Sunrise, sunset and moonrise too give new clarity to the earth’s rotations when seen on Eagle Island.
Darien’s the main town and Eagle, a private island to rent, is the suburb
Linger a bit in Darien before heading to sea, or at least into the estuaries of Georgia’s fabled barrier islands.
Shrimp boat masts standing tall, evoking taste bud action anticipating wild Georgia shrimp, one reason for admiring this coastal town. A lively little downtown with eateries, a snazzy wine shop, antiques and an art gallery in a former jail creates another reason.
Experience some Darien before heading to Eagle Island, and some as you return. On your 10-acre private island, comfort and calmness might replace memories of a former life.
Go alone, go with friends, take a lover. There will be no strangers. Eagle belongs solely to the renter.
Anticipation of wild Georgia shrimp caught by Darien fishermen abounds from the dock just a few steps from downtown.
Fine if you have your own boat and just as easy if you don’t because Capt. Andy Hill – whose passion for this and seven other private islands nearby – will get you settled in and come back when you need him.
One need I recommend claiming is his low country boil, mother’s shrimp recipe, blue crab catching and cooking and oyster roasts.
Order your groceries via the privateislandsofgeorgia.com website and he’ll have them in the inside kitchen for you.
The outside kitchen is a gathering place too, next to the side yard pond, overlooking the marsh and the maritime forest.
A screened porch wraps all the way around the main house on this 10-acre private island.
The main house sleeps six in two close-the-door bedrooms and one loft with windows into the maritime forest, a sleeping space open to the great room, kitchen and dining area.
The guesthouse with its pool table, wine chiller, coffee maker and bath has two sets of bunk beds and one double bed.
Difficult to contemplate a private island to yourself? Here’s the context to consider: three to 12 people – $700 a night for weekends, $600 weekdays.
Cozier notion? Two people $575 a night weekends, $475 each weekday. Details and options are spelled out on the website but best of all is telephone talking.
Real, live people come to the phone and chat with prospective visitors to help make a match that really works. Nothing automated. All personal.
Here’s how: 912-222-0801.
Could be tough to fully enjoy every feature on the screened-in 1,500-foot wraparound porch unless you stay a week: abundance of hammocks, gliders, swinging beds, rocking chairs, hot tub, fireplace and endless views.
Journalist Christine Tibbetts muses about the marshes, leaning on the railing near the Eagle Island dock. Photo courtesy Leigh Cort Publicity
I stayed only three nights and I embraced early mornings. That’s because sunrise on the dock—itself a room with swings, chairs, tables, railings for leaning—serves up different-every-day colors at dawn.
Kayaks wait on the dock for paddling in these back barrier island waters, and if you take a crowd to Eagle Island, the outfitter will come with more.
Good idea to go soon so you can return to experience a different island because Capt. Hill is sharing another private island soon—this one named May Hall and brimming with Darien’s timber history.
Most likely those details are a 2015 Surprising Suburb story. Anticipate totally different architecture, inside and out, buildings and landscape.
Insider tip for planning: don’t allow yourself to relax so much on Eagle Island that you turn down the option to go with Capt. Andy to Sapelo Island. The boat ride’s pleasant, the history of this tiny, enduring community of Gullah Geechee people is important and remarkable, the tour of the Reynolds Mansion interesting … and the solitude on Nannygoat Beach is divine.
Might be the finest beach either of us will ever experience.
PHOTOS by Christine Tibbetts
Christine Tibbetts claimed Georgia as her home state in 1972. She covers Georgia destinations, and the world, always offering prompts for exceptional experiences and opportunities to muse. Tibbetts earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the prestigious School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and is the recipient of numerous gold, silver and merit awards from North American Travel Journalists Association writing competitions. Follow her at www.TibbettsTravel.com.