Georgia’s Barrier Islands
Soft adventure on St. Simons Island.
Cross state lines to these unspoiled Deep South hideouts on Georgia’s Atlantic Coast, deeded largely to freed slaves after the Civil War. It’s hard to choose just one, but it’s worth the drive via the FJ Torres Causeway to St. Simons Island for two pristine white-sand beaches, excellent golf courses, and two public tennis courts. But those are just a few of the activities on offer—expect fishing, biking, and more.
The restaurant's tables are made of teak from shipwrecked boats.
2 Fort Frederica
The fort was built in 1736 to bolster British Georgiaâ€™s defenses against upstart Spain.
3 Georgia Pig
This unassuming joint, tucked away by a gas station near I-95, serves meltingly rich BBQ along with Brunswick Stew, the smoky tomato-lima bean-meat combo popular in the region.
4 St. Simons Inn
St. Simons, the largest of Georgia's four Golden Isles, is distinguished from its neighbors by the more-than-century-old lighthouse that stands on the island's southern end. For a good view of this iconic and still-functioning landmark, stay at St. Simons Inn, one block from the water where the Atlantic meets St. Simons Sound. Each of the 34 rooms in this condo hotel is uniquely decorated according to the tastes of the unit owner.
Insider Tip: Catch a trolley tour from the nearby Pier Village to explore the island's plantation ruins.