No Winter Lasts Forever!


I don’t know about you, but these cold fronts and freezing temperatures have all of us daydreaming about Spring Break here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. With warmer temperatures, awakening of wildflowers, longer days and shorter nights, it’s no wonder everyone falls in love with Jekyll Island’s springtime.

So put away those winter blues, crank up the heater and let’s start planning your Spring Break vacation!

Whether it’s a family-friendly vacation you seek, or a relaxing getaway with your fellow teachers, we have just what you are looking here…including a 25% off Winter or Spring Getaway discount!

Soak in some vitamin d on the uncrowded beaches, paddleboard in the gentle Atlantic Ocean, casually bike along the 20 miles of paths that expand from one end of the island to the other, tee off at any one of the 3 golf courses, or have a heart-pumping tennis match. If adventure is more your style, take a shrimp boat excursion, go deep sea fishing or kayak through the winding marshes of the Golden Isles.


If you plan on joining us this March and April, events such as the Darcie Kent Vineyards Wine Dinner, the JIAA Art Festival or the free Easter Egg Stroll would be a great addition to your getaway, or if you are into photography, our Photography Weekend Package still has spots available.

Fill your days with delicious breakfast buffets, strolling along the mom and pop stores on Pier Road, enjoying lunch in the beautiful Courtyard at Crane, discovering everything there is to know about sea turtles at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or bike rides through the historic district.


Grab delicious treats at our Club Café, stop by our Lending Library for a good read, explore all of the historic background of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and the Historic District with a tram tour or claim a rocking chair on the Veranda for pure relaxation.

And of course, your nights are always well spent watching the sun set over the river with a cold cocktail in hand, cruising around the island in the signature Red Bugs or sitting among good company in our late-night Pub.

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Bring the whole family, grab a few friends, or simply travel solo…whatever your situation may be, stop daydreaming about Spring Break and make it happen instead!

But whatever you do, just make sure it includes the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a little piece of southern paradise!


Mambo Over to the Club for Big Band Dance Weekend!


Big Band Dance Weekend is making an appearance again here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel this coming February 20-21 and you don’t want to miss these two nights filled with dancing and fun!

Friday night kicks off the jazzy weekend with a Dessert Reception and smooth sounds from EZ Credit Combo from 8-10:30 pm in the Club Ballroom. Inspired by the similarities of dance quartets and quintets of the 40’s and 50’s, combined with the more recent sounds of pop bands, E-Z Credit formed in 1996 and has enjoyed a remarkable run as both a concert and dance band. Crossover styles in music featuring a horn trio and smooth vocals scan eclectic, keeping the dance floor alive with satisfying rhythms and harmonies! They will have you out busting a move on the dance floor in no time, and you’ll be begging for it not to end!

So, you have the opportunity to celebrate that it’s finally the weekend by dancing the night away and having your fill of all the tasty sweets you desire…for only $25 per person. AND, it’s the perfect date-night for a night “out on the island!”


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Saturday night is the crescendo of our Big Band Dance Weekend with the famous Dinner Dance in the Morgan Center from 7-10:30 pm. Indulge in one-of-a-kind items such as Upscale Crudite, grilled tournado of beef topped with fresh grouper and much more. And of course, topping off the meal with a very fitting dessert, Tuxedo Pie.

On this special evening, you will be busting a rug to the sounds of the Jekyll Island Big Band, founded back in 1979 who drew over 800 people for their very first dance. From 1980 until 1981, the group was took on the name of the Jekyll Island Dance Orchestra where they produced a LP Album in Macon, Georgia titled “The Sounds of Jekyll Island Performed by the Jekyll Island Big Dance Band”.  But it was the winter season of 1981-1982 that put the group on the map for big things and now have a track record for a 32 year story. So basically….the Jekyll Island Big Band is AMAZING!


Under the direction of Dr. Hal Crowe, the 15 piece Jekyll Island Big Band performs swing and dance standards that are timeless and exhilarating to ballroom dancers, new or seasoned! Whether desiring to Foxtrot, Samba, Waltz or Tango, this is the orchestra that delivers with all the high and low notes your dancing feet could want!

So now, you also have the opportunity to make that Friday date night a weekend trend and really knock the socks off of your date! With a delicious dinner and an extra hour of dancing time on Saturday evening, all for only $65 per person…you can’t go wrong!

