Mini Guide to Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jul 29 2016

by Monica Lavin

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

This past weekend my husband, Casey, and I were looking for something different to do. We hopped in the car and drove to Jekyll Island, Georgia. We headed to this beautiful island retreat to take in the stunning views of hundred year old oak trees and peaceful marsh water. It’s such a special place and the perfect spot for a weekend getaway so I wanted to share my mini guide to Jekyll Island that I created last year.

In the late 1800’s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive winter retreat for America’s most elite families. The Rockefellers, Morgans, and Pulitzers all vacationed on Jekyll Island for more than a half a century. When you visit Jekyll Island, you’ll undoubtedly share their appreciation for this enchanted place.

Jekyll Island is a beautiful tranquil island that has views of the water in almost every direction. The bike trails that meander throughout the island allow you to pack a lunch and explore from one end to the other. The elegant & historic grounds at the Jekyll Island Hotel magically make you feel like you are right where you’re supposed to be. Here’s a mini guide that you can follow when you plan your trip to Jekyll Island. Be sure to pin this article for future planning!

Where to Stay:

I love the quintessential Queen Anne style architecture of the Jekyll Island Clubhouse. You can picture wrap-around front porches, classic bay windows, and round towers.

Where to Lunch:

I love, love, love the elegant gardens at the Courtyard at Crane. Grab your bike and head over to the courtyard for a casual lunch. You can view their lunch menu at

Where to Snack:

Island Sweets Shoppe is minutes from the Jekyll Island Clubhouse. Pop in and try some of their delicious mint and strawberry ice cream!

What To Do:

Biking is a must! The Jekyll Island Clubhouse has bikes that you can rent during your stay. Just find one of the many scenic paths and start pedaling!

Lounge at the Jekyll Island Clubhouse pool that boasts views of the marshlands and water. You can also pop over to the tiki bar to sip on a frozen drink.

Where to Dine:

While you’re staying on the island, you have to partake in some of the fresh seafood dining options. Head over to the Rah Bar at Latitude 31º and indulge in some peel-and-eat shrimp and a margarita. They also have live music in the summer months! You can learn more at

Take in the classic island views and enjoy your scenic getaway!

Kelli Boyd Photography


Monica Lavin View More Blog Posts from this Author

Blogger for all things home + travel. Consultant for all things social + entrepreneur.
Monica Lavin is an independent content creator, social consultant and founder of Lavin Label. Her work has been featured on Pottery Barn, Coastal Living, Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, Wayfair, House Beautiful, Southern Living, Benjamin Moore, JetBlue, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pinterest, AdWeek and more.

Lavin Label offers home and travel inspiration through unique visual storytelling. Monica is well-versed in emerging technology and social influence through her work at NASA and her previous job as Communications Director for Information Technology at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Monica’s knowledge of technology and her well curated taste in all things lifestyle lend themselves naturally to a fresh perspective on storytelling that captivates her followers and inspires them to become part of that story.

Monica balances her time between St. Simons Island and Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Casey, and their two English Springer Spaniel pups.

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