On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, it's off to Georgia's beautiful southern coast. St. Simons Island is the destination city where we explore mysterious tree spirits, historic Christ Church, colonial foundations at Fort Frederica and a lighthouse that dates to 1872. David Zelski shows us how millionaires once vacationed on Jekyll Island. Discover Georgia's first British outpost at Fort King George in Darien and follow Phil Proctor as he invades Brunswick's annual Stewbilee.
St. Simon's Island – Watch This Segment Online
This great site by our friends at the Brunswick and Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau includes links to all kinds of local attractions and features a printable virtual visitors guide.
Fort King George and Fort Frederica (Darien and St. Simon's Island) – Watch This Segment Online
Visit the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites website to find out more about the Fort King George Historic Site in Darien. This pre-colonial fort reconstruction is a great family experience. Be sure and check out their special events! The Traveler team visited during "The Fort by Candlelight Tour." This year that special event is Friday, November 10 from 6-9pm.
You can find out all about the Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simon's at this official National Park Service website. The foundations of this colonial town and ruins of the Kings Magazine and barracks make for an archaeological adventure. One tip from our producer Ashlie: take some mosquito repellent!
Brunswick Stewbilee (Brunswick) – Watch This Segment Online
Stew lovers, you just can't miss the Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee! This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at the Mary Ross Waterfront Park. You can find more details on the official website – including registration information for any stew crew hopefuls. "Stew Daddy" Ron Adams tells us that if you think you make the best Brunswick stew, you can enter – there are still slots available! Last year there were 51 teams in the competition, and we did our level best to taste every stew. We challenge you to do the same.
And if you're planning a trip to the Brunswick area, you should really stop in to the Brunswick Station Café on Newcastle Street. Not only do they make great Brunswick Stew, their breakfast is great. Try the eight-inch pancake – you won't regret it. Be sure and tell Kay and Jan we said Hi!
Jekyll Island Club Hotel (Jekyll Island) – Watch This Segment Online
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is the island's only four-star resort and National Historic Landmark. The Georgia Traveler team certainly enjoyed our stay and relished some extraordinary food in the Grand Dining Room as well. Rest assured, if David is coordinated enough to ride a bike around the island, we think you can be too.
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Season 1: Episode 101 – Coast South (St. Simons)