Stop thinking about and go ahead and buy your tickets today.

Do it so you won’t have to dance with the broomstick in your kitchen because you wish you had joined us!

Purchase Friday Night Tickets HERE.

Purchase Saturday Night Tickets HERE.

Yay, You’re Engaged!…Now What?


Once a soon-to-be bride gets engaged, there’s always the moment after where they think “now what?” Wedding planning can appear stressful because unfortunately, the engagement ring doesn’t come with a set of instructions, but that’s no reason to spin into a state of chaos! While everyone’s styles and preferences are different, we’ve come up with a 5-step guide for all of you blushing bride’s out there that most of our past brides have typically follow here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

1. Set a budget

For obvious reasons, setting a budget is at the top of the list. While you don’t have to immediately sit down and crunch numbers right after you say “YES”, you should create a general budget before beginning the planning process so you don’t end up overwhelmed down the road. Some important questions to ask here are: “Are you paying for the wedding?”, “Are your parents or grandparents planning on contributing?”, “How much are they willing to help?”, “Are you comfortable with the budget amount?”

2. Create a Guest List Guideline

After setting the purse guidelines, you will then move on to the guest list. Start by sitting down with your fiancé and creating your personal guest list of all the close friends you would like to invite, and asking your parents to create a list of the family and family-friends who they would like to invite (especially if they are footing the bill!). Now don’t freak out, this first total is probably going to be a big one, it’s necessary though so you can then take a step back and ask yourself “Should I really invite my old college roommate who I haven’t talked to in a few years?”. From there, you will chisel away at the guest list until you arrive at a number you are comfortable with, and then you are ready to begin the fun stuff!

3. Go Venue Shopping

Now that you have a good estimate on your guest list, you will then move on to venue shopping. It’s important to have a good grasp on your guest head count because this will be vital to choosing your venue to ensure everyone has a seat! Here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we have several venue settings that range in size and are all perfect for ceremonies and receptions. Whether it’s an elegant garden setting, a sun-set background, sand between your toes, a jaw-dropping entrance or a charming chapel ceremony, we have it all!

Our largest setting for up to 300 people is the Morgan Center, featuring an outdoor terrace, deluxe lawn, a mezzanine and a large main floor complete with skylights and romantically draped fabric. The Morgan Center Lawn is perfect for a blissful outdoor ceremony as the trellises and surrounding greenery creates an intimate feel, or inside the main hall is a grand staircase that will be aglow with lights for a dramatic entrance as the bride can walk down the stairs to the aisle. What is truly wonderful about the Morgan Center is that it can house your entire wedding event from the ceremony to the reception.

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Following the Morgan Center in size is Crane Cottage, a grand, Italian Renaissance-style cottage featuring a formal Sunken Garden with fountains and an upper terrace, a fountained Courtyard with an arcaded loggia, a Reflecting Pool Lawn, an elegant Living Room complete with fireplaces and a cozy library. Crane’s garden is the perfect setting with its lush trellises for wedding ceremonies up to 250 people, followed by the Reception of up to 130 guests in the Courtyard underneath the loggia. Worried your group won’t fit in the Courtyard? With the add-on of a tent outside the Courtyard, an additional 170 guests can be accommodated.

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Our third and final setting that offers the ability to have all wedding events in one location is the Riverfront Lawn. With some of the best sunset and river views, along with a beautiful canopy of ancient oaks providing a sensational open-air setting, the Riverfront Lawn is a storybook location to fill all of your wildest dreams. Have a ceremony underneath the oak tree with your reception follow either out on the lawn as well or indoors, where the Club Ballroom would be a perfect fit!


If you are searching for a setting that offers a mix between indoor and outdoor setting with added privacy and true southern touches, then Cherokee is the setting for you! Constructed in 1904, the stand-alone cottage encompasses a southern-style front Veranda, three arched, double front doors that welcome guests into a light, spacious great room that is great for an indoor/outdoor reception, and its ten accommodations express a life of elegant leisure. With the ability to hold events up to 50 people, Cherokee is the perfect setting if a more intimate vibe is what you seek.


