince’s oceanfront villas. Perfect for families, the villa features a full-sized kitchen stocked with cookware, and a washer and dryer. Families can enjoy themselves at the Villa’s private pool, soak up the rays at one of the five pools at the Oceanfront building, or walk the beach and splash in the Atlantic.

Each time we stay at The King and Prince on St. Simons Island we find something new to do and enjoy.   There are dolphin tours, trolley tours, a huge playground and park, a lighthouse, water park, horseback riding, and kayak tours.. just to name a few things.  Can you see how a visit to this beautiful resort never gets old?  There is always a reason to go back to St. Simons Island and stay at The King and Prince!

When you’re feeling adventurous during your stay at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, take time to explore St. Simons Island.  Our prize package includes one-day bicycle rentals for up to two adults and 2 children, ideal for adventuring around Pier Village or the 12+ miles of trails on the island.

Named “Georgia’s Favorite Beach Resort” by Southern Living Magazine, this posh yet comfortable haven will melt away your stress in no time.  Find out more about our travels to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort here on TheMommyInsider.com and here on AtlantaMoms.com (see photos of villas and amenities).

The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island

Win a 3-night stay in a Villa at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort!

  • 3-night stay – relax in comfort in a 2-bedroom oceanfront villa, complete with balcony or patio, full kitchen and living/dining area.
  • Start your day with a delicious breakfast in our oceanfront dining room for up to 2 adults and 2 children each day of the stay
  • Explore St. Simons Island by bicycle – one-day bicycle rentals for up to 2 adults and 2 children
  • Value: $2,122.00 each prize


  • The prize is non-transferable
  • Accommodations will be based on space availability
  • Not valid on holidays or special events.
  • May not be used in conjunction with group reservations or other special offers.
  • Reservations cannot be made more than 30 days prior to arrival.
  • The certificate has no cash value
  • Does not include airfare or airport transfer

Rules and Guidelines:

  • No purchase necessary
  • Two winners will be selected randomly.  One on TheMommyInsider.com and one on Trekaroo.com.
  • Winners will be selected randomly and your chances of winning are based on the number of entry points you acquired against the total number of entries for this giveaway.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age and older
  • US and Canada residents only, excluding residents of the Provence of Quebec.
  • Winner will be notified via the email provided and must respond to the notification to confirm their prize within the time specified in the email.  (Usually 3 days)
  • After the winner has been confirmed, the winner will be announced on this blog post.

Entry Period: November 18, 2013 to midnight December 1st, 2013.

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  6. St. Simons Islands Pier Village Has Fun For The Entire Family
  7. The King And Prince Beach & Golf Resort Was As Amazing On 4th Visit As It Was The 1st

Everyone In Your Family Will Find Their Happy At The King And Prince Resort And On St. Simons Island

During our trip to The King and Prince Resort earlier this week myself, my husband, my son, and daughter all found our own happy-place and we didn’t even have to look for it. It just happened.

I, for example, am convinced that my brain has a chemical reaction when I see and hear the ocean. When I am at the beach, I’m in my happy place. The King and Prince Resort’s ocean backyard, beautiful ocean views from the villas and rooms, restaurants and pools, and swings that sway from the ocean breeze, ensure that I’m in a happy place during my entire stay there. I *need* nothing else.

The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia
Finding our happy-place at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island

My son is happiest when he’s climbing trees. He was very happy to find this tree outside the St. Simons Lighthouse. He instantly found his happy place when he places his hands and feet on the tree in climbing position.

My daughter is happiest when she’s floating. She tries to float in mid-air (dancing) but there isn’t a time when she’s nearly as at peace as when she is floating in a pool, of which The King and Prince Resort has at least five.

My husband found his happy place while he was finding beautiful whelk (or conch) shells on the sandbar and when he was building sand castles with the kids at all hours of the day and night, right outside our villa.

It’s so wonderful that everyone in my family found and sustained their own happiness while we were on St. Simons Island and at The King and Prince Resort. We’ve dubbed The King and Prince Resort ‘our all-inclusive happy place’. The King and Prince Resort provides guests with the ultimate environment and atmosphere for finding their happy-place.

Have you been to St. Simons Island and The King and Prince Resort?

Alicia Hagan, Editor