Wine Dinner Behind the Scenes

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Running a historic property is as unique as the building and architecture. We recently hosted our first Wine Dinner on the Riverfront Lawn. We wanted to give you a look behind the scenes of all the hard work it takes to pull off such a magical evening. From our maintenance staff hanging the bare-bulb lighting to the team of chefs with their outdoor kitchen on the lawn. Not to mention the countless banquet staff it took to set-up and serve such a beautiful function.

After all their preparation it was time for the guests to arrive. We had a sold-out event with about 45 guests expected. We invited Debbie Peacock with Peacock Photo Video to shoot the evening, so we could look back at how spectacular it all turned out. Here is another slide show that showcases the “Under the Oaks” Wine Dinner photographed by Debbie Peacock.

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Be on the look out for our next wine dinner and be sure to order your tickets early before they are gone!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Recipe Request

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel culinary team turns out delicious food on a daily basis. We just received a recipe request for the scrumptious Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. It was served at our November Chef Demo and one guest wanted to add it to her home collection. This would make a sweet addition to your Thanksgiving table in just a few short weeks. Enjoy and if you have a recipe request comment on our blog below and we will work hard to get you the recipe.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Makes 1 pie

1 T plain gelatin
¼ C cold water
1 16-oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ C sugar
½ C milk
3 egg yolks
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
3 egg whites
1/3 C sugar
1 prepared 8-9” pie shell (we used Keebler graham cracker pie crust)

Combine gelatin and water in a small bowl; set aside to “bloom”
In the bowl of a double boiler, combine pumpkin, ½ cup sugar milk, yolks, spices and salt. Whisk over the double boiler until hot and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in bloomed gelatin until completely melted. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, or slightly warmer. (Bowl of mixture can be set in a bowl of ice to quicken the cooling process.)
While mixture is cooling, whip egg whites with an electric mixer, until very foamy. Gradually add in the sugar and continue whipping on high until soft peaks form. Fold meringue into cooled pumpkin mixture. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.
Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

3rd Annual Comedy Weekend Coming Soon!

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The 3rd Annual Comedy Weekend is just a few months away. Join us for a fun and funny weekend in the winter of 2015! Purchase your individual tickets for Friday (1/23) Night and Saturday (1/24) Night Shows. Comedy Night in the Morgan Center runs from 8-11 pm on January 23 and January 24. Tickets are $35 per person per night; $45 at the door. Book online today, and save! Doors open at 7:30 pm. 

And it’s not too late to book your weekend package! For just $499 you can enjoy two nights accommodations, breakfast buffet in the Grand Dining Room each morning and reserved seating to both shows. Don’t forget we have an different all-star lineup each night. Click here to read more on our comedy package.

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Jekyll Island Comedy Night

Pat McGann

Transitioned from packaging salesman to stand up comedian in 2007. Since then he has booked gigs at the historic Zanies Comedy Club and has also been featured on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Late Night with David Letterman.


Friday January, 23 2015 Comedians:

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Andy Forrester

His off the wall humor has made him one of the fastest rising comedians in the Southeast. His animated comedy has landed him spots opening for Rob Schneider, Dave Coulier, Kevin Pollak and Greg Giraldo.


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Andy Woodhull

Made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. He has been on the Bob and Tom Show and was a semi-finalist on CMT’s Next Big Comic.


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Nate Bargatze

Has had three appearances on Conan and his own Comedy Central Presents. Nate has also performed for the troops in Iraq five times. Nate was one of the first comedians to appear on the new Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in March 2014.


Saturday January 24, 2015 Comedians:

Jekyll Island Comedy Night

Emily Galati

Has been a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing 2014 and finalist on the Bob and Tom Comedy Contest. She offers up intelligent and hilarious material, with impeccable timing and charm.

Forbes 5 Top-Notch Places To Celebrate Thanksgiving

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Forbes Travel Guide put together their list of “5 Top-Notch Places To Celebrate Thanksgiving” and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel made the list. We are thrilled to be in this category highlighting our delicious Thanksgiving meals at both the Grand Dining Room and Courtyard at Crane. The others making the list are Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa, Triple Creek Ranch, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, and The Broadmoor. The reservations are filling fast give the Grand Dining Room a call at 912-635-5155 or Courtyard at Crane 912-635-5200 to see what is available.

