VIP Guest-William Sams

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Most come to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for a myriad of reasons from golf, beaches, water park, pool, biking, history and more. One frequent guest William Sams has been visiting our historic hotel since he was just learning to talk and comes for mainly one reason….the history. He is fascinated by the facts and stories that are everywhere around our property. We had the chance to sit with William and his parents Brian and Elizabeth and it took just a short minute to realize how much he knew about our hotel. Some of his curiosity stems from his love for trains. In particular he enjoyed learning about James J. Hill a former member of the Jekyll Island Club and railroad tycoon known as The Empire Builder. He and his family live in Savannah and make the trip just about twice a year. On their trips they have stayed in every building except for Sans Souci. On his list of favorite rooms are the Presidential Suite, and any of the suites in the Clubhouse and Annex. He and his dad also enjoy a round of golf while they are visiting Jekyll Island and the family likes to enjoy the bike trails, but the main draw that brings them back year after year is the uniqueness and history. William’s mom Elizabeth noted how visiting is like a life version of an American history book. William is now 10 years old and having joined us for almost a decade now he is quite familiar with a good number of our staff. He knows the bellman by name, has met our former Executive Chef, and even visited the top of the turret with our Managing Partner, Kevin Runner. He has even written a short book for school that is centered around a theft that takes place at the hotel and in particular near the Grand Dining Room. At the end of the story the bad guys are caught and the $1,000,000 is donated to the Jekyll Island Authority in the hopes it they will renovate the old abandoned Jekyll Island Club Hotel. (story was set pre Jekyll Island Club Hotel days.) We enjoyed talking with our VIP guest William Sams and can’t wait for him to return to our historic hotel!

End of Summer Special

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Hurry and book that last great summer adventure with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. We are offering an unbeatable deal, so you can bring the whole family to Jekyll Island before the summer is officially gone! For just $189 per night enjoy traditional or clubhouse accommodations plus breakfast for two adults. Great way to enjoy all the island activities like Summer Waves Water Park, beaches, and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to name a few.

End of Summer Special:

Select Dates July and August
$189 per night including breakfast for two adults

Book the Sensational Summer Special

*Please note:
* 2 nights consecutive stay required; room tax and resort fee is extra. Space availability basis. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or packages. Based on the normal daily rate. Valid on new reservations only. Some blackout dates may apply.

1956 Rare Find

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We recently stumbled upon this interesting piece of history, a 1956 coupon issued by the Jekyll Island Hotel Corporation. It appears to be their marketing technique of the late 1950s and a pretty cool one at that. It is valid for four dollars off stays in February 1956 only at the Crane Hotel or Sans Souci Hotel. At the time the Clubhouse was not renovated for hotel stays. It was to be complete in March of 1956 and from the ad it seems they would offer a similar coupon upon its grand opening. We decided to do some digging into the history of  Jekyll Island and the Jekyll Island Hotel Corporation. Enjoy these findings, which came from June Hall McCash’s The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony and Tyler Bagwell’s Images of America Jekyll Island A State Park.

 

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The Jekyll Island Hotel Corporation, headed by Senator Jimmy Dykes, entered into a 32-year lease agreement with the island that would be evaluated in six years for price increases. The lease included Crane Cottage, the Sans Souci, a servant’s dormitory, the indoor tennis court and two beach pavilions. The lease was signed in 1955 and by the spring of 1956 Crane Cottage was operated as a hotel, and Sans Souci housed employees. The indoor tennis court (today’s Morgan Center) was used for meeting space allowing the corporation to host conventions. The clubhouse was later renamed the Jekyll Island Hotel and opened its doors on December 28, 1956 . From 1957 to 1961 weekly dances were held for $3.50 per person, where couples enjoyed dinner and dancing that lasted until 1am. The Jekyll Island Hotel Corporation kept doors to the Crane Hotel open until 1960 and the Jekyll Island Hotel until 1961. By 1963 all the leased buildings were turned back over to the Jekyll Island Authority. Lack of business due to the building of Oceanside motels was cited as the reason for closure.

