St. Simons Island is a paradise in the summer and fall months, where it’s tough to resist the appeal of relaxing on the beach or watching the ocean waves roll in from the Pier Village dock.
For decades, families have been coming here to get away from big city pressures and enjoy the natural beauty all around them. The pace of life here is so much slower than when you’re in the big city; when you’re strolling through the Pier Village, it’s more likely that islanders will pass you by on a golf cart than by car.
The views of the ocean here and in neighboring Neptune Park can’t be beat. You can put together a picnic lunch, find a shady place under the Live Oaks, and enjoy everything the ocean view has to offer.
You can do the same thing inside one of the restaurants in the Pier Village that have windows overlooking the ocean – a terrific way to dine here.
Keep in mind that people also come here to explore the marshes and check out the nature trails in the beautifully preserved eco-systems on St. Simons Island. Parts of St. Simons will make you feel like time stopped and you’ve discovered a rural paradise untouched by urban development.
But those who love modern amenities have good reason to visit St. Simons Island as well. Frankly, what’s a vacation trip without an opportunity to do some shopping?
And on that score, St. Simons Island ranks very highly. There are a lot of great shopping options on the island, by family-run businesses that are entirely unique here and that can’t be found anywhere else.
How’s that for a winning combination: an island paradise surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as plenty to discover once you arrive here knowing that you just love to shop.
What’s Unique About the Shops on St. Simons?
Let’s say you just drove onto St. Simons Island for some much-needed rest and relaxation, and you’ve decided to rent a bicycle and then take a leisurely bike ride around the island. You’re going to find that to be a particularly rewarding and pleasurable experience.
If you’re a bike lover, you’re also going to want to check out a shop here called Monkeywrench Bicycles. What’s that all about?
Located at 1708 Frederica Road, Monkeywrench has a cool brick exterior, and if you’re a cyclist, you’re going to make multiple visits to this unique bike shop. There are, of course, plenty of bicycles to check out in the shop, as well as accessories and supplies. The owners will be happy to tell you all about new developments in bicycles and the latest brands.
And if you need to repair your bike, this is the place to go to. Whatever you need fixed – the tires, the pedals, etc. – the folks at Monkeywrench can do it for you.
And that’s a good example of how you can come to St. Simons Island for the first time – or even if you’ve been visiting the island for a while – and find something you didn’t quite expect.
Because there’s no shortage of unique shops, boutiques, family-operated businesses and antique stores on St. Simons Island, ideal for finding things you can’t find elsewhere.
Maybe you want to do some additional decorating in your home. Check. Antique lovers will find some amazing vintage furniture for sale here.
Or maybe you’re looking to add to your existing wardrobe. Check that, too. Clothing shops are plentiful on St. Simons.
The Pier Village is ideal for those who enjoy strolling down a main street and doing some window shopping – or real shopping. The choices are more diverse than you might expect: jewelry stores, dog and pet shops, used book stores and gift shops are all available here.
There’s also plenty to check out if you’re hungry, from bakeries to ice cream parlors to seafood restaurants.
What Shops Can’t You Find Off the Island?
While you’re on St. Simons Island, check out a popular spot called A Pane in the Glass, a gift shop at 1219 Ocean Blvd. Owned and operated by a family from St. Simons Island, this is a place to explore the wind chimes, jewelry, crafted items, glass animals, sea glass necklaces and glass magnets available here.
These are handmade, one-of-a-kind items — including plenty of stained glass supplies — will keep you exploring their shelves. This is also a great place to go if you’re looking to stock up early on general holiday gifts.
In fact, you might be so impressed with their glass gift items that you might opt to stick around and take their 4-week stained glass course.
This gift shop is located in an older building at the corner of Ocean Boulevard, and the items created by local artists make great gifts for yourself, or friends and family.
Another favorite of the locals is Golden Isles Olive Oil. This specialty shop at 306 Redfern Village not only has gifts, but expanded into the next-door space, and now also serves small bites to eat, and an excellent wine by the glass selection.
Sit at the counter and watch the chef create some delicious treats. There are tables inside and out available for lunch and dinner.
This has become a popular Happy Hour spot, where you can enjoy fine wines with the cheese plates, eggplant parmigiana and the spaghetti squash dish, all made with fresh ingredients.
On St. Simons Island, the shops call out to you. It’s impossible not to respond affirmatively.
And what better place to shop till you drop than on St. Simons Island, where you can walk from a specialty boutique shop to a fine art gallery, and go home with clothing, jewelry, art and vintage furniture – while enjoying the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
St. Simons Island is a truly the ideal place for a relaxing vacation. You can come here to enjoy amazing seafood at the local restaurants, stroll along the beach collecting shells, take nature walks – and enjoy all the shopping options.
This is an island that moves at its own pace, where no one is in a hurry, and where the island’s stunning nature preserves will make you feel like you left civilization far behind.
And the shops there offer a lot more diversity than you might initially expect from an island this size.
This unbeatable combination keeps attracting people, not only to visit but also to settle down on St. Simons Island. If you’re also considering becoming a permanent resident of St. Simons Island, contact Palmetto Building Group today.
In many instances, we offer homes with fabulous views of the marshes close by. We also have homes close to the Pier Village, or right near the beach.
Whatever it is that draws you to life on St. Simons Island, we have a home to match your concept of the ideal setting.
We look forward to hearing from you, but most of all, we’re thrilled to know you’re looking for a new home on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and historic parts of South Georgia.