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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

Thomasville Companies in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Directly from the website:

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.

This is where you will meet, learn from, and be inspired by fellow makers from around the country. Welcome.

That sums it up nicely, and y’all know how I feel about American-made items.  I’m opening up an entire store based on that very affection.  But there are three awesome companies based right up the road (a road I travel many times per week) in our own Thomasville, Georgia that are in the running to win the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!  I thought I would do a little spotlight on them and encourage you all to go vote for them!  Let’s help SoWeGa gain a little national recognition from my home girl.

Dreaming Cow Creamery

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows | Oysters & Pearls

Dreaming Cow Creamery‘s offices are located in Thomasville, but the gals (cows) are located on their farm in Pavo.  A sister company of famed Sweet Grass Dairy, Dreaming Cow Creamery makes New Zealand-style full fat yogurt that is out. of. this. world.  Wheat and I are obsessed with their yogurt and have been since I lived in Tallahassee.  It’s the bomb.com and my personal favorite-of-all-time yogurt.  Their cows are grass-fed year-round, and in the heat of the South Georgia summer spend their time under irrigation pivots.  They lead happy, happy lives, which much be why their yogurt tastes so darn good.

Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery!

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows Closeup | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch

Blackberry Patch Pepper Jelly | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve mentioned Blackberry Patch here before – they were at Due South’s Makers Market.  And they’re stuff is the jam.  (I know y’all love my puns…?)  Founded in 1988, Blackberry Patch makes all manner of fruity jarred goodness, including syrups, jams, jellies, and even salsas, using real fruits and family recipes.  They give back to the community, too!  Each year, a portion of the profits from Blackberry Patch goes to support four charities: Marion Medical Missions, providing clean water in developing nations; The Gideons, bringing the Word of God to millions each year, Habitat for Humanity, providing sustainable housing around the globe.

Vote for Blackberry Patch!

Blackberry Patch Syrups | Oysters & Pearls

Schermer Pecans

Schermer Pecans | Oysters & Pearls

You’ve seen Schermer Pecans here on O&P before, too – they sponsored the 2014 Southern C Summit!  A family-owned for 65 years and true Southwest Georgia-wide operation, Schermer Pecans‘ trees are just outside of Albany, Georgia, and their offices are in Thomasville.  Not just plain ole pecans, Schermer Pecans has candied pecans and tons of gift options, too.  Plus, y’all know I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of my beloved spaniels.

Vote for Schermer Pecans!

Schermer Pecans with Spaniels | Oysters & Pearls

All right, you’ve got the dirt on these three so… GO VOTE!  You can vote six times per day once you register, up until October 13th. It would be so great to see one of these win the Fan Favorite Award.  So be a doll and hop to it!

Martha Steward American Made Awards 2014 Nominees

Vote for Schermer Pecans
Vote for Blackberry Patch
Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery

Until Next Time

Mid-Week Muse: Scenes from Charleston

Today I’m linking up with Ann Elliott and Pampers & Pearls for their Mid Week Muse link party.  Granted, I’m not a fashion blog, but these are some images I snapped in Charleston last week that are inspiring me right now (and getting me through this week!).

Enjoy.

Colorful Home in Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Home in Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Ashley Avenue Home in Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Dog Walking, Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Catching Blue Crabs in Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Blue Crab, Charleston, South Carolina | Oysters & Pearls

Wanna join in on the fun?   Instagram, tweet, or blog and use #midweekmuse to share how you’re getting inspired on hump day.

Ann Elliott

Until Next Time