Welcome Executive Chef Dale Ford

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We would like to give a big welcome to our new Executive Chef Dale Ford. He earned his culinary degree from Florida State College in 1992. After school, he continued to sharpen his skills as a teacher, mentor and culinary leader along with developing a passion for partnering with local farmers and butchers. Chef Dale began his career with an Entrementier at Innisbrook Golf Resort. He has also held positions at Amelia Island Plantation, The Grand Hotel, Sandy Pines Restaurant and Club, TradeWinds Island Grand Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, and Kingsmill Resort. He became Executive Chef at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in June of 2014. Chef Dale has been an active member of the American Culinary Federation for over 20 years and held offices of Chapter President, Vice President, and Co-Chaired a regional convention. He is committed to being a leader in the culinary industry along with giving back to the community.

Learn more about Chef Dale by reading our Press Release.

Victorian Tea

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Enjoy high tea in our Riverview Lounge off the Grand Dining Room daily from 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. This is a tea party fit for a princess or prince. A variety of teas, scones, French pastries and tea sandwiches make the perfect activity for a hot summer day. Click here for a look at our Victoria Tea menu, prices are $14.95 for adults $8.95 children under 12. Reservations appreciated at 912-635-5155.

Golden Isles Mag Farm Fresh Article

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Our culinary team has been on the Farm to Table bandwagon for some time now. The latest edition of Golden Isles Magazine features our Sous Chef Brenna’s farm fresh point of view. From her weekly trips to Sapelo Farms right across the causeway in Brunswick to tasty recipes incorporating those fresh ingredients. Click here to read the article “Farm To Fork Takes Root On The Coast” and get some recipes from Chef Brenna to make at home.

USA vs Germany World Cup Match

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Looking for the perfect spot to catch the biggest USA game yet in the World Cup? Join us at our Pool Bar & Grill for festive drinks, grilled burgers and a fun filled atmosphere great for cheering on the USA! Game starts at 12pm June 26th. Lots of cold beer, sodas, mixed drinks and more will be the perfect pair for this group decisive match.

Yoga Weekend

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Looking for a way to end your summer in style? We have a great Yoga Weekend planned August 8-10, 2014. This is a great way to put away those end of summer blues and get ready to head back to school, work, the dorms and all those places in between! Visit our package page for more information.

Enjoy summer’s end with Savannah Yoga Center’s founder, Kelley J. Boyd and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel during this quiet retreat of yoga, meditation, healthy food, beaches and the beauty of Jekyll Island.

Enjoy all of this relaxing fun with a friend for just $699. Grab your yoga mats and call us at 912-635-2600 to book a healthy weekend on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Want to book online? No problem, click here.

Sales Manager-United Way Mentor

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Rachel Carswell is no stranger to being a mentor to young children, finding a passion while living in Athens, Ga. Now a Jekyll Island resident and a Sales Manager at our historic hotel. She has found her place with the United Way of Coastal Georgia’s Graduation Blueprint initiative. The goal of the program is to hit an 85% graduation rate in Glynn County by 2017. Moving to the Golden Isles with her husband Ben Carswell the Conservation Director for the Jekyll Island Authority. Her desire to make a difference in the life of young students in her local community started in 2008 while living in Athens. Since leaving Athens she and her husband had a strong relationship with a mentor who they still see on a regular basis. She said “He has become part of our family”. In her free time she enjoys soaking up all our area has to offer with her husband and yellow lab Penelope. Featured in today’s Brunswick News by Sarah Lundgren in an article shining spotlight on volunteers. We our proud of her contributions in the community and encourage employees to give back whenever possible. Click here to read the article “Athens native mentors for United Way”.

Clean the World Partnership

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is proud to announce our latest partnership with Clean the World to help recycle soap and save lives. By joining with their organization we have embarked on a global hygiene revolution, making a commitment to sustainability and socially responsible business practices. Each week Clean the World will pick up our collected soaps and take them back to a testing facility. With over 1,600 hotel partners throughout North America the organization has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap to children and families in 96 countries worldwide.

In 2009, Shawn Seipler started Clean the World in a one-car garage in Orlando, Fla. As a sales executive for a technology company, Seipler spent about 150 nights a year in hotel rooms. He began to wonder what happened to all those little bars of soap after he checked out of a hotel. He found out they were simply thrown away. SINCE 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap to children and families in 96 countries worldwide, while fulfilling an environmental mission by diverting 2,500 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in North America.

We look forward to this partnership and how many pounds of soap we can recycle from our historic property.