Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit St. Simons Island

Winter is an ideal time to check out St. Simons Island, Georgia, a stunning barrier isle that welcomes visitors throughout the year. Here are four reasons to visit this crown jewel of the Golden Isles this season:

Mild temperatures on the beach

Coastal Georgia usually averages temperatures in the mid-60s during the winter months. And with the summer crowds and dog restrictions gone, you can enjoy a peaceful visit to the beach with the whole family, including your favorite canine companions. November through January, take a trip to nearby Jekyll Island to go “ice skating” at a scenic beachfront skating village. Also on Jekyll Island, beach-goers can hunt for Island Treasures—handmade glass floats—in January and February.

Holiday happenings

Get in the holiday spirit with festive special events, including the Lighting of the City Christmas Tree in Jekyll Square East on Friday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. On December 8, enjoy a Christmas Craft Bazaar in the squares along Newcastle Street as well as a Holiday market in Mary Ross Park. And don’t miss the Brunswick Christmas Parade on December 1!

Seasonal events

While the peak tourist season might be over, there’s still plenty to do on St. Simons. Sample food and spirits from area restaurants at the Taste of the Golden Isles on November 16. Enjoy a variety of holiday events at the Downtown Brunswick Festival of Lights November 23-December 15. Take an immersive tour of the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site on November 30 or December 1 and experience an authentic 1850s Southern Christmas celebration.

Migrating wildlife

From North Atlantic Right Whales and Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins to more than 400 species of birds, St. Simons Island is always a prime choice for nature-lovers. Whether you take a guided nature tour around the island or blaze your own path along Georgia’s 90 miles of coastline, you’re sure to see a diverse array of wildlife.

Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Old Casino Building (red brick) | St. Simons Island, GA | 800-933-2627

Chef’s Demonstration at the Jekyll Island Club

January 19: Chef’s Demonstration in the Jekyll Island Club Ballroom, 1:30 p.m. As the chef shows how to prepare two courses and the accompaniments, questions and comments are welcomed from the audience. Includes a generous tasting of each course, a glass of wine that compliments each meal and printed, easy-to-follow recipes. Reservations required. 371 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-2600 or jekyllclub.com.

35th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival

December 30-January 1: 35th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival featuring Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys and many other bands in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Presented by Adams and Anderson, LLC. Chairs are provided. Tickets may be purchased online. (706) 864-7203 or aandabluegrass.com. (more…)

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Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit St. Simons Island

Winter is an ideal time to check out St. Simons Island, Georgia, a stunning barrier isle that welcomes visitors throughout the year. Here are four reasons to visit this crown jewel of the Golden Isles this season: Mild temperatures on the beach Coastal Georgia usually averages temperatures in the mid-60s during the winter months. And […]

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