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Shake Off Those Winter Blues and Jump Into Springtime at Jekyll Island

Spring is in bloom on the Georgia coast, making Jekyll Island the place for families eager to slough off the winter blues and jump into their favorite outdoor activities.

Located midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is an ideal springtime getaway. With something to satisfy virtually every interest, this extraordinary barrier island has been entertaining visitors for generations. From enchanting journeys through Jekyll’s historic past to present-day wildlife encounters and no shortage of recreational sports available, the island offers plenty of opportunities for everyone in the group to get outside and get moving this spring.

“Jekyll Island is the perfect spot for families looking for a vacation with lots of outdoor fun, especially if they are looking for warm weather and a variety of activities,” says Meggan Hood, senior marketing director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “This little island is wonderful year-round, but springtime is special, because of the unique events and opportunities to explore. This year, we’re offering an insider’s perspective on the season’s best activities and have created recommended itineraries.”


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The 20-plus miles of bike trails weaving through the island’s distinct geographies and captivating historical sites provide hours of exploration and exciting discovery. Stop along the way to learn more about various points of interest and wildlife found on Jekyll Island, through interpretative panels located along the paths.

With five distinct beaches, visitors have plenty to discover along Jekyll’s pristine oceanfront. Springtime favorite, Glory Beach – known as a key filming location for the movie “Glory” – has wide-open space perfect for shaking off cabin fever, splashing in the surf and letting the kids run wild.

A quick jaunt south to the Mary Ann mast – all that remains from a sunken shrimp boat on the south end of Jekyll Island – is sure to remind visitors of the adventure and challenges of life at sea. In 1995, following a long day on the water, the Mary Ann became stranded close to shore, flooding with the incoming tide. No lives were lost, and over the years the shipwreck has been swallowed by the sands. Its mast is the only part that remains visible today. Photographers often pause here to capture breathtaking shots of the unusual landmark.

In addition to beautiful beaches, Jekyll Island boasts awe-inspiring vistas of saltmarshes teeming with wildlife and ready to be explored by kayak or paddleboard. A designated park ranger also leads guided tours of the acres of maritime forest through the end of March.

A hands-on “Gatorology 101” eco-experience – offered by the internationally acclaimed Georgia Sea Turtle Center – is sure to captivate every member of the family. The program serves up fascinating facts about the biology and behavior of the American alligators that call Jekyll Island home and features up-close interaction with a juvenile alligator.

History buffs will enjoy a tour of Hollybourne Cottage, one of 11 former winter residences remaining from the period when Jekyll Island served as an exclusive private club and vacation getaway for some of the nation’s most-powerful families. As an ongoing preservation project, the magnificent character of this unique home – nearly 130 years removed – is still on display, including the innovative bridge-building techniques used to achieve open and airy rooms without impeding columns. Tours of Hollybourne Cottage are only offered on Saturdays in May.

Family members can challenge each other in a rousing game of mini-golf on two unique miniature golf courses. Golf fans may also enjoy a competitive round of championship-level play on one of Jekyll Island Golf Club’s four courses. The courses accommodate all skill levels and feature their own idyllic views of the island’s natural surroundings.

Jekyll Island plays host to three exciting annual spring events. Begin the season early with the Jekyll Island Arts Association Festival (March 9-11), featuring handcrafted creations from approximately 300 talented artists from around the country. Immediately following, is “Caffeine and Octane at the Beach” (March 16-18), which brings North America’s largest monthly cars-and-coffee event to the beachfront Jekyll Island Convention Center. Rounding out the season is the much-anticipated Turtle Crawl Weekend (May 11-13), to kick off sea turtle nesting season. With two triathlons plus a 10K and a 5K event, Turtle Crawl Weekend is a not-to-be-missed family “racecation” activity that benefits the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

With such a variety of activities, Jekyll Island is the ideal destination for springtime adventures and family vacations. Parents will find a selection of dining, lodging and shopping choices on the island, to fit their budget and travel style.

For more information about all Jekyll Island has to offer, as well as a recommended springtime itinerary, visit www.jekyllisland.com.


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I-95 Travelers 10 Most Popular Hotels

Sometimes it can be tough to find a nice hotel while traveling Interstate 95.  You can do a little research before your trip, or take a chance and grab the first room that’s available once you get off an exit.

Sure, there are tons of great hotels once you get to your destination, but finding one along the way can sometimes be a shot in the dark.

