Ga Hwy 17: Darien/Brunswick/Jekyll Island


Before I-95 was constructed, mainly for the United States Army, Georgia Highway 17 was the coastal road of choice when driving south from Savannah towards Florida. Cities like Darien, Georgia and Brunswick, Georgia were very important hubs and vital to the survival of travelers. Now that south-bound and north-bound traffic has been diverted more west, these once-thriving cities have less so. This is not to say that they are not still great!!! places to visit. These two “Jewels of Georgia” are quite welcoming and very hospitable. They have great places to eat and shop and are run by dedicated, enthusiastic residents. Also, there is something to be said for the lack of overcrowding.

The awe-inspiring Sidney Lanier Bridge will take you south from Brunswick on 17 to Jekyll Island. There you will find one of my favorite places to stay- the Jekyll Island Club. I have blogged about the JIC in a past blog entry, but not enough can be said for this well maintained historic landmark. Once a place for society’s elite, an “average Joe”  like me can stay there for a reasonable rate. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list as they often offer seasonal specials.

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