10 Must-Dos on the Georgia Coast

Poolside at the King and Prince Resort

Poolside at the King and Prince Resort

1.Soak up some sun on St. Simons Island: Grab your SPF 30 because with six swimming pools occupying approximately 30,000 square feet of oceanfront property, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is a sunshine lover’s dream. Whether you’re in the mood for poolside lounging or building sandcastles, the King & Prince Resort has it all.

2. Discover hidden history on Sapelo: Explore this fascinating island full of history with the guidance of JR Grovner, a direct descendant of slaves brought to Sapelo in the early 1800s to work the plantations. JR will show you Native American shell mounds, tabby ruins of an old French estate, Nannygoat Beach, the newly restored Sapelo Lighthouse and moreo n his Sapelo Sights Tour. Keep in mind that Sapelo Island is reachable only by airplane or boat, with the primary ferry coming from the Sapelo Island Visitors Center in McIntosh County. Ferry reservations are required.

3. Take it slow in Savannah: Looking for a unique tour experience? Look no further than Savannah Slow Ride, a 100% pedal-powered, 15-person bicycle tour that will take you through historic Downtown Savannah. They offer tours of all sorts, including a pub crawl, church crawl, history crawl, “Spirits Will Make Your Skin Crawl” and a “Shop and Ride Crawl.” Have a small group? Don’t worry. Savannah Slow Ride offers daily “mix ‘n match” rides for smaller groups.

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Victorian Tea at Jekyll Island Club Hotel

4. Take time for tea on Jekyll Island: The famous Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been entertaining guests of the highest caliber since the turn of the century, including J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and more. You, too, can feel like one of the social elite when you attend Victorian tea, served every day from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Grand Dining Room. Lace gloves optional.

5. Drive over the Sidney Lanier Bridge: At 7,780 feet long and 486 feet tall, the Sidney Lanier Bridge is Georgia’s tallest cable-stayed bridge and the 76th largest cable-stayed bridge in the world! Built to provide easy access to the Golden Isles from Interstate 95, this mammoth bridge has become a tourist attraction in and of itself. Keep this bridge in mind when planning your route to the Coast.

6. Conquer Fort Pulaski: Get a taste of what life was like during the Civil War when you tour the Fort Pulaski Historic Monument on Tybee Island. The monument, with its drawbridges and ditches, is a fine example of military architecture. Don’t forget to explore the salt marshes and upland areas around the monument—these areas are known to be home to wildlife such as loggerhead sea turtles, manatees and bald eagles!

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Exploring Jekyll Island by bike

7. Tour Jekyll Island on two wheels: There really is no better way to explore Jekyll Island than by bicycle. With more than 20 miles of biking trails that take you through the maritime forest, around the National Landmark Historic District and along the beach, Jekyll Island is a dream for bicycle enthusiasts. Even novice bikers will find these trails enjoyable and easy to navigate. You can bring your own bike or rent one from the Jekyll Island Bike Rental shop.

8. Hang out with horses on Cumberland Island: Looking for an escape? Take a trip to Georgia’s Cumberland Island, where you’ll find no phones or roads, only 17 miles of pristine white beaches and the wildlife that calls the island home, including beautiful feral horses. If you’re looking for an adventure, I suggest camping on Cumberland Island. Not a camper? Stay in the sleepy beach town of St. Marys (I love the Spencer House Inn Bed & Breakfast), which is only a short ferry ride to Cumberland Island.

9.  Paddle down the Altamaha: Known as one of “The World’s Last Great Places,” the Altamaha River offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife (including dolphins, manatee and alligators) as well as the chance to kayak through black-water swamps of cypress knees and giant old growth forests. Explore the river on a half-day excursion, or make it a camping/kayaking adventure with the help of Altamaha Coastal Tours in Darien.

