Celebrating Food Friday like the French!


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For Tart Shells:

Add Butter, Powdered Sugar, and Salt to a mixer. Using paddle attachment blend until creamy. Add Egg and blend until smooth. Sift Cake and All Purpose flours together and slowly add into mixture until smooth. Lay out plastic wrap over a cookie sheet, place dough onto plastic wrap and press flat. Wrap dough to keep out air. Refrigerate for 30 min. to an hour.

Preheat Oven 350 Degrees

Pull dough from refrigeration (should be soft but hold its shape). Dust a flat clean surface with All Purpose flour and roll tart dough to approx. 1/8th in. thick. Grease Tarts Shells with non-stick spray and lay dough into molds. Cut parchment pieces to cover each mold individually and fill with either baker beans or bakers rice. Bake in oven (for the 9” tar shell) for 15 min. turn and bake an additional 10-15 min. until dough is golden brown on edges. (for the 3.5” tartlets) for 10 min, turn and bake an additional 10-15min. until edges are golden brown.

Once baked allow to cool completely and remove parchment with beans/Rice.

For Filling:

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs slowly and mix until completely incorporated – mixture may look curdled. Add warm melted chocolate and quickly mix in. Beat on high until smooth. Add cream and vanilla and beat on high until thick. Pile filling into baked tart shell(s), chill until set.

Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, as desired.

Join Us for Our Benefit Truffle Wine Dinner!


Our next wine dinner has been set and we want you to join us!

With not even a month to go, the next wine dinner will be presented by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and the American Culinary Federation Golden Isles Chapter….and is themed in truffles!

But that’s not all that makes this wine dinner unique.

Part of the proceeds from the wine dinner will be donated to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center of Savannah in honor of a sweet little girl, Alexa Hartenstein, who received her wings this winter.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy a five course meal inspired by seasonal truffles, delicious wines and the child at heart we all have. Some of Alexa’s favorite foods are hidden throughout this unique menu  – granny smith apples, macaroni and cheese, lollipops, even more cheese, and cornbread, just to name a few.

Several different wines will be present and they are sure to please any palate!

Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Rose…Perriere Sancerre….Cave de Lugny, Macon Lugny Les Charmes….Chateau la Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-pape “Les Granieres” and Chatteau Laribette Sauternes.

Don’t worry, just leave the pronunciation of them to our chefs and just swirl, smell and sip!

So go ahead and join us in the Morgan Center on the evening of August 23rd from 6-10pm for a night filled with unique, handcrafted foods, perfectly paired wines, wonderful company and a great cause. All the best things in this world.

And, for those attending who would like to capitalize on the event by extending their evening into the night, a very special rate of $159 for Sunday night is now available.

You may view the full menu and purchase your tickets HERE; and book your room, if so desired, HERE.

Food Friday Featuring Figs!

Friday Food Diary


Golden figs:
Cut off bottom to make flat, scoop out center, place insides and end cuts in a pot and reserve.
Carambola (Star Fruit):
Slice thin, place in sauté pan, coat with simple syrup (approximately 4oz hot water & ¼ cup sugar). Sauté until water is completely evaporated. They should turn a light brown. Place on a silpat lined tray and bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Slice 1-2each extra and place in a pot with golden fig trimmings. Add 4oz white wine and 4oz simple syrup. Cook until boiling. Use immersion blender until smooth, return to heat and reduce until thick. Allow to cool completely.
Cream 4oz of cream cheese. Slowly incorporate fig & carambola mixture until sweetened but not too loose. Add 2Tbsps sugar to increase sweetness. Pipe the fig mixture into the hollowed golden figs, then pipe sweetened cream cheese on top of that.

Garnish with candied carambolas.

Introducing Friday Food Diary: Key Lime Pie!

Friday Food Diary


Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine condensed milk, egg yolks, and key lime juice.
Pour into pie crust.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, may be slightly bubbly along edges.
Remove from oven, allow to cool.
Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours.
To top pie, in electric mixer whip cream, sugar and vanilla until almost stiff peak
Spread onto chilled pie, garnish with lime slices.

