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Celebrate Christmas on St. George Island

Celebrate Christmas on SGI

Four reasons why your family should celebrate Christmas on St. George Island.

It’s almost that time of year again…HOLIDAY SEASON!

The time when we get together with family and friends in our flashy ugly Christmas sweaters to watch the mean green Grinch and childhood shows like Charlie Brown’s Christmas while sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace for what feels like the tenth year in a row. Maybe it’s time for something different. Something non-traditional, like celebrating Christmas on the beach! Here are four reasons why your family should celebrate Christmas on St. George Island.

Start a New Family Tradition

 Traditions are what makes a family unique. They give us a sense of security knowing that together, there’s a shared interest. Family traditions create priceless memories that will have you itching to tell others about. Let this year be the year your family starts a new family tradition by celebrating Christmas on sunny St. George Island and build memories generation after generation.

The kids are sure to love this idea, and they’ll go back to school with the best Christmas vacation story ever!

100% Family Time

No need to worry about people crowding the beach. This is the perfect time for the whole family to be together and enjoy one another; like taking a nice stroll on the island’s crystal white 27-mile long beach. The weather should be pleasant, probably too cold to get in the water, but fine enough for a beach picnic, making ‘sand snowmen and snow angels’, and having friendly competition playing “reindeer games.” So don’t forget the badminton and volleyball set.

Enjoy being creative and coming up with different ideas together. For example, if your family is really crafty, use this time to come up with a list of fun family DIY projects to complete for the new year. While on your stay, use the well-equipped kitchen to make yummy, jolly holiday treats for old St. Nick. There are neat DIY activity and holiday food ideas on our Pinterest page.

Christmas Spirit on St. George

Want to see how others on the island are showing their Christmas Spirit? Then, you would love the Holiday Lights Contest. Businesses and homes are decorated with twinkling lights, Christmas palm trees and you may even see an illuminated boat or two. This event goes on until the end of the month and the winners will be announced on December 21st.  Visit the local shops to find wonderful coastal holiday trinkets or gifts for your friends back home and you must stop by Weber’s Little Donut Shop for the most unique, delicious donuts you will ever eat. Tell them we sent you!

Even if you plan to take your trip before Christmas, you can still enjoy

Outdoor Adventures

Christmas outdoors…comfortably, sounds like a blast! No snow, no black ice, or bone-dry hurting cold. Only sand, the gulf, and nature at its finest.

Have you heard? There’s treasure on St. George Island! Take the family geocaching and find out where Pirate Captain Bowels buried his treasure. Read our blog on geocaching to learn more about it on the island. While you’re searching for that treasure, be on the lookout for painted rocks. Visitors and locals alike, paint rocks and hide them around St. George, a trend that started with The Kindness Rocks Project and has gone viral. If you find one, simply take a picture of it and post it on social media. What’s even more awesome, is you can do it too. Paint and hide a rock and try to find it on your next visit!   And if you like coffee, then you will love Coffee in the Campground at the St. George Island State Park. Park rangers will give an interpretive presentation and provide more information about wildlife on the island.

 

Try something uncommon, escape the frigid tempts and take your family to St. George Island this holiday season. Instead of a Winter Wonderland, create a ‘Sandy Christmas Vacation’ and enjoy precious moments with the ones you love.

Paint a rock and leave it behind….for next time…on the Forgotten Coast.

 

Let’s Start a Tradition. View our Specials!

Geocaching on St. George Island

What Is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt, using our ‘modern day’ maps, the GPS!  When we break down the word geocache, ‘geo’ refers to the term location, while a ‘cache’ would be items that are hidden or stored away…TREASURE! This adventurous activity allows participants to strap on their boots, grab a friend, and explore the world around them. The idea behind geocaching is to find trinkets that other individuals have hidden and shared the location’s coordinates on the Geocache website. Then, after your successful find, record it in the log book that’s located in the cache box and CELEBRATE!

According to Geocaching.com, millions of people consider themselves ‘Geocachers,’ logging in the over 2 million caches worldwide! So, why not join the global party?

 

Geocaching is a game for all ages and it’s simple to get started with only a few steps to follow:

  1. Register for a FREE account on Geocache-CREATE AN ACCOUNT
  2. Navigate to ‘Hide & Seek a cache’
  3. Enter your location.
  4. Choose a cache from the list.
  5. Enter the coordinates into your GPS and find the hidden geocache.
  6. Log your findings and share a picture of your awesome finds!

 

 

Geocaching: The Added Benefits

Not only are you enjoying the ‘Great Outdoors’ with your family, but there are other positive and health-related benefits that go along with ‘caching.’