Here are the 10 most popular hotels along I-95 based on the number of booked reservations for the month of March 2016.

1) LaQuinta Inn – Savannah, Georgia

Free Wi-Fi, complimentary parking, easy access to the interstate and free morning waffles are perks our guests point out about the pet-friendly La Quinta Inn Savannah I-95. The hotel has 120 rooms occupying two floors. Free Wi-Fi and contemporary furnishings are featured in all accommodations. more…

2) Hampton Inn – Santee, South Carolina

With a full free breakfast and a convenient location off I-95, the non-smoking Hampton Inn Santee chalks up high ratings from our guests. This three-floor hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout, and all 81 non-smoking rooms have flat-panel TVs, work desks, free local calling and beds with fluffy duvets and plenty of pillows. more…

3) Comfort Suites – Brunswick, Georgia

Complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking as well as an indoor pool and hot tub are some of the comforts offered at the non-smoking Comfort Suites Brunswick. The three-story Comfort Suites houses 72 rooms with pillowtop mattresses, sofa beds, desks, microwaves, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, hair dryers and irons and ironing boards. more…

4) Comfort Suites  – Kingland, Georgia

Free breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi, plus an indoor pool and spacious suites make the non-smoking Comfort Suites Kingsland popular with our guests. Each of the three-story hotel’s 63 suites offers a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker and flat-panel TV. Amenities also include work desks, in-room safes and free Wi-Fi. more…

5) Best Western Goldrock – Battleboro, North Carolina

Free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a seasonal pool and an I-95 freeway location 10 miles from Rocky Mount are what bring our guests to Best Western Inn I-95/Goldrock. The Best Western has 82 rooms in a two-floor building with exterior corridors. Rooms offer coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs with HBO. more…

6) Clarion Inn – Dunn, North Carolina

Free breakfast, an on-site business center and well-appointed rooms combine to make the top-rated Clarion Inn Dunn a hit with our guests. The two-story Clarion Inn houses 69 rooms with cable TV, microwaves and Wi-Fi. Begin each day with breakfast from the hotel’s complimentary buffet. more…

7) Hilton Garden Inn – Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Offering an indoor pool and hot tub, an on-site restaurant and lounge, a convenience store and rooms with free Wi-Fi, microwaves, mini-fridges and mp3 players, the Hilton Garden Inn Roanoke Rapids has more than enough amenities to make your stay comfortable. more…

8) Hampton Inn – Brunswick, Georgia

Free Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast, along with an indoor pool, a hot tub and flat-panel TVs are included in the amenities at the non-smoking, five-story Hampton Inn & Suites Brunswick. Guests enjoy the comforts of premium signature bedding, sofa beds and flat-panel LCD TVs with premium channels. more…

9) Comfort Inn – Chester, Virginia

With a free, deluxe continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal, outdoor pool, the non-smoking Comfort Inn Chester offers convenient amenities near downtown Richmond. This five-story hotel has 122 rooms, each of which includes free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, microwave, refrigerator. more…

10) Hampton Inn – Walterboro, South Carolina

Stay connected with free Wi-Fi at the Hampton Inn Walterboro, which also offers an on-the-house breakfast buffet, free parking and an outdoor pool. Spread over two floors, the Hampton Inn’s 78 rooms (many of them non-smoking) include TVs with premium cable channels and free Wi-Fi connections. more…

The above listing is based on the number of booked hotel reservations for the period March 1-31, 2016.


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Fayetteville, NC (I-95, Exit 49)

Fayetteville, NC I-95, Exit 49 | Stopovers | I-95 Exit GuideWhat makes Fayetteville, NC a great overnite stop? You’ve traveled all day, you’re tired, hungry, the kids are wired… you get the picture. What you really need right about then is that perfect overnite stop… an exit where you feel safe and comfortable… an exit with a good mix of accommodations and a variety of eating places… not just fast food. And, maybe a little shopping later before you get back to the motel. The next morning you can gas up nearby and head out. Everything you need conveniently located right off the exit! That’s a great overnite stop!



City: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Exit Number: I-95, Exit 49
Exit Description: NC53, NC210, Fayetteville
Food: Beaver Dam Seafood and Steaks, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, Jericho’s Restaurant & Lounge, McDonald’s, Mini-Mart (at Amoco, Citgo, Exxon, Shell and Texaco), Pizza Hut, Shoney’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Waffle House
Gas: Amoco, BP, Citgo, Exxon, Shell, Texaco
Lodging: Best Western, Clarion Inn, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Deluxe Inn, EconoLodge, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Innkeeper, Motel 6, Quality Inn, Red Roof Inn, Sleep Inn, Super 8
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Shopping:
Other: to Fayetteville State University
29 miles south is Lumberton, NC, another recommended stopover exit.