Leopold's Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream

10. Satisfy your sweet tooth in Savannah: Leopold’s Ice Cream has been a part of Savannah history since 1919, when the Leopold brothers opened their own ice cream parlor on the corner of Gwinnett and Habersham streets. Today, Leopold’s is open on East Broughton Street and serves up ice cream, sundaes, salads, sandwiches and more delicious fare every single day of the week. My go-to Leopold’s treat? Chocolate chip ice cream on a sugar cone. Delicious!

 

541399_4742061705632_1593506690_nLauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!

 

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Dahlonega Gold Museum. Photo by Morgan Lytle. Submitted via Facebook.

Dahlonega Gold Museum. Photo by Morgan Lytle. Submitted via Facebook.

Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @lovelyamara. Submitted via Instagram.

Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @lovelyamara. Submitted via Instagram.

Indian Springs State Park. Photo by kennyfan63. Submitted via Flickr.

Indian Springs State Park. Photo by kennyfan63. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

Baseball in Georgia

digitalcollections.library.gsu.eduThe crack of the bat means it’s officially the season to buy your game tickets and get your peanuts and Cracker Jacks at baseball stadiums across Georgia.

The state’s rich baseball history stretches all the way back to the early 1900s when professional teams like the Albany Babies, Savannah Indians, Atlanta Black Crackers

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raised in Georgia include Tim Hudson (born in Columbus), Jason Heyward (attended Henry County High School in McDonough) and Brian McCann (born in Athens, graduate of Duluth High School).

Georgia is currently home to six minor and major league professional baseball teams: Atlanta Braves, Augusta GreenJackets, Columbus Catfish, Gwinnett Braves, Rome Braves and Savannah Sand Gnats.

No matter what baseball team you root for in any division or at any level, you’re probably cheering for someone from Georgia. From managers to players, Major League Baseball and its farm system is rich with Georgia history.

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Fun Fact: Ty Cobb, nicknamed “The Georgia Peach,” was one of the first five players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. He received just over 98% of the votes.

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Georgia Grown: Causey Foods, Inc.

Causey 002What: Causey BBQ Sauce

Where: Vienna,Georgia & Smyrna, Georgia

Who: The Causey Family

John Causey

John Causey

The Story: John Causey had always played around with the grill and enjoyed barbecuing as a hobby. In 1984, John became part of a BBQ cooking team called the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and began preparation to compete in the Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia. John set out to create his own vinegar based barbecue sauce for this competition and from that, Causey’s Original sauce was born. John served as chief cook of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 – 1995, traveling all over the South competing in barbecue competitions and winning numerous awards. However, it was over a decade later when Causey Foods, Inc. was established. John’s daughter Wynn Bakke was an event planner in Atlanta for 15 years.  When she left her event planning career to have children, Wynn decided to approach her dad about marketing his award winning BBQ sauces.  With his sauce-making skills and Wynn’s business background and the help of Wynn’s mother (Lady Causey) and husband (Pete Bakke), Causey foods was officially created in 2009. Today, the company is located in Smyrna Georgia and the sauce is made in Hoboken, Georgia.

5 product pictureYou can purchase Causey sauces at http://www.causeyfoods.com/ and at 75 retail locations (see locations here).

Tip: Pack a cooler and stop off on I-75 to fill up with world championship BBQ, sides and sauces at the Causey family restaurant, Good to Go. You can drive through and pick up food or walk in and pick up food – they even have picnic tables outside for travelers in need of some BBQ on their long drive! The official address is 925 E. Union Street Vienna, GA  31092. They’re open Thursday – Saturday from 11am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm. Call 229-268-8646 for more information.

 

DSCN5149Lauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!

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Japanese Garden at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia. Photo by Rick Cannon. Submitted via Facebook.

Japanese Garden at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia. Photo by Rick Cannon. Submitted via Facebook.

Stone Mountain. Photo by @allaboutdp. Submitted via Instagram.

Stone Mountain. Photo by @allaboutdp. Submitted via Instagram.

Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia. Photo by Randell Meeks. Submitted via Flickr.

Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia. Photo by Randell Meeks. Submitted via Flickr.