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Little St Simons Island in Georgia is the place to get away from it all. The private island escape is a rustic, natural wonderland with beaches, gorgeous forest and one quaint accommodation option.
The privately-owned 11,000-acre barrier island is only accessible by boat from Hampton River Marina on St Simons Island. Since 1760 it has been owned by the Berolzheimer family and in the late 70s, a lodge was opened to the public so visitors could enjoy the island. It is currently owned by Philip Berolzheimer and former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and his wife, Wendy. The lodge is an all-inclusive establishment that can take up to 32 guests. At times they offer day trips for guests not staying on the island, but not always.
The island is home to all kinds of wildlife like alligators, birds, deer, rabbits and rare and endangered species. There is a strong focus on conservation and environmental issues.
This magical sanctuary is great for couples looking for a romantic getaway or for families and groups who want to connect to nature, enjoy the great outdoors and spend time together relaxing. Take a guided nature tour with a professional naturalist to learn all about the surroundings, from the flora to the fauna and the history of the land. Tours include kayaking, bird watching, cycling, fishing and shell collecting. The tours are fascinating and some of the wildlife that can be spotted is mind-blowing.
The rooms at the lodge are cozy, warm and authentic. Stays include accommodation, boat transfers, three meals per day, soft drinks, all activities including Naturalist-led excursions and use of all recreational equipment. You just have to turn up and start enjoying the natural surroundings.
The food at the lodge is great and mostly grown, organic and produced on the island or caught fresh from the ocean. If you catch your own fish, the chef will happily cook it for you. You can go fishing with a guide, on your own or book a boat trip. You can visit the garden to see what they grow and admire the eco-friendly compost system that takes in as much waste as possible, including office paper and leaves.
The lodge has a saltwater swimming pool and the ocean is nearby where you can take a dip and soak up the sun.
Also, there are many points of interest in Brunswick and the Golden Isles in the area, which you can see on your way to or from the island or during your stay.
Other Coastal Georgia sites include Cumberland Island National Seashore, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Wormsloe State Historic Site, Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area and the Altama Wildlife Management Area.
This vacation is really for nature lovers and explorers at heart who are interested in experiencing a unique environment that is protected, preserved and thriving. For more info, contact us today.
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