Beginning November 28th, Jekyll Island, Georgia, turns into Holiday Island. It is decorated with festive lights, and has events for the whole family. A wonderful place to stay on the island is the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel. It offers a relaxed, charming, and historic feel. Travel and Leisure rates the hotel in the top 500 best resorts in the world. It is my number one pick for a great holiday getaway!
The resort was established in 1888, and was known as one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Well known members of the club included: J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbuilt to name a few. The resort was also the location of the first transcontinental phone call placed by AT&T president Theodore Vail in 1915. Today, The Club is open to travelers from around the world while still offering the amenities and scenery that made it so sought after.
My husband and I traveled to Jekyll Island along with some wonderful friends during the Christmas season in 2007. We had an amazing time. During our stay on the island we took a horse drawn carriage tour
through the historic section, and learned fascinating tid bits about the area. We experienced relaxing couples massages in our rooms, then took a leisurely bike ride along the beach. The Jekyll Island museum offers a detailed history of the club and it’s founding members. We took a try at croquet on the lawn which proved to be challenging. We also enjoyed several of the dining options the island had to offer. Some of our favorites included brunch with Santa around The Courtyard at Crane, and dinner in the Grand Dining Room. Sea Jay’s is a local place that offers a beautiful water front view, great seafood, and live music. Jekyll Island is a must for this Holiday season if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s commercialized Christmas, and want to take a glimpse back in time while relaxing with those you love.