Here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, not only can you have riverside ceremonies, but you can also say I-do with a sea breeze in your veil! The Hotel’s Beach Pavilion, located along Jekyll Island’s pristine beaches, is a spacious open-air structure accommodating up to 70 guests–the perfect seaside setting for outdoor wedding events or rehearsal dinners. Sandy toes and salty kisses are the perfect duo for a blissful ceremony!

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Boasting historic charisma and elegance, the Club Ballroom is conveniently connected to the Clubhouse and just a few steps away from ceremony locations, making it the perfect setting for your desire to have your ceremony and reception in two different locations. Being able to accommodate up to 100 people for a reception filled with food, libations and dancing, guests will be able to mingle inside and out as the four sets of double doors open onto the Veranda, overlooking the moonlight sky and the Annex Courtyard.


Another great option for having an indoor reception, or even intimate ceremonies as well, is our historical Hall of Mirrors. Smaller, more intimate weddings are sensational in any of the private banquet rooms that flank the Hotel’s historic Hall of Mirrors: The Pulitzer, Federal Reserve, Aldrich, and Alexander rooms. All have 12-foot ceilings, natural light and a charming fireplace, and can accommodate up to 15-30 guests each. What makes the Hall of Mirrors so special, besides all of the rich historic background, is that they can easily be combined for larger groups up to 100.


A great nod towards a more traditional ceremony, Faith Chapel is centrally located in the historic district just next to Cherokee and Crane Cottage. With decorative elements derived from the Gothic style, and a beautiful signed stained glass window of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Faith Chapel is a great ceremony venue setting for up to 100 guests. The chapel is managed by the Historic Museum and makes the perfect background for an intimate chapel ceremony.


4. Set the Date

Once you have found your dream wedding venue, it’s time to pick a date! We suggest picking the venue before the date because if you only have one specific date when looking at different settings, you will be limiting yourself! The first few months out of the year is the biggest wedding booking season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still plan a 2015 wedding! We still have availability at select settings all throughout the year, and there are even still a few discount wedding weekends up for grabs! Finding a date that works not only for you and your fiancé, but also for the majority of those important guests you would like to attend, will help save some stress later so things like work, school and travel conflicts don’t arise.
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All Weekends in January March 13-15 November 20-22
February 6-8 August 7-9 November 27-29
February 20-22 August 14-16 December 11-13
February 27-March 1 August 21-23 December 18-20
March 6-8 August 28-30 December 25-27


5. Leave the Planning to Us!

Once you have selected your venue, chosen your date and dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s on the contract, your personal Catering Manager will reach out to you to begin the process of forming all of your wedding’s details. Select any of our wedding packages for wedding planning made simple, or chose to customize your wedding with the help of your Sales and Catering Managers. Either way, our staff is here to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch and with as little stress as possible. Our Sales and Catering Managers are also available for support on your special day as a full-on Wedding Coordinator to double check everything is how you pictured it would be, or book a one of our packages that includes one of our Wedding Coordinators!

Leave the wedding planning and coordination up to the professionals and enjoy this treasured time in your life, instead of spinning into a wedding spiral!

Give our lovely girls in the Sales and Catering Department a call today at 912-635-5170 and start planning your dream come true!

“Love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds” – Shakespeare


With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is definitely in the air! This year, there is also the added bonus that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday which creates the perfect opportunity to really plan something unique and special!

Like the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Valentine’s Day has a very historic background. While the exact details of how Valentine’s Day came about, it is assumed that this day filled with love was inspired by a church martyr, Saint Valentine, who officiated Christian marriages in secret after Emperor Claudis II banned marriages amongst young people, believing that wifeless soldiers fought harder in war than those married. Valentine so strongly believed in the God-given right of marriage, and it was later because of this belief and his secret officiant actions that he lost his life to his fight for “love for love”.

At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I officially declared February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day, and now here we are!

Continuing on with the historic sentiment of “love for love,” what better way to honor this exceptional day than with an elopement or renewal of vows ceremony? While some might call Valentine’s Day cliché, we beg to differ. A national day that was created to celebrate the historic actions of a martyr who believed in love, without whom we have no idea where the act of marriage would now be, is not cliché in any shape or form, but instead a great testament to the marriage you hope to have for the years to come.

So this year, let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day in historic proportions and honor Saint Valentine with the main thing he fought for, marriage.

A ceremony underneath the Spanish moss dripped live oaks, amongst the salty air and sandy ground or along the river as the sun slowly melts away will be nothing less than a romantic moment that you and your valentine will remember forever.

