After we had checked in and freshened up a bit, we walked a few feet to the waters edge and had dinner on the wharf at the restaurant Latitude 31. It has windows all along the walls thus giving us a gorgeous view of the sun setting over the water. Bethy and I decided to get three tapas and share them, thus we gotto try many of their delectable delights. We had crab cakes with a yummy dill sauce, chicken wantons, and a tuna and mango medley over crackers they were all so good, and I never ever eat sea food but I figured I should probably indulge in these southern dishes. After dinner we took a pleasant stroll around the gardens and enjoyed the exquisite sunset. The temperature was absolutely perfect but the humidity had done a number on my hair as well as Bethany's, the natural curl, that we try so hard to tame and conceal, could no longer be controlled, we knew it would happen so we didn't even attempt to fight it. We explored everythingt he wonderful gardens, grounds and water front had to offer. It is definitely a photographers paradise.
here, it really is fascinating, in my room there was a picture of the first transcontinental telephone call placed by AT&T president, Theodore Vail on January 25, 1915 that took place in the hotel. Because of the concentration of internationally prominent business leaders, the Jekyll Island Club was the scene of some important historical events which was so neat to learn about.
This is the sweet quaint courtyard we would pass to get to our rooms from the front porch, my room also had a view overlooking its lush gardens. The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast in the grand dinning room, it is painted the most pleasing shade of peach, and was decorated in a neoclassical style with majestic fluted ionic columns. I had pecan pancakes topped with some of Georgia's famous peach compote, it was lip smackin' good. I also indulged in some deluxe hot chocolate that was perfectly blended.
We stopped for a little while to look at the map and take some photographs and then all of a sudden we had a new little buddy join our party! It was a small raccoon that was unnaturally friendly, it came right on up to us! If raccoons didn't have the reputation of being ferociously mean, as well as little germ carriers, you all know I would have been petting it the minute I saw it. Since we couldn't pet it, Bethy and I of course followed it around for an unnecessarily long amount of time taking pictures of it's every move, honestly how could you resist that sweet little face. Finally dad called us back to our bikes and we got back on the road. Our next little side adventure was visiting a tree graveyard, honestly this beach looked like the place were trees go to die (kind of like where the whales go to die in the movie Island On Top of The World.) There were massive white tree trunks and intricate roots systems strewn across the beach. We stumbled upon it by accident and it was so unique and very impressive. None of my pictures capture the desolate yet quiet feeling of this place or the decaying beauty and grandeur of the trees.
The next day we jumped aboard a bright red trolley and took a tour of the beautiful island and the charming cottages of the rich and famous of yesteryear. The first thing we saw was a rodent of unusual size emerge from the bushes and dash across the lawn! EEE!! Ok so it was actually an armadillo that was just waking up for the day, I have never seen an armadillo in the wild, it was a funny little creature, I thought he honestly looked like a ROUS as seen in the Princess Bride.
This church had the most exquisitely gorgeous stained glass windows I have ever seen, and believe me I have seen lots and lots of stained glass windows! I shake my fist at the concept of not being able to take pictures inside buildings!!! So I didn't get to document their beauty! boo! I am sure I will get over it one day. Louis Comfort Tiffany helped make these stunning windows, his signature is even on one of them! My favorite was one of the nativity scene, it was full of so much symbolism, that's the type of stuff that makes us art history nerds so happy! The colors were so vivid and fabulous and so rich and saturated! The morning sun was shinning right through it making it glow.
This is the Indian Mound Cottage, this is one of the two that we got to tour inside, once again dang the evil rule of "No Photographs Inside"! They were so charming inside I wish I had some pictures to show you, but I guess you can imagine by just seeing the outside how great the insides were!