Enter To Win a Jekyll Island Club Stay!


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!


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.


Pecan Month-November


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


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.

Chefs’ Demo

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


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.


Santa at Crane

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


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


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.

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The Christmas Bagpiper

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


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


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.


First Time Guests


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.

Upcoming Food Events at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel


Our culinary team has put their heads together and come up with some fun and exciting food events in October and November. Join us as we celebrate national food days, enjoy our first ever wine dinner and more! Mark your calendars and come on over to Jekyll Island for some culinary fun this fall.


Oktoberfest-All Month

  • Join us in October at The Pub and Pool Bar as we serve up delicious Oktoberfest specials. All month, enjoy Bratwurst or Knackwurst on Pretzel Buns with Sauerkraut and Brown Mustard served with German Potato Salad for just $9.00! Looking for a good snack to go with your beer? Try our Warm Soft Pretzel with Brown Mustard for just $4.00*. Come into The Pub and check out what great seasonal beers we have on tap for this month long celebration.

National Taco Day-October 4th

  • Join us as we put our coastal spin on one of America’s favorite foods. The Pub will be serving up Jekyll Fish Tacos topped with house crafted pico de gallo for just $2.00. Don’t forget to pair with your favorite draft or bottled beer.

National Boston Cream Pie Day-October 23rd

  • Join us in any of our restaurants today, as we celebrate one of our all time favorite desserts-Boston Cream Pie. Our pastry chef re-creates this classic dessert that originated in 1856 from American–French Chef M. Sanzian. Enjoy!

American Beer Day-October 27th

  • Join us as we celebrate all things beer at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Club Café will feature Beer Cheese Soup, Courtyard at Crane Chef, Ron Smith, will be pairing American beer and food and the Grand Dining Room’s Chef, Brenna Drum, will create a three course tasting menu “Cooking with Beer”. Finish the evening at The Pub and enjoy a locally crafted beer from Georgia.


Pecan Month-Weekends Only

  • November is Pecan Month in Georgia. Join us every weekend during the month as we celebrate all things Pecan. Taste our chef’s creations, all inspired from Georgia’s Prized Pecans: Pecan Pie, Pecan Chocolate Toffee, Pecan Crusted Snapper, Pecan Beer, Pecan Smoked Pork are just a few of the specialties we have in store.

National Deviled Egg Day-November 2nd

  • Join us at the Lobby Bar as Executive Chef Dale Ford serves up Deviled Eggs: flight of Pecan Smoked, Pickled, and Ham Stuffed, in honor of National Deviled Egg Day! Enjoy three deviled eggs for just $6.00. A perfect way to start the evening before dinner in the Grand Dining Room or the Courtyard at Crane.

National Doughnut Day-November 5th

  • Club Café is serving up fabulous doughnuts today as we recognize National Doughnut Day. They will stuff, top, glaze, and sprinkle some of our favorite and most delicious doughnuts.

“Under the Oaks” Wine Dinner-November 11th

  • Join us for a magical night of food, music and wine on the Riverfront Lawn as we partner with Hook and Ladder Winery for a five course meal. The evening begins with a reception and Executive Chef Dale Fords inspired hors d’oeuvres followed by a locally sourced “Farm to Fork” five course dinner. Reception starts at 6:30pm. $95 pp inclusive of tax and gratuity.


Chefs Win Shrimp & Grits Pro Competition

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Not only did the Jekyll Island Club Hotel win People’s Choice Award during the 2014 Shrimp and Grits Festival this past weekend, but we also took home the crown in the Professional Cooking Competition. Chefs Ashley, Ron and Executive Chef Dale competed against some great Chefs and took home the title after a blind judging by a consumer choice panel.

We are extremely proud of our talented culinary team for representing our historic hotel with such pride and dedication over this past week. While it may seem like a two day festival the planning is extremely long the week of and even planning months out. Make sure you reserve your room for the 2015 Shrimp and Grits Festival September 18-20 we will likely sell out very quickly as we did this past year. Our hotel is right in the heart of the historic district within walking distance of all the festival action. So, don’t miss out mark your calendars now. Click here to learn more about our festival package at just $350 per night.

Enjoy our Award Winning Recipe at home by clicking here. Some good tips to the at home chef are to make sure you cook your grits to a stiff consistency and make sure to cook them with chicken stock vs water for an added layer of flavor. Serve it up with some french bread smeared with leftover garlic butter you made and you have a dish that will win you awards at home!

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!


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.