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Nature inspires romance in a grand way on Little St. Simons Island


With a maximum of 32 people allowed at a time in the 16 rooms, you’ll have approximately 688 acres just for the two of you to explore. If you really want to be on your own, full island rentals can be arranged.

The flagship beach, uninterrupted with the possible exception of the outflow of freshwater streams or tidal pools, is seven miles long. Stand by the water’s edge watching the shore, and if you squint just enough you can almost see the curvature of the land. On a cool windy day in late fall, on my husband and I last visit, we found this whole piece of beach completely empty. We had it all to ourselves, our only company with countless shorebirds – pelicans, seagulls and plovers among them – masses of seashells and a view of the ocean that stretched forever across. Atlantic.

Legend

Built in 1917, the historic hunting lodge is the heart of Little St. Simons Island. It’s a gathering place for island guests, and its warm vibe is complemented by a cozy fireplace, wraparound porches, a cozy living room, and family-style dining areas. (Mary Ann Anderson / TNS)

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Built in 1917, the historic hunting lodge is the heart of Little St. Simons Island.  It's a gathering place for island guests, and its warm vibe is complemented by a cozy fireplace, wraparound porches, a cozy living room, and family-style dining areas.  (Mary Ann Anderson / TNS)
Legend

Built in 1917, the historic hunting lodge is the heart of Little St. Simons Island. It’s a gathering place for island guests, and its warm vibe is complemented by a cozy fireplace, wraparound porches, a cozy living room, and family-style dining areas. (Mary Ann Anderson / TNS)

Credit: TNS

Credit: TNS

The combination of the cadence of the roaring waves and the hundreds of bird voices in a harmonious bird song brought us to a complete stop, where we sat on the beach and listened to the island’s natural symphony as the Mother Nature conductor was playing just for us.

The beach, a combination of compacted sand and white dunes, is three kilometers from the lodge complex. You can walk, cycle or ride in a staff truck along a well-maintained road. As an overnight guest you have access to a fleet of cruiser-style bikes, kayaks, and motorized skiffs. There is also a range of activities led by naturalists to do, including fishing – rods, reels and fly fishing gear are provided – kayaking, hiking miles of trails, hiking bird watching and seine fishing. Remember, however, that activities are based on factors such as tides, wind, temperature, season, movement of wildlife, and most importantly, the interests of the guests.

It’s peaceful here, even as a sanctuary, and so surprisingly quiet you can hear raccoons and armadillos hopping among dwarf palms, swift-footed European fallow deer frolicking in the woods, the loud hoarse bellow of a alligator crisscrossing the swamp, and yes, even the occasional Diamondback rattlesnake crawling through the grass. The creatures live among the four distinct ecosystems that define the island’s landscape, including the pristine nature of the maritime forests with its tangled canopy of oaks, cedars, pines and wild magnolias; endless acres of brilliant green salt marshes teeming with wildlife; wetlands highlighted by ribbons of tidal streams; and the beach, this wonderful, wonderful beach.

Little St. Simons is one of those places made for romance, as there are no electronic gadgets like phones, televisions, or computers to compete for the attention of your loved one. You will have cell and Wi-Fi coverage, but it can be spotty. So instead of looking at your phone, check out Mother Nature, which hosts the best entertainment on the island. Don’t miss Sunrise over the Atlantic, where she paints the sky in dramatic shades of reds, golds and purples not found on any artist’s palette.

During the day, look skyward for the nearly 300 species of birds that live here or migrate seasonally, including the fabulously pink roseate spoonbill, heron, dove, cuckoo, woodpecker, turkey, duck and the bald eagle. The absolute queen of the island, however, is the Painted Bunting, whose brilliant plumage of red, blue, green and yellow makes it arguably one of the most beautiful birds in the world.

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There is no light pollution here – the night sky is lit only by bright constellations, and in spring and summer by the soft glow of lightning.

Meals, comfortable and relaxed, are included and are announced by the ringing of a cast iron bell hanging from the porch, then served with the family on long tables. At breakfast you’ll enjoy stone-ground oatmeal specialties from Statesboro’s Freeman’s Mill, the kind that come slowly out of the pot, real country ham, melt-in-the-mouth cookies, and a sausage sauce that’s so thick and delicious it’s okay. to borrow a southern expression, to blow your mind.

For lunch and dinner, consider seasonal regional dishes featuring wild-caught shrimp, oysters and Georgian fish; Georgia-grown chicken, beef and pork; and cheeses made in Georgia by Sweet Grass Dairy, Flat Creek Dairy and Capra Gia Cheese Company. Sometimes meals are served by the beach, so consider Fried Chicken or Low Country Boil, a spicy mix of shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn. Here, from seed to table, with fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested directly from the island’s organic garden. Finish your meals with homemade Southern treats, including pecan pie and strawberry shortcake, topped with a cup of coffee from Café Campesino in Americus.

Sailing to a private island may very well be the most romantic getaway on Earth, and on the coastal gem of Little St. Simons, the doors are open for new perspectives to get closer to nature and, for that matter, the from each other.

Contact Little St. Simons Island, a Select Registry member property, at www.LittleStSimonsIsland.com or call toll free at 888-733-5774.

Rates start at $ 475 per night for lodge rooms, $ 1,150 for cabins and lodges and $ 8,800 for full island rentals. Rates are all inclusive, including the boat ride, accommodation, daily housekeeping, daily breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, snacks, soft drinks and the excursions guided by naturalists offered twice a day as well as the use of the leisure facilities of the island. Beer and wine are available at an additional cost.