On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, we’re on a "Southeast Georgia Sojourn" exploring Georgia 40 from St. Mary’s to Folkston. The team gets great travel advice at the Visitors Information Center in Kingsland/St. Mary’s and heads for the beauty of the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Keely goes sea kayaking and David gets away to the Greyfield Inn. Phil finds fantastic food shore-side at Lang's Marina Restaurant in St. Mary’s and joins David for the family fun of the Catfish Festival in Kingsland. Keely's on the right track when she wraps up this show from the Folkston Funnel, a legendary train watching platform.
Outdoor Activity: Sea Kayaking (Cumberland Island) – Watch This Segment Online
Sea kayaking is a great way to burn some calories and see a unique part of Georgia along the way. After getting her gear and guide at Up the Creek Expeditions in St. Mary’s, Keely sets out on a kayaking expedition to Cumberland Island. Upon arriving on Cumberland, Keely sets out for the plum orchards, and sneaks a quick peak at the 1898 Carnegie mansion, which is slated to open to the public soon.
Getaway: Greyfield Inn (Cumberland Island) – Watch This Segment Online
On recommendation from Keely, David seeks out another famous house on the island, Greyfield Inn. Operated as a resort since the 1960s, Greyfield offers visitors a spectacular stay in a fairy tale setting. Not to be missed are the wild horses that inhabit Cumberland Island. The first horses to set foot on Cumberland were brought by the Spanish in the 1500s, but were later removed. The current equine residents are descendents of horses that came with the Carnegies in the 19th Century. The folks at Greyfield hope that visitors leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and David certainly attests to that! www.greyfieldinn.com
Food Find: Lang's Marina Seafood (St. Mary's) – Watch This Segment Online
Seafood rules on the Georgia coast, and when you’re in St. Mary’s, seafood means one thing—Lang’s Marina Restaurant. The Lang family’s history in the seafood business stretches over a hundred years, and the Lang’s Marina Restaurant has been the premiere place for great eating for about a decade. Aside from being purveyors of legendary shrimp, the Lang family operates the ferry boat service on the island, a private charter, and owns the two marinas. When Phil found out about their all you can eat specials, we couldn’t keep him away, and it looks like he’s not the only one with that idea, so come early! Lang’s Marina is located at 307 West St. Mary’s Street, in St. Mary’s, Georgia. Give ‘em a call at (912) 882-4432. www.ci.st-marys.ga.us
Family Fun: Kingsland Catfish Festival (Kingsland) – Watch This Segment Online
Down in Kingsland there’s only one thing to do every Labor Day, and that’s hang out at the Kingsland Catfish Festival! Phil and David drop in on the festival and chat with Kingsley the Lion and Cecil the Catfish. The two warring mascots duke it out while our hosts check out all the things to do and see. The most important thing at a catfish festival is the catfish, of course, and David and Phil pile their plates high. Watch out, David, Phil’s got his eye on your plate! There’s music, food, and fun with furry friends at the Kingsland Catfish Festival! www.kingslandcatfishfestival.com
Local Legend: Folkston Trains (Folkston) – Watch This Segment Online
In Folkston, Georgia, train spotting is serious business. So serious, in fact, that the town erected a pavilion along the tracks, called the Folkston Funnel, so that locals and visitors alike can have a special place to watch the trains. The reason for all the excitement is because Folkston lies between two major rail hubs, Waycross and Jacksonville. Keely’s on the trail of these lumbering locomotives, and stops off at the Folkston Funnel to chat with the experts. Good-natured arguments are all part of the fun here, so whether you want to argue over how giraffes fit onto circus trains or why molten sulfur is transported the way it is, put on your engineer’s cap, don a bandanna, and head on down to Folkston. All aboard!