Just south of Saint Simons Island is another charming place, Jekyll Island. Known for the summer cottages that still remain standing gracefully on the grounds, filled with their history as seasonal dwellings for some of the most well known and wealthiest family’s in the early 20th century.
What started out to be a hunting club after the end of the Civil War became the most exclusive social club in the United States. Names such as Pulitzer, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Hyde are just a few of the rich and famous who maintained membership in the club.
Many famous events took place at the Jekyll Island Club, including the first transcontinental telephone call placed by AT&T president Theodore Vail on January 25, 1915. J.P. Morgan was host to some of the financial world’s most influential members along with Senator Nelson Aldrich and the Assistant Secretary of State in 1907 after a virulent time on Wall Street caused a run on the banks. The team of financial wizards traveled to the island under assumed names to write The Aldrich Plan, which later became the basis for The Federal Reserve Act that established The Federal Reserve System.
Visitors to Jekyll Island can now tour the Club property and the summer cottages which once housed the families of wealthy financier’s from the Northeast. Trolley’s provide guided tours that enable guests to learn about the island’s rich history while walking in the steps of those who once inhabited these famous grounds. Family’s such as the Rockefeller’s passed the time during hot summer days taking part in the lavish splendor of this Southern playground.
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel now offers the finest in accomodations for the discerning traveler. Dine on five star cuisine in the Grand Dining Room or enjoy a lovely meal at the Crane Cottage, a short walk from the Hotel itself.
Crane Cottage is where Mr. T and I exchanged vows one cold winter day in front of a roaring fire with a private luncheon for our family afterward several years ago. Also on the hotel grounds is Cafe Solterra where you can enjoy a casual meal while sitting on the balcony that surrounds the inner courtyard.
This whole facility holds very special memories for me and my family. The beaches are close by and horseback riding is available if you want to take a ride on the beach. Bikes can be rented to see Jekyll the best way with shaded bike paths running around the entire island. There’s plenty of history, sightseeing and relaxing to be had. And you can take day trips to visit the other barrier islands in the area!
A trip to The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a great idea for any couple or family wanting to experience nature and history in an atmosphere of turn of the century grandeur. A lovely pool awaits as well as golfing on three outstanding courses if that’s your sport of choice.
You’ll be in for a special treat when the sun begins to set on this historic jewel. Plan to order a cocktail and watch nature’s display from the westward facing porch…you’ll feel every muscle in your body relaxing as you take in the splendor!