In a not-so-long-ago time, and in a not-so-faraway place, information was hard to come by. Enter the internet, and now we’re bombarded with all sorts of data (some of it not so good). We’ve spent the last couple of weeks surfing the web (it’s been too rainy to do any other kind of surfing) and curating websites and social media platforms to inform and inspire our readers and put a multitude of influencers and content creators at your fingertips.
(1.NEWS) Given that we are in the Brunswick News Company publishing house, it would be remiss of us to neglect our daily newspaper, The Brunswick News. Visit us at thebrunswicknews.com, and discover up-to-the-minute local news, sports and features to keep you informed.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we discovered what a terrific resource the Southeast Georgia Health System Facebook page is. The daily health tips and coronavirus dashboards and statistics are a valuable resource. The Facebook page also links to the health system website, facebook.com/sghscares, where an abundance of health information and medical resources are available.
(2.CULTURE) Looking for something to do? Meander over to the Facebook page of the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, facebook.com/GoldenIslesGeorgia, which has numerous suggestions for dining, sightseeing and other relaxing pursuits. Other highlights include info on food festivals, hands-on activities for kids and professional sporting events. My favorite things about their website, which the Facebook page links to, are the sightseeing itineraries.
Golden Isles Magazine is another sister publication of Brunswick News Publishing Company. The website, goldenislesmagazine.com, has local suggestions for entertainment, dining, fashion, home and the arts. The July/August issue focuses on Exploring the Isles with unique perspectives and historical insights.
Want a luxury vacation but can’t (or won’t) take the time off to go? My favorite escape is the Sea Island feed instagram.com/seaisland. Their strong photography highlights their visitors, venues and the natural beauty of the island. Every Insta visit is like a little vacation.
Of course, Coastal Illustrated is packed with information and inspiration – everything from music, to home décor, dining, cocktails, local events and Cheri’s Shore Things is covered in our pages. The print and e-editions explore the Golden Isles lifestyle for both locals and tourists, coastalillustrated.com/eedition.
So, maybe it’s not posh you’re looking for when you get away. Perhaps rustic elegance is more your style. Little St. Simons Island is the place, and their Instagram account, @littlestsimonsisland displays the wildness of the beach and maritime forest and the creatures that thrive, not to mention the elegant, sustainable food and cozy lodging.
On a rainy afternoon, pull up the Historic Brunswick Foundation website and flip through old pictures, like this one, which shows the “before” shot of one of the walls in the Silver Bluff Brewing Co. beer garden. You too can visit the past by logging in to historicbrunswickfoundation.org.
Jekyll Island is a beloved destination for day trips by locals and folks from the surrounding area, and a vacation destination, seasonal address or permanent residence to many. Its website, jekyllisland.com, provides a great overview of the history, attractions, lodging, dining and wildlife on the protected barrier island, which is a state park, operated by the Jekyll Island Authority.
Who doesn’t love dogs and cats? The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia knows who you are and has the most adorable Instagram account, @hsscg – that will make you fall in love over and over again. If you need to lower your blood pressure, just visit this site. It will melt your heart. Now, go adopt an adorable four-legged friend.
(3.SHOPPING) Two Friends, twofriends2.com, is one of the trendiest boutiques on St. Simons Island, and features an array of clothes, accessories, home décor items and gifts for every occasion. Their website and social media – particularly Insta – is fantastic, but their “Behind the Yellow Door” YouTube series is like having a front row to Fashion Week. It features tons of tips and hints on how to style your wardrobe faves, while encouraging you to pick up a few new can’t-live-without-them items.
Another great place to learn how to curate and perfect your wardrobe is the weekly Style Class on TIBI’s Insta at instagram.com/tibi. TIBI Founder and Creative Director @amysmilovic grew up on St. Simons Island, but is now a major player in the fashion industry not only in the U.S., but internationally as well.
Viola’s Market is the go-to for gifts for nearly every occasion, but they also have an array of items for the home, unique jewelry and accessories, food and even plants. Visit their website at violasmarket.com.
