There’s always somewhere to go on St. George Island. After all, fun awaits you at every turn! But the hidden benefit of our properties is that you can have just as much fun by extending an invitation to your friends and neighbors.

Porch time is a uniquely Southern concept. When we look at our properties, we’re just as proud of their porches as their spacious bedrooms, decks and breathtaking views. So with the season upon us, it’s time to plan the ultimate summertime porch party.

First, you have to set the mood. Bluetooth speakers are inexpensive and available at nearby shops, so grab one and spend a few minutes putting together an upbeat, festive playlist. Internet radio is a great source for limitless streaming music, too, so you can offer your guests a wide range of musical styles.

Want to be the talk of the neighborhood? Keep a small bucket full of hand fans in a highly visible place on the porch. Folks won’t want to be handed one right after the welcoming hug or handshake, but they’ll appreciate having one handy when things get hopping and folks want to stay easy and breezy.

And because you’re only going to invite people who like you and want to have a good time, make sure you have a good-sized serving table positioned nearby, with a couple of coolers underneath it, full of ice. Folks are likely to bring something to drink or to nibble on, and the sooner you give them a place to set it down, the sooner everyone can enjoy it. And make sure you keep a “clean” cooler for beverage ice—you’ll go through a lot of it!

Speaking of beverages, Florida has some of the best signature cocktails in the world, because so many of them have evolved from recipes created around the world! Nothing says “welcome to our own private island” like a distinctive drink of your own creation. From the fuzzy navel to hurricanes and rum runners, the sky’s the limit when it comes to refreshments. Just remember to keep them light, cold, and colorful, with some fresh fruit for a garnish. And it never hurts to keep a decanter of 12-year Scotch handy, as well, because there’s always at least one guest who has simple, yet refined, taste.

A festive soiree is a fantastic way to show off your tastes as host and hostess, especially when it comes to food. Remember, this isn’t an expansive sit-down supper. You want your guests to be just as comfortable noshing while leaned against the railing as they are in a porch swing. Hors d’oeuvres and tapas are all the rage for these events, because they can offer a tour of delicacies without weighing anyone down. Melon balls are easy, tasty and look great on a table, and for the veggie lovers, consider putting a few teaspoons of ranch dressing in the bottom of a clear cup and standing carrot sticks and celery in them.

For the savory-loving guests, you can create grilled sirloin and portobello mushroom sliders, served with artichoke hearts stuffed with cream cheese, chives, and roasted garlic.

The beauty of a stellar porch party is that there are no wrong choices as long as you surround yourself with the people you like—and maybe even a few new faces, too. If you want to take it to the next level while learning a bit more about your guests, consider breaking out a few games.

As long as you’re all laughing and engaged with each other, you’ll set the standard for epic St. George Island shindigs!

While vacation can be a time for excess, those living a healthy lifestyle — or trying to start — will find plenty of opportunities to “live right” on St. George Island.

It all starts with the drive in, along the four-mile St. George Island Bridge. Longtime visitors have described the traverse as “letting the real world go for a spell,” and the approximate five minutes of travel time is the perfect excuse to cue up your favorite song or just roll down all the windows to hear what the coastal winds have to whisper.

The body’s health starts with the mind, and by the time the iconic lighthouse comes into view, you’ll be primed for the best of times.

Before you head to your property, or favorite spot on the sand, stop in at the Piggly Wiggly Express or newly refurbished SGI Market for some fruits and vegetables, which will keep your snacks and meals low-calorie and high-energy.

And when you’re ready to use some of that energy, St. George Island has a 21-mile walking/jogging/bike path that spans most of the island. And while the island is home to many 5k charity races throughout the year, you don’t have to pin a number on your shirt to get your heart rate up and treat your body right.

Prefer wheels to heels? You can rent bikes at one of many island shops, like Journeys, Island Outfitters, and Island Adventure. Just remember your helmet! And while you’re at those fine businesses, reserve your kayak, paddle board, or canoe for some other fun outdoor activities. You can paddle over to Little St. George Island, up the Apalachicola River Blueway or a number of other places near the island. Bring a fishing pole and you might just catch dinner, too.

