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Monday, August 27, 2012

Jekyll Island

It's always nice to find a place to get away.  The best case scenario is:
  1. On or near the ocean.
  2. Pet friendly.
  3. Not too far of a drive.
Tim found the solution that meets all needs, Oceanside Inn and Suites at Jekyll Island.  We can have a suite right on the ocean, the Brindle Kids are welcome and the island is about 3 - 4 hours from home. 

It's perfection.
The bay

The marsh

The ocean

We took these photos when we visited the island last November.  We had heard about the annual Thanksgiving brunch at the historic Jekyll Island Club.

Jekyll Club Hotel's Turret

We didn't know it at the time, but we were lucky to get reservations.  Apparently, people come from all over to have a Thanksgiving meal at the Club.  Here's why:

Salads and Appetizers
Ambrosia Salad
Honey Ham Salad with Figs and Sultanas
Mixed Salad Greens with Assorted Toppings
Chef attended Caesar Salad Station
Broccoli and Beer Cheese Soup with Tempura Fried Broccoli Florets
Assorted Artisan Breads with Flavored Butters
Tropical Fruit Tree with Assorted Melons and Berries
Fresh Baked Danishes and Pastries
Marbles of American and European Cheeses
Chef’s Mélange of Pates
Marbles of Smoked and Cured Meats
Assorted House Smoked Seafood and Gravlax
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail with King Crab Legs and Claws

Breakfast Station
Omelets to Order - Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes, Mushrooms,
Shrimp, Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives, Salsa and Cheese
Crisp Bacon and Sausage
Belgium Waffles with Raspberry Sauce, Chocolate Sauce, Maple Syrup and Whipped Cream
Stuffed French Toast with Vanilla Cream Cheese served with Assorted Toppings:
Spiced Peaches, Rum-Baked Bananas, Brandied Cherries and Maple Syrup

Sage Butter Basted Turkey with Cranberry Relish and Giblet Gravy
Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Natural Jus and Horseradish Cream
Orange-Molasses Rotisserie Duck with Toasted Almond and Teriyaki Orzo
Lemon-Lime Mixed Grill of Grouper, Shrimp and Scallops with Herb Caper Butter served over
Jasmine Rice
Young Vegetable Sauté and Green Bean Casserole
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Baked Sweet Potatoes

Desserts - Pastry Chef’s Specialty Selections and Ice Cream Sundae Bar

As good as the food sounds, it tasted even better.  We were stuffed when we left.  A beautiful meal in a beautiful place with beautiful people = beautiful memories.

After lunch, we took a stroll around the grounds of the Club, then headed back across the island to the hotel.  As we got closer to our room, I heard what sounded like the wind picking up.  I thought we might be in for a storm.  I didn't feel the wind, but I heard it - long, lonely moaning coming from the ocean and across the dunes.  The closer we got to the room, the louder the sounds. 

It wasn't the wind.  There was no storm coming.  It was the Brindle Kids rooing forlornly for our return.  I've heard them roo before but this time their sustained and synchornized effort, while impressive, was really kind of embarrassing.  If I could hear them from the parking lot, there's no doubt the guests in the rooms adjoining ours could surely hear them.  Crazy dogs.  I sure hoped the Oceanside people would let us come back.  :)

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