The Two Personalities of Jekyll Island

Marshes. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

View from historic district pier. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
 On i side of Jekyll Island, GA, the Intracoastal Waterway is a highway for boaters as well as the Marshes of Glynn a plant nursery for thousands of aquatic species. The Jekyll Island Club, founded past times America's industrial millionaires who traveled hither inward their massive yachts for the winter, welcomes contemporary sun-seekers as well as the millionaires' "cottages" render insights into the practiced life of the early on 1900s.

North halt of Driftwood Beach. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
On the other side, the Atlantic Ocean rolls onto 10 miles of sandy beaches as well as the stimulate novel oceanfront Westin Jekyll Island provides modern amenities to beachcombers.
Nature is never far away. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
 In between, golf game courses, nature areas as well as 600 houses are hidden inside a maritime woods as well as massive, moss-hung oaks. It also is blissfully apartment as well as accessible to us Levelers.

Millionaires set Jekyll Island on the map as well as the state of Georgia protects its nigh pristine condition. The residue of us larn to taste it.

Best of all, "new" things may live built simply volition never usurp to a greater extent than of the natural isle than what is currently there; 65 per centum remains undeveloped.

The Westin is definitely a novel thing, having opened inward 2015. It withal had that novel hotel scent when I was invited upwards along amongst other go writers to banking concern fit it out during Jekyll Island's Rededication Weekend inward Nov 2015.

With 200 rooms, many ocean-view, 5,350 foursquare feet of coming together infinite as well as the beautiful Jekyll isle Conference Center as well as Beach Village shops equally following door neighbors, it is the perfect alternative for levelers.

Stairs as well as steps are minimal. You volition encounter iv betwixt the vestibule as well as the oceanfront patio as well as a flying amongst landing going upwards to accept a cocktail as well as taste the persuasion from the modest outdoor bar.

From lighting to menus, the Westin is green-centric. Special outdoor lights as well as blackout drapes forestall turtle hatchlings from confusing landward illumination amongst the satelite as well as thence they volition caput to the bounding main instead of roads. You tin give the sack have a $5 voucher or 500 Starpoints for each twenty-four hr menses you lot past times opt out of housekeeping during your stay.

Fitness center.
If hiking approximately the isle doesn't fill upwards your workout needs, the gym hither is i of the best I've seen inward whatever hotel as well as the persuasion is difficult to beat.

Styling is spare, neutral, airy as well as contemporary amongst guest-friendly touches similar urns of fruited H2O inward the vestibule as well as Apple calculator stations nearby.

Computer station.
The onetime black working rotary phones contrary the elevators on each flooring are a dainty touch, simply it volition live the staff that you lot remember. Friendly, engaging as well as eager to assist, they convey warmth to every guest's stay.

On the island's other side, The Jekyll Island Club wears its Victorian heritage as well as vogue proudly.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
J. P. Morgan as well as his well-to-do pals amongst names similar Rockefeller, Pulitzer, Fields as well as Crane bought the isle as well as established the lodge equally a hunting lodge inward 1886. It shortly became wintertime headquarters for 100 multi-millionaires as well as their families. They arrived inward their yachts as well as someone develop cars for New Year's as well as hunted, rode, gamboled on the beach, partied as well as played golf, lawn tennis as well as croquet until Easter. Some built "cottages," others stayed at the club. The outbreak of World War !! ended their idylls as well as the isle was eventually sold to the state of Georgia to larn a state park.

Today rooms are available inward the Club as well as inward ii of those cottages amongst a set out of practiced dining as well as recreational opportunities for guests as well as day-trippers.

Tip: There is a small, wheelchair-sized outdoor raise at the chief entrance simply Levelers may live challenged past times the stairs indoors as well as at other entrances. There is i handicap accessible room at Crane Cottage as well as some other at Cherokee.

A shaded walk inward the historic district. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

What to do

Put yourself on isle time; no argue to hurry. Jekyll is an isle made for ambling. Paved sidewalks connect cottages to live toured, the club, its pier, outbuildings as well as shops inward the historic area.  The contemporary Beach Center amongst its shops, restaurants, market, convention middle as well as the Westin are inside a convenient two-block expanse amongst side past times side parking.

Gift shop, Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
How many wearable, decorative, playful or utilitarian objects are or accept a turtle on them? You volition live amazed how many when you lot go into through the gift store of The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Rehab Center. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Founded as well as operated past times the Jekyll Island Authority, the center's destination is to assist conserve these fascinating creatures through rehabilitation, question as well as education. 

Contention Center patio.
Since it opened inward 2007, sea turtles accept larn the island's mascot as well as go-to logo. Loggerheads render to Jekyll Island each yr to lay their eggs equally create Leatherbacks as well as Green Sea Turtles.

Rehab Center resident. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
In add-on to interactive displays, visitors tin give the sack see the rehab middle where injured turtles are cared for (60 per centum are successfully returned to the wild) as well as run across the patients. Active programs include turtle patrols, walks, plain trips as well as gatorology.

Driftwood Beach. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Driftwood Beach, a stretch of picturesque tree skeletons, is specially pop amongst romanticists, picnickers, brides as well as grooms as well as photographers. With a angling pier at i end, anglers honey it too.

Take a horseback ride on the beach. Rides, from i to 3 hours, are available sunrise to sunset Tuesday through Lord's Day from Three Oaks Farm.

duBignon Cottage is i of the historic homes inward the historic district. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Explore the historic district. There is a 90-minute narrated tram tour amongst entrance into ii restored "cottages"  that is perfect for Levelers.

Play lawn tennis at the Tennis Center or a circular of nine, eighteen or to a greater extent than of golf game on the island's 63 holes. Go smaller amongst a game of putt-putt. Geocache. Tour the historic district past times human foot or on a narrated tram tour.

Learn something. The Jekyll Island Club offers a plethora of opportunities throughout the yr amongst special weekends focusing on photography, nature, arts and crafts beer, yoga, cooking, fifty-fifty ghost hunting.

Relax, read a volume or larn lost staring out to sea. It's that form of place. If you lot desire to create it on the beach, The Jekyll Market volition sell you lot a plastic growler of arts and crafts beer.
Cyclists abound. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Getting at that topographic point as well as around 

Bicycles as well as adult tricycles are a favorite agency of carry for visitors as well as the 600 residents equally well. The isle is Leveler friendly inward that you lot tin give the sack commonly commons inside a short, apartment walk of where you lot desire to be. For something different, rent an electric  "red bug" machine from Redbug Motors.
These electrical cars are named for the rootage vehicles rented on the island.

The Two Personalities of Jekyll Island