Call Cricket Elrod in our Sales and Catering Department today at 912-635-5129 and create your best Valentine’s Day yet!

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100th Anniversary of the First Transcontinental Telephone Call

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Tomorrow, January 25th, marks the 100th anniversary of the very first transcontinental telephone call, and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel had its own part of this historic event.

The famous four-way call that transpired around 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 25, 1915, was hailed as a technological triumph of monumental proportions, as instantaneous, coast-to-coast conversations became possible for the first time. On the line was U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, in Washington D.C.; scientist and telephone inventor Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, in New York; and Bell’s eminent assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in San Francisco.

As the greeting, “Hello, Jekyll Island,” reverberated across the phone lines, it was answered from Georgia by American Telephone and Telegraph Company President Theodore Newton Vail, who took part in the pioneering chat as he sat in one of the parlors of the legendary Jekyll Island Club.  The historic call had been intentionally planned to inaugurate the San Francisco World’s Fair, but Vail was stuck at the Jekyll Island Club recuperating from a leg injury.

Here is just a tidbit of the conversation that took place that afternoon…

President Wilson: “Hello, Mr. Vail.”
Vail: “Who is this?”
President Wilson: “This is the President, I am glad to hear your voice. I have just been speaking across the continent this afternoon.”
Vail: “Oh, yes.”
President Wilson: “Before I give up the telephone, I wanted to extend my congratulations to you on the consummation of this remarkable work.”

And the rest is history!

Join in the historic festivities as the Jekyll Island Museum celebrates this historic American event that also became another landmark chapter in Jekyll Island’s storied past. The museum will commemorate the centennial of a momentous scientific achievement that literally echoed from sea to shining sea with a celebration in the Morgan Center featuring a short presentation, a complimentary champagne toast, and the unveiling of a commemorative keepsake.  Coffee and cake also will be served, and with this event being open to the public for free admission, there’s no reason not to bring everyone! The fun begin at 4:00 p.m. – the same hour as the precedent-setting transcontinental telephone call a century earlier.

Want to learn more?  The Jekyll Island Museum recently launched an online exhibit telling the story of the first transcontinental telephone call.  The presentation can be viewed at

Cherokee, a Memorable Southern Setting


At the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, there are several fabulous wedding settings to choose from. If you love the quaintness of Crane Cottage, but maybe have a smaller guest list, then Cherokee is the PERFECT option for you!

Cherokee Cottage, as beautiful as the wild rose for which it was named, is also Italian Renaissance architectural style. Constructed in 1904, the stand-alone cottage encompasses a southern-style front Veranda, three arched, double front doors that welcome guests into a light, spacious great room that is great for an indoor/outdoor reception, and its ten accommodations express a life of elegant leisure.
Cherokee might be smaller in size of the two cottages, but the beauty and charm is nothing less than superb. With the ability to hold events up to 50 people, Cherokee is the perfect setting if a more intimate vibe is what you seek. Many brides choose to have their ceremony on the Cherokee Lawn underneath the shade from breathtaking live oak tree, followed by cocktail hour on the drive and the pleasures of dinner, reception and dancing in the Main Hall and on the Veranda.

If you are searching for a setting that offers a mix between indoor and outdoor setting with added privacy and true southern touches, then call our Sales Department today to book a site visit and head over to view this gorgeous venue!

There is still a good mix of availability for wedding weekends here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for 2015, but we expect fill up soon! Go ahead and secure your perfect wedding weekend while you still have the opportunity! We’d love to be a part of your special day that you will cherish forever.



Wedding Planning Made Simple: The Club Package

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Leave everything to us for your all inclusive destination wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!

We at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel understand weddings, and with that knowledge several packages were created to help simplify the wedding planning process. Among those packages is the client-favorite, the Club Wedding Package.

Once you have selected your date, you would then just need to tell us your choices of the available settings, music and food options, and your ceremony and reception will unfold just as you always imagined, from your gorgeous bridal bouquet right down to a handcrafted wedding cake that tastes as good as it looks! With our Club Package, you have the opportunity to put your own touches on everything to make your wedding match you and your future husband’s personalities….all without the headache of trying to do the wedding planning alone!

Our Club Package is best for groups ranging from 31-130 and also includes a Ceremony Director for your rehearsal and on your big day, a big added bonus for ensuring your wedding weekend goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

It’s not too late to plan a 2015 wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. With several weekends still available at multiple locations all over our property, there is sure to be a date that fits in your desired time-frame, and maybe even a discounted weekend too!

Spectacular Wedding Special Weekends 2015
All Weekends in January March 13-15 November 20-22
February 6-8 August 7-9 November 27-29
February 20-22 August 14-16 December 11-13
February 27-March 1 August 21-23 December 18-20
March 6-8 August 28-30 December 25-27


We’re booking fast though for our 2015 wedding season, so be sure to snag your dream weekend before it’s gone…and ask for the Club Package too of course!

A Wedding Favorite: Crane Cottage

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With the beautiful scenery, twinkling lights and historic charm, it’s no wonder that Crane Cottage is the most popular setting here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Built in 1917, this grand, Italian Renaissance-style cottage, adjacent to the main Hotel, has a formal Sunken Garden with beautiful greenery, sparkling fountains and an upper terrace, a fountained Courtyard with bare-bulb lighting and an arcaded loggia, a Reflecting Pool Lawn, an elegant Living Room complete with two oversized fireplaces and a cozy library.

Crane’s garden is the perfect setting with its lush trellises and tranquil fountains for romantic wedding ceremonies underneath the sun for up to 250 people, followed by the pre-reception gathering filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on either the Reflecting Pool Lawn or set inside the Living Room. The evening would then continue into the Courtyard for the reception, which is a great setting if you are looking for a mix of indoor and outdoor. Serve up to 130 guests with either a plated or buffet-style dinner, with dancing and either your band or DJ set in the Living Room.

If you’re having a big wedding or if you are worried your group won’t fit in the Courtyard, don’t fret! With the addition of a tent outside the Courtyard, up to 250 people can be accommodated, so everyone can be invited to share in your special day.

And of course, this is just one of the ways we feel Crane Cottage works best for weddings, but you can always customize your special day how you choose.

But, with all this being said, Crane Cottage only has a select few weekends still remaining in 2015, so you should act quick if your heart is set on this gorgeous, historic cottage. We’d hate for you to miss out on the dream wedding venue you’ve been searching high and low for!

Stayed tuned for more spotlights on our other beautifully unique settings here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!


Give our Sales Department a call today at 912-635-5170 to receive more information about your wedding at Crane Cottage.

Top 5 Travel Trends of 2015 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

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With the beginning of a new year, new trends pop up everywhere and we are here to talk about the travel and vacation trends that we believe will be all the rage during 2015 from examining the trends we saw rising tremendously by the end of 2014.

Multi-Generation Vacations

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start making more regular calls to the grandparents as it’s now the year of multi-generation travel. We’ve watched as relationships between baby boomers and their grandchildren grow as they share their vacation with their children and grandchildren. We especially love this growing trend because we get to be a part of a memorable family vacation that the grandchildren will remember forever, while also being constantly reminded how Jekyll Island can make a connection to people of all ages. Utilize our Winter Getaway rate to save 25% off your accommodations for the family, or book the Family Beach Getaway package to include items such as beach towels and discounts on babysitting!


New Year, New You: Health & Wellness

Healthy vacationing has been a growing trend among guests and events here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, and it sounds more fun than you would think! The Jekyll Island is set up perfectly for a health and wellness filled trip with 20 miles of bike paths, paddleboard and kayak rentals, three beautiful golf courses and volleyball nets on the beach, along with handmade salads, an abundance of fresh seafood and fish and much more! To truly capitalize on your health conscious vacation, check out our Yoga Retreat Weekends and the Nature and Outdoor Adventure Weekend package, or book a stay at a discounted rate for the annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon.


It’s a Food Party!

Food has always been at the heart of travel, but increasingly, travel has now become a way to celebrate cuisine. You could say 2015 is a landmark year in cuisine as the concept of a “formal restaurant” turns 250, beginning way back when in Paris during 1765. In today’s age, the mainstream “foodie” mentality has turned dining into entertainment and a full on celebration, and that’s exactly what our Executive Chef Dale Ford and his culinary team tries to achieve here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. With our monthly Chef Demonstrations, health-conscious Kid’s Cooking Camps, Cooking Schools and handcrafted displays and menus for all events, holidays and even weekly occasions like Sunday Brunch, your taste buds will be jumping for joy during your time here!