Check back every Friday for our Friday Food Diary post to help you expand your recipe catalog to include some of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s personal favorites!

Because really….who doesn’t love a good home-cooked recipe?

Our Pin-To-Win Giveaway is BACK!


Add a fun vacation to your agenda this year, ON US! Our Pin-to-Win Giveaway has officially begun and you have until 11:59PM on July 31, 2015 to enter for a chance to win a four night getaway for up to four people, including bike rentals one day!

With over 20 miles of bike paths winding throughout the island, nine miles of unspoiled beaches, four championship golf courses, and countless activities and programs to enjoy from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to mini golf, a visit to the Jekyll Island Club Salon & Spa, guided historic tours and so much more.

The rules for the contest are simple.

  1. Follow @jekyllclub on Pinterest
  2. Build a travel board titled “Jekyll Island Club Hotel Pin-to-Win Giveaway”
  3. Repin at least 5 images from our Pin-to-Win Facebook App with the hashtag #MyJICHGetaway
  4. Submit your board through our Facebook App

With only 4 simple steps, it’s a no brainer to enter this contest! You may enter once per day and can even earn extra entries by having someone enter the contest by sharing the contest onto your personal Facebook wall.

The clock is ticking and you only have 29 days left to enter!

Now stop reading and GET TO PINNING!


Laughter is the Best Medicine!


While it may only be June, we are already very excited for our annual Comedy Weekend in January 2016 because we just finalized the lineup for both nights…and it’s going to be a weekend of epic laughing proportions!

The event kicks off Friday January 22 in the Morgan Center, with a great MC for the whole weekend, Andy Pitz. Described as one of New York’s most original, funny and talented stand-up comedians, you just know he is going to be good! Transitioning after Andy on stage will be Dean Napolitano, Aaron Kleiber and Dale Jones.


Napolitano will remind you of the comedians from yesteryear, but with a modern twist that keeps you engaged and laughing the whole time. Having TV credits from “About Brian” on ABC, “Heroes” on NBC, “The Shield” from FX and many others, Napolitano is sure to set the perfect tone for the weekend.

Kleiber has always been an entertainer, from standing on coffee tables envisioned as a stage as a child to just your nightly dinners with a now unique comedic tone. Recently named “Best Pittsburgh Comedian” and a requested feature performer for Jim Breuer, Bob Saget and more, it’s no wonder we wanted him in our lineup!

Jones is no newbie to the comedy world, but instead has 20 + years of experience, making his machine gun style delivery and insanely high energy on stage into one amazingly funny performance! Jones is also very familiar with the TV world, having appeared on “The Very Funny Show” on TBS, “Last Comic Standing” on NBC and The Comedy Network in Canada.

Because one night of pure funny entertainment is never enough, the show continues on Saturday night with an all new lineup of clever comedians – Sally Brooks, Dave Williamson and Al Jackson.


Brooks’ style can easily be described as fun-loving, smart-assed and personable, making her a great way to kick off the Saturday evening show. Having been apart of Comedy Central’s “UP NEXT” talent search and was an inspiration for the HULU show “Mother Up”, Brooks will be bringing a lot of belly laughs to Jekyll Island.

Childhood stories, colorful college memories, and young father experiences make up Williamson’s material and it creates a home run of laughs! Debuting on TV with “NickMom Night Out”, earning the title “Miami’s Best Comedian” and having released a highly rated debut cd, Williamson is on a roll and always pleases the crowd.

Jackson is the final comedian on the weekend, with several reasons why to back that decision. With appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, being the host for FOX’s “Awesome Adventures” travel show, and credits to include “Comedy Cuts” on TBS, “Louie Anderson Presents” with Showtime and too many others to list, Jackson is sure to leave the crowd with some seriously sore ab muscles to conclude the weekend.

