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September 3, 2013

St. Simons Island: A jewel in Georgia's Golden Isles

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The lighthouse is easy to access from the Village; it dates to 1872—rebuilt after Confederate forces destroyed the 1801 original to prevent Federal access. There are plenty of bike lanes and walking paths -- indeed 20 miles of paved paths throughout the island, some under those live oak canopies.

You might pedal to the Maritime Museum in an old Coast Guard Station. It’s a handsome place and the exhibits vary from maritime to military history to ecology. They’re welcoming even for children.

So is The King and Prince, with four pools overlooking the ocean, and two more with the villas on either side of the historic main building.

The 1-foot-deep pool surely was designed for families like mine with toddlers, but I saw adults enjoying a simple soak too. Moms preferring their resort appearance to underwater immersion seemed comfortable with kindergarteners in the three-foot pool, hairdos and makeup proper.

At The King and Prince, expect easy-access Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, ocean-facing balconies and patios. Then find surprises, like phenomenal playlist for music that plays throughout the landscaped swimming pool gardens at the edge of the beach.

Amid these softly-playing 60s, 70s, 80s tunes, romantic or family conversation is possible, but they’re just the right pitch to have you dancing a bit en-route to the next pool or patio bar.

Christine Tibbetts covers travel for the CNHI News Service. Follow her at www.TibbettsTravel.com

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