Feel all that mom stress drift away on the ocean breeze, as you enjoy miles of marshland grasses, watch herons, loons and – if you’re lucky – maybe a dolphin or two.
That’s what happens once you board the boat in Darien, Georgia, just four and a half hours from Atlanta, for your girlfriends escape to Eagle Island, one of the Private Islands of Georgia. Wave to the shrimp boat captains, whose ships share the dock with your little skiff, they’re the last glimpse of the hustle and bustle of daily life.
A Day at Eagle Island
Eagle Island is a wonderful place to do nothing. But if you must, fishing poles and kayaks are available. If you’d like to do a guided tour, make those plans before your vacation begins. The Private Islands of Georgia team can direct you to reputable outfitters. Our guided kayak trip was a nice introduction to the waterways.
To truly experience the Islands, include renting a boat in your planning, and visit historic Sapelo Island. Grab a diet coke at the Country Store, owned by Hog Hammock legend Cornelia Bailey or a cold beer from the tiny adjacent bar. Call ahead and have lunch at Lula’s Kitchen and take a turn on the tire swing while your food is prepared. Visit the grand Reynolds Mansion, and climb the stairs of the Sapelo Island lighthouse. Or just enjoy the miles of secluded beach and catch up with the celebrities in People magazine. It’s all in a day at Sapelo.
Back on Eagle Island, rinse the shells you collected and yourself in the outdoor shower before dinner. I’d suggest having staff prepare their signature oyster roast one evening. The conch shell shooters are optional.
After dinner, relax in the hot tub by the fireplace or relive the stories of the day while making s’mores under a canopy of stars at the outdoor firepit.
Rest and repeat.
The Private Islands of Georgia
Eagle Island is one of several islands in the Private Islands of Georgia collection. Guests at Eagle have access to the other islands in the collection as well. May Hall is a short kayak or boat ride from Eagle. Here we walked to Little May Hall, and Grassie Field along a boardwalk, a perfect morning stroll. To find satisfaction on Mick or Jagger island, you’ll need a boat or low tide. Queens Island is where we found amazing shelling, including large oyster clusters, perfect for that beach house I’m building on Pinterest.