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St. Simons Island

Better late than never, right?

I say that a lot these days.  Oops.  Anyway, last month Wheat and I headed to St. Simons Island for three days full of Continuing Legal Education at the Georgia Fiduciary Law convention.  It was great for me, topic-wise, and it was great for both of us, location-wise.  St. Simons is SO much fun!

We got there late Wednesday night and had a drink at The Half Shell, which was within walking distance to our hotel, The Village Inn & Pub (literally the only place I’ve ever stayed on the Island!).  You can see why I’m obsessed with their bar. They give new meaning to the term “oyster bar.”

The Half Shell Oyster Bar, St. Simons Island, Georgia | oysters and pearls

Then we ventured over to Del Sur, which was so dang good we ate there twice on our trip!  It was just around the corner from the Village Inn.  Everything was so very fresh, and the short rib risotto was amazing.  I will eat here every chance I get when I’m on the Island!
Del Sur Artisan Eats, St. Simons Island, Georgia, Short Rib Risotto | oysters and pearls

We ended our first evening in St. Simons at Murphy’s Tavern across the Street.  It was old and smoky and reminded us of college and we loved it.Murphy's Tavern, St. Simons Island, Georgia | oysters and pearls

We spent most of the next day in classes, but then we were able to venture around the Island. We lunched at Southern Soul BBQ, which was phenomenal.  We overindulged, as expected, and could barely walk out of the place.

Southern Soul BBQ, St. Simons Island, Georgia | oysters and pearls

Thus, we took the opportunity to visit Fort Frederica after our late lunch, which was really, really interesting, and provided an excellent opportunity to walk off our BBQ.  From the National Park Service’s website:

Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. Colonists from England, Scotland, and the Germanic states came to Georgia to support this endeavor.

 
Frederica in 1740

Named for Frederick Louis, the Prince of Wales (1702-1754), Frederica was a military outpost consisting of a fort and town. The entire area was fortified with a palisade wall and earthen rampart. The fort’s location on the Frederica River allowed it to control ship travel.

Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls  Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls
Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls  Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls
Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls  Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls
Fort Frederica National Monument | oysters and pearls

We spent lots of time walking around the Village area, which includes this beautiful light house!

St. Simons Island Light House | oysters and pearls

We took in some live jazz at this cute little bar nearby.
Live Jazz in the Village, St. Simons Island | oysters and pearls  
Live Jazz in the Village, St. Simons Island | oysters and pearls

The next day, we lunched at Island Pho, which was pho-nominal.  …Had to.Island Pho, St. Simons Island, Georgia | oysters and pearls

Then we drove over to Jekyll Island and visited famous Driftwood Beach.  It wasn’t as beach-y as we expected, but it was pretty cool.  Naturally we had to do some driftwood climbing and driftwood yoga. ;)
King Dancer on Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island | oysters and pearls  Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island | oysters and pearls
Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island | oysters and pearls  Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island | oysters and pearls

We put our selfie stick to work, too.
Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island | oysters and pearls  Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island | oysters and pearls

For dinner that night we had an awesome meal at Bubba Garcia’s on the recommendation of a Southern C friend, Emily.  Visit her amazing blog, Ems on the Road, if you have a minute and love to travel, or follow her on Instagram @emsontheroad.  Thanks for the rec, Emily!  I loved the jerk chicken salad.

Bubba Garcia's Jerk Chicken Salad, St. Simons Island, Georgia | oysters and pearls

The next day, we had class until 2:00 or so, met a couple friends who were also at the convention back at Southern Soul BBQ for a farewell lunch (so nice we ate it twice!) and hit the road back home.  It was an awesome way to knock out all our CLE for the year and experience a little bit of St. Simons all in one!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls