Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas in the Golden Isles

        Being from a family of only three people, big Christmas dinners were never really a thing for us once all the cousin grew into adults. So we've always tried to come up with new adventures for Christmas. Usually we would eat Christmas dinner at a fancy hotel downtown or something. Then about three years ago we started the tradition of spending Christmas down in the Golden Isles of Georgia. It has come to be the highlight of the holiday season for me, and I look forward to it all year long. Usually we stay at the King and Prince resort on Saint Simons Island, and eat our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals at the Club on Jekyll island. We love getting to stay on the water and enjoying the beach on Saint Simons, and the food at Jekyll Island is just amazing. In the past the Jekyll Island Club has done an incredibly massive Christmas Day brunch buffet that was the largest I've ever seen and was reasonably priced. This year due to the health restrictions I think they are doing menu only. 

            This year because of Covid, Jekyll Island is only allowing people staying there to eat in their dining rooms. So this year we get the new adventure of staying at the Club on Jekyll Island. I am looking forward to exploring that Island more. The last couple of years we have explored Saint Simons and the downtown area and found some neat shops and restaurants. Last year we went and looked at the lighthouse that stands where the one built by James Gould. I grew up reading the Eugenia Price books about Saint Simons, so getting to see that was so neat. 

            Jekyll Island is very interesting because it was the hunting club of the rich and famous in the early 1900s. Some of the families stayed in the hotel rooms in the Club, while some (like the Rockefeller's and Firestones) built "cottages" (read mansions) on the Jekyll grounds. These gorgeous homes are now hotel rooms, event spaces, and museums. Strolling around the island is like stepping back in time. Jekyll Island is rich in history as it is also the home of the Federal Reserve. 

          If you are looking for a new Christmas adventure, then Saint Simons and Jekyll are the place to go. 




Back of the King and Prince resort 



 
Views from our room 2018 



View from our room 2019 




Southern Soul BBQ on Saint Simons. They were featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Definitely worth a stop! 



Some of the many "cottages" on Jekyll Island. 










My favorite "cottage" on Jekyll. Below are pictures of some of it's grounds. 








The Jekyll Island Club 


One of the libraries at the Club 


The sitting area outside the main dining room at the Club 



Christmas morning 2019 at the Jekyll Club 



Christmas morning 2018 at the Jekyll Club 




Saint Simons Lighthouse 




Saint Simons downtown waterfront 




Downtown Saint Simons 



The neat little sweet shop we found in downtown Saint Simons 



Downtown Saint Simons. Its a few blocks that ends at the water. It's a beautiful and quaint little area. 



We discovered a neat little home cooked restaurant in downtown Saint Simons called Barbara Jean's. The food was amazing homemade southern food. It was some of the best pot roast I've ever had. She's even written two cookbooks




Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas Style in the South


2017

Jacket: Bebe 
Pants: Taikonhu
Purse: Michael Kors 

Top: Chelsea28 (Nordstrom)
Pants: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Louise et Cie 
Necklace: So Good Jewelry 
Ring: Nordstrom Rack 


Christmas Eve 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Dress: Karl Lagerfeld 
Shoes: Dune of London 


Christmas Day 

Jacket: Bebe 
Shell: Bebe 
Skirt: Custom made 
Shoes: Ivanka Trump 
Earrings: Local Artisan 




2018


Top: Michael Kors 
Skirt: Ted Baker 
Shoes: Gianni Bini 



Top: White House Black Market 
Jacket: CeCe (Nordstrom) 
Pants: White House Black Market 
Shoes: Kate Spade 



Christmas Eve 

Shirt: Ralph Lauren 
Vest: White House Black Market 
Skirt: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Louise et Cie 



Christmas Day Brunch 

Top: Grazia 
Jacket: Reese and Riley 
Jeans: White House Black Market 
Shoes: Dune London 



Christmas Day Dinner 

Top: Chelsea and Theodore 
Jacket: Loft 
Skirt: White House Black Market 
Shoes: Dune London 



Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Shawl: Mudpie 
Jeans: See Through Soul 
Booties: INC 



New Years Eve 

Top: Chelsea and Theodore 
Skirt: Maeve (Anthropologie) 
Shoes: Marc Fisher Ltd. 


2019 



Dress: Vineyard Vines 
Shoes: Nine West 
Belt: Amazon 



Top: Michael Kors 
Skirt: White House Black Market 
Shoes: White House Black Market 



Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Jacket: Reese and Riley 
Jeans: Loft 
Shoes: Michael Kors 


Top: H&M 
Skirt: Custom made 
Shoes: Dune London 


Sweater: Michael Kors 
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Pants: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Paolo Linea 
Necklace: Versona 
Hat: Vince Camuto 


Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Pants: White House Black Market 
Sweater: White House Black Market 
Shoes: Paolo Linea 
Necklace: White House Black Market 
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 


Christmas Eve 

Top: Grazia 
Pants: White House Black Market 
Shoes: Nine West 
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 
Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana 



Christmas Day Brunch 

 Top: Anthropology 
Pants: Calin by Flying Tomato 
Shoes: Steve Madden 


Christmas Card Photo 

Dress: Ash and T's formals 
Shoes: Ivanka Trump 















Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Gatlinburg at Christmas

Every year when I was growing up, we would go to Gatlinburg in the fall for vacation. We always rented this same little house, and I remember it being some of the best memories I have from being a kid. Then the owners sold our little rental house, and we just drifted into going elsewhere for vacations.  So last year we decided to take a family vacation and go to Gatlinburg the week before Christmas. It was beautiful and so much fun, though it was cold. It was a great chance to wear all the winter clothes that never get used in Charleston. 


We stayed at the Margaritaville hotel in Gatlinburg. It was a beautiful hotel and our room had an extra little bedroom with doors, which worked out great for me and the minion. The only drawback was that all the food in the hotel was super expensive. 



The hotel was right on this beautiful creek with I loved. It really made you feel like you were in the mountains and not in the business district. 

They have an adorable parrot that lives in the lobby. It's super fun to watch and take pictures of. 

The Pancake Pantry is a must visit. We ate there two different mornings and everything was amazing. These were the chocolate cherry crepes. 

I always have to take pictures with nutcrackers whenever I find them. This one was in the candy store next to the Pancake Pantry. They had great chocolate and taffy. 

Sweater: Michael Kors 
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Pants: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Linea Paolo (Nordstrom)
Hat: Vince Camuto 
Necklace: Versona 





We stopped to look around the Mountain Mall and these were the super cute elevator doors. 



We found a neat indoor putt-putt course. It kept the minion entertained for an hour or two. He absolutely loved it. 

The view down the stairs at the Mountain Mall 



The precious little birds that live in the dining room at the Applewood Farmhouse restaurant. 


Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Pants: White House Black Market 
Sweater: White House Black Market 
Necklace: Black House White Market 
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 
Shoes: Linea Paolo (Nordstrom)

Checking out the apple barn at the Applewood Farmhouse. He wanted to use them as balls. 






Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana 
Coat: Miss Sixty (Burlington Coat Factory) 

We stopped at the little corner kiddie amusement park and arcade where I rode my first ride when I was about Cameron's age. Thomas was his favorite ride. 

We had to get some Marble Slab ice cream after riding the rides, even though it was cold. 

So if you are looking for a fun and different place to go visit this Christmas, go check out Gatlinburg. It may be cold, but it will be beautiful and there is so much to do. And because it isn't a peak season for them, there are no crowds and everything is a bit cheaper. I also loved their Christmas decorations and all the lights they put up. All together it was a really special family trip.