Jekyll Club Wins People’s Choice at Shrimp & Grits

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Congratulations to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel culinary team for winning People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Shrimp and Grits Festival. There is still a good bit of Shrimp and Grits action to take part in, so come on over to Jekyll Island and have some fun.

Saturday Schedule
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Live Music – Courson Saunds & Band

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Awards Ceremony for Amateur Cooking Competition

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Shrimp Eating Contest II

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Live Music – The Saint Francis Band

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Live Music – Songwriters in the Round featuring
Rob Crosby, James Dean Hicks and Billy Montana

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Big Dawg and Paul Show

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Live Music – Shane Bridges Band

Sunday, September 21

11:00 AM -12:30 PM Live Music – Dogs Love Trucks

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Big Dawg and Paul Show

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Shrimp Eating Contest

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Live Music – Traveling Riverside Band

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Awards Ceremony for Professional Cooking Competition

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Jekyll Island Foundation – Raffle Winners Announcement
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM United Way – Raffle Winners Announcement

4:00 PM Festival Grounds Close

Shrimp and Grits Countdown!

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They countdown to the 9th annual Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival is underway. With just 1 days to go things are starting to heat up here on Jekyll Island. Soon the historic district will be transformed into a seafood lovers paradise. With so much to do in a short time period taking a look at the schedule of events is key. What better way to kick off the festival Saturday morning than with a Turtle Release. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center will be releasing 2 sea turtles. Stop by Great Dunes Park September 20th at 9 am for the release of Sangria and Pax. Then stop by for the festival and enjoy a Beer Tasting in the Morgan Center, tons of arts and crafts and of course as much Shrimp and Grits as you can handle.

Feeling adventurous try out the Shrimp Eating Contest. There are two contests, one at 12:30 and another at 3:30pm Saturday, September 20th and one on Sunday, September 21st at 1pm. Make sure to check out all the live music playing throughout the festival on the main stage and there will also be cooking demonstrations from Vanessa Rocchio, Jennifer Booker HIll and Warren Caterson.

Now sit back relax and watch this video as you prepare for the best Shrimp and Grits Festival yet.

Celebrate Shrimp Month

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In honor of Shrimp and Grits our team of Chefs are cooking up Shrimp dishes all month long. Join us at any of our dining outlets to enjoy Shrimp & Grits, Shrimp Fricassee, Shrimp Cocktail, Stuffed Shrimp and more! Come see what our Chefs are cooking up today! Finish off the evening with a local craft beer in The Pub!

Celebrate National Food Days

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Join us starting in October as we celebrate select National Food Days at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Our team of talented chefs have selected some fun and tasty dishes to celebrate these food loving days! Mark your calendars and head over to our historic hotel for the following:

October

Oktoberfest-All October Long!

National Taco Day-October 4th

National Boston Cream Pie Day-October 23rd

American Beer Day-October 27th

November

Pecan Month-Weekends in November

National Deviled Egg Day-November 2nd

National Doughnut Day-November 5th

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.