It's officially autumn, but the Southeast is the perfect place to head when you just have to squeeze in one last getaway before the weather turns cold and recalcitrant.
If you've only experienced Hilton Head or Kiawah Island off the South Carolina coast, look a little deeper South for an experience more rustic, more authentic and definitely more relaxed - the Private Islands of Georgia's Eagle Island.
Whether you're looking to disappear with someone special or with a group of friends, this secluded 10-acre getaway is a find. Getaways can be customized.
Accessible only by boat, guests enjoy the spectacular Georgia salt marsh eco system,
offshore/inshore fishing, blue crabbing, coastal cruises or full moon weekends in complete privacy. A 10-foot wraparound screened porch with hot tub and an outdoor fire pit are perfect for idling.
For those who can't leave their technology behind, there is WiFi and Direct TV. Rates start at $400 per couple per night. Round-trip boat transportation is provided with
Get owner Capt. Andy Hill to put on a low country boil for the end to a long and perfect autumn day on the coast. Wild Georgia shrimp, Andouille sausage, carrots, potatoes and corn make for some good Southern eating. Serve with deep dish corn bread and a few cold bottles of Reisling.
Low Country Boil
You don't have to be in the low country to enjoy this seasonal Southern shore specialty.
Note - outdoor gas cookers are typically used. A large pot on the range
can also be used when outdoor gas cookers are not available.
Fill a large pot with water. Leave enough room in the pot to accommodate the food in order to prevent over boiling. Bring water to a boil.
Next, prepare the Private Islands of Georgia Seasoning Blend (recipe below) and add to boiling water.
Note - Old Bay Seasoning can be substituted for the Private Islands of Georgia Seasoning Blend if desired
Private Islands of Georgia SPECIAL Seasoning Blend
2 sticks butter
1 cup black pepper
1/2 cup red pepper
1 cup garlic salt
1/2 cup seasoning salt
1/2 cup celery salt
10 lemons, halved and juiced
10 jalapeno peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
Melt butter in large sauce pan on low to medium heat.
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir with wire whisk. Pour contents of mixing bowl into melted butter and stir with wire whisk until well blended.
Pour fresh squeezed lemon juice into pan and stir. Add jalapeno pepper slices and stir. Add mixture to boiling water.
Low Country Boil Ingredients
Note - other ingredients that can be added to personal taste are
rutabagas, sweet potatoes, crabs, crawfish or the 'kitchen sink' - whatever textures and flavors you love
4 pounds shrimp
2 packages Andouille sausage cut into 1" slices - or substitute your favorite brand
8 onions, peeled and halved
16 new potatoes
4 ears of corn, halved
small bag of baby carrots
After adding the Private Islands of Georgia Seasoning Blend to the boiling water, you are now ready to add the remaining ingredients.
The food items are added in order of longest to shortest to cook.
First, add the potatoes and boil 10 minutes. Next, add the carrots, sausage and whole onions. Return to boil. Add corn and return to boil. Then, add the shrimp last. Cook until shrimp are pink in color, approximately 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.
Have on hand extras like cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and don't forget plenty of napkins.