Jazzed Up Thanksgiving Leftovers!


Everyone knows that after Thanksgiving, your frig becomes filled with leftovers to last you a week! Eventually, those leftovers become harder and harder to eat. When that occurs, simply jazz them up and create a new, easy, dish!

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As you prepare your ingredients, dump them into one mixing bowl. Once you have everything together, add the mayonnaise and mix until desired consistency achieved.

There’s no need to eat the same thing every night, even if it’s Thanksgiving leftovers!

Put your own spin on them to create an even better, second Thanksgiving meal.


Coming Soon: Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites


The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is making its way over to the beautiful shorelines of Jekyll Island!

We are very excited to announce the expansion of our already gracious accommodations collection. Slated for completion in the spring of 2017, our Ocean Suites will boast 41 individually unique and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the same outstanding service and professional staff as you have come to expect from our historic resort.


Guests of the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites will be able to choose from spacious accommodations of one and two bedroom suites with over-sized oceanfront balconies, all including a complimentary continental breakfast, beach chairs and umbrella, and a private beachside pool with a convenient pool bar and grill.

Encompassing a lounge area, 900 square feet of meeting space and an oceanfront event lawn, the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites is perfect for your next family reunion, corporate retreat or beachside wedding.


The Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites will be available to reserve June 1, 2016 and will be your perfect vacation spot for 2017!

National Pecan Month


In honor of November being National Pecan Month, we’re diving into our pecan recipes with a delicious roasted honey and pecan tart!

Just in time for the holidays too…perfect timing one would say.

Roasted Honey & Pecan Tart

Tart Filling

Mix honey & sugar in to a pot. Bring to a boil (it should turn dark in color). While hot add in butter and stir quickly until fully melted. Remove from heat and add in whipped cream, stir until fully incorporated. Add in roasted pecans, scoop into shells and refrigerate.

White Chocolate Topping

In a heat resistant bowl, whisk together ingredients one at a time in their listed order, except for the white chocolate. Place over a double boiler and whisk constantly until mixture loosens and begins to froth, then tightens to a pudding like consistency. Remove from heat and add in white chocolate making sure the mixture completely covers chocolate. Allow to stand for 2 minutes. Whisk again until chocolate is completely melted. Strain into a bowl then scoop on top of cooled tarts. Refrigerate again (about 20 min)

Honey Clove whipped Topping

Whip cream until soft peaks while slowly incorporating honey. As soon as it is whipped into soft peaks, turn off mixer. Add in cloves and finish whipping to stiff peaks. Pipe on top of tarts.

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

What are some of your favorite pecan recipes?

Bite vs Bark!


With the famous Georgia vs Florida SEC football game happening tomorrow, we decided to serve up a bit of “dawg food” this Food Friday with a Fried Gator Tail!


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For starters, you can usually find gator tail in specialty food markets. In the Golden Isles, you can purchase gator tail at The Copper Pig. Gator tail can sometimes be a little tough, try to tenderize by pounding with a mallet, or soaking overnight in buttermilk.

First, mix flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl with hands. Rinse gator and drain water. Dip in flour mixture. Shake off excess flour. Heat 1/2-inch vegetable oil in a deep frying pan to 350 degrees F. Drop the floured gator in pan and fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with remoulade or toss in buffalo sauce and serve with ranch dressing.

Who are you rooting for tomorrow? The Georgia Bulldogs or the Florida Gators?

Order Your Thanksgiving Meal, To-Go!


When we think of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, most of us think of a table packed with homemade roasted turkey and tons of sides and desserts, right?

But if you’re hosting for the first time, a novice in the kitchen or simply just short on prep time, the thought of putting together a huge holiday dinner for a house full of guests can seem intimidating!

That’s why we have come up with a solution for you.

Make this Thanksgiving an easier and more memorable one by getting some of it to go! The Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Club Café at the Beach Village is prepping Thanksgiving Meals To-Go, with all items prepared by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel culinary team of chefs and bakers.

We have three options for you to choose from…

Holiday Feast To-Go
Feeds 6-8 people – $149.00 + tax
This traditional Thanksgiving meal features a whole Roasted Turkey, Traditional Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Artisan Bread and a whole Pumpkin Pie.

Holiday Dinner To-Go
Feeds 4 people – $99.00 + tax
This traditional Thanksgiving meal features Sliced White and Dark Meat Turkey, Traditional Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Artisan Bread and a whole Pumpkin Pie.

Holiday Sides to go
Serves 4-6 people – Starting at $24.00 + tax 
This is ideal for those who enjoy the tradition of cooking the turkey but want to leave the rest to someone else. The Chefs have everyone’s favorites including mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, traditional stuffing, steamed vegetables, cranberry relish and gravy.

Orders can be placed at the Club Café at the Beach Village or by phone by calling 912-635-5188. All orders will need to be placed by November 19th, 2015.  Scheduled pick up of Thanksgiving Meals To-Go is between noon Wednesday November 25 and 11:00am on Thanksgiving Day. All food will be ready to serve with only minimal reheating necessary.

