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The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
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Reviewed 22 August 2006

Little St. Simons Island lodge, a private facility with a limited number of cabins and a nice swimming pool, is accessible by the "lodge" boat from St. Simons Island, Ga, where free parking for your car is provided. Daily rates cover three meals a day(with wine if desired), an evening cocktail hour, soda and/or beer anytime, transportation, all activities on the island (nature trails, birdwatch, horseback riding, turtle walk, etc), even insect repellant (if needed). Their staff is knowledgeable about the environment, and they give attention to details to enhance the comfort of patrons. The beach is large and unoccupied, and umbrellas and chairs are provided, The accomodations and food preparation are above average. This was our second trip, and a bottle of cold champaign awaited our arrival in our cabin. We expect to return in the future. CEB

6  Thank Doc85
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Reviewed 19 August 2006

This is a belated review of one of the best holidays my son and I have enjoyed together. It was a few years ago. At the time he was 10, and I was looking for something to do together that would be interesting and unique. Little St. Simons Island more than met my expectations. It was like camp for mother and son, but with the comforts and ease I wanted as a solo parent on holiday - meaning good food, good service, a good bed and a good room. We stayed four nights.

From the time we arrived at the check-in dock and got transported to the island by small boat I could see in my son's eyes that he was excited by the adventure. We're big city people, and here we were skimming through open water and marsh to a remote island!

It was rustic in the most charming way. It felt like what it is - a family retreat made available to the outside world from time to time. We were given the "Michael" cottage. Right away we got bicycles and pedaled the two miles to the beach, and saw alligators along the way (safely off the road in a canal). We knew we weren't in the routine world anymore. The beach is glorious. Miles and miles of of beautiful flat sand, shallow surf, huge shells, all kinds of birds - and no people. The sand was packed enough that we could ride our bikes along the beach. One day a naturalist went with us and told my son all about the titdal pools and the birds. He still remembers what he learned.

We went on a couple of the group tours and they were fun, friendly, interesting. Yes, we were thrown together with other guests on the island (I think there were 12-14 of us in all this particular week), and everyone was a good sport, and everyone was nice to my son, who was the youngest. It was helpful for us as a mother/son to be included in groups, especially at meals. Family style really worked for us, especially when the owner showed up for a couple of days and taught everyone card games and told fascinating family stories about the history of the island, and then took a group on a surf-casting fishing excursion the next morning. This made it a hotel stay like no other.

There was a full moon pick-up truck tour one night. Wow. There were canoe trips where we had dolphins surface only yards off to starboard. We learned about foliage and fauna and the cycle of island life. The cocktail hour is a must, because the food is good, the drinks aplenty and of high quality, and all the guests come together in a convivial way to share stories of their day. Did I mention the cookies always available in a jar in the dining room? Or the bountiful breakfasts? Or the picnic lunches?

I'm writing this because my son is now a teenager and we were recalling some of our greatest trips - and we travel everywhere, and well - and Little St. Simons Island came in first. We laughed as we recalled the mosquitoes were at their worst, but we didn't mind and don't really remember them. We remember the privacy, the wide open spaces, the nature, the alligators, the food, the people, the incredible beach and the adventure.

We look forward to returning. I wish I had the money to take all our closest friends. I recommend it over and and over to families.

  • Stayed: March 2002, travelled with family
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8  Thank RoadTripper3000
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Reviewed 19 June 2006

Thought initially the price might be too high when I booked, but WOW! Everything is included, I mean everything. Service is excellent, accomodations excellent, staff excellent. We lost track of time on this beautiful little island. Will definitely return.

6  Thank MrsDasch
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Reviewed 30 May 2006

My husband, five month old son and I just returned from a five day vacation on Little St. Simon's Island and we had a fantasic time. The staff was excellent and always made every effort to accomodate our baby. We met wonderfully interesting people and had a great time on the hikes, boat rides and horseback rides. Several days we had seven miles of prisitne beach entirely to ourselves. We saw lots of wildlife - deer, snakes, alligator, rabbits, lots of birds -- and this was just walking around the island. The food was FABULOUS. The best we have had anywhere in the world, and they always remembered our dietary restrictions. I cannot say enough about the food, and the sentiments were echoed by all the guests. Great people, great atmosphere and the Bass Ale on tap with icy cold mugs in the fridge didn't hurt either. Highly recommend it!

Stayed: May 2006
6  Thank bcjarrell
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Reviewed 23 April 2006

I went to the Lodge on Little St. Simon's Island for 4 1/2 days with my family (husband and 2 children aged 11 and 15) in April. This place is great! As others have said, I feel so lucky to have seen a place basically untouched.......there just aren't that many places like this left, certainly on the east coast. The accomodations are rustic but more than adequate, the staff is incredibly helpful in every way and the food is exactly as advertised.....rustic regional cusine. As another reviewer said, this place is like adult camp.....and it is! But at this camp, the friendly staff goes out of their way to make sure every one of your needs are met. The service is very, very good. An added bonus is everything is included in the price, so it is such a relief not having "to sign" for every purchase you make.

There are many, many activities to keep you busy and the choices change daily just to mix things up, so you don't feel like you have done everything after a day or so. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want. I went biking, hiking, kayacking, shelling, birding, touring......and also spent a cool cloudy morning curled up reading my book in my cabin. The vacation was action packed as well as relaxing. My kids joined right in, and were never bored.....it was wonderful to see them so into "nature" and away from the likes of TV's, DVD's, X-Box....etc. They had a great time exploring the island on bikes, horses, boats and on foot. I think younger kids may not be as happy here as older ones, but certainly kids 10 years old and up would really enjoy themselves. And the beach.......it is breathtaking. We biked for miles on it. The only activity you really had to sign up for was riding or you could get "locked out" of that activity. I do think they should get a few more horses. That way everyone who wants to can ride.

The evenings were really fun getting to know the other guests around cocktails and dinner. We found the food very acceptable, and we are from NY and have traveled around quite a bit. If you only want truely gourmet cusine, then don't come here, but from my experience it was hard not to gain weight......the food is that good! A couple of the meals were not ready exactly when they said they would be, but hey, you're not on a tight schedule while you are here, so no big deal. Perhaps if it had happened all the time, that would be a different situation.

All in all, this place is perfect for an amazing family vacation. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to enjoy nature at its best, and I promise, you will have a great time while doing it. April is a perfect time to go as the weather was beautiful and the bugs were not too bad. All in all, if you think vacations are only acceptable at a Four Seasons Resort with high-end gourmet cusine, then don't come here. But otherwise, get ready for a really unique and wonderful vacation!

  • Stayed: April 2006
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4  Thank lovetogoonvacations
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