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5 Top-Notch Places To Celebrate Thanksgiving

Whenever Thanksgiving comes around, if you’re in charge of making the meal, all of the pressure falls on you. And that means that you’re probably not going to enjoy the holiday as much because you’re too busy worrying about whether Mom loves the pie or if your clumsy neighbor will spill his red wine on your Hermès tablecloth another year in a row.

From the meal preparation to presentation and cleanup, hosting is always a major chore. So this year, why not let the hospitality pros take care of the details? We spotlight five great places to spend your Thanksgiving away from home, but still close to the ones you love.

Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa in Chatham, Massachusetts

If you’re going to spend Thanksgiving away from home, you might as well be in the place where the pilgrims and Indians first sat down to the same bountiful table. Located 50 miles from the birthplace of Thanksgiving in Plymouth, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa combines the best of Old World charm and modern amenities. This Thanksgiving, the resort, which overlooks the stormy autumn Atlantic waters, not only offers succulent turkeys to go for locals, the onsite The Sacred Cod restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu served from 1 – 9 p.m. If you make the drive to Plymouth, make sure to stop at the Jenney Museum, where walking tours are available every weekend and a parade of pilgrims walk along Water Street, up Leyden Street to Town Square and up Burial Hill for a church service on Thanksgiving morning.

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana

Imagine Thanksgiving against the vast backdrop of one million acres of national forest and the Bitterroot Mountain range in Big Sky country, Montana. At Triple Creek Ranch, an adults-only resort located in Darby, Montana, guests experience a rare combination of rustic elegance, cozy ambience, and wild adventure. This year, the ranch’s Thanksgiving festivities will include an inaugural archery tournament and riverside picnic, plus a savory feast prepared by the resort’s acclaimed executive chef, Jacob Leatherman. Sommelier Jeremy White will pair the meal with wines from the resort’s wine cellar, which features more than 500 fine wines and champagnes from around the world. If that weren’t enough, top off the Thanksgiving holiday with a couples massage, complimentary pie-baking classes, an on-ranch horseback ride, or simply relax in the comfort of your own private cabin.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia

In the early 1900s, railroad and business tycoons like J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt invested in an unprecedented scheme — an exclusive hunting club in the South for wealthy Northerners. Today, Jekyll Island Club Hotel still embodies the luxury, history and style of that era, with its turrets and wood-burning chimneys, large wrap-around porches and detailed woodwork. This Turkey Day, guests of the property can enjoy Thanksgiving brunch served in the Grand Dining Room and Courtyard at Crane, which will include a host of holiday fare with a beachside twist — think butternut squash bisque followed by shrimp and stone-ground cheese grits, not to mention slow-roasted sage butter turkey and prime rib and a wide selection of desserts. Or, if you fancy a seated meal near the fire, make reservations in the Grand Dining Room for a four-course Thanksgiving dinner. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without the Jekyll Island Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, a complimentary event featuring arts and crafts, lawn-side treats, fireworks, live music, and even a visit with Santa Claus himself.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina

Since it was built in 1878, the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina has been a haven for comfort and luxury. This Thanksgiving, consider renting one of the Four-Star inn’s recently constructed Falls Cottages, which can accommodate large families. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the property is offering a three-course meal at its Forbes Travel Guide RecommendedMadison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden this Thanksgiving. The savory cuisine will include a creamy roasted pumpkin soup as well as bacon-wrapped roulade of Georgia plantation quail filled with Andouille sausage, served on a bed of black-eyed peas, arugula and balsamic vinegar. Diners can also delight in the restaurant’s roasted turkey, too. Make reservations soon — at last check, only a few tables were left during the 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. service. And before you leave the Highlands, if you live within driving distance, stop by the nearby Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree farm to cut down your very own Fraser fir to take home.Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Located on 3,000 acres of pristine Colorado landscape just miles from the Rocky Mountains and the famed Garden of the Gods, Five-Star The Broadmoor is a perfect family escape from the typical holiday chaos. Slow down and soak in the natural beauty of Colorado Springs during this long November weekend, and when you’re ready, there are plenty of adventures to be had. From hunting and fishing to personal training, yoga and guided mountain hikes, you won’t be bored. And after working up a sweat, replenish your energy at one of The Broadmoor’s six restaurants, from the elegant Five-Star Penrose Room to the contemporary American brasserie, Summit, and casual pub-diner the Golden Bee, led by executive chef Bertrand Bouquin. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, Penrose Room will offer epicureans a seven-course meal called the Black Truffle Tribute, featuring the rare and delectable black truffle throughout each course — starting with raw scallops and asparagus, and showcasing a “foiewhopper” of Waygu beef, foie gras and lobster.