Fredericksburg, VA (I-95, Exit 130)

Exit 130 - Fredericksburg, VA | Stopovers | I-95 Exit GuideWhat makes Fredericksburg, VA a great overnight stop? Consider this… you’ve traveled all day, you’re tired, hungry, the kids are wired… you get the picture. What you really need right about then is that perfect overnite stop… an exit where you feel safe and comfortable… an exit with a good mix of accommodations and a variety of eating places… not just fast food. And, maybe a little shopping later before you get back to the motel. The next morning you can gas up nearby and head out. Everything you need conveniently located right off the exit! Those exits are great overnight stops!



City: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Exit Number: I-95, Exit 130
Exit Description: VA3, Fredericksburg, Culpepper
Food: Applebee’s, Arby’s, Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, Bob Evans Big Boy, Boston Market, Burger King, Captain D’s Seafood, Carlos O’Kelly’s, Checker’s, Chesapeake Bay Seafood, Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, Denny’s, Dunkin Donuts, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Friendly’s, Fuddruckers, Hardee’s, International House of Pancakes, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Lonestar Steak House, Long John Silver’s, Market Street Buffet & Bakery, McDonald’s, Mini-Mart (at Chevron, Citgo, Mobil, RaceTrac, Shell and WaWa), Morrison’s Cafeteria, Old Country Buffet, Outback Steak House, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Roy Rogers, Shoney’s, Spotsylvania Mall Food Court Subway, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Taco Bell, TCBY, TGI Friday’s, Western Sizzlin Steak & More, Waffle House, Wendy’s
Gas: Amoco, Chevron, Citgo, Crown, Exxon, Mobil, RaceTrac, Shell, Texaco, WaWa
Lodging: Best Western, EconoLodge, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Sheraton Inn, Super 8
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Shopping: Belk, Best Buy, Big Lots, BJ’s, Borders Book, Burlington Coat Factory, Circuit City, CVS Drug, Fashion Bug, Hecht’s, Hollywood Video, Home Depot, Jiffy Lube, K-Mart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Meineke Muffler, Men’s Warehouse, Office Depot, Old Navy, Pep Boys, Pet Smart, Pier One Imports, Radio Shack, Sears, Service Merchandise, Sports Authority, Spotsylvania Mall, Staples, Shopping, Target, Wal-Mart
Other: to Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Chancellorsville Battlefield, Fredericksburg Battlefield
4 miles north is Fredericksburg, VA, another recommended stopover exit.

Roanoke Rapids, NC (I-95, Exit 173)

Roanoke Rapids, SC (I-95, Exit 173) | Stopovers | I-95 Exit GuideWhat makes Roanoke Rapids, NC a great overnight stop? Consider this… you’ve traveled all day, you’re tired, hungry, the kids are wired… you get the picture. What you really need right about then is that perfect overnite stop… an exit where you feel safe and comfortable… an exit with a good mix of accommodations and a variety of eating places… not just fast food. And, maybe a little shopping later before you get back to the motel. The next morning you can gas up nearby and head out. Everything you need conveniently located right off the exit! Those exits are great overnight stops!



City: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Exit Number: I-95, Exit 173
Exit Description: US158, Roanoke Rapids
Food: Blimpie Subs, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Hardee’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Little Caesar’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Mini-Mart (at Amoco, BP, Exxon, RaceTrac, Shell, Speedway and Texaco), Ralph’s BBQ, Ruby Tuesday, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Ryan’s Family Steak House, Shoney’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Waffle House, Wendy’s
Gas: Amoco, BP, Exxon, Phillips 66, RaceTrac, Shell, Speedway, Texaco
Lodging: Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Fairfax Motel, Hampton Inn, The Inn at Roanoke Rapids, Interstate Inn, Jameson Inn, Motel 6, Orchard Inn, Sleep Inn
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Shopping: AutoZone, Bog Lots, Eckerd Drug, Firestone, Food Lion Supermarket, Goody’s, Piggly Wiggly Supermarket, Rose’s, Wal-Mart, Shopping District
Other: to Halifax County Visitors Center
52 miles south is Wilson, NC, another recommended stopover exit.