Sunday, October 18, 2009

Our Vacation - Jekyll Island

I haven't posted to this blog since September because I have been deciding which direction I want this blog to travel.  I've decided this post will be about our family's recent vacation...not only did we go to Walt Disney World but we stopped one night in Jekyll Island Georgia - which we all absolutely loved and can't wait to go back.  Next time we want to go for a week and really enjoy all this little island has to offer.

Jekyll Island is just south of St. Simons Island on the Atlantic Ocean.  Visitors pay a daily parking fee but we went at the end of August and the beaches were pretty empty.  We visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and learned about all the different sea turtles and actually got to see the turtles they were rehabbing.

Our dinner at The Driftwood Bistro at Villas by the Sea was fabulous, my husband and daughter had the meatloaf with one of my husband's sides being very tasty cabbage.  My youngest (very picky eater) daughter had the kids pizza and ate every bit.  I had their grilled shrimp and enjoyed every bite.  The people who sat us and served us were extremely kind and the atmosphere allowed for you to be casual or dressy.

We stayed at the Days Inn which was a real deal (or steal) since it was located on the beach, had 2 pools, a kiddie wading pool and a hot tub.  So you could sit pool side or go across the boardwalk to the beach.    Although we stayed on the parking lot side in a standard room they have one bedroom suites with kitchenettes and beach views.  The beach side rooms had nice patios with furniture so you can enjoy the view from your room.  They offered a continental breakfast - not just your typical cereal and toast - but a variety of cereal, milk, juice, coffee, toast, pastries, donuts and batter to make fresh cooked waffles.  All located on the 2nd floor with windows to enjoy the ocean view.  They also offer bike rentals which is a wonderful way to see the island.

You can keep very busy with bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, nature walks, golf, tennis, fishing, boating, soccer, biking, and camping.  There is a water park and shopping too.

We only had a very small taste and can't wait to plan a whole week to really enjoy this wonderful well kept Georgia secret.....Jekyll Island.