To view this article on the Forbes Travel Blog click here.

Guest Spotlight-The Wells

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Today we had the pleasure of meeting Michael and Rachel Wells who are regular guests of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. They were married almost 10 years ago, and have five children between the two ranging in ages 11-17. For the past eight years they have fallen in love with Jekyll Island and our historic hotel. One of their favorite things to do when visiting is riding bikes around the island. As we sat on the veranda outside the Club Cafe and sipped on coffee stories began flowing of their vacations over the years. One thing that stuck out over and over is their reason for returning all these years, they simply said “the people.” That encompasses our fine staff and the other guests they have met along the way. One story they shared was a time they were visiting in June for their anniversary and hanging out by the pool they met two other couples, all married within three days of each other one after the other. After chatting by the pool they got together for dinner in the Grand Dining Room with one of the couples from Florida and have been good friends ever since even returning to the hotel for vacations together. Now they are a die hard Georgia Bulldawgs fan, but they didn’t hold that against their new friends.

They live in Swainsboro, Georgia and Michael is a Pharmacist owning his own hometown store and Rachel a nurse. What was really fun was hearing how they started coming to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Both had visited the island as kids fishing, little did Michael know in the 70s the dock he was fishing on was where Latitude 31 is today. They had always vacationed with their kids in Florida near Destin, which was an eight hour drive. They decided one year they would give Jekyll Island a try since it was just two and a half hours and if the kids liked it they would return. They said the kids never asked to go back to Florida again. Some love the history others the ghosts stories and of course they all love the bikes. They let the kids stroll the grounds giving them a sense of freedom you can’t give your kids many other places in today’s world. They said the Jekyll Island Club Hotel feels like home and even as they walk into the front desk Sherri and William say just that “Welcome Home.” Again they say it all goes back to the people, and the great staff even calling many by name: Katha, Danny, Ashley, Caroline, William, Mike, Jose and Sherri. With five children they said a Jekyll Island Club Hotel is definitely in their future.

Enter To Win a Jekyll Island Club Stay!

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has two contests running for a chance to win a stay at our historic resort. All perfectly package with extra amenities for a complete Georgia vacation. Hurry enter to win our Veteran of the Year and Who Brightens Up Your Winter? contests.

Veteran of the Year Contest

Do you know a veteran who deserves a relaxing Jekyll Island vacation? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Veteran of the Year Award! Share the story of why this veteran deserves to unwind on the beautiful Georgia coast and enter him or her for a chance to win a two-night getaway including Jekyll Island VIP passes, which gets you golf, tennis, history tours, admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and more!

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Who Brightens Your Winter? Contest

The Winter Solstice brings shorter days and longer nights, and in the absence of sunlight you need special people around you to brighten your day. Nominate the person who brightens your day the most during winter for the chance to win a two-night stay with tea for two and Jekyll Island bicycle rentals.

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Pecan Month-November

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In honor of Pecan Month and Thanksgiving quickly approaching in November we wanted to get you ready with our Pecan Pie recipe. Who can resist a slice of ooey gooey pie? We want to share our recipe for a traditional thanksgiving staple, Pecan Pie! The origin of this delectable pie is up in the air as both the French and makers of Karo Syrup take credit for Pecan Pies founding. Serve your pie with a big scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream or a dollop of fresh whip cream.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel makes a great Pecan Pie that holds very traditional in its recipe. It has both light and dark Karo syrups along with vanilla, butter, and eggs. Pack that all into a flaky pie crust with beautiful Georgia Pecans and you’re in business. Stop by and try a slice or click here and share our recipe at your Thanksgiving table.

Holiday Events 2014

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Jekyll Island Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

November 29th at 4pm; Free

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As the giant community Christmas tree is lighted, the Island’s magical holiday season begins! Bring the family for this fun and festive event as Santa is welcomed and crafts, food, jingle bell tours and special holiday entertainment await. And stay late for the fireworks! This beloved annual event happens on the lawn of the Sans Souci in the Historic District.

