Travel Diaries: Two Nights at The Westin, Jekyll Island, GA
It’s cold, gray, and rainy here, and I’m seriously missing the sunshine, blue skies, and 80 degree weather. Since I can’t go to the beach, I decided to do the next best thing: write another entry in my travel diary!
Jekyll Island is one of my favorite places on the planet. I grew up only an hour and half from the coast, and St. Simons and Jekyll were two of my family’s weekend destinations. Between the quaint downtowns, incredible restaurants, and untouched coastline, it’s hard to find a better place to slow down, take a breath, and relax for a few days.
We had the opportunity to go to Jekyll at the end of October with my dad’s charitable foundation for their annual golf tournament. Nick and his parents had never been, so it was the perfect chance to soak up the last few rays of sun (and catch a few rounds of golf while we were there!). We spent two nights at the absolutely gorgeous Westin in an oceanfront room. As if the view wasn’t enough, they welcomed us with champagne, a fruit tray, and red velvet cake bites, not to mention ice cold drinks in the courtyard overlooking the ocean!
After drinks, we did a little exploring and shopping, since Nick’s dad and I forgot to bring flip flops and the weather was too beautiful to wear real shoes! Just outside of the hotel (and by “just outside,” I mean you walk out the front doors and you’re there), you’ll find wide, cobblestone streets and adorable little cafes and shops. I found the perfect beach dress there, then we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for the welcome reception, held on the rooftop bar.
As you can imagine, it was absolutely gorgeous, and the staff was unbelievably attentive! We laughed and danced (and had a few more drinks), and I was 100% certain that I was destined to live at the beach one day!
The next morning, we were up and on the way to the golf tournament by 7, but not before stopping by the hotel’s cafe for coffee. We spent most of the day at the golf course, where the Lewis & Raulerson – Friendly Express Charitable Foundation crossed the $1,000,000 mark (!!!), then headed back to the Westin for an early dinner at The Reserve.
I can’t say enough about our waitress and the incredible chef at The Reserve. She was so attentive to my allergies and made the whole process stress-free, plus the steaks were delicious and the view unbeatable. We ended the day with a walk on the beach and sitting around the bonfire in the courtyard. It’s been a few months, and I’m still counting the days until we go back!
What’s your favorite weekend getaway? Let me know in the comments below!