What is the best time to visit Sea Island?

To take full advantage of Sea Island’s five miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, the best time to visit is in the late spring or summer. Because the private resort island is a popular spot for family vacations, reservations can fill up rather quickly, so be sure to book early. Even if you can’t make it out there during the spring or summer, the Georgia coast sees mild year-round temperatures that average between 65 and 89 degrees. That means you won’t go wrong even if you stay there in the winter. In fact, December is also a nice time to visit; the Five-Star Cloister gets festive during the holiday season, with floor-to-ceiling Christmas decorations and an impressive gingerbread castle.

  • On July 16, 2013
    Jennifer Kester answered the question: Jennifer Kester

    What are the best restaurants on Sea Island?

    Not only is Georgian Room the best restaurant on Sea Island, it’s one of the best in the country. It’s the sole eatery in Georgia to nab the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award. Chef Daniel Zeal makes sophisticated Southern cuisine that shines in dishes like foie gras torchon with smoked squab, grapefruit and honeycomb, and Carolina brook trout with violet yam, saffron, turnips and fava beans. The sumptuous Old South dining room impresses with glittering crystal and gold chandeliers hanging from coffered ceilings, a muted sage floral print covering chairs and white cloth hugging the tables. Touches like the cream columns and carved stone fireplace give it the Mediterranean flavor you’ll find elsewhere in The Cloister, which houses the restaurant. Despite the dining room’s lavish décor, the best seat in the house is actually in an alcove in the kitchen. At the chef’s table, peer out of the large window to see how Zeal and his team work their culinary magic.

    For a less formal option in the Five-Star hotel, head to Tavola. In the Tuscan trattoria, chef Paola Bugli whips up classic dishes based on her family’s recipes. Start with the house-cured prosciutto and the caprese salad, which includes a ball of burrata stuffed with olive tapenade. For the entrée, the gnudi is heavenly — thin-shelled, ricotta-filled nuggets showered with pecorino flakes sit on top of tomato sauce. But the wood-fired pizzas make a tempting alternative; try the signature Tavola pie topped with housemade sausage, rapini and aged Gouda that is served on a wooden pizza peel.

    Another top-notch eatery on Sea Island can be found in The Cloister’s sister hotel, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club. Colt & Alison is a dark, intimate spot with burgundy and mahogany-paneled walls and a wood-burning fireplace. (Try to snag a table along the window bank that overlooks the 18th hole of the Plantation Golf Course.) The steakhouse, of course, excels at meat. But those in the know go for the dishes with a tableside presentation. Order the peppery, tender filet mignon au poivre and the chef will come out and sear it tableside (and request the delicious cabernet-shallot sauce). The Caesar salad and bananas foster also have showy tableside presentations. But don’t overlook the other sweets; the chef’s daily rotating dessert soufflés are a crowd favorite. And try to save room for the mignardises cart, which carries classic treats, such as fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies, colorful macarons, chocolate-covered almonds and jellybeans.

    Tip: No matter which restaurant you choose at the hotels, be sure to ask for the corn muffins. The kitchens keep the batter at the ready upon request. Made with cheddar and creamed corn, the addictive bacon-studded muffins are a Sea Island classic.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    What is Easter like at Sea Island?

    Easter at Sea Island, and its Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club and The Cloister, is a grand affair with events covering almost every hour from March 27 until Easter Sunday on March 31.

    The 7 a.m. Easter Sunday sunrise service at the Beach Club will be one to remember as the sun will just be coming up and the ocean waves will provide the soundtrack to an all-inclusive Christian service. A morning service will also be held in The Cloister Chapel at 9 a.m.

    Come afternoon on Easter Sunday, Sea Island goes all out for their egg hunt. The precursor is an interactive Easter Egg-Stravaganza featuring bunnies, eggs and, of course, golf balls. And the egg hunt itself? Expect more than 10,000 eggs in five different areas, separated by age groups. Kids who find the golden golf ball on each field will receive a prize. Reservations are required for both the Egg-Stravaganza and Easter egg hunt.

    There are plenty of Easter lunch and brunch options, including a brunch buffet in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Georgian Room restaurant and an Italian à la carte brunch menu at Tavola. And there are plenty more events throughout Easter weekend, ranging from a sand bunny building contest and breakfast with the Easter Bunny to a tennis exhibition match. The full list of events can be found on Sea Island’s website.
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