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A Great Day on the Golden Isles

February 19, 2011

For Valentine’s Day I planned a mini-break for Becky and I at the Jekyll Island Club.  It was the first time we were going to have a night away from Miss Julia and the first time we’d been away from Mason since June of 2010.  Becky’s mom came over the house and by 10:00 a.m. we were on the road. 

We took U.S. 84 across Southern Georgia working our way through Quitman, Valdosta and Waycross.  Our initial destination was St. Simon’s Island where we stopped for lunch at Mullet Bay.  It was a beautiful day outside and we sat on their veranda.  After lunch we took a walk on the beach.  It was windy but beautiful. 

A short drive south from St. Simon’s Island and we crossed the causeway onto Jekyll Island.  The Jekyll Island Club is near the entrance to the island and as we pulled in people were playing croquet in dress whites on the perfectly manicured lawn.  Behind them the turret of the Jekyll Island Club rose up, its blue flag blowing in the breeze. 

We checked in and decided to grab a drink at the bar.  The hotel was built in the 1880’s and oozed history.  This was the place Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Morgan roamed during the gilded age.  The bartender was very friendly and we made our way to the back porch and walked down to the water.  It was so peaceful and beautiful.  We sat there taking in the scenery and watched the sun set. 

We ended our first day of our min-break with a magnificent dinner in the Grand Dining Room.  The service was fantastic, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was something out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.  I loved every minute of it and it was a great night. 

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