Island getaways are typically thought of as summer vacation destinations. So why are so many folks flocking to Jekyll Island Georgia in the winter season – rather discreetly? (Don’t miss the winter events at the very end). Have I got some juicy info to share with you, my friend?! …..
I’ve been hooked since my first visit where I locked eyes with my husband-to-be on its unspoiled, secluded beach. We were engaged at the exact spot two months later and now take numerous trips all year long with family and friends. I’m clearly enamored. Intrigued. Obsessed.
So why do other people secretly flock to Jekyll Island Georgia during the winter?
A big decision of why Millionaire tycoons like Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan chose Jekyll Island Georgia in the first place as their winter hideaway was because of the splendid Jekyll weather. These northerners were excited to find quite a contrast between their blustery winters and the pleasant, sub-tropic weather.
The average winter temperatures from December through March have highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. A little nip in the air that is still suitable for outdoor activities? Yes, please! Sounds like perfect mild winter weather to me.
Jekyll Treasure Hunts
These beauties aren’t quite buried, but they are coveted treasures, for sure. Quietly, people come from all around the world to search for these one-of-a-kind glass orbs that are hidden around the island by volunteers. The island treasures are hand-made by artists to mimic the glass fishing floats that fishermen once used to keep their fishing nets afloat. People have been finding these lost fisherman’s floaters along beaches since the 1800’s.
Every day in January and February these beach buddies stroll around the island, carefully placing the gorgeous glass treasures in places like the Jekyll beaches, by benches in the Historic District, and along shops, etc. They never hide them in out-of-reach places that will harm anything like the dunes.
Birding on Jekyll Island is a big deal. Just ask the UGA 4-H leaders or the folks that head up the Coastal Georgia Birding groups. It just happens to be right smack in the middle of Savannah and St. Mary’s Georgia, along this Coastal birding trail. It is said that over 75% of the bird species in Georgia find their way to the tiny island of Jekyll every year.
There are many species that visit all year long like shorebirds and gulls, but I especially enjoy photographing the waterfowl that show up in the winter as I stroll along the beach at the southern tip of the island. If birding is something that puts a smile on your face like it does mine, you can also visit the bird sanctuary that is tucked in the back of the Island Campground.
Splendid, Relaxing Isolation
Jekyll Island is included in what’s called the Golden Isles of Georgia because these sea islands sparkle like gold treasure against the blue Atlantic waters, and the tidal seagrass along this coast becomes the most luminous shade of gold at every sunset. Remember the poet, Sidney Lanier’s poem about the area? There is something about the stillness of the panoramic beauty of Jekyll in the winter.
My online friend wrote a book a few years ago about the Splendid Isolation that the millionaires of the gilded age discovered while playing out their fairy tale saga. When I’m walking in the quietness of Jekyll Island in the winter, I feel the same splendid isolation that these tycoons must have felt so long ago. It’s amazing: each time we drive across the six-mile causeway to enter the isle, I feel my stress levels drop lower and lower as we get closer.
When I mentioned the seclusion you feel while visiting Jekyll Island Georgia, romantic thoughts may have dashed through your “wifey” mind. There are definitely many opportunities for couples to find a little romance. Besides the holiday celebrations, multiple hotels and restaurants promote Valentine weekend getaways and packages.
What’s better than getting away to find adventure on a secluded island with the love of your life? Jekyll Island is bursting with romantic places and windswept weddings. Date nights that include walking hand-in-hand along eerie Driftwood beach are just one of the secrets that locals know!
Have you been dying to visit the mansions (that the rich and famous called “cottages” back in the gilded era) in the Millionaire’s village? The Jekyll Island Museum will be giving tours to show off these jewels in their holiday splendor.
Twilight tours will be spectacular trolley rides through the National Historic District at night to show off the grandeur of our beautiful secret island. Visit the Jekyll museum or give them a call at 912) 635-4036.
Nostalgia and opulence drape the island like a fairy-tale. It’s transformed into a lighted wonderland of yesteryear, especially the Jekyll Island Historic District and its resort hotel.
Hurricane Irma caused the cancellation of the annual Shrimp and Grits festival. The Shrimp and Grits festival will merge with the Jekyll tree-lighting ceremony this year on November 24th and 25th. It will be a family fun two-day event for all including:
- a kid zone
- shrimp and grits
- movie on the green: “Elf”
- live music
- letters to Santa
- food trucks
- artist’s market
- lighting of the Christmas tree
- fireworks and snow during the tree lighting
Admission is free to the weekend event. Fees are individual to attractions and food vendors.
Which secret Jekyll Island trait is your favorite?