Where to Enjoy a Great Meal With a Fabulous View on Jekyll Island

The proximity of the Atlantic Ocean and numerous small creeks make Jekyll Island an ideal spot for enjoying a tasty meal with a waterfront view. Whether you’re looking for a casual family spot or an upscale restaurant for date night, you’ll find the perfect place on Jekyll Island.

Beach House Restaurant and Tap Room

Eateries along Beachview Drive North offer waterfront views with tables mere feet from the beach. One local favorite, Beach House Restaurant and Tap Room, welcomes customers with outdoor oceanfront dining on a spacious patio. Tables include large umbrellas so you can enjoy eating near the beach on sunny days. The Beach House menu offers moderately priced options like sandwiches and pricier plates featuring fresh scallops, salmon, and marinated steaks. Pair your meal with a glass of wine or one of over 20 beers on tap daily.

The Reserve

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Located in the Westin Hotel on the beach, The Reserve is an elegant restaurant with two outdoor dining options. Start your day with brunch or stop by for dinner and enjoy the sunset from a patio table. Enjoy the upscale atmosphere and a high-end meal like delectable fresh seafood or steak. After dinner, head up to Harry’s Lounge and watch the sunset from the rooftop deck. There are plenty of hotels to choose from on Beachview Drive, too. It’s easy to find a hotel convenient to restaurants featuring waterfront dining, especially if you use Hotel Planner to search for Jekyll Island hotels.

Tortuga Jacks

For family-friendly meals that will fit almost any travel budget, visit Tortuga Jacks. Kids will love this casual Mexican eatery. Choose from traditional beach tacos and burritos or beach-inspired fare including shrimp fajitas and fish tacos. Choose a table at the outdoor tiki bar to enjoy the sea air while you listen to live music from local bands.

The Wharf

Located on the Jekyll Island Historic Pier, The Wharf offers waterfront views along the serene Fancy Bluff Creek. Enjoy beautiful scenery in the dining room or out on the patio. The menu offers Southern favorites including shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and blackened swordfish. Expect to pay a little more to enjoy good food at this waterfront location. You can also listen to live music out on the deck every day of the week.

Zachry’s Riverhouse

There are plenty of burgers, sandwiches, and salads on the menu at Zachry’s Riverhouse. The restaurant offers a kids’ menu, too. Lunch or dinner can be easy on your wallet at this casual waterfront eatery. You can also spend a little extra on complete meals including crab cakes and fresh fish. You’ll find the restaurant is on Harbor Road. Dine inside or outside on the deck overlooking Fancy Bluff Creek.

When you visit Jekyll Island, make sure to visit a few restaurants with gorgeous views of the water. Several restaurants offer options fro breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Savor your meal while you enjoy ocean breezes, or views of the wildlife along the scenic local creeks.

 

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8 reasons why I got addicted to cruises

I have mentioned in few of my last posts that we took Baltic Sea cruise last month in August of 2013. It was one of the most unique travel experiences my family and I had this summer. The fun was unlimited for all of us and so was the excitement. Carnival Legend made sure all of its passengers had time of their lives. There were always something exciting going on at every hour for everyone.

The atrium of Carnival Legend

The atrium of Carnival Legend

There is one confession I need to make though, I am not a big water person. In fact, I am very scared of water…that can be going to beaches or swimming pools or simply standing under shower for too long with eyes closed. I don’t know how to swim, therefore, I do panic everytime I am on a boat or taking any other water rides…to the point where I almost forget to enjoy the surroundings.  First night of cruising, I kept waking up every hour just to check that our vessel wasn’t sinking or stuck or that there wasn’t any emergency sirens. I kept thinking about the movie Titanic (I know it sounds corny) and some recent cruise incidents (like the one in Italy where 40 people died). I was going through some checklist in my mind on what to do in those situations with my kids…although I know I can’t swim and therefore I can’t really do much. After the first night, I thought I would be ok…it was just getting used to sleeping in moving cabin. But no, that fear and insomnia stayed with me for the whole 12 days on the sea. It’s not that I didn’t sleep at all throughout this journey, but towards the end I used to wake up once or twice in the middle of the night.

Moonrise on Baltic

Moonrise on Baltic

Apart from that, the good news was that none of us got sea sick or anything.  Thanks to my husband who did his homework before buying the tickets and booking our cabin. Double thanks to him for booking a cabin with an extended balcony. Yep, we were on 8th deck with a nice little private balcony with 2 chairs. I managed to wake up very early in the morning few times and enjoy the sunrise right from there in my PJs. TIPS: try to get room in the mid-ship where you can feel motion the least. Front or back of any ship moves a lot and can really give you wobbly feelings if you are not used to it.

