Welcome to Sea Island


RR PhotoWe were thrilled with the response we received to our inaugural magazine. Thanks to your comments, we feel we’ve made this issue even better. As you explore Sea Island in print and in person, I hope it will be easy to see why the readers of Travel + Leisure recently named The Lodge and The Cloister as the No. 1 and No. 2 resorts, respectively, and our spa as the No. 4 hotel spa in the continental U.S.

In the fall, our thoughts turn to football—especially to Georgia football, for much of the Sea Island family—so we thought it would be fun to feature Hall of Fame former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, who shares his passion for gardening in this issue. It’s also quail season, a longtime, storied Southern tradition—one which you can discover at Broadfield, our Sporting Club and Lodge. For those who love the game of golf, we are excited to be hosting the fourth annual McGladrey Classic, an official PGA TOUR golf tournament held on our Seaside Course. And if you are looking to improve your game, check out the tips from Craig Allan, master clubfitter.

In this issue, we’ll also help you get ready for the holidays with ideas from top chefs and recommend ways to spice up the season with Southern craft beers and Sea Island specialty cocktails. During your stay at Sea Island, however, leave the cooking and mixing to us while you enjoy our many dining venues. Or visit the spa, where even guys are getting in on the act and taking advantage of all types of spa services.

Don’t miss exciting new Sea Island offerings in the Island News & Notes section, including The Market and The Salon as well as details on some of our upcoming events. Or discover how you can give a unique gift during the holidays with our Adopt-a-Nest program, which helps protect sea turtles, with proceeds going to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Learn how to adopt a nest for yourself or as a gift on page 70.

I do hope you enjoy Sea Island Life. If there is anything our family can do for yours, please let me know.


Rick Riess

Managing Director, Sea Island


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