A Vacation for One

While multi-generation vacations are a growing trend of 2015, so is its counterpart, solo traveling. It is said that traveling alone allows a greater sense of self-discovery and allows you to create the exact voyage you seek, and here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we support this growing trend completely. With our new Solo Traveler Package, you can easily explore all of the beauty and historic charm that Jekyll Island has to offer in as little as three days with our perfectly planned itinerary, or go against the norm and customize your entire trip to fit in what’s most important to you. With breakfast, tickets to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, historic district tour and hotel tour, a bicycle rental, Victorian Tea one lovely afternoon and a picnic lunch to carry with you on your adventures, this Solo Traveler packages packs the punch for highlighting some of the best attributes of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.


Never a Dull Moment

Unplanned vacations are a thing of the past and customized trips are in for 2015. Most family vacations now consist of planned activities, events, and bucket list items as we now like to utilize our vacations, weekend getaways and even business trips as a two-for-one deal. We’ve seen more family vacations here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel consist of attending hotel events like Comedy Night and the Shrimp and Grits Festival, while also hopping on dolphin boat cruises, kayaking the marshes, learning how to paddleboard for the first time, biking around the island instead of driving and having delicious family dinners then watching the sun set together over the river. We’ve also seen business meetings offering planned activities for the attendees like a scavenger hunt, historic tram tours and golf tee times. Your stay here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel can be action packed or full of relaxation, but either way, you have the option to fully customize your stay to include what you desire the most! Plan a trip of a lifetime in 2015 here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and you won’t be disappointed!

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2014 Ended with a Bang!


The employees of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel got to cut loose December 19th for the annual holiday gathering and end of the year awards. Lunch was served and was made up of delicious treats such as homemade guacamole, pimento cheese, ham salad sliders, mini cheeseburgers, gooey brownies and much more! Once everyone had their fill of all the food they could take, the award banquet began.

Managing Director Kevin Runner presented the Department and Employee of the Year awards for 2014 as well as various other milestone accolades. Before beginning the awards banquet though, all employees were invited to participate in a raffle event put on by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in efforts to raise money for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Various hotel vouchers around the Southeast were raffled off and the hotel is very excited to have raised $1,000 for this great cause!

Every year, several department heads and managers nominate employees who exemplify an all-star worker with great work ethic. Among those nominated, Runner draws one at random. This year’s Employee of the Year was presented to Gabriella Feher, a Courtyard at Crane Server. Gabriella was very honored to be named Employee of the Year and stated, “I’m very honored to be named Employee of the Year for 2014. I have greatly enjoyed working for the Club Hotel over the past years, and hope to continue doing what I love for a very long time.” As Employee of the Year Feher receives an engraved plaque, $500, complimentary meals for one year and a dedicated parking space at the hotel.

The Department of the Year award was given to…..the Club Café staff! The Club Café was chosen as the 2014 Department of the Year for their tremendous hard work, increased sales of over $100,000, and spike in positive reviews all year round. Club Café employees include: Alan Cate, Jasmine Colbert, Ashley Currie, Carolyn Fair, Robert Hodges, Cooper Hope, Allyson Smith, Arrin Smith, Alisha Szucs and Ashley Wolfe.

Several employees were also awarded for their yearly dedication to the hotel. Sterling silver gemstone award rings were given to Lynn Lee, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, and Glen Fye, Purchasing Manager, both of whom celebrated 25 years of service to the hotel. The Fifteen Year Awards were presented to: Sherri Zacher, Coincerge; Jenny Lane, Front Desk, Martin Heys, Banquet Chef; José Ruiz, Bellstand; and Katha Tovey, Director of Reservations.

The Ten Year Awards were presented to: Heather Redick, Gift Shop; Gail Rumble, Concierge; Melissa MacBride, Front Desk, Mike Ross, Event Manager; and Carmen Brown, Club Café. The Five Year Awards were presented to: Ray Smith, Maintenance; Lisa Pritchard, Server; Alan Cate, Club Café Manager; and Ashley Hartenstein, Chef Garde Manger.

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel would like to thank all employees for contributing to the success of the hotel in 2014 and making it one of the best yet!