It’s almost impossible not to feel a bit like Royalty while staying at The King and Prince. It’s not just the sparkling water in the sprawling pool area or the ocean breeze from the blue Atlantic ocean just outside your room, it’s also the history of the resort, having started in 1935 as a private dance club, only to become the King and Prince Hotel in 1941. And the royal feel also continues as you learn the history of St. Simons and feel the southern hospitality of the local residents and business owners. They are on ‘island time’ and it doesn’t take long to find yourself on island time and soon you’ll never want to leave this paradise. Attending the 4-day “Southern Culinary Cuisine” event at the King and Prince was an amazing treat.
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With the recent addition of Executive Chef Jeff Kaplan the King and Prince has succeeded in creating an exceptional Southern Cuisine experience for their guests. Chef Kaplan embraces the “Food to Table Movement”. This was apparent from the first evening, where the menu included inventive drinks from Georgia’s 13th Colony Distillery, an amazing spread of Artisan cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy (Thomasville, GA), which was paired with local honey’s and jams. Delicious white Georgia Shrimp & Grits, Melt-in-your mouth crème brulee with fresh Georgia peaches and buttery Chardonnay made from the Muscadine grape, compliments of Georgia’s Still Pond Winery.
You will awake to the sound of the ocean waves hitting the beach. Don’t miss a chance to watch the sunrise over the ocean before you make your way to the culinary delight that awaits you for breakfast. Once such dish is Chef Kaplan’s take on traditional eggs benedict, a delightful meal with perfectly poached eggs resting on fried green tomatoes and bacon with goat cheese on top of English muffins.
Although one could simply spend the day at the edge of the ocean or at the pool, basking in the sun and sampling the Southern fare, there are activities to explore on St. Simons that will help you burn some calories so you can discover more Southern Cuisine delights. One such option is The King and Prince Golf Course, designed by architect Joe Lee; the course is famous for a group of 4 spectacular signature holes delicately situated in the marsh. Watch for the eagle nest and alligators as if the grand 300-year-old oaks with moss hanging lazily off the limbs are not enough to capture your attention while experiencing this beautiful golf course. If you want to see the island and hear stories of it’s history, take a trolley tour with Cap Fendig whose family has resided on St. Simons since the 1800’s. To really feel the local vibe of the fresh food you are tasting, take the “Let’s Go Shrimpin” tour on the Lady Jane Shrimp boat where you’ll have the chance to touch and hold the bounty hauled up from the water. Experience the thrill of seeing all of the different fish, sharks, shrimp, and stingrays. During this excursion, a sea turtle was caught in the nets, great to see but always put back in the water and it’s rare for this to even happen. Everything caught is put back after guests get to touch, hold and photograph the catch, except for the shrimp because the trademark white shrimp are boiled up for guests to dine on before departing the Lady Jane.
For a truly local feel, consider experiencing Southern Soul barbecue, a casual place with benches outside where you can smell the ribs, chicken, puller pork and killer ‘sides’ cooking. The restaurant has nationwide appeal (featured on shows such as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives).
Don’t miss a visit to Palmer’s Village Café where you’ll find delightful locally sourced dishes with a beautiful backdrop of local artists paintings. The art makes the café feel light and airy and it’s for sale if you find a piece you just have to have. Palmer’s offers up creative breakfast dishes such as a mini biscuit with café sausage and pimento cheese-a southern tradition, or challah French toast and blueberry orange compote with warm, fresh maple syrup.
While on the island, you simply cannot afford to miss a meal at the award-winning Halyards restaurant where Chef Dave Snyder featured a “seafood demo” with 10-15 varieties of local fish. The menu included Grilled whole shrimp with salsa, sautéed Flounder with caramelized Vidalia Crab Scampi butter, oysters grilled with Garlic oil and Chimicurri and so much more. It’s a ‘must experience’ local eatery.
The delightful Sugar Marsh Cottage, located just 13 miles from Brunswick, offered an amazing chocolate tasting, complete with information on how to “rate” chocolate. This was wonderful and yet there was more! A honey sampling from Savannah Bee was truly an inspiring experience! Who knew there were so many delectable types of honey?
To round out the gourmet sampling of the incredible Southern Culinary Cuisine, find Food and Beverage Director, Mr. Vinny D’Agostino to get his recipe for homemade Limoncello, not only does this Italian after dinner liquor aid in digestion, it’s smooth and sublime.
At the end of the day, The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort along with St. Simons Island, are worth experiencing. You’ll find yourself on island time in no time at all.