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

Florida's Casa Marina Hotel rolls back rates for fall getaways

The Grand Lady welcomes weary travelers with deep discounts

Casa Marina Hotel (691 N 1st Street, 904.270.0025), circa 19265,in Jacksonville Beach, Florida celebrates its signature year September through November 30, 2009 by rolling back first night rates.

With 23 individually designed parlor suites and oceanfront rooms, the historic hotel is offering the first night at $139 for a parlour suite and the second night at $19.25. (Sunday thru Thursday ~ no holidays).

Casa Marina Hotel has a full-service fine dining restaurant and penthouse martini bar that serves lunch and dinner daily; continental breakfast is served complimentary to overnight hotel guests.

Chef Aaron Webb has been at the helm of the hotel’s kitchen forseven years, bringing ala carte dining, weddings, corporate events and penthouse tapas menus to life with innovative ‘New Beach Cuisine’.

What better way to wind down than a fall getaway.

A sneak peek into the Westin Alexandria

My super-plush magic carpet ride to dream land

There are a few things I like better than a nice, comfy bed.  A very few.

Tonight we sleep like Goldilocks  because this bed at the Westin Alexandria (400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-5700, 703.253.8600) is just right. 

Our room, with a rack rate of $549 per night, double occupancy, is a steal of a deal in old town Alexandria, VA, and just a quick Metro ride to the downtown DC area.  No, we didn't pay $549 clams.  

Try 3 nights for under $400.  

With complimentary evening cocktails, free in-room WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and pool open from 8 am until 10 pm, we might just stay in the hotel all day.  

But we won't.  We're here for the free stuff and DC has got it. Tomorrow is a full day of Smithsonian hopping.  Since it's a holiday weekend, we'll be getting reduced fares on the city Metro too. Mayor Bloomberg, are you listening? Reduced fares? 

I know, you're asking yourselves, how can we get in on a deal like that.  Since Eat. Drink. Memory. is an authorized affiliate with Travelocity, you can click on the links here to find a dreamy deal for your next getaway.  

We weren't disappointed and you won't be either.

And oh, by the way, the Westin Alexandria is just a few short stops from Ronald Reagan International Airport too.  So what are you waiting for?  Jump on one of those Last Minute deals and we'll see you at the cocktail hour.