Fall and winter on Georgia’s Golden Isles are spectacular–warm enough for days on the marsh, the golf courses, and the beach, and cool enough for evenings by the fire.
The phrase “sweater weather” could have been coined for St Simons Island. After the heat and humidity of the summer months, the average daily highs are in the high 70s, and the lows don’t get much below 40. August on St Simons is the wettest month of the year, but if you come for Thanksgiving you can expect clear skies and water temps in the 60s–not quite warm enough for a swim, but great weather for kayaking or sightseeing.
You never know when the Spanish might sneak up and try to take back St Augustine, just a few miles to the south, so plan a trip to Fort Frederica and keep an eye out for an approaching armada. If you don’t espy the Spanish fleet on the horizon, take in the marsh views that stretch to the horizon.
Rice plantations were the lifeblood of the southern coast, and the Howfyl-Broadfield Plantation is an authentic example of low country life in the 19th century. Furniture, decorative arts, and the family silver collection is on display in the house, and the grounds are a stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. There are other nature trails at the site, and dogs are welcome there.
The Lady Jane offers a day of cruising along the estuaries of St Simons–you can sit back in the cabin and relax, or you can help the crew sort the day’s catch, and a naturalist is on board to tell you about the wildlife you’ll see, and the fish that come up in the nets. if you’ve got young kids, or even the young at heart, an afternoon on the Lady Jane is a must.
St Simons is a wonderful place for an off-season getaway, contact us for more information on how you can plan your own winter wonderland.