Holiday High Tea

December 9th at 3:30-5pm; $25 per person

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Holiday High Tea has become a holiday tradition at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Enjoy the sounds of the season while you sip on our expansive selection of teas and dine on tea sandwiches, soup, warm scones with fruit compote and exquisite holiday suites.
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Chefs’ Demo

December 10th at 12-2pm; $32 per person

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Chef Lewie and Chef Joel show how to prepare three courses with questions and comments welcomed from the audience. Enjoy a Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque, Sapelo Farms Cane Syrup and Plum Glazed Roast Duck, Cranberry Wild Rice, and Peppermint Bark. The relaxed atmosphere gives guests an opportunity to learn howto prepare and present delicious fare and to exchange ideas with the chef and each other. Very generous tasting of each course; a glass of complimentary wine and printed, easy-to follow recipes. Early reservations are suggested.

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Santa at Crane

December 14th at 11:30am-2:00pm; Fee for pictures

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Eager children can bring their wish list as jolly old St. Nick arrives to Crane Cottage and welcomes young and old (no charge). A photographer will be available to capture the moment (fee).

Christmas Cookie Workshop

December 17th & 18th at 2-4pm; $15

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Spend a sweet afternoon with our Pastry Chefs for the fun of decorating Christmas cookies. Each guest will receive one dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colored icings, sprinkles and more fun decorations will be available along with punch and mulled cider! Join us in the Morgan Center for this annual tradition.

December 17th Tickets

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 December 18th Tickets

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The Christmas Bagpiper

December 19th-24th at 4:30-5:20pm; Free

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Come hear the sounds of the season as Tim Akins bagpipes around the hotel. Join us for this free event and get into the holiday spirit! This event will take place December 19-24, 2014 from 4:30-5:20pm.

New Year’s Eve Party

December 31st at 8pm-2am; $25

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Ring in the New Year Millionaire style at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. We will have an After Dinner Party at the Morgan Center with a DJ and Dancing. The party will feature Chocolate Fondue, a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Station, Breakfast Sliders and more! Admission is free to patrons dining in the Grand Dining Room and only $25.00 for the public. This is the holiday party you don’t want to miss, gather your friends and head over to Jekyll Island for New Year’s Eve.

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First Time Guests

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Today we had the pleasure of meeting Dee & Bernie Rusanowski from Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is their first visit to Jekyll Island and they came for a very special occasion. While they are venturing on a vacation of the United States with Tauck Tours they decided to make an early arrival at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Back home in New Mexico they run a quaint little french restaurant Saveur Bistro and one of their regular customers (visits everyday) and good friend  John Bourne is the grandson of original Jekyll Club member Frederick Bourne. Frederick Bourne was the President of the Singer Manufacturing Company between 1889 and 1905. Mr. John Bourne wrote us a lovely letter to see that we welcome his friends the Rusanowski’s to our historic hotel. They are having fun so far already dining in the Grand Dining Room last night on wild Georgia shrimp and planning a historic hotel tour today before meeting up with the others on their tour for some more Jekyll Island fun.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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With the Holiday’s coming soon, we wanted to help with some ideas for that perfect gift. We offer a great number of items in our online giftshop that will make great gifts for those special folks on your list.  Or maybe you want to gift a stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, we have great packages that will make perfect stocking stuffers. The great thing about all our gift ideas is they are easy as 1, 2, 3. You just need to Order, Print, and Stuff any of our great packages, or Order, Print, Ship a perfect Jekyll Island Club Hotel Tote Bag. For more ideas and “Pinspiration” check out our Gift Guide Board. Follow us on Pinterest to learn more about weddings, recipes, history, packages, and much more!

Looking for a great homemade gift idea, try out our recipes for Holiday Cutout Cookies & Gingerbread Men. These will make nice treats for Neighbhors, Teachers & Friends. Not to mention they are the perfect activity for while the kids are out! From everyone at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel we hope you have a fantastic Holiday Season and hope to see you soon!

 

PS! Don’t forget about our January Special, kick off another exciting year with a fantastic value. In January, our Traditional rooms with a king bed or two double beds and Clubhouse queens and singles are only $128.00* a night; upgrade to any suite for just $28.00 extra per night.  Click here to book your January Special.

 

*Room tax and resort fee is extra. Upgrades available for only an additional $28.00 per night.  Not available on Presidential Suite. Based on availability.