A weekend package is available and includes reserved, preferred seating at both Friday and Saturday night shows, with a two night stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel including the breakfast buffet each morning.

Two nights of tasty libations, great company and 7 well-known comedians….it doesn’t get much better!

Mark your calendar today and get ready to laugh the night away!

Beach Photography Tips

Beach Photography Tips from Jekyll Club

We all take vacations for different reasons. Whether it’s a matter of seeing the world or spending quality time with friends and loved ones, vacations are filled with moments worth remembering.

And what better way to capture those moments than a handful of beautifully composed photographs? All it takes is a few photos to bring your memories and stories to life.

That being said, setting up the perfect shot and capturing a scene just right isn’t always as simple as “point and shoot” — especially when you’re vacation takes place somewhere like the beaches of Jekyll Island.

To help you prepare for your next vacation, we’re detailing everything you’ll need to master the art of beach photography. Take a look!

Scouting Out the Best Location


Finding Unique Locations to Take Pictures on the Beach

When it comes to taking a picture, the first step always involves finding the right location. It’s a relatively simple step that offers a vast amount of flexibility depending on how creative you want to be. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • The beach is about more than shorelines and waves. Sure, any beach can make for a breathtaking landscape shot, but don’t forget to look around. It’s the little things that bring character to your shots.
  • Look for interesting subjects. Beaches are filled beautiful scenes and features worth capturing. Finding the right subject can add flair to your photo that you’d miss if you focused solely on the shoreline.
  • Change your point of view. One of our favorite bits of advice is to take to higher ground for dramatic landscape shots. Not only will it give your photography a new perspective, but it’ll also give you the chance to scope out new locations and shots all along the beach.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. This means looking out for any trash or debris that may clutter your shot (then again, debris may add some character). And of course, be mindful of who else is around. Beaches tend to be popular locales – don’t expect to be the only person there!

Shooting at Different Times of Day

So, you’ve scouted out the right location for your photos. What’s next?

That depends entirely on when you’re planning to take those stunning pictures on the beach. Time of day plays a major role in how your photos turn out — and the beach’s natural backdrop only makes that role more pronounced.

Knowing how to prepare for the different times of day is an incredibly important part of landing the best beach shot possible — and we’re here to walk through the details that come with each part of the day.

Tips for Early Morning


Take the Best Beach Pictures at Sunrise

Few scenes rival serenity of sunrise. Between the cool calm of the morning air and the warmth of the day’s first few rays of sunlight, nothing impresses quite like early morning. And that’s probably why sunrise photos are such coveted shots.

However, those awe-inspiring pictures aren’t without their fair amount of preparation. If you’re on the hunt for a stunning sunrise, here are some tips to follow:

  • Maintain a shutter speed of 20 seconds. The morning offers much less light than other times of day. You’ll need to make up for this with a longer exposure to avoid dim, muted photos.
  • Set white balance to “shade”. Morning light comes in at a cooler tone than usual, so you’ll have to adjust your white balance to draw out the warmth of the sunrise.
  • Keep ISO around 100. The combination of a low ISO and a long shutter speed means you’ll catch a much more dynamic range of tones in your photos.
  • Don’t focus solely on the sunrise. As simple as this sounds, it’s easy to fix your attention on the sunrise and nothing else. Don’t forget to look around for other subjects. Sunrise offers truly unique lighting and colors — don’t miss out on the chance to grab these shots.

Tips for Mid-Day


How to Take Mid-Day Pictures on the Beach

When it comes to taking pictures during the day, there is no shortage of ample light. If anything, the amount of direct sunlight creates its own set of challenges due to harsh shadows and bright light. Use these tips to make the most of mid-day lighting:

  • Set up shots that avoid harsh shadows. There are a number of ways you can do this through redirecting sunlight and leaving shadows out of the shot.
  • Use a fill-in flash to add light to the subject’s face. One of the bigger challenges of mid-day sunlight is bringing equal lighting to your subject’s face. A simple fill flash can work wonders in brightening up your shots.
  • Make use of those extra towels. Using a white towel as a makeshift backdrop can help bounce light back onto your subject. Just make sure you have some helping hands to make the shot possible.
  • Keep your shots tight and focused. Taking zoomed, focused shots is a great way to make the most of the additional light without needing to include the surrounding shadows.

