Murder Mystery 2014

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Murder Mystery 2014 started with a bang! With over 60 guests figuring out “who dun it” was a daunting task for the super sleuths staying at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Friday evening kicked off Murder Mystery Weekend at our historic hotel with a reception and our first clue that sent a shot firing through the Club Ballroom. As everyone was dining and drinking someone opened the service door just slightly, so they could poke their gun through and a loud shot sent the crowd into a panic. With so many coming and going the first clue was very difficult to figure out who the murderer was, but as the weekend rolled on more died and guests started piecing the clues together. The first victim was Tom Woodruff and upstanding citizen with a PHD from Georgia Tech. After the reception everyone agreed to reconvene in the morning for breakfast to continue the investigation. Friday’s lasting clue was a note that read…..”I have given you ample warning to admit what you have done and give me what is mine.  Now it’s too late!” Some went back to sift over the evidence while others decided to stick around and have more fun in the historic district.

Saturday morning’s breakfast allowed us to get to know a young couple from Florida a little more and set the weekends plot. Brooke a heiress of her father’s ad agency and her consultant boyfriend had many hot on their heels. Unfortunately by lunch time Brooke’s boyfriend was dead in an alley way, he was stabbed in a brutal death with a chef’s knife. Now that tells us the killer must have gone to the kitchen. More clues surfaced like the Wall Street Journal article describing “Mr. B’s BBQ Sauce,” Zesty Brands an undeveloped company on the verge of bankruptcy that Brooke’s fathers company purchased and brought back to life. Little did Brooke know her life was coming to an end at dinner as she took a spoonful of the sauce labeled “Revenge”. She wasn’t the only one to try the secret sauce, Beth also had some but seemed to be fine. That sent guests scratching their heads as they left dinner with the task of coming up with the weekends murderer.

Sunday morning we dined one last time as we submitted our answers and waited for Detective Rocco to let us in on who was the culprit. You guessed it…..Beth is the murderer. It was her recipe for BBQ sauce she said Zesty Brands stole and developed on their own, so she was out for revenge. She slipped into the kitchen while no one was looking and whipped up a batch of her new sauce, after she shot and stabbed the other victims earlier in the weekend of course. For a weekend we expected the unexpected, searched for clues, and ultimatly solved the crime all while staying at the famed Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Now that you know how much fun this Island Murder Getaway is sign up for our 2015 Murder Mystery Weekend that will take place on August 21-23, 2015 all for just $999. To learn more about this package click here.

 

Historic Hotel Nominations 2014

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been nominated for numerous Historic Hotels of America 2014 Awards of Excellence. The awards will be announced October 2nd at the annual conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We were also featured by Atlanta Business Chronicle in their article “Four Georgia hotels in running for national historic hotel awards“. The awards the Jekyll Island Club Hotel were nominated for in 2014 are:

  • Historic Hotelier of the Year-Patty Henning
  • Best Historic Hotel (75-200 Guestrooms)
  • Best Historic Resort
  • Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
  • Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion
  • Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)-Patty Henning

Photography Workshop Coming November 2014

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November’s Photography Workshop is just around the corner, so we caught up with Roger Morin who will be leading the course. On this three night getaway guests will explore the techniques that capture both images and emotions. Morin who owns Achilles Morin Galleries named after his grandfather is a university professor of finance with a serious passion for photography. He is currently teaching photography courses in Georgia and Nova Scotia and you can find his work in the Goodyear Cottage right here on Jekyll Island.

Take a look at our interview with Roger.

Q: What is your favorite lens?

A: Some of my favorite camera lenses are mid zoom ranging from 25mm-70mm giving great flexibility. And I also like a wide angle lens and playing with flash techniques.

Q: What is your favorite spot on Jekyll Island to photograph…..besides the Jekyll Island Club Hotel of course?

A: Driftwood beach at different times of the day is a great way to get contrasting images. I like to generate a lot of compositions with shaping in the frames, kind of like using geometry in a photo. Blur water for a soft effect is a great tool to use when photographing Villa Mariana.

Q: Whose work has influenced you the most?

A: Brian Peterson the author of “Understanding Exposure” is my greatest influence. It is an easy and understandable book that gave me a passion for photography. I enrolled in his online class “Picture Perfect School of Photography” and now I work with Brian at his school teaching workshops all over the world.

When Roger is not at his home base on Jekyll Island he is usually spending his summers teaching in Nova Scotia. Now that you have a look inside Roger’s dedication to photography make plans to join us at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel November 13-16, 2014. Packages start at just $729 including accommodations, breakfast buffet, meet and greet dinner, Saturday dinner and three days of in-class and outside photography lessons by Roger Morin. Click here to learn more.

Book Your Holiday Party and Save!

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It’s that time of year again! Time to start planning your Holiday Party! We hope that this year you will consider the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Whether it is a lunch, cocktail party, dinner or casual buffet, we feel confident that we will make it a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

Free Meeting Space:

This year we are offering FREE meeting space Sunday-Thursday and 50% off  for Friday and Saturday nights. We have 15,000 square feet of banquet space in 11 different venues and can accommodate groups from 10 to 350 guests. Small group? Our restaurants, the Grand Dining Room or Courtyard at Crane, would love to serve your small business this holiday season!

Up to 35% Off Sleeping Rooms:

We would also like to mention we are offering special rates on sleeping rooms. Guests attending a private holiday party can receive 35% off regular room rates Sunday-Thursday and 25% off Friday and Saturday. Taxes and resort fee are extra, space availability basis. Click here to view our room types and rates to start planning your holiday party getaway.

Holiday Menus:

Click here to view this year’s Holiday Party Menus. We have delicious selections for everyone! Call Cricket our Director of Catering at extension 1029 to schedule a site visit and learn how to book your holiday event at our historic hotel.

Shrimp and Grits Festival 2014

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With the Annual Shrimp and Grits Festival just around the corner we wanted to get everyone geared up for this fun event celebrating two of the South’s favorite foods. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel right in the heart of the festival is officially SOLD OUT with many other Jekyll Island hotels not far behind. We hope you have made plans to join us as Southern Living presents the Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival September 19-21, 2014. If you want to get a jump start so you make sure you have the closest room to the festival for 2015 give our reservations team a call atto book, rates will be $350 per night.

These three days of food, friends and family-fun start with the $3 Sample Night on September 19, then continue on September 20 and 21 with more food vendors, live music and performances, cooking demonstrations from skilled chefs, and plenty of games, activities and even pony rides in the Kids Fun Zone. Coinciding with the outdoor fun is the Craft Brew Tasting, set up in the (air-conditioned) Morgan Center, offering dozens of beer varieties from the Southern Eagle Distributors line-up. Stop by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel booth to try our Award Winning recipe. If you can’t make it to this year’s festival enjoy our recipe at home by clicking here. For more information on this year’s festival click here. Or purchase VIP Tickets here.

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.