  • Physical Activity: One of the greatest benefits of geocaching is being physically active. After you find one cache, you will want to find even more and before you know it, you would have walked a whole 8 miles!
  • Social Interaction: Geocaching is a great way to network with others while problem-solving, brainstorming, and decision making. Geocaching with families or groups helps strengthen those skills, especially with kids!
  • Educational: Learning is the BEST benefit to get out of geocaching. This type of learning takes place outdoors, where nature abounds! Exploration teaches us how to be brave and discover something new, while creativity allows us to use our imagination and become innovative in our search.

Geocaching on St. George Island

Once, you get to St. George Island, there are caches waiting to be found. Whether you are at the St. George Island State Park, the unforgettable lighthouse, or snagging a fabulous family photo next to the St. George Island welcome sign, you are sure to find a cache nearby.  So, while you’re enjoying your stay in one of our beautiful beach homes, take a day and discover the island’s geocaches. After all, why not tap into your creative side and pretend that you’re on a mission and the goal is to find the treasures of the Forgotten Coast.

 

 

References: Geocaching.com, https://www.geocaching.com/play

3D Virtual Tours on St. George Island

Fickling Vacation Rentals Now Offers 3D Virtual Tours

Our staff understands how difficult it can be for vacationers to choose the best home for their vacationing needs, sometimes photos are just not enough to really show the layout of a home.

“We started thinking about ways to help display the homes we manage to enhance the booking experience for potential visitors. Then it came to us, if a photo is worth a million words then a 3D virtual tour should be the full novel,” said Kim Cook, Director of Fickling Vacation Rentals.

Visitors searching for rental homes will be able to tour the entire property, including the outdoor pools.

Check out some of our current tours:

Diamond Beach

Island Breeze

Little Surfer Girl

The Third Wish

 

Our Top 5 Places to Eat on St. George Island, Florida

Our Top 5 Places to Eat

1.  Sweet Surf
(Next to Dail’s Seafood) 60 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328
(215) 565-6175

If smoothies and Italian ices if your thing, then you must stop by Sweet Surf! Also, make sure to try their key lime pie dipped in chocolate! Yes, dipped in chocolate.

2.  Weber’s Little Donut Shop
65 W Gorrie Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328
(740) 755-5452

Donut, donuts, and more donuts made fresh daily…so many delicious flavors. Make sure to get in line EARLY – when they sell out there gone!  Our favorite is the OREO! Oh and “donut” forget to stop by there on Fridays for their old fashion donuts. Yum!

3.  Doc Myers Island Pub – BRAND NEW!
36 W Pine Ave, Saint George Island FL 32328
(850) 544-6174

This beautiful bar offers live music and several TV’s to watch your favorite game! They specialize in delicious shrimp Po’ boy, smoked wings, and the fresh catch of the day sandwich. Oh, and how could we forget, their homemade chips are delicious!

4.  Paddy’s Raw Bar
240 East 3rd Street St. George Island, FL 32328
850-927-2299

Enjoy a good beverage and ice cold raw oysters! Paddy’s offers guest a friendly atmosphere, gorgeous sunset views, and live music. Ahhh, island life is good!

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5. BJ’s Pizza & Subs
105 Gulf Beach Dr. W, St George Island, FL 32328
(850) 927-2805

Can’t beat BJ’s Pizza and Subs! BJ’s has homemade pizzas and the best sandwiches – they make their ranch homemade and their breadsticks with the salads are always fresh!

Website Launch Makes Vacationing on St. George Island, Florida Easy!

Fickling & Company Vacation Rentals Launches Redesigned Website

Fickling & Company Vacation Rentals announced today the launch of its newly revamped website. The redesigned site will offer quick and easy access for booking family-friendly vacations on St. George Island, Florida. The website features a wide variety of homes to accommodate families of any size. Whether booking a vacation in a beachfront or bayfront home the new site will simplify the rental process.

The interface features a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality, and enhanced rich content focused on matching vacationers with the best rental options. The new site goes live today, May 24, 2017, but the web address will remain www.ficklingvacationrentals.com.

“We are excited about the launch of our new website and the ease of use the site will provide both current and future customers,” said Kim Cook, Director of Fickling & Company Vacation Rentals. “We believe this launch will allow our visitors to have a fantastic rental experience as we continue to increase our online presence.”

The Fickling & Company Vacation Rentals website feature news and events around St. George Island, FL. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails by visiting our contact page: Click Here.

About Fickling & Company Vacation Rentals.

In June of 2008, Fickling & Company opened its vacation rental office on St. George Island, Florida. The Island offers a quaint resort atmosphere for vacationing families and is located on the Gulf Coast, just 75-miles Southwest of Tallahassee, FL. St. George Island is known for its pristine white sandy beach, mesmerizing sunsets, and home to several pods of dolphins.

Fickling & Company Vacation Rentals is a division of parent corporation Fickling & Company, a full-service real estate provider based in Macon, Georgia. Since 1939, Fickling & Company has specialized in sales and leasing for both the residential and commercial sectors, commercial and residential development, as well as, single and multifamily property management. To learn more about Fickling & Company please visit https://www.fickling.com/.

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