Jekyll Island was a beloved childhood haunt of mine. As an adult I’ve long desired to reacquaint myself with the island and discover more of the history it is so proud of. As I was researching destinations for my Girls Getaway series, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel came to mind as an ideal place to get away with my best girls and unwind in the romantic south. The Girlfriend’s Getaway package boasted in room massage, wine delivered nightly, picnics, and bike rides just to get started. My friends and I couldn’t wait to arrive for our weekend of relaxation. When we left, we all felt we’d just experienced the most perfect girls weekend ever.
Jekyll Island is a barrier island located on the Southern Atlantic coast of Georgia and is famously known as the home of the most exclusive private club of it’s time, the Jekyll Island Club. Built in the late 1800’s it was the epitome of Victorian taste. Hailed in the turn of the century as the “richest, most exclusive, and most inaccessible club in the world”, you can simply imagine the decadence that took place on these grounds. It was the bees knees! Names like J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer, and William K Vanderbilt walked the halls of this iconic destination making history during their stay from politics, to finance. Surrounding the Club, winter homes of the super rich were built. They called them “cottages” but in reality they were the mini mansions of the worlds movers and shakers. Want to feel like a million bucks? Today you can walk amongst these cottages, dine inside at least one, and tour several that have been set with Victorian furnishings effectively immersing you in the experience.
As we checked into our room at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel I could sense the great effort that has gone into restoring and retaining the historic atmosphere. From the Clubs signature turret, to the windows, and stairwells, the architecture spoke to me of time gone by and made me feel a little like I was staying in a full size Victorian dollhouse. I was reminded how quickly things change, but that those memories can be lovingly preserved and celebrated for years to come.
|The Girlfriends Getaway includes a bottle of wine each night.|
|Sophia, Amy, Lauren, Aimee|
|Picnic by the beach|
The Jekyll Island Club is a National Historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Keeping the environment authentic is a priority as the island is also a state park. 65% of it will by law remain undeveloped.
Get in touch with Mother Earth’s best side by riding the miles of bike paths, or horse back riding through her forests and beach. Just a few steps away sits the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, complete with rehabilitation center/hospital. Go bird watching, visit the beach, or relax in rocking chair on the wrap around deck. Nature abounds and so does your opportunity to completely disengage from the stressors in your life and simply let go in the shade of the ancient southern oaks, while maybe finding yourself again in the company of those who know you best.
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|Time with your besties is therapy for the soul.|
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