If you like to support your values when you shop, Rahab’s Rope, rahabsrope.com, is a great place to land. Rahab’s Rope was founded to empower women and children in the fight against human trafficking, particularly in India. The boutique has a global marketplace vibe, and carries merchandise from 20 different countries, much of it handcrafted.Thirty-five percent of the shop’s inventory is made by the women Rahab’s Rope works with directly – including those still being trafficked, and in aftercare and prevention. The remainder of the inventory is sourced from other organizations and fair trade companies that help women in India and other parts of the world.
Visit KJ Clothier on Insta at instagram.com/kjclothier/ and discover fashion and make-up tips, daily “try-ons,” and other information to help you elevate your wardrobe. Sizes range from XS to 3X, so there’s something for everyone, including fabulous jewelry and accessories.
(4.DINING) The Georgia Sea Grill website, georgiaseagrill.com, welcomes visitors to take a deep dive and explore all the facets of this farm-to-table dining experience in the St. Simons Pier Village. Within the website, you can link to their catering arm, Three Little Birds Catering, their farm, Potlikker Farm, where they grow many of the fresh vegetables served in the restaurant, Satilla Ponds, their catfish farm in White Oak, where the catfish served at the restaurant is harvested and finally, Village Creek Landing, an event venue on St. Simons Island.
If you’re a foodie like many of us, visit the classic Palmer’s Village Café at palmersvillagecafe.com. The website provides all the basics, like hours of operation and menus, plus links to their social, including the Insta feed, with photos of scrumptious food, delicious beverages, and behind the scenes looks.
The most popular Instagram account in the Golden Isles belongs to Southern Soul Barbeque, instagram.com/southernsoulbbq. Its 45,900 followers get the latest on food, the barbeque team’s travel, charity events and a lot of fun. There’s a lot to see here, so set aside some time, and enjoy!
Halyards’ Instagram account, instagram/com/halyards_restaurant, is so much fun! It’s packed with beautiful food and drinks, fishing adventures with owner Dave Snyder and important updates.
(5.HOME) Back in the day many of us could wile away hours upon hours thumbing through magazines like Southern Living and House Beautiful searching for interior design inspo. The Instagram feed for Pierce and Parker instagram.com/pierceandparkerinteriors, is harder to walk away from than those old magazines. Filled with inspiration for the home, including textile trends, design schemes and shots of beautiful interiors, this is where you’ll want to spend some time, and visit frequently.
When I first visited the BeachviewEvent Rentals Insta, instagram.com/beachview_event_rentals, I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this wonderful cornucopia of design ideas, including table scapes and entertaining vignettes that are beyond your wildest dreams.
Can’t make it to a gallery or art show at the moment. Visit Anderson Fine Art Gallery, instagram.com/andersonfineartgallery, and you’ll feel as if you’re attending an exhibit opening or wondering through a grand museum. Many well-known artists are featured, from the classic to the contemporary, from Impressionism to abstract art, so there is something for everyone to love.
This is, without a doubt, the cheeriest handle that I’ve seeen on Instagram, instagram.com/mercibouquetflowertruck. Filled with flowers, visitors can get bushels of ideas for flower arranging on this feed. It’s ideal to visit if you just need a refreshing break. You can practically smell the flowers through your screen. And who doesn’t love flowers?
Mary Bryan Peyer Designs, instagram.com/mpbdesigns, is a feed filled with inspiring home projects. The detailed shots capture rooms that are absolutely to-die for, and her use of color is swoon-worthy.
The Taylor House Interiors Facebook page, facebook.com/TaylorHouseInteriors, is full of photos of beautiful spaces their designers have created both in their showroom and for clients. It is absolutely overflowing with suggestions for designing comfortable, but upscale, coastal living spaces whether you need to fill a home, condo or just one room with the right furniture and accessories.
Finally, visit the Simmer & Soak website, simmerandsoakco.com, for a bounty of ideas on how to create bespoke kitchens and baths, as well as links to their vendors and online shopping options. Psst. Don’t miss the link to their cooking classes! Regional chefs conduct in-person classes in Simmer & Soak’s on-site, fully functional kitchen. Grab some friends and learn how to put together the perfect meal, which you can then enjoy. What a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening!