Georgia's Jewel

By: Leslie Cebula
By: Leslie Cebula

Leslie explores one of Georgia's barrier islands, Jekyll Island. According to the tour book it's the smallest of Georgia's "Golden Isles." Come on and check out this hidden treasure!


On gray days in the Mid-Ohio Valley like this Sunday I just think about my time on Jekyll Island.

My fiance, Eric, and I flew into Jacksonville, FL almost three weeks ago.  We had been looking forward to it for months.  My parents are staying on Jekyll Island, Georgia which is only about an hour north.  It is one of Georgia's "Golden Isles" midway between Savannah and Jacksonville along the Atlantic coast.

And boy is it golden.

The sun was shining, palm trees were swaying, and we got a taste of the south.  On our way to Jekyll from Jacksonville, my parents took us to "The Georgia Pig" in Brunswick, GA.  It is this little building or "an authentic old shack" as DiscoverOurTown,com describes it.  It is located right off I-95 with pig signs everywhere, picnic tables inside, and the some of the best barbecue pork I think I've ever had!  We ordered pulled pork sandwiches in front of the open pit the cook was barbecuing over, sat down at the picnic tables, and had ourselves a southern style picnic.  Also what was great, this place is located next to El Cheapo gas station which I hear doesn't always have the cheapest gas but I thought is was funny.

Then it was off to the island.  We were greated with the fountains, stone landscaping, and Spanish structures leading us there.  We stopped at the welcome center and looked at the island treasures.  These artistic glass balls are designed after the weights fishermen used on their nets at one time.  Now artists leave these glass treasures on the island during the month of February for visitors to find like people used to when the weights washed ashore.

Stay tuned because there are so many details I want to include and I don't have time to write all down today!  This will be part of a series and next I'll be talking about cruise adventures and some of the famous roots the island has.

Plus I'm going to be posting photos as soon as possible!

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