Honeymoons don’t have to involve pricey flights and days of air travel. There are plenty of regional destinations that provide all the amenities and romance that newlyweds could want—and they happen to require just a tank of gas.
Where to Stay
With its own shops, a wide range of dining and a variety of outdoor activities, such as kayaking and horseback riding, The Cloister at Sea Island provides the perfect getaway for newlyweds looking to sit back, relax and enjoy their time together along the beach without interruption. Of course, the quaint hub of St. Simons Island is about six miles away if couples want to break away from their secluded luxury for an afternoon to enjoy the the pleasures of small town life.
Whether looking for a pampered retreat or a homey stay, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resorts offers a variety of accommodations. And, in true honeymoon fashion, there are plenty of amenities: oceanfront pools, direct beach access, on-site dining, a golf course and a spa all in close proximity.
Where to Eat
Drawing from Southern and European cuisine accompanied by a live piano, NANCY is the perfect place to grab a romantic bite on St. Simons. The changing menu offers a variety of seasonal ingredients complete with a full-service bar and wine list with domestic and imported offerings.
After weeks of strictly adhering to a wedding diet, dine at Certified Burgers & Beverages for traditional American grub with an upscale twist. Appetizers such as chickpea fritters and smoked fish dip and an extensive burger menu round out the offerings. Tramici serves Italian fare in a laid back setting complete with an open-air courtyard. Whether indulging in almond crusted brie or mussels roasted in fennel, enjoy an appetizer before diving into one of the chef’s favorite dishes, hand-crafted pizza or pasta.
What to Do
Visit the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum for a history lesson on St. Simons Island and climb up to the top for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. The lighthouse is conveniently situated by the pier and village for an afternoon of exploring the area.
Sit back and relax in a 1930s wooden trolley with St. Simon’s Trolley Island Tours, which offers island history and notes on the best places to shop, eat and play. For a self-guided tour of the area, rent bikes from Two Brothers Bike Shop in the village.
Enjoy a romantic sunrise at Gould’s Inlet while you watch for birds, fish and walk along the sand for a romantic morning before embarking on the day’s activities.