Water slide inside Carnival Legend

Water slide inside Carnival Legend

Above and all, those 12 days gave us some unforgettable memories. We were already talking about our next cruising destinations. So here are top 8 reasons why I want to go cruising again and again and again:

8) Towel folding animals: Our stewards used to visit our room twice a day. Once in the morning for regular servicing and once at night to get ready for bedtime. Every time we were back from our dinner we saw few chocolates, schedule for next day, and a cuddly towel folding animal on our bed. It made the kids giggly and we used to guess each evening what animal he would make for us that night.

 

Towel folding Monkey in our cabin

Towel folding Monkey in our cabin

7) Free concerts and musical performances everyday: There were more than just 1 or 2 of these concerts going on everyday. We attended Motown Concert on or 2nd day on the sea. Also managed to see piano performance, duet vocal singing, and DJ party by the pool. There were also, few dance classes in each afternoon that covered salsa, tango, Bollywood, disco, and many more.

Motown Concert on board in Carnival Legend

Motown Concert on board in Carnival Legend

6) Creative activities: Kids loved some close-up magic times as well as dancing by the pool. “Hairy Chest Competition” was really funny where 4 men competed and entertained a big group. Another really cool one I loved was the ice sculpture curving right in front of our eyes.

5) Friendly staffs: Our ship, Carnival Legend, had some wonderful…let me repeat, wonderful staffs and workers to serve us. From our room stewards, to all the attendants, cooks, servers, cleaners, receptionists, waiters/waitresses, officials, securities…all had smiley faces and friendly attitude. I can’t imagine to be in a place where I hated the staff. This experience alone added an extra star to our experiences.

4) Shore Excursions: Taking a cruise like this one gives you an easy chance of landing on new places. Particularly with Baltic Cruise, the major highlight was St. Petersburg for almost everyone. Other than that we had the opportunity to see Warnemunde and Rostock in Germany, Helsinki in Finland, and Tallinn in Estonia. These were some wonderful places where we’ve been longing to go for a while.

3) Unlimited food: Hehehe…yeh, unlimited food and desserts are in my top list for going back to any cruise. Starting from breakfast to dinner we were stuffed with all sorts of delicious dishes and yummy treats. Other than the 4 or 5 different sections for breakfast, in Carnival Legend, we used to have different theme for lunch in buffet service, like American, Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian, Caribbean, and some more. We didn’t go to any “Elegant Night” dinners in formal dining area, but other nights we had dinner in Truffles – a semi-formal sophisticatedly decorated sit down restaurant with lots of menu options. Other than these, there were 24-room service and pizza and ice cream bars where we could just go and munch.

Scrumptious dessert

Scrumptious dessert

2) Stunning beauty: May be it’s not so stunning when we were just sailing in the middle of blue ocean where we couldn’t see any lands nearby…it may get a bit dull after looking at the sea hours after hours. But my favorite part was during docking in a city and sailing off to a new destination. Amsterdam was probably the best because our ship had to get inside their small canals to anchor. And when we were leaving the city, it took couple hours of scenic canal ride before we were back on the ocean again…which was fantastic. But with most of the cities, as soon as the ship used to come closer to the city and later to the port…I loved to stand on our balcony to see look at other cruise liners, port life, and the whole city from a distance.

Amsterdam Port, as our ship was leaving the city

Amsterdam Port, as our ship was leaving the city

1) Sunrises and sunsets: This used to excite me the most before boarding the ship. I even bought a lens to capture the sunrises and sunsets on the horizon from our ship. I managed to wake up few times before sunrise and run to the upper deck to enjoy and capture some shots. Same with sunsets, some of them I just enjoyed it from our balcony, some from our restaurants during dinner, while for some sunsets I had time to go to sundeck to get a panoramic view. Capturing or looking at sunrises and sunsets still thrills me when I think about our future cruises. The way water glimmers as the sun rises or sets is a unique experience which I wish could see every day.

The most beautiful sunrise I saw, near Helsinki, Finland

The most beautiful sunrise I saw, near Helsinki, Finland

Overall, it was an unforgettable journey for us and we did maximize our fun on the ship and on the shore by engaging ourselves in different things. Everybody’s festive and holiday mood cheered us too. We met an elderly family there who said this was their 15th cruise…wow. I know they are addicted to cruise. I didn’t forget to ask them what their favorite one was; the answer was Alaskan cruise…hmmmmm. That must be an adventurous one, going thru snow-capped mountains and glaciers and solid rock icebergs on the water. Wherever we take our one should be fun…can’t wait til the next cruise.

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