Don’t get stuck in the kitchen all day. Spend it with your loved ones, surrounded by delicious foods and memories to last a lifetime!

Lemon Fresh Food Friday!


Just because summer has come to a close, lemons can still stick around!

Lemon is a great flavor to add to several different dishes for a tangy, tart or sweet flair. So naturally, we have added it to a favorite grain, couscous!


To prepare, place lemon zest, juice and herbs in to a bowl with the dry couscous. Boil water and pour over couscous. Cover with plastic wrap and steep for 10-15. Serve warm, season appropriately.

This dish is even more flavorful when paired with a pan roasted sea bass, a tapendade and roma chipotle pesto and tatsoi (aka, spinach mustard).


Sounds delicious, right?

Well it’s your lucky day! Here’s a second recipe to help build out your dinner plate.

For the Roma Chiptole Pesto, you’ll need….

1 bunch Parsley
1 cup Toasted Cashews
10 Roma Tomatoes (quartered & blistered under broiler)
1 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (the canned ones)
5 cloves Garlic
1/2 cup Pomace Oil
1 Tbsp Chipotle/Adobo Sauce
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Puree all together in a food processor and store chilled.

Happy cooking!

Jekyll Island Beachcombing Tips


Although it may seem like a spur-of-the-moment activity, exploring the shoreline in hopes of finding keepsakes is a beloved pastime backed by nearly a century of tradition. It’s called beachcombing, and it’s much more than a simple walk on the beach.

Luckily, we have exciting beachcombing right here on Jekyll Island. Check out our tips on how to experience the best that beachcombing has to offer!

What You’ll Need to Bring

Preparation is key. Although it’s mostly a matter of personal preference, there are a few key things we recommend every beachcomber take.

Sun Protection

Few things feel as wonderful as stepping out into the warmth of a sun-covered beach. But get too much of those rays and you’re in store for another sensation that’s just as memorable: sunburn.

Anyone planning to spend more than a few minutes outdoors should have proper sun protection. Consider wearing a wide hat with at least a four-inch brim to protect your neck, ears, eyes and scalp. A pair of sunglasses with UV ray protection will also prevent your eyes from getting hit with direct sunlight.

Lastly, and most importantly: always wear sunscreen. This means using the proper SPF (30 or higher), putting it on before heading outside and reapplying according to the product’s directions. If you have sensitive skin, you might avoid the midday hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense. The last thing you want to bring home from the beach is a rough bout of sunburn.

Wear a Watch

Keep an eye on the time. Not only will it help you stay prepared for changing tides, but it will also help you keep up with your sunscreen regimen.

Waterproof watches are your safest bet. Although your phone has its own clock, a reliable backup is a must when adventuring outdoors.

Bring Your Camera

Beachcombers find all sorts of treasures hidden along the beaches. But you can’t always take home what you see. Whether it’s due to park rules or the sheer size of what you find, some things have to stay on the beach. In these cases, a camera allows you to capture these memories without disturbing the coastal environment.

Two Bags

It goes without saying you’ll need a bag to carry home anything you find while on the beach. Unfortunately, there’s also a good chance you’ll run into trash during your trek. That’s why you have a second bag. A two-bag system lets you comb the beach and do your part to keep the beach beautiful!

A Shovel and a Grabber Stick

Bring a shovel along in case you need to dig deeper than a few feet to unearth hidden trinkets and treasures. And for those long treks, a grabber stick can save your back from the stress of bending over throughout the course of a day.

When You Should Go

You’re going to want to plan your trip around storm systems and the daily tidal schedule.

Visit After a Storm

The beach is an entirely new place after stormy weather. Heavy winds and rain shift the sand and debris along the beach, revealing items previously buried beneath the sand. Along with that, strong currents usually accompany coastal storms. These currents are capable of bringing items to shore that were once hidden deep in the ocean.

During Minus Tides

The term “minus tides” describes tides lower than the average low tide for that location. Essentially, it’s a really low tide, and that’s great news for anyone exploring the beach. Minus tides give combers an opportunity to venture into parts of the beach not usually accessible — meaning there’s a greater chance of finding unique treasures.

That said, tidal schedules change from day to day. Make sure to check the tidal schedules before you head out!

And on the topic of tides, shifting tides can change the landscape of the beach. For instance, during high tides, some beaches on Jekyll Island become inaccessible.

What You’ll Find



Beaches are full of sights and wildlife — two beachcombing trips are rarely the same. Each adventure offers something new, something that you’ve potentially never seen. So, what can you expect?

Seashells, Sand Dollars and Driftwood

The changing tides have a way of bringing various ocean mementos to the shoreline. On almost any trip to the beach you can expect to come across the usual batch of seashells. Just check to make sure those shells aren’t still home to anything from the ocean!

Seashells are just the beginning. At Jekyll Island, you’ll also find sand dollars and various pieces of driftwood. Both are favorites among beachcombers from all over, and we encourage you to take home whatever you discover so long as you keep moderation in mind.


