Recently five couples from Sun City Hilton Head traveled about 90 minutes south of Bluffton to Jekyll Island, Georgia for a two-night stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Resort located on the beach.
The five couples were Mary and Bob Burns, Ginny and Don Easson (with their dog Fluffy), Mary Anne and Fred Gebler, Patty and Charles MacDonald and Elaine and Bill Ragland.
They enjoyed a variety of activities including tours of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the Jekyll Island Museum and Historic District, plus beach-walking, bird-watching, and photography.
The hotel had a charming fire pit, as well as a lounge where the friends caught up on conversation. The hotel staff could not have been more accommodating, even providing a lobby area where the group could gather to enjoy refreshments, including the homemade baked goods provided by Elaine Ragland.
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A hotel van provided transportation between the hotel and local restaurants, including the grand dining room of the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel. While dining on oysters rockefeller there, Mary Burns discovered a pearl in her oyster shell, which the head chef explained is a sign of good luck.
The group found Jekyll Island to be undergoing a transition. Under construction include a convention center, shopping center, and two national hotel franchises.
After checking out of the hotel, everyone made the short trip to St. Simons Island where they enjoyed shopping, dining on wild Georgia shrimp, exploring an expansive plant nursery, and walking on the town pier for a great view of the old lighthouse. Mary Burns bought a large carved sea otter in one of the shops for an attractive price.
Everyone found the get-away to be so refreshing and invigorating that it may become an annual tradition for this group.