The Stratchan Carriage House - St. Simons Island, GA

Visitor’s Favorites

Kid Swimming in Pool

Reading over our guestbook, we see that your Golden Isles favorites include — crab cakes at Barbara Jean’s; shrimping and sightseeing on the Lady Jane; riding bikes on the new SSI bike trails; climbing to the top of the lighthouse; catching sharks on the pier; visiting sea turtles at their hospital on Jekyll Island, shopping in the village, and the Ghost Tours. Just as many of you felt that being lazy by the pool was their favorite activity and that our home was “the perfect place to be lazy in.”  Let us help you indulge your favorites again in 2012 by booking today.

Give us the Scoop!

Our most recent scoops at SSI’s newest ice cream shops included: Peach milkshake served by the fresh young smiles at St. Simons Sweets; two scoops of pistachio on a cone from Zuzu’s savored while checking out the fish catch photos at the pier’s bait shop; one scoop of chocolate covered potato chip ice cream chased down with a scoop of Guinness ice cream (MooCow), and my family’s personal favorite — Dairy Queen’s chocolate dipped cone enjoyed at their picnic table under the love oaks at the end of Mallory Street. Delicious SSI!

Do you like ice cream? Of course! Who doesn’t? St. Simons currently has 5 GREAT new ice cream joints ALL within walking distance from the house.

Visit one, or ALL of the these ice cream shops and then tell us what you think!

Moo Cow Ice Cream
535 Ocean Blvd

Yobe Frozen Yougurt
122 Mallery Street

St. Simons Sweets
229 Mallery Street

119 Mallery Street

Dairy Queen
501 Mallery Street

What Are You Reading?

Relaxing on Balcony

On our most recent trip to SSI, I found myself at the beach and no good books to read. I had finished The Fixer Upper the latest by Mary Kay Andrews, an old Greg Iles book about WWII, and The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  I had read Gary Pomerantz’s  Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn as background for an event I am coordinating at the ML King Jr. National Historic Site. After recently meeting SSI resident Reid Harris, I followed with interest his narrative on “How a Small Group of Legislators, Scientists and Concerned Citizens Helped Save 500,000 Acres of the World’s Most Productive Area” when Georgia enacted the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act in 1970. There were lots of old favorites by Carl Hiaissen, Ted Bell, and Clive Cussler in our library, but I was stumped. So send me your suggestions. I still have a couple weeks before the second book in Nora Roberts’ wedding trilogy comes out — and I can only re-read so many old Martha Stewart magazines.

SCH Guests Voted Best on the Island

Relaxing in Pool

It’s true. Our neighbors have unanimously told us that the families, girlfriends, golfing buddies, and business associates who stayed at the Strachan Carriage House were “the nicest renters.”  We agree because, after all, we have been lucky to rent to great people who love to do cool things with their friends and families.

Among our guests this year was a bio tech CEO and his wife who discovered sea pork on the beach and saw dolphins in the wild for the first time; an architecture student from Scotland who sketched an interior view of our home; a doctor and his dad training for a bicycle marathon to the summit of Mt. Ranier; the family of a NCIS graduate (yep, the real deal, not just our favorite tv show) who came to cheer on their nephew at his graduation from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Brunswick; one 9-yr old boy who asked his grandfather if they could rent our home “forever” because it was the best place for a vacation; another 9 yr old boy who caught his first shark (35 inches long) off the pier; two  generations of teachers who enjoyed reading their way through our library of great beach books;  a delightful retired IRS grandfather who had read item by item all the materials we sent him,  and a two-week old baby girl who arrived just in time so she wouldn’t miss accompanying her grandparents to the beach. And that doesn’t count all the aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and business associates who got out of the pool long enough to enjoy great meals around the big oak table.

“Your renters sure love that pool,” remarked our neighbor Mr. Bill who walks his big brown dog every morning.  We do, too, and we’re glad we can share it with the nicest people to visit SSI.

Let’s keep our reputation going. Email today to come back next year, and tell a friend about our vacation home. But….shhh!… only tell  the nicest, coolest, and best renters just like you!  We have a reputation to maintain.