With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s nothing like a quick girl’s trip to get your mind right…
We were all looking for a quick getaway (overnight trip), one that would give us a much-needed break from our daily routines. It was the end of September, and out of all the places we could have gone, we chose the beach. To me, the beach, and the sounds of the water have a way of rejuvenating you before sending you back to face the world, renewed. And because we live in Atlanta, Georgia, the closest beaches to us are about a four-hour drive away, on the Georgia coast.
Georgia’s coast is home to several barrier islands, plus Savannah. Honestly, I think that Savannah and Tybee Island are probably the first choices for most people when thinking about vacationing on the Georgia coast. And while I LOVE Savannah, because it is so rich in history, it is also more touristy. For this trip, we wanted fewer people and limited hustle and bustle. Saint Simon’s Island gave us that, and since it was a beach trip in September, there weren’t very many people out and about.
Once we settled on a destination, we found a hotel that was within a 10-minute drive to the beach. Because this was a girl’s trip, and all of our families were at home, we split the costs of a single room, which made this trip very affordable (side note- breaking-up the room cost is always a perfect way to travel on a budget).
The drive to Saint Simon’s Island, from Metro Atlanta, was about 4.5 hours give or take, including our pit-stop at Zaxby’s for lunch lol. On the way down, it started raining cats and dogs, and we thought our trip was ruined but, about 30 minutes out, the sky cleared up and the sun came out. I always enjoy driving over the bridge headed onto Saint Simon’s Island because the view is so beautiful.
Okay, so, once we arrived at our hotel room and unpacked the car, we immediately changed clothes and headed to the beach. We tried to maximize our beach time and didn’t want anything to get in the way of that. And, when we arrived, the beach was absolutely everything that we wanted and needed it to be. I assumed I would be able to take a book, lay out my towel, and read but, the wind had other plans so, I opted to sit and reflect on the majesty of the ocean.
We stayed on the beach until the sun decided it wanted to go to sleep. After that, we went back to our hotel, Sharaine and Dee Dee checked out the heated pool, which was great because there was a little chill in the air. Our Saturday night ended with dinner at Bonefish Grill, and I think it might have been one of the only restaurants still open on the island outside of fast food options.
On Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel (they provided free breakfast) and before we left to go home, we did a little sightseeing. One thing I have to make sure I mention about this lovely island is the oak trees that are everywhere. These trees are massive but also majestic. Our short exploration of the island led us to venture onto the pier. Saint Simon’s Island ‘Pier Village’ is where their beautiful lighthouse is located, along with several shopping stores, and some very picturesque views. If you visit this island, make sure to make your way to ‘Pier Village.’
Overall, we loved our little getaway to Saint Simon’s Island. It was quiet and serene, and if you’re looking for the same thing, then I highly recommend checking it out too.