Tips for Sunset Photos


Beach Photography Tips for Sunsets

Much like sunrise, sunset offers photographers a unique combination of color and warmth that can make for truly memorable photos. As you’ve probably guessed, we have a few tricks of the trade to help these shots turn out as best as possible:

  • Remember the rule of thirds. While the sunset can be your focal point, try keeping the sun and the horizon away form the center of your frame.
  • Focus on silhouettes. Don’t let the sunset draw your attention away from other features along the beach. The warm backdrop of a setting sun provides for stunning silhouettes you won’t want to miss.
  • Stay for the long haul. Don’t assume you’re done after snapping a few pictures. Sunsets change minute by minute, and you never know what colors and lighting you’ll run into throughout its course. Along with that, don’t be afraid to try out different amounts of exposure to capture varying types of lighting.

Tips for Night Beach Photography


Tips for Night Beach Photography

Night photography is an entirely different story. The lack of sunlight allows for a full array of colors, and the versatility of long exposures makes for some creative shots. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for your next round of night shots:

  • Take advantage of the quiet. Evening on the beach is a lot calmer than mid-day. Fewer people stay out through the evening, meaning it’s an ideal setting for grabbing some dramatic shots.
  • Use the water to add new dynamics to your photos. Water has a way of softening colors while adding an interesting reflection to your shots. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the way lighting interacts with the ocean.
  • Play with your shutter speeds for varying effects. Keep your speeds fast for catching recognizable subjects, or switch to 10-30 seconds to create a blurred effect.

Shooting During Bad Weather


How to Take Beach Pictures During Bad Weather

Despite what it may seem, all is far from lost if the weather is less than favorable. Sure, sunlight is the standard formula for a classic beach shot. But varying types of weather offer some dynamics you wouldn’t be able to capture otherwise.

  • The benefit of muted lighting. Cloudy days and overcast weather provide softer ambient lighting. This allows for some truly clear, crisp shots without requiring you to change multiple settings on your camera.
  • Softer lighting means better reflections. The muted sunlight also allows for you to better capture reflections in nearby water — meaning you can take a wide range of creative shots that play off your subject’s reflection.
  • Weather as a subject. Rolling storm fronts and billowing thunderclouds are some of the most dramatic sights around the beach. And on an overcast day these details are even easier to capture.

Adding a Hint of Technique


Techniques for Beach Photography

Knowing how to prepare for your beach shots is an important part of capturing the moments you want to remember, but the added touch of technique can make those keepsakes truly remarkable. Here are a few more tips that can come in handy for any type of photography:

  • Exposure bracketing – Use exposure bracketing to manually adjust the exposure in your photo. By going beyond the cameras default mode and upping the exposure you can reduce the shade on your subject that’s caused by the bright beach light.
  • Spot metering – Some cameras allow for spot metering, which forces the camera to apply the most exposure to a specific part of the image. This can be useful if your subjects’ faces, eyes or other aspects have too much shade.
  • Fill flash – Make sure your flash is on when taking pictures on a really bright day. This will help eliminate the shadows from your subjects’ faces.
  • Black & White – If you don’t like the shadows showing up in your beach photos, try black and white. The added touch gives a more dramatic feel to the photo, and it can help when you have off-coloring.

Putting it All into Practice

At the end of the day (or the beginning, if you prefer), beach photography is a matter of personal touch. There’s always something to glean from advice, but your personality will be what shines through the shots you take and the memories you make. So try some of these ideas out next time you’re out at the beach. Who knows, you may be surprised by what you can create!

