When thirst-quenching brews come down to St. George Island, you can bet a memorable event is approaching on the Forgotten Coast. The best part? The ticket sales for your unlimited tastings on April 29, 2017, will benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Sample  some of the best brews in the country to benefit our four-legged friends! Here are a few of the liquid liaisons coming to the SGI Brewfest to look out for:

First Magnitude Brewing 

First Magnitude comes straight out of Gator Country. The Gainesville-based brewery pays homage to their Sunshine State origins with names like Saltwater Intrusion Gose, which includes a salty-sour balance reminiscent of your best beach memories, and Drift English Mild, an English-style mild ale named after the countless opportunities for river excursions throughout Florida.

Idlyll Hounds Brewery 

Santa Rosa Beach’s local brewery encourages you to “Beach. Beer. Repeat.” And what better mantra to embrace for the 2nd Annual SGI Brewfest? Their hop-heavy Slizard IPA uses a big boost of citrusy hops to invoke the spring sunshine into every sip. No doubt that with a dog logo and a solid appreciation for Florida’s beaches, Idyll Hounds Brewery’s appearance at our island’s day-long beer-tasting event is kismet.

GrassLands Brewing Company 

Back for round two of beers, beach, and a big time, Tallahassee’s GrassLands Brewing Company will be on hand to serve up their creative craft beers to thirsty beachcombers. GrassLands embodies a beer-with-heart attitude, even allotting each Sunday in their taproom to a community-focused initiative called “Let’s Get Beer With Friends.” GrassLands welcomes everyone to drop by and imbibe in their wholly unique offerings. Fingers and toes crossed that they bring their newest brews—the Dill Pickle Boomtown Gose and the Snakeweiss Muscadine Berliner—beachside for the festival!

Lake Tribe Brewing Company 

This Tallahassee brewery was born out of lakeside campfires and camaraderie. The moniker Lake Tribe Brewing was inspired by the founders’ former YMCA Indian Guides tribe name. Though Indian Guides are no longer in existence, the impact of the organization had quite an impact. The Lake Tribe, a diverse crew of father and sons (several of which were integral to the founding of Lake Tribe Brewing and all of whom share a common passion for incredible craft beer) shared a love of the great outdoors and quality time spent among family. It is this familial bond and pastoral appreciation that continues to inspire the brewery’s vast selections. Be sure to check out Lake Tribe’s Red Cloud IPA. With earthy, hop-forward notes that feel reminiscent of a stroll through the woods, you’ll find yourself one step close to mother nature enjoying this scarlet-hued brew.

Tally Brewing

Sunshine State fave Tally Brewing Company will make their way over from Tallahassee to share liquefied springtime in their SGI Lemon Ginger Gose, a light sipper with a ginger-citrus sparkle reminiscent of gorgeous St. George Island itself. And if you missed the boat on getting your Girl Scout cookies this year, Tally Brewing has something to satiate your sweet tooth while quenching your thirst. Their decadent Thin Mint Milk Stout is certain to be a beer for all seasons and one you won’t want to miss at the festival!

 

See you at Paddy’s on Saturday!

Although we’re now well past the official beginning of Spring, in many minds, the true marker of the spring season is Easter. As well it should be—Easter is a holiday of resurrection. And what better way to time a beach trip than the season of rebirth.  When nature wakes from her slumber, and the beaches come alive with wildlife and the bounty of the sea. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself for Easter on St. George Island, keep in mind that treasures from the Gulf.  With their natural, subtle, and sometimes rugged beauty, they lend themselves for use in Easter décor and new traditions. Here are our tips for a beach-approved holiday!

Easter on St. George IslandSand Dollar Theme:

One of the best decorations from the sea are sand dollars, which bear uniquely Christian symbolism. On the top of a sand dollar is a clearly visible star, which represents the Star of Bethlehem, while the opposite side shows the outline of an Easter lily. At the edges of the star are four holes, representing the wounds Jesus suffered while being nailed to the cross, and in the center is another hole, which represents the sword wound to his side. Lastly, when a sand dollar is broken open, five “doves” emerge – the doves of the peace. All of this imagery makes them the perfect addition to your Easter décor! Try scattering them down the center of your dinner table, especially on top of a pastel table runner.

Sky Blue Colors:

To continue the oceanic theme in your tablescape, incorporate the colors of the season and of the beach. Hints of sea and sky blue bring the outdoors in, as do lime green Easter grass or air ferns, and woven, natural-colored grass placemats that resemble sea grass subtly continue the theme. An easy centerpiece can be made by placing a pillar candle in a clear bowl and filling the rest with sand and treasures from seashell hunting. Or, line an Easter basket with raffia or neutral Easter grass and fill with beautiful natural seashells or sand dollars.

RVP Easter Table

Easter Shell Hunt:

A fun way to “beach up” your Easter is to ditch the eggs and have an Easter shell hunt instead. Hide shells for children to search, with a large sand dollar as the prize-winning find. Instead of baskets, use sand buckets lined with Easter grass. And, if you can’t bear to part with eggs completely, paint a fish scale design or your favorite ocean creatures, like seahorses, starfish, or crabs, on traditionally dyed eggs.

St. George Island and Franklin County are always actively involved in conservation and caring for their greatest assets—the stunning beaches and unique wildlife. Earth Day gives reason to highlight, celebrate, and educate about the area’s efforts. For example, did you know that the “Leave No Trace” Ordinance, which requires all beachgoers to remove all personal items from the beach by 9:00 p.m., serves a purpose greater than just clean beaches? It’s an important protection for St. George Island’s favorite guests—sea turtles!

The island is a popular nesting site for the endangered species, a responsibility we take very seriously. Between May 1st and October 31st, migrations of sea turtles come to our shores to lay eggs in the same nesting grounds where they were hatched, with some traveling as far as 1400 miles! Temperature of the surrounding sand determines the sex of the hatchlings, and it can take them up to a week to dig out of the RVP Turtlesnest. While a popular but disproven myth claims that sea turtles hatch during the full moon, they do emerge at night to make their way to the ocean, where only an estimated 10% survive to adulthood. Because of the rarity of sea turtles, St. George Island feels privileged to be a nesting site. Strict guidelines and federal regulations are enforced to help protect these precious creatures of the sea, so, if you’re lucky enough to see this miracle, please respect both the turtles and the law by not disturbing them!

 

 

If you find yourself on St. George Island for Earth Day and want to celebrate with education, there are two great options in the area. The FSU Coastal & Marine Lab in nearby St. Teresa hosts a free open house with a focus on the importance of improving human awareness of the tight connection between healthy ecosystems and healthy societies, such as the importance of estuaries and other wetlands in controlling air and water pollution. This event, open to all ages, is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and more information can be found here.

Another opportunity to learn about estuaries can be found just across the bay at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this non-profit organization features aquatic tanks, historical and cultural exhibits, and outdoor boardwalks—all with free admission! More information can be found here.

PointCentral: Smart Home Upgrades for Vacation Rentals on St. George

 On St. George Island, we’re excited to have partnered with PointCentral, a leading provider of smart home solutions that offer improved efficiency and security for vacation rentals.

Remote door lock controls, tracked access, and constantly-monitored HVAC systems are just a few of the benefits that the PointCentral partnership offers RVP property owners. Below are just some of the highlights of this new system.

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