getaways

Island Cooking Classes debuts St. Simons Island, GA

Chef Dave Snyder St. Simons Island, GA  Foodie Bobi Saal of Island Cooking Classes launches her art and cooking classes at historic King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort September 19-24.

"Experience Southern cuisine by stepping into the kitchens of amazing chefs and cook right along side of them," says Saal. "Capture the beauty of the island and create a piece of watercolor art."

The debut event features five nights of hands-on cooking, art and island fun. Attendance is limited to 6-12 people for this and all upcoming scheduled dates. Island Cooking Classes pricing begins at $2,440.

The itinerary is extensive – from daily Southern breakfast buffet at the King and Prince to classes, meals, shrimp boat excursion, receptions, photography island tour and wine tastings.

Full details are on Saal’s website including international and domestic suggestions for transportation. Classes include:

* Chef Dave Snyder holds ‘court’ every day at Halyards, one of St. Simons Island ’s most popular restaurants. Don your apron and prepare for his hands-on cooking classes that end with a gourmet luncheon and superb house wine. Using seasonally fresh and local foods, he’ll charm you with anecdotes from his years at the New England Culinary Institute and halcyon days in many of New York ’s finest establishments including The Essex House.

* Have fun with restaurateur/chef John Howton, savoring his famed ‘Low Country Boil’ served daily at Blackwater Grill. Their signature Cajun, low-country Southern coastal cuisine is usually standing-room-only

* From the culinary team at Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa to St. Simons Island , wellness Chef Laurie Erickson instructs on back-to-basics chef techniques, secrets and tricks that you’ll use forever. She’ll empower you with her philosophy that “Good cooking is 90% confidence”.

* Let yourself get swept away with the beauty of creating your own inspired watercolor coastal landscape with artist and instructor Louise Eaton. Relax, splash color on paper and enjoy a carefree afternoon as images of the island unfold.


St Simons Island resort offers great Spring getaway rates

Ocean Front Tower Room St. Simons Island , GA  Celebrating the 75th Diamond Anniversary of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island is offering a $129/nt* SPRING TO THE COAST GETAWAY for an Ocean Front/Ocean View Guest Room,  April 11 – April 15, 2010.

Try $75 60-minute massage treatments at The Royal Treatment Cottage with 3 massage treatment rooms – Custom Cottage massage, Swedish massage and Sport-Specific massage - or golf at the newly-restored award winning King and Prince Golf Course with $40 greens fee and cart.

DRIVE 75 MILES OR MORE TO KING AND PRINCE RESORT and stay 2 nights for a Bonus ‘Getaway’ giveaway: receive $75 Resort Credit for dining, massage therapy or golf 

*Rate is based on Hotel availability


Fall festival time in the Southeast

Indian Summer perfect for festival going

With the temperate Indian Summer days ahead of us, it's time for fall festivals and fairs.

The days are warm and pleasant, the nights have a crisp cool air, and the leaves are beginning to turn burnished gold, red and orange.

There is nothing as lovely (except perhaps the natural splendor of the countryside) as an afternoon taking in the food, the arts and crafts, and live entertainment at fall festivals and the Southeast has aplenty.

Whether you're a foodie or an arts enthusiast, there is really something for everyone - with festivals ranging in size from the downright homey crowds in the hundreds to the megascenes mobbed in the thousands.

Below is a list of only a very few from which to choose.

Get ready for your next roadtrip here.

Virginia

October 03, 2009

Vienna Oktoberfest

Vienna, Virginia

Live music, food, beer garden, free children's activities, children's entertainment stage, and marketplace

Contact for more information: 703-281-1333

October 10 -October 11, 2009   

Italian Festival

Williamsburg, Virginia

7th Annual Italian food specialties, wine tasting, Virginia wineries, arts & crafts, Kids Zone, Entertainment.

Contact for more information: 757-253-1396

October 10, 2009    

Oyster Festival

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

38th annual, All you can eat oysters, crabs, clams and more. Live entertainment, contests, lots of fun.

Contact for more information:   757-336-6161

North Carolina

October 03, 2009

Fall Festival & Chili Cook Off

Asheville, North Carolina

Historic McCormick Field is hosting the 1st Annual Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff!! live music, food 

Contact for more information: 828-258-2428

October 09 -October 10, 2009

Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival

Salisbury, North Carolina

Blues and Jazz performed by internationally and nationally renowned musicians and variety of vendors

Contact for more information:   704-636-2811

October 15-25

NC State Fair

Raleigh, NC

150th annual state fair, Midway rides, livestock and agriculture exhibits, horse show' live music, food & more.

Contact for more information: http://www.ncstatefair.org/2009/

South Carolina

October 03, 2009

Oktoberfest

Newberry, South Carolina

Food court, live entertainment, arts & crafts, free Kids Zone, & free parking

Contact for more information:  803-321-1015

October 10 -October 11, 2009

Art in the Park

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

37th annual arts festival in a park near the ocean.

Contact for more information: 843-448-7690

November 06 -November 07, 2009    

Collard Festival

Gaston, South Carolina

BBQ, entertainment, rides, dunking booth, auction, fireworks, antique cars

Contact for more information: 803-796-7725

Georgia

Oct 02 -Oct 04, 2009

Autumn Leaf Festival

Maysville, Georgia

Third largest festival in Georgia with entertainment all weekend and activities for all.

Contact for more information:  706-708-6409

Oct 03, 2009

Fiddles & Vittles

Warrenton, Georgia

Live country and bluegrass plus food vendors featuring preserves, honey, fresh produce, and made-to-order

Contact for more information:  706-465-9604

Oct 10 -Oct 11, 2009    

Taste of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia

Tastes from over 70 restaurants, celebrity chef demos, VIP wine experience, kid's avenue and more

Contact for more information: 404-875-4434