And if you want to further grow your photography talents — or if you just need a reason to spend a weekend getaway at the beach — check out our upcoming photography weekend workshops. We have one this November and another next February!

As Fall Leaves Turn Their Brilliant Hue, Two Hearts Join and Say, ‘I Do’

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For all of you summer love birds out there who just recently got engaged, congratulations! While wedding season is definitely upon us, that doesn’t mean planning a wedding during 2015 is completely impossible or unthinkable.

The fall and winter seasons are a gorgeous time of year on Jekyll Island and create the perfect backdrop to any wedding weekend. Not to mention during some of these fall and winter months, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel offers spectacular wedding discounts on certain weekends.

One question most Bride’s do have when it comes to weddings in the later months is, “Aren’t we going to freeze?” While we can’t guarantee anything when it comes down to weather, we can say based on the past years that we have much milder falls and winters than most regions. For example, the average high in October is 77 degrees, November 70 degrees and December 63 degrees.

Of course like other destinations, we can have those random hot days and cold fronts blow through but that’s nothing that we can’t help you prepare for with your wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Just like a rain back-up, if your Sales and Catering Managers realize that there’s a cold front coming through and your function is outside, then they can easily add heaters to your event for a small fee. Or if you aren’t one to brave a cool breeze, then you can simply use your inside back-up location.

Another thing to keep in mind with planning a wedding in November and December is Daylight Savings Time. Since we lose an hour of daylight, it becomes dark on Jekyll Island by 5-5:30 pm. If an outdoor ceremony is what you have your heart set on, we have 3:30pm and 4:30pm ceremony times available in order to make sure you have enough natural lighting for the ceremony and any pictures you want.


Mentioned earlier was the spectacular wedding discounted weekends…did you think we weren’t going to tell you any more about them? Well of course not!

We are currently offering discounts on the following fall and winter weekends in 2015: November 20-22, November 27-29, December 11-13, December 18-20 and December 25-27. And we have now added….TWO MORE WEEKENDS!

Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, and Halloween Weekend, October 30-November 1, are both now a part of our spectacular wedding discounted weekends for 2015!

Labor Day is only 3 months away, which is plenty of time to book and plan your wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Which means, all of the other discounted weekends offer ample amount of time to create your dream wedding. With both your Sales and Catering Managers guiding you through our wedding packages, or assisting you with customizing your wedding, you will have all the details lined up in no time!

Fall and winter weddings open up such unique options for you, such as having s’mores around a bonfire, a specialty cocktail like apple cider or winter sangria, candied apple guest favors, twinkling Christmas lights surrounding you, using pumpkins and berries as nontraditional centerpieces and so much more.

So if you just recently got engaged and think that you can’t get married until the next fall or winter because you don’t have enough time to plan, then think again!

You’ve got the ring, so why wait any longer to marry your soulmate?

Give our Sales and Catering Department a call today at 912-635-5170 to snag one of our discounted weekends, and to start the ever so fun process of planning your special wedding day!

It’s Terrapin Season!


Beginning in May, not only does the weather warm up but turtle season begins on Jekyll Island. Some might not be familiar with what exactly turtle season is, and that’s okay!

During May until July, you’ll notice the flashing lights as you drive onto the island, signaling to you that you have entered a Turtle Xing. At this time of year, terrapins begin their nesting season and it is during this time that they are most likely to be crossing the Jekyll Island Causeway. Now as many of you do know, the causeway can be rather busy and traffic-packed! It is because of this that 864 terrapins have been struck and killed by cars on this very causeway.

In steps the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles, and is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.

It is calculated that at least 43,000 MILES have been driven along the causeway in efforts to save terrapins who appear to be trying to cross over the road. If you’ve visited Jekyll Island in the past month, then you probably have seen the Georgia Sea Turtle Center vans parked along the causeway for just this cause! But unfortunately they can’t always save them all, and that’s why they ask that you drive cautiously!

Now, what do you do if you see a terrapin in the road?

