Explore Georgia: Weekend Getaway in Jekyll Island

Looking for a quick getaway? Jekyll Island is a great place for a weekend vacation allowing you to explore Georgia. Jekyll Island is located off the coast of Georgia, in Glynn County and offers the most tranquil retreat imaginable.  It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia.


Jekyll Island has miles of wide open beaches to explore as well as the uniqueness known as Driftwood Beach. Driftwood resembles a tree graveyard as the eroding beach leaves  behind beautiful upturned oaks and pines. 


 I traveled to Jekyll Island for an awards banquet and found amazingly comfortable lodging at the Jekyll Island Hampton Inn & Suites. The spacious rooms and free wifi got me in the door. The free daily hot breakfast and the  boardwalk to the beach made my hotel stay most enjoyable. 


I came across a variety of places to dine while in Jekyll Island from hotel menus, to white linen restaurants to a laid back Mexican spot. After walking on the beach and being dressed casually, we selected Tortuga Jacks Baja Mexican, Jekyll’s only beachfront restaurant.  The open patio, cute atmosphere and decent drinks will have to be enough for you to enjoy and pass the time as the food was not amazing but definitely enjoyable. 

Courtyard at Crane was a totally different  fine dining experience. Courtyard at Crane is located inside the historic Crane Cottage which was designed in 1917. We got dressed in our fanciest vacation attire and thoroughly enjoyed the extensive dinner menu which highlighted delicious seafood, steaks and pastas. I enjoyed the catch of the day which was wahoo fish served with a collard greens risotto! It was absolutely delicious. I sampled the sweet tea brined pork chop, I shared the grilled Georgia peach, and completely devoured the fried cheesecake, which can all be found above. 


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  • Eva

    That looks like a nice getaway! I haven’t been there since I was little – I should probably take the kids to check it out at some point 🙂

  • Jekyll Island looks and sounds amazing and the food looks SO delicious (especially the Sweet Tea Brined pork chop)! My wife and I are definitely going to have to plan a trip there soon.

    Also, this is the first time I’ve ever seen pictures of horseshoe crabs (didn’t even know they were a thing). I think it would be interesting to see them in person.

  • I know so many people who are heading there this summer. I will have to add it to my list of places to visit. It looks like a wonderful time!

  • I live in Atlanta and have wondered what Jekyll Island would be like for a mini getaway. Thanks for the honest review!

  • I’ve heard of Jekyll island but have neve been. Looks peaceful. I bet it’s a nice getaway for those who live in GA.

  • You had me at all of this food! I’ve heard of this island but have never been. I will definitely have to look into it the next time I’m in/near GA.