10.05.2010

Georgia's Golden Isles & Fernandina Beach, FL

We got up early Sunday morning and drove down to St. Simons Island, GA to eat breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants, the 4th of May. We shared eggs Benedict, a seafood omelet, biscuits & gravy with bacon, and banana walnut pancakes. Yeah-we skipped lunch after all that even with a to-go box. Then we walked around the waterfront shops and out on the pier. A view of the HWY 17 bridge between St. Simons Island and Jekyll IslandThen we ventured down to the Kingsland/St. Marys area of Georgia. I didn't even notice the moon in the picture until I uploaded them. St. Marys is such a cute and quaint little fishing town where you can take the ferry to Cumberland Island. We wanted to do that, but there wasn't enough time to since we were only in the area for a day and wanted to sight see a little more. We are going to go back and do that, though. We did take a tour of Orange Hall, a stunning antebellum home in downtown St. Marys. I am a sucker for touring antebellum homes, so this was a treat for me. It's only $3 per person to tour this home, which is really cheap compared to the $15-$30 per person prices at many other antebellum homes in Louisiana or Mississippi.What a gorgeous and unique staircase. I will warn y'all that the house does need some work and I don't think the finances are in place to do everything that needs to be done, given that $3 admission charge. After leaving St. Marys we headed down to the beautiful downtown of Fernandina Beach, FL, where we walked around and enjoyed the wonderful shops and admired the Victorian style architecture of the homes and buildings. We really enjoyed the downtown, though we were not impressed with the real estate on the beach-it needed major updating! On the way back home we ate at Skipper's Fish Camp in Darien, GA. They have some of the most beautiful views from their deck and the food is great as well. I just love this picture of Brandon. So handsome :) Be sure and get their crab cakes-they're some of the best I've ever had! They are full of lump crab meat with very little breading-not at all like deviled crab! Oh, and their cheese grits and hushpuppies are divine, too! I don't even like tarter sauce at all-it makes me gag, but I have to admit theirs is pretty dang good with lots of fresh dill.Too bad the weekend is already over. It is so nice to be within an hour and half from all of the wonderful places we visited and it is so nice to live in the South. Amen. "Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will be fishers of men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him." Luke 5:11

10 comments:

  1. LOVE your pics, one of my best memories of a vacation was at St Simeons! GA does have beauty.
    kim from Southern Moms

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  2. Ugh, I'm so jealous of that entire day, lol! Your blue shorts, the antebellum home tour, the crabcakes- perfect kind of day, in my eyes! :)

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  3. Looks like y'all had a wonderful day! I grew up going to St. Simons and the 4th of May is one of my favorites :) Super cute outfit too!

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  4. I feel like I took a mini-vacation just looking through your pictures. :) So glad you had a great day! And those crab cakes look amazing - probably my favorite meal. Yummy!

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  5. That looks like so much fun! I love antebellum homes too, and $3 is such a great price! Those crab cakes look delicious!

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  6. one of my best friends was married at the King and Prince this past March on St. Simons. It was beautiful! We of course stopped in Savannah on our way home, since we love it there so much, but the Golden Isles are gorgeous! I would love to go there every year if I can't move there myself!!

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  7. Those pictures look so calm and peaceful! Looks like an incredibly relaxing trip.

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  8. Susan Waldrip ShadburnOctober 5, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    I just love looking at your pictures and reading your blog. You have a true talent in writing. I feel like I've been on these trips after reading your posts. I hope you guys are doing good. You're a precious couple! It's such a small world that I grew up next to Brandon and now we go to church with Robert and Linda.

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  9. I love looking at the pictures of your new home and
    reading your blog... I'm so impressed with all your canning your doing...
    that's awesome... Love you

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  10. I love reading your pages, you are wonderful, that book should come out one day, and I will be the first one to buy it. Love You!!!!

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