But if you’re not someone who usually harvests from the sea and you’re looking for healthy dinner options at our local restaurants, you’ll find there are plenty of healthy selections at most of our eateries. We recommend having your shrimp and oysters grilled or blackened — or on the half shell, of course — and most dishes can be served with steamed vegetables or wild rice on the side. And you can always skip the bread and have a heart-healthy glass of red wine instead!

And should you be ready for some low-impact fitness and relaxation, what could be better than a light hike, walk down the beach, or morning yoga session? The island has 28 miles of beach, with access points throughout. And there are hiking options on Little St. George Island, at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, and at the East Hole tract at the end of 6th Street on the island.

And now you can enjoy yoga sessions several days during the week thanks to the St. George Island United Methodist Church and Island FITSUP!

With all these choices, there’s a good chance you’ll be heading home across the bridge at the end of your stay even healthier than when you arrived.

Two primary reasons for renting from Resort Vacation Properties are location and amenities. As you already know, there is no better place than St. George Island and the greater Forgotten Coast to relax and enjoy the many benefits of “island time.”

As for amenities, considering the beautiful weather coastal Florida is known for, everyone wants to know about the swimming pools at our properties. Time on the beach and in the Gulf of Mexico is wonderful, but sometimes you and your guests want to enjoy a dip in private.

Here are five of the coolest pools available through Resort Vacation Properties, including one in exclusive St. George Plantation. They’ll make you want to grab a towel and a cool drink and head poolside right away!

  1. Aisle of Palms — The pool at Aisle of Palms is the signature outdoor attraction of this beachfront home located on the east end of the island. It is a remarkable 60 feet long by 20 feet wide and includes a spillover spa. There is plenty of room on the adjacent deck for pool parties of any size and it is all close enough to hold a conversation with guests on the numerous balconies of the five-bedroom, five-bath home, which sleeps 18.

    Aisle of Palms pool deck, St. George Island

    Aisle of Palms has a luxurious pool deck

  2. A Glimpse of Heaven — What is 40 feet long, screened in, with a giant dolphin fountain and an outdoor kitchen? The pool at A Glimpse of Heaven, of course. This covered pool is adjacent to an opulent living area, complete with a half bath just for pool guests. It’s like having a giant swimming pool at one end of your amazing living room!

    A Glimpse of Heaven screened pool area, St. George Island

    Screened pool retreat with leaping dolphin fountain at A Glimpse of Heaven.

  3. Camelot — King Arthur would approve of the lagoon-style pool at Camelot, complete with its own waterfall. Nestled in luxuriant tropical flora, the pool is a short walk from the beach, and both the covered and open decks overlook its curvy expanse. It’s a fantastic place to read, relax and sunbathe . . . simultaneously!

    Tropical pool at Camelot on St. George Island

    Tropical splendor and seclusion by the pool at Camelot.

  4. Resort Village — The tropical community pool located in our Resort Village inside St. George Plantation could be called a lake if it weren’t for its crystal-clear water. The expansive pool serves four premium properties: Coral Sands, Good Day Sunshine, Isla Callada and Between Tides. And it is large enough, and exquisitely designed, to allow for privacy no matter who’s taking advantage of its relaxing waters.

    Resort Village pool, St. George Island

    Luxurious oversized pool in Resort Village

  5. Solitude— The pool at Solitude is close enough to the beach that you might be tempted to cast a fishing line into the Gulf, although it’s still delightfully private. Located on the East End, the seven-bedroom home features a screened-in porch adjacent to the pool, which includes a six-person hot tub and private deck. The property may be called Solitude, but for those granted exclusive access, it is definitely a place to unwind and socialize.
    Solitude pool beachfront St. George Island

    Beachfront luxury at Solitude

     

    But if none of these suit your needs, we have many other pool homes available at Resort Vacation Properties. Browse them here, or contact us today for help finding your perfect pool home vacation destination!