I have a long history with St. Simon's Island. When I was young, we took one of our first family vacations there. I ate a teal crayon in my play pen and yes, I remember deciding to do it. But aside from that, there's something about coastal Georgia that always pulls me back. Although I decided to go to college closer to my home in the mountains, I thought for a long time that I would end up in Savannah or the surrounding areas.
While personally I like the slow pace of Jekyll Island as far as lodging goes, there are plenty of things to do in St. Simon's Island. It is just as pedestrian or bike friendly as Jekyll, but there is a noticeably increase in commerce. The shopping and dining in St. Simon's Island is perfectly quirky. I actually scored my vintage Levi's jeans in a little secondhand and vintage shop called Moondance Vintage (and wore them out of the store).
I remember having things around with a motif of the St. Simon's Island lighthouse when I was little, so it's no surprise that's where we ended up for our first stop on the island. Although we got there pretty early since this was our last stop before heading home, Wes and I were hangry and needed brunch pretty much immediately after seeing the lighthouse. We really lucked out by finding Del Sur Bakery, a bakery and deli that is centrally located to the other shops and restaurants. I am actually still dreaming about their flat breads and dulce de leche croissants (which I ended up getting on my shirt, prompting the outfit change).
After exploring the main roads of St. Simon's Island, we stopped at Fort Frederica on our way out of town. Fort Frederica was actually the reason why Georgia ended up as a British colony rather than a Spanish colony. There isn't a whole lot left of the settlement itself other than the reinforcements on the water. However, the live oaks there were some of the most beautiful I saw the whole time we were on the coast. Considering that the National Park site doesn't charge admission, I think I would take pictures there as often as I could if I lived close.
Looking back, I loved this day because we were focused on enjoying the sites and taking beautiful pictures rather than filling our schedule. True, we did end up stopping in Colombia, South Carolina (hella friendly place!) when our hitch damn near broke off on the way home. But I will certainly treasure these photographs for a lifetime. Sure, I love to shop and see the way that people put clothes and store layouts together in new cities. But my favorite souvenir will always be a picture.
Oh, and for your viewing pleasure, here is a sassy picture of my first trip to St. Simon's. According to my mom, I was mad that I couldn't go swimming.