Foremost, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center asks that you ALWAYS put your safety first. If you see a live terrapin in the road, you may move the turtle to the side of the road in the direction it was originally headed for. If the terrapin is injured, move it out of the road and call GSTC at 912-635-4070, while making note of the number on top of the nearest telephone pole. If the terrapin is unfortunately already dead, then you may leave it in the road.

If you personally want to be even MORE aware of the terrapins nesting schedule, you can watch the tides and note that terrapins are most likely to nest a half hour before high tide and up to two hours after high tide.

Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center aims to increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of viewable sea turtle patients.

Pam Moore – The Teacher’s Day Giveaway Winner!


In honor of National Teacher’s Day on May 5th, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel ran a Teacher’s Day Giveaway in order to recognize all of the special teachers out there and all the hard work they put in. After much deliberation and nominations to read through, our winner has been chosen.

Congratulations to Pam Moore, our Teacher’s Day Giveaway winner!

Pam Moore has served as a special needs teacher and earned the love of students, parents and teachers for more than 30 years by being an exceptionally patient and skilled teacher. Her friend and coworker Linda Porter nominated her in a very kind submission, with parts shown below.

“I’ve seen Pam come early to her classroom and leave late every day for 30 years. She tirelessly advocates for deaf and hearing-impaired children. She literally changes lives every day. I’ve never known a more positive person, a more fair and kind person, or a better teacher than Pam Moore. She is the kind of teacher every parent would want for their child. Her compassion for her students knows no bounds. She finds ways to challenge them and convince them they can do anything they set their mind to do.”

When asked if Pam was surprised that Linda had nominated her for this type of contest, she said “In all honesty, no!” Pam went on to say, “Linda is a kind and generous person who is always thinking of others. She and I worked together for about 15 years in the same classroom and with many of the same students. I know her well, as a professional, as a co-worker, and as a treasured friend. She is one of a kind.

As many know, teaching is not a profession that one selects on a whim. Many feel that they were born to be teachers and wouldn’t have it any other way. Pam is one of those people.

I think teaching is a calling. I knew before I began my college training that I wanted to work with children with special needs,” said Pam. “After working in a variety of settings with a variety of special needs populations (and after much consideration) I chose to major in Deaf Education.  After spending a semester working in a kindergarten classroom of deaf and hard of hearing children, I learned American Sign Language. I had the opportunity to meet many deaf people of all ages and became relatively fluent at that time.

With that string of opportunities, Pam knew she was on the right path. “From that experience, I understood how this special talent was needed, and scarce. Somehow I felt that because I could, I should. I love the culture and the language that deaf people share, and I understand many of the difficulties they face every day. I wanted to make a difference.

Through her hard work and dedication to her students, Pam Moore has made a significant difference, as Linda’s submission had said. When talking about her field of work, we had to ask “What do you love most about your job”. Pam’s answer only solidifies that in her dream to make a difference, she truly did.

Over the years I have met and had the privilege to teach some amazing individuals, some with whom I’ve maintained close relationships. I know their children, their families, and I’ve even taught a few second-generation students! They are all different, all unique, and all wonderful. Today is Mother’s Day. I received two text messages from former students today wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day. One is the parent of a college graduate now. I taught her when she was in middle school. I remember that college graduate when he was a brand new baby! The other student just graduated high school. I thanked him for thinking of me, and he responded with, “Of course! I’m always thinking of you. You helped me, a lot.” Herein lies my true reward. This is what I love, and these are the reasons why I do it.”

We are so happy to be able to recognize such a kind and generous teacher for this very special day, National Teacher’s Day! Pam, nor her husband, has ever had the opportunity to visit Jekyll Island. During their much needed getaway, they are most excited for laying on the beach and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Jekyll Island.

There truly is no better place to unwind and relax, right?


If you know a hard-working teacher that deserves an island getaway at Jekyll Island Club, nominate them for the 2016 Teacher’s Day Giveaway contest!