Along with hermit crabs (they live in the shells mentioned above), expect to see coastal wildlife, such as seagulls, egrets and herons. In June and July, you may see a few sea turtles and nests, as well.

Remember, have your camera with you and capture wildlife photos from a respectable distance. Please do not disturb the wildlife. The only exception here is dead sand dollars. If you do find any, treat them the same way you would seashells: in moderation.

Jekyll Island Treasures


During the first two months of the year, the Jekyll Island Authority hides handcrafted glass floats along the beach, and all of Jekyll Island, for lucky beachcombers to find. These glass floats are reminiscent of the ones used by fisherman in the early 1900s that would sometimes break off and wash up on shore for beachgoers to find.

Things to Keep in Mind When Visiting Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is fully supportive of beachcombers. However, there are some rules to keep in mind while spending your time on the island:

  • Stay off the dunes
  • Only take home empty shells and dead sand dollars
  • Fill in sand castles and holes on the beach
  • Feeding of any wild animals is prohibited
  • Metal or mineral detection devices are prohibited
  • Do not approach sea turtles and stay clear of marked sea turtle nests
  • Please protect the sea turtles by not using artificial white lights on the beach at night

For a more detailed list of rules, check out Jekyll Island’s FAQ page.

Explore Responsibly


Beachcombing is a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors. Every beach has its own story to tell, and those stories are always changing. We just ask that you put in the effort to preserve the environment on Jekyll Island’s beaches and any other beaches you may visit.

And if you’re looking for a place to relax and explore, consider staying with Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Located just a bike ride away from the ocean, Jekyll Club’s location puts you in the center of relaxation and premiere beachcombing. Visit our website and take a look around for yourself if you’re planning a beachcombing getaway.

Welcoming a Special Appearance from Pumpkin this Food Friday!


With fall gatherings, Thanksgiving meals and holiday parties quickly approaching, our kitchen has turned as the leaves do and is now filled with warm, fall seasonings and ingredients.

To get a jump start on your upcoming menus, we are featuring a warm and hearty Pumpkin Risotto on this gorgeous Food Friday!

Get the recipes and directions below, and you are sure to thank us later!

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Sauté onions and butter first until tender. Then sauté rice over medium heat in the same pan. Add enough chicken stock to cover, and stir. As the chicken stock is absorbed by the rice, add more each time until rice is tender. Stir continuously to release starch and make the rice creamy. Once tender, fold in cheeses, pumpkin and a little heavy cream.

Fall Fun on Jekyll Island!


Fall is one of our very favorite seasons here on Jekyll Island, with warmer summer weather sticking around. With plenty of fun events and sites to see, we came up with a top 5 list of fun things to do this fall!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the month of October, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will be recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in several delicious ways. Both of our Club Café locations will have pink iced sugar cookies, the Lobby Bar and Pub will be mixing up a Jekyll Island Club Hotel original “TaTa-Tini” and pink moscato will be available in the Grand Dining Room, Courtyard at Crane, Club Cafés, Lobby Bar and the Pub by the glass size bottle. A part of proceeds from these three pink items sold during the month of October will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.



What is October without fall spiced beer and bratwursts to go around? Join us during the month of October for our personal spin on the famous German holiday, Oktoberfest! Enjoy a bratwurst with bavarian mustards, German potato salad and jumbo pretzels at the Pub or Pool Bar and Grill. And of course, don’t forget the beer!



Tree Swallows

With deep-blue iridescent backs and snowy white fronts, Tree Swallows are familiar sights on Jekyll Island during the fall season, as they flock to the Golden Isles wetlands. You are most likely to see the infamous Tree Swallows in large groups, flying around acrobatically snatching up mosquitos and other small insects. But don’t get to close to their nests, they have a reputation of dive bombing intruders!



Pumpkin contest

Our Food and Beverage Department is carving up some fall, friendly competition on October 26 with a Pumpkin Carving Contest! Drop by between 10:30am and 7pm to submit your choice for the best carved pumpkin while enjoying complimentary warm apple cider. Bragging rights are at stake, so mark your calendar!



National Pecan Month

The fall season would not be complete without a warm slice of pecan pie! Add some fall flavor to your weekends during the month of November as we celebrate all things pecan: Pecan Pie, Pecan Chocolate Toffee, Pecan Crusted Snapper, Pecan Beer and Pecan Smoked Pork are just a few of the specialties that are in store.



It’s Oktoberfest Season!


In the spirit of Oktoberfest, we have decided to feature our German Potato Salad for Food Friday this week!


Start potatoes in a pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and cook just before being tender. (German potato salad is usually served warm so pull potatoes early to ensure you don’t have mushy potato salad.) Slice potatoes and place in a bowl. Set aside. In a sauté pan, render bacon, then throw in onions and cook until tender. Whisk in mustard and vinegar , sugar, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over sliced potatoes while hot. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve warm, with a nice German beer and bratwurst and you are all set!