We try to get to Jekyll Island, GA, for a week once every year or two, usually at a different time each year. We’ve been there multiple times in May and June (sea turtle egg-laying season), and in August (sea turtle-hatching season), Sept. (Shrimp & Grits festival), and December (over Christmas and New Year’s), but never in April, so that’s the month we chose this year.
We took a bus to Boston, then the Amtrak train to Richmond, VA, where we rented a car and drove 6 hours to Santee, SC, for a night, staying as in the past at Clark’s Inn and Restaurant. The next morning we drove the easy 3 hours to Jekyll, stopping for a jacket and sunglasses (for me) and pants (for spouse) at the Darien outlets, then groceries in Brunswick.
After a wonderful week on Jekyll, we drove a more grueling 9-1/2 hours back to Richmond, spent the night and most of the next day there visiting family and a botanical garden, and then took the train and bus home.
Here’s a travelogue of our activities and adventures on Jekyll (and St. Simon’s Island, nearby) this time:
21 April, Saturday
Arrived at Jekyll around 2 p.m.
This is the view from our condo deck:
After unpacking, the first thing we did was walk on the beach, a few hundred yards from our condo. We saw several whelk egg cases, scurrying ghost crabs, a dead bird (pelican?), and many dead jellyfish washed up on the shore.
(Click the pictures for larger view)
Then we went to dinner on St. Simon’s Island, at a place we’d never tried before, Catch 228. They have outdoor seating! And a great menu, good service, and very tasty food. And $.50 oysters during happy hour (4-6pm). We had planned just to go for happy hour but decided to stay for dinner.
We thought this note on their menu was cool.
Walked around downtown St. Simon’s after dinner, stopping in shops and hanging out on the pier, which was busy with people fishing and crabbing. Took a short video at the SSI pier (YouTube link).
The pier was looking particularly ethereal this evening:
Then it started to rain